Utica shale and fracking news
Utica and Marcellus shale web sitesOhio 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.
The Ohio Environmental Council, a statewide eco-group based in Columbus.
Earthjustice, a national eco-group.
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.
Pipeline, blog from Pittsburgh Post-Gazette on Marcellus shale drilling.
Allegheny Front, environmental public radio for Western Pennsylvania.
Chesapeake Energy Corp. has a new partner in developing Ohio's Utica shale: a subsidiary of a French energy giant.
Total E&P USA Inc., a subsidiary of Total SA, Frances's largest oil company, will pay $2.32 billion for a 25 percent interest in 619,000 acres of eastern Ohio with liquids-rich Utica shale.
The joint venture was announced today.
The deal covers 542,000 acres leased by Oklahoma-based Chesapeake Energy and 77,000 acres leased by Texas-based EnerVest Ltd.
The deal covers land in 10 counties in east-central Ohio.
The agreement calls for Total to pay $2.03 billion to Chesapeake and $290 million to EnerVest.
Chesapeake got $610 million when the deal closed and will get $1.42 billion by Dec. 31, 2014, to cover drilling and completion costs.
Cheasapeake will handle all leasing, drilling, completing, operating and marketing activities for the project.
The joint venture is the seventh completed by Chesapeake Energy since 2008. It is the second between Chesapeake and Total. They partnered in 2010 on a project in the Barnett shale in Texas.
The agreement will enable Chesapeake to proceed with extensive drilling on its 1.5 million leased acres in eastern Ohio.
Chesapeake had said in early November it was working on a joint $2.25 billion venture with an unidentified company.