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API introduces Finkel as new lobbyist, No. 2 in command

By Bob Downing Published: April 30, 2014

From the American Petroleum Institute today:

WASHINGTON, April 30, 2014 – The American Petroleum Institute announced today veteran Democratic policy strategist Louis Finkel will lead the oil and natural gas industry association’s government relations efforts, becoming effective May 27.

“Louis brings a unique mix of strategic vision, tactical experience and campaign management to lead our industry’s advocacy efforts at the federal, state and local level,” said API President and CEO Jack Gerard. “This is an important role and we will rely on Louis to guide our outreach on an increasingly organic and local level, participating in conversations and advocacy in communities and audiences far outside the traditional oil patch.”

As API’s second-in-command, the executive vice president for government relations heads a 64-person staff responsible for federal and state advocacy efforts on behalf of the oil and natural gas industry, including multi-functional teams executing comprehensive policy campaigns, and will direct a grassroots operation of more than 24 million American voters from every state and congressional district.

“I am honored to join the industry leading the energy renaissance currently underway in this country,” said Finkel. “Oil and natural gas companies are an unparalleled engine of economic growth and job creation, and with the right public policies we can do even more to secure Americans’ energy future.”

Finkel currently serves as EVP of Government Affairs for the Grocery Manufacturers Association, where he led two come-from-behind statewide ballot initiatives in California and Washington, saving consumers billions of dollars in increased food costs. And he was one of the architects of the food and beverage industry’s recent collaborations with the White House on combating childhood obesity. Finkel has more than 20 years’ experience leading and directing public policy on energy issues. On Capitol Hill, he was a lead negotiator on the 2007 Energy Independence and Security Act and served as chief of staff for the Science and Technology Committee under former Chairman Bart Gordon (D-Tenn.). He has advised oil and natural gas pipeline companies and other industry operators for two D.C. consulting firms.

API represents all segments of America’s oil and natural gas industry. Its more than 600 members produce, process, and distribute most of the nation’s energy. The industry also supports 9.8 million U.S. jobs and 8 percent of the U.S. economy.

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El Paso Pipeline acquires natural gas assets from Kinder Morgan

By Bob Downing Published: April 30, 2014

From Kinder Morgan:

 

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Lower electric demand reduces projected fossil fuel share

By Bob Downing Published: April 30, 2014

From the U.S. Energy Information Administration today:

 

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Rex Energy provides updates on Pennsylvania, Ohio drilling

By Bob Downing Published: April 30, 2014

From Rex Energy:

 

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Rex Energy signs two pipeline agreements for Pa. natural gas

By Bob Downing Published: April 30, 2014

From Rex Energy:

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. , April 29, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Rex Energy Corporation (Nasdaq:REXX) today announced the execution of two separate binding Precedent Agreements with Dominion Transmission, Inc. ("Dominion") and Texas Gas Transmission, LLC (" Texas Gas "), respectively, to transport natural gas volumes from Rex's Butler Operated Area in Butler County, Pennsylvania to the Midwest and Gulf Coast .

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20 YSU faculty members back proposed drilling, injection ban

By Bob Downing Published: April 30, 2014

A total of 20 Youngstown State University faculty members today endorsed the proposed charter amendment to ban fracking and injection wells within the Youngstown city limits.

City voters will vote for the third time on the charter amendment on May 8.

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Analysts pleased with CONSOl Energy quarterly report

By Bob Downing Published: April 30, 2014

From Sterne Agee analysts in New York:

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States team up to assess earthquake risks with injection wells

By Bob Downing Published: April 30, 2014

From the Ground Water Protection Council:

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Ohio has 838 drilled Utica wells, 392 wells in production

By Bob Downing Published: April 29, 2014

The Ohio Department of Natural Resources has approved 1,230 Utica shale permits, as of April 26.

That includes 838 Utica wells that have been drilled, of which 392 are in production.

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CONSOL Energy reports on 4Q 2013 results with new Utica wells

By Bob Downing Published: April 29, 2014

From CONSOL Energy:

The E&P Division grew production by 23% to 48.4 Bcfe in the just-ended quarter. Within this growth, higher margin Marcellus Shale production increased 94% to 20.7 Bcfe. As a result of the Marcellus growth, rising gas prices, and rising liquids production, all-in unit margins increased 145% to $1.89 per Mcfe from $0.77 per Mcfe in the year-earlier quarter. Gas price realizations increased, year-over-year, to $5.37 per Mcf from $4.21 per Mcf, while oil/NGL/condensate decreased to $53.95 per Bbl from $60.20 per Bbl, as the production of NGLs expanded faster than oil and condensate. Our unhedged gas price realizations improved to $5.71 per Mcf, versus NYMEX first-of-month settlements of approximately $4.94 per MMBtu.

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Poor well results triggered BP decision to abandon Utica shale

By Bob Downing Published: April 29, 2014

Energy company BP announced on Tuesday that it is scrapping plans to drill Utica shale wells in Northeast Ohio.

The company has about 105,000 leased acres, mostly in Trumbull County near Warren.

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BP announces plan to abandon Utica shale in Trumbull County

By Bob Downing Published: April 29, 2014

From BP today:

BP today announced its financial results for the first quarter of 2014. Underlying replacement cost profit1 for the quarter was $3.2 billion, compared with $2.8 billion for the previous quarter and $4.2 billion for the first quarter of 2013. Operating cash flow in the quarter was $8.2 billion.

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Groups say federal proposal would add drilling loopholes

By Bob Downing Published: April 29, 2014

From Earthworks and Environmwent America on Monday:

New legislation would undo state laws on fracking toxics

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More details on Williams' NGLs Bluegrass Pipeline decision

By Bob Downing Published: April 28, 2014

An Oklahoma-based pipeline company has halted additional investments on the proposed Bluegrass Pipeline to ship natural-gas liquids from Ohio and surrounding states to the Gulf Coast.

The reason is insufficient customer commitments, said Williams, one of two companies that had been involved in the proposed pipeline

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Colorado seeks to stop fracking with ballot proposal

By Bob Downing Published: April 28, 2014

From Bloomberg News:

By Jennifer Oldham

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Chevron to use Alaskan, Middle East oil at California refinery

By Bob Downing Published: April 28, 2014

From Bloomberg News on Friday:

Chevron Corp. (CVX) plans to run higher-sulfur Alaskan and Middle Eastern crudes when it completes work at Northern California’s largest refinery in 2016, not the Bakken oil helping spur the U.S. path to energy independence.

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Williams drops Bluegrass Pipeline due to low commitments

By Bob Downing Published: April 28, 2014

From Williams Partners today:

 

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Company provides update on Wyoming plant explosion, fire

By Bob Downing Published: April 28, 2014

From Williams Partners today:

 

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Architect of N.Y. local fracking ban wins Goldman prize

By Bob Downing Published: April 28, 2014

From a press release:

San Francisco, CA – The architect of New York’s local fracking ban strategy is being awarded the prestigious Goldman Environmental Prize today. Helen Holden Slottje, an attorney from Ithaca, NY, is one of six grassroots environmental activists from around the globe being honored by the Goldman Environmental Foundation. Recipients of the Goldman Prize, often referred to by those in the environmental movement as the ‘Nobel Prize for environmentalists,’ are each awarded a $175,000 cash prize.

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Group pushing Ohio to take action on drilling severance tax

By Bob Downing Published: April 28, 2014

From the Ohio Organizing Collaborative:

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Natural gas production contributes to Texas ozone pollution

By Bob Downing Published: April 28, 2014

Shale drilling in the Barnett shale contributed to added ozone pollution in the Dallas-Fort Worth area of Texas, according to a new study by the University of North Texas.

The study looked at ozone pollution over 17 years in areas with drilling and without drilling.

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Rising U.S. electric bills vs. growing LNG exports

By Bob Downing Published: April 28, 2014

Debate is building in the United States as to whether natural gas from shale rocks should be shipped overseas.

The industry is pushing hard in support of opening LNG facilities to handle such overseas shipments.

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Digging deeper into Ohio's 4Q 2013 Utica production report

By Bob Downing Published: April 26, 2014

Digging deeper into Ohio’s fourth quarter 2013 Utica shale production numbers:

Carroll County is No. 1 for both natural gas and oil production in the quarter.

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Ohio Utica gas production up 28%, oil up 8% in 4Q 2013

By Bob Downing Published: April 25, 2014

Utica shale natural gas production increased by 28 percent in the fourth quarter 2013, according to data released on Friday by the Ohio Department of Natural Resources.

In addition, oil production from the Utica shale jumped by 8 percent from third quarter 2013, the state said in releasing production totals from 352 horizontal wells.

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Noble Energy adds 19 new Marcellus wells in 1Q 2014

By Bob Downing Published: April 25, 2014

From Texas-based Noble Energy on Thursday:

HOUSTON , April 24, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Noble Energy, Inc. (NYSE: NBL) announced today first quarter 2014 net income of $200 million , or $0.55 per diluted share on total revenues of $1.4 billion . Excluding the impact of certain items which would typically not be considered by analysts in published earnings estimates, first quarter 2014 adjusted income(1) was $298 million , or $0.82 per diluted share. Discretionary cash flow was $870 million and net cash provided by operating activities was $929 million . Capital expenditures for the first quarter 2014 totaled $951 million .

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STEM graduates needed to continue American energy boom

By Bob Downing Published: April 25, 2014

From the American Petroleum Institute today:

 

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Radioactive waste dumping is becoming bigger N.D. problem

By Bob Downing Published: April 25, 2014

From the Associated Press:

 North Dakota confirmed Thursday the discovery of a new radioactive dump of waste from oil drilling, and separately a company hired to clean up waste found in February at another location said it removed double the amount of radioactive material originally estimated to be there.

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Williams expanding lines to Sabine Pass LNG export facility

By Bob Downing Published: April 25, 2014

From Williams Partners today:

 

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Marathon planning expansion of Louisiana refinery

By Bob Downing Published: April 25, 2014

From the Associated Press:

Marathon Petroleum Corp. said it is taking the next step toward a potential $2.2 billion to $2.5 billion upgrade to the company’s Garyville refinery in Louisiana.

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Cabot reports gas production up 34 percent from 1Q 2013

By Bob Downing Published: April 25, 2014

From Caboit Oil & Gas Corp. on Thursday:

HOUSTON , April 24, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Cabot Oil & Gas Corporation (NYSE: COG) today reported its financial and operating results for the first quarter of 2014. Highlights for the quarter include:

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Global oil, gas spending favors exploration, development

By Bob Downing Published: April 25, 2014

From the U.S. Energy Information Administration today:

 

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API survey says majority of Americans support Keystone XL

By Bob Downing Published: April 25, 2014

From the American Petroleum Institute on Thursday:

Washington, DC, April 24, 2014 ─ American voters of all political affiliations overwhelming support building the Keystone XL pipeline, according to new polling conducted for API by Harris Poll, API Downstream Operations Senior Manager, Refining and Oil Sands Cindy Schild told reporters this morning.

“Numerous polls have demonstrated strong voter support for the pipeline, but this latest poll also examines the potential political consequences of failure to act on Keystone. Ninety-five percent of voters believe the federal government should focus on energy issues including 70 percent who describe energy as ‘very important.’ Eight in ten voters indicate their vote in the upcoming election will be influenced by a politician's stand on energy issues while almost seven in 10 (68 percent) report they would be more likely to support a candidate who supports approving Keystone XL.

“If the energy security benefits of Keystone XL weren’t obvious already, the Ukrainian crisis demonstrates the consequences for nations unable to secure a reliable flow of energy. The U.S. has the ability to obtain 100 percent of our liquid fuel supply from stable North American sources within 10 years.

“Unfortunately, President Obama has decided to side with a billionaire activist and a handful of shrill extremists instead of the thousands of skilled American workers who have been shut out of the good paying jobs KXL would provide. The president’s lack of political leadership is hurting middle class Americans. If the White House refuses to heed the analysis of its own State Department and the will of American voters, it’s up to Congress to act on behalf of the American people and approve Keystone XL. It will create thousands of American jobs, and increase our energy and national security.”

The nationwide telephone poll, conducted by Harris Poll, among 1000 registered voters also found that:

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EQT disappointed by initial Utica natural gas wells in Ohio

By Bob Downing Published: April 25, 2014

Pittsburgh-based EQT says it is disappointed with the results from its first Utica natural gas wells in Ohio.

The company says it will not drill 21 Utica wells this year as had been planned until it can review the initial disappointing results.

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Bailey steps down from MarkWest Energy Partners' board

By Bob Downing Published: April 25, 2014

From MarkWest Energy Partners today:

DENVER--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Apr. 25, 2014-- MarkWest Energy Partners, L.P. (NYSE: MWE) (“MarkWest” and “the Partnership”) today announced that Keith E. Bailey has elected to retire from the Board of Directors of the Partnership’s General Partner, MarkWest Energy GP, LLC , effective June 6, 2014 , the date of the Partnership’s 2014 Annual Meeting of Common Unitholders. Mr. Bailey has served as a member of the Board of Directors since January 2005 . Mr. Bailey is currently serving as Chairman of the Board’s Compensation Committee and is also on the Board’s Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee.

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Fracking cannot be done safely, retired oil executive says

By Bob Downing Published: April 25, 2014

Fracking cannot be done safely, says a retired Mobil Oil Co. executive.

Lou Allstadt, who worked for Mobil for 31 years, made his comments on Tuesday in Albany, N.Y.

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Four groups to intervene against Sunoco's Marine East pipeline

By Bob Downing Published: April 24, 2014

Four environmental advocacy groups filed to intervene formally in Sunoco Pipeline L.P.'s application for public utility corporation status, which would exempt its 299-mile Mariner East pipeline to Marcus Hook from local zoning codes, according to the Philadelphia Inquirer.

The Delaware Riverkeeper Network, the Clean Air Council, the Pipeline Safety Coalition and the Mountain Watershed Association filed requests by Monday's deadline with the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission to intervene in the case.

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Runoff from W. Va. drilling landfills has high levels of radiation

By Bob Downing Published: April 24, 2014

Tests show that runoff from landfills in West Virginia taking drill wastes have high levels of radiation from the drill cuttings associated with Marcellus shale drilling.

That is raising concerns in some circles.

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182,000 sign petitions against LNG exports, group says

By Bob Downing Published: April 24, 2014

From Food & Water Watch today:

Washington, D.C. — Some 182,000 petitions have been delivered to the U.S. Senate to urge it to reject plans to dramatically expedite exports of liquefied natural gas (LNG). Escalating tensions between Ukraine and Russia have prompted some members of Congress to push to export LNG overseas, but doing so will lead to increased fracking in the United States, subjecting American communities to the public health, economic and environmental risks associated with the practice.

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No air problems linked to Chevron well fire in Greene County

By Bob Downing Published: April 24, 2014

From Pensylvania's Department of Environmental Protection on Wednesday:

PITTSBURGH -- The Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) today issued a report concluding that no pollutants that would indicate a potential health concern for local residents or emergency responders were found as a result of the Greene County Chevron well fire incident.

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Company to reveal all fracking chemicals including secrets

By Bob Downing Published: April 24, 2014

One of the country's major providers of hydraulic fracturing services plans to begin disclosing all the chemicals it uses in "fracking" fluid, without exceptions for trade secrets.

The policy of Baker Hughes Inc., rolled out quietly on its website, is a split with competitors, prominent industry trade groups and even some regulators. It tracks with the recommendation of an Obama administration panel looking at FracFocus, the website where most companies report their fracking chemicals.

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CONSOL Energy gets final approval for Pittsburgh airport drilling

By Bob Downing Published: April 24, 2014

From CONSOL Energy on Wednesday:

 

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First quarter earnings up 92 percent, EQT Corp. reports

By Bob Downing Published: April 24, 2014

From EQT Corp. today:

PITTSBURGH--(BUSINESS WIRE)--EQT Corporation (NYSE: EQT) today announced first quarter 2014 net income attributable to EQT of $192.2 million, or $1.26 per diluted share, compared to first quarter 2013 earnings of $100.3 million, or $0.66 per diluted share. Adjusted earnings, excluding $22.3 million of hedging ineffectiveness, were $206.6 million, or $1.35 per diluted share – which was 214% higher than first quarter 2013 adjusted earnings of $65.5 million, or $0.43 per diluted share, excluding $35.0 million from discontinued operations. Operating cash flow in the quarter was $481.9 million, compared to $306.2 million; and adjusted cash flow per share was $3.16, compared to $2.03. The Non-GAAP financial measures are reconciled in the Non-GAAP Disclosures section of this news release.

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Wyoming town evacuated after explosion, fire at gas plant

By Bob Downing Published: April 24, 2014

From the Associated Press:

OPAL, Wyo. (AP) — Residents and emergency crews are waiting for a fire to burn itself out after an explosion at a natural gas processing plant in a small town in southwestern Wyoming.

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Explosion, fire shuts down Wyoming processing plant

By Bob Downing Published: April 24, 2014

From Williams Partners on Wednesday:

 

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Group unconvinced of science behind Ohio quake rules

By Bob Downing Published: April 24, 2014

From the Associated Press on Wednesday:

By JULIE CARR SMYTH

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Texas couple wins $3 million in drilling damage lawsuit

By Bob Downing Published: April 23, 2014

A Texas couple on Tuesday were awarded $3 million by a Dallas jury.

Bob and Lisa Parr in 2011 sued Aruba Petroleum for damages after 50 wells were drilled within two miles of their 40-acre farm in Wise County. Medical problems resulted, they said.

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Ohio Business Roundtable supports Kasich's severance tax

By Bob Downing Published: April 23, 2014

A statement from the Ohio Business Roundtable from earlier this week on Gov. John Kasich's proposed severance tax on drilling:

 

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Ohio has 829 drilled Utica wells with 389 wells in production

By Bob Downing Published: April 23, 2014

Ohio has approved 1,218 Utica shale permits, as of April 19.

That includes 829 Utica wells that have been drilled and 389 Utica wells that are in production.

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Pennsylvania judge upholds forced pooling provision

By Bob Downing Published: April 23, 2014

A Pennsylvania judge has ruled that a new addition to the state Oil and Gas Lease Act allowing forced pooling of oil and gas leases is constitutional, according to NGI's Shale Daily.

The ruling said EQT Corp. has the right to pool several contiguous leases in Allegheny County unless a lease specifically prohibits it.

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Hess Energy sells Thai assets for $1 billion to Thai company

By Bob Downing Published: April 23, 2014

From Hess Corp. today:

NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Apr. 23, 2014-- Hess Corporation announced today it has sold its interests in both the Sinphuhorm and Pailin Fields located in Thailand to PTT Exploration and Production Public Company Limited for a total after-tax consideration of approximately $1.0 billion , effective July 1, 2013 . Together, the two assets produced an average of 17,000 barrels of oil equivalent per day net to Hess in 2013.

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Industry against North Dakota proposal to slow down drilling

By Bob Downing Published: April 23, 2014

From the Associated Press:

 Dr. Lyle Best traveled nearly 200 miles from the heart of North Dakota’s oil patch Tuesday to tell state regulators one thing: “Slow down.”

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Minnesota governor says he lacks authority to halt sand mining

By Bob Downing Published: April 23, 2014

From the Associated Press:

Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton says he lacks authority to impose a two-year moratorium on silica sand mining in southeastern Minnesota.

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Halliburton chief says U.S. fracking supply glut is easing

By Bob Downing Published: April 23, 2014

From Bloomberg News this week:

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Projected bulk chemical output varies with energy scenarios

By Bob Downing Published: April 23, 2014

From the U.S. Energy Information Administartion today:

 

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Analysts hail Moore appointment, changes by Gulfport Energy

By Bob Downing Published: April 23, 2014

From New York-based analysts on Gulfport Energy CEo announcement:

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Gulfport Energy names Michael Moore new CEO

By Bob Downing Published: April 23, 2014

From Gulfport Energy today:

OKLAHOMA CITY , April 23, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Gulfport Energy Corporation (Nasdaq:GPOR) ("Gulfport") today announced that its Board of Directors has concluded its nationwide search with Preng & Associates for a Chief Executive Officer. The Board is pleased to announce that Michael G. Moore has been promoted to Chief Executive Officer and has joined the Company's Board of Directors and J. Ross Kirtley has been promoted to Chief Operating Officer. In addition, following a concurrent search for directors also led by Preng & Associates , Michael S. Reddin has been appointed to the Company's Board of Directors.

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Gas-fired electric plant planned in Marshall County, W. Va.

By Bob Downing Published: April 22, 2014

Marshall County, W. Va., may be getting a $615 million gas-burning power plant to produce electricity.

The facility would be built by Moundsville Power LLC.

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U.S. energy independence expected to gain traction in 2014

By Bob Downing Published: April 22, 2014

From Bloomberg News today:

By Tom Zeller Jr.

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Three-truck accident in Pennsylvania's Washington County

By Bob Downing Published: April 22, 2014

From the Associated Press:

A western Pennsylvania intersection was shut down after crash involving a tractor trailer carrying diesel fuel and two trucks carrying water for natural gas drilling operations.

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Magnum Hunter completes sales of Canadian assets

By Bob Downing Published: April 22, 2014

From Texas-based Magnum Hunter Resources today:

 

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Group reacts to Muskingum watershed leasing deal with Antero

By Bob Downing Published: April 22, 2014

From Ohio's Fresh Water Accountability Project:

Property Owners Organizing Against Conservancy District

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U.S. petroleum exports increase 10 percent in 2013, EIA says

By Bob Downing Published: April 22, 2014

From the U.S. Energy Information Administration today:

 

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Production of gas, oil on federal lands drops from 2009 to 2013

By Bob Downing Published: April 21, 2014

Natural gas production on federal lands has dropped by 28 percent from 2009 to 2013 under the Obama administration.

Oil production in that time on federal lands declined by 6 percent, according to a new 13-page study.

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Company gets Ohio permit for radioactive drilling wastes

By Bob Downing Published: April 21, 2014

The Youngstown-based Business Journal Daily reports that a Pennsylvania company has won Ohio approval to handle radioactiove drilling wastes in Youngstown.

Austin Masters Services, base in Pottsville, Pa., won approval from the Ohio Department of Natural Resources.

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Williams get commitments to ship Marcellus gas to Georgia

By Bob Downing Published: April 21, 2014

From Williams Partners last week:

 

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Ohioans support drilling, says new API survey, campaign

By Bob Downing Published: April 21, 2014

From the American Petroleum Institute last week:


Columbus, Ohio, April 17, 2014 ─ Strong bipartisan majorities of registered Ohio voters support increased investment in energy infrastructure, according to a new poll that API-Ohio is unveiling as part of a campaign highlighting the voices of Americans.

“Today’s poll shows strong majorities of Ohio voters support more domestic oil and natural gas development, regardless of party affiliation,” said Christian Zeigler, executive director of API-Ohio, “Forward-looking policies that allow the United States to capitalize on its bright energy future are imperative for this nation to realize its job creation and economic potential.

“The people of Ohio get it; America’s economic future, the availability of affordable and reliable energy, depends on the policies created today.”

The American Petroleum Institute (API) and API-Ohio will use social media, advertising and API’s grassroots resources of more than 24 million Americans to communicate the importance of America’s energy future to members of Congress, the administration and elected officials at every level of government.

The state-wide telephone poll, conducted for API by Harris Poll among 600 registered Ohio voters also found that:

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Midwest fracking sand industry booms with rail transport

By Bob Downing Published: April 21, 2014

From Bloomberg News last week:

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Assessments cut in half, record Ohio lease signed by district

By Bob Downing Published: April 18, 2014

Landowners in the 18-county Muskingum Watershed Conservancy District will see a 50 percent reduction in annual assessments starting next year.

The district’s board approved the cut at a meeting today in which it also announced what appears to be the most lucrative drilling-rights lease deal ever signed in Ohio.

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McClendon's new firm hires Chesapeake to drill Utica wells

By Bob Downing Published: April 18, 2014

From Bloomberg News on Thursday:

By Joe Carroll

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Pennsylvania assessing drilling impacts on state forests

By Bob Downing Published: April 17, 2014

Pennsylvaniaon Wednesday released a new 265-page report assessing how Marcellus shale drilling is impacting state forests, according to NPR's StateImpact Pennsylvania.

To date, about 1,500 acres of 2 million acres have been converted to roads, well pads, pipelines and compressor stations.

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Natural gas shale boom is expected to help Kinder Morgan grow

By Bob Downing Published: April 17, 2014

From Kinder Morgan Energy om Wednesday:

 

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Gulf crude oil inventories reach record highs, EIA says

By Bob Downing Published: April 17, 2014

From the U.S. Energy Information Administartion today:

 

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1,000 attend two meetings on Shell's proposed cracker plant

By Bob Downing Published: April 17, 2014

Royal Dutch Shell held two public meetings on Wednesday in Beaver County, Pa., on its proposed multi-billion-dollar ethane crack plant.

The sessions attracted 1,000 people.

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Industry concerned that new Ohio quake rules go too far

By Bob Downing Published: April 17, 2014

Seattle Seahawk football fans, known for noise and foot stomping, have caused small earthquakes of the size that have Ohio regulators concerned.

That may be going too far, the industry says.

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Utica shale land rush hitting northern West Virginia

By Bob Downing Published: April 17, 2014

The Utica shale boom is shifting south into West Virginia.

A company, Fossil Creek Ohio, is trying to arrange leases in Marshall County, West Virginia.

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Harold Hamm: The Man Fueling America's Future in Forbes

By Bob Downing Published: April 17, 2014

Forbes magazine has a profile of Harold Hamm of Continental Resources on its cover.

The magazine is hailing Hamm as "The Man Fueling America's Future."

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Pipeline additions growing in China, India, report says

By Bob Downing Published: April 17, 2014

From GlobalDate earlier this week:

Increasing Pipeline Distribution Capabilities in Asia-Pacific Countries Lower Risks While Meeting Growing Energy Demand Levels, says GlobalData

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Group asks U.S. EPA to revoke Ohio power over injection wells

By Bob Downing Published: April 17, 2014

From the Fresh Water Accountability Project on Wednesday:

The Ohio Department of Natural Resources is the sole regulator of the horizontal hydraulic fracturing (fracking) industry which includes the permitting of not only fracking itself, but the disposal of its toxic and radioactive waste. As fracking continues to grow in the state, so does the amount of waste, including toxic liquids, solids and semi-solid waste, which is also radioactive to varying degrees. As fracking in Ohio produces millions of gallons of liquid and tons of solid waste, it also accepts frack waste from other states such as Pennsylvania and West Virginia. The ODNR issues permits for the disposal of this waste in Class II injection wells, solid waste dump sites and through various processing and recycling facilities.

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Nebraska center offers information on electric lines in Midwest

By Bob Downing Published: April 17, 2014

From the Nebraska-based Cenjter for Rural Affairs on Wednesdayr:

 

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Drilling-rich district may reduce assessments paid by 500,000

By Bob Downing Published: April 16, 2014

Property owners from Akron to the Ohio River could see a reduction starting next year in the annual assessment paid to the Muskingum Watershed Conservancy District.

The reason is that the district is flush with cash from Utica shale leases and royalties paid on natural gas and liquids produced from wells on district-owned lands.

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Group seeks moratorium pledges in Pa. gubernatorial race

By Bob Downing Published: April 16, 2014

From Food and Water Watch Fund today:

Anti-Fracking Group Announces New Electoral Campaign Seeking Drilling Moratorium Pledges from Dem. Gubernatorial Candidates L.G. Candidate Koplinski Signs on, Will Discuss Along with Filmmaker Josh Fox

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Ohio has 825 drilled Utica wells, 389 Utica wells in production

By Bob Downing Published: April 16, 2014

Ohio has now issued 1,212 Utica shale permits, as of April 12.

That total includes 825 wells that have been drilled and 389 wells that are in production, the Ohio Department of Natural Resources' Division of Oil and Gas Resources Management.

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Another guilty plea in Youngstown brine-dumping case

By Bob Downing Published: April 16, 2014

A third defendant in the Youngstown brine dumping case has pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court in Cleveland.

Mark A. Goff, 46, of Newton Falls, an employee of Hardrock Excavating, will be sentenced on July 7.

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Company to build gas-powered power plant in Lordstown

By Bob Downing Published: April 16, 2014

A Massachusetts-based company wants to build an $800 million gas-burning power plant to generate electricity at Lordstown in Trumbull County.

Clean Energy Future LLC, based in Manchester, wants to build a plant capable of generating 800 megawatts of electricity, enough to power 500,000 households.

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Study finds high methane levels from problem Marcellus wells

By Bob Downing Published: April 16, 2014

A press release from Purdue University this week on new methane study:

April 14, 2014

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Boom in natural gas shrinks U.S. carbon footprint, API says

By Bob Downing Published: April 16, 2014

From the American Petroleum Institute on Tuesday:

WASHINGTON, April 15, 2014 ─ The Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) latest report shows that natural gas continues to help shrink America’s carbon footprint, said API Spokesman Zachary Cikanek.

“America is leading the world in reducing greenhouse gasses thanks, in part, to the revolution in natural gas production,” said Cikanek. “This latest report shows that emissions dropped an additional 3.4 percent from 2011 to 2012, and emissions are down 10 percent since 2005. Innovations in hydraulic fracturing and horizontal drilling have helped make the U.S. the largest producer of natural gas in the world, and these technologies are a great example of how we can grow the economy, create jobs, and protect the environment.”

API is the only national trade association representing all facets of the oil and natural gas industry, which supports 9.8 million U.S. jobs and 8 percent of the U.S. economy. API’s more than 600 members include large integrated companies, as well as exploration and production, refining, marketing, pipeline, and marine businesses, and service and supply firms. They provide most of the nation’s energy and are backed by a growing grassroots movement of more than 20 million Americans.

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Gastar resumes Marcellus operations in Marshall County

By Bob Downing Published: April 16, 2014

From Texas-based Gastar Exploration on Tuesday:

HOUSTON , April 15, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Gastar Exploration Inc. (NYSE MKT: GST) (" Gastar ") reported today that production from its Marshall County, West Virginia operations has resumed with no restrictions following the successful re-routing of natural gas volumes through the Williams operated midstream system and the return to service of the pipeline that transports condensate from the field to processing facilities. Gastar currently has 50 wells producing, with seven additional wells temporarily shut-in due to drilling and completion operations on the producing well pads. Current gross average daily production is approximately 67 million cubic feet per day of unprocessed natural gas and 1,900 barrels of condensate.

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Low-level radioactive waste grows from U.S. drilling boom

By Bob Downing Published: April 16, 2014

From Bloomberg News today:

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Anadarko, Noble promoting shale drilling benefits in Colorado

By Bob Downing Published: April 16, 2014

From Bloomberg News today:

By Jennifer Oldham

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Methane research no substitute for renewables, eco-group says

By Bob Downing Published: April 15, 2014

From the eco-group Earthworks today:

EPA methane research welcome, but no substitute for renewables

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U.S. EPA releases five white papers on oil, gas drilling

By Bob Downing Published: April 15, 2014

From the U.S. EPA:

White Papers

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More methane escaping from wells into air, new study says

By Bob Downing Published: April 15, 2014

Methane levels from natural gas wells in Pennsylvania were 100 to 1,000 times higher than federal regulators had estimated, according to a new study released on Monday by the National Academy of Sciences.

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Antero Resources says gas production fails to meet projections

By Bob Downing Published: April 15, 2014

Colorado-based Antero Resources said its gas production in two areas of the Utica shale will be more than 30 percent lower than what the company had projected.

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Nova Chemicals looking at adding new pipeline to Sarnia

By Bob Downing Published: April 15, 2014

After expanding once its petrochemical facility in Sarnia, Canada, to use Marcellus Shale ethane, Nova Chemicals is now looking at a second expansion that will use more Marcellus and Utica shale production to feed its growing operations, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.

The company plans to spend between $250 million and $400 million to expand its capacity 20 percent by 2018.

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Cleanup of sand from Pa. train derailment to begin today

By Bob Downing Published: April 15, 2014

From the Associated Press:

Cleanup is scheduled to begin today at the site of a train derailment in northeastern Pennsylvania.

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California is preparing for boom in crude oil rail shipments

By Bob Downing Published: April 15, 2014

From the Associated Press:

California is preparing for an oil boom — brought in on rail cars.

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EnerVest, EV Energy Partners announce leadership changes

By Bob Downing Published: April 15, 2014

From the EnerVst companies on Monday:

HOUSTON , April 14, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- EV Energy Partners, L.P. (Nasdaq: EVEP) and EnerVest today announced the following organization changes: Terry Wagstaff will assume the position of Vice President of Acquisitions and Engineering at EVEP. He will report to Mark Houser , EVEP President and CEO. Ron Gajdica is resigning as Senior Vice President of Acquisitions of EVEP, effective April 30.

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Group kicks off listening project in Carroll, Columbiana counties

By Bob Downing Published: April 14, 2014

From the Communities United for a Responsible Environment today:

Communities United for a Responsible Environment and partners will survey 1,500 Columbiana and Carroll County residents for "Listening Project"
 

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Ohio regulators update rules to reduce earthquake risks

By Bob Downing Published: April 14, 2014

From Shawn Bennett of Energy in Depth-Ohio, a pro-drilling trade group, from Friday:

 

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LNG shows potential as freight locomotive fuel, EIA says

By Bob Downing Published: April 14, 2014

From the U.S. Energy Information Administration today:

 

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Kinder Morgan, Antero team up on Broad Run pipeline expansion

By Bob Downing Published: April 14, 2014

From Kinder Morgan Energy Partners today:

HOUSTON--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Apr. 14, 2014-- Kinder Morgan Energy Partners, L.P. (NYSE: KMP) today announced that KMP’s Tennessee Gas Pipeline Company (TGP) has awarded Antero Resources (NYSE: AR) 100 percent of the capacity offered in TGP’s binding open season for its proposed Broad Run Flexibility and Broad Run Expansion Projects. The open season, which closed April 11, totaled 790,000 dekatherms per day (Dth/d) for long-term firm capacity for 15 years on the Broad Run Lateral in West Virginia and on TGP’s 100 and 500 mainlines. Anticipated capital cost of the projects totals approximately $782 million , which includes horsepower and piping modifications at existing stations, and one new compressor station on the Broad Run Lateral, all in West Virginia ; two new TGP mainline compressor stations in Tennessee and Kentucky ; and modifications to five existing mainline compressor stations in Kentucky .

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Gastar Exploration begins drilling first Utica well

By Bob Downing Published: April 14, 2014

From Texas-based Gastar Exploration last week:

 

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Antero Resources offers updates for Utica, Marcellus shales

By Bob Downing Published: April 14, 2014

From Colorado-based Antero Resources, a big player in Ohio's Utica shale, today:

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Stow company is benefiting from Ohio's Utica shale boom

By Bob Downing Published: April 14, 2014

Ohio’s Utica shale boom is benefiting Polystar Containment in Stow.

In the past 3½ years, the drilling industry in Ohio and other states has become one-third of the sales for the Stow company that specializes in spill prevention and containment.

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U.S. oil well completions flat in first quarter 2014, API says

By Bob Downing Published: April 14, 2014

From the American Petroleum Institute last week:

WASHINGTON, April 10, 2014 – Estimated U.S. oil well completions remained relatively flat in the first quarter of 2014 compared to year-ago levels, according to API's 2014 Quarterly Well Completion Report, First Quarter.

“America’s oil and natural gas industry continued record production in the first quarter thanks in large part to access on private and state lands,” said Hazem Arafa, director of API's statistics department. “Additional access to our own vast energy resources and streamlined federal permitting would allow for more opportunities to produce U.S. energy while creating more American jobs and generating more revenue for our government."

Estimated oil well completions declined slightly by 2 percent in the first quarter compared to year-ago levels, and estimated natural gas completions declined by 1 percent. The estimated total number of wells drilled decreased by 1 percent and total footage drilled decreased by 2 percent.
 

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Launier named vice president at American Energy Partners

By Bob Downing Published: April 14, 2014

From American Energy Partners today:

 

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ODNR press release on earthquakes, new permit rules

By Bob Downing Published: April 11, 2014

Here's ODNR press release from today on earthquakes in Mahoning Counjty:

 

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OEC praises ODNR, Kasich for state action on quakes

By Bob Downing Published: April 11, 2014

From the Ohio Environmental Council today:

(Columbus, OH--April 11, 2014)--The Ohio Department of Natural Resources sent shock waves across the nation today when it concluded that the fracturing, or "fracking," of a horizontal gas well last month in Poland Township near Youngstown may have caused a series of small earthquakes nearby.

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Hagan responds to ODNR action tied to Mahoning quakes

By Bob Downing Published: April 11, 2014

From Ohio State Rep. Robert F. Hagan today:

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio– After one month of denying any link existed between recent earthquakes in Poland Township and nearby fracking activity – and over two years after the first round of major earthquakes hit the Mahoning Valley – officials at the Ohio Department of Natural Resources finally acknowledged today that the state’s current permitting procedures for fracking are exceedingly lax.

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Ohio finds "probable' link between fracking, earthquakes

By Bob Downing Published: April 11, 2014

The Ohio Department of Natural Resources on Friday announced that recent earthquakes in Mahoning County were likely caused by hydraulic fracturing or fracking.

The state ordered a indefinite moratorium on fracking natural gas wells within three miles of the epicenter of earthquakes on March 10-11 in Poland Township southeast of Youngstown. There were five quakes of 2.0 or greater.

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Policy Matters looks at shale drilling impacts in four counties

By Bob Downing Published: April 11, 2014

From Policy Matters Ohio on Thursday:

 

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Chevron kept Pennsylvania personnel away from drilling fire

By Bob Downing Published: April 10, 2014

Chevron kept Pennsylvania state personnel away from a drilling well on fire for two days, reports NPR's StateImpact Pennsylvania.

The fire that killed one worker broke out Feb. 11 and burned five days in Greene County's Dunkard Township.

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Putin likely to sign 30-year natural gas deal with China

By Bob Downing Published: April 10, 2014

From Bloomberg News today:

By Elena Mazneva

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Appalachian drilling is still a mystery with exiting prospects

By Bob Downing Published: April 10, 2014

Drilling in the Appalachian Basin including Ohio's Utica shale is still a puzzle with exciting prospects, says NGI's Shale Daily.

It was reporting on comments from industry officials at NAPE's conference on Wednesday in Pittsburgh.

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Gulfport Energy to invest $634 million in 2014 in Utica shale

By Bob Downing Published: April 10, 2014

Gulfport Energy plans to drill 85 to 90 wells i9n 2014 in Ohio's Utica shale and to invest $634 million in the Utica.

Company officials outlined those plans in a presentation to investors.

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Analyst supports fast tracking LNG terminal plans in U.S.

By Bob Downing Published: April 10, 2014

From GlobalData:

‘Evident Need’ to Fast-track LNG Export Plants as US Seeks to Become Major Player in Global LNG Market, says GlobalData Analyst

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2013 crude oil reserves at peak since 1976, EIA says

By Bob Downing Published: April 10, 2014

From the U.S. Energy Information Administration today:

 

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Ohio couple win initial ruling in Seneca Lake anti-fracking suit

By Bob Downing Published: April 10, 2014

From the Associated Press:

A couple who sued to try to stop gas drilling around a lake in eastern Ohio won an early victory in court.

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EnerVest companies expanding Utica volatile oil initiative

By Bob Downing Published: April 10, 2014

A Texas-based company is expanding a new initiative to get oil from Ohio’s Utica shale.

The EnerVest Ltd. companies have won approval from the Ohio Department of Natural Resources to drill two wells near Uhrichsville in southern Tuscarawas County.

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North Dakota wrestles with wasteful Bakken natural gas flaring

By Bob Downing Published: April 10, 2014

From Bloomberg News:

By Jennifer Oldham
 

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Eco-group is troubled by vote on U.S. LNG exports

By Bob Downing Published: April 9, 2014

From Food & Water Watch, a national eco-group, today:

Washington, D.C. - “On Wednesday, the U.S. House’s Energy and Commerce Committee’s Subcommittee on Energy and Power voted in favor of a bill to export liquefied natural gas (LNG) abroad under the guise of aiding Ukraine. But this bill, H.R.6, would only serve to increase profits for the oil and gas industry, greatly accelerating fracking here at home, endangering American communities, public health and the climate. We strongly recommend that both houses of Congress reject any and all plans to export LNG overseas.

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Federal agency sets penalty record for 2013 pipeline violations

By Bob Downing Published: April 9, 2014

From Bloomberg News today:

By Patrick Ambrosio
 

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Summer average gas prices likely to be close to last year's

By Bob Downing Published: April 9, 2014

From the U.S. Energy Information Administration today:

 

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API applauds committee's fast tracking om U.S. LNG exports

By Bob Downing Published: April 9, 2014

From the American Petroleum Institute today:

WASHINGTON, April 9, 2014 ─ API President and CEO Jack Gerard applauded today’s vote on legislation to fast track U.S. exports of liquefied natural gas (LNG). The measure, H.R. 6, was approved by the Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Energy and Power.

“Today’s vote is just the latest signal that momentum for action on natural gas exports is stronger than ever,” said Gerard. “In the last few weeks, new proposals have won bipartisan support in both the House and Senate, and we are optimistic that members will come together on efforts to harness the full economic and strategic power of America’s energy exports. The U.S. is the world’s top producer of natural gas, and allies around the globe are looking to America for leadership on energy issues. Now is the time to tear down our own bureaucratic hurdles to trade, create thousands of new American jobs, and strengthen our position as an energy superpower.”

Introduced by Rep. Cory Gardner (R-Colo.), the Domestic Prosperity and Global Freedom Act would approve a backlog of over 20 export permits at the Department of Energy and expedite future permits for export to World Trade Organization (WTO) members. Related LNG proposals have received support from Senators Mark Udall (D-Colo.), John Barrasso (R-Wyo.), Mark Warner (D-Va.), Lisa Murkowski (R-Ala.), Mark Begich (D-Ala.), John Hoeven (R-N.D.), and Mary Landrieu (D-La.), among others.

API is the only national trade association representing all facets of the oil and natural gas industry, which supports 9.8 million U.S. jobs and 8 percent of the U.S. economy. API’s more than 580 members include large integrated companies, as well as exploration and production, refining, marketing, pipeline, and marine businesses, and service and supply firms. They provide most of the nation’s energy and are backed by a growing grassroots movement of more than 20 million Americans.

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Gulfport Energy reports on first quarter 2014 production

By Bob Downing Published: April 9, 2014

From Gulfport Energy today:

OKLAHOMA CITY , April 9, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Gulfport Energy Corporation (Nasdaq:GPOR) ("Gulfport") today reports first quarter 2014 production and provides an operational update.

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PIC announces plan to invest in South African shale projects

By Bob Downing Published: April 9, 2014

From Bloomberg News on Tuesday:

By Franz Wild and Janice Kew

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Magnum Hunter Resources is very pleased with Utica shale

By Bob Downing Published: April 8, 2014

Texas-based Magnum Hunter Resources Corp. is calling Ohio's Utica shale "potentially the best shale play in the United States," according to Columbus Business First.

Click  here  to read reporter Tom Knox's story.

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CONSOL Energy reports gas production up 23 percent in quarter

By Bob Downing Published: April 8, 2014

From CONSOL Energy on Monday:

 

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Rex Energy releases results from three-well Carroll County pad

By Bob Downing Published: April 8, 2014

From Rex Energy today:

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Ohio has 810 drilled Utica wells, 389 wells are producing

By Bob Downing Published: April 8, 2014

Ohio has approved 1,202 Utica shale permits, as of April 5, says the Ohio Department of Natural Resources.

Of that total, 810 Utica wells have been drilled, of which 389 are producing.

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Natural gas is No. 1 for fueling new U.S. power capacity

By Bob Downing Published: April 8, 2014

From the U.S, Energy Information Administartion today:

The U.S. Energy Information Administration’s new “Today in Energy” brief looks at how natural gas accounted for over half of the increase in U.S. power plant generating capacity last year, with solar power coming in second.

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Falklands to retain favorable regime for drilling, report says

By Bob Downing Published: April 8, 2014

From GlobalData today:

Falkland Islands to Retain Favorable Oil and Gas Fiscal Regime through the Medium Term, says GlobalData

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Eco-groups seek enforcement action against Tioga County driller

By Bob Downing Published: April 8, 2014

From environmental groupsw today:

PITTSBURGH AND WASHINGTON, D.C.///APRIL 8, 2014///The Environmental Integrity Project (EIP), on behalf of PennEnvironment, the Responsible Drilling Alliance, the Delaware Riverkeeper Network, Clean Water Action, the Lower Susquehanna Riverkeeper, and PennFuture, asks Pennsylvania and EPA officials to initiate enforcement against EQT Production Company for discharges to ground and surface water at its hydraulic fracturing site in Duncan Township, Tioga County, PA. The events described in the letter stem primarily from a 5-million gallon leaking, unauthorized, waste impoundment that polluted Rock Run, a "Class-A Wild Trout" water, caused significant groundwater contamination, and resulted in vast swaths of dead and stressed vegetation. Discovered in May 2012, the impoundment leaked because there were over 100 holes and tears in the liner.

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Oklahoma has recorded 106 earthquakes of 3 or higher in 2014

By Bob Downing Published: April 8, 2014

From Bloomberg News today:

By Jim Efstathiou Jr.

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Scandal won't stall shale push by drillers in Turkey

By Bob Downing Published: April 8, 2014

From Bloomberg News today:

 

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Rex Energy increases borrowing base to $375 million

By Bob Downing Published: April 8, 2014

From Rex Energy:

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. , March 31, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Rex Energy Corporation (Nasdaq:REXX) announced today that its bank group has unanimously voted to increase the company's borrowing base under the company's senior secured credit facility by 15% from $325 million to $375 million . In addition, the commitments by the bank group under the facility were raised from $215 million to $375 million . The increase in the borrowing base is the direct result of Rex Energy's continued success in its drilling program, increases to estimated ultimate recoveries (EUR) and strong growth in reserves and production. Under the terms of the credit agreement, the bank group re-determines the borrowing base semi-annually utilizing the bank's estimates of reserves and future oil and gas prices.

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Drilling worker killed in Saturday accident in Belmont County

By Bob Downing Published: April 7, 2014

A Texas worker was killled Saturday in an accident at drill site in Ohio's Belmont County.

Dead is David Zamora, 43, of Victoria, Texas.

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Shale production growth reduces need for U.S. crude imports

By Bob Downing Published: April 7, 2014

From the U.S. Energy Information Administration today:

In the Annual Energy Outlook 2014 (AEO2014) Reference case, crude oil production rises from 6.5 million barrels per day (MMbbl/d) in 2012 to 9.6 MMbbl/d before 2020, a production level not seen since 1970. Tight oil production growth accounts for 81% of this increase, and sees its share of national crude oil production grow from 35% in 2012 to 50% in 2019. In the High Oil and Gas case, U.S. crude oil production reaches 11.3 MMbbl/d in 2019 and reaches 13.3 MMbbl/d in the mid-2030s.

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New study says emission spikes producer bigger air problem

By Bob Downing Published: April 7, 2014

The Center for Public Integrity reports that air emission spikes may not be recorded properly and that underestimates the scope of the problem in areas where natural gas drilling is under way, according to a new study.

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Exxon Mobil to provide investors with more fracking information

By Bob Downing Published: April 7, 2014

From Bloomberg News on Thursday:

By Joe Carroll

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Study raises air questions in Barnett shale in Texas, EDF says

By Bob Downing Published: April 7, 2014

A new study accepted for publication in Environmental Science & Technology takes a close look at the amount of certain air pollutants in the Barnett shale, a booming oil and gas region in North Texas. Using public monitoring data from 2010-2011, researchers from the University of Texas at Austin compared air pollution levels measured at a monitor surrounded by oil and gas operations to the levels that would be expected based on available emission estimates. The result brings to light that the emissions inventory from the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) for the Barnett Shale does not add up to the observations.

To read the ful story from the Environmental Defense Fund's Texas Clean Air Matters blog by Ramon Alvarez, click here.

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Analsts offer look at CONSOL as it moves toward natural gas

By Bob Downing Published: April 7, 2014

From Sterne Agee analysts Michael Dudas and Satadeep Jain on CONSOL Energy:

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California group submits 21,000 pro-moratorium letters

By Bob Downing Published: April 7, 2014

From CREDO< a California-based group involved in fighting fracking:

Progressives Mobilize Ahead of Committee Vote for Fracking Moratorium Bill in CA

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Pennsylvania communities to share $224 million from Act 13

By Bob Downing Published: April 5, 2014

From the American Petroleum Institute:

HARRISBURG, Pa., April 4, 2014 – The Associated Petroleum Industries of Pennsylvania (API-PA), a division of the American Petroleum Institute, welcomed the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission’s (PUC) announcement today that more than $224 million will be distributed to local communities through the fees paid by natural gas producers under Act 13.

“Shale energy production is generating huge revenues for Pennsylvania – in addition to driving job growth,” said Stephanie Catarino Wissman, executive director, API-PA. “Pennsylvania has collected more than $220 million dollars from shale development fees for 2013 production. That translates into better roads, better housing, and better services for families and communities across the state.”

Under Act 13 of 2012, natural gas producers are required to pay a local impact fee which is deposited into the Unconventional Gas Well Fund. More than $630 million has been collected from 2012-2014, according to the PUC. These revenues have supported housing initiatives, highway and bridge improvements, and environmental programs.

“Shale energy development, made possible by hydraulic fracturing, has transformed Pennsylvania’s economic future,” said Wissman. “The oil and natural gas industry is investing in communities, providing new revenue for the government and delivering a long-term path to new jobs for Pennsylvania workers. With the right policies moving forward, energy development will mean good news for the commonwealth for many years to come.”

API-PA, a division of API, is the only national trade association representing all facets of the oil and natural gas industry, which supports 9.8 million U.S. jobs and 8 percent of the U.S. economy. API’s more than 580 members include large integrated companies, as well as exploration and production, refining, marketing, pipeline, and marine businesses, and service and supply firms. They provide most of the nation’s energy and are backed by a growing grassroots movement of more than 20 million Americans.

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Imports fall, but share of top 3 suppliers highest in 40 years

By Bob Downing Published: April 5, 2014

From the U.S. Energy Informastion Administration:

Apr 4, 2014

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EDF applauds Gov. Kasich, Ohio EPA for action on air emissions

By Bob Downing Published: April 5, 2014

From the Environmental Defense Fund on Ohio's tightening air emission from drilling:

Tighter air standards in Ohio part of growing trend

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OEC pleased by state action, but wants air permits expanded

By Bob Downing Published: April 5, 2014

Statement from Jack Shaner of the Ohio Environmental Council on Ohio tightening rules on fugitive emissions from gas drilling on Frday:

What you can't see can hurt you. That's why the Ohio Environmental Council is praising the Kasich administration for new state controls announced today to stop the leak of "fugitive" air emissions from oil and gas wells.

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Cold weather triggers winter gas consumption record, EIA says

By Bob Downing Published: April 4, 2014

From the U.S. Energy Information Administartion on Thursday:

Natural gas consumption sets winter record, with residential/commercial sectors surpassing 50% share

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Watershed district ordered to provide records to activist group

By Bob Downing Published: April 4, 2014

From Ohio's FreshWater Accountability Project on Thursday:

The FreshWater Accountability Project (FWAP) prevailed in court last week in a lawsuit initiated under Ohio’s Open Records Act to obtain the addresses of those who lease residential and commercial property from the Muskingum Watershed Conservancy District (MWCD). FWAP sought the records as public information in order to directly communicate with people whose property rights and values can be affected by the Muskingum District's huge lease deals for oil and gas fracking on public lands around the District's reservoirs. The MWCD denied the public records and lost the issue in court. The Fifth District Court of Appeals courts fined the MWCD and awarded attorney fees to FWAP as plaintiff.

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Ohio toughens rules on fugitive air emissions from drilling

By Bob Downing Published: April 4, 2014

The state of Ohio on Friday tightened up state rules on air emissions from natural gas-oil drilling.

Ohio became just the third state in the United States to target what are called fugitive emissions or releases of methane gas from valves, connectors and other drilling equipment in its large-scale Utica shale operations.

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Group logs 1.1 million wells in U.S. with 37,958 in Ohio

By Bob Downing Published: April 4, 2014

The FracTracker Alliance, a national environmental group, has logged 1,156,870 wells in the United States.

That includes 37,958 vertical-only and horizontal wells in Ohio.

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Pennsylvania road damage between $13,000 and $23,000 per well

By Bob Downing Published: April 4, 2014

A new report looks at road damages in Pennsylvania from shale gas drilling.

Damage to state and local roads was between $5,000 and $10,000 per well drilled, said the analysis in the Journal of Infrastructure Systems in its February 2014 issue.

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Sierra Club sues Ohio DNR for public records -- again

By Bob Downing Published: April 3, 2014

A press release received today from the Sierra Club:

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Halcon Resources may soon be up for sale, CEO says

By Bob Downing Published: April 3, 2014

Old but interesting news (missed while on vacation):

Halcon Resources Corp. has halted drilling in the northern part of Ohio's Utica shale in 2014.

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Chevron Phillips breaks ground on $6 billion cracker expansion

By Bob Downing Published: April 3, 2014

Chevron Phillips Chemical Co. on Wednesday broke ground for a $6 billion expansion to its ethane cracker facility in Baytown, Texas.

The facility, the company says, is the first of its kind to be built in the United States in the last decade,

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Rail congestion, cold weather raise ethanol spot prices, EIA says

By Bob Downing Published: April 3, 2014

From the U.S. Energy Information Administration today:

 

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Bakken, Three Forks shales daily average 1.1 million barrels of crude

By Bob Downing Published: April 3, 2014

From the Associated Press:

Oil production in North Dakota and Montana's Bakken and Three Forks formations will average 1.1 million barrels per day this year, according to estimates announced Wednesday by a research firm.

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Watershed district, Antero finalizing lease for Piedmont drilling

By Bob Downing Published: April 3, 2014

The Muskingum Watershed Conservancy District is negotiating its fourth lease for natural gas drilling on nearly 6,700 acres at Piedmont Lake in three counties in eastern Ohio.

The district is working to finalize the lease with Colorado-based Antero Resources.

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Energy companies are eager to explore Spain's shale

By Bob Downing Published: April 3, 2014

From Bloomberg News today:

By Nick Leiber and Todd White

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Shale having impacts on U.S. petrochemical industry, analysts say

By Bob Downing Published: April 3, 2014

From New York-based Sterne Agee analysts on petrochemica investment outlook:

 

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Ohio activists rally in Columbus against fracking waste disposal

By Bob Downing Published: April 2, 2014

Fron coalition of Ohio activistgroups today:

 

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Duke Energy, Piedmont want gas pipeline to North Carolina

By Bob Downing Published: April 2, 2014

From the Associated Press on Tuesday:

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Duke Energy Corp. and Piedmont Natural Gas Company Inc. said Tuesday they want to invest in a new natural gas pipeline into North Carolina that can deliver more of the cheap fuel to customers and especially to new power plants run by the country's largest electricity company.

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National Fuel taps promising Geneseo shale in western Pa.

By Bob Downing Published: April 2, 2014

New York-based National Fuel Gas Co.’s first well drilled into a different shale formation on land that it controls in western Pennsylvania has shown promising results.

The Amherst-based energy company said the first well that it drilled into the Geneseo shale produced as much as 14.1 million cubic feet of gas per day, at its peak, and averaged 8.6 million cubic feet per day during its first 30 days of production.

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Moody's: Marcellus shale players to benefit, even if gas prices drop

By Bob Downing Published: April 2, 2014

From Moody's Investor Service on Tuesday:

 

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Net U.S. energy imports in 2013 lowest in more than 20 years

By Bob Downing Published: April 2, 2014

From the U.S. Energy Information Administration today:

 

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Devon Energy completes sale of Canadian assets

By Bob Downing Published: April 2, 2014

From Devon Energy Corp. today:

OKLAHOMA CITY--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Apr. 2, 2014-- Devon Energy Corporation (NYSE:DVN) today announced that it has completed the sale of its Canadian conventional assets to Canadian Natural Resources Limited for C$3.125 billion . The company’s retained Canadian business will consist of its thermal heavy oil, Lloydminster and Horn River assets.

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U.K. may change trespass laws to help drilling companies

By Bob Downing Published: April 2, 2014

From Bloomberg News today:

By Alex Morales and Robert Hutton

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Law firm offers updated look at shale rules, development

By Bob Downing Published: April 2, 2014

The law firm Baker & Hostetler has released a March 28 report looking at shale development.

The report looks at 2013 developments and what may be ahead in 2014.

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Bricker & Eckler lists 106 Ohio economic projects tied to shale

By Bob Downing Published: April 2, 2014

The law firm Bricker & Eckler has assembled a list of misdtsream and downstream projects unsder way in Ohio's Utica shale.

The county-by-county list outlines 106 projects from pipelines to company expansions ine astern Ohio tied to shale driling.

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Ohioans are saving money on gas bills, thanks to Utica shale

By Bob Downing Published: April 2, 2014

From Shawn Bennett of Energy in Depth-Ohio:

Ohioans are now saving between 65 to 129 percent on their heating bills, according to a report from the Toledo Blade. Unfortunately, many folks living outside of eastern Ohio rarely understand how important increased oil and gas development is on their daily lives. That is, until it impacts their pocket books.

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Oil, gas drilling part of 26.4 percent growth from 2007 to 2012

By Bob Downing Published: April 2, 2014

From U.S. Census Bureau last week:

 

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ProPublica looks at Pennsylvania problems tied to drilling

By Bob Downing Published: April 1, 2014

From ProPublica Communications today:

In Fracking Fight, How to Measure Health Threats?

The more than 6,000 active gas wells in Pennsylvania generate scores of complaints each week, many about terrible odors and contaminated water,
ProPublica's Naveena Sadasivam reports today.

How the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection handles those complaints has worsened the already raw and angry divide between fearful residents and the state regulators charged with overseeing the burgeoning gas drilling industry.

For instance, what does the agency's own manual for dealing with complaints tell workers to do if someone reports concerns about a noxious odor, but is not at that very moment experiencing the smell? "DO NOT REGISTER THE COMPLAINT."

What's more, even if there is a real-time alarm about the air quality in or around a home, the agency typically has two weeks to conduct an investigation. If no odor is detected when investigators arrive on the scene, the case is closed.

Highlights from Sadasivam's report:

 

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Ohio has 780 drilled Utica wells, 386 wells in production

By Bob Downing Published: April 1, 2014

Ohio has approved 1,186 Utica shale permits, as of March 29.

Of that total, 780 wells have been drilled and 386 wells are in production.

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Activists to lobby Ohio legislators in Columbus on Wednesday

By Bob Downing Published: April 1, 2014

Received on Monday from 11 Ohio grass-roots groups:

Ohio Movement to Stop Fracking Waste Dumping Will Lobby Legislators April 2

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California group troubled by earthquakes, injection wells

By Bob Downing Published: April 1, 2014

A statement received today from a California-based group:

After a series of earthquakes and aftershocks hit the Los Angeles Area in March, CREDO, a progressive organization working to halt fracking in California, released the following statement:

"We know fracking can lead to earthquakes. So why is California allowing oil and gas companies to inject toxic fracking wastewater underground near active fault lines in the Los Angeles area?" asked Zack Malitz, CREDO's campaign manager. "As if protecting our state's water wasn't reason enough, Gov. Brown cannot ignore the dangerous connection between fracking operations and earthquakes -- especially not here in California."

A recent report out by the Center for Biological Diversity, Earthworks and Clean Water Action, showing the connection between fracking operations and earthquakes, revealed that there are 87 active oil and gas wastewater injection wells within one mile of an active fault line, 350 wells within 5 miles and 834 wells within 10 miles. The fracking wells and wastewater injection wells are located throughout California -- not just on the Monterey Shale. There are also several fracking wells and wastewater injection wells around La Habra, CA, which was the center of last week's earthquake.

Following the earthquake that hit the Los Angeles area on March 18th, LA City Council members called for an investigation into whether the quake was connected to fracking operations. Other states are beginning to grapple with the looming earthquake threat as regulators from Kansas, Texas, Ohio and Oklahoma are coming together to develop plans to monitor and address the increased number of earthquakes. According to the U.S. Geological Survey, earthquakes in the central U.S. have increased by six times from 2000 to 2011.

 

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GreenHunter Resources focusing operations in Appalachia

By Bob Downing Published: April 1, 2014

Texas-based GreenHunter Resources  Inc. is selling off its waste-handling facilities in south Texas and Oklahoma.

It intends to focus its operations in Appalachia including Ohio, West Virginia and western Pennsylvania, according to Columbus Business First.

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TransCanada's ANR Pipeline secures natural gas commitments

By Bob Downing Published: April 1, 2014

From TransCanada Corp. on Monday:

HOUSTON, TEXAS--(Marketwired - March 31, 2014) - TransCanada Corporation (TSX:TRP) (NYSE:TRP) (TransCanada) today announced its ANR Pipeline system has secured almost 2.0 billion cubic feet a day (Bcf/d) of firm natural gas transportation commitments on its Southeast Main Line (SEML) at maximum rates for an average term of 23 years. Approximately 1.25 Bcf/d will commence in 2014, with the remaining volume commencing in 2015.

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Analyst says China pushing to meet ambitious 2020 shale goal

By Bob Downing Published: April 1, 2014

From GlobalData today:

LONDON, UK (GlobalData), 1 April 2014 - Recent production surges and developments by major state-owned exploration companies show promise for China to meet its 2015 shale gas production goal, but its ambitious 2020 target remains distant and a shale gas ecosystem development has proven sluggish. The central government is therefore determined to reform the industry further with a series of policy updates, in its push to achieve shale gas commercialization, says an analyst with research and consulting firm GlobalData.

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Congress members call on EPA to investigate water problems

By Bob Downing Published: April 1, 2014

From Americans Against Fracking today:

Washington, D.C. - For the first time, members of Congress today called upon EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy to “investigate and address the water contamination” in Dimock, Pennsylvania; Parker County, Texas; and Pavillion, Wyoming. In all three communities, EPA has previously withdrawn investigations into water contamination and stopped providing affected residents with clean drinking water. Eight Representatives, led by Representative Matt Cartwright (PA-17), made the request in a letter to Administrator McCarthy.

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Athens County group files legal complaint against ODNR

By Bob Downing Published: April 1, 2014

A recent press release from the Athens County Fracking Action Network:

 

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Five states, Gulf produce 80 percent of U.S. crude oil

By Bob Downing Published: April 1, 2014

From the U.S. Energy Information Administration on Monday:

Mar 31, 2014

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Hilcorp seeks Pennsylvania approval for forced pooling

By Bob Downing Published: April 1, 2014

From the Associated Press::

By Kevin Begos and Marc Levy
 

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Columbia Pipeline Group gets new vice president, CEO

By Bob Downing Published: April 1, 2014

From NiSource Inc. on Monday:

MERRILLVILLE, Ind. , March 31, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- NiSource Inc. (NYSE: NI) today announced that Glen L. Kettering has been named executive vice president and group CEO for the company's Columbia Pipeline Group (CPG) business unit, effective April 1, 2014 . Kettering, currently NiSource's Senior Vice President for Corporate Affairs, had also been serving as interim CEO for CPG since December 2013 .

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Eureka Hunter Pipeline names new vice president, COO

By Bob Downing Published: April 1, 2014

From Magnum Hunter Resources last week:

HOUSTON, TX -- (Marketwired) -- 03/24/14 -- Eureka Hunter Pipeline, LLC ("Eureka Hunter"), a majority-owned subsidiary of Magnum Hunter Resources Corporation (NYSE: MHR) (NYSE MKT: MHR.PRC) (NYSE MKT: MHR.PRD) (NYSE MKT: MHR.PRE) ("Magnum Hunter" or the "Company"), announced today that the Company has appointed Christopher T. Akers as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer (COO) effective April 8, 2014. Mr. Akers, age 48, will report to Gary C. Evans, Chairman & CEO of Eureka Hunter.

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CONSOL wins federal approval for Pittsburgh airport drilling

By Bob Downing Published: April 1, 2014

From CONSOL Energy last week:

 

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Study says U.S. chemical makers will benefit from shale gas

By Bob Downing Published: April 1, 2014

From Bloomberg News last week:

By Jack Kaskey

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EnLink Midstream offering limited partner interests

By Bob Downing Published: April 1, 2014

A recent press release from Enlink Midstream Partners:

DALLAS—March 20, 2014—EnLink Midstream Partners, LP (the “Partnership”) today announced the commencement of an underwritten public offering of 17,997,296 common units representing limited partner interests owned by GSO Crosstex Holdings LLC and certain of its affiliates (the “Selling Unitholders”). The underwriter may offer our common units in transactions on the NYSE, in the over-the-counter market or through negotiated transactions at market prices or at negotiated prices. The Partnership will not receive any proceeds from the offering of common units. The total number of outstanding common units of the Partnership will remain unchanged.

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