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API pushing for repeal, changes to Renewable Fuel Standard

By Bob Downing Published: December 1, 2015

From the American Petroleum Institute on Monday:

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Kinder Morgan, Brookfield Infrastructure buy out third partner

By Bob Downing Published: December 1, 2015

Kinder Morgan and Brookfield Infrastructure Partners said Monday that they would buy out a third company’s ownership interest in a network of natural gas pipelines serving Chicago and the Midwest, the Houston Chronicle reported.

The deal will leave the two oil and gas infrastructure companies as owners of the Natural Gas Pipeline Company of America LLC, which owns 9,200 miles of natural gas pipe and 288 billion cubic feet of working gas storage primarily near Chicago.

Their former partner, privately held Myria Holdings, will get a total of $242 million from both companies.

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API, others cite flaws in proposed federal well-control rule

By Bob Downing Published: December 1, 2015

From the American Petroleum Institute today:

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Pennsylvania Game Commission benefits from shale drilling

By Bob Downing Published: December 1, 2015

The Pennsylvania Game Commission is reaping the benefits of shale drilling.

It is not bound by restrictions imposed on drilling on state lands by Gov. Tom Wolf.

Its income from leasing jumped from $4.7 million in 2011 to $22.1 million or 20 percent of its $100 million annual budget in the fiscal year that ended June 30.

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Ohio has 1,648 drilled Utica wells, 1,119 producing Utica wells

By Bob Downing Published: December 1, 2015

Ohio has approved 2,087 Utica Shale permits, as of Nov. 28.

That total includes 1,648 drilled Utica wells and 1,119 producing Utica wells, says the Ohio Department of Natural Resources.

It says 18 rigs are working in Ohio.

Nine new permits were approved: one in Belmont County, one in Carroll County, three in Jefferson County, two in Monroe County and two in Noble County.

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EIA expands monthly crude oil reporting with API gravity

By Bob Downing Published: December 1, 2015

From the U.S. Energy Information Administartion today:

New data released yesterday by the U.S. Energy Information Administration show that for the first nine months of 2015, most (50.8%) of the crude oil produced in the Lower 48 states were light oils with an API gravity above 40 degrees. The largest share of production was in the 40.1 to 45 degree API gravity range.

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Ohio groups support tougher air limits on oil, gas operations

By Bob Downing Published: November 30, 2015

From a Monday press release:

Ohioans support tougher air pollution standards on oil and gas operations

New standard will help safeguard public health in Ohio while mitigating climate change and creating jobs 

Mansfield, Ohio - On Monday eco-groups, labor voices and a local official discussed support for the US EPA’s proposed standard to cut methane and air pollution from new and modified sources in the oil and gas industry. The groups highlighted over 700,000 comments submitted across the US in support of the EPA standard. 71,000 of those supportive comments were submitted from Ohioans. Approximately 30 detailed,  personal testimonies of Ohioans were delivered to the EPA during the agency’s own public hearing in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and during two citizen hearings in Barnesville and Carrollton, Ohio. Ohioans still have four days to submit comments to the EPA before the comment period comes to a close on December 4th.

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Drilling boom hits speed bump in Ohio's Utica Shale

By Bob Downing Published: November 30, 2015

The Columbus Dispatch on Friday took a look at the slowdown in drilling in eastern Ohio's Utica Shale because of low commodity prices.

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Natural gas industry hobbled by low prices, pipeline opposition

By Bob Downing Published: November 30, 2015

From the Cleveland-based IEEFA last week:

The U.S. natural gas industry is facing a daunting set of “new normals” that in combination are presenting significant obstacles for infrastructure expansion.

These shifting dynamics, well documented in a new report by the global engineering firm Black & Veatch, are on especially sharp display today in New England, where several controversial new natural gas pipelines are on the drawing boards.

And Black & Veatch isn’t the only putting out reports that has the natural gas industry worried. Just last week, Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey issued a study concluding that additional pipeline capacity is not needed to preserve electric system reliability in that region. Healey’s report was praised by environmental advocates and criticized by pipeline development companies—one clear manifestation of a new normal that includes the importance of growing opposition to such project.

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Shell Chemical LP to expand alpha olefin production in La.

By Bob Downing Published: November 30, 2015

From Shell Chemical today:

“This important investment demonstrates our ongoing commitment to the growth potential in chemicals,” said Graham van’t Hoff, Executive Vice President for Royal Dutch Shell plc’s global Chemicals business. “With the investment in new, profitable facilities, Shell Chemicals is well placed to respond to increased global customer demand for linear alpha olefins. We have strong technology, advantaged ethylene feedstock from nearby Norco and Deer Park sites, and operational flexibility to allow us to respond to market conditions.”

Construction of the new unit will begin in the first quarter of 2016.  The new capacity brings the total AO production at Shell’s Geismar site to more than 1.3 million tonnes per annum; the site, with a strong track record of reliable and safe performance, also produces alcohols, ethoxylates, ethylene oxide and ethylene glycols. 

The Shell Geismar Chemical Plant is located next to the Mississippi River, about 20 miles south of Baton Rouge, Louisiana. It is a stand-alone chemicals manufacturing plant, operated by Shell Chemical LP. In addition to Geismar, Shell produces AO at Stanlow in the UK, operated by Essar Oil (UK) Ltd on Shell’s behalf as part of an integrated oil refinery and petrochemicals site.

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Utica and Marcellus shale web sites

Ohio Department of Natural Resources' Division of Oil and Gas Resources Management State agency Web site.

ODNR Division of Oil and Gas Resources Management. State drilling permits. List is updated weekly.

ODNR Division of Geological Survey.

Ohio Environmental Protection Agency.

Ohio State University Extension.

Ohio Farm Bureau.

Ohio Oil and Gas Association, a Granville-based group that represents 1,500 Ohio energy-related companies.

Ohio Oil & Gas Energy Education Program.

Energy In Depth, a trade group.

Marcellus and Utica Shale Resource Center by Ohio law firm Bricker & Eckler.

Utica Shale, a compilation of Utica shale activities.

Landman Report Card, a site that looks at companies involved in gas and oil leases.FracFocus, a compilation of chemicals used in fracking individual wells as reported voluntarily by some drillers.

Chesapeake Energy Corp,the Oklahoma-based firm is the No. 1 driller in Ohio.

Rig Count Interactive Map by Baker Hughes, an energy services company.

Shale Sheet Fracking, a Youngstown Vindicator blog.

National Geographic's The Great Shale Rush.

The Ohio Environmental Council, a statewide eco-group based in Columbus.

Buckeye Forest Council.

Earthjustice, a national eco-group.

Stop Fracking Ohio.

People's Oil and Gas Collaborative-Ohio, a grass-roots group in Northeast Ohio.

Concerned Citizens of Medina County, a grass-roots group.

No Frack Ohio, a Columbus-based grass-roots group.

Fracking: Gas Drilling's Environmental Threat by ProPublica, an online journalism site.

Penn State Marcellus Center.

Pipeline, blog from Pittsburgh Post-Gazette on Marcellus shale drilling.

Allegheny Front, environmental public radio for Western Pennsylvania.