From Gulfport Energy:
OKLAHOMA CITY, July 10, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Gulfport Energy Corporation (Nasdaq:GPOR) ("Gulfport") today announced that Aaron Gaydosik has been appointed by the Company's Board of Directors to serve as Chief Financial Officer. Most recently, Mr. Gaydosik served as Vice President of Finance at Kodiak Oil & Gas Corp., an independent energy company with operations focused primarily in the Williston Basin of North Dakota. Prior to joining Kodiak, Mr. Gaydosik served as a Director in the Oil and Gas Group at Credit Suisse, where he spent six years focused on capital markets and advisory transactions primarily for exploration and production companies. His prior investment banking experience also includes two years in the energy group at Wachovia Securities. Mr. Gaydosik holds a Bachelor of Business Administration in Finance from Southern Methodist University and a Masters of Business Administration from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business.
David L. Houston, Chairman of the Board of Directors, commented, "We are excited to welcome Aaron to Gulfport's senior management team. Aaron brings a wealth of knowledge and understanding of the energy capital markets from his tenure in investment banking. Additionally, his recent position with an exploration and production company adds valuable industry experience to the Gulfport team. We are confident that Aaron will play an integral role at Gulfport as we continue to develop our world class assets and execute on our program in 2014 and beyond."To read more or comment...
Fron Bloomberg News:
By Dan Murtaugh
For more than 30 years, the Louisiana Offshore Oil Port LLC has been a symbol of U.S. dependence on foreign oil, pumping Nigerian and Saudi Arabian crude from the world’s biggest supertankers into underground storage caverns beneath the marshes of southern Louisiana.
For more than 30 years, the Louisiana Offshore Oil Port LLC has been a symbol of U.S. dependence on foreign oil, pumping Nigerian and Saudi Arabian crude from the world’s biggest supertankers into underground storage caverns beneath the marshes of southern Louisiana.To read more or comment...
From the Concerned Health Professionals of New York Thursday:
July 10, 2014
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Health Professionals Release Major Scientific Document on Fracking and Request Meeting with Acting Health Commissioner Zucker
After Court of Appeals Decision, New Scientific Compendium Demonstrates Imperative of Statewide MoratoriumTo read more or comment...
From the Sierra Club and partners on Thursday:
Groups Defend Longmont Fracking Ban, Stand with Voters
BOULDER, CO- Yesterday, presided over by Judge D.D. Mallard, the Boulder County Court held its first hearing in the case filed by the industry and the State of Colorado against the 2012 fracking ban passed by the citizens of Longmont. Legal representation for the State of Colorado, Colorado Oil and Gas Association (COGA), and TOP Operating Company asked the judge for a summary judgment in their favor, avoiding a full trial and overriding the will of the voters who enacted a fracking ban in November 2012 through a citizen initiative that received about 60 percent of the vote. The city of Longmont and a coalition of citizen organizations represented by the Environmental Law Clinic at the University of Denver Sturm College of Law and made up of Our Longmont, the Sierra Club, Earthworks, and Food and Water Watch, are working to defend the right of Longmont residents to protect their home from unacceptable impacts on public health, environmental, and quality of life caused by fracking operations.To read more or comment...
From the American Petroleum Institute on Wednesday:
WASHINGTON, July 9, 2014 ─ API has published a first-of-its-kind industry standard for community engagement in areas of the country where horizontal drilling and hydraulic fracturing have opened new energy development opportunities.
“America’s energy revolution is creating millions of jobs and reenergizing communities from coast to coast,” said API Director of Standards David Miller. “The energy revolution is now occurring in areas of the country where oil and natural gas exploration doesn’t have the same history as Texas or Oklahoma. API’s community engagement guidelines will serve as a gold standard for good neighbor policies that address community concerns, enhance the long-term benefits of local development, and ensure a two-way conversation regarding mutual goals for community growth.”
Dubbed ANSI/API Bulletin 100-3, the standard provides a detailed list of steps that oil and natural companies can take to help local leaders and residents prepare for energy exploration, minimize interruption to the community, and manage resources. It includes recommendations for how to conduct public meetings on safety, work with local educational institutions to discuss training for new job opportunities, develop relationships with mineral owners, and ensure that oil and gas production is done in way that complements community goals.
“Like all our guidelines on hydraulic fracturing, the new standard will be available for free on our website and shared with regulators at every level of government,” said Miller. “Our standard will provide a roadmap for oil and natural gas operators seeking to build lasting, successful relationships with local residents wherever energy development takes place. It incorporates best practices and proven models that have been developed by industry participants over more than 65 years of safe, responsible hydraulic fracturing.”
API first began publishing standards in 1924 and currently has over 650 standards and technical publications. Over 100 of them have been incorporated into U.S. regulations, and they are the most widely-cited industry standards by international regulators. The program is accredited by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI), the same body that accredits programs at several national laboratories.
API is the only national trade association representing all facets of the oil and natural gas industry, which supports 9.8 million U.S. jobs and 8 percent of the U.S. economy. API’s more than 600 members include large integrated companies, as well as exploration and production, refining, marketing, pipeline, and marine businesses, and service and supply firms. They provide most of the nation’s energy and are backed by a growing grassroots movement of more than 20 million Americans.
From the Athens County Fracking Action Network today:
GreenHunter seeks dock to greatly expand frackwaste dumping,
pushes liquid frackwaste barging on the Ohio:
Commissioners and citizens call forTo read more or comment...
From the National Wildlife Federation today:
New University of Michigan Animation Illustrates Danger of Oil Spill to Great Lakes
Straits of Mackinac ‘worst possible place’ for oil spill, says lead researcher.To read more or comment...
From the People's OPil & Gas Collaboration on Wednesday:To read more or comment...
The FracTracker Alliance offers a new look at water usage in Ohio and West Virginia and injection wells.
Click here to access the report by Ted Auch.To read more or comment...
From GlobalData today:
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Pemex Monopoly Could Deter New Competitors from Entering Mexico’s Downstream Oil Sector, says GlobalData Analyst
LONDON, UK (GlobalData), 9 July 2014 - Despite the imminent phased introduction to a fully deregulated market, new companies wishing to enter Mexico’s downstream oil space will have a difficult time overcoming the existing monopoly held by state-owned Pemex, according to an analyst with research and consulting firm GlobalData.To read more or comment...
The Ohio Department of Natural Resources has settled a lawsuit by anti-fracking actrivists over access to public records involving two injection wells in Athens County.
Click here to read the full story from the Athens News.To read more or comment...
A recent but interesting article from Bloomberg News:
By Isaac Arnsdorf
Even in a business whose lifeblood is borrowing, Magnum Hunter Resources Corp. (MHR) stands out.
The Houston-based shale driller owes $891 million -- about 70 times more than its earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization, or Ebitda, in the past year, according to data compiled by Bloomberg. The industry average is 4.3.To read more or comment...
Pennsylvania is considering new drilling rules to guard against earthquakes like those that were recorded last spring at a drilling site in Ohio's Mahoning County.
Pennsylvania is looking at new rules on drilling in what is being called "seismic hazard areas" where hydraulic fracturing or frackiing could trigger quakes like happened in Ohio.
Click here to read Tuesday's story by the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.To read more or comment...
From Bloomberg News on Monday:
By Zain Shauk
Squinting into a laptop perched on the back of his pickup, Austin Holland searches for a signal from a coffee-can-sized sensor buried under the grassy prairie.
Holland, Oklahoma’s seismology chief, is determined to find the cause of an unprecedented earthquake epidemic in the state. And he suspects pumping wastewater from oil and gas drilling back into the Earth has a lot to do with it.To read more or comment...
From the U.S. Energy Information Administration today:
The Permian Basin in Texas and New Mexico is the nation's most prolific oil producing area. Six formations within the basin have provided the bulk of Permian's 60% increase in oil output since 2007. Crude oil production in the Permian Basin has increased from a low point of 850,000 barrels per day (bbl/d) in 2007 to 1,350,000 bbl/d in 2013.To read more or comment...
From American Energy Partners on Tuesday:
AMERICAN ENERGY – PERMIAN BASIN, LLC ANNOUNCES OFFERING OF $1.4 BILLION OF SENIOR NOTES
OKLAHOMA CITY, JULY 8, 2014: American Energy – Permian Basin, LLC (AEPB), an affiliate of American Energy Partners, LP (AELP), announced today that it intends to offer $1.4 billion of senior unsecured notes (Notes), in three series due in 2019, 2020, and 2021, in an unregistered offering to institutional investors.To read more or comment...
From GlobalDate today:
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Planned Refinery Construction and Expansion Projects to Fuel Global Refining Capital Expenditures to Over $300 Billion by 2020, says GlobalData
LONDON, UK (GlobalData), 8 July 2014 - The global refining capital expenditure (CAPEX) is forecast to reach approximately $333 billion between 2014 and 2020, representing an annual average of almost $48 billion and 1.6 thousand barrels per day (mbd), says a new report from research and consulting firm GlobalData.To read more or comment...
From Faith Communities Together for Frack Awareness today:
Ohio Faith Communities urge Governor Kasich and the Ohio General Assembly to restore Ohio’s Energy Standards that were frozen recently by SB 310
AKRON, OH. FaCT [Faith Communities Together for Frack Awareness] unanimously adopts letter in opposition to recently-enacted SB 310.To read more or comment...
From Public Citizen today:
Thousands to Join First-Ever Washington, D.C., March Against Fracked Gas Exports as Obama Administration Weighs Cove Point Permit
Colorful march will bring giant ‘Stop Cove Point’ pipeline prop to the front door of Obama’s Federal Energy Regulatory Commission
Anti-fracking and climate justice leaders Sandra Steingraber, Rev. Lennox Yearwood, Tim DeChristopher and Cherri Foytlin (Gulf Coast) to speak
July 8, 2014
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Angela Bradbery, (202) 588-7741, firstname.lastname@example.org
WASHINGTON, D.C. — On Sunday afternoon, activists from across the Mid-Atlantic region and beyond will join the first-ever Washington, D.C., rally against the gas industry’s controversial push to export fracked and liquefied natural gas (LNG) from U.S. coastlines. As a key decision nears on the Cove Point export terminal proposed in Lusby, Md., just 50 miles south of the White House, protesters will call on President Barack Obama and his Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) to halt approval of all LNG export projects and protect communities from the surge of new fracking wells, pipelines and planet-warming pollution they would trigger.
The July 13 “Stop Fracked Gas Exports” mobilization is uniting communities on the front lines of the gas industry’s proposed fracking-pipeline-export build-out. The Cove Point terminal would be the first on the East Coast and could incentivize a dramatic expansion of fracking activities across the Marcellus shale region. FERC, which could decide on whether to approve the Cove Point terminal as early as this August, is currently reviewing fourteen export terminals proposed throughout the U.S.
Featured speakers will include a sixth-generation Pennsylvania landowner, a Maryland mother whose home is only a few hundred feet from the proposed Cove Point plant, and Cherri Foytlin, a Gulf Coast mother of six and climate justice advocate in South Louisiana.
After rallying west of the U.S Capitol reflecting pool on the National Mall, participants will march on FERC headquarters with giant props, including a 100-foot-long “Stop Cove Point” pipeline, a fracking well, and mock wind turbines and suns representing true clean energy solutions.
WHAT: Rally and march to stop fracked gas exports at Cove Point, Md., and beyond.
WHEN: Sunday, July 13. 12:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. Schedule: 12:15 p.m. - Press availability begins by the stage; 12:45 p.m. - Music and “The People’s Puppets;” 1 p.m. - Rally speakers begin; 2:15 p.m. - March to FERC begins.
WHERE: West of the Capitol reflecting pool on the National Mall. The stage will be located near the intersections of 3rd Street SW and Jefferson Drive SW. The march will go north on 3rd Street NW; turn right on Constitution Avenue NW; turn left on Louisiana Avenue NW, proceed to North Capitol Street and conclude at FERC’s headquarters at 888 First St. NE.
More than 40 national, state and community-based groups have endorsed the July 13 rally. View the list and find more information at www.StopGasExports.org.
From the U.S. Energy Information Administration today:
U.S. Energy Information Administration Administrator Adam Sieminski issued the following comments on EIA’s July 2014 Short-Term Energy Outlook, released on Tuesday:
The full STEO can be downloaded at: http://www.eia.gov/forecasts/steo/
To read more or comment...
Ohio has approved 1,386 Utica shale permits, as of July 5, says the Ohio Department of Natural Resources.
Of that total, 942 wells have been drilled and 472 are in production.
Forty-four rigs are working in Ohio.
There was one new permit last week in Belmont County.To read more or comment...
From New York-based Warren Resources on Monday:
The assets are currently producing approximately 82 million net cubic feet per day of natural gas, as of
From Canada-based Calfrac Well Services Ltd. last week:
CALGARY, July 3, 2014 /CNW/ - Calfrac Well Services Ltd. ("Calfrac") (TSX-CFW) is pleased to provide an update on its 2014 capital program. In response to significantly improved customer demand in the United States, Canada and Argentina, Calfrac's 2014 capital program was increased by $210 million to $360 million, including carryover capital. A portion of the increased capital spending is expected to occur in 2015. The incremental capital spending will be funded by Calfrac's existing credit facilities and cash flow. At June 30, 2014, Calfrac had approximately $247 million available under its existing credit facilities.
The majority of the capital program increase is related to the construction of two fracturing fleets totaling 80,000 horsepower for Calfrac's United States operations, a 35,000 horsepower fracturing fleet for Canada and a 40,000 horsepower fracturing fleet that will operate in the Vaca Muerta shale play in Argentina. In addition, two new twin cementing units will be constructed for Calfrac's Argentina operations. Delivery of this equipment is expected to begin in early 2015. The increase in capital also includes approximately $38 million of additional support and maintenance capital to optimize fleet utilization in North America and Latin America.
Calfrac's common shares are publicly traded on the Toronto Stock Exchange under the trading symbol "CFW". Calfrac provides specialized oilfield services to exploration and production companies designed to increase the production of hydrocarbons from wells drilled throughout western Canada, the United States, Argentina, Colombia, Mexico and Russia.To read more or comment...
From the U.S. Energy Information Administartion today:
Sales volumes of fossil fuels from production on federal and Indian lands in fiscal year (FY) 2013 varied widely across states, according to data from the Department of the Interior compiled and summarized in a recent EIA report. This is the first time this annual EIA report provides detailed information by state.To read more or comment...
From the U.S. Energy Information Administration today:
Sales volumes of fossil fuels from production on federal and Indian lands in fiscal year (FY) 2013 dropped 7% from FY 2012, according to EIA's recently released annual report. Crude oil production on federal lands increased slightly in FY 2013, but that increase was more than offset by decreases in coal, natural gas, and natural gas plant liquids (NGPL) production. Sales of fossil fuels from federal and Indian lands accounted for about 26% of total fossil fuel sales volumes in the United States in 2013.To read more or comment...
From Rex Energy today:
Butler Operated Area - Midstream
In June, the company placed five additional wells into sales once the necessary gathering infrastructure was in place. In total, the company has now placed 10 of the 11 wells previously completed and awaiting processing capacity into sales and expects to place the one remaining well into sales early in the third quarter of 2014. In addition, the company commenced ethane sales on
Friend Jim Willis of the New York-based Marcellus Drilling News crunched the numbers on Ohio's Utica shale production in the first quarter 2014.
That information was released last week by the Ohio Department of Natureal Resources.
The top two natural gas-producing wells were the Eclipse Resources' Tippens well in Monroe County with 1,117,754,000 cubic feet and Antero Resources' Gary well in Monroe County with 1,115,8012,000 cubic feet in 1Q 2014..
The next eight wells for natural gas were all Gulfport Energy wells in Belmont County.To read more or comment...
Eastern Ohio gets the spotlight in Utica shale development,but there is drilling in three local counties: Portage, Stark and Wayne.
According to Ohio Department of Natural Resources, Portage County has four horizontal Utica wells producing or capable of producing. Stark County has two wells.
Those Portage wells produced 488 barrels of oil and 32,982,000 cubic feet of natural gas in 1Q 2014.
CNX Gas Co, has its Archer well in Rootstown Township. It produced all of Portage County's production in the quarter.To read more or comment...
From Corporate Watch:
London-based Corporate Watch has released a new 88-page cutting-edge report: 'To the Ends
of the Earth: a Guide to Unconventional Fossil Fuels."
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GreenHunter Water LLC is seeking approval from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to build barge-unloading facilities on the Ohio River in at Portland in Meigs County in southern Ohio.
The proposed docks are part of the company's plans to ship liquid drilling wastes via barges on the Ohio River.
The Corps of Engineers is accepting public comment, but local activist groups are trying to get the public-comment period extended.
Below is the request filed with the Corps of Engineers:To read more or comment...
Texas-based GreenHunter Resources has established a new hydrocarbons division,
GreenHunter Hydrocarbons will focus on the transportation, storage, processing, and marketing of hydrocarbons (oil, condensate, and NGLs) in the Appalachian region.
Click here to read the full story from the company.To read more or comment...
Texas-based GreenHunter Resources unveiled plans for new pipeline projects in West Virginia and Pennsylvania.
The porposed projects could handle up to 270,000 barrels per day.
Click here to read the full story.
To read more or comment...
From Rice Energy today:
CANONSBURG, Pa., July 7, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Rice Energy Inc. (NYSE: RICE) today announced that it has signed a definitive purchase and sale agreement to acquire approximately 22,000 net acres and 12 developed Marcellus wells in western Greene County, Pennsylvania, from Chesapeake Appalachia, LLC and its partners for approximately $336 million. We expect to close the transaction in August 2014, subject to customary closing conditions, with an effective date of February 1, 2014.
Toby Rice, President and Chief Operating Officer, commented, "This transaction is consistent with our strategy of acquiring high-quality shale assets. We are adding a significant number of drilling locations within an area we have been successfully developing since 2009. The acquired assets provide us with a foothold to pursue additional leasehold opportunities and further grow our inventory of low-risk, high-return projects."To read more or comment...
Here are the top oil-producing wells in Ohio in calendar year 2013, accoding to recently released data from the Ohio Department of Natural resources:
1. Gulfport Energy
Nottingham TownshipTo read more or comment...
Here are Ohio's Top 10 companies for natural gas production in 2013from data by the Ohio Department of Natural Resources:
1. Chesapeake Energy/Chesapeake Exploration, 57,7 billion cubic feet.
2. Gulfport Energy, 19.3 billion cubic feet.
3. Antero Resources, 10.0 billion cubic feet.To read more or comment...
Here are Ohio's Top 10 companies for oil production in 2013, based on data from the Ohio Department of Natural Resources:
1. Chesapeake Energy/Chesapeake Exploration, 2,078,570 barrels.
2. Gulfport Energy, 675,097 barrels.
3. Antero Resources, 215,627 barrels.To read more or comment...
Here are Ohio's Top 10 gas-producing counties in calendar year 2013, based on data from the Ohio Department of Natural Resources:
1. Carroll, 50.2 billion cubic feet of natural gas.
2. Harrison, 12.7 billion.
3. Belmont, 12.4 billion.To read more or comment...
Here are Ohio's Top 10 oil-producing counties in calendar year 2013, from the Ohio Department of Natural Resources:
1. Carroll County, 1.8 million 42-gallon barels.
2. Harrison, 1.1 million barrels.
3. Guernsey, 323,184 barrels.To read more or comment...
A new study released today in Science says injection wells in Oklahoma are responsible for the growing number of earthquakes in that state.
Some of the quakes may be up to 18 miles away from the injection wells.
Click here to read more from Scientific American.To read more or comment...
Chesapeake Energy Corp. has quietly moved into its new offices in Stark County, but the move involved fewer workers than had been projected earlier.
Between 150 and 200 workers are housed in the top two floors of the new five-story office building in Louisville, said Louisville city manager E. Thomas Ault.
The Chesapeake staffers moved in in early June.
But it appears that Chesapeake has revised and scaled back its Louisville plans, he said.To read more or comment...
From the U.S. Energy Information Administration today:
Fossil fuels (petroleum and other liquids, natural gas, and coal) account for most of the United Kingdom's (UK) energy consumption. Although renewable energy use is growing, particularly in the electric power sector, fossil fuels accounted for 86% of total primary energy consumption in 2012.To read more or comment...
From SNL Energy today:
Coal markets traded mostly flat to lower in June as weather remained mild and demand was slack. While utility inventories are low by historical standards, generators are awaiting stronger demand signals before building stockpiles up further. The NYMEX CAPP prompt-month benchmark nudged up 12 cents/ton while NYMEX PRB lost $1.10/ton, or 8%. Northern Appalachian markers lost 25 cents/ton to 35 cents/ton, while remaining physical markers traded flat for the month.
Natural gas injections to storage picked up during June, but too slowly to fill storage to normal levels by summer's end. To reach normal storage levels, incremental supply of 6 Bcf/d is needed, leading many analysts to expect a deficit to end the injection season. The ongoing need for additional storage injections combined with expected seasonal demand kept Henry Hub natural gas spot prices above $4.50/MMBtu during June. Even with injections beginning to pick up over the last two weeks, SNL Energy expects Henry Hub to remain above $4.25/MMBtu for the summer and may remain at current levels if power generation demand is sufficient. Many shale gas hubs, it should be noted, are pricing from $4.00/MMBtu to $4.25/MMBtu.To read more or comment...
From Ohio State University on Wednesday:
COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Boom, then bust. It’s a scenario often played out in local economies heavily reliant on one type of industry, especially in the energy sector. And it’s an underlying concern for Ohio communities currently experiencing a boom in shale oil and gas development.
But the cycle isn’t inescapable, say community development specialists with Ohio State University Extension. They have received funding to help eastern Ohio communities examine how shale development, also known as fracking, is affecting their economies, environmental conditions and social structures and to create plans for long-term viability.
With $200,000 in funding for a three-year project from the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Economic Development Administration, OSU Extension has joined forces with four regional EDA districts representing 25 eastern Ohio counties.To read more or comment...
From Spectra Energy on Tuesday:
HOUSTON – Spectra Energy (NYSE: SE) and Spectra Energy Partners (NYSE:SEP) today announced plans to expand natural gas pipeline capacity into the New England Market to meet critical demand for reliable electric power generation. These plans for expansion of the Algonquin and Maritimes pipeline systems are in response to the New England governors’ recent initiative on new energy infrastructure and in anticipation of a Request for Proposal to be initiated by The New England States Committee on Electricity (NESCOE). This expansion, as outlined in a June 27 letter to NESCOE, would create up to 1 Bcf/day in capacity, and is in addition to Spectra Energy’s previously announced Algonquin Incremental Market (AIM) and Atlantic Bridge projects. The project in-service date is dependent upon the timing of NESCOE’s process.
“Spectra Energy stands ready with a unique solution to New England’s need for reliable electricity supply. Our pipelines are in the right place at the right time to supply the region’s electric plants with affordable, clean, domestic natural gas,” said Bill Yardley, Spectra Energy’s president of U. S. Transmission and Storage. "To enhance the reliability of approximately 60% of these generators, we can expand our mainline and lateral facilities along our existing pipeline footprint while minimizing the effect on communities and the environment."
Spectra Energy’s expansion project will deliver gas directly to these natural gas-fired electric generators on a firm basis, providing increased electric reliability and leading to more competitive energy prices for the region. Specifically, the Spectra Energy solution for New England will:
Spectra Energy’s Algonquin Incremental Market expansion project will begin to de-bottleneck the pipeline system by winter of 2016, helping to enhance reliability and soften natural gas prices in New England. AIM is underpinned by commitments from gas utility companies across southern New England that entered into long-term capacity contracts. Atlantic Bridge’s proposed in-service is November 2017, and it will be similarly supported by gas utilities. Electric power generators will typically only have access to gas from these projects when it becomes available on the unpredictable secondary market. The plans announced today will provide needed additional firm supplies, delivered directly to the power generators, to address the electric reliability issue.To read more or comment...
From ProPublica on Wednesday:
Aggressive Tactic on the Fracking Front
When EQT Corporation, one of the largest producers of natural gas in Pennsylvania, started getting complaints from residents living near one of its fracking sites, the company tried a rare and aggressive tactic: It offered to pay every household $50,000 in cash if they would agree to release the company from any legal liability, for current operations as well as those to be carried out in the future.
ProPublica's Naveena Sadasivam reports that the agreement is incredibly broad, covering health problems and property damage, and giving the company blanket protection from any kind of claim over noise, dust, light, smoke, odors, fumes, vibrations and more.
Key takeaways from her piece:
You can read the full story here - http://www.propublica.org/article/aggressive-tactic-on-the-fracking-front. It's free to link to or reprint under our Creative Commons license.
From EnergyPoint Research on Wednesday:
ENERGYPOINT RESEARCH ANNOUNCES 2014 OIL & GAS MIDSTREAM SERVICES CUSTOMER SATISFACTION SURVEY RESULTS
To read more or comment...
Protecting Portage County from injection wells and drilling wastes will be the topic on July 8 when Gwen Fischer speaks at 6:30 p.m. at the Kent Free Library, 312 W. Main St.
Fischer, an emeritus professor of psychology at Hiram College, is involved in the Concerned Citizens Ohio and the Ohio Community Rights Network.
Her talk is entitled: "Who Gets to Decide? Protecting Portage County from Toxic Trespass."
Portage County with 18 injection wells was No. 2 for wastes getting injected below ground in 2013, according to state records.To read more or comment...
From the Pittsburgh-based Marcellus Shale Coalition after the Pennsylvania General Assembly passed budget bills with no severance tax on drilling:
Marcellus Shale Coalition president Dave Spigelmyer issued the following statement on Pennsylvania’s recently passed budget agreement:
“While the budget-making process can be challenging at times, with competing interests at odds far too often, our industry is very pleased that the General Assembly once again made Pennsylvania’s economic growth and private-sector job creation tied to shale development a key priority. New and even higher energy taxes, rammed through without meaningful analysis, could undercut this positive and shared economic progress.
“We look forward to continue working closely with our elected leaders to make certain that we have common sense policies in place that enable Pennsylvania to remain a top energy-producing state and an even better place to invest and grow jobs.”To read more or comment...
The American Council on Science and Health has published a new brochure on fracking.
The non-profit group based in New York City calls fracking "a safe and efficent path to energy independence."
"Fracking doesn't pollute water or the air," said ACHS president Dr. Elizabeth Whelan.
The brochure is entitled: What's the Story? Fracking -- Facts Vs. Fiction.To read more or comment...
Chesapeake Energy Corp. and Access Midstream Partners cheated Pennsylvania landowners of more than $5 billion in gas and oil royalties through inflated and unreasonable fees, a RICO class action claims in federal court in Harrisburg, Pa.
Lead plaintiff, the Suessenbach Family Limited Partnership, seeks damages for racketeering, unjust enrichment, mail fraud, wire fraud, honest services fraud, conversion and civil conspiracy.
Click here to read the story from the Courthouse News Service.To read more or comment...
Food & Water Watch has posted a blog item explaining its recent skirmish with Energy in Depth-Ohio over redacting or not redacting information.
Click here to read the Food & Water Watch response to EID-Ohio's Shawn Bennett's earlier blog post.
To read more or comment...
From Ergon Inc. on Tuesday:
Jackson, Miss. – Ergon, Inc., today announced plans to enhance its subsidiaries’ facilities in the Appalachian Basin. The Appalachian Basin comprises the prolific Marcellus Shale and Utica Shale Plays. Several Ergon subsidiaries, including Ergon - West Virginia, Inc., its refinery, acquired from Quaker State in 1997, Ergon Oil Purchasing, Inc., Ergon Terminaling, Inc., Ergon Trucking, Inc., and Magnolia Marine Transport Company, have operated in the region for more than 17 years.
The regional area of operation for these companies spans all of Ohio, West Virginia, western Pennsylvania, and parts of Kentucky and New York. These subsidiaries’ assets and capabilities in the Appalachian Basin include a paraffinic refinery, a crude oil and condensate pipeline, six crude oil terminals, a fleet of more than 100 trucks, and eight boats and barges. The subsidiaries have spent over $75 million expanding tankage and enhancing crude and condensate gathering capabilities in support of crude oil and condensate producers in the Appalachian Basin over the last two years.
Ergon plans to start up 10,000 barrels per day of condensate stabilization capacity at its Marietta, Ohio, river terminal. Startup of this capacity is anticipated for the fourth quarter of 2014 and will result in lower vapor pressure condensate for ultimate marketing. Additionally, Ergon plans to add 10,000 barrels per day of condensate stabilization in Newell, West Virginia, in 2015. Furthermore, Ergon plans to install new capacity at its 23,000 barrels per day specialty refinery in 2016.To read more or comment...
Production numbers from the Utica shale are soaring, and that’s good news for Ohio.
Oil production from shale grew by 470 percent from 2012 to 2013 and natural gas production from shale climbed by 680 percent in that time, state officials said on Wednesday at a State of the Play presentation at Stark State College in Jackson Township outside of Canton.
"History is being made as we speak," said Ohio Department of Natural Resources Director James Zehringer.
In the first quarter 2014, Ohio had 418 Utica wells that produced 67 billion cubic feet of natural gas and 1.9 million barrels of oil.To read more or comment...
From Bloomberg News on Tuesday:
By Joe Carroll
North Dakota, the second-largest U.S. oil-producing state amid booming output from shale, plans to punish crude explorers that fail to curtail the burning of natural gas as waste.
Energy companies that don’t curb so-called gas flaring will face limits on the amount of oil they can pump from the Bakken shale formation, the North Dakota Industrial Commission said in a statement today.To read more or comment...
Representatives of the Ohio Department of Natrual Resources, the Ohio Environmental Proptection Agency, the Ohio Department of Commerce and JobsOhio will present the State of the Play, a look at Utica shale drilling data from 2013, at 10 a.m. Wednesday, July 2.
The presentation will be streamed live online at www.oilandgas.ohiodnr.gov.
For more information, go to: http://oilandgas.ohiodnr.gov/oil-gas-home/post/state-of-the-playTo read more or comment...
From Williams on Monday:
Williams (NYSE:WMB) announced that it received early termination of the required waiting period under the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act of 1976 (HSR) with respect to the Company's previously announced acquisition from Global Infrastructure Partners II ("GIP") of its 50 percent general partner interest and 55.1 million limited partner units in Access Midstream Partners L.P. (NYSE:ACMP).
Williams expects to complete the transaction in early July at which time it will own 100 percent of the general partner and approximately 50 percent of the limited partner units in Access Midstream.To read more or comment...
From the Ohio Organizing Collaborative and Communityies United for Responsible Energy:
Groups hold meeting in Carrollton informing residents of their rights during the shale-drilling boomTo read more or comment...
Ohio has approved 1,386 Utica shale permits as of June 28, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources.
That includes 926 Utica wells that have been drilled and 470 that are producing.
The state says 41 rigs are working in Ohio.
A total of 24 new shale permits were approved: four in Belmont County, six in Carroll County, nine in Guernsey County, one in Monroe County and four in Noble County.To read more or comment...
From the U.S. Energy Information Administration today:
U.S. crude production in April 2014 was 8.4 million barrels per day (bbl/d), with two states, Texas and North Dakota, accounting for nearly half of this total. Texas production topped 3.0 million bbl/d for the first time since the late 1970s, more than doubling production in the past three years, and North Dakota production broke 1.0 million bbl/d for the first time in history, nearly tripling its production over the same period, according to data from the U.S. Energy Information Administration's Petroleum Supply Monthly report.To read more or comment...
From the American Petroleum Institute on Monday:
ALBANY, N.Y., June 30, 2014 – New York State Petroleum Council Executive Director Karen Moreau issued the following statement today in response to the New York Court of Appeals decision to uphold local bans on hydraulic fracturing.
“The New York Court of Appeals has effectively threatened the property rights of thousands of landowners who wish to lease their land for natural gas development.
“There are real losses here, and it’s a real tragedy for thousands of farmers and people in rural communities that would have realized the economic benefits that oil and gas development can deliver. Municipal boards change hands every two years and a constantly shifting landscape of regulatory uncertainty virtually guarantees that major long-term investments in the state’s economy cannot occur.
“Hundreds of towns in the heart of the New York Marcellus Shale, known as the Southern Tier, have repeatedly supported safe and responsible natural gas development and job creation. Our companies look forward to partnering with these communities, to ensure that uncertainty created by the Court does not stand in the way of efforts to promote investment in New York.”
The NYSPC is a division of API, which represents all segments of America’s oil and natural gas industry. Its more than 600 members produce, process, and distribute most of the nation’s energy. The industry also supports 9.8 million U.S. jobs and 8 percent of the U.S. economy.
From the Associated Press:
By Seth Borenstein
In Pennsylvania’s gas drilling boom, newer and unconventional wells leak far more often than older and traditional ones, according to a study of state inspection reports for 41,000 wells.
The results suggest that leaks of methane could be a problem for drilling across the nation, said study lead author Cornell University engineering professor Anthony Ingraffea, who heads an environmental activist group that helped pay for the study.To read more or comment...
From SNL Energy:
Currently there is over 41 Bcf/d of U.S. LNG export terminals in development. Although the bulk of these projects are in announced and early development phases, some notable projects have progressed through significant regulatory hurdles in 2014.
The year 2014 has proven to be an exciting year for U.S. LNG development, as multiple projects progress through regulatory bottlenecks, regulators shift approval prioritization, and geopolitical implications muddy the waters.To read more or comment...
From Chesapeake Energy today:
OKLAHOMA CITY, JULY 1, 2014 – Chesapeake Energy Corporation (“Chesapeake”) (NYSE: CHK) announced today it has completed the spin-off of its oilfield services business, previously conducted through Chesapeake Oilfield Operating, L.L.C., into a stand-alone, publicly traded company called Seventy Seven Energy Inc. (“SSE”) (NYSE: SSE).
Following the close of business on June 30, 2014, Chesapeake distributed to its shareholders one share of common stock of SSE for every 14 shares of Chesapeake common stock outstanding as of 5:00 pm EDT on June 19, 2014, the record date for the distribution. No fractional shares of SSE common stock were issued; however, shareholders entitled to receive a fractional share of SSE common stock in the distribution instead received the cash value of that fractional share.
SSE common stock will begin “regular-way” trading under the symbol “SSE” on the New York Stock Exchange (“NYSE”) on July 1, 2014, when markets open. Chesapeake common stock will continue to trade on the NYSE under the ticker symbol “CHK.”
Chesapeake Energy Corp,the Oklahoma-based firm is the No. 1 driller in Ohio.
Rig Count Interactive Map by Baker Hughes, an energy services company.
Shale Sheet Fracking, a Youngstown Vindicator blog.
The Ohio Environmental Council, a statewide eco-group based in Columbus.
Earthjustice, a national eco-group.
People's Oil and Gas Collaborative-Ohio, a grass-roots group in Northeast Ohio.
Concerned Citizens of Medina County, a grass-roots group.
No Frack Ohio, a Columbus-based grass-roots group.
Fracking: Gas Drilling's Environmental Threat by ProPublica, an online journalism site.
Pipeline, blog from Pittsburgh Post-Gazette on Marcellus shale drilling.
Allegheny Front, environmental public radio for Western Pennsylvania.