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Carroll group to hold water-quality-sharing event on Feb. 8

By Bob Downing Published: January 31, 2014

From the Carroll Concerned Citizens:

 

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Ohio governor threatens to veto 'puny' severance tax

By Bob Downing Published: January 31, 2014

Ohio Gov. John Kasich has promised to veto any severance tax legislation that is too "puny" or not bold enough.

The Ohio legislature is debating how large of a tax to impose on drillers.

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Blue Racer CEO: $30 billion in new shale infrastructure needed

By Bob Downing Published: January 31, 2014

About $10 billion has been spent on midstream infrastructure in the Utica and Marcellus shales.

Another $30 billion is needed, according to Blue Racer Midsteram CEO Jack Lafield, who spoke this week at a conference in Pittsburgh.

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Rice Energy completes initial public stock offering

By Bob Downing Published: January 31, 2014

From Pernnsylvania-based Rice Energy on Wednesday:

CANONSBURG, Pa., Jan. 29, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Rice Energy Inc. (the "Company") today announced the completion of its initial public offering of 50,000,000 shares of its common stock at a price to the public of $21.00 per share, including 6,000,000 shares pursuant to the partial exercise by the underwriters of their option to purchase additional common stock from the selling stockholder named in the registration statement. The Company sold 30,000,000 shares of its common stock, and the selling stockholder sold 20,000,000 shares of the Company's common stock.

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MarkWest opens seven Utica, Marcellus processing facilities

By Bob Downing Published: January 31, 2014

From MarkWest Energy Partners:

DENVER--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Jan. 30, 2014-- MarkWest Energy Partners, L.P. (NYSE: MWE) (“MarkWest”) (the “Partnership”) announced today an operational update regarding the development of midstream infrastructure projects in the liquids-rich areas of the Marcellus and Utica Shales. In the last four months, MarkWest has commenced operations of seven major infrastructure projects in the Northeast including five new cryogenic processing plants totaling 1 billion cubic feet per day (Bcf/d) of capacity and two fractionation facilities totaling 98,000 barrels per day (Bbl/d) of C2+ fractionation capacity. MarkWest continues to expand its leading midstream presence throughout the Northeast and currently has 17 major processing and fractionation projects under construction. These projects are occurring at nine locations in Ohio , Pennsylvania , and West Virginia and are expected to increase the Partnership’s total processing capacity to approximately 4.7 Bcf/d and total fractionation capacity in the region to over 400,000 barrels per day (Bbl/d).

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CONSOL Energy reports on finances, offers updates

By Bob Downing Published: January 31, 2014

From COMSOL Energy:

PITTSBURGH , Jan. 31, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- CONSOL Energy Inc. (NYSE: CNX) reported pre-tax income for the quarter ended December 31, 2013 of $16 million . Net income from continuing operations was $147 million as a result of an income tax benefit of $131 million arising out of a reversal of prior quarters' tax provisions. When added to income from discontinued operations, net of tax, of $591 million , CONSOL Energy reported net income of $738 million , or $3.20 per diluted share, in the just-ended quarter, compared to $150 million , or $0.65 per diluted share from the year-earlier quarter.

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API report: Oil exports are good for American consumers

By Bob Downing Published: January 31, 2014

From the American Petroleum Institute:

WASHINGTON, January 29, 2014 ─ Preliminary results from a new study on exports of crude oil show that consumers can save money at the pump, according to API Vice President for Regulatory and Economic Policy Kyle Isakower.

“This report shows what economists have been saying all along, that exports are good for consumers,” said Isakower. “Reversing the past mind set of energy scarcity to one of abundance means more investment in America. More investment in America leads to more American jobs, more revenue to the government, a lower trade deficit and increased security.”

Preliminary analysis from the API-commissioned study by ICF International suggests that if crude exports were allowed:

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Athens County rally on Saturday against injection well

By Bob Downing Published: January 31, 2014

From two eco-groups in Athens County:

Athens County to Rally at K&H Site for Local Control Over Injection Wells

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Eco-groups ask Obama to protect water from energy exploration

By Bob Downing Published: January 31, 2014

A press release received on Thursday from eco-groups:

WASHINGTON, D.C. – January 30, 2014 -- Sixty groups from across the United States called on President Obama today to issue an executive order protecting water availability and quality in the U.S. from haphazard energy exploration, warning that in the absence of a national water/energy "roadmap" there will be many more "sacrifice zones" like the coal-processing chemical spill in West Virginia that contaminated the drinking water of 300,000 people and creating a federal state of emergency.

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Eco-groups ask U.S. EPA to close drilling loophole in TRI

By Bob Downing Published: January 30, 2014

From the Environmental Integrity Project today:

WASHINGTON, D.C.///January 30, 2014///Hundreds of large oil and gas facilities in six energy boom states -- Colorado, Louisiana, North Dakota, Pennsylvania, Texas, and Wyoming – are emitting a combined 8.5 million tons of toxic chemicals each year, according to new data compiled by the nonprofit Environmental Integrity Project (EIP). The EIP report details why the toxic emissions should be reported to the public Toxics Release Inventory (TRI), managed by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), but are not due to an arbitrary loophole that exempts the oil and gas extraction industry from such disclosure.

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Eco-group unveils new booklet on shale problems

By Bob Downing Published: January 30, 2014

KENT: Local anti-fracking activists Dr. Ted Voneida and George Sosobee helped Environment Ohio unveil a new booklet on shale horrors.

The booklet on contamination, medical problems and declining property values around shale drilling was presented to the media at a chilly press conference on the banks of the Cuyahoga River in Kent’s Franklin Mills River Edge Park.

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Devon Energy adding two to board of directors

By Bob Downing Published: January 30, 2014

From Devon Energy earlier this week:

 

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Americas are important market for liquids, natural gas

By Bob Downing Published: January 30, 2014

From the U.S. Energy Information Administartion:

Jan 30, 2014

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Antero to operate 18 rigs in Utica, Marcellus shales in 2014

By Bob Downing Published: January 30, 2014

From Antero Resources:

DENVER , Jan. 29, 2014 /PRNewswire/ --

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Florida energy company seeks to build gas-fired plant in Ohio

By Bob Downing Published: January 30, 2014

From the Associated Press:

A Florida based energy company says it plans to spend more than $500 million on a natural gas-fired power plant in Middletown in southwest Ohio that could mean jobs for 400 people in the area.

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Gulfport Energy CEO to retire on Feb. 15, search under way

By Bob Downing Published: January 30, 2014

From Gulfport Energy:

OKLAHOMA CITY , Jan. 29, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Gulfport Energy Corporation (Nasdaq:GPOR) ("Gulfport" or the "Company") today announced that James Palm , the Company's Chief Executive Officer, has informed Gulfport of his decision to retire from the Company on February 15, 2014 . In addition, Mr. Palm will resign from the Company's Board of Directors effective February 15, 2014 .

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McClendon's American Energy Partners buying from Hess

By Bob Downing Published: January 30, 2014

The Wall Street Journal on Wednesday reported that Hess Corp. is selling its dry gas Utica shale acreage to Oklahoma-based American Energy Partners for $924 million.

The sale covers about 74,000 acres in eastern Ohio.

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New York unlikely to issue fracking rules until April 2015

By Bob Downing Published: January 30, 2014

From Bloomberg News on Wednesday:

By Freeman Klopott

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Ohio asks that Athens area injection well appeal be thrown out

By Bob Downing Published: January 29, 2014

From the Associated Press:

Ohio wants an agency to throw out an appeal of a permit issued for a gas-drilling wastewater well near Atehs in Southeast Ohio.

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Rice Energy raises $924 million from initial stock offering

By Bob Downing Published: January 29, 2014

From the Associated Press:

Independent natural gas and oil company Rice Energy has raised $924 million from an initial public offering of its common stock.

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Summit Midstream closes acquisiitons of equity interests

By Bob Downing Published: January 29, 2014

From Summit Midstream:

 

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PDC says it is pleased with liquid-rich Utica shale wells

By Bob Downing Published: January 29, 2014

From PDC Energy:

 

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Williams re-aligns excutives in Marcellus, Utica shales

By Bob Downing Published: January 29, 2014

From Williams:

 

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Carrizo is pleased with first Utica shale well, company says

By Bob Downing Published: January 29, 2014

From Carrizo Oil and Gas:

HOUSTON, Jan. 28, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Carrizo Oil & Gas, Inc.'s (Nasdaq:CRZO) senior management is hosting an analyst conference today to provide an update on the company's current operations and future plans. The presentation includes the following key highlights:

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McClendon's company has raised $500 million for drilling

By Bob Downing Published: January 29, 2014

From Bloomberg News:

By Stephen Cunningham

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Hess to sell dry natural gas acreage in Utica shale

By Bob Downing Published: January 29, 2014

From Hess Corp. today:

 

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Center continues to push for American LNG exports

By Bob Downing Published: January 29, 2014

From the Center for Liquified Natural Gas on President Obama's State of the Union address:

Washington, D.C.: In response to President Obama’s State of the Union address, Center for Liquefied Natural Gas (CLNG) President Bill Cooper released the following statement:

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Leader says OPEC not threatened by U.S. shale production

By Bob Downing Published: January 29, 2014

From Bloomberg News on Monday:

By Lananh Nguyen and Grant Smith

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China company reports shale success in Sichuan province

By Bob Downing Published: January 29, 2014

From Bloomberg News last week:

By Aibing Guo

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Civic leaders help boost shale growth in Tuscarawas County

By Bob Downing Published: January 28, 2014

Shawn Bennett of Energy in Depth- Ohio looks at Ohio's Tuscarawas County and how local business leaders there helped boost shale industries.

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Hagan concerned about radioactive wastes from drilling

By Bob Downing Published: January 28, 2014

From Ohio state Rep. Robert F. Hagan, D-Youngstown, on Monday:

COLUMBUS- State Representative Robert F. Hagan (D-Youngstown) sent letters today to the regulators charged with overseeing the burgeoning hydraulic fracturing industry, calling on them to be proactive in protecting the health and safety of Ohio’s communities. The letters follow a recent news report that highlights the steps neighboring states are taking to prevent radioactive contamination from fracking waste.

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Ohio has 697 wells, of which 292 wells are in production

By Bob Downing Published: January 28, 2014

Ohio has approved 1,061 Utica shale permits, as of Jan. 25.

Of that total, 697 wells have been drilled and 292 wells are in production, reports the Ohio Department of Natural Resources.

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Antero hits three big gas-producing wells in Noble County

By Bob Downing Published: January 28, 2014

Colorado-based Antero Resources has unveiled three of the biggest natural gas wells in Ohio — all in Noble County.

The Milligan 2H well in Seneca Township is producing 40.2 million cubic feet per day of natural gas equivalents in initial production, the company announced.

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West Virginia's Natrium gas-processing plant again running

By Bob Downing Published: January 28, 2014

Quietly, Blue Racer Midstream's Natrium I plant in West Virginia is again up and running.

The plant, a key facility in processing Ohio's Utica shale, had been closed since a September explosion and fire.

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Antero reports production on five new Utica wells in Noble County

By Bob Downing Published: January 28, 2014

From Antero Resources:

DENVER , Jan. 27, 2014 /PRNewswire/ --

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Reports say Shell trying to sell stake in Gulf Coast pipeline

By Bob Downing Published: January 28, 2014

From Bloomberg News:

By Matthew Monks

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Eco-groups ask Obama to reopen Texas water contamination case

By Bob Downing Published: January 27, 2014

From Americans Against Fracking today:

On the Heels of Alarming New Information, Americans Against Fracking and Over 200 Groups Call on President Obama to Re-Open Investigations into Connection Between Fracking and Water Contamination in Parker County, Texas

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U.S. EPA will continue groundwater investigations from drilling

By Bob Downing Published: January 27, 2014

From Bloomberg News on Friday:

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is working with states and will continue to do so to prevent or investigate groundwater contamination from shale gas drilling, EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy told a prominent environmental advocate.

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Blue Racer Midstream announces Utica updates for processing

By Bob Downing Published: January 27, 2014

From Blue Racer Midstream today:

DALLAS – January 27, 2014 – Blue Racer Midstream, LLC (“Blue Racer”) announced today that it has entered into long-term agreements with many of the Utica Shale’s leading natural gas producers. Blue Racer will provide comprehensive, integrated midstream services for production from liquids-rich Utica shale acreage in Monroe, Noble, Guernsey, Belmont, Harrison and Carroll counties in Ohio. Producers that have made recent dedications to Blue Racer include Eclipse Resources, Hess Corporation (NYSE: HES), CONSOL Energy, Inc. (NYSE: CNX) and PDC Energy, Inc. (NASDAQ: PDCE). These dedications build on previous commitments to Blue Racer from other prominent producers, including Chesapeake Energy Corp. (NYSE: CHK), TOTAL Gas & Power North America, Inc., Rex Energy Corporation (NASDAQ: REXX) and EnerVest. All have made long-term dedications to Blue Racer for services including natural gas gathering, compression, treating, processing and transportation; condensate handling; and the fractionation, storage, transportation and marketing of natural gas liquids.

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Ohio EPA fast-tracks permits for natural gas processing plants

By Bob Downing Published: January 27, 2014

The Columbus Dispatch reported on Sunday that the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency fast-tracked pollution permits for the Hickory Bend natural gas processing plant at New Middletown in Mahoning County.

That required two things: avoiding public hearings and making sure the federal EPA did not get involved.

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Freeze triggers natural gas price to top $5 for first time since 2010

By Bob Downing Published: January 24, 2014

From Seeking Alpha blog:

Natural gas tops $5 for first time since 2010, demand should remain high

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Utica shale charter high school planned in Columbiana County

By Bob Downing Published: January 24, 2014

Columbus Business First reports that a charter high school focused on natural gas and oil drilling is planned in Ohio's Columbiana County.

The Southern Local Board of Education in Salineville (population 1,300) wants to open the Utica Shale Academy for grades 9 through 12, perhaps as early as next September.

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CGG completes three-tear Marcellus shale seismic study

By Bob Downing Published: January 24, 2014

From a Thursday press release:

PARIS, Jan. 23, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- CGG announced today that it has extended its data library of shale acreage in the United States by completing a vast three-year multi-client 3D land seismic program targeting the Marcellus Shale Fairway. The Marcellus Shale is considered to be a leading shale play for future natural gas exploration and production in the United States.

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Canary LLC acquires wellhead sales, service company

By Bob Downing Published: January 24, 2014

From Canary LLC earlier this week:

ODESSA, Texas--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Canary, LLC of Denver, Colo., the nation’s largest independent wellhead company, today announced the acquisition of American Wellhead, LLC, a wellhead sales and service company for the Permian Basin and New Mexico. The terms of the acquisition were not disclosed.

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Saudi Arabia looking at growing U.S. oil production

By Bob Downing Published: January 24, 2014

From the Associated Press:

Saudi Arabia’s oil minister and the head of the International Energy Agency have met in the kingdom to discuss the effects of growing U.S. shale oil production on global oil prices.

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Freezing temperatures boost natural gas future prices

By Bob Downing Published: January 24, 2014

From Bloomberg News:

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Company reports fracking success at Polish well

By Bob Downing Published: January 24, 2014

From Bloomberg News:

Europe Nears First Commercial Shale Gas Production in Poland

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GreenHunter Resources makes management changes

By Bob Downing Published: January 24, 2014

From GreenHunter Resources earlier this week:

GRAPEVINE, Texas--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Jan. 21, 2014-- On January 15, 2014 , GreenHunter Resources, Inc. (NYSE MKT: GRH) (NYSE MKT: GRH.PRC) (the “Company”), made certain changes in the Company’s senior management team. The Board of Directors of the Company has accepted the resignation of Jonathan D. Hoopes as a member of The Board of Directors and as Interim Chief Executive Officer, President and COO. Mr. Hoopes has resigned to pursue other opportunities.

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CONSOL Energy provides operations update, future plans

By Bob Downing Published: January 24, 2014

From CONSOL Energy today:

PITTSBURGH , Jan. 24, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- CONSOL Energy Inc. (NYSE: CNX) is providing an operations update for the quarter ended December 31, 2013 .

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Hess to spend $550 million in 2014 on 35 wells in Utica shale

By Bob Downing Published: January 24, 2014

From Hess Corp.:

NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Jan. 23, 2014-- Hess Corporation (NYSE:HES) announced today a 2014 Exploration and Production capital and exploratory budget of $5.8 billion . Of this, $2.85 billion (49 percent) is dedicated to unconventional shale resources, with $1.475 billion (25 percent) for production, $925 million (16 percent) for developments and $550 million (10 percent) for exploration.

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Ohio Oil, Gas Association to honor dozen new honorees

By Bob Downing Published: January 24, 2014

From the Ohio Oil & Gas Association:

On March 5th, during the 2014 Winter Meeting and Hall of Fame 8th Awards Dinner, the Ohio Oil and Gas Association will induct twelve new honorees to join the ranks of the Hall of Fame’s current 125 members.

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U.S. petroleum deliveries rose 5.8 percent in December

By Bob Downing Published: January 24, 2014

From the American Petroleum Institute on Thursday:

WASHINGTON, January 23, 2014 ─ Total U.S. petroleum deliveries (a measure of demand) rose by 5.8 percent from December 2012 to average nearly 19.2 million barrels per day last month. For the fourth quarter of 2013, petroleum deliveries increased by 4.6 percent compared to the fourth quarter of 2012.

“Both demand and production in December showed strong gains over the prior year, reflecting continued progress in domestic manufacturing as well as the broader economy,” said API Chief Economist John Felmy.

Gasoline demand rose by 4.5 percent from December 2012 to average nearly 8.8 million barrels per day. Demand also increased from the prior year for distillate (5.9 percent), jet fuel (9.9 percent), “other oils” (11.1 percent) and residual fuel (40.5 percent).

Domestic crude production increased by 14.5 percent in December and 13.4 percent in the fourth quarter from 2012 levels to just over 8.1 million barrels per day–the highest level for the month in 26 years. According to the latest reports from Baker-Hughes, Inc., the number of oil and gas rigs in the U.S. in December was 1,771, up from November’s count of 1,756.

U.S. total imports were down 6.0 percent from December 2012 to average just above 9.0 million barrels per day. Crude oil imports fell 4.1 percent over the same period to 7.3 million barrels per day. Both figures marked the lowest December level in 18 years. Imports of refined products were down by 13.2 percent from December 2012 to 1.8 million barrels per day, the lowest level for the month in 16 years.

Refinery gross inputs rose by 4.6 percent from December 2012 to their highest level for the month at 16.4 million barrels per day. Exports of refined petroleum products were at 3.7 million barrels per day, up by 2.9 percent in December and 10.3 percent in the fourth quarter compared to the same periods in 2012.

Gasoline production was up by 4.2 percent from last year to the highest output for the month at 9.4 million barrels per day, just 66 thousand barrels per day below the all-time high set in July 2010. At an all-time high of nearly 5.2 million barrels per day, distillate production rose 5.7 percent from December 2012.

Crude oil stocks fell 2.4 percent from last year to end at 356.6 million barrels–but remained the second highest inventory level for the month in 32 years, since 1981. Stocks of motor gasoline ended down 4.2 percent from last year to 221.1 million barrels in December.

The refinery utilization rate averaged 92.3 percent in December, up 3.0 percentage points from November and 1.9 percentage points higher than the same period last year. API’s latest refinery operable capacity was 17.816 million barrels per day, up 2.4 percent from last year’s capacity of 17.391 million barrels per day.

API is a national trade association that represents all segments of America’s technology-driven oil and natural gas industry. Its more than 580 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 and are backed by a growing grassroots movement of more than 20 million Americans. The industry also supports 9.8 million U.S. jobs and 8 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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Program on Carroll County "listening project" on Feb. 6

By Bob Downing Published: January 24, 2014

From Carroll Concerned Citizens:

 Listening Project Seeks Input on Community Impacts of Shale Gas Boom

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Utica shale drilling is having big impacts on eastern Ohio counties

By Bob Downing Published: January 23, 2014

Shale drilling in helping counties in eastern Ohio, according to Shawn Bennett of Energy in Depth-Ohio.

It is helping in a big way in Monroe, Belmont and Carroll counties, he writes.

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Midwest propane markets tighten with cold weather

By Bob Downing Published: January 23, 2014

From the U.S. Energy Information Administration:

Jan 23, 2014

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Ohio has 692 completed Utica wells and 291 in production

By Bob Downing Published: January 22, 2014

The latest report from the Ohio Department of Natural Resources shows Ohio has approved 1,048 Utica shale permits, as of Jan. 18.

Of that total, 692 wells have been completed and 291 are in production.

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Azle residents take earthquake worries to Texas commission

By Bob Downing Published: January 22, 2014

A busload of concerned residents from Azle, Texas, went to Austin on Tuesday for a meeting of the Texas Railroad Commission that oversees drilling.

The Azle contigent is worried that injection wells are triggering small earthquakes.

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Wisconsin eco-groups call for ban on frack sand mining

By Bob Downing Published: January 22, 2014

From the Wisconsin Network for Peace and Justice's Environmental Working Group:

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Corbett unveils 73-page energy guide for Pennsylvania

By Bob Downing Published: January 22, 2014

From the Associated Press:

Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett unveiled a resources guidebook Tuesday that markets Pennsylvania's business and energy sectors and its government programs, and billed it as a way to lure business people and investors to the state.

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North Dakota considering protective proposal

By Bob Downing Published: January 22, 2014

From the Associated Press:

The North Dakota Industrial Commission is slated to review a proposal today that’s designed to lessen the impacts of oil drilling in the state.

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Oil, gas import reliance projected to change quickly

By Bob Downing Published: January 22, 2014

From the U.S. Energy Information Administration:

Jan 22, 2014

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CONSOL Energy names Dugan new COO for E&P division

By Bob Downing Published: January 22, 2014

From CONSOL Energy today:

 

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Hagan seeks to boost Ohio's severance tax to 7.5 percent

By Bob Downing Published: January 21, 2014

From state Rep. Robert F. Hagan, D-Youngstown, today:

COLUMBUS– Today, State Representative Robert F. Hagan (D-Youngstown) pushed colleagues to consider a measure that would reflect competitive tax rates on gas and oil companies while returning the revenues to local communities. The bill stands in stark contrast to the leading GOP proposal, a measure that is widely thought to undervalue the state’s natural resources and use the revenue for a tax break that favors the most affluent Ohioans.

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Muskingum University adds petroleum geology major

By Bob Downing Published: January 21, 2014

From Ohio's Muskingum University:

Muskingum University has announced a new major in petroleum geology, adding to current majors in geology, environmental science, conservation science and earth science. Muskingum also offers minors in earth science and geology.

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Magnum Hunter Resources names two to finance posts

By Bob Downing Published: January 21, 2014

From Magnum Hunter Resources today:

HOUSTON, TX -- (Marketwired) -- 01/21/14 -- 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 promoted Chris Benton to Vice President of Finance and Capital Markets and Cham King to Assistant Vice President of Investor Relations effective January 7, 2014.

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CONSOL Energy to spend up to $1.5 billion to speed gas production

By Bob Downing Published: January 21, 2014

From CONSOL Energy today:

 

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NiSource Inc., a Utica player, rumored to acquisition candidate

By Bob Downing Published: January 21, 2014

From Bloomberg News today:

By Mark Chediak and Tara Lachapelle

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Eco-groups unhappy with oil train derailments in Philadelphia

By Bob Downing Published: January 21, 2014

From a coalition of environmental groups:

Philadelphia Derailment of “Oil Bomb” Train Sparks Outrage;

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Center for Sustainable Shale Development opens doors

By Bob Downing Published: January 21, 2014

From the Pittsburgh-based Center for Sustainable Shale Development today:

PITTSBURGH, Pa., January 21, 2014 – The Center for Sustainable Shale Development (CSSD), a collaborative between environmental organizations and energy companies to encourage prudent and responsible development of shale gas resources in the Appalachian region, announced today its independent third-party certification and verification program is now accepting applicants.

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Pittsburgh shale center names first executive director

By Bob Downing Published: January 21, 2014

From the Center for Sustainable Shale Development today:

PITTSBURGH, Pa., January 21, 2014 – The Center for Sustainable Shale Development (CSSD) announced it has named Susan Packard LeGros its Executive Director. LeGros joins CSSD from Stevens & Lee, a Philadelphia-based law firm. As CSSD’s new Executive Director, she will oversee the organization as it implements its independent, third-party certification and verification process, which is based on the Center’s 15 initial performance standards. CSSD consists of a group of leading environmental organizations, philanthropic foundations, and energy companies.

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Benedum Foundation joins new Pittsburgh shale center

By Bob Downing Published: January 21, 2014

From the Center for Sustainable Shale Development today:

PITTSBURGH, Pa., January 21, 2014 – The Center for Sustainable Shale Development (CSSD) announced the Claude Worthington Benedum Foundation has joined the center as a philanthropic participant. CSSD consists of a group of leading environmental organizations, philanthropic foundations and energy companies which have partnered to provide natural gas producers in the Appalachian Basin with certification to a set of collaboratively developed, leading-edge performance standards for shale development.

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Bakken shale oil train derails on bridge in Philadelphia

By Bob Downing Published: January 20, 2014

From the Associated Press:

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The Coast Guard says a train carrying crude oil from North Dakota has derailed on a bridge over a river in Philadelphia.

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Activists to meet Jan. 25 in Mantua on pipelines, easements

By Bob Downing Published: January 20, 2014

A press release received today from Concerned Citizens Ohio:

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Australia has most attractive shale outside U.S., company reports

By Bob Downing Published: January 20, 2014

From Bloomberg News on Friday:

By James Paton

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Mahoning Valley group troubled by well at Meander Reservoir

By Bob Downing Published: January 20, 2014

From Frackfree Mahoning Valley on Friday:

RE: Local drinking water concerns, fracking-related issues, and the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) Director Zehringer’s statements made in Niles, Ohio on January 16, 2014

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Royal Dutch Shell reports that profits plunge in surprise news

By Bob Downing Published: January 20, 2014

From Bloomberg News on Friday:

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Chesapeake Energy completes Chaparral Energy sale

By Bob Downing Published: January 20, 2014

From Chesapeake Energy on Friday:

OKLAHOMA CITY--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Jan. 17, 2014-- Chesapeake Energy Corporation (NYSE:CHK) announced that it has completed the sale of 100% of its ownership interest in Chaparral Energy, Inc. (Chaparral). The transaction closed on January 13, 2014 for gross proceeds of $215 million.

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35 Pennsylvania eco-groups oppose SB 411 in letter

By Bob Downing Published: January 17, 2014

From Pennsylvania eco-groups on Thursday:

Thirty-five organizations representing members from throughout Pennsylvania filed a letter today opposing SB411calling upon Senators to either table the bill or vote no on the measure. The Senate is poised to vote on SB411[1], which would amend the Environmental Good Samaritan Act (EGSA) and extend immunity for those involved in withdrawing Acid Mine Drainage (AMD) in connection with oil and gas operations and other uses offsite.

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Nova Chemicals celebrates Marcellus ethane to Ontario cracker

By Bob Downing Published: January 17, 2014

From Nova Chemicals on Thursday:

Calgary, Alberta (January 16, 2014) – NOVA Chemicals Corporation (NOVA Chemicals) today celebrated its commitment to the Sarnia, Ontario region during a ceremony to commemorate the first barrels of ethane sourced from the Marcellus Shale Basin being utilized at its Corunna, Ontario cracker.

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U.S. gas, oil Infrastructure spending jumps 60 percent in four years

By Bob Downing Published: January 17, 2014

From the American Petroleum Insy=titute:

WASHINGTON, January 16, 2014 – Recent cold weather spells have helped to underscore the importance of America’s natural gas supply lines and ongoing infrastructure investments, API Chief Economist John Felmy told reporters on a conference call today:

“Reliable, affordable energy requires a 21st century system of transmission lines, pipelines, and energy infrastructure,” said Felmy. “The recent cold snap provided a chilling reminder of what happens when demand approaches the limit of our current ability to bring abundant U.S. supplies to the regions that need it most.

A new study released last week by IHS shows that capital spending on oil and gas infrastructure increased by 60 percent between 2010 and 2013, thanks to America’s shale energy revolution. With the right policy choices, these investments will accelerate, providing a major boost to the economy, creating jobs, and strengthening the supply chain to consumers.

“In total, IHS anticipates up to $1.15 trillion in oil and gas infrastructure investments over the next 12 years, contributing as much as $120.58 billion to U.S. GDP; supporting as many as 1.15 million jobs; and providing an additional $27.45 billion in government revenues on average, annually between 2014 and 2025. These are private dollars – not public funds – ready to put shovels in the ground.

“Public officials are taking notice too. President Obama recently announced a new Quadrennial Energy Review of transmission and distribution infrastructure. Our message is simple: let’s recognize the value of investing in our energy transportation network and work together to streamline the regulatory and permitting process, so that small delays don’t potentially add up to huge costs for consumers across country.”

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

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N.D. seeks prosecutor to handle drug cases in Bakken shale

By Bob Downing Published: January 17, 2014

From the Associated Press:

The North Dakota attorney general’s office is looking for a new special prosecutor who will handle nothing but drug cases in the state’s oil patch.

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Cold weather leads to record-high gas storage withdrawls

By Bob Downing Published: January 17, 2014

From the U.S. Energy Information Administartion today:

Jan 17, 2014

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Rail safety is key, says API, U.S. Department of Transportation

By Bob Downing Published: January 17, 2014

From the American Petroleum Institute:

WASHINGTON, January 16, 2014 – API President and CEO Jack Gerard made the following statement after meeting today with Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx, federal regulators, and representatives from the railroad industry to discuss ways to improve the safety of transporting crude oil by rail.

“Rail safety is vitally important,” said API President and CEO Jack Gerard. “As Secretary Foxx said today, prevention must be part of our focus by keeping trains on the tracks and preventing rail accidents in the first place. Strong rail cars are an important part of the equation, but the first step is to address the root causes of rail accidents.

“API has led the way in improving the safety of rail tank cars by building since 2011 next generation tank cars that exceed federal standards. These new cars already make up nearly 25 percent of the crude oil tank car fleet and will be 60 percent by 2015. The oil and natural gas industry will continue to work with regulators and the rail industry to make shipment by rail even safer.

“The domestic energy revolution has given Americans a unique opportunity to take control of our energy future. Families and workers across the country are benefitting from new jobs, greater revenue to the government, and our strengthening energy security.”

API represents all segments of America’s oil and natural gas industry. Its more than 580 members produce, process, and distribute most of the nation’s energy. The industry also supports 9.8 million U.S. jobs and 8 percent of the U.S. economy.

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Devon Energy gets new chief financial officer

By Bob Downing Published: January 17, 2014

From Oklahoma-based Devon Energy:

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U.S. Chamber of Commerce backing LNG exports

By Bob Downing Published: January 16, 2014

From wire service reports:

WASHINGTON - Companies should be allowed to export American oil and natural gas widely, the nation’s top business lobbying group said Wednesday.

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Overflow crowd voices concerns about Sunoco Logistics pipelines

By Bob Downing Published: January 16, 2014

RAVENNA: An overflow crowd of 125 people today filled two rooms for a public meeting arranged by the Portage County commissioners on Sunoco Logistics Partners LP and its pipeline projects.

Forty-five people filled the commissioners’ seventh-floor meeting room and another 80 watched what was billed as an educational meeting on pipelines on the first floor via an audio-only hookup — with people spilling into hallways in the county’s Administration Building on two floors.

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Carrizo reports on initial Utica well in Guernsey County

By Bob Downing Published: January 16, 2014

HOUSTON, Jan 16, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE via COMTEX) -- Carrizo Oil & Gas, Inc. /quotes/zigman/63660/delayed/quotes/nls/crzoCRZO+0.99% today announced results from its initial Utica Shale well, the Rector 1H.

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Access Midstream gives $12,000 for gear to Stark State College

By Bob Downing Published: January 16, 2014

From Stark State College today:

Access Midstream donates more than $12,000 to

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Policy Matters Ohio's Patton: Ohio needs to beef up H.B. 375

By Bob Downing Published: January 16, 2014

From Policy Matters Ohio on Wednesday:

 

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Reserves up 23 percent from 2012, Magnun Hunter Resources says

By Bob Downing Published: January 16, 2014

From Manbum Hunter Resources:

 

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API hails new industry report on pipeline safety

By Bob Downing Published: January 16, 2014

From the American Petroleum Institute:

WASHINGTON, January 15, 2014 ─ Pipelines are extremely safe and efficient for transporting energy across the United States, the industry’s continual efforts to improve the safety of the nation’s network of crude and petroleum product pipelines have reduced pipeline incidents by 62 percent from 2001-2012, according to a new report by API and the Association of Oil Pipe Lines.

“Statistically, pipelines have an almost 100 percent safety record and reaching a perfect record of safety is our industry’s goal,” said API Pipeline Director Peter Lidiak. “Key to that effort is to prevent accidents by improving inspection technology and management practices and oversight. In that regard the industry has implemented best practices that have lowered corrosion-caused spills by almost 80 percent, since 2012.”

In 2012, more than 14 billion barrels of crude oil and petroleum products were transported by almost 186,000 miles of liquids pipelines, which delivered the energy America needs to power homes, businesses and commerce. The industry also invested $1.6 billion in infrastructure safety and inspected more than 35,000 miles of pipeline with “smart-pig” in-line technology, according to the Annual Liquid Pipeline Safety Performance Report & Strategic Plan.

“Pipelines are a vital part of this nation’s infrastructure and will be critical to creating jobs, growing our nation’s economy and securing our bright energy future,” said Lidiak.

API is a national trade association that represents all segments of America’s technology-driven oil and natural gas industry. Its more than 580 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 and are backed by a growing grassroots movement of more than 20 million Americans. The industry also supports 9.8 million U.S. jobs and 8 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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Kinder Morgan reports success with Utica, Marcellus pipelines

By Bob Downing Published: January 16, 2014

From Kinder Morgan Energy Partners on Wednesday:

 

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Researchers find 5,893 natural gas leaks under Washington, D.C.

By Bob Downing Published: January 16, 2014

From Duke University and Boston University today:

DURHAM, N.C. – More than 5,893 leaks from aging natural gas pipelines have been found under the streets of Washington, D.C. by a research team from Duke University and Boston University.

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Foreign oil producers may have to wait two years in Mexico

By Bob Downing Published: January 16, 2014

From Bloomberg News:

By Adam Williams

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Foundation asks New York court to invalidate fracking bans

By Bob Downing Published: January 15, 2014

A press release received today from the Washington Legal Foundation:

WLF ASKS N.Y. HIGH COURT TO INVALIDATE
MUNICIPAL ZONING BANS ON FRACKING

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Ohio has approved 1,042 Utica permits with 679 wells drilled

By Bob Downing Published: January 15, 2014

The Ohio Department of Natural Resources has approved 1,042 Utica shale permits, as of Jan. 11.

That total includes 679 wells that6 have been drilled and 270 that are in production.

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European Union eying rules to allow fracking to proceed

By Bob Downing Published: January 15, 2014

From Bloomberg News:

By Ewa Krukowska

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Dominion names two executives to Cove Point LNG team

By Bob Downing Published: January 15, 2014

From Dominion:

LUSBY, Md., Jan. 15, 2014 – Dominion, one of the nation’s largest energy providers, has named two officers to its Cove Point LNG Terminal team as it awaits necessary federal and state permits to begin construction of a facility to liquefy natural gas for export.

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Rex Energy is expecting major production growth in 2014

By Bob Downing Published: January 15, 2014

From Rex Energy Corp:

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Heinz Endowments chief to become Rice Energy chairman

By Bob Downing Published: January 15, 2014

From the Associated Press:

The president of the Pittsburgh-based Heinz Endowments is taking a position as chairman of a gas drilling company.

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Devon Energy, Crosstex Energy create Enlink companies

By Bob Downing Published: January 15, 2014

From Devon Energy and Crosstex Energy on Tuesday:

OKLAHOMA CITY & DALLAS—January 14, 2014—Devon Energy Corporation (NYSE: DVN) (“Devon”) and Crosstex Energy, L.P. (the “Partnership”) (NASDAQ: XTEX) and Crosstex Energy, Inc. (the “Corporation”) (NASDAQ: XTXI) (collectively “Crosstex”) today announced the selection of EnLink Midstream Partners, LP and EnLink Midstream, LLC as the names of their new combined midstream business following the completion of the transaction.

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New York groups remain opposed to LNG export facility

By Bob Downing Published: January 15, 2014

A press release received from New York's grass-roots groups opposed to a proposed LNG export facility at Port Ambrose:

 

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Drilling provides boom in rural areas as cities consider bans

By Bob Downing Published: January 15, 2014

From the Associated Press:

By KEVIN BEGOS

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U.S. boosts natural gas output, use since 2005, EIA says

By Bob Downing Published: January 14, 2014

From the U.S. Energy Information Administartion today:

Jan 14, 2014

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Could mine runoff decrease radiation in fracking wastewater?

By Bob Downing Published: January 14, 2014

From the Associated Press:

By RAMIT PLUSHNICK-MASTI

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Two oil updates from U.S. EIA

By Bob Downing Published: January 14, 2014

From the U.S. Energy Information Administration:

Across the country, retail prices for regular grade gasoline moved in tighter ranges in 2013 than in previous years. Changes in retail gasoline prices can be attributed to factors that include crude oil prices, refinery outages, inventory levels, and seasonal fuel-specification changes. Lower crude oil prices led to lower gasoline prices in 2013, with an average retail price of regular gasoline of $3.50 per gallon (gal) for the year, 11 cents per gallon lower than in 2012. Two regions in the country registered average retail pump prices below $3 per gallon for several weeks at a time during 2013. However, the weekly U.S. average price did not drop below $3/gal for the third calendar year in a row, reaching a low of $3.19/gal on November 11, and a high of $3.78/gal on February 25.

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Key horizontal wastes not tested for radiation, WVU professor says

By Bob Downing Published: January 14, 2014

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- A state-sponsored study meant to examine potential pollution from the boom in natural gas drilling never actually tested key wastes from the Marcellus Shale formation, according to a West Virginia University researcher who led the effort.

Teams performing the legislatively mandated review examined only materials from the vertical portion of wells, not from the horizontal drilling at those same sites, which would have included Marcellus Shale mud and drill cuttings.

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Onshore well count dips slightly in 4Q from 3Q, Baker Hughes says

By Bob Downing Published: January 14, 2014

From Baker Hughes inc. on Friday :

HOUSTON, Jan. 10, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Baker Hughes Incorporated (NYSE: BHI) announced today that the U.S. onshore well count for the fourth quarter 2013 is 9,056 wells; down 19 wells from the revised 9,075 wells counted in the third quarter 2013. Compared to the fourth quarter 2012, the well count was up 398 wells or 5%. Due to improved drilling efficiencies, the average US onshore drilling rig now produces 9% more wells compared to the same quarter last year.

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Judge slaps $280,000 fine on Texas company for illegal workers

By Bob Downing Published: January 14, 2014

A Pennsylvania judge has fined a Texas survey company and a foreman $280,000 after they were caught using udocumened Mexican workers on a project in the Marcellus shale in northeast Pennsylvania.

The company involved was GPX/GXP USA.

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Study says Fayetteville shale should be natural gas source to 2050

By Bob Downing Published: January 14, 2014

A new study by the University of Texas released last week praises the potential of the Fayetteville shale in Arkansas.

It should be a major source of natural gas to 2050, the study said.

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Five active injection wells at Azle may be tied to Texas quakes

By Bob Downing Published: January 14, 2014

Texas has 35,000 injection wells, but five of those wells near the town of Azle are under under close scrutiny.

That area has been hit recently by a string of small earthquakes that some feel is tied to the injection wells.

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Company cited for tank explosion in West Virginia's Tyler County

By Bob Downing Published: January 14, 2014

Jay-Bee Oil and Gas has been cited by West Virginia regulators for an explosion in early January at a storage tank in Tyler County.

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U.S. shale boom is having sweeping impacts around globe

By Bob Downing Published: January 14, 2014

From Bloomberg News:

By Asjylyn Loder

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China shale gas production grows fivefold in 2013, ministry says

By Bob Downing Published: January 14, 2014

From Bloomberg News:

Jan. 8 (Bloomberg) -- Shale-gas production in China, holding the world’s biggest shale reserves, surged by more than five times last year to 200 million cubic meters, according to the Land and Resources Ministry.

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Ohio outlines requirements for engineers, surveyors

By Bob Downing Published: January 14, 2014

From the Ohio State Board of Registration for Professional Engineers and Surveors (with thanks to Jim Willis of the Marcellus Drilling News who reported it last week):

By John F. Greenhalge, Executive Director
Ohio State Board of Registration for Professional Engineers and Surveyors

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MoveOn.org hails 100 fracking fighters including six Ohioans

By Bob Downing Published: January 13, 2014

From MoveOn.org Civic Action:

WASHINGTON, DC — As the national movement to ban fracking picks up steam,MoveOn.org Civic Action is announcing a new #FrackingFighter initiative to support 100 grassroots activists who are working to ban fracking in their local communities. MoveOn is awarding a total of $50,000 to the Fracking Fighters, along with materials, training, and strategic support.

The initiative seeks to slow down the fracking boom that is anticipated to occur across the United States in 2014 and beyond. Natural gas production in the United States, led by fracking, is predicted to increase by 56% over the next 26 years [1]--propelling the country ahead of Russia and Saudi Arabia as the world’s top oil and gas producer. One major oil and gas producer, Antero Resources, whose wells are located in the Appalachians, is expected to increase its output by 76% in 2014, and 47% the year after[2]. Antero Resources uses up to 6 million gallons of water to frack a single well [3].

Despite these troubling trends, a number of communities have successfully halted fracking at the local level over the last year--demonstrating that campaigns to ban fracking at the local level can be effective. In New York, the Erie County legislature voted overwhelmingly to ban fracking on county-owned property after being pressured by local activists [4]. In Colorado, MoveOn members contributed to four successful referendums that banned or placed moratoriums on fracking in local communities[5].

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Natrium gas-processing plant still closed after September fire

By Bob Downing Published: January 13, 2014

Blue Racer Midstream's Natrium Plant in West Virginia is still closed in the wake of a September fire.

There are no signs that the plant will be reopening soon.

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Portage County holding public meeting on Sunoco pipeline

By Bob Downing Published: January 13, 2014

Pipeline construction and safety is the topic of a hearing by the Portage County commissioners on Thursday, Jan. 16.

The meeting will take place at 11:15 a.m. on the seventh floor of the Portage County Administration Building, 449 S. Meridian St.

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French company Total SA pursuing U.K. shale development

By Bob Downing Published: January 13, 2014

From Bloomberg News today:

By Tara Patel and Nidaa Bakhsh

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PVR Partners offers update on Marcellus pipeline operations

By Bob Downing Published: January 13, 2014

A press release today from PVR Partners:

RADNOR, Pa. , Jan. 13, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- PVR Partners, L.P. (NYSE: PVR) ("PVR") today provided an update on the business activity for its Eastern Midstream Segment.

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OEC releases free shale gas resource guide

By Bob Downing Published: January 13, 2014

A press release from the Ohio Environmental Council:

Columbus, OH – The Ohio Environmental Council has created a free shale gas resource guide for anyone interested in information about shale gas drilling ("fracking"). The guide was developed especially for residents and public officials in eastern Ohio.

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Company appeals $2.6 million fine for illegally housing N.D. workers

By Bob Downing Published: January 13, 2014

From the Associated Press:

A Texas company is appealing a $2.6 million fine for allegedly operating illegal temporary housing for its workers in the western North Dakota oil patch.

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EPA orders offshore frackers to report chemical discharges

By Bob Downing Published: January 13, 2014

By JASON DEAREN and ALICIA CHANG

Associated Press

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Oil well completions up 5 percent in 2013, API reports

By Bob Downing Published: January 13, 2014

From the American Petroleum Institute:

WASHINGTON, January 10, 2014 – Oil well drilling rose in 2013 with total oil well completions up 5 percent from 2012, according to API's 2013 Quarterly Well Completion Report.

“America’s oil industry expanded drilling in 2013 thanks in large part to access on private and state lands,” said Hazem Arafa, director of API's statistics department. “Additional access to our own vast energy resources and streamlined federal permitting would allow for more opportunities to produce U.S. energy while creating more American jobs and generating more revenue for our government."

Natural gas well completions in 2013 declined with 20 percent fewer wells than 2012, according to the report. Total number of wells completed in 2013 remained relatively unchanged with a decrease of 1 percent from 2012, while total footage drilled increased 4 percent.

API is a national trade association that represents all segments of America’s technology-driven oil and natural gas industry. Its more than 580 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 and are backed by a growing grassroots movement of more than 20 million Americans. The industry also supports 9.8 million U.S. jobs and 8 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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The 2013 API Quarterly Well Completion Report is available for an annual subscription through API's primary distributor, Information Handling Services (IHS). If you would like to purchase an annual subscription to this report, please contact IHS at 1-800-854-7179, or visit their website at www.global.ihs.com.

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Activists prevent science being taught in schools, EID says

By Bob Downing Published: January 13, 2014

Shawn Bennett of Energy in Depth-Ohio, a pro-drilling trade group, is highly critical of activists who pressured Radio Disney to end its Rocking in Ohio educational programming.

Radio Disney announced last week that it was withdrawing from the program that is designed to boost science and technology among students but drew criticism from activists opposed to drilling and fracking.

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Pennsylvania drillers to honor stream, wetland buffers

By Bob Downing Published: January 13, 2014

Pennsylvania's oil and gas drillers have agreed to a request from Gov. Tom Corbett that they comply with buffer zones intended to protect waterways and wetlands even though the state Supreme Court struck down those environmental rules last month.

The voluntary agreement will keep deep-shale drilling pads and conventional oil and gas wellbores at least 100 feet from those environmentally sensitive areas. The buffer zones were included in oil and gas reforms, known as Act 13, that were passed in 2012.

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New York state's latest energy plan is mum on fracking

By Bob Downing Published: January 13, 2014

From the Associated Press last week:

 New York's newly released energy plan calls for increased use of renewable energy and clean technology and anticipates reduced utility bills and a more flexible distribution grid, but takes no position on hydraulic fracturing for natural gas in the fertile Marcellus Shale.

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Unitization: Ohio's little-known rules being used more often by drillers

By Bob Downing Published: January 12, 2014

SUFFIELD TWP.: Steve Neeley did not want to get involved in Utica shale drilling.

He had invested heavily in building a country estate on 9½ acres off Pontius Road in the southwest corner of Portage County. He was concerned about hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, and wanted nothing to do with it.

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Background on Ohio's unitization rules for drilling

By Bob Downing Published: January 12, 2014

Unitization:

 

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Radio Disney drops Rocking in Ohio school program

By Bob Downing Published: January 11, 2014

Radio Disney has withdrawn from an educational program with the Ohio Oil and Gas Energy Education Program, due to strong opposition from activists across Ohio and elsewhere.

The Disney action comes after 21 local environmental groups across Ohio signed a letter chiding Radio Disney for supporting the Rocking in Ohio program staged in schools.

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Summit County getting economic benefits of drilling, study says

By Bob Downing Published: January 10, 2014

Summit County is starting to feel the economic benefits of Utica shale development, according to a new report by Cleveland State University.

Akron, Canton, Youngstown and suburban Columbus are increasingly attracting service industry jobs and workers tied to drilling, said the 38-page compiled by Edward W. (Ned) Hill, Kelly L. Kinahan and Allan R. Immonen III of the Maxine Goodman Levin College of Urban Affairs.

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NiSource provides $15,000 for police in Poland School District

By Bob Downing Published: January 9, 2014

From NiSource Midstream Services today:

NiSource Midstream Services Donates $15,000 to Poland Township and Poland School District to Help in the Funding of a School Resource Officer for the District

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Activists send letter to Disney Radio over Ohio school programs

By Bob Downing Published: January 9, 2014

From the Teresa Mills of the Center for Health, Environment and Justice and signed by 21 Ohio activist groups:

 

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Youngstown group seeks talks on injection-triggered quakes

By Bob Downing Published: January 9, 2014

A press release from FrackFree America National Coalition on Wednesday:

MAN-MADE EARTHQUAKES AND FRACKING WASTE INJECTION WELLS: CONCERNED CITIZENS OF FRACKFREE AMERICA NATIONAL COALITION, BASED IN YOUNGSTOWN, OHIO, AND FRACKFREE MAHONING VALLEY, WHO EXPERIENCED THE NOW-FAMOUS 4.0 MAGNITUDE 2011 YOUNGSTOWN QUAKE LINKED TO A FRACKING WASTE INJECTION WELL, REACH OUT TO SEEK DIALOGUE AND INFORMATION SHARING WITH COMMUNITIES IN AZLE, TEXAS AND PRAGUE, OKLAHOMA, OHIO AND OTHER AREAS WHERE RESIDENTS ALSO MAY BE SUBJECT TO INDUCED SEISMICITY
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Ohio trade group backing alternative tax plan on drilling

By Bob Downing Published: January 9, 2014

From the Associated Press:

A top lobbyist for Ohio's oil and gas drilling industry urged state lawmakers Wednesday to support a package of tax revisions advanced as an alternative to an earlier plan by Republican Gov. John Kasich.

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Athens group appeals Ohio approval of new injection well

By Bob Downing Published: January 9, 2014

From the Athens County Fracking Action Network today:

Athens, OH Jan. 9, 2014 –– Athens County Fracking Action Network (ACFAN) has filed a legal appeal of the K&H 2 injection well permit issued last month by Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ONDR) Division of Oil and Gas. The well would be the second on the property owned by K&H Partners of West Virginia, in Troy Township, Athens County, and would dispose of 168,000 gallons or more of frack waste per day. The appeal is the first of an ODNR injection well permit filed in over twenty years.

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American Bar Association offers new book on fracking, drilling

By Bob Downing Published: January 9, 2014

From the American Bar Association:

New ABA book on hydraulic fracturing brings legal context, explanations of key issues to debate

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Mexican mining company eyes new joint ventures in oil, gas

By Bob Downing Published: January 9, 2014

From Bloomberg News on Wednesday:

By Adam Williams

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Chinese firm in shale joint venture in southwest Pennsylvania

By Bob Downing Published: January 9, 2014

From Colorado-based Energy Corp. of America:

Denver-Based Oil and Natural Gas Producer to Drill 25 Wells with Chinese Energy Company Over the Next 18 Months.

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Hess files paperwork with SEC to spin off retail business

By Bob Downing Published: January 9, 2014

From Hess Corp.:

NEW YORK --(BUSINESS WIRE)--Jan. 8, 2014-- Hess Corporation announced today that Hess Retail Corporation , its wholly owned subsidiary, has filed a Form 10 Registration Statement with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission ( SEC ).

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Texas commission to hire seismologist due to increasing quakes

By Bob Downing Published: January 8, 2014

From the Associated Press:

A key Texas state agency announced Tuesday it is hiring a seismologist, part of an effort to tackle a sudden increase in earthquakes in areas with significant oil and gas drilling activities.

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Ohio proposal to increase taxes on Utica wells gets gets hearing

By Bob Downing Published: January 8, 2014

From the Associated Press:

Ohio lawmakers will hear from backers of a proposal to increase taxes on horizontally drilled shale wells in Ohio.

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Ohio Supreme Court dismisses claim by Sierra Club

By Bob Downing Published: January 8, 2014

From the Associated Press:

The Ohio Supreme Court has dismissed an environmental group’s case seeking documents related to alleged illegal dumping of wastewater from oil and gas drilling into a northeast Ohio storm sewer.

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Train with crude oil, propane derails, burns in New Brunswick

By Bob Downing Published: January 8, 2014

From the Associated Press today:

Officials in Canada said a derailed freight train carrying crude oil and propane continued to burn Wednesday morning, while they prepared to launch aerial surveillance and more than 100 residents remained evacuated from their homes. There were no deaths or injuries.

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Ohio has drilled 668 Utica wells with 251 in production

By Bob Downing Published: January 8, 2014

Ohio has approved 1,037 Utica shale permits, through Jan. 4.

That total includes 668 wells that have been drilled and 251 wells that are in production, says the Ohio Department of Natural Resources.

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Watershed district seeking natural gas leases at Piedmont Lake

By Bob Downing Published: January 8, 2014

From the Muskigum Watershed Conservancy District late Tueday:

An open house meeting to offer attendees an opportunity to provide input about the Muskingum Watershed Conservancy District’s (MWCD) plans to begin negotiating a lease on public property that it owns at Piedmont Lake in Belmont, Guernsey and Harrison counties for Utica Shale development will be held Jan. 15 at 6 p.m. in the James Carnes Center near St. Clairsville.

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Gasoline prices expected to drop over next two years, EIA says

By Bob Downing Published: January 8, 2014

From the U.S. Energy Information Administration:

U.S. Energy Information Administration Administrator Adam Sieminski issued the following comments Tuesday on EIA’s January 2014 Short-Term Energy Outlook:

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API releases new report, kicks off new advertising campaign

By Bob Downing Published: January 7, 2014

From American Petroleum Institute today:

WASHINGTON, January 7, 2014 - API President and CEO Jack Gerard outlined API’s advocacy and messaging priorities, issued a new report, and launched a new advertising campaign during his 2014 State of American Energy speech, which focused on the impact of future policy decisions on America’s energy revolution.

“To lead the energy policy discussion and educate the public on the game changing impact of the choices our nation faces when it comes to energy policy, API’s 2014 messaging and advocacy theme is America’s Energy, America’s Choice,” Gerard said. “It distills America’s energy policy discussion down to a basic choice: An American energy future of energy abundance, self-sufficiency and global leadership or energy scarcity, dependence and economic uncertainty.”

Gerard also outlined the broad economic, geopolitical, and security benefits of record-breaking domestic oil and natural gas production in the U.S.

“We can erase what for decades has been America’s greatest economic vulnerability -- our dependence on energy sources from other continents, particularly from less stable and less friendly nations – and fundamentally alter the geopolitical landscape for decades to come, all while providing a much needed boost to our economy. But only if we get our energy policy right,” Gerard said.

Gerard also unveiled the results of a new study by IHS, which estimates that capital spending in oil and gas midstream and downstream infrastructure has increased by 60 percent between 2010 and 2013, from $56.3 billion to $89.6 billion. This increase in capital spending has provided both an economic stimulus and further proof of how shale driven oil and gas production is reshaping the U.S. oil and gas infrastructure landscape, according to the report. The IHS analysis also estimates that $85 - $90 billion of direct capital will be allocated toward oil and gas infrastructure in 2014. The IHS forecast of oil and gas infrastructure investment over the next 12 years (2014 – 2025) estimates a cumulative spending of $890 billion (in 2012 Dollars) in the base case, and $1.15 trillion in the high production case.

API is a national trade association that represents all segments of America’s technology-driven oil and natural gas industry. Its more than 580 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 and are backed by a growing grassroots movement of over 15 million Americans. The industry also supports 9.8 million U.S. jobs and 8 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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New England, N.Y. hit by biggest natural gas price hikes in 2013

By Bob Downing Published: January 7, 2014

From the U.S. Energy Information Administration today:

Jan 7, 2014

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Youngstown area gets 4,000 jobs, $5 billion in investments from shale

By Bob Downing Published: January 7, 2014

From the Youngstown-Warren Regional Chamber of Commerce on Monday:

Since 2010, the Mahoning Valley and adjacent areas have seen at least 4,000 direct and indirect jobs created from shale development and an investment of more than $5 billion, according to information compiled by the Regional Chamber.

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SandRidge Energy selling its Gulf of Mexico assets

By Bob Downing Published: January 7, 2014

From Okalhoma-based SandRidge Energy:

OKLAHOMA CITY, Jan. 7, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Prompted by ongoing drilling success in its onshore operations and a more focused Mid-Continent strategy, SandRidge Energy, Inc. (NYSE: SD) ("SandRidge") today announced the sale of its Gulf of Mexico business, which comprises all of SandRidge's Gulf of Mexico and Gulf Coast properties, to Fieldwood Energy LLC , for $750 million of cash and the assumption of $370 million of abandonment liabilities and subject to customary purchase price adjustments. SandRidge will also retain a 2.0% overriding royalty interest in certain exploration prospects. The proceeds are expected to be reinvested over time in the company's Mid-Continent drilling projects. SandRidge also announced revised guidance for 2014, including production growth of 26% in 2014, an increase from the previous guidance of 12% growth.

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Eureka Hunter's pipeline volumes growing in Ohio, W. Va.

By Bob Downing Published: January 7, 2014

From Magnum Hunter Resources:

Eureka Hunter Announces Record Gas Gathering Throughput

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Gulfport achieves record daily production in 2013

By Bob Downing Published: January 7, 2014

From Gulfport Energy:

OKLAHOMA CITY , Jan. 6, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Gulfport Energy Corporation (Nasdaq:GPOR) ("Gulfport") today announced that it achieved record daily production of approximately 27,780 barrels of oil equivalent per day ("BOEPD") on December 31, 2013 .

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Study says fracking may impact infants born near drill sites

By Bob Downing Published: January 6, 2014

From Bloomberg News:

By Mark Whitehouse

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Hickory Midstream announces operation of Hickory Bend plant

By Bob Downing Published: January 6, 2014

PENNANT MIDSTREAM ANNOUNCES HICKORY BEND CRYOGENIC PROCESSING PLANT READY FOR SERVICE

Plant Operation Supports Producers in the Utica Shale Play and Contributes to Shale Gas Production and Transmission in the Appalachian Basin

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AP looks at water complaints from drilling in Ohio, three states

By Bob Downing Published: January 6, 2014

From the Associated Press:

By KEVIN BEGOS

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Report shows Utica shale is poised for big production, EID says

By Bob Downing Published: January 6, 2014

Shawn Bennett of Energy in Depth-Ohio offers his insight based on Ohio's first quaterly production results from Utica shale wells that came out last week.

The numbers are very encouraging and promising, Bennett says on his blog.

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North Dakota rail alert could impact Bakken oil drilling

By Bob Downing Published: January 6, 2014

From Bloomberg News:

By Mark Drajem, Angela Greiling Keane and Lynn Doan

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Company restarts idled Texas methanol plant due to shale gas

By Bob Downing Published: January 3, 2014

A press release from LyondellBasell on Thursday:

HOUSTON, Jan. 2, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- LyondellBasell (NYSE: LYB) today announced that its methanol plant at Channelview, Texas, was placed into service in the fourth-quarter 2013 to take advantage of low-cost natural gas from shale formations. The unit had been out of service since 2004 due to the rising cost of natural gas, the key feedstock for methanol production.

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Pennsylvania asks high court to reconsider ruling on drilling laws

By Bob Downing Published: January 3, 2014

From the Associated Press:

By Mark Scolforo

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Turning Marcellus shale ethane into ethylene at Ontario plant

By Bob Downing Published: January 3, 2014

NOVA Chemicals Corp. says it is the first chemical maker to turn Marcellus shale ethane into ethylene.

That was done at the company's cracker at Corunna, Ont.

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WHPacific opens new office on Ohio's Harrison County

By Bob Downing Published: January 3, 2014

From WHPacific:

(December 23, 2013) – WHPacific, Inc. (WHPacific), the largest Alaska Native-owned multi-discipline, professional services company in the United States, is pleased to announce the opening of its Cadiz, Ohio office. The new office, located at 227 1/2 East Warren Street, occupies the old Harcatus Head Start building. WHPacific chose to expand its offices to Cadiz, home to the Utica and Marcellus shale industry, to serve the needs of its oil and gas clients.

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Health study of Pennsylvania drilling still gathering data

By Bob Downing Published: January 3, 2014

From the Associated Press:

By KEVIN BEGOS

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Shale oil, shale natural gas are globally abundant

By Bob Downing Published: January 3, 2014

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

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Updated: Antero, Gulfport have strongest Utica wells in Ohio

By Bob Downing Published: January 2, 2014

Antero Resources and Gulfport Energy appear to be the big winners in Ohio’s first-ever quarterly production reports from 245 horizontal wells in Ohio’s Utica shale.

The Utica shale is emerging as a gas-rich, not an oil-rich, play with sweet spots in Belmont, Monroe and Noble counties where those companies are active, said analyst Tim Rezvan of New York-based Sterne Agee.

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Antero, Gulfport, Chesapeake show big production numbers in new Ohio report

By Bob Downing Published: January 1, 2014

Antero Resources, Gulfport Energy and Chesapeake Energy appear to be the big winners in Ohio’s first-ever quarterly production reports from the Utica shale.

The seven-page document, filled with tons of data, was released late Tuesday by the Ohio Department of Natural Resources.

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