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OPEC is studying impacts of U.S. shale oil

By Bob Downing Published: May 31, 2013

From Bloomberg News:

By Stephen Voss, Nayla Razzouk & Maher Chmaytelli

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General Electric invests billions to make fracking safer

By Jim Mackinnon Published: May 31, 2013

General Electric is spending real money to make fracking more environmentally sound, reports Jen Alic at the web site RealClearEnergy.

Alic: "In three years, General Electric Co. has gone from only dabbling in oil and gas to investing a whopping $15 billion in the sector, with an eye for diversity and new technology—not drilling and producing.

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EQT increases natural gas projections from Marcellus shale

By Bob Downing Published: May 31, 2013

From the Associated Press:

EQT Co. has released new projections for its Marcellus Shale drilling operations in Pennsylvania and West Virginia.

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Illinois House approves new drilling rules

By Bob Downing Published: May 31, 2013

From the Associated Press:

The Illinois House overwhelmingly approved a plan Thursday that would regulate oil and gas drilling in the state.

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MarkWest expanding processing facilities in Ohio's Noble County

By Bob Downing Published: May 31, 2013

From MarkWest Energy Partners:

DENVER--(BUSINESS WIRE)--May. 30, 2013-- MarkWest Utica EMG, L.L.C. (MarkWest Utica EMG), a joint venture between MarkWest Energy Partners, L.P. (NYSE: MWE) (MarkWest) and The Energy and Minerals Group (EMG), is announcing an additional expansion of its large-scale midstream system to support the rapidly growing drilling programs of Antero Resources (Antero), Gulfport Energy Corporation (NYSE: GPOR) (Gulfport) and other producers in the southern core of the Utica Shale . MarkWest Utica EMG will now construct a third 200 million cubic feet per day (MMcf/d) cryogenic gas processing facility at its Seneca processing complex in Noble County, Ohio .

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Fracking stalling nuclear power comeback

By Jim Mackinnon Published: May 31, 2013

Cheap natural gas from fracked shale is stalling a nuclear power renaissance in the United States, reports The Economist.

The Economist: "Far from building new reactors, utilities are closing existing ones. Also in May, Dominion power shut a nuclear plant in Wisconsin that was licensed for another 20 years, 'based purely on economics'.

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Ohio beefs up security at public meeting at Wingfoot Lake

By Bob Downing Published: May 31, 2013

SUFFIELD TWP.: The 55 activists and citizens worried about injection wells were safe, very safe.

They were joined in and around the Pine Tree Lodge at Wingfoot Lake State Park by 30 state staffers, including at least 14 armed staffers and one canine unit.

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Federal, Pennsylvania agents raid Milton company

By Bob Downing Published: May 31, 2013

From the Associated Press:

State and federal agents on Wednesday raided a central Pennsylvania company that cleans up spills, hauls fracking waste and provides other environmental services.

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West Virginia gets new drilling training center in Fairmont

By Bob Downing Published: May 31, 2013

From the Associated Press

Classroom training for prospective employees in the oil and gas industry soon will be offered in Fairmont, W. Va..

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California protest to urge Gov. Brown to ban fracking

By Bob Downing Published: May 31, 2013

From Food & Water Watch:

LOS ANGELES—Anti-fracking filmmaker Josh Fox will join farmers, public health professionals, environmental and consumer organizations and people living near fracked wells on Thursday, May 30, for a Los Angeles protest urging Gov. Jerry Brown to ban fracking in California.

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Seven eco-groups intend to sue BLM on western leases

By Bob Downing Published: May 31, 2013

From the Associated Press:

Seven conservation groups have notified the Bureau of Land Management they plan to sue the agency.

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Grant from NiSource helps extend Columbiana bikeway

By Bob Downing Published: May 30, 2013

From the Columbiana County Park District:

Lisbon, Ohio, May 30, 2013—Columbiana County Park District unveiled its newly extended path for the Greenway Bike Trail this week—a goal the organization was able to achieve through a generous $50,000 donation from NiSource Midstream Services, a Columbia Pipeline Group company.

The donation from NiSource Midstream Services, through the NiSource Charitable Foundation, enabled the park district to construct approximately two miles of bike trail from High Street in Leetonia to Union Street in Washingtonville, which is one block from State Route 14. The Greenway Trail is extended as far north as it can go where it now meets with Mahoning County and the Great Ohio Lake to River Greenway Trail.

“Extending the bike trail closer to the Mahoning County line has been a goal of ours for some time,” said Dorothea Betz, chairperson, Columbiana County Park District. “Strong corporate partners like NiSource Midstream Services truly make all the difference in these types of projects. Because of their commitment to our communities and dedication to making a real difference in the lives of local families, we have two more miles of trail to bike and enjoy.”

“Our Ohio roots date back more than 100 years,” said Chad Zamarin, chief operating officer, NiSource Midstream Services. “This area is home to us and to many of our employees. We are investing in the Mahoning Valley and committed to lending our support, whether it is through the economic development and jobs that come from our local business activities, or through projects like the Greenway Bike Trail or helping feed the hungry by assisting the local food bank.”

A ribbon-cutting ceremony was held by the park district and NiSource Midstream Services on May 30 to unveil the new section of trail. The park district’s new goal is to extend south to the Ohio River near East Liverpool.

NiSource Midstream Services is partnering with Hilcorp Energy Company to construct the Hickory Bend Gathering System and Processing Plant. The project represents a $300 million investment in the Mahoning Valley that will support shale gas and natural gas liquids production in and around Columbiana and Mahoning Counties.
 

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Pennsylvania legislator apologizes for verbal attacks

By Bob Downing Published: May 30, 2013

From the Associated Press:

A Pennsylvania state legislator who has been a harsh critic of Marcellus Shale gas drilling has apologized for making anonymous attacks on constituents who support drilling.

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MWCD may reduce assessmemts to 500,000 property owners, due to shale money

By Bob Downing Published: May 30, 2013

The Muskingum Watershed Conservancy District, flush with shale money, could reduce assessments paid by 500,000 individual property owners from Akron to the Ohio River.

Action on reducing the assessments, most of which are $12 a year, is not expected until late this year or early next year. Implementing whatever plan is developed is unlikely until 2015, said John Hoopingarner, the district’s executive director-secretary.

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Not everyone sold on U.S. shale boom

By Jim Mackinnon Published: May 30, 2013

It may be wise to temper enthusiasm over the U.S. shale energy boom but not extinquish that enthusiasm, says Walter Russell Mead in his blog, Via Meadia, at The American Interest.

Mead writes about a Financial Times story involving respected oil trader Andy Hall, nicknamed "God" by competitors, who thinks shale energy will be a short-term phenomenom.

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"God" oil trader not bullish on fracking's future

By Jim Mackinnon Published: May 30, 2013

The Financial Times: "The oil trader known by rivals as 'God' predicts the US shale revolution will only 'temporarily' boost production and oil prices will remain high, siding with Saudi Arabia and the Opec cartel in a debate gripping the energy market.

"Andy Hall, whose lucrative bets on oil prices earned him a $100m salary at Citigroup in the 2000s, told investors that the rapid decline in output suffered by shale wells is 'likely [to] mean that the bounty afforded by shale resources is temporary'."

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Fracking pitting OPEC cartel members against each other

By Jim Mackinnon Published: May 30, 2013

Fracking couldn't happen to a nicer bunch of cartel members, says economics writer Megan McArdle at Newsweek and The Daily Beast.

McArdle: "OPEC meets in Vienna on Friday, a meeting that will, according to the Wall Street Journal, be a mite testy.  The last few years have been flush for the cartel, with oil prices well above their historical average.  Now fracking is changing all that--and hammering open fissures in the cartel that been temporarily plugged with huge wads of petrodollars.

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Chesapeake faces Ohio lawsuit on royalties after appeal court ruling

By Bob Downing Published: May 30, 2013

From Bloomberg News:

By Margaret Cronin Fisk

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Ohio eco-groups to ask court to block water sales by MWCD

By Bob Downing Published: May 30, 2013

From Ohio eco-groups:

On June 1, 2013, individuals and representatives from different environmental groups will be prepared to present testimony before the Muskingum Watershed Conservancy District (MWCD) Conservancy Court in New Philadelphia. Concerned citizens will ask the Court to stop water sales by the MWCD as well as leasing for horizontal, high volume hydraulic fracturing (fracking) of public reservoirs needed for safe drinking water and other industrial, agricultural and recreational purposes.

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Ohio drilling family in Discovery Channel spotlight on June 18

By Bob Downing Published: May 30, 2013

From the Discovery Channel:

IS BLOOD THICKER THAN OIL? ONE ALL-AMERICAN FAMILY FINDS OUT IN NEW DISCOVERY SERIES BLOOD AND OIL

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U.S. EPA tightlipped on earthquake-injection well study

By Bob Downing Published: May 30, 2013

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is keeping mum on its study of earthquakes tied to injection wells.

That assesssment comes from EnergyWire.

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New rail spur may have big impacts of Utica shale shipments

By Bob Downing Published: May 30, 2013

The Columbus & Ohio Rail Road Co. has build a new 1-mile rail siding at Scio, and that improvement could be a major game-changer for eastern Ohio.

Railroad spokesman Bob Murray told local officials that the rail spur will boost shipments of natural gas liquids from Scio in Ohio's Utica shale fields.

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Pennsylvania's Marcellus is America's most-loved shale

By Bob Downing Published: May 30, 2013

From the Motley Fool blog:

Despite low gas prices over much of last year, the Marcellus shale  was one of the only gassy plays in the country that didn't see a sharp drop-off in drilling activity.

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Kleckner gets Anadarko Petroleum promotion

By Bob Downing Published: May 30, 2013

Texas-based Anadarko Petroleum Corp. has named James Kleckner to be executive vice president for international and deepwater operations.

He takes the spot vacated recently when Oklahoma-based Chesapeake Energy Corp. appointed Doug Lawler its new chief executive officer.

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Pittsburgh religious group ends its drilling moratorium

By Bob Downing Published: May 30, 2013

From the Associated Press:

A Pittsburgh religious group has voted to end a yearlong moratorium on shale gas development on church property, which could clear the way for construction of a gas pipeline.

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Ohio permit total at 686 with 335 wells drilled in Utica shale

By Bob Downing Published: May 29, 2013

Ohio has issued 686 Utica shale permits, of which 335 wells have been drilled, the Ohio Department of Natural Resources reports.

As of May 25, a total of 100 wells are in production.

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Halcon Resources provides Utica shale updates

By Bob Downing Published: May 29, 2013

From Texas-based Halcon Resources:

HOUSTON , May 23, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Halcón Resources Corporation (NYSE:HK) ("Halcón" or the "Company") today provided an operational update specific to its acreage in Northeast Ohio and Northwest Pennsylvania , the Company's core area in the Utica / Point Pleasant play.

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Next Generation buys lease in West Virginia's Mason County

By Bob Downing Published: May 29, 2013

From the Virginia-based Next Generation Corp.:

LORTON, Va., May 20, 2013 /PRNewswire/ — Next Generation Corp (OTCQB: NGMC) today announced that it has entered into an agreement to acquire a natural gas and oil lease for a 134 acre parcel in Mason County, West Virginia, increasing its portfolio of energy producing properties to 2,154 acres in the Appalachian region, in addition to its West Texas and Louisiana royalty holdings.

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New York drilling decision before 2014 election, Cuomo says

By Bob Downing Published: May 29, 2013

From the Associated Press last week:

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo says he'll make a decision on whether to allow shale gas fracking in New York before the 2014 election.

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Shale drilling is under way in Illinois, according to state records

By Bob Downing Published: May 29, 2013

From the Associated Press:

 Illinois records indicate that high-volume oil drilling already has begun in Illinois.

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Ohio University to host shale conference on June 4

By Bob Downing Published: May 29, 2013

From Ohio University:

The 2nd Annual State of the Region conference is scheduled for June 4th in the Walter Hall Rotunda on the campus of Ohio University. The conference will build upon information and data presented one year ago in our inaugural meeting where we discussed "Understanding the Boom and Bust Cycle for Greater Sustainability." This year's program, "Shale and Beyond," will follow up on topics related to this active industry in Ohio.

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General Electric spending billions on fracking research

By Jim Mackinnon Published: May 29, 2013

General Electric is investing a whole lot of money to capitalize on the growth in shale energy, writes Sarah Rae Fruchtnicht at the web site Opposing Views.

Fruchtnicht: "General Electric Co. is investing billions of dollars to research and improve hydraulic fracturing, fracking, for oil and gas. GE plans to open a laboratory in Oklahoma in an attempt to make fracking more profitable for clients and reduce harmful environmental and health effects.

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Saudi Arabia's future is fracked, writes Foreign Policy

By Jim Mackinnon Published: May 29, 2013

The burgeoning boom in shale energy production in the United States is bad news for global petroleum giant Saudi Arabia, reports Gal Luft in Foreign Policy.

Luft: "Current trends in the global energy market don't look good for Saudi Arabia.

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OPEC is cracking thanks to fracking

By Jim Mackinnon Published: May 29, 2013

One of many positive things about the new U.S. shale energy revolution is that it is weakening OPEC, writes Walter Russell Mead in his blog, Via Meadia, at The American Interest.

Via Meadia: "Members of the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries are meeting Friday to discuss cutting production in response to the new US addition to the global oil market. But delegates have already hinted that the asymmetric impact of the shale revolution on OPEC’s member countries has weakened the bloc’s resolve and will mean no agreement on curbing supply.

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Ohio to hold meeting on Portage County injection wells

By Bob Downing Published: May 29, 2013

Well meeting

SUFFIELD TWP.: The Ohio Department of Natural Resources will hold a public informational meeting about injection wells from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, May 30, at the Pine Tree Lodge, Wingfoot Lake State Park, 993 Goodyear Park Blvd. in Suffield Township.

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Lease flipping coming to Marcellus, Utica shales

By Bob Downing Published: May 29, 2013

You have heard of house flipping.

Now lease flipping is the newest thing to come to the shale gas areas of Pennsylvania, West Virginia and Ohio, according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

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FracFocus revises system to let regulators search, aggregate

By Bob Downing Published: May 29, 2013

From Bloomberg News:

By Mark Drajem

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Chevron is eying Argentina for shale-oil development

By Bob Downing Published: May 29, 2013

From Bloomberg News last week:

By Pablo Gonzalez

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LNG exports could be coming to Mississippi port

By Bob Downing Published: May 29, 2013

From the Associated Press:

 Big changes may be coming for Gulf LNG, the liquefied natural gas terminal that is two huge storage tanks on the horizon south of Pascagoula, Miss.

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Ohio has 331 drilled Utica shale wells, with 100 in production

By Bob Downing Published: May 28, 2013

Ohio has approved 675 Utica shale permits, of which 331 wells have been drilled, says the Ohio Department of Natural Resources.

Those totals are as of May 18.

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Coal gains as natural gas prices climb, U.S. DOE says

By Bob Downing Published: May 28, 2013

From the U.S. Energy Information Administration:

May 23, 2013

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Sierra Club unhappy with Texas LNG Terminal in Freeport

By Bob Downing Published: May 28, 2013

A press release from the Sierra Club last week:

 

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Science panel will review shale gas drilling risks, concerns

By Bob Downing Published: May 28, 2013

A National Academy of Sciences committee will review a host of risks and public concerns associated with shale gas drilling operations nationwide -- what's known and much that isn't -- during a two-day workshop starting May 30 and May 31 in Washington, D.C., reports the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

 

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American chemical industry investing in shale gas development

By Bob Downing Published: May 28, 2013

From the American Chyemistry Council last week:

WASHINGTON (May 20, 2013) – The American Chemistry Council today released a new report examining the potential economic benefits of U.S. chemical industry investments linked to robust and affordable natural gas from shale. The third in a series, the report analyzes nearly 100 chemical industry investment projects that have been publicly announced through the end of March 2013.

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Blog: Wyoming strategy a step toward improved drilling rules

By Bob Downing Published: May 28, 2013

From Environmental Defense Fund's Energy Exchange Blog on May 20:

 

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Freeport LNG wins approval from U.S. DOE

By Bob Downing Published: May 28, 2013

From the Center for Liquified Natural Gas:

U.S. Should Quickly Approve Other Apps

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LNG exports are subject of Senate committee's forum

By Bob Downing Published: May 28, 2013

A press release last week from the Center for Liquified Natural Gas:

Washington, D.C.: In response to today’s second forum on natural gas by the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee entitled “Domestic Supply and Exports,” Bill Cooper, president of the Center for Liquefied Natural Gas issued the following statement:

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Has fracking caused problems in 161 water wells in Pennsylvania?

By Bob Downing Published: May 28, 2013

On May 19, the Sunday Times in Scranton, Pa., reported that state records indicate that 161 homes, farms and businesses in Pennsylvaniua had drinking water supplies damaged by hydraulic f4racturing or fracking.

The paper made that estimate after viewing records of the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection from 2008 to late 2012.

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Eco-groups pleased with Texas fracking revisions

By Bob Downing Published: May 28, 2013

From a coalition of Texas eco-groups last week:

AUSTIN, Texas – The Sierra Club Lone Star Chapter and Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) commend the Texas Railroad Commission (RRC) on its biggest overhaul of oil and gas rules in over thirty years. The RRC adopted dozens of highly technical rules today aimed at improving well integrity – procedures critical for constructing and operating oil and gas wells in a way that protects the environment, public health and safety.

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Shift to natural gas won't reduce greenhouse gases enough, study says

By Bob Downing Published: May 28, 2013

A press release from last week from Climate Central:

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Group: BLM bows to industry pressure on new fracking rules

By Bob Downing Published: May 28, 2013

A press release from last week from the Center for Effective Government:

On May 16, the U.S. Department of the Interior's Bureau of Land Management (BLM) released a revised proposed rule for hydraulic fracturing on federal public lands (commonly referred to as fracking). The new proposed rule not only ignores concerns about the public health and environmental risks of the natural gas drilling method, it also disregards recommendations by lawmakers and the U.S. Department of Energy's Shale Gas Production Subcommittee, which called for transparency and full public chemical disclosure. The proposed rule suggests the agency has placed industry concerns ahead of public health and safety. It also contradicts the new data standards the Obama administration issued just last week by executive order.

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Industry group releases guidance on pipeline-boring practices

By Bob Downing Published: May 28, 2013

From the Pittsburgh-based Marcellus Shale Coalition, a pro-drilling industry group:

MSC Releases Recommended Practices for Pipeline Boring

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Activists take fracking fight to Democratic governors

By Bob Downing Published: May 28, 2013

A press release from last week from the Americans Against Fracking:

Washington, D.C. – Today a coalition led by Americans Against Fracking, 350.org, Democracy for America and Food & Water Watch, among others marched at the Spring Policy Conference of the Democratic Governors Association (DGA) calling for a ban on fracking and demanding that the organization “Stop Taking Dirty Money,” citing the over $3.5 million the DGA has taken from companies in the oil and gas industry since 2008, according to analysis out this week by Food & Water Watch. The march also takes place in the wake of new research released by the Pew Research Center for People and the Press that shows that nationally, only 33 percent of Democrats polled favor the increased use of hydraulic fracturing (fracking).

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Mine-acid runoff topic of June 6 meeting in Carrollton

By Bob Downing Published: May 28, 2013

A pres release from the Carroll Concerned Citizens:

 

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Water meeting on May 29 in Ohio's Guerney County

By Bob Downing Published: May 28, 2013

A press release from the Southeast Ohio Alliance To Save Our Water:

INFORMATION MEETING ON HIGH VOLUME HORIZONTAL HYDROFRACKING (FRACKING): FACKS ON FRACKING FOR LOCAL RESIDENTS

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GE is investing billions in natural gas from shale

By Bob Downing Published: May 28, 2013

From the Associated Press:

One of America's corporate giants is investing billions of dollars in the new boom of oil and gas drilling, or fracking. General Electric Co. is opening a laboratory in Oklahoma, buying up related companies and placing a big bet that cutting-edge science will improve profits for clients and reduce the environmental and health effects of the boom.

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Shale gas has created $30 billion waste-handling industry

By Bob Downing Published: May 28, 2013

Shale gas drilling has created a waste-handling industry that is valued at $20 billion to $30 billion a year, according to estimates from a New Orleans waste conference last week.

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Lease flipping arrives in Marcellus, Utica shales

By Bob Downing Published: May 29, 2013

You have heard of house flipping.

Now lease flipping is the newest thing to come to the shale gas areas of Pennsylvania, West Virginia and Ohio, according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

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Will shale revolution lead to oil finds larger than Eagle Ford?

By Jim Mackinnon Published: May 24, 2013

How many more major shale fields remain to be discovered and tapped in the United States?

Starr Spencer at Platts' The Barrel blog thinks it's likely lots more significant shale discoveries will be made in the very near future.

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Don't let fracking ruin Germany's beer industry

By Jim Mackinnon Published: May 24, 2013

Finally, a genuine reason to want to ban fracking: It theatens Germany's beer makers. (OK, don't shoot the snarky/tongue-in-cheek blog-post messenger!)

The Telegraph newspaper in Great Britain writes: "The [German] Brauer-Bund beer association is worried that fracking for shale gas, which involves pumping water and chemicals at high pressure into the ground, could pollute water used for brewing and break a 500-year-old industry rule on water purity."

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U.S. racing against shale gas clock

By Jim Mackinnon Published: May 23, 2013

Exporting liquified natural gas created from fracked shale in the United States will lead to economic benefits even as some warn shale does not have a long-term future, writes Daniel Graeber at OilPrice.com.

"MIT physicist Ernest Moniz became the new energy secretary this week after sailing through the nomination process relatively unscathed.

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How shale energy forecasts changed the world sooner than we thought

By Jim Mackinnon Published: May 23, 2013

Too wrong for too long? Production predictions just two years ago about shale energy have proven to be way off, writes Sandy Fielden at RBN Energy LLC.

Fielden: "If we look back to see what folk were forecasting for North American energy markets two years ago in 2011 and then compare that to today’s actual data and forecast, what would that tell us about the changing pace of North American energy production?

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S&P looks at shale impact on industries

By Jim Mackinnon Published: May 22, 2013

Standard & Poor's has a new report out on the impact of shale energy on various industrial sectors.

S&P says in a press release: "A report released by Standard & Poor's Ratings Services, titled 'Game Changer: Industry Winners And Losers From The U.S. Shale Revolution,' looks at the effects of the shale boom--whether they be positive, negative, or mixed--on a variety of industries.

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Groups criticize Environmental Defense Fund on fracking support

By Jim Mackinnon Published: May 22, 2013

Environmental groups that oppose shale fracking have sent a letter to the Environmental Defense Fund saying they disapprove of the group supporting the Center for Sustainable Shale Development.

The letter in part reads: "Those of us concerned with charting a rational and sustainable energy policy for the United States were disheartened to see the Environmental Defense Fund lend its name and support to an entity called the Center for Sustainable Shale Development (CSSD). The very use of the word sustainable in the name is misleading, because there is nothing sustainable about shale oil or shale gas. These are fossil fuels, and their extraction and consumption will inevitably degrade our environment and contribute to climate change. Hydraulic fracturing, the method used to extract them, will permanently remove huge quantities of water from the hydrological cycle, pollute the air, contaminate drinking water, and release high levels of methane into the atmosphere. It should be eminently clear to everyone that an economy based on fossil fuels is unsustainable." …

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Utica shale continues to show promise

By Jim Mackinnon Published: May 22, 2013

Sandy Fielden at RBN Energy LLC writes that the Utica shale production numbers released last week "disappointed investors hoping for evidence of another Bakken or Eagle Ford. But the state data does not tell the whole story.

Fielden: "Utica shale is not going to produce as much oil as the Bakken or Eagle Ford in the short term.

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Is the Utica shale a bust?

By Jim Mackinnon Published: May 22, 2013

Don't despair over the new production figures from the Utica shale in Ohio, writes John Kingston at Platt's blog The Barrel.

Kingston: "The release of Ohio’s 2012 production figures last week by the state hit the market with a thud, disappointing just about any analyst who checked in with their views. 'Bust' was a commonly-heard theme about the Utica, supposedly the next-great US shale play.

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EID Ohio: Natural gas pipeline concerns largely unfounded

By Jim Mackinnon Published: May 21, 2013

Energy In Depth Ohio says that natural gas pipeline construction is largely environmentally safe and, when finished, typically not noticed by the general public.

Shawn Bennett, director of corporate and community affairs for Energy In Depth Ohio, writes: "Pipelines are nothing new to us in Ohio, or anywhere across the United States for that matter.  In fact, nearly 2.1 million miles of natural gas pipelines crisscross the country. To put that in perspective, if you laid 2.1 million miles of pipe end to end, you would have enough pipe to stretch to the moon and back — more than four times! Even more impressive? Most people couldn’t tell you where a pipeline is laid after it has been there for a couple months. Those targeting pipelines as some sort of eyesore are just looking for any reason possible to be against oil and gas development, no matter how silly their claims are. 

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Energy predictions difficult, especially about the future

By Jim Mackinnon Published: May 21, 2013

Everyone needs to keep in mind that predictions about energy production often prove wrong, writes Kurt Gobb at The Christian Science Monitor's EnergyVoices blog.

He notes physicist Niels Bohr's tongue-in-cheek observation, "Predictions are very difficult, especially about the future."

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Frack, baby, frack = jobs and revenue

By Jim Mackinnon Published: May 21, 2013

Fracked energy from the United States is changing the global energy market and driving down prices as it increases supply, writes Mark Green at The EnergyTomorrow blog.

Green writes: " ... the head of the federal agency that analyzes energy data says the recent growth in U.S. production has helped reduce the price of Brent crude, a leading global benchmark, by about $25 a barrel. That’s big, because the cost of crude oil is the single biggest factor in the price of gasoline ..."

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The big lie on natural gas exports

By Jim Mackinnon Published: May 21, 2013

Carl Pope, the former head of the Sierra Club, isn't buying into the arguments that exporting shale-derived natural gas is in the best interest of the nation or consumers. He argues against exporting energy at the Energy Experts Blog at NationalJournal.com

Pope says in part: "All informed participants know – and almost all conceal – that the primary purpose of building export infrastructure like the Keystone Pipeline or LNG terminals is to raise energy prices in North America. What is mystifying is why almost all of America’s political class is willing to support a set of policy decisions whose outcomes will be to impoverish most Americans and weaken the nation."

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America's energy opportunity is more than shale

By Jim Mackinnon Published: May 21, 2013

Michael Levi in Foreign Affairs magazine makes a strong case for an "all of the above" approach when it comes to developing and using new sources of energy in the United states.

Levi, senior fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations,  writes in part: "The truth is that the best way to strengthen the American economy, bolster national security, and protect the environment is for the country to take advantage of all the new energy opportunities.

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Chesapeake Energy names Lawler to be new CEO

By Bob Downing Published: May 21, 2013

From the Associated Press:

Chesapeake Energy has named Anadarko Petroleum executive Robert Douglas Lawler as its new CEO.

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Southwestern closes on 162,000 acres in Marcellus shale

By Bob Downing Published: May 21, 2013

From the PR News Wire on Friday:

/PRNewswire/ -- Southwestern Energy Company (NYSE: SWN) announced today that it has closed its recently announced acquisition of approximately 162,000 net acres in the Marcellus Shale in Pennsylvania. The properties were acquired from Chesapeake Energy Corporation (NYSE: CHK) and its partner for approximately $93 million, excluding purchase price adjustments. Southwestern has financed the acquisition with its revolving credit facility.

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Group calls new federal fracking rules a step forward

By Bob Downing Published: May 21, 2013

From the Sportsmen for Responsible Energy Development on Friday:

 

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Mexico importing more natural gas from the U.S.

By Bob Downing Published: May 21, 2013

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

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Frack chic to spread to designer clothing?

By Jim Mackinnon Published: May 20, 2013

Fracking as haute couture? Possibly, according to this somewhat tongue-in-chic ... er, tongue-in-cheek  report.

The Via Meadia blog notes a Wall Street Journal story: "Flame-resistant overalls are the latest reason to be optimistic about America’s future. The US shale boom is creating plenty of new jobs in the oil and gas industry, but it’s having a number of knock-on effects as well. Energy-intensive industries have been bolstered by the influx of cheap natural gas, for example. And a new sector has appeared to help support the rapidly growing number of oil and gas workers in America. Firms that feed, house, and, as the the WSJ reports, clothe these workers are capitalizing on this energy revolution, too."

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President enrages greens with new fracking rules

By Jim Mackinnon Published: May 20, 2013

The Obama administration may be softening its stance on fracking, writes Walter Russell Mead at his blog, Via Meadia.

Mead: "The Interior Department has just released long-awaited revisions to proposed rules governing fracking on federal land. The new rules are meant to replace a thirty-year-old set of regulations that are now hopelessly out of step with current technology.

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Industry offers qualified support for new federal rules

By Bob Downing Published: May 17, 2013

From Bloomberg News:

By Mark Drajem & Jim Snyder

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Marcellus coalition is becoming regional drilling force

By Bob Downing Published: May 17, 2013

The Pittsburgh-based Marcellus Shale Coalition, a pro-drilling industry group, is becoming a power in Pennsylvania.

Its influences are also being felt in Ohio, West Virginia and New York, according to EnertWire.

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API questions proposed federal fracking rules

By Bob Downing Published: May 17, 2013

From the American Petroleum Institute:

WASHINGTON, May 16, 2013 – Erik Milito, API director of upstream and industry operations questioned the Bureau of Land Management’s proposed rules regulating hydraulic fracturing on federally-controlled land. He said rigorous state rules and state-based tools, such as FracFocus.org, are already in place to ensure responsible oil and natural gas development.

“States have led the way in regulating hydraulic fracturing operations while protecting communities and the environment for decades. While changes to the proposed rule attempt to better acknowledge the state role, BLM has yet to answer the question why BLM is moving forward with these requirements in the first place.

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A few tidbits on Ohio's 2012 Utica production data

By Bob Downing Published: May 17, 2013

Here are a few interesting tidbits from Ohio's presentation and report on Ohio's Utica shale and 2012 production data from 87 wells:

1. Chesapeake Energy reported on 53 wells that were in production in calendar year 2012.

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Ohio data shows big energy increase in Utica shale

By Bob Downing Published: May 17, 2013

The Columbus Dispatch was at Ohio's "State of the State" presentation in Columbus on Thursday to provide Utica shale production data.

Click  here  to read the story.

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Ohio projects huge Utica shale numbers by early 2015

By Bob Downing Published: May 17, 2013

From the Ohio Department of Natural Resources on Thursday:

 

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Ohio sees Utica shale produce big 2012 production numbers

By Bob Downing Published: May 17, 2013

From the Ohio Department of Natural Resources on Thursday on Utica shale production data:

 

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ODNR makes "State of the Play" available online

By Bob Downing Published: May 17, 2013

The Ohio Department of Natural Resources is making its "State of the Play" update on Thursday from Columbus on the Utica shale available online.

 ODNR Director James Zehringer, Division of Oil and Gas Resources Management Chief Rick Simmers and JobsOhio Managing Director David Mustine offered an update on the development of the Utica shale play in Ohio during the release of the 2012 well production results.\

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Sierra Club knocks new BLM fracking rules

By Bob Downing Published: May 17, 2013

From the Sierra Club on Thursday:

Washington, D.C. -- Today, the Dept. of Interior’s Bureau of Land Management (BLM) announced its latest fracking rules for shale drilling on federal lands, which were last revised in 1988. These draft rules completely fail to honor President Obama’s 2013 State of the Union address where he pledged to do more to combat climate change for the sake of our children and our future.

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Eco-group is unhappy with Moniz confirmation

By Bob Downing Published: May 17, 2013

From Food & Water Watch on Thursday:

Washington, D.C.—“We are disappointed that the Senate has confirmed fracking proponent Dr. Ernest Moniz as Secretary of Energy. In his new position, Dr. Moniz will have the power to influence our nation’s energy future, helping to determine the forms of power that will light up America’s energy grids. He will also play a role in regulating oil and gas extraction and determining whether these resources are used here at home or shipped abroad. Dr. Moniz has significant ties to the the oil and gas industry and his confirmation makes it all the more important for President Obama to exercise leadership and reject dirty energy sources and pursue a clean energy future.

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Earthjustice not satisfied with federal fracking rules

By Bob Downing Published: May 17, 2013

From Earthjustice on Thursday:

WASHINGTON, DC – The U.S. Department of the Interior’s Bureau of Land Management (BLM) proposed an updated set of rules governing hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking,” on public lands today. The controversial oil and gas development technique -- in which drillers blast millions of gallons of chemically treated water into the earth to force oil and gas from underground deposits – has been linked to air and water pollution and public health problems.

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Group disappointed by proposed federal fracking rules

By Bob Downing Published: May 17, 2013

From the Center for Effective Government on Thursday:

Today, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) released a revised proposed rule covering hydraulic fracturing (fracking) on federal lands. The Center for Effective Government's Sofia Plagakis has a new blog post up reacting to the rule.

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Ceremonies on May 20 for new Towpath Trail bridge

By Bob Downing Published: May 17, 2013

Groundbreaking ceremonies are scheduled on May 20 for a new bridge on the Ohio & Erie Canal Towpath Trail in Northeast Ohio.

The Tuscarawas River Aqueduct Bridge lies on the border between Stark and Tuscarawas counties near Bolivar.

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West Virginia eco-groups want tracers in fracking fluids

By Bob Downing Published: May 17, 2013

A coalition of West Virginia eco-groups is asking the U.S. Department of Agriculture to adopt a better mthod of detecting fracking fluids used in shale gas drilling.

The groups are involved in the Monongahela National Forest that falls under the agriculture department.

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Report says LNG exports will create jobs, not impact domestic prices

By Bob Downing Published: May 17, 2013

From the American Petroleum Institute, a national trade group:

WASHINGTON, May 15, 2013 – U.S. LNG exports could create tens of thousands of domestic jobs while having only minimal impacts on domestic U.S. natural gas prices, a new report for API by ICF International finds. The report also concludes that LNG exports would spur strong growth in U.S. GDP but that U.S. companies would face considerable competition for LNG sales abroad, with at least 63 international LNG export projects currently planned or under construction.

“Increasing LNG exports is clearly in our national interest and will help the U.S. reach the president’s goal to double U.S. exports,” API President and CEO Jack Gerard said. “The industry is ready to invest in American infrastructure to create jobs and produce more domestic energy as soon as the Department of Energy moves forward with the approval of LNG export applications. Timely approval of LNG exports is crucial if we want to be competitive with international projects rushing to be first to market.”

U.S. LNG Exports: Impacts on Energy Markets and the Economy studies the energy market and economic impacts of LNG export levels of up to 4 billion cubic feet per day (Bcfd), 8 Bcfd, and 16 Bcfd by 2035. Among the report’s findings:

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Illinois close to vote on new fracking rules

By Bob Downing Published: May 17, 2013

From the Associated Press:

Supporters of high-volume oil and gas drilling said Wednesday that they hope for a quick vote on a bill to regulate the practice in Illinois after reaching agreements on hiring and environmental concerns.

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Gulfport Energy buying water from Piedmont Reservoir for fracking

By Bob Downing Published: May 17, 2013

Gulfport Energy Corp. is buying more water from the Muskingum Watershed Conservancy District.

The district is also looking into whether water could be sold to natural gas drillers from six more of its reservoirs in east-central Ohio. It also tightened its policy on short-term water sales.

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MWCD adopts new policy on short-term water sales to drillers

By Bob Downing Published: May 17, 2013

Here is the press release from the Muskingum Watershed Conservancy District on its new policy on short-term water sales:

A policy containing upgraded guidelines for the short-term sales of water from the lakes of the Muskingum Watershed Conservancy District (MWCD) that includes provisions for supplies for the oil and gas industry has been approved and will go into effect immediately.

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Ohio's Utica shale is shaping up as a gas-rich, not oil-rich play

By Bob Downing Published: May 16, 2013

By Bob Downing

and Jim Mackinnon

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Chemical disclosure will be part of new federal fracking rules

By Bob Downing Published: May 16, 2013

From the Associated Press:

WASHINGTON — The Obama administration said today it will require companies that drill for oil and natural gas on federal lands to publicly disclose chemicals used in hydraulic fracturing operations. The new “fracking” rule replaces a draft proposed last year that was withdrawn amid industry complaints that federal regulation could hinder an ongoing boom in natural gas production.

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State says Ohio Utica shale to produce "staggering" amounts of oil, gas

By Jim Mackinnon Published: May 16, 2013

Ohio says the Utica shale is living up to its promise. The state announced well production results Thursday afternoon in a live press conference.

Oil production out of 87 wells in 2012 was 635,896 barrels.

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Ohio to unveil 2012 Utica shale production numbers today

By Bob Downing Published: May 16, 2013

The state of Ohio has scheduled what it calls the "State of the Play" event today, May 16, in Columbus to unveil 2012 Utica shale production numbers at 2 p.m..

The Ohio Department of Natural Resources has data on 87 wells that were in production as of Dec. 31, 2012.

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Grass-roots group to collect air samples in southeast Ohio

By Bob Downing Published: May 16, 2013

Ohio is joining the Bucket Brigade.

That's the name given to the air-testing system organized by the California-based Global Community Monitor that relies on citizen volunteers, said organizer Teresa Mills.

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Protestors unhappy with plans for Wheeling wastewater facility

By Bob Downing Published: May 16, 2013

A grass-roots group is unhappy with Green Hunter Water's plans for a drilling wastewater  facility in Wheeling, W. Va.

The group, Wheeling Water Warriors, protested the company's plans this week.

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Shale will keep natural gas prices low for 10 years, Moody's says

By Bob Downing Published: May 16, 2013

From Moody's Investors Services earlier this week:

North America's shale drilling revolution is now permanent and will keep natural gas selling at historically low prices for at least the next decade, Moody's Investors Service says in a new report. And while low natural gas prices will have long-term benefits for some sectors and companies, they will hurt other types of businesses, the agency says.

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Minnesota reaches compromise on managing frack sand

By Bob Downing Published: May 16, 2013

From the Associated Press:

A Minnesota lawmaker says a compromise has been reached on regulating frack sand mining in Minnesota.

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Cincinnati supports proposed statewide ban on injection wells

By Bob Downing Published: May 15, 2013

A press release received today from Cincinnati:

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Colorado talk, rap at school trigger angry reaction

By Bob Downing Published: May 15, 2013

It is the fracking story that keeps growing.

Two brothers repesenting a youth-based eco-group, Earth Guardians, gave a presentation and sang a rap against fracking at Evergreen Middle School in Boulder, Colo.

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Pennsylvanians favor drilling but also want moratorium, survey says

By Bob Downing Published: May 15, 2013

A new survey shows that Pennsylvania residents support shale drilling but are also in favor of a drilling moratorium, according to NPR's StateImpact Pennsylvania.

The survey by the University of Michigan, in cooperation with the Muhlenberg College Institute of Public Opinion, said that 49 percent of those surveyed are in favor of drlling.

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Texas company acquires frack sand company in Utica, Marcellus shales

By Bob Downing Published: May 15, 2013

From Texas-based Hi-Crush Partners:

Houston, Texas - May 14, 2013 - Hi-Crush Partners LP (NYSE: HCLP), or Hi-Crush, announced today that it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire independent frac sand distributor D&I Silica, LLC (D&I), transforming Hi-Crush into an integrated producer, transporter, marketer and distributor of high-quality Northern White frac sand.

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Pennsylvania testing air quality in Susquehanna County

By Bob Downing Published: May 15, 2013

Pennsylvania's Department of Environmental Protection is testing air quality this week in Susquehanna County, acording to NPR's StateImpact Pennsylvania.

The initial results show no major problems but the full results wil take a month to analyze.

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Anadarko names new chairman as Hackett departs

By Bob Downing Published: May 15, 2013

From Bloomberg News:

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Drilling tax rates are under scrutiny in Pennsylvania

By Bob Downing Published: May 15, 2013

From the Associated Press:

A boom in natural gas drilling in Pennsylvania is generating billions of dollars for companies and private landowners, but some experts question whether the state's low effective tax on the bounty makes long-term sense.

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Shale boom will trigger 'shockwaves' through global oil trade

By Bob Downing Published: May 15, 2013

From Bloomberg News:

The U.S. shale boom will send “shockwaves” through the global oil trade over the next five years, benefiting the nation’s refiners and displacing OPEC as the driver of supply growth, the IEA said.

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ODNR approves 22 new Utica shale permits

By Bob Downing Published: May 15, 2013

It was a busy week for Utuica shale permits in Ohio.

The Ohio Department of Natural Resources' Division of Oil and Gas Resources Management issued 22 new permits in the week ending May 11.

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Windham Twp. road vacation rejected by commissioners

By Bob Downing Published: May 15, 2013

The Portage County Commissioners on Tuesday rejected a request to abandon a planned street in Windham Township.

Landowner Dale Soinski made the request to vacate two sections of Frasier Road that only exist on paper south of Silica Sand Road.

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MarkWest Energy tops survey of midstream providers

By Bob Downing Published: May 15, 2013

From EnergyPoint Research on its survey results:

HOUSTON (May 15, 2013) – Today EnergyPoint Research announces that MarkWest Energy, Williams and Sunoco Logistics captured the top three rankings, respectively, in the EnergyPoint Research’s 2013 Midstream Services Customer Satisfaction Survey. The biennial survey is the leading independently conducted benchmark study focusing on the oil and gas industry’s satisfaction with midstream service providers.

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Study finds no water contamination from drilling in Arkansas

By Bob Downing Published: May 15, 2013

From Duke University:

DURHAM, N.C. -- A new study by scientists at Duke University and the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) finds no evidence of groundwater contamination from shale gas production in Arkansas.

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Radioactive waste from drilling hot topic with Ohio eco-groups

By Bob Downing Published: May 14, 2013

Fron the Ohio Environmental Council and the Sierra Club on Monday:

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Antero Resources has two rigs drilling in Ohio's Utica shale

By Bob Downing Published: May 14, 2013

From Antero Resources, a Colorado-based driller that is getting more active on Ohio's Utica shale:

The information is from a company report issed Monday on first  quarter 2013 operations and finances.

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Oil trains heading from North Dakota shale to Pacific Northwest

By Bob Downing Published: May 14, 2013

Oil trains, also called pipelines on wheels, are rumbling from North Daokta's Bakken shale to the Pacific Northwest, reports the Portland Oregonian.

The mile-long oil trains are heading to refineries and ports in Washington and Oregon.

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Penn State's Engelder is a Marcellus shale star

By Bob Downing Published: May 14, 2013

Dr. Terry Engelder of Penn State University is a shale star.

He is widely hailed as geologist and professor whose research provided key information on the Marcellus shale in Pennsylvania. He has defended the drilling as safe and been an advocate for Marcellus shale development.

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Pittsburgh water company to expand into shale areas

By Bob Downing Published: May 14, 2013

From Bloomberg News:

By David Wethe

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Marcellus shale acre worth at least $80,000, maybe more

By Bob Downing Published: May 14, 2013

How much is an acre of Marcellus shale land worth?

The answer is at least $80,000 and perhaps as much as as $160,000, says David McMahon of Charleston, W. Va., an attorney and co-founder of the West Virginia Surface owners Rights Group.

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Shale gas may account for 45 percent of Europe's energy by 2035

By Bob Downing Published: May 14, 2013

From Bloomberg News:

Shale gas may account for 45 percent of production of the fuel in Europe excluding Norway by 2035, management consultant A.T. Kearney said, citing a study.

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MarkWest seeks new office space at Cadiz in Harrison County

By Bob Downing Published: May 14, 2013

MarkWest Energy Partners has plans to build a new office facility in Ohio's Harrison County.

The firm has outgrown its administrative offices on Main Street in Cadiz and will build on five acres at the Harrison County Industrial Park at Cadiz, the Herald-Star reported.

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Wyoming unveils new state energy policy; state wants to be key energy exporter

By Bob Downing Published: May 14, 2013

From the Associated Press:

Wyoming Gov. Matt Mead on Monday unveiled a state energy policy two years in the making that calls for maintaining Wyoming's position as the top energy-exporting state while preserving its wild, scenic and pristine landscapes.

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Price of oil rises with U.S. oil sales increase in April

By Bob Downing Published: May 14, 2013

From the Associated Press:

The price of oil rose Tuesday after U.S. retail sales unexpectedly increased in April.

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Pipeline boom starting to impact residents in eastern Ohio

By Bob Downing Published: May 13, 2013

The burgeoning pipeline system being developed in eastern Ohio's Utica shale is starting to impact counties, local communities and residents, says the Columbus Dispatch.

Reporter Spencer Hunt visited Scio in Harrison County and filed a report.

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May 15 talk in Ashtabula County on injection wells

By Bob Downing Published: May 13, 2013

Ohio anti-fracking activist Teresa Mills will speak at 6 p.m. May 15 in southwest Ashtabula County.

She will speak on injection wells used to get rid of liquid drilling wastes at the Windsor Community Center, 5340 Mayfield Road.

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McClendon's future plans back in the spotlight

By Bob Downing Published: May 13, 2013

What former Chesapeake Enery Corp. CEO Aubrey McClendon plans to do in the future is very much in the news, especially in Oklahoma where Chesapeake is based.

Click  here  to see what's been reported recently at the Chesapeake Power Play blog.

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Radiation in drilling wastes still a growing concern

By Bob Downing Published: May 13, 2013

When a garbage truck from a shale gas well set off radiation detectors at a South Huntingdon landfill in southwest Pennsylvania on April 19, it drew attention from township officials.

But they aren't the only ones watching what has become a growing issue all over Pennsylvania.

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API unhappy with BLM's delay in California leasing

By Bob Downing Published: May 13, 2013

From the American Petroleum Institute:

WASHINGTON, May 9, 2013 – A recent decision by BLM to delay oil and natural gas leasing in California is an example of counterproductive government policy that will hurt the economy and weaken U.S. energy security, API Chief Economist John Felmy told reporters this morning:

“America has a game changing opportunity to build a stronger economy and to secure a brighter energy future thanks to our vast supplies of newly accessible oil and natural gas. Full development of these resources could mean millions more jobs, stronger and more rapid economic growth, and trillions in added tax revenue, all while strengthening our position vis-à-vis the geopolitics of oil and natural gas markets. Unfortunately, current federal policy continues to prevent our nation from taking full advantage of this opportunity. The most recent example of this is BLM’s decision to postpone oil and natural gas lease sales in California until the fall, at the earliest.

“For the last several years, the federal government has shown virtually no interest in promoting new energy development. Today, eighty-seven percent of federal offshore areas remain off limits to oil and natural gas production. And where development is possible in federal areas, permitting and leasing is a slow and cumbersome process. According to the Department of the Interior, from 2008 to 2012, the number of drilling permits issued on federally controlled onshore land dropped over 36 percent while the actual number of wells drilled dropped 40 percent, which depresses production.

“As we look ahead we know that our nation has the workforce, the innovative and the entrepreneurial spirit to make the most of the energy renaissance created by the energy from the shale revolution. We also know that all too often, what’s lacking is political leadership and vision. We therefore urge lawmakers on all levels to work together to create a fact-based energy policy, so that our nation can take full advantage of its bright energy future and secure its place as a 21st century global energy leader.”

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

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Bank files appeal in Chesapeake Energy bond case

By Bob Downing Published: May 13, 2013

From Bloomberg News:

Bank of New York Mellon Corp., the world’s biggest custody bank, is appealing a ruling allowing Chesapeake Energy Corp. (CHK) to proceed today with redeeming $1.3 billion in bonds six years early at 100 cents on the dollar.

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U.S. is Mexico's primary energy partner, U.S. EIA says

By Bob Downing Published: May 13, 2013

From the U.S. Energy Information Administration:

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Frenzy to export LNG is building in the United States

By Bob Downing Published: May 13, 2013

From the Associated Press:

A domestic natural gas boom already has lowered U.S. energy prices while stoking fears of environmental disaster. Now U.S. producers are poised to ship vast quantities of gas overseas as energy companies seek permits for proposed export projects that could set off a renewed frenzy of fracking.

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Firefighters from 14 Ohio departments get drilling training

By Bob Downing Published: May 13, 2013

From the Ohio Oil and Gas Energy Education Progtram:

 

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Exxon Mobil, Qatar Petroleum eye $10 billion Texas gas terminal

By Bob Downing Published: May 10, 2013

From Bloomberg News:

By Joe Carroll

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Colorado residents wanting to ban fracking sue city

By Bob Downing Published: May 10, 2013

From the Associated Press:

A group of Colorado Springs residents is suing the city in hopes of eventually banning oil and gas drilling, including hydraulic fracturing, within city limits.

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Athens City Council supports ban on injection wells in Ohio

By Bob Downing Published: May 10, 2013

Last Monday, Athens City Council unanimously approved legislation supporting a proposed statewide ban on injection wells.

Legislation has been introduced in the Ohio House of Representatives and the Senate.

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EV Energy Partners to form joint ventures to tap Ohio Utica shale for oil

By Bob Downing Published: May 10, 2013

A Texas-based energy company said on Friday that it intends to determine how to best drill for oil in Stark and Tuscarawas counties in Ohio’s Utica shale.

EV Energy Partners said it is seeking to form one or more joint ventures with unnamed companies to determine the best way to get that oil to the surface, said executive chairman John B. Walker in a teleconference on first quarter 2013 earnings and operations.

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Borrowing base for Antero Resources hiked to $1.75 billion

By Bob Downing Published: May 10, 2013

From Antero Resources, a Colorado-based drilling company active in Ohio's Utica shale:

DENVER, May 10, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Antero Resources announced today that the borrowing base under its bank credit facility has been increased to $1.75 billion. This represents a $530 million increase over Antero's previous borrowing base. In addition, lender commitments under the facility were increased by $500 million to $1.2 billion. The $1.2 billion commitment can be expanded to the full $1.75 billion borrowing base upon bank approval.

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Two House members introduce new fracking rules in Congress

By Bob Downing Published: May 10, 2013

From U.S. Rep. Diana DeGette, R-Colo., on Thursday:

WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Rep. Diana DeGette (D-CO) joined with her colleague Rep. Chris Gibson (R-NY) to introduce the Fracturing Responsibility and Awareness of Chemicals Act (FRAC Act), a bipartisan bill that establishes common sense safeguards to protect groundwater from risks associated with the oil and gas drilling technique “hydraulic fracturing,” better known as “fracking.” The FRAC Act would require disclosure of the chemicals used in fracking fluids and would remove the oil and gas industry’s exemption from the Safe Drinking Water Act. Rep. DeGette has introduced the FRAC Act in each Congress since 2008, but today marks the first time it has been introduced on a bipartisan basis.

“As we recognize the need for energy independence and clean tech innovations to power our nation, natural gas is an important economic driver; but we must ensure the process for extracting natural gas is done safely and responsibly,” said Rep. DeGette. “I’m proud to introduce the FRAC Act today for the first time as a bipartisan bill. As fracking operations expand, colleagues on both sides of the aisle increasingly recognize we need common-sense legislation to ensure the economic benefits of natural gas do not come at the expense of the health and safety of families and communities.”

Over the past decade, the use of fracking has expanded exponentially due to advances in drilling technology, the need for U.S. energy independence, and a move towards utilizing natural gas while the country incorporates renewable energy sources like wind, solar, and hydropower. While the nation begins to reap the rewards of natural gas, anecdotal evidence has begun to emerge of residents, homeowners, and workers becoming ill after oil and gas operations began in their communities. In promoting the benefits of this cleaner domestic fuel, it is critical to account for the real issues that exist, and any policy developed to support fracking must ensure the health and safety of our citizens.

To address these concerns in a reasonable way, the FRAC Act would:

 

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U.S. Steel, Republic Steel in new joint venture in Lorain County

By Bob Downing Published: May 10, 2013

According to Lorain County's Chronicle-Telegram, the Utica shale boom in Ohio is affecting steelmakers in a big way.

U.S. Steel plans to expand its Lorain operation and it is talking to Republic Steel in Canton about a new joint project.

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Coalition asks New York senator to recuse self on fracking decisions

By Bob Downing Published: May 10, 2013

From Bloomberg News:

By Freeman Klopott

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Will fish amendment stop frack sand mining in Minnesota?

By Bob Downing Published: May 10, 2013

From the Associated Press:

Environmentalists are counting on a game and fish amendment as their last, best chance this legislative session to control frack sand mining in Minnesota.

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Government policy hurting California gas leasing, API says

By Bob Downing Published: May 10, 2013

From the American Petroleum Institute on Thursday:

WASHINGTON, May 9, 2013 – A recent decision by BLM to delay oil and natural gas leasing in California is an example of counterproductive government policy that will hurt the economy and weaken U.S. energy security, API Chief Economist John Felmy told reporters this morning:

“America has a game changing opportunity to build a stronger economy and to secure a brighter energy future thanks to our vast supplies of newly accessible oil and natural gas. Full development of these resources could mean millions more jobs, stronger and more rapid economic growth, and trillions in added tax revenue, all while strengthening our position vis-à-vis the geopolitics of oil and natural gas markets. Unfortunately, current federal policy continues to prevent our nation from taking full advantage of this opportunity. The most recent example of this is BLM’s decision to postpone oil and natural gas lease sales in California until the fall, at the earliest.

“For the last several years, the federal government has shown virtually no interest in promoting new energy development. Today, eighty-seven percent of federal offshore areas remain off limits to oil and natural gas production. And where development is possible in federal areas, permitting and leasing is a slow and cumbersome process. According to the Department of the Interior, from 2008 to 2012, the number of drilling permits issued on federally controlled onshore land dropped over 36 percent while the actual number of wells drilled dropped 40 percent, which depresses production.

“As we look ahead we know that our nation has the workforce, the innovative and the entrepreneurial spirit to make the most of the energy renaissance created by the energy from the shale revolution. We also know that all too often, what’s lacking is political leadership and vision. We therefore urge lawmakers on all levels to work together to create a fact-based energy policy, so that our nation can take full advantage of its bright energy future and secure its place as a 21st century global energy leader.”

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

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Low gas prices in 2012 hurt returns for some producers

By Bob Downing Published: May 9, 2013

From the U.S. Energy Information Administration:

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Crosstex to invest additional $25 million in Ohio Valley facilities

By Bob Downing Published: May 9, 2013

From a press release from Crosstex Energy:

DALLAS--()--The Crosstex Energy companies, Crosstex Energy, L.P. (NASDAQ:XTEX) (the Partnership) and Crosstex Energy, Inc. (NASDAQ:XTXI) (the Corporation), today announced that the Corporation has agreed to invest approximately $25 million in a third natural gas compression and condensate stabilization facility in the Ohio River Valley. The Corporation will make the investment in E2, a company formed in March 2013 with the former management of Enerven Compression Services to provide services for producers in the liquids-rich window of the Utica Shale play. The Corporation’s initial investment commitment in E2 of approximately $50 million is funding the construction of two similar facilities. The E2 investment complements the Partnership’s assets in the Ohio River Valley, which encompass crude oil, condensate and logistics operations in the Utica and Marcellus Shale plays.

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MarkWest Energy Partners release 1Q 2013 report

By Bob Downing Published: May 9, 2013

From MarkWest Energy Partners, a major player in developing midstream facilities in Ohio's Utica shale:

DENVER--(BUSINESS WIRE)--May. 8, 2013-- MarkWest Energy Partners, L.P. (NYSE: MWE) (the Partnership) today reported quarterly cash available for distribution to common unitholders, or distributable cash flow (DCF), of $110.2 million for the three months ended March 31, 2013 , compared to $109.2 million for the three months ended March 31, 2012 . DCF for the three months ended March 31, 2013 represents 102 percent coverage of the first quarter distribution of $108.4 million or $0.83 per common unit, which will be paid to unitholders on May 15, 2013 . The first quarter 2013 distribution represents an increase of $0.01 per common unit or 1.2 percent over the fourth quarter 2012 distribution and an increase of $0.04 per common unit or 5.1 percent compared to the first quarter 2012 distribution. As a Master Limited Partnership , cash distributions to common unitholders are largely determined based on DCF. A reconciliation of DCF to net income, the most directly comparable GAAP financial measure, is provided within the financial tables of this press release.

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Western states fault proposed federal fracking rules

By Bob Downing Published: May 9, 2013

From Bloomberg News on Wedneday:

By Mark Drajem

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BLM postpones federal lease auctions in California

By Bob Downing Published: May 9, 2013

From the Associated Press:

Federal land managers have cited the toll of environmental litigation in postponing all oil and gas lease auctions in California until October.

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Youngstown voters made the right decision, EID says

By Bob Downing Published: May 9, 2013

Received on Wednesday, a blog by Shawn Bennett, director of corporate and community affairs at Energy in Depth Ohio, an industry-backed pro-drilling group. He said the blog could be added to the blog you are readfing.

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MarkWest, Chesapeake Energy in Anadarko midstream deal

By Bob Downing Published: May 9, 2013

A press release issued on Wednesday by Denver-based MarkWest Energy Partners:

DENVER--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- MarkWest Energy Partners, L.P. (MWE) (MarkWest) announced today the execution of definitive agreements to acquire 100% of the ownership interests of certain midstream assets in the Anadarko Basin from a wholly owned subsidiary of Chesapeake Energy Corporation (CHK) (Chesapeake), for consideration of $245 million in cash. The transaction closed simultaneously with the execution of the agreements.

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Gulfport Energy to add more rigs, drill up to 60 wells in Ohio in 2013

By Bob Downing Published: May 8, 2013

Gulfport Energy Corp. has big plans for Ohio’s Utica shale.

The Oklahoma-based energy company said on Wednesday that it intends to add four drilling rigs in eastern Ohio by the end of June and now expects to invest $500 million in Ohio in 2013 to drill up to 60 wells.

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Injection wells aren't much to see; they won't knock your socks off

By Bob Downing Published: May 8, 2013

WINDHAM TWP.: The injection well for liquid wastes from drilling is, frankly, not much to look at.

Three pipes — one red and two yellow — poke out of the ground about five feet at a farm off state Route 303 in northeast Portage County.

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Ruling will save Chesapeake $100 million in interest payments

By Bob Downing Published: May 8, 2013

From Bloomberg News:

By Erik Larson

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Talisman Energy bowing out of shale drilling in Poland

By Bob Downing Published: May 8, 2013

From the Associated Press:

Canada's Talisman said Wednesday it had not found enough gas to warrant further expensive exploration or extraction procedures. It will sell its Polish interests to a European company, San Leon Energy, and focus on easier-to-get deposits in North and South America, Southeast Asia and the North Sea.

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Junex Inc. chairman will not renew mandate

By Bob Downing Published: May 8, 2013

From Junex Inc., a Canadian company with significant Utica shale holdings in Quebec:

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New robotic rig delivered to southeast Ohio for Utica drilling

By Bob Downing Published: May 8, 2013

From Magnum Hunter:

 

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Gulfport Energy to increase Utica drilling rigs from three to seven

By Bob Downing Published: May 8, 2013

Gulfport Energy Corp. a major player in Ohio's Utica shale, has  released its first quarter 2013 report.

Highlights from the company are below.

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Ohio has approved 639 Utica shale permits, 311 wells drilled

By Bob Downing Published: May 8, 2013

Ohio has issued 639 Utica shale permits, as of May 4.

Of that total, 311 wells have been drilled and 90 wells are producing, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources..

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Youngstown voters reject community bill of rights

By Bob Downing Published: May 8, 2013

From the Associated Press:

Youngstown voters on Tuesday rejected a proposal to ban hydraulic fracturing.

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Survey says Ohio is an attractive places to do business

By Bob Downing Published: May 8, 2013

From the Ohio Petroleum Council:

OPC comments on new Ohio economic ranking

COLUMBUS – Chief Executive Magazine ranked Ohio as one of the nation’s most improved states to do business in 2013. Ohio Petroleum Council (OPC) Executive Director Chris Zeigler offered the following comments on the magazine’s annual CEO survey:

“Ohio’s economic condition is certainly improving, and shale energy producers are leading the way with high paying jobs and opportunities for sustained economic prosperity. Gov. John Kasich and legislative leaders have done a good job in providing the industry with a strong regulatory framework that encourages environmentally responsible development and bolsters citizens’ confidence. OPC will continue to work with our elected leaders to advance smart fiscal and regulatory policies to ensure continued safe and productive shale energy exploration and development in Ohio.”

According to the latest statistics from the Ohio Department of Jobs and Family Services, jobs created within the oil and natural gas industry offered considerably higher wages than jobs in other Ohio industries. From 2011 to 2012, oil and natural gas workers were paid an average wage of $72,859; approximately $29,006 higher than the average wage offered in the state’s other industries. In addition, jobs supporting the oil and natural gas industry paid an annual wage of $58,532, approximately $14,679 higher than jobs in other industries.

OPC is a division of API, which represents all segments of America's technology-driven oil and natural gas industry. Its more than 500 members provide most of the nation's energy. The industry also supports 9.2 million U.S. jobs and 7.7 percent of the U.S. economy, delivers $85 million a day in revenue to our government, and since 2000, has invested over $2 trillion in U.S. capital projects to advance all forms of energy, including alternatives.
 

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Anadarko offers little information on Utica shale plans

By Bob Downing Published: May 7, 2013

Anadarko Petroleum Corp. today had little to say about Ohio's Utica shale.

The Utica shale drew no comments during the teleconference on the company's first quarter 2013 earnings and got scant attention in a related company report.

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Antero Resources may proceed with initial public offering

By Bob Downing Published: May 7, 2013

Colorado-based Antero Resources may be going public, according to the Denver Post.

The company may be valued as high as $10 billion in its initial public offering, according to estimates.

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Chesapeake Energy makes change to board of directors

By Bob Downing Published: May 7, 2013

A press release from May 3 on change to Chesapeake Energy board:

OKLAHOMA CITY--(BUSINESS WIRE)--May. 3, 2013-- Chesapeake Energy Corporation (NYSE:CHK) today announced that its Board of Directors has accepted the resignation of director Louis A. Simpson. Thomas L. Ryan, President and Chief Executive Officer of Service Corporation International (NYSE:SCI), has been elected to fill the vacancy and has been appointed to the audit committee. He will stand for election at the 2013 annual meeting of shareholders on June 14. Mr. Ryan replaces R. Brad Martin on the audit committee, with Mr. Martin becoming chair of the nominating, corporate governance and social responsibility committee.

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Scarnati wants Pennsylvania advisory health panel

By Bob Downing Published: May 7, 2013

From the Associated Press:

By Kevin Begos

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Is Obama pushing for LNG exports? eco-group asks

By Bob Downing Published: May 7, 2013

Why is President Obama Capitulating to Big Oil and Gas?
Statement of Food & Water Watch Executive Director Wenonah Hauter on behalf of Americans Against Fracking

Washington, D.C.— “President Obama’s comments that he supports accelerating liquefied natural gas (LNG) exports is great news for the oil and gas industry and bad news for the rest of us. It means that communities across the United States could soon see drilling and fracking accelerate. It also represents a clear acknowledgement by President Obama that this is his decision, and suggests that he will own the resulting damage inflicted upon our water, air, land and climate.

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Ribbon-cutting ceremonies at Youngstown plant

By Bob Downing Published: May 7, 2013

A press release received today from Exterran:

Exterran and Ohio Governor John Kasich Celebrate Ribbon-Cutting for New Youngstown Facility

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Pipeline to Detroit, Ontario to run through Akron-Canton area

By Bob Downing Published: May 7, 2013

A large pipeline proposed for transporting natural gas from eastern Ohio’s Utica shale through Detroit and into southern Ontario would run under several communities in the Akron-Canton area.

The 250-mile pipeline would cross Stark County and into the cities of Green and New Franklin in southern Summit County, then into Medina County. It would pass under Wadsworth and Guilford, Montville, Lafayette, York and Litchfield townships.

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Frac Daddy finishes 16th of 19 horses in Kentucky Derby

By Bob Downing Published: May 6, 2013

Frac Daddy did not win the Kentucky Derby.

But the three-year-old thoroughbred did win the support of Sarah Palin, a Derby guest in Kentucky. She even bet on Frac Daddy.

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Youngstown to get new fabrication facility on Tuesday

By Bob Downing Published: May 6, 2013

Ohio John John Kasich will be in Youngstown on Tuesday, May 7, for the dedication of a new oil and gas equipment fabrication facility.

The new plant is owned by Texas-based Exterran.

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Critics fight natural gas-storage plan in New York's Finger Lakes

By Bob Downing Published: May 6, 2013

From the Associated Press:

By MARY ESCH

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Eco-groups worried about impacts of Maryland LNG export terminal

By Bob Downing Published: May 6, 2013

The following is a press release:

From a coalition of eco-groups today:

WASHINGTON, DC- A coalition of local, regional, and national groups are objecting to the environmental impacts posed by the proposed Dominion Cove Point liquefied natural gas (LNG) export terminal on the Chesapeake Bay, saying the project would hurt the Bay’s economy and ecology, increase air pollution, and hasten fracking and drilling in neighboring states.

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New York would benefit from Marcellus drilling, new study says

By Bob Downing Published: May 6, 2013

From the Manhattan Institute/Empire Center today:

Albany, NY:

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Fracking may be hurting farming communities, writer says

By Bob Downing Published: May 6, 2013

The Nation has published a look at how fracking may be affecting farming communities in a report by Ellen Cantarow.

Those communities are being turned into open-air laboratories by energy companies, she writes.

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Halliburton objection scraps North Carolian fracking rules

By Bob Downing Published: May 6, 2013

From the Associated Press:

A new rule set for approval by the North Carolina Mining and Energy Commission requiring some disclosure of chemicals used in hydraulic fracturing has been withdrawn at the request of industry giant Halliburton.

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Truthout looks at sand mining for fracking in Wisconsin

By Bob Downing Published: May 6, 2013

Truthout is reporting from its Fracking Road Trip.

Reporter Mike Ludwig is in Wisconsin's Chippewa County where sand excavation for fracking is a big issue.

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Florida to promote use of natural gas fuels

By Bob Downing Published: May 6, 2013

A press release received last week:

TALLAHASSEE, Fla., May 2, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Today, the Florida House passed HB 579 to promote the use of natural gas fuels in Florida. Eric Criss, Chairman of the Florida Natural Gas Vehicle Coalition (FNGVC) congratulated the legislature on its action: "Florida now leads the nation in our crucial drive toward energy independence. This is an important step forward in America's evolving national security policy and in protecting our environment. I commend Senator Wilton Simpson, Representative Lake Ray and their colleagues on both sides of the aisle for this important accomplishment."

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New study underscores benefits of natural gas

By Bob Downing Published: May 4, 2013

From the Small Business & Entrepreneurship Council on May 3:

Washington, D.C.– Today, the Small Business & Entrepreneurship Council (SBE Council) published a new report titled “The Benefits of Natural Gas Production and Exports for U.S. Small Businesses.” The report highlights the significant growth in the number of employer firms and jobs in the energy sector between 2005-2010. The job growth is most striking among small businesses. During this same period, total U.S. employment and firms experienced a decline. The findings of the report underscore the need for policies that encourage and enable this positive development for the U.S. economy.

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Pilot gas-to-liquids plant operating in central Ohio

By Bob Downing Published: May 4, 2013

An Ohio company is working to develop a natural gas to liquids process.

Here's the company's press release

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Halcon Resources completes first four Utica wells

By Bob Downing Published: May 4, 2013

From the Marcellus Drilling News:

Halcón Resources, a Utica Shale driller, issued their first quarter financial and operational update yesterday. With regard to the Utica, the company reports they operated two drilling rigs in Ohio and Pennsylvania (yes, there is Utica in PA too!), drilling and completing four wells in 1Q13.

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Chevron buys Pittsburgh site for possible regional offices

By Bob Downing Published: May 4, 2013

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports that energy giant Chevron has purchased 61 acres in Moon Township west of Pittsburgh for a possible regional headquarters.

Chevron said an announcement on the use of the land would not be made until late this year.

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EQT, Chesapeake Energy in new Marcellus, Utica land sale

By Bob Downing Published: May 4, 2013

From Richard Zeits of the Seeking Alpha blog:

Disclosure: I have no positions in any stocks mentioned, and no plans to initiate any positions within the next 72 hours. (More...)

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Colorado governor defends fracking position

By Bob Downing Published: May 4, 2013

From the Associated Press:

Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper says he is trying to be impartial on issues involving oil and gas production in Colorado.

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Residents to appeal sand mine decision in Minnesota

By Bob Downing Published: May 4, 2013

From the Associated Press:

Some residents are appealing the Winona County Board's decision not to require a detailed environmental review of a proposed frack sand mine in Minnesota.

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Puppies more dangerous than fracking?

By Jim Mackinnon Published: May 2, 2013

Please don't howl. Allen Gilmer at Drillinginfo.com takes a look at how to measure risk and concludes that puppies are more dangerous to people than fracking.

Think that he might be barking up the wrong tree? Does he deserve a swat on the rear with a rolled up newspaper?

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Two New York towns celebrate appeals' court ruling

By Bob Downing Published: May 2, 2013

From the eco-group EarthJustice in reaction to appeals' court ruling in New York cases:

ALBANY, NY – Local residents and elected leaders in Dryden, N.Y. are celebrating victory today in a closely watched case over local fracking bans. A state appeals court ruled in favor of the towns of Dryden and Middlefield, affirming lower court decisions upholding the towns’ right to ban oil and gas development activities -- including the controversial technique of fracking -- within town limits. The legal battle first began in 2011, and industry is widely expected to seek review of the ruling by New York’s high court (the Court of Appeals).

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Appeals court upholds New York towns' anti-fracking laws

By Bob Downing Published: May 2, 2013

From Bloomberg News:

Anti-fracking laws passed in two New York towns were upheld by an appeals court, which rejected arguments by a dairy farm and a Norwegian energy company that the bans are superceded by state law.

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Read the report that has the U.S. fracking world buzzing

By Jim Mackinnon Published: May 2, 2013

You probably -- OK, should have -- read the stories about how the Bakken shale area now holds twice the amount of fossil fuels compared to the previous estimate made in 2008.

You can go to the source of those stories and read the offical U.S Geological Survey report yourself by going here.

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Badminton no way to promote fracking. Really.

By Jim Mackinnon Published: May 2, 2013

Don't try to persuade the people of Great Britain to back fracking by paying them off with badminton courts, writes Michael Hanlon in the (U.K.) Guardian.

Hanlon: "This is not a spoof: it is actually being considered by the coalition, on the advice of the energy and climate change select committee, as a way of getting the people of Lancashire and elsewhere to drop their opposition to fracking, a controversial technology that extracts natural gas by blasting it out of ancient, deeply buried shale strata. A country that led the way with civil coal and nuclear power, and whose efficient national grid was a symbol of the postwar drive to modernise, is now basing energy policy on bribing villagers with badminton courts.

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Many more U.S. shales to be tapped

By Jim Mackinnon Published: May 2, 2013

There are many shale formations in the United States that have yet to be tapped and fracked, reports The Texas Tribune. Among them, the Cline shale in Texas is just starting to be explored.

The Tribune: “It is coming, and it is big,” said Greg Wortham, the mayor of Sweetwater [Texas], who also serves as executive director of the Cline Shale Alliance, a new economic development group.

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Spread of drilling likely to increase water competition, report says

By Bob Downing Published: May 2, 2013

Hydraulic fracturing or fracking may cause new water problems in the American West.

Drilling is growing in places where water supplies are already stretched thin.

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Analysts keep underperforming label on Chesapeake Energy

By Bob Downing Published: May 2, 2013

From analysts  Tim Rezvan and Truman Hobbs of Sterne Agee:

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Fracking stressors due to lack of transparency, trust, Pitt study says

By Bob Downing Published: May 2, 2013

From the University of Pittsburgh's Graduate School of Public Health on Monday:

Pennsylvania residents living near unconventional natural gas developments using hydraulic fracturing, known by the slang term “fracking,” attribute several dozen health concerns and stressors to the Marcellus Shale developments in their area, according to a long-term analysis by University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health researchers.

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Stark State hosting Floor Hand class for drilling workers

By Bob Downing Published: May 2, 2013

Stark State College and ShaleNET are sponsoring a three-week class for drilling workers, starting July 8.

The Floor Hand class will be held at the Technology and Test Center, 8252 Frank Ave. NW.

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ODNR seeks to have deleted provisions reinstated in Ohio budget bill

By Bob Downing Published: May 2, 2013

From Bricker & Eckler's Ohio shale blog:

Testifying before the Ohio Senate Finance General Government subcommittee on Monday, Ohio Department of Natural Resources Director James Zehringer encouraged legislators to restore a number of oil and gas provisions in Gov. Kasich's biennial budget that were scrapped by the House, according to the Gongwer Ohio Report.

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Athens County commissioners support proposed wastewater ban

By Bob Downing Published: May 2, 2013

The Athens County commissioners on Tuesday voted to support proposed Ohio legislation that would ban the disposal of fracking materials in injection wells.

Such legislation is pending in the Ohio Legislature in Columbus.

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Bakken report may impact plans for new pipelines

By Bob Downing Published: May 2, 2013

A new report by a federal agency says the Bakken shale in North Dakota and surrounding states may hold twice the oil that had been projected.

The report by the U.S. Geological Survey came out this week.

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Ohio will get gas-processing plant in Mahoning County

By Bob Downing Published: May 2, 2013

The location of a gas processing plant near Youngstown has finally been pinned down.

NiSource Inc. and Hilcorp Energy will build the $150 million plant near New Middleton in southeast Mahoning County.

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New Mexico county bans natural gas-oil drilling

By Bob Downing Published: May 2, 2013

From the Associated Press:

A sparsely populated county in northern New Mexico has taken aim at the oil and natural gas industry.

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Illinois Republicans pushing fracking approval legislation

By Bob Downing Published: May 2, 2013

From the Associated Press:

House Republicans cranked up the pressure Tuesday for a vote on legislation regulating high-volume oil and gas drilling in Illinois.

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No timetable for fracking decision in New York, official says

By Bob Downing Published: May 2, 2013

From the Associated Press:

By Michael Gormley

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PDC Energy focusing on Ohio's Utica shale in 2013

By Bob Downing Published: May 2, 2013

From Colorado-based PDC Energy on Wednesday:


 

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Chesapeake still awaiting Utica pipelines, processing plants

By Bob Downing Published: May 1, 2013

Chesapeake Energy Corp. remains convinced that Ohio’s Utica shale will be productive, once needed natural gas pipelines and processing plants are completed.

"Processing is really the holdup," said chief operating officer Steven Dixon today in the company’s first quarter 2013 operational and financial update.

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U.S. shale gas is undermining Russia's Putin

By Jim Mackinnon Published: May 1, 2013

The glut of cheap natural gas coming out of U.S. shale is derailing Gazprom, Russia's energy giant.

Walter Russell Mead at Via Meadia, his blog at The American Interest, notes a Wall Street Journal story that Gazprom has had to negotiate lower prices in its contracts with other nations.

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Rex Energy drills three 2013 wells in Ohio's Utica shale

By Bob Downing Published: May 1, 2013

From Pennsylvania-based Rex Energy, an active player in Ohio's Utica shale in Carroll and surrounding counties:

 

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California may set up own system to track drilling chemicals

By Bob Downing Published: May 1, 2013

From Bloomberg News:

By Alison Vekshin - Apr 30, 2013 11:28 PM ET

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Drilling innovation creates Bakken bonanza

By Jim Mackinnon Published: May 1, 2013

The EnergyTomorrow blog gushes over technology improvements that have doubled  the already vast energy reserves in the Williston Basin/Bakken shale.

Mark Green writes: "The main reason for the dramatic increase is drilling innovation – advances in hydraulic fracturing and horizontal drilling over just the past five years. USGS:

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Bloomberg: Higher gas prices boost Chesapeake's first quarter

By Bob Downing Published: May 1, 2013

From Bloomberg News:

By Joe Carroll

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Semgroup announces $300 million sale with Chesapeake

By Bob Downing Published: May 1, 2013

From the Oklahoma-based Semgroup Corp:

TULSA, Okla., May 1, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- SemGroup® Corporation (NYSE:SEMG) today announced that it has executed a definitive agreement to acquire the equity interests of Mid-America Midstream Gas Services, L.L.C., a wholly owned subsidiary of Chesapeake Energy Corporation (NYSE:CHK), which is the owner of gas gathering and processing assets in the Mississippi Lime play for $300 million in cash. The transaction is expected to close by the third quarter of 2013 and is subject to certain regulatory approvals and closing conditions.

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Chesapeake Energy has drilled 249 Utica shale wells

By Bob Downing Published: May 1, 2013

From today's Chesapeake Energy Corp.'s report from first quarter 2013:

Utica Shale (eastern Ohio, Pennsylvania, West Virginia): Chesapeake is currently operating 14 rigs in the Utica Shale play. As of March 31, 2013, Chesapeake had drilled a total of 249 wells in the Utica, which included 66 producing wells, 86 additional wells waiting on pipeline connection and 97 wells in various stages of completion. Net production averaged approximately 60 million cubic feet of natural gas equivalent (mmcfe) per day during the 2013 first quarter and the company continues to target a year-end 2013 net production exit rate of 330 mmcfe per day. The average peak daily production rate of the 13 wells that commenced first production during the 2013 first quarter was approximately 1,200 boe per day.

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Utica and Marcellus shale web sites

Ohio Department of Natural Resources' Division of Oil and Gas Resources Management State agency Web site.

ODNR Division of Oil and Gas Resources Management. State drilling permits. List is updated weekly.

ODNR Division of Geological Survey.

Ohio Environmental Protection Agency.

Ohio State University Extension.

Ohio Farm Bureau.

Ohio Oil and Gas Association, a Granville-based group that represents 1,500 Ohio energy-related companies.

Ohio Oil & Gas Energy Education Program.

Energy In Depth, a trade group.

Marcellus and Utica Shale Resource Center by Ohio law firm Bricker & Eckler.

Utica Shale, a compilation of Utica shale activities.

Landman Report Card, a site that looks at companies involved in gas and oil leases.FracFocus, a compilation of chemicals used in fracking individual wells as reported voluntarily by some drillers.

Chesapeake Energy Corp,the Oklahoma-based firm is the No. 1 driller in Ohio.

Rig Count Interactive Map by Baker Hughes, an energy services company.

Shale Sheet Fracking, a Youngstown Vindicator blog.

National Geographic's The Great Shale Rush.

The Ohio Environmental Council, a statewide eco-group based in Columbus.

Buckeye Forest Council.

Earthjustice, a national eco-group.

Stop Fracking Ohio.

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.

Penn State Marcellus Center.

Pipeline, blog from Pittsburgh Post-Gazette on Marcellus shale drilling.

Allegheny Front, environmental public radio for Western Pennsylvania.