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Hess Energy offers data on wells in Belmont, Harrison counties

By Bob Downing Published: July 31, 2013

From Hess Corp. today:

The company drilled 10 Utica shale wells, completed three wells and flow-tested three wells in the second quarter 2013.

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Centrica to buy Hess' energy marketing business

By Bob Downing Published: July 31, 2013

From Bloomberg News on Tuesday::

By Nidaa Bakhsh

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Ohio has 460 drilled Utica shale wells, 819 wells permitted

By Bob Downing Published: July 31, 2013

The Ohio Department of Natural Resources has issued 819 Utica shale permits, as of July 27.

Of that total, 460 wells have been drilled. A total of 119 wells are in production.

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EQT sues 70 landowners under Pennsylvania's pooling laws

By Bob Downing Published: July 31, 2013

EQY Corp. has filed lawsuits against 70 property owners in Pennsylvania's Allegheny County.

It is seeking to to assemble a drilling unit under the state's pooling laws that enable drillers to assemble such units without compensating landowners.

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Federal agency halts auction in Ohio's Blue Rock State Forest

By Bob Downing Published: July 31, 2013

From the Associated Press:

A federal agency has halted plans to auction off mineral rights for shale drilling in a state forest in eastern Ohio after state officials complained they weren't consulted.

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More details emerge in confidential settlement in western Pa.

By Bob Downing Published: July 31, 2013

From the Associated Press:

 

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Hagan asking Ryan for help on fracking chemical loopholes

By Bob Downing Published: July 31, 2013

From Ohio State Rep. Robert F. Hagan on Monday:

State Representative Robert F. Hagan wrote to Congressman Tim Ryan today, urging him to co-sponsor federal legislation that would help protect the public and the environment from hazardous waste.

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Ford Motor Co. to offer natural gas-powered F-150 pickups

By Bob Downing Published: July 31, 2013

From Bloomberg News:

By Craig Trudell

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Shale boom is boosting chemical exports for shippers

By Bob Downing Published: July 31, 2013

From Bloomberg News:

By Isaac Arnsdorf

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New infrastructure boosts gas production in Pa., W. Va.

By Bob Downing Published: July 31, 2013

From the U.S. Energy Information Administartion:

Jul 30, 2013

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Ohio gets processing, fractionation complex in two counties

By Bob Downing Published: July 30, 2013

KENSINGTON, Ohio, July 29, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- M3 Midstream LLC president and chief executive officer Frank Tsuru today announced that as of July 28th the first phase of the Utica East Ohio Midstream, LLC (UEO) project is in service, receiving rich Utica Shale production, processing natural gas liquids and redelivering residue gas to interstate markets. This milestone makes UEO, a joint venture owned 49% by Access Midstream, 30% by M3 and 21% by EV Energy Partners, the first fully integrated gathering, processing and fractionation complex to be put into operation in eastern Ohio.

 

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Ohio's Blue Rock State Forest to be opened up to fracking

By Bob Downing Published: July 30, 2013

A federal agency has plans to open most of Ohio's Blue Rock State Forest in Muskingum County to fracking, the Columbus Dispatch reports.

The proposal, according to the U.S. Bureau of Land Management website, would open 4,525 acres of mineral rights beneath the 4,578-acre state forest and two townships for bids from oil and gas companies during a Dec. 12 public sale.

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Shale boom in U.S. adding to demand for engineers

By Bob Downing Published: July 30, 2013

The competition for engineers is getting very intense.

The shortage of qualified engineers and the shale boom are making engineers very valuable, says Alanna Petroff of CNN Money.

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Federal agency extends comment time for New York LNG port

By Bob Downing Published: July 30, 2013

From Catskill Citizens:



 

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Pittsburgh-based EQT Corp. is a top Marcellus natural gas producer

By Bob Downing Published: July 30, 2013

The Marcellus Drilling News hailed Pittsburgh-based EQT Corp. for being the second company to produce 1 billion cubic feet per day of natural gas from the Marcellus shale.

The first was Cabot Oil & Gas.

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MarkWest: Turbo expanders, cracker plants, $2.2 billion investment

By Bob Downing Published: July 30, 2013

Casey Junkins of the Wheeling Intelligencer reported on MarkWest Energy and its new cryogenic plant at Cadiz in Harrison County.

The company has invested $2.2 billion in processing plants in the Utica and Marcellus shales.

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Summary of Ohio rally in Warren against injection wells

By Bob Downing Published: July 30, 2013

Here is the post-event press release from the eco-groups involved in yesterday's rally against injection wells in Warren, Ohio:

Hundreds of Activists Converge in Ohio's Portage and Trumbull Counties
Rally Against Toxic, Radioactive Fracking Waste
, Hold Interfaith Prayer Service

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Hess, PetroChina sign production-sharing contract

By Bob Downing Published: July 30, 2013

U.S. energy company Hess Corp. has signed a production-sharing contract with PetroChina, China's first joint agreement to develop a shale oil block, the companies said on July 24, Reuters reported.

China's exploration for shale gas is at an early stage and for shale oil has barely begun.

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Dueling rallies in Warren; Ohio accepts nearly 7.9 billion gallons of waste since 1978

By Bob Downing Published: July 29, 2013

WARREN: Nearly 7.9 billion gallons of drilling waste have been injected under Ohio since 1978.

Portage County got 27 million 42-gallon barrels and is No.1; Stark County is No. 2 with 17 million barrels.

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Antero Resources reports 47 percent hike in proved reserves

By Bob Downing Published: July 29, 2013

From Colorado-based Antero Resources today:

 

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Los Angeles Times reports on Dimock water, EPA dispute

By Bob Downing Published: July 29, 2013

The Los Angeles Times reports that U.S. Environmental Protection Agency officials in the Philadelphia office did not agree with Washington, D.C., on the threat to ground water in Dimock in northeast Pennsylvamia.

Click  here  to read the account from NPR's StateImpact Pennsylvania.

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Prices drop or flat since 2012 on natural gas liquids, EIA says

By Bob Downing Published: July 29, 2013

From the U.S. Energy Information Administration:

Jul 29, 2013

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Industry mistakes have fueled public anger over fracking

By Bob Downing Published: July 29, 2013

From the Associated Press:

By Kevin Begos
 

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Encana's drilling plan in Michigan is under review

By Bob Downing Published: July 29, 2013

From the Associated Press:

A proposal to drill as many as 500 wells in Michigan’s northern Lower Peninsula by using hydraulic fracturing is attracting attention and criticism from environmentalists.

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Train safety rules delayed by a year by Obama Administration

By Bob Downing Published: July 29, 2013

From the Associated Press:

By Matthew Daly
Associated Press

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Eminent domain proposed in Pennsylvania-Delaware pipeline

By Bob Downing Published: July 29, 2013

Sunoco's Logistics Partners LP is proposing to use eminent domain to build a pipeline from western Pennsylvania east to Philadelphia.

A small part of the line would be on Delaware land at the eastern end, and that makes eminent domain by the private company legal.

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Ohio Oil Gathering uses rail to hail Utica light oil condensate

By Bob Downing Published: July 29, 2013

From Crosstex Energy on Friday:

 

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Medina group supports Cartright's CLEANER bill

By Bob Downing Published: July 29, 2013

From the Concerned Citizens of Medina County:

Medina, Ohio. Fracking is now responsible for 90 percent of domestic oil and gas production, with thousands of wells popping up across the nation. The number of wells is expected to skyrocket during the next two decades. The Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) of 1976 requires the safe disposal of solid waste and hazardous materials. In 1980, RCRA was amended to exempt waste from the production and development of oil and natural gas ("exploration & production" waste), so these 'fracking' wastes are not considered hazardous as a result.

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Ohio EPA cites pipeline construction company for problem

By Bob Downing Published: July 29, 2013

The Ohio Environmental Protection Agency has cited an Oklahoma-based pipeline company after fluids and sediments leaked into a nearby creek from its Muskingum County site.

The complaint to Sheehan Pipe Line Construction Co. was issued July 15, after fluids and sediments washed into Wakatomika Creek near Frazeysburg, the Columbus Dispatch reported..

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Two companies expanding in Columbiana County

By Bob Downing Published: July 29, 2013

The Columbiana County Port Authority has approved leases to provide more space to two companies with ties to the drilling industry.

Oklahoma-based Anchor Drilling Fluids Inc. needed more space for inbound storage tanks.

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Range Resources ships Marcellus ethane to Ontario cracker

By Bob Downing Published: July 29, 2013

The Marcellus Drilling News reports that ethane from western Pennsylvania has been shipped to an Ontario cracker plant.

Texas-based Range Resources on July 21 reported its first deliveries of ethane via the Mariner West pipeline were made to Sarnia, Ontario, Canada. This is the first time ethane has made it to a processing (cracker) plant.

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Range Resources: Gas production up 27 percent from 2Q 2012

By Bob Downing Published: July 29, 2013

From Texas-based Range Resources Corp.:

FORT WORTH, Texas--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Jul. 24, 2013-- RANGE RESOURCES CORPORATION (NYSE: RRC) today announced its second quarter 2013 financial results.

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Interest growing in exporting Marcellus shale natural gas

By Bob Downing Published: July 29, 2013

Countries hungry for natural gas are eying Pennsylvania's gas-rich Marcellus shale, says Susan Phillips of NPR's StateImpact Pennsylvania.

At present, the United States has only two export terminals: one in Louisiana and one in Alaska.

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Mahoning County landfill to be home to seven Utica wells

By Bob Downing Published: July 29, 2013

Hilcorp Energy Co. now has seven permits to drill horizontal wells on the Carbon Limestone Landfill in Mahoning County, the Business Journal reports.

One well is complete. The permits have been issued for the others by the Ohio Department of Natural Resources.

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Economic development district eyed in Tuscarawas County

By Bob Downing Published: July 28, 2013

Offricials in Ohio's Tuscarawas County are looking injto creating a new economic development district, tied to plans for a proposed gas-p-rcessing plant.

Uhrichsville City Council and Rusj Township are talking about such a district involving the proposed plant by Houston-based Kinder-Morgan.

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Another Colorado town to vote in November on fracking ban

By Bob Downing Published: July 28, 2013

Another Colorado town, Lafayette, has filed enough valid signatures to put an anti-fracking ban on the November ballot.

To read the full story from the Boulder Daily Camera, click  here.

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Four drillers target Pennsylvania's Upper Devonian shale

By Bob Downing Published: July 26, 2013

A new, third layer of shale deep beneath the surface of western Pennsylvania is showing promise as a source of natural gas.

It might not prove to be as lucrative as the Marcellus or Utica shales, but CONSOL Energy Inc. says it is thrilled by the Upper Devonian rocks, a mixture of shale and sandstone layers that could become an added energy source.

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Limited Upper Devonian drilling in southeast Ohio

By Bob Downing Published: July 26, 2013

There is limited drilling in the Upper Devonian shale formation in southeast Ohio.

A total of 125 wells have been drilled in seven counties in the past two years, mostly by Oxford Oil Co. LLC, said Steve Opritza of the Ohio Department of Natural Resources’ Division of Oil and Gas Resources Management.

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Klaber leaving Pennsylvania's Marcellus Shale Coalition

By Bob Downing Published: July 26, 2013

Kathryn Klaber, the executive director of the Pennsylvania-based Marcellus Shale Coalition, an industry-backed pro-drilling group, is leaving.

No replacement has been named.

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EQT to spend $40 million on eight wells in Guernsey County

By Bob Downing Published: July 26, 2013

From Pittsburgh-based EQT Corp. on Thursday:

PITTSBURGH--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- EQT Corporation (NYSE: EQT) today announced the Company's 2013 capital expenditure (CAPEX) forecast of $1.5 billion . The CAPEX forecast includes $1.15 billion for EQT Production , $320 million for EQT Midstream , and $45 million for distribution infrastructure projects and other corporate items. The forecast does not include CAPEX for EQT Midstream Partners, LP (NYSE: EQM), which is a publicly traded entity controlled by EQT Corporation and consolidated in its financial statements. Funding will be provided by cash-on-hand at year-end, cash generated from operations, and proceeds from expected midstream asset sales (dropdowns) to EQT Midstream Partners, LP .

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Loveland to vote on two-year fracking moratorium

By Bob Downing Published: July 26, 2013

From the Associated Press:

A two-year moratorium on oil and gas fracking within the city of Loveland will be on the November ballot in Colorado.

The advocacy group Protect Our Loveland turned in nearly 4,000 signatures and City Clerk Terry Andrews said Tuesday that the petitions meet requirements for the ballot.

According to the Loveland Reporter-Herald, the proposed ordinance would place a two-year moratorium on the use of hydraulic fracturing, also known as fracking, to extract oil and gas within city limits.

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George Mitchell, father of fracking, is dead in Texas

By Bob Downing Published: July 26, 2013

The father of fracking is dead.

Billionaire Texas oilman George Mitcehll has died.

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Colorado congressman sues to block fracking

By Bob Downing Published: July 26, 2013

From the Associated Press:

A Colorado congressman is suing a drilling company to prevent them from using hydraulic fracturing on land near his property.

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Halliburton Co. contacted in federal anti-trust investigation

By Bob Downing Published: July 26, 2013

From the Associated Press:

Federal officials have contacted Halliburton Co. and Baker Hughes Inc. as part of an antitrust investigation into an oil and gas drilling process used in hydraulic fracturing, or fracking.

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Proposed legislation seeks to close toxic loophole in RCRA

By Bob Downing Published: July 25, 2013

A press release received today from the People's Oil and Gas Collorative-Ohio:

For Immediate Release

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Low natural gas prices provide little incentive to produce

By Bob Downing Published: July 25, 2013

The Motley Fool reports on the Inside Monkey blog that China and India have hiked the prices paid for natural gas.

It looks at the impacts of low natural gas prices in the United States on Oklahoma-based Chesapeake Energy Corp., a big player in Ohio's Utica shale, and also on SandRidge Energy.

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Mother Jones reports on Portage County injection wells

By Bob Downing Published: July 25, 2013

Mother Jones is the latest publication to weigh in on the volume of waste going into injection wells in Portage County.

Portage is No. 1 in Ohio for accepting that waste, much of which comes from out of state.

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Ohio's injection wells targeted in July 29 protest in Warren

By Bob Downing Published: July 25, 2013

Activists against Ohio’s injection wells are holding a rally at 1:30 p.m. Monday, July 29,  on the square of the Trumbull County Courthouse in downtown Warren.

The group is calling for a ban on injection wells used to get rid of liquid drilling wastes in Ohio.

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Cabot reports second quarter production up 52 percent from 2012

By Bob Downing Published: July 25, 2013

From Cabot Oil & Gas on Wednesday:

 

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Brazilian delegation in Pennsylvania to learn about shale drilling

By Bob Downing Published: July 25, 2013

From the Associated Press

By Kevin Begos

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Congressional hearing on EPA's science approach to fracking

By Bob Downing Published: July 25, 2013

From the Associated Press:

 Scientific advisers were on the hot seat Wednesday during a congressional hearing to examine the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's approach to research on health and safety implications of hydraulic fracturing.

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U.S. Justice Department investigating fracking market

By Bob Downing Published: July 25, 2013

From Bloomberg News:

Baker Hughes, the world’s third-largest provider of hydraulic-fracturing services, said the U.S. Justice Department is seeking documents for an antitrust investigation related to the fracturing market.

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World energy consumption to grow by 56 percent by 2040, study says

By Bob Downing Published: July 25, 2013

From the U.S. Energy Information Administration today:

Jul 25, 2013

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U.S. shales could safely house nuclear waste, USGS reports

By Bob Downing Published: July 24, 2013

From the U.S. Geological Survey today:

Shale and other clay-rich rock formations might offer permanent disposal solutions for spent nuclear fuel, according to a new paper by the U.S. Geological Survey. There is currently about 70,000 metric tons of this spent fuel in temporary storage across the United States.

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Seeking themes in second quarter 2013 energy reports

By Bob Downing Published: July 24, 2013

Many energy companies are about to release financial reports and operational updates from the second quarter 2013.

Here are five themes to look for from analysts Tim Rezvan and Truman Hobbs of New York-based Sterne, Agee:

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Sasol, INEOS approve deal for high density polyethylenes

By Bob Downing Published: July 24, 2013

 

From Sasol and INEOS today:

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ENGlobal gets contract for Utica East Ohio cryogenic plant

By Bob Downing Published: July 24, 2013

From ENGlobal on Tuesday:

 

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Ohio has approved 812 permits, 390 Utica wells completed

By Bob Downing Published: July 24, 2013

Ohio has approved 812 Utica shale permits, through July 20.

That includes 390 wells that have been completed and 117 wells that are in production, says the Ohio Department of Natural Resources.

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Brickler & Eckler opening new Marietta law office

By Bob Downing Published: July 24, 2013

The law firm of Bricker & Eckler is expanding into Marietta and Washington County.

The firm has Ohio offices in Columbus, Cleveland and West Chester.

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Four face felony charges after Michigan pipeline protest

By Bob Downing Published: July 24, 2013

From the Associated Press:

Four people are facing felony charges following arrests at a protest seeking to block a Michigan oil pipeline project.

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Canada toughening rules on oil shipments by rail

By Bob Downing Published: July 24, 2013

From the Associated Press:

By Rob Gillies

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U.S. sees natural gas storage working capacity grow in 2012

By Bob Downing Published: July 24, 2013

From the U.S. Energy Information Administration:

Jul 24, 2013

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Center unhappy with lack of export progress by DOE

By Bob Downing Published: July 23, 2013

From the Center for Liquified Natural Gas on Monday:

 

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Halcon Resources plans oil terminal, rail facility in Lordstown

By Bob Downing Published: July 23, 2013

Halcon Resources intends to build a $70 million oil storage and rail-loading facility at Lordstown in Trumbull County.

The first phase of the project, to be built by a Halcon Resources' subsidiary, is scheduled to open in 2014.

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New York state marks 5th anniversary of no-drilling ban

By Bob Downing Published: July 23, 2013

Today marks the fifth anniversary of the state of New York imposing a moratorium on drilling for natural gas with horizontal wells in the Utica shale.

The state is looking at perhaps allowing limited drilling in southern counties, but that decision had not been finalized.

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Federal fracking rules would have costly impacts, study says

By Bob Downing Published: July 23, 2013

The proposed federal fracking rules would cost $96,913 per well to implement, according to a study commissioned by two industry groups.

The proposed rules could cost as much as $345 million, if they are applied to all 3,566 projects that could be affected, the study said.

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Kansas utility regulators considering new drilling rules

By Bob Downing Published: July 23, 2013

From the Associated Press:

Kansas utility regulators are considering new rules to require oil and natural gas companies to disclose some information about the chemicals they use in hydraulic fracturing, but representatives of an environmental group said Monday that the regulations wouldn’t go far enough.

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Higher natural gas prices boost electric costs in U.S.

By Bob Downing Published: July 23, 2013

From the U.S. Energy Information Administration:

Jul 23, 2013

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Gulfport Energy adds 8,000 acres to its Utica shale leases

By Bob Downing Published: July 23, 2013

From Gulfport Energy today on adding 8,000 leased acres in Ohio's Utica shale and more:

OKLAHOMA CITY , July 23, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Gulfport Energy Corporation (Nasdaq:GPOR) ("Gulfport") today provides an operational update and schedules second quarter 2013 financial and operational results conference call.

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Congressional Research looks at legal issues around fracking

By Bob Downing Published: July 23, 2013

The Congressional Research Service also released a report looking at legal issues surrounding shale drilling.

The 37-page report is entitled: "Hydraulic Fracturing: Selected Legal Issues."

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Service releases new federal overview report on shale drilling

By Bob Downing Published: July 23, 2013

The Congressional Research Service hasa new report out on shale gas drilling.

It is the 27-page report entitled "An Overview of Unconventional Oil and Natural Gas: Resources and Federal Action."

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Chesapeake Energy is No. 1 in Pennsylvania with 1,694 permits

By Bob Downing Published: July 23, 2013

From the Marcellus Drilling News and the Pittsburgh Business Times:

There are a lot of different ways to measure who the biggest drillers are in Pennsylvania, the Top 10 drillers.

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The U.S. shale boom boosts upward mobility

By Jim Mackinnon Published: July 22, 2013

The places in the United States with extensive and growing fracking of shale are among the most upwardly mobile regions in the nation, reports the Via Meadia blog at The American Interest.

"A fascinating map of American income mobility has been making the blogging rounds today. The map is based on a study that the NYT notes is being hailed as 'the most detailed portrait yet of income mobility in the United States.' The study found that metro areas with greater income heterogeneity had greater social mobility," Via Meadia writes.

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ODNR holds Wednesday meeting on Rosebud's Carrollton Mine

By Bob Downing Published: July 22, 2013

"95% of Carroll County residents rely on private water wells for their potable and agricultural needs. Coal mining and shale gas drilling in a single geographic area at this magnitude has never been seen in Ohio and many residents are expressing concern about the safety of that intersection." said Paul Feezel, Chair of Carroll Concerned Citizens.

Members of the press are encouraged to attend this important ODNR meeting that may be the last opportunity for citizens to influence ODNR's view that intensive coal mining literally at the same time there is intensive shale gas drilling is a good idea.

The meeting will be held this Wednesday July 24 at the Mt. Pleasant United Methodist Church Fellowship Hall located at 89 Canyon Road SW Carrollton Ohio 44615. It begins at 5 pm.

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Opposing filmmakers at center of debate over drilling

By Bob Downing Published: July 22, 2013

From the Associated Press:

By Kevin Begos

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D&L Energy files revocation appeal in Franklin County court

By Bob Downing Published: July 22, 2013

From the Youngstown Vindicator:

D&L Energy has appealed a decision made by the Ohio Oil and Gas Commission last month that upheld state regulator’s decision to revoke its operating permits.

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State of Colorado joins fight against cities' anti-fracking rules

By Bob Downing Published: July 22, 2013

From the ShaleOhio blog of Bricker & Eeckler:

Through the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission (COGCC), the state of Colorado is now party to two cases against hydraulic fracturing restrictions enacted by Colorado cities, Denver Business Journal reports.

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Conservancy: Cooperation, shared vision needed in eastern Ohio

By Bob Downing Published: July 22, 2013

From the ShaleOhio blog of Bricker & Eckler, the Columbus-based law firm:

During a public forum at Eastern Gateway Community College in Steubenville last week, Rich Cochran, president and CEO of the Western Reserve Land Conservancy (WRLC), said that oil and gas resources in the Utica shale play are being developed in the context of a fight, which prohibits communities from employing cooperative, creative solutions to drilling concerns, The Herald-Star reports.

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U.S. natural gas spot prices climb in first half 2013

By Bob Downing Published: July 22, 2013

From the U.S. Energy Information Administartion:

Jul 22, 2013

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Ithica-based foundation supporting anti-fracking groups

By Bob Downing Published: July 22, 2013

Since early 2012, the Park Foundation has provided more than $2 million to groups opposed to hydraulic fracturing or fracking, and that efforts is starting to have an impact, reports Gannett's Albany Bureau.

The foundation is based in Ithica, N.Y.

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Retired Mobil executive offers views on fracking, climate change

By Bob Downing Published: July 22, 2013

Truthout's Ellen Cantarow interviews Louis W. Allstadt, a retired executive vice president of Mobil.

Allstadt spent 31 years with  he company and retired in 2000.

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Ohio State wants to drill, study gas well in Noble County

By Bob Downing Published: July 22, 2013

From the Associated Press:

Ohio State University says its researcher want to install and study a gas well in eastern Ohio to study the process of hydraulic fracturing, or fracking.

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Pipeline to carry natural gas from Utica, Marcellus to Midwest

By Bob Downing Published: July 19, 2013

One of the largest natural gas pipelines ever built in the United States will be made bidirectional to transport natural gas from Ohio to the Midwest and potentially to the West.

The Rockies Express Pipeline (REX) was previously used to ship natural gas from Colorado and Wyoming to Ohio. But the shale boom in Ohio and Pennsylvania has reduced the demand for natural gas shipped east in the pipeline.

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District approves Seneca Lake water sale with Antero Resources

By Bob Downing Published: July 19, 2013

The Muskingum Watershed Conservancy District on Friday approved a new water sale from Seneca Lake to a Utica shale driller.

The agency’s governing board, meeting at Atwood Lake, approved a water deal for August through October with Colorado-based Antero Resources.

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Eco-group to sue Pennsylvania firm over drilling wastewater

By Bob Downing Published: July 19, 2013

An environmental group has filed a notice of intent to file a lawsuit against Waste Treatment Corporation for alleged illegal discharge of oil and gas drilling wastewater into the Allegheny River.

Clean Water Action, a grassroots organization that advocates for clean water and decreased pollution, issued a press release on Thursday announcing the intent to file suit, claiming, in part, that WTC has "violated their water discharge permit nearly 400 times since 2010" and also has no permit from the state of Pennsylvania authorizing them to discharge oil and gas wastewater.

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Appeals court says Maryland must review compressor plans

By Bob Downing Published: July 19, 2013

From Bloomkberg News:

By Andrew Zajac

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Needed natural gas infrastructure being added in Appalachia

By Bob Downing Published: July 19, 2013

The $500 million Natrium plant to process natural gas from Ohio, West Virginia and Pennsylvania is complete.

The plant was built on the West Virginia side of the Ohio River in Marshall County by Dominion Resources.

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Youngstown committee is back with community bill of rights

By Bob Downing Published: July 19, 2013

From the Youngstown Community Bill of Rights Committee today:

Youngstown, Ohio, July 19, 2013 – They’re back and more determined than ever to win on election day in November 2013. The Youngstown, Ohio, Community Bill of Rights Committee is coordinating a new door-to-door campaign to get the required number of registered Youngstown voter signatures to put a question on the November ballot.

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Lottery decides drilling abstractors' access to W. Va. deeds

By Bob Downing Published: July 19, 2013

Tyler County Clerk Teresa Hamilton is staging a lottery for oil-and-gas abstractors seeking one of 96 daily spots to research local property deeds in the West Virginia county.

The lottery was started after abstractors camped out overnight in order to get in the county office to research deeds.

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United Kingdom plans to cut shale taxes in half

By Bob Downing Published: July 19, 2013

From Bloomberg NJews:

By Nidaa Bakhsh

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DOE says no evidence of water contamination from drilling in Pa.

By Bob Downing Published: July 19, 2013

From the Associated Press:

A landmark federal study on hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, shows no evidence that chemicals from the natural gas drilling process moved up to contaminate drinking water aquifers at a western Pennsylvania drilling site, the Department of Energy told the Associated Press.

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XTO Energy, EPA settle Pennsylvania wastewater violation

By Bob Downing Published: July 18, 2013

From the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency today:

 

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Ohio must improve financial assurances on drilling, groups say

By Bob Downing Published: July 18, 2013

Ohio’s financial assurance requirements for oil and gas drilling are woefully inadequate and need to be raised, two groups said today.

Ohio bonding and liability requirements are insufficient to cover the cost and damage from drilling accidents and problems in the developing Utica shale, said Environment Ohio and Policy Matters Ohio.

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Pennsylvania landowners unhappy about royalty payments

By Bob Downing Published: July 18, 2013

There is grass-roots talk in Pennsylvania about a class-action lawsuit against Chesapeake Energy Corp. over royalties, reports Pennsylvania NPR's StateImpact.

Sone landowners in and around Towanda are unhappy with the copmpany deducting certain expenses before making royalty payments to landowners.

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Chilean energy companies eye Marcellus shale gas

By Bob Downing Published: July 18, 2013

Chilean energy companies are very interested in natural gas from Pennsylvani's Marcellus shale.

In fact, a delegation of those officials are in Pennsylvania on a trade mission, according to Susan Phillips of NPR's StateImpact.

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More oil spills, accidents reported by American railroads

By Bob Downing Published: July 18, 2013

A decade ago, there were perhaps one or two oil spills from railroads hauling that product, according to EnergyWire.

That number grew to 88 last year as more oil is hauled by rail, the news service reported.

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Natural gas prices loom big in abandoning Pennsylvania leases

By Bob Downing Published: July 18, 2013

From the Damascus Citizens for Sustainability:

Milanville, PA -- Jul 18, 2013 / (http://www.myprgenie.com) -- Hess and Newfield, owneers of major gas and oil drilling leaseholds in Wayne County, Pennsylvania, are abandoning leases held for nearly four years in the Delaware River Basin (DRB) and after spending $150 million on those leases.

In letters to all lessors dated July 1, 2013, Newfield Appalachia PA, LLC, advised "…Newfield and Hess have elected to release your lease, thus your lease will not be continued into the development phase. Pursuant to the terms of the lease, this letter is notice that Newfield and Hess will file of record a Release of Lease in the offices of the Clerk of County in which the property resides."

Damascus Citizens for Sustainability (DCS), which started the fight against gas drilling on the East Coast, has obtained several of these letters and the AP has written that all lessors in the area have received them.The complete extent of the withdrawal will be official soon, since changes to leases must be recorded within 30 days.

"There is considerable speculation concerning the reasons," said Barbara Arrindell, Director of DCS, "but various economic factors may loom large in this decision. Among them may be the extremely high cost of drilling; possible meager gas production; the precipitous downward production decline rate; major stockholders' discontent with Hess and its risky "scattershot approach to investment" and the continued low price of "dry" gas (gas that has no light oils or ʻnatural gas liquidsʼ in it). Additionally, there may b e distinct tax advantages to Hess dumping the leases while it faces mounting business challenges, to say nothing of the public relations nightmare facing the industry with HBOʼs airing of Gasland 2, Josh Foxʼs latest exposé."

Josh Fox, the creator of the films Gasland and Gasland 2 said, "I can't believe it and I can't stop crying. The companies that leased 80,000 acres in my township, in the upper Delaware River Basin are LEAVING. CANCELING ALL THE LEASES. WE ARE FREE. THANK YOU ALL FRACTIVISTS. THANK YOU EVERYONE FOR THIS AMAZING VICTORY. WE WIN! AND WE WON'T STOP UNTIL WE WIN EVERYWHERE. I'm speechless. This proves that people, organized and passionate can actually win sometimes. In the grand scheme of things, this is a small victory, but it's HUGE. It's the Upper Delaware."

"Yet," continued Arrindell, "there can be little doubt that this decision also reflects an industry realization that it made a fundamental miscalculation. Even after being limited to only three exploratory wells (now plugged), Hess failed to observe that an educated public was unwilling to accept the industryʼs false rhetoric. The claims of environmental safety and supposed benefits to local businesses and workers were recognized as both false and overlooking greater costs to the local economy and quality of life. Unlike the government in Pennsylvania and some other states where protecting the public interest is not taken seriously, the Delaware River Basin Commission is taking a properly cautious regulatory approach. Newfield and Hess could not adjust their investment and management plans to that approach."

In fact, Carol Collier, Director of the Delaware River Basin Commission, recently wrote, "All members of the Basin community have a common interest in ensuring that the potential introduction of an industrial activity in the drainage area to these waters occurs only in a manner that does not cause a substantial adverse effect on the outstanding value and vital ecological functions that these waters provide."

"This is not a surprising decision," remarked Al Appleton, a former New York City Commissioner of Environmental Protection and an international expert on sustainable management of landscapes and water resources and a technical advisor on gas fracking to many organizations, including DCS. "The industryʼs economic calculations about the profitability of gas fracking assume that they can treat the environmental, public health, and landscape concerns that gas fracking raises as unimportant and not worthy of significant financial commitment. If these companies had to pay the costs of the damage to the environment, public health, and economic viability of rural landscapes, it would be a far less profitable, but far better business model. Fortunately, in the Pennsylvania portion of the Delaware River Basin, an enormously important environmental resource for over twenty million people, an aroused and aware public, and a responsible regulator have forced the industry to face th ose costs. This is an important milestone on the path to economic and environmental sustainability, one that Pennsylvania and New York, as well as the United States, are all committed to and must follow. The rule for the future must be that businesses cannot depend on shortcutting environmental and public health concerns as a path to profit. Today, the energy market has had to take a small, but important step towards recognizing the mistake of basing economic strategy on environmentally unsustainable practices."

Ms. Arrindell declared, "DCS celebrates the Delaware Basin being a little bit cleaner today after these companies have finally faced economic and environmental reality. We should all drink a glass of our clean Delaware water in celebration!"

One lessor affected by Hessʼs decision remarked that she was "very happy...Now the work begins educating the other people who made the decision to lease in the first place. This is a huge win for the Delaware River Valley. I just had to share...Thanks to all the grass-roots organizations for your tireless effort to stop the drill."

EvenNew York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman recognized the extraordinary efforts and results of citizensʼ protests in New York. Schneiderman said Tuesday at a Post-Standard editorial board meeting, "They have out-organized the oil and gas industry. That's impressive."

Joe Levine, DCS co-founder added, "Fracking is intrinsically contaminating and regulations cannot make it safe. This is likely not the last weʼll see of the threatening gas extractors who, with the help of federal, state, and local governments, came to steal our resources and property rights. I think the water contamination and community degradation across PA is catching up with the industry lies that claim drilling is good for us. This feels like a David and Goliath moment. Thank God we still have our water. We regret that so many families across PA cannot say the same."

DCS says it will continue the fight to keep drilling out of the Delaware River Basin. It seeks to protect everyoneʼs rights to clean water and air and a life free from the industrialized, scorched earth that accompanies fracking. In addition, DCS is looking to lead the way towards the renewable energy, no- carbon future that is the real hope for long-term environmental and economic health.



Hess put its Honesdale, PA office up for sale last January and is sending Letters of Release to its leaseholders in Wayne County, PA. (Photo: Pat Carullo)





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Jewell defends proposed federal fracking rules

By Bob Downing Published: July 18, 2013

From Bloomberg News:

U.S. Interior Secretary Sally Jewell drew on her experience as a former oil-industry engineer to defend proposed federal regulation of hydraulic fracturing for oil and gas on publicly owned land.

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Flaring of natural gas ends at MarkWest processing plant

By Bob Downing Published: July 17, 2013

The Observer-Reporter newspaper reports that the flaring of natural gas has ended at MarkWest's processing plant in Houston, Pa.

The burning off of the natural gas began on Sunday and ended on Tuesday, the paper reported.

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EQT sells pipeline to EQT Midstream Partners for $540 million

By Bob Downing Published: July 17, 2013

 

Pittsburgh, PA (July 15, 2013) – EQT Corporation (NYSE: EQT) and EQT Midstream Partners, LP (NYSE: EQM) today announced that EQT Midstream Partners has agreed to acquire EQT Corporation’s (EQT) wholly owned subsidiary, Sunrise Pipeline, LLC (Sunrise), for $507.5 million cash and $32.5 million of common and general partners units. EQT Midstream Partners (Partnership) also agreed to pay additional consideration of $110 million to EQT upon the effectiveness of a new transportation agreement with a third-party that the Partnership expects to become effective post-closing. In addition, the Partnership announced a $0.40 cash distribution per unit for the second quarter 2013, which represents a $0.03 or 8% increase over the first quarter 2013 cash distribution per unit.

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Drillers flood Ohio legislators with $660,000 in contributions

By Bob Downing Published: July 17, 2013

Ohio Gov. John Kasich's proposed severance tax never had a chance, according to the Cincinnati Inquirer.

It reported that the 10 largest drilling companies in Ohio had contributed more than $660,000 to legislators since 2010, and thtose legislators never backed Kasich..

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Ohio has approved 789 Utica permits, 387 wells drilled

By Bob Downing Published: July 17, 2013

The Ohio Department of Natural Resources has approved 789 Utica shale permits, as of July 13.

That includes 387 wells that have been drilled and 113 wells that are in production.

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Natural gas processor agrees to New Mexico settlement

By Bob Downing Published: July 17, 2013

From the Associated Press:

State environment officials have reached a settlement with the operator of a natural gas processing plant in southeastern New Mexico over alleged pollution violations.

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Chevron signs $1.24 billion shale deal with Argentina

By Bob Downing Published: July 17, 2013

From Bloomberg News on Tuesday:

By Pablo Gonzalez & Camila Russo

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Third shale coming into play in western Pennsylvania

By Bob Downing Published: July 17, 2013

From the Marcellus Drilling News and the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review:

A third layer of shale is drawing more and more attention from Western Pennsylvania’s gas drillers.

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CONSOL Energy update: It drills four wells in Ohio's Noble County

By Bob Downing Published: July 17, 2013

An update released on Monday by CONSOL Energy:

PITTSBURGH , July 15, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- CONSOL Energy Inc. (NYSE: CNX), the leading diversified fuel producer in the Eastern U.S., is providing an operations update for the quarter ended June 30, 2013 .

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Drillers still searching for oil in western Utica play, report says

By Bob Downing Published: July 17, 2013

From the Youngstown-based Business Journal:

A new report by Baird Equity Research Energysays exploration companies “haven’t cracked the code” to successfully extract oil in the western part of the Utica shale play.

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West Virginia's new rules of horizontal wells are in effect

By Bob Downing Published: July 17, 2013

From the West Virginia Natural gas blog from the law firm of Lewis Glasser Casey & Rollins:

For the past two years, the W. Va. Legislature and the W. Va. Department of Environmental Protection (“WVDEP”) have been focused on developing and implementing new regulations regarding horizontal natural gas wells.

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Beck Energy facing class-action suit on Monroe County leases

By Bob Downing Published: July 17, 2013

From the ShaleOhio blog by the Ohio law firm Bricker & Eckler:

Ravenna-based Beck Energy Corp. may ask the 7th District Court of Appeals in Youngstown to hear a class-action lawsuit filed by hundreds of landowners with property spanning across 21,000 acres in Ohio's Monroe County, The (Youngstown) Vindicator reports.

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West Virginia completes three studies of drilling issues

By Bob Downing Published: July 17, 2013

The West Virginia Legislature ordered three studies conducted to look closer at Marcellus and Utixca shale drilling,

The studies were conducted by West Virginia University.

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Secret settlements resolve neighbors' complaints on drilling

By Bob Downing Published: July 17, 2013

Last month, Bloomberg News had an interesting report on how drillers have settled contamination complaints with neighbors in numerous states, often with confidentiality agreements that keep the settlements secret.

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Utica supply chain in Aug. 12 program in Akron

By Bob Downing Published: July 17, 2013

The Utica shale supply chain will be spotlighted in an Aug. 12 program in Akron.

The 16th annual Northeast Ohio Logistics Conference will be held at Firestone Country Club.

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U.S. refinery capacity grows in 2013

By Bob Downing Published: July 16, 2013

From the U.S. Energy Information Administration:

Jul 16, 2013

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Lender commitments for Antero Resources hiked

By Bob Downing Published: July 16, 2013

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

 

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New York Catskill group joins clean-water campaign

By Bob Downing Published: July 16, 2013

Fremont Center, NY – July 16, 2013 – A draft executive order that would make the protection of water supplies a national priority and move the nation toward a cleaner energy future is being submitted today to the White House for the consideration of President Obama. The order was written by theCommittee for an American Clean Energy Agenda (ACEA), which represents 120 citizen organizations with nearly 2 million members in 33 states and the District of Columbia. It would require: (1) the completion of a long-overdue national water census; (2) the creation of a “U.S. Water Budget”; and (3) a plan to shift to clean energy supplies in key watersheds identified by the US Geological Survey. The executive order can be found at http://www.americancleanenergyagenda.org/news/

 

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120 eco-groups ask Obama to make water a national priority

By Bob Downing Published: July 16, 2013

A press release receivfed today:

WASHINGTON, D.C. – July 16, 2013 – A detailed executive order making water a major national priority and moving the nation to a clean energy future is being submitted today to the White House for the consideration of President Obama.

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API kicking out new shale drilling advertising campaign

By Bob Downing Published: July 16, 2013

From the American Petroleum Institute:

WASHINGTON, July 16, 2013 – API Director of Upstream and Industry Operations Erik Milito announced the launch of a new ad in the campaign that seeks to promote the facts about hydraulic fracturing.

“This campaign reflects API’s commitment to addressing the public’s concerns about hydraulic fracturing, because safe oil and natural gas development means thousands of reliable, well-paying jobs to families across the country,” said Milito. “The United States is becoming a global energy-leader because of an abundance of energy from shale, which is also making a significant contribution to the economy, and reducing our carbon emissions to near 20-year lows.”

The new television, print, radio and online ads began circulating yesterday in Arkansas, Colorado, Maryland, Michigan, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio and Pennsylvania. The ads feature the Kern family who live on a ranch in Ault, Colorado, raising cattle. The land has been in their family for five generations and they researched the hydraulic fracturing process before allowing operations on their property. The Kerns experience has been that hydraulic fracturing is safe for the land, water and air.

Shale energy production has created tens of millions of dollars in additional revenues for federal, state and local governments, helped American consumers save an average of $926 annually per household, and supported more than 1.75 million jobs in 2012, according to research firm IHS Global Insight.

“Whether you drive a car, or heat your home, virtually every American is participating in this new energy revolution,” said Milito. “It is important to talk about the energy choices we face for our future, and these ads are another step in our efforts to engage the American public. We believe a better informed public leads to better decisions for our future.”

API is a national trade association that represents all segments of America’s technology-driven oil and natural gas industry. Its more than 500 members – including large integrated companies, exploration and production, refining, marketing, pipeline, and marine businesses, and service and supply firms – provide most of the nation’s energy. The industry also supports 9.2 million U.S. jobs and 7.7 percent of the U.S. economy, delivers $85 million a day in revenue to our government, and, since 2000, has invested over $2 trillion in U.S. capital projects to advance all forms of energy, including alternatives.

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Pipeline to be reversed to serve mystery Utica shale producer

By Bob Downing Published: July 16, 2013

From the Marcellus Drilling News:

What a difference a year makes. Last August, RBN Energy President Rusty Braziel said the Rockies Express Pipeline (REX), which originates in Rio Blanco County, Colorado and sends gas to Monroe County, Ohio, was in danger of drying up because there’s so much shale gas coming from the Marcellus. His prescription? Turn it around and send gas the other way (see REX NatGas Pipeline Faces Stiff Competition from Marcellus). Looks like REX has taken Rusty’s advice.

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Drillers cancel leases due to northeast Pennsylvania moratorium

By Bob Downing Published: July 16, 2013

From the Associated Press:

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Energy scholarship awarded to Akron's Derek Troyer

By Bob Downing Published: July 16, 2013

A press release from the Ohio Oil and Gas Energy Education Program:

 

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Sasol appointments advance Louisiana cracker plant

By Bob Downing Published: July 15, 2013

From Sasol today:

Westlake, Louisiana, (USA)– Sasol today announced a series of engineering and technology provider appointments as it continues to advance front-end engineering and design (FEED) of its world class ethane cracker and derivatives project.

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Natural gas production jumps 27 percent for Range Resources

By Bob Downing Published: July 15, 2013

From Texas-based Range Rersources, a major player in the Marcellus shale of Pennsylvania:

 

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GDP climbs in North Dakota due to Bakken oil production

By Bob Downing Published: July 15, 2013

From the U.S. Energy Information Administration:

Jul 12, 2013

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Loss of intangible drilling deduction would hurt, API study says

By Bob Downing Published: July 15, 2013

From the American Petroleum Institute:

WASHINGTON, July 11, 2013 – A new study released today shows the harmful impacts that would result from repealing the tax deduction for intangible drilling costs (IDCs), API Director of Tax and Accounting Policy Stephen Comstock told reporters this morning.

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Ohio activists planning July 29 event in Trumbull County

By Bob Downing Published: July 15, 2013

Don't Frack Ohio is planning a July 29 rally in Warren.

The event will be held on the Courthouse Square in downtown Warren.

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Hagan responds to new evidence on injection wells, quakes

By Bob Downing Published: July 15, 2013

From State Rep. Robert F/ Hagan, D-Youngstown, on Friday:

COLUMBUS- Today, The Science Journal published a report that details the increase in earthquakes due to the deep well injection of fracking wastewater. Author William L. Ellsworth of the USGS Earthquake Science Center reviewed the troubling connections between injection wells and the peak of human-induced seismic activity in 2011. From the findings comes a recommendation for a clearer, more scientific regulatory structure to oversee oil and gas operations. Upon reviewing the discoveries, Rep. Robert F. Hagan (D-Youngstown)-- who introduced legislation to temporarily ban injection wells-- issued the following statement.

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United Church of Christ to divest from fossil fuel companies

By Bob Downing Published: July 15, 2013

From the United Church of Christ

Written by Micki Carter
July 1, 2013

 

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Two new technologies aid shale drillers, Motley Fool reports

By Bob Downing Published: July 15, 2013

From the ShaleOhio  blog of Bricker & Eckler, a Columbus-based law firm:

A recent article featured on The Motley Fool describes two technologies other than hydraulic fracturing that are helping the shale boom by "taking away a lot of the guesswork, leading to improved returns and more certainty."

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AEP to convert two boilers at Virginia plant to natural gas

By Bob Downing Published: July 15, 2013

American Electric Power in late May requested approval from Virginia and West Virginia to convert two units at its Clinch River Power Plant from coal to natural gas.

The cost is estimated at $65 million for the plant in southwest Virginia.

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Lack of interest dooms Texas-to-California pipeline

By Bob Downing Published: July 15, 2013

From the Associated Press at the end of May:

Kinder Morgan Energy Partners LP said  it has shelved plans for a pipeline carrying crude oil from Texas to California because refineries weren't interested enough.

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Portage County is No. 1 in Ohio for injecting drilling wastes

By Bob Downing Published: July 14, 2013

Portage County injected enough drilling wastes deep into the ground in 2012 to fill a train of tanker cars that would stretch nearly 37 miles from downtown Akron to the center of Garrettsville.

State records show that Portage was No. 1 in Ohio last year for waste injections, delivering 2,358,371 million barrels of brine and other wastes into 15 active wells — nearly two-thirds of it from out of state. The volume grew 18.7 percent from 1,986,653 barrels in 2011.

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Who are the injection well players in Portage County?

By Bob Downing Published: July 14, 2013

Eight injection-well operators in 2012 hauled 835,471 barrels of well fluids from Ohio and 1,522,900 barrels from out of state to Portage County wells, according to state records.

That means that 64.6 percent of the barrels were from out of state, up from 55.1 percent in 2011.

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2012 injection volumes for 38 Ohio counties

By Bob Downing Published: July 14, 2013

Thirty-eight of Ohio’s 88 counties

are licensed to accept drilling waste liquids for disposal in injection wells. Here are the volumes deposited in each county in 2012. (Each barrel represents 42 gallons):

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Background information on injection wells

By Bob Downing Published: July 14, 2013

Injection wells can be developed from a formerly producing gas or oil well, an exploratory well or drilled specifically for underground disposal.

They are drilled into porous rock formations far below aquifers to a depth of 4,000 to 13,000 feet. The rock formation is always below an impermeable layer of rock or clay to ensure that injected fluids remain in the injection zone.

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Fracking storyline appearing in Dick Tracy comic strip

By Bob Downing Published: July 14, 2013

From EcoWatch:

This week, the legendary comic strip Dick Tracy began an on-going storyline on GoComics.com about fracking. Writer Mike Curtis and illustrator Joe Staton pen the cartoon, using Wheaton Farm as the subject for a relentless Mr. Hy Pressure who is determined to lease the family’s land to the fracking industry.

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GreenHunter Water plant in Wheeling gets tabled

By Bob Downing Published: July 13, 2013

The Wheeling, W. Va., Planning Commission has tabled a proposal by GreenHunter Water to build a water reclamation plant.

The company had hoped to start operation in the fall.

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AEP's Muskingtum River Unit 5 to close, not to switch to natural gas

By Bob Downing Published: July 13, 2013

Columbus-based American Electric Power is planning to close a coal-fired plant near Beverly, Ohio, in 2015.

Unit 5 at the Muskingum River Plant will be closed, the company said on Friday.

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Injection wells may make fault zones prone to quakes, study says

By Bob Downing Published: July 13, 2013

From Bloomberg News:

By Justin Doom

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Valero Energy plans $700 million methanol plant in Louisiana

By Bob Downing Published: July 13, 2013

Valero Energy Corp. has plans to build a $700 million methanol plant near New Orleans.

The refiner, based in San Antonio, plans to build the new plant in at its St. Charles refinery.

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Quake shock waves may set off tremors in drilling areas, study says

By Bob Downing Published: July 12, 2013

From the Associated Press:

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Pittsburgh hotel operators targeting drillers as overnight guests

By Bob Downing Published: July 12, 2013

Hotels in eastern Ohio and western Pennsylvania are filled with drillers in the Utica and Marcellus shales.

Reporter Anya Liptak of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette took a look at how hotel operators are targeting drillers as their overnight guests.

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West Virginia town unhappy with road damage from drilling trucks

By Bob Downing Published: July 12, 2013

The town of Cameron in northern West Virginia is unhappy with damage to its roads from drilling trucks.

It's a growing concern and a big problem, according to the town's mayor.

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Tennessee Pipeline to ship natural gas to Louisiana for export

By Bob Downing Published: July 12, 2013

Kinder Morgan Energy Partners' subsidiary Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co. in mid-May signed a contract with Mitsubishi Corp. to ship natural gas to a LNG export terminal slated to open in Louisiana.

I missed the announcement when it came out May 17 on the Business Wire.

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Mother Jones: Fracking injection wells are causing earthquakes

By Jim Mackinnon Published: July 11, 2013

Michael Behar at Mother Jones says the oil and gas industry is trying to stay quiet regarding the link between injecting frack wastewater deep underground and the increase in earthquakes in the areas around the injection sites.

Behar: "Operators are injecting more water than ever into drilling wells, while boring new wells to accommodate the overflow. Yet nobody really knows how all this water will impact faults, or just how big an earthquake it could spawn. In the West, small quakes don't often cause much damage because of stricter seismic regulations but also because the underground formations—buckled, with younger rock—absorb all but the biggest events. Induced quakes, however, are happening primarily in flatter states, amid more rigid rock, making them more destructive—a stone makes a bigger splash when it's hurled into a glassy pond than a river of raging whitewater."

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Eco-groups push statewide groundwater tests in Wyoming

By Bob Downing Published: July 11, 2013

 

Two environmental groups are leading a new push to improve statewide groundwater testing in Wyoming as first line of defense from drilling.

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Shale oil features variable quality, processing can be difficult

By Bob Downing Published: July 11, 2013

From ShaleOhio blog by the Columbus-based law firm of Bricker & Eckler:

A new report by Texas-based oilfield services company Baker Hughes reveals that although the availability and low cost of shale oils have made them "appealing as refinery feedstocks," their highly variable quality can make processing them difficult.

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Dispute on road damage triggers Trumbull County change

By Bob Downing Published: July 11, 2013

A dispute with Dominion is prompting Trumbull County officials to expand the county's road use maintenance agreement policy to include all oil and gas-related projects, reports WFMJ.com.

The county previously only required companies drilling horizontal wells to enter into such a contract, but county officials decided to include related projects after they disagreed with Dominion about the damage done to Fisher Cornith Road  in Johnston Township as a result of the company's construction of a compressor station, the article said.

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Hail shale, OPEC falls from grace

By Jim Mackinnon Published: July 11, 2013

Via Meadia, the blog at The American Interest, takes note of a Financial Times story reporting that growing American shale oil and gas production continues to shake up global energy powers, particularly OPEC.

Via Meadia: "American shale has been a double whammy for OPEC. On the one hand, it has cut into OPEC’s market share in the US. American production has also increased the global oil supply, which has caused prices to fall. If OPEC wants prices to stay high, it will need to cut back production—something several of its countries can’t afford to do. Those countries need the revenue from oil production, meaning OPEC will continue to produce and prices will fall. All in all, this is good news for shale, and great news for America."

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Corbett defends new Pa. law with mandatory pooling provision

By Bob Downing Published: July 11, 2013

Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett on Wednesday defended legislation he signed into law this week that critics say will undercut some landowners in lease negotiations with Marcellus shale gas drillers, according to the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.

The new law, which was tacked onto legislation to clarify information on gas royalty payments, empowers oil and gas drillers to combine land into larger drilling units as long as a property owner's lease doesn't prohibit it.

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33 senators pushing to speed reviews of LNG export facilities

By Bob Downing Published: July 11, 2013

The push to expedite federal permitting of liquified natural gas export terminals is being led by 22 Republicans and 11 Democrats, reports FuelFix.

You can its story by reporter Jennifer Dlouhy by clicking  here.

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Alliance supports legislation to expedite LNG permitting

By Bob Downing Published: July 11, 2013

From America's Natural Gas Alliance:

Background: Following is a comment by America’s Natural Gas Alliance President and Chief Executive Officer Marty Durbin on Representative Mike Pompeo’s bill to improve the natural gas pipeline permitting process.

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API supports Senate push to speed up LNG export reviews

By Bob Downing Published: July 11, 2013

From the Americfan Petroleum Institute:

WASHINGTON, July 10, 2013 ─ API Group Director for Upstream and Industry Operations Erik Milito praised the bipartisan leadership of 34 Senators, who called for an expeditious review of applications for U.S. LNG export facilities ahead of global competition to meet growing demand for natural gas.

“Bipartisan support in Congress continues to grow for expediting the review of LNG exports. Numerous studies have determined that expanding LNG exports to serve expanding markets will produce significant economic benefits for American consumers, drive economic growth and more government revenues.

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Magnum Hunter Resources names new executive

By Bob Downing Published: July 11, 2013

From Magnum Hunter Resources:

HOUSTON, TX -- (Marketwired) -- 07/11/13 -- 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 Joseph C. Daches as Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer (CFO) effective July 22, 2013. Ronald Ormand, the Company's current Chief Financial Officer, will continue with the Company as Executive Vice President-Finance and assume an additional role as Head of Capital Markets.

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Shale boosting U.S. oil production to highest level since 1992

By Bob Downing Published: July 11, 2013

From Bloomberg News:

U.S. oil production jumped last week to the highest level since January 1992, cutting consumption of foreign fuel and putting the U.S. closer to energy independence.

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Ohio has approved 767 Utica permits, 386 wells are drilled

By Bob Downing Published: July 10, 2013

Ohio has, as of July 6, approved 767 Utica shale permits.

Of that total, 386 wells have been drilled, of which 109 are in production.

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Coalition cites global warming in fighting Maryland export terminal

By Bob Downing Published: July 10, 2013

From a coalition of eco-groups on Tuesday:

WASHINGTON - July 9 - A coalition of local, regional, and national groups sent a letter to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) today underscoring further scientific evidence that supports their opposition to the proposed Dominion Cove Point LNG export terminal on the Chesapeake Bay. The letter alerts FERC to the latest hurricane forecast from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), revealing that the area will be subject to increasingly strong storms this season. In another report sent to FERC, a panel of 21 scientists commissioned by Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley predicts rising seas of more than 2 feet along the state's shoreline in the next 40 years—and perhaps nearly 6 feet by the end of the century. An additional report on climate adaptation prepared by the IPIECA, a global oil and gas industry association, highlights the growing consensus that industry must address and respond to climate change in planning infrastructure projects.

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U.S. shale booms is threatening Iran's LNG plans

By Bob Downing Published: July 10, 2013

From Bloomberg News:

 

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OPEC projects lower demand for crude oil because of shale

By Bob Downing Published: July 10, 2013

Ftrom Bloomberg News:

By Grant Smith

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Trains increasingly delivering U.S. oil, petroleum products

By Bob Downing Published: July 10, 2013

From the U.S. Energy Information Administration:

With U.S. crude oil production at the highest level in two decades, outstripping pipeline capacity, the United States is relying more on railroads to move its new crude oil to refineries and storage centers. The amount of crude oil and refined petroleum products transported by rail totaled close to 356,000 carloads during the first half of 2013, up 48% from the same period in 2012, according to Association of American Railroads (AAR).

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Amish weigh temptation and tradition when it comes to fracking

By Jim Mackinnon Published: July 10, 2013

The Amish people in Ohio and Pennsylvania have their own conflicted feelings and beliefs when it comes to fracking the Utica and Marcellus shales that lie deep under their properties, The Associated Press reports.

The AP: "In parts of Ohio and Pennsylvania where horse-drawn buggies clip-clop at the pace of a bygone era, Amish communities are debating a new temptation: the large cash royalties that can come with the boom in oil and gas drilling.

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Gasland II movie muddies fracking debate

By Jim Mackinnon Published: July 9, 2013

The Via Meadia blog at The American Interest doesn't think highly of Josh Fox's new Gasland II documentary on fracking.

Via Meadia: "... Gasland II is chock-full of errors and falsehoods. Some might be unintentional (Fox readily admits that he’s a 'theater guy,' not an engineer or chemist), but at least one seems to be a case of deceit.

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Firm plans $800 million gas-fired electric plant in Carroll County

By Bob Downing Published: July 9, 2013

Carroll County, Ohio, remains the No. 1 drilling area in the state. Got this press release today from Carroll County Energy LLC:.

CARROLLTON, Ohio (July 8, 2013) – Carroll County Energy LLC announced today thatit intends to build a 700-megawatt natural gas electric generating facility to efficiently supply enough energy to provide electricity to 700,000 homes.

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FirstEnergy scraps plan to switch Pa. plant from coal to natural gas

By Bob Downing Published: July 9, 2013

From my co-worker Betty Lin-Fisher, who covers Akron-based FirstEnergy Corp.:

By Betty Lin-Fisher

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Rex Energy offers look at data from Warrior South wells in Ohio

By Bob Downing Published: July 9, 2013

From Rex Energy:

 

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Company plans to frack first Utica shale well in late July

By Bob Downing Published: July 9, 2013

From Magum Hunter Resources:

 

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Drilling spills average 16 per day in 2012, publication reports

By Bob Downing Published: July 9, 2013

EnergyWire surveyed federal and state records for 2012 leaks and spills from oil and natural gas drilling.

It found 6,000 spills and mishaps, an average of 16 per day.

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Canadian accident bring attention to growing oil shipments by rail

By Bob Downing Published: July 9, 2013

The deadly Quebec train accident is bringing new scrutiny to the growing use of rail to carry oil long distances and prompting worries that the higher volume being moved by rail will mean more accidents.

Rail proponents saying moving oil by rail is safe, but critics argue that pipelines are safer.

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Air quality is becoming drilling issue in Colorado

By Bob Downing Published: July 9, 2013

From the Associated Press:

Air quality is the next frontier in Colorado's oil and gas debate, as officials deal with an industry that emits at least 600 tons of contaminants a day.

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Oil well completions up 9 percent in second quarter, API reports

By Bob Downing Published: July 9, 2013

From the American Petroleum Institute:

WASHINGTON, July 8, 2013 – Oil well drilling trends continue to rise in the second quarter of 2013 with total oil well completions up 9 percent (to 8,739 wells) from 2012 second quarter figures, according to API's 2013 Quarterly Well Completion Report: Second Quarter.

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OSHA seeking fines from two firms for Colorado leak

By Bob Downing Published: July 9, 2013

From the Associated Press:

Federal regulators have proposed fines following a natural gas liquids leak that was discovered in March near Parachute in southwest Colorado.

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API hails court decision on SEC's anti-competitive rule

By Bob Downing Published: July 9, 2013

From the American Petroleum Institute:

The American Petroleum Institute (API) welcomed a decision by the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia that will stop the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission’s (SEC’s) implementation of Section 1504 of the Dodd-Frank Act. API and a coalition of concerned business groups challenged the anti-competitive rule.

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Twelve activists arrested at North Carolina chemical plant

By Bob Downing Published: July 9, 2013

From the Associated Press:

Twelve activists who blocked a North Carolina chemical plant were arrested in a protest against the company’s sale of products used in the natural gas drilling process called hydraulic fracturing, or fracking.

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Oops! Mountaineer Keystone well permitted, not drilled

By Bob Downing Published: July 9, 2013

Oops!

A recent blog about the village of Garrettsville in northeast Portage County contained an error.

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Filmmaker Josh Fox responds to critics of 'Gasland, Part 2'

By Bob Downing Published: July 9, 2013

From a publicist for filmmaker Josh Fox:

The latest scam by climate skeptic Phelim McAleer is a YouTube video purporting to undermine the Lipsky case featured in "Gasland Part II." Steve and Shyla Lipsky’s water supply was contaminated by methane and benzene as a result of nearby fracking operations carried out by gas company Range Resources. But Mr. McAleer leaves out a few important details, namely the facts. Here’s what really happened, as corroborated by the Associated Press, in the investigation of U.S. EPA official documents from the state regulatory agency with oversight over oil and gas, Range Resources’ own admissions and the Lipskys' personal horror story:

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Energy in Depth's continued comments on Fox, film

By Bob Downing Published: July 9, 2013

From Energy in Depth on filmmaker Josh Fox and Gasland, Part 2:

From Flaming Faucet to Flaming Hose: The Continuing Fraud of Gasland

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The top 5 lies about fracking

By Jim Mackinnon Published: July 9, 2013

Ronald Bailey at Reason.com is not happy that HBO is running Gasland Part II, the docudrama sequel to Gasland by anti-fracking activist and director Josh Fox.

Bailey: " ... No doubt to the dismay of activists, President Barack Obama appears to endorse the process. ... The president gets it, but a lot of activists don't. To help bring them around, I thought I'd take a look at some of the misleading claims made by opponents of fracking. Fortunately I just got a fundraising letter from fine folks at foodandwaterwatch (FWW) urging me to sign and send in a petition to the president to ban fracking. The letter is a nice compendium of anti-fracking scaremongering."

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N.Y., N.J. eco-groups fighting LNG export deep-water port

By Bob Downing Published: July 8, 2013

A press release from New York and New Jersey eco-groups:

 

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Energy in Depth is critical of 'Gasland, Part 2' film

By Bob Downing Published: July 8, 2013

Energy in Depth, an industry-backed pro-drilling group, has issued its rebuttal to filmmaker Josh Fox's Gasland, Part 2.

Steve Everly is highly critical of Fox's sequel to Gasland that was released three years ago.

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Spanish firm delays drilling, in wake of local ban

By Bob Downing Published: July 8, 2013

From Bloomberg News:

By Patricia Laya

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Pennsylvania drills 6,200 wells with 3,550 in production

By Bob Downing Published: July 8, 2013

Pennsylvania has drilled 6,200 wells into the Marcellus and Utica shales.

Of that total, about 3,550 wells are in production, according to Matt Henderson of the Penn State Marcellus Center.

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Shale boom creating housing shortage in eastern Ohio, reports say

By Bob Downing Published: July 8, 2013

Eastern Ohio is beginning to experience a shortage of affordable and available housing for the poor because that housing has gone to drilling company workers, says a new state report.

And that problem is likely to get worse with smaller communities being affected the most, said the Ohio Housing Finance Agency’s Office of Affordable Housing Research and Strategic Planning.

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Seven injured in West Virginia well explosion

By Bob Downing Published: July 8, 2013

The Charleston Gazette reports that seven workers were injured early Sunday in a well pad explosion in Doddridge County in West Virginia.

Officials reported that four persons suffered serious injuries.

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New natural gas pipelines proposed from New York to Boston

By Bob Downing Published: July 8, 2013

From the Associated Press:

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — In another sign that natural gas is outpacing costlier heating oil, a Texas energy company is proposing to install new pipelines, replace others and build transmission stations in the heavily populated, 200-mile New York-to-Boston corridor.

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Josh Fox aims 'Gasland' sequel at Barack Obama

By Bob Downing Published: July 8, 2013

From the Associated Press:

By Michael Rubinkam
 

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Cuadrilla Resources plans to expand English drilling

By Bob Downing Published: July 8, 2013

Cuadrilla Resources is seeking a permit to hydraulically fracture or frack an exploration well it has drilled in Lancashire in northwest England.

The company said it hopes to test the well next year.

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Bluegrass Pipeline to carry Utica, Marcellus NGLs to Gulf Coast

By Bob Downing Published: July 8, 2013

Two energy infrastructure companies are proceeding with the Bluegrass Pipeline for natural gas liquids from the Utica and Marcellus shales in Ohio and surrounding states.

The project is being developed by Williams and Boardwalk Pipeline Partners L.P.

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New pipeline for ethane under construction in Ohio, other states

By Bob Downing Published: July 8, 2013

There is another pipeline planned and under construction in Ohio to transport liquids from the Utica shale: the Appalachia-to-Texas (ATEX) Express Pipeline.

The 1,230-mile is being built by Houston-based Enterprise Products Partners L.P.

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Utica drilling fears trigger new water study by Garrettsville

By Bob Downing Published: July 7, 2013

GARRETTSVILLE: Fearing contamination from natural gas drilling, Garrettsville has gone on the offensive to protect its drinking water.

This Portage County village has completed a detailed analysis of its drinking water that was fueled by fears of problems from Utica shale drilling.

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Chesapeake Energy is the key player in Ohio's Utica shale

By Bob Downing Published: July 5, 2013

What happens in Ohio's Utica shale largely depends on the iortunes of one company: Oklahoma-based Chesapeake Enery Corp., says Business Insider.

It is the dominant Utica player.

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Energy production seeks support at Scrappers baseball game

By Bob Downing Published: July 5, 2013

From Energy in Depth Ohio:

Niles, Ohio – Energy Citizens and Energy in Depth are proud to announce they are sponsoring the fireworks after the Mahoning Valley Scrappers game at Eastwood Field tonight.

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Appeal filed on air permit for Mahoning County processing plant

By Bob Downing Published: July 5, 2013

An Ohio Environmental Protection Agency air permit for a natural gas-processing plant in Mahoning County has been appealed to a state review board.

The air permit for Pennant Midstream's Hickory Bend plant in Mahoning County's Springfield Township was approved by the Ohio EPA on June 6.

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U.S. rig count is up nine to 1,757, Baker Hughes reports

By Bob Downing Published: July 5, 2013

The U.S. rotary rig count is 1,757 rigs, up nine from the June 28 count, reports Baker Hughes Inc., the Houston-based company that tracks rig counts.

In addition, Canada had 218 works at work, an increase of eight.

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Source of new Pennsylvania pooling provision remains unclear

By Bob Downing Published: July 5, 2013

From the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review:

The Pennsylvania House member who sponsored amendments that would make it easier for energy companies in Pennsylvania to combine land leased for gas drilling said that he did not know who wrote the provision or where the idea came from.

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Could new national forest management plan boost drilling?

By Bob Downing Published: July 5, 2013

From the Associated Press:

By Steve Szkotak

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Moderate weather lowers natural gas futures, Bloomberg says

By Bob Downing Published: July 5, 2013

From Bloomberg News:

Natural gas futures may decline next week as moderating weather limits demand for the power-plant fuel, a Bloomberg survey showed.

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French minister says she lost job over shale drilling ban

By Bob Downing Published: July 5, 2013

From Bloomberg News:

Former French Environment Minister Delphine Batho said her support for a ban on shale drilling and reducing dependence on nuclear power cost her her job.

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Wisconsin dealing with sand mining boom for shale drilling

By Bob Downing Published: July 5, 2013

National Geographic News went to Portage, Wis., to report on how shlae drilling has triggered a silica rush in the Upper Midwest.

Wisconsin and neighboring Minnesota and Illinois produce a type of sand that drillers desire for hydraulic fracturing or fracking in places likes Ohio, Pennsylvania and Texas.

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U.S. energy sources have changed since 1776

By Bob Downing Published: July 5, 2013

From the U.S. Energy Information Administration:

Jul 3, 2013

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Blue Racer's Natrium cryogenic plant is quietly up, running

By Bob Downing Published: July 5, 2013

The Natrium Processing and Fractionation Facility is running.

That’s good news for drillers in Ohio’s Utica shales who have been waiting for the $500 million facility to be completed.

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Two New York women lead local anti-fracking movement

By Bob Downing Published: July 3, 2013

From the Associated Press:

 Big energy companies have been trying for five years to tap the riches of the Marcellus Shale in southern New York, promising thousands of new jobs, economic salvation for a depressed region, and a cheap, abundant, clean-burning source of fuel close to power-hungry cities. But for all its political clout and financial prowess, the industry hasn't been able to get its foot in the door.

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Pressure grows on U.S. EPA in drilling debate, Pro Publica says

By Bob Downing Published: July 3, 2013

From Pro Publica:

Last month, the EPA abruptly withdrew its multi-billion-dollar investigation into water contamination in Pavillion, Wy. -- shocking environmentalists and energy industry supporters alike -- in a move that critics say shows the agency is "systematically disengaging" from any research that could be perceived as questioning the safety of fracking or oil drilling.

The agency has maintained publicly that it remains committed to an ongoing national study of hydraulic fracturing, ProPublica's Abrahm Lustgarten reports; however, in private conversations, high-ranking EPA officials acknowledge that "fierce pressures from the drilling industry and its powerful allies on Capitol Hill -- as well as financial constraints and a delicate policy balance sought by the White House -- is squelching their ability to scrutinize not only the effects of oil and gas drilling, but other environmental protections as well."

Just in the past 15 months, the EPA has closed an investigation into groundwater pollution in Dimock, Pa., abandoned its claim that a driller in Parker County, TX was responsible for methane gas bubbling up in residents' faucets (even though a geologist hired by the agency confirmed this finding), and failed to enforce a statutory ban on using diesel fuel in fracking, Lustgarten writes. This pretty much leaves the EPA's highly anticipated national study as its only remaining research into the effects of fracking -- which conveniently ignores Pavillion, Dimock, and Parker County -- and it's not expected before sometime in 2016, the last full year of President Obama's term.

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Shale drilling may trigger broad information requirements

By Bob Downing Published: July 3, 2013

From the ShaleOhio blog by the Columbus law firm of Bricker & Eckler:

An article featured in the latest issue of the online publication Ohio State Law Journal Furthermore explores "three ways in which unconventional petroleum development has begun to force the systematic production and recording of data, which could lead to broad information forcing efforts," including efforts to collect baseline contamination data, certain requirements for disclosure during development, and post-development sampling and impact studies.

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Dutch bank won't lend money to companies that frack

By Bob Downing Published: July 3, 2013

A Dutch bank with U.S. operations won't lend money to companies involved in hydraulic fracturing or fracking because of environmental and sustainability concerns, according to multiple sources.

From Blue and Green Tomorrow:

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Pa. landowners' group threatens lawsuit over moratorium

By Bob Downing Published: July 3, 2013

From the Associated Press:

 A landowners' group in northeastern Pennsylvania is threatening to sue the Delaware River Basin Commission unless it lifts a moratorium on gas drilling.

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N.C. Senate approves drilling chemical secret provision

By Bob Downing Published: July 3, 2013

From the Associated Press:

A bill restricting what the public could know about the chemicals that energy companies use to extract natural gas in North Carolina has received initial Senate approval.

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Transfac Capital expanding into Utica, Marcellus shales

By Bob Downing Published: July 3, 2013

A press release from Transfac Capital:

SALT LAKE CITY, UT–(Marketwired – June 24, 2013) - Transfac Capital, Inc., a specialty finance company providing accounts receivable financing to small and mid-sized companies, today announced the expansion of its presence into the Utica and Marcellus Shale fields. Tanya Boczek, Business Development Manager of Transfac Capital, will lead business development efforts in Ohio, Pennsylvania and West Virginia pursuing relationships within the oil and gas industry.

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Ohio has issued 756 Utica permits with 374 wells drilled

By Bob Downing Published: July 3, 2013

The Ohio Department of Natural Resources has issued 756 Utica shale permits, as of June 29.

Of that total, 374 wells have been completed, of which 109 wells are in production.

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Exco Resources buying Chesapeake assets in Texas, Louisiana

By Bob Downing Published: July 3, 2013

From Bloomberg News:

By Jim Polson

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Chesapeake sells Eagle Ford, Haynesville assets for $1 billion

By Bob Downing Published: July 3, 2013

From Chesapeake Energy today:

OKLAHOMA CITY--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Jul. 3, 2013-- Chesapeake Energy Corporation (NYSE:CHK) announced the execution of agreements to sell assets in the Northern Eagle Ford Shale and Haynesville Shale to EXCO Operating Company, LP a subsidiary of EXCO Resources, Inc. (NYSE:XCO) (“EXCO”) for aggregate proceeds of approximately $1.0 billion, of which approximately 90% will be received upon closing. Payment of the remaining proceeds will be subject to customary post-closing contingencies. The transactions, which are subject to certain closing conditions, are expected to close in the 2013 third quarter.

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Real estate issues are biggest legal hurdle in shale development

By Bob Downing Published: July 2, 2013

The greatest legal challenges to those operating in U.S. shale are real estate issues, according to results from a survey by Steptoe & Johnson LLP.

The need for outside counsel occurs most often in cases going to litigation, involving title and real estate or private financing, reported the Houston Business Journal.

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Commission to governor: No timetable for lifting moratorium

By Bob Downing Published: July 2, 2013

The Delaware River Commission on Monday responded to Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett's call to lift a three-year-old moratorium on shale gas drilling.

The commission said it has no timetable for ending the moratorium in the four-state basin, the York Dispatch reported.

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New report from Oakland-based environmental health group

By Bob Downing Published: July 2, 2013

The California-based Center for Environmental Health has issued a new report: "Toxic and Dirty Secrets: The Truth Abiout Fracking and Your Family's Health."

The 34-page report was released this week by the Oakland group.

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Landowners unhappy with royalty provisions of Pennsylvania bill

By Bob Downing Published: July 2, 2013

From the Associated Press:

Oil and gas royalty owners and an environmental group in Pennsylvania said Monday that legislation awaiting Gov. Tom Corbett's signature seriously weakens negotiating rights for some landowners.

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Company drills Utica, Marcellus wells on pad in Ohio's Monroe County

By Bob Downing Published: July 2, 2013

From a press release from today:

HOUSTON, TX -- (Marketwired) -- 07/02/13 -- Magnum Hunter Resources Corporation (NYSE: MHR) (NYSE MKT: MHR.PRC) (NYSE MKT: MHR.PRD) (NYSE MKT: MHR.PRE) (the "Company" or "Magnum Hunter") announced today that it has spud its first well on the Stalder Pad site located in eastern Monroe County, Ohio. This pad has been designed and permitted to drill up to 18 gross wells (10 Marcellus and 8 Utica), and will be drilled using the Company's new Schramm T500XD robotic drilling rig. The first well drilled on this multi-well pad site will test the Marcellus formation and the second well on this pad will test the Utica formation. Triad Hunter, LLC, a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Company, is operating the well and owns a 50% working interest in this drilling unit. The development plan is to drill both Utica and Marcellus wells first, then fracture stimulate them, and subsequently test the wells sometime during the fourth quarter of 2013. The Company's midstream subsidiary, Eureka Hunter Pipeline, LLC, is currently laying a new 20" high pressure gas line to the Stalder Pad with first deliveries from this area anticipated in October of this year.

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Ohio lawmakers make radioactive waste O.K. for landfill disposal

By Bob Downing Published: July 1, 2013

From WKSU radio:

Ohio lawmakers in the state budget bill made most radioactive waste from natural gas drilling is O.K. to go into Ohio solid-waste landfills.

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Eco-groups fighting LNG terminal on Long Island, Jersey shore

By Bob Downing Published: July 1, 2013

A press release received today:

FREMONT CENTER, NY —Today, one hundred and thirty environmental and public advocacy groups sent a letter to the Maritime Administration asking that the public be given more time to consider and comment on a propose liquefied natural gas (LNG) port that would be constructed in the waters off Long Island and the Jersey Shore. After the application was announced on June 14, the project sponsor subsequently released fifteen hundred pages of a four thousand plus page application that federal agencies have found to be still incomplete in more than one hundred and fifty specific areas. Despite the length, technical complexity, and incomplete nature of the material, the public is required to read, analyze and meaningfully comment on the application by July 23.

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GreenHunter Resources opens new facility in southern Ohio

By Bob Downing Published: July 1, 2013

From GreenHunter Resources:

 

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One West Virginia drilling site with troublesome air pollution, study says

By Bob Downing Published: July 1, 2013

From the Associated Press:

A recent study found benzene and other pollutants in the air at seven natural gas drilling sites in three counties in West Virginia.

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Chesapeake, Sinopec announce Oklahoma shale deal

By Bob Downing Published: July 1, 2013

From Chesapeake Energy:

OKLAHOMA CITY--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Jul. 1, 2013-- Chesapeake Energy Corporation (NYSE:CHK) today announced it completed its previously announced Mississippi Lime joint venture with Sinopec International Petroleum Exploration and Production Corporation (Sinopec) on June 28, 2013. The company sold a 50% undivided interest in approximately 850,000 acres in northern Oklahoma for total consideration of $1.02 billion in cash, of which approximately 93% was received upon closing. Payment of the remaining proceeds is subject to customary post-closing contingencies.

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Sales activity grows 21.1 percent in 2012 in Ohio's shale counties

By Bob Downing Published: July 1, 2013

Ohio's shale counties have seen a 21.1 percent increase in total sales activity in 2012, according to a Cleveland State University study.

That fact surfaced recently as a conference organized by the National Academy of Engineering in Cleveland.

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By 2-1, Ohioans support natural gas drilling, survey says

By Bob Downing Published: July 1, 2013

Ohioans continue to show strong support for drilling for natural gas, according to the latest results from the Quinnipiac Poll.

Support for drilling in the Utica shale was 2 to 1.

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Shale drilling advertisements seeking to win hearts, minds

By Bob Downing Published: July 1, 2013

From Bricker & Eckler's Ohio shale blog:

A recent article in The Vindicator explores the prevalence of commercial ads touting the benefits of Ohio's shale boom.

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Valerus, Brilex Industries cut ribbon in Youngstown ceremonies

By Bob Downing Published: July 1, 2013

From the PR Newswire on Friday:

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio, June 28, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Valerus (www.valerus.com), one of the world's leading providers of integrated oil and gas handling and processing solutions, held a ribbon cutting yesterday with Youngstown-based Brilex Industries (www.brilex.com), celebrating their partnership to manufacture Valerus production equipment at the Brilex facility for deployment throughout the region. Valerus and Brilex employees welcomed state and local civic leaders, business leaders and members of the media to share how their partnership will impact the Youngstown economy and help support the region's Marcellus and Utica oil and gas industry.

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Allentown mayor pushing for safe natural gas pipelines

By Bob Downing Published: July 1, 2013

From the Associated Press:

The mayor of a Pennsylvania city where a gas explosion killed five people two years ago is urging fellow officials to be proactive about making sure that pipelines and other infrastructure in their communities are safe.

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