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Argentina looks to become fracking giant

By Jim Mackinnon Published: November 27, 2013

Argentina may be looking to kick-start its vast shale oil and natural gas reserves.

So says Walter Russell Mead, citing other news reports, in his popular blog Via Meadia.

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"Extremists" trying to undermine fracking boom

By Jim Mackinnon Published: November 27, 2013

Extremists are trying to undermine fracking, says Jack Rafuse in an opinion piece in The Hill, a specialty newspaper that covers Congress. Rafuse is a former energy adviser to the Nixon administration and principal of energy, trade and national security consulting group the Rafuse Organization.

Rafuse: "The obstructionists’ newest argument is that fracking leads to 'industrialization,' by which they mean 'job creation.' States like North Dakota, Pennsylvania, Ohio and Arkansas have all welcomed industrialization. The shale boom, powered by advances in hydraulic fracturing, has enabled the oil and gas industry to steadily create jobs, even when the rest of our economy has struggled."

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Americans apparently don't know frack

By Jim Mackinnon Published: November 27, 2013

Americans still don't know a lot about hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, a new study shows. And Professor Walter Russell Mead, at his blog, Via Meadia, weighs in on what that means.

Mead: "That the majority of respondents didn’t know anything about fracking (or at least anything relevant) isn’t necessarily surprising, but it does say something about the debate surrounding it. Casual observers of the issue often engage in polarizing word association games rather than absorb detailed information about the pros and cons of fracking."

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Study results reflect need to better control methane emissions

By Bob Downing Published: November 26, 2013

From the Environmental defense Fund:


 

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U.S. will spend trillions over next 20 years on energy resources

By Bob Downing Published: November 26, 2013

The United States will spend trillions of dollars over the next 20 years to develop gas and oil resources, according to a study by the consulting firm Deloitte.

It says 630,000 new wells will be needed including 90,000 in the Marcellus shale in Pennsylvania and 21,000 in the Eagle Ford in Texas.

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Ohio's largest school district cashing in on shale drilling

By Bob Downing Published: November 26, 2013

Ohio's largest school district is getting $1 million from drilling leases, but it still has big financial problems.

The Switzerland of Ohio district covers 546 square miles in Monroe, Belmont and Noble counties.

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Agreement reached on Warren County wastewater plant

By Bob Downing Published: November 26, 2013

From Pennsylvania's Department of Environmental Protection on Monday:

The Department of Environmental Protection today announced that it has reached a proposed consent decree with Waste Treatment Corporation that addresses adverse impacts to the Allegheny River caused by the company’s treatment and discharge of wastewater.

The proposed consent decree must go through a 30-day public comment period before Commonwealth Court’s final approval.

DEP conducted biological surveys in 2012, which indicated that the discharge from Waste Treatment Corporation’s plant at 341 West Harmar St. in Warren was harming the river’s water quality and biological community.

As proposed, the consent decree requires Waste Treatment to submit the necessary permit application to the department for the installation of additional wastewater treatment that will achieve applicable effluent limitations, including total dissolved solids and chlorides of 500 mg/l and 250 mg/l, respectively. The additional treatment must be installed and have achieved all of the other requirements in the consent decree by January 1, 2016.

The proposed consent decree also requires Waste Treatment to verify, through biological surveys, that the additional treatment is successful in restoring the water quality and biological community of the Allegheny River.

The department is now accepting written comments regarding this proposed consent decree with Waste Treatment Corporation.

A notice of the formal comment period will be published in the Nov. 23, 2013, edition of the Pennsylvania Bulletin. The public comment period will end on December 23, 2013.

Anyone wishing to obtain a copy of the proposed consent decree may do so by contacting DEP’s Northwest Regional Office at 230 Chestnut St., Meadville, PA 16335 or by telephone at 814-332-6942.

Written comments may be submitted within the 30-day comment period to DEP’s regional Clean Water Program at the same address.

After the close of the 30-day public comment period, the department will file responses to the comments that it received. The department and Waste Treatment will then file a Joint Motion requesting that the Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court approve the entry of the consent decree, which will become final upon the court's approval and entry of the decree.

For more information, visit www.dep.state.pa.us or call 814-332-6945.

 

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Analysts at Deutsche Bank like Gulfport Energy's position

By Bob Downing Published: November 26, 2013

Ohio's Bricker & Eckler law firm's shale blog points out that Zolmax News says that equities researchers at Deutsche Bank are bullish on Oklahoma-based Gulfport Energy and its position in the Utica shale.

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New Carroll County recycling facility set to open Dec. 1

By Bob Downing Published: November 26, 2013

A Youngstown company will open a new wastewater recycling facility in Carroll County.

The facility, owned by Iron Eagle Enterprises LLC, is located in Sherrodsville and is set to open by Dec. 1.

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Coal remains the No. 1 fuel for electricity in central U.S.

By Bob Downing Published: November 26, 2013

From the U.S. Energy Information Administartion:

Nov 25, 2013

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Study says methane emissions higher than federal estimates

By Bob Downing Published: November 26, 2013

From the Associated Press:

By Seth Borenstein
AP Science Writer

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Cleaning up wastewater is a tough job for recyclers

By Bob Downing Published: November 26, 2013

From Bloomberg News:

By David Wethe and Peter Ward
 

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Pa. shale boom loses momentum, but Williamsport still optimistic

By Bob Downing Published: November 26, 2013

From the Associated Press:

WILLIAMSPORT, Pa.: The Marcellus Shale industry, which arrived in this northern Pennsylvania city five years ago and turned Williamsport into the seventh-fastest-growing area in the nation, appears to have lost some momentum.

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Trade group says LNG exporting will hurt American consumers

By Bob Downing Published: November 25, 2013

From Amercia's Energy Advantage, a national trade group that is concerned that America's push to export liquified natural gas will raise prices for American consumers:

 

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Group resuming water testing on Dec. 1 in Portage County

By Bob Downing Published: November 25, 2013

Concerned Citizens Ohio is resuming its water testing on a quarterly basis on Dec. 1.

The water samples can be brought to Sand Hill Stable at 4311 State Route 303 just west of state Route 44 in Portage County's Shalersville Township.

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Fracking contributions to Congress jump to $6.9 million, CREW says

By Bob Downing Published: November 25, 2013

From the Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, a watchdog group:

 

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Interesting tidbits from the new 2012 Ohio Oil, Gas Summary

By Bob Downing Published: November 24, 2013

Here are some fun facts from the 2012 Ohio Oil and Gas Summary from the Ohio Department of Natural Resources.

The report is sometimes called the McCormac Report after now-retired ODNR staffer Mike McCormac who personally compiled the report for 28 years. He returnedas a part-timer  to assemble the new report.

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EID-Ohio takes to task Pennsylvania-based legal defense fund

By Bob Downing Published: November 24, 2013

Shawn Bennett of Energy in Depth-Ohio responds to the news that the Ohio Community Rights Network was formed by activists from around Ohio.

He said the initiative was pushing "unenforceable community bill of rights" that are aimed at the drilling industry

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Middle East losing grip on Asian markets due to U.S. exports

By Bob Downing Published: November 22, 2013

From Bloomberg News:

By Yuji Okada and Tsuyoshi Inajima

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Formosa Plastics to expand U.S. operations due to cheap natural gas

By Bob Downing Published: November 22, 2013

From Bloomberg News today:

By Brian Wingfield & Yu-Huay Sun

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Use of coal-fired generators declining in U.S. Southeast

By Bob Downing Published: November 22, 2013

From the U.S. Energy Information Administartion today:

Nov 22, 2013

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Energy costs drop but consumers need more help, API says

By Bob Downing Published: November 22, 2013

From the American Petroleum Institute:

WASHINGTON, November 21, 2013 – Energy costs have been down overall, but commonsense public policy changes can help put further downward pressure on costs to help American families, API Chief Economist John Felmy told reporters on a conference call today:

“The recent surge in domestic energy production on state and private lands – brought about by hydraulic fracturing and horizontal drilling – has helped put downward pressure on prices for gasoline, diesel and natural gas. But production on federal lands – where the administration has control – has fallen dramatically.

“With the right government policies that open up federal lands and waters for responsible development while speeding up the permitting process, we can do more to help consumers. Increasing oil production would add supplies that could help put additional downward pressure on gasoline prices. And it would mean more jobs and more revenue to our government to help pay for education and hospitals.

“We also have concerns that government regulations threaten to increase costs. One major concern is ever increasing biofuel mandates under the Renewable Fuel Standard. These mandates could drive up gasoline costs by 30 percent and the cost of diesel by 300 percent by 2015, according to a study by NERA. EPA’s recent proposal to trim next year’s mandate is a welcome stopgap, but ultimately Congress must repeal these ever increasing biofuels mandates to protect consumers in the long run.

“Also, duplicative new federal regulations being considered for hydraulic fracturing could jeopardize the shale energy revolution. States are already regulating effectively; adding another layer of regulation is unnecessary and counterproductive.”

API is a national trade association that represents all segments of America’s technology-driven oil and natural gas industry. Its more than 550 members – including large integrated companies, exploration and production, refining, marketing, pipeline, and marine businesses, and service and supply firms – provide most of the nation’s energy and are backed by a growing grassroots movement of over 15 million Americans. The industry also supports 9.8 million U.S. jobs and 8 percent of the U.S. economy, delivers $85 million a day in revenue to our government, and, since 2000, has invested over $2 trillion in U.S. capital projects to advance all forms of energy, including alternatives.

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Ohio Oilfield Expo 2013 set for Dec. 3-5 in Cleveland

By Bob Downing Published: November 22, 2013

From the Ohio Oil and Gas Association:

COLUMBUS, Ohio, Nov. 20, 2013 — Oil-and-gas-related businesses, industry professionals and decision makers will gather at the Ohio Oil and Gas Association’s (OOGA) 3rd annual Oilfield Expo and Safety Congress Dec. 3 – 5 at Cleveland’s International Exposition (I-X) Center.

The premier oil and gas industry event in Ohio and one of the largest in the eastern U.S., OOGA’s Oilfield Expo 2013 will feature an expanded trade show floor with more than 200 exhibitors, a Fall Technical Conference, an Oilfield Symposium and a Safety Congress.

“Each year, the Expo keeps growing in size and attendance,” said Tom Stewart, executive vice president of OOGA. “Its popularity is a testament to how important oil and gas development is to the economy of Ohio, Appalachia and to the entire nation.”

For more information about OOGA’s Oilfield Expo, visit www.ooga.com.

About the Ohio Oil and Gas Association
The Ohio Oil and Gas Association is a trade association with more than 3,300 members involved in the exploration, production and development of crude oil and natural gas resources within the state of Ohio. For more information, visit www.ooga.org.
 

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Wyoming Supreme Court hears arguments in trade secrets case

By Bob Downing Published: November 22, 2013

From the Associated Press on Wednesday:

The Wyoming Supreme Court heard arguments Wednesday over whether a trade secrets exemption in Wyoming’s public records law may be invoked to shield from disclosure many of the chemicals the petroleum industry uses in hydraulic fracturing.

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U.S. shale boom will be bridge to cleaner fuels, Browner says

By Bob Downing Published: November 22, 2013

From Bloomberg News on Wednesday:

By Mario Parker

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Report says drilling jobs created in Ohio, four states overstated

By Bob Downing Published: November 21, 2013

Employment in the Utica and Marcellus shales has been greatly overstated by the drilling industry, according to a new study.

The report looking at Ohio and four other states was released on Thursday by the Multi-State Shale Research Collaborative.

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API supports House vote that keeps states in control of fracking

By Bob Downing Published: November 21, 2013

From the American Petroleum Institute on Wednesday:

WASHINGTON, November 20, 2013 – Erik Milito, API’s director of upstream and industry operations, welcomed passage of House legislation, H.R. 2728, that would promote job growth and domestic energy production by preserving the effective leadership of state regulation of hydraulic fracturing.

“Hydraulic fracturing and horizontal drilling are safe, proven technologies that have allowed the U.S. to outpace Russia as the world’s number one producer of oil and natural gas,” said Milito. “Job growth, energy security, and government revenue are all rising due to the U.S. energy revolution, and state regulators are in the best position to preserve America’s progress while protecting our natural resources with rules tailored to local hydrology, geology, and natural resources.

“Hydraulic fracturing’s 60-year track record of safety -- achieved under the stewardship of state regulators -- has been recognized by both current and former Obama administration officials, and this legislation will preserve state leadership against unnecessary or duplicative federal regulations. We welcome House passage of H.R. 2728, and we urge the Senate to quickly consider this common-sense legislation.”

API is a national trade association that represents all segments of America’s technology-driven oil and natural gas industry. Its more than 550 members – including large integrated companies, exploration and production, refining, marketing, pipeline, and marine businesses, and service and supply firms – provide most of the nation’s energy and are backed by a growing grassroots movement of over 15 million Americans. The industry also supports 9.8 million U.S. jobs and 8 percent of the U.S. economy, delivers $85 million a day in revenue to our government, and, since 2000, has invested over $2 trillion in U.S. capital projects to advance all forms of energy, including alternatives.

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Denver company pays $20.7 million for D&L Energy assets

By Bob Downing Published: November 21, 2013

A Denver company has been approved to purchase the assets of embattled D&L Energy Inc., the Youngstown-based company linked to illegal dumping of drilling wastes to the Mahoning River.

Resource Land Holding LLC will pay $20.7 million for assets that include pipeline and operating agreements, lease inventories, equipment and four subsidiaries; it would not assume any liabilities.

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Network against injection well, after AthensCounty earthquake

By Bob Downing Published: November 21, 2013

From the Athens County Fracking Action Network after Wednesday's earthquake in Athens County, a first since 1896:

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Amendment to limit LNG exports soundly defeated in House

By Bob Downing Published: November 21, 2013

From the Center for Liquified Natural Gas on Wednesday:

Washington, D.C.: Today an amendment to H.R. 2728, the Protecting States' Rights to Promote American Energy Security Act, was soundly defeated by a vote of 142 to 276. The amendment, offered by Rep. Peter DeFazio (D-OR), sought to require all natural gas produced on public lands to be offered for sale only in the United States. Following the vote, Center for Liquefied Natural Gas (CLNG) President Bill Cooper issued the following statement:

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House bill would limit federal rules on fracking federal land

By Bob Downing Published: November 21, 2013

From a U.S. House committee on Wednesday:

 

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House approves two bills to speed up drilling on federal land

By Bob Downing Published: November 21, 2013

From the Associated Press late Wednesday:

By MATTHEW DALY

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Benesch report: Ohio drilling moving to the south

By Bob Downing Published: November 21, 2013

Drilling in Ohio's Utica shale is moving to the south.

The drilling started in Carroll and surrounding counties.

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Benefits of 'smart drilling' outweigh costs, institute says

By Bob Downing Published: November 21, 2013

From a press reelase received earlier this week from the Chicago-based Heartland Institute:

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Oneok Partners plans natural gas capture in Bakken shale

By Bob Downing Published: November 21, 2013

From the Associated Press on Wednesday:

By James MacPherson

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Flooding amendment by Polis, Huffman fails in House vote

By Bob Downing Published: November 21, 2013

A press releasse received Wednesday:

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New Jersey Sierra Club fighting wastewater shipments by barge

By Bob Downing Published: November 21, 2013

From a New Jersey Sierra Club posting:

The US Coast Guard wants to transport shale gas wastewater on barges on our rivers!! We need your help to keep this radioactive and toxic garbage out of our watersheds.  Please send a letter NOW!  Comment period closes Nov. 29!

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160 people attend Athens meeting on Ohio's injection wells

By Bob Downing Published: November 20, 2013

A press release received today from Athens County activists:

Athens, Nov. 20, 2013 -- It was standing-room-only as over 160 people filled the Athens Community Center Tuesday night (11-19) as the Athens County Commissioners took testimony from citizens about an oil and gas waste injection well, K&H Partners #2, proposed for eastern Athens County. If approved, this permit would make the injection well complex the largest in the state.

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LNG exports could boost Ohio economy by $5 billion, study says

By Bob Downing Published: November 20, 2013

U.S. exports of liquefied natural gas could help create as many as 30,000 jobs in Ohio and boost the state’s economy by as much as $5 billion by 2035, says a new study commissioned by the American Petroleum Institute.

Those best-case estimates are based on Ohio’s large manufacturing base, and the study says the economic and employment benefits would be even greater for the big natural-gas producing states of Texas, Louisiana and Pennsylvania.

LNG exports could contribute $10 billion to $31 billion to the economies of each of those states and add 59,000 to 155,000 jobs by 2035.

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Drillers spend $7 million on congressional races, study says

By Bob Downing Published: November 20, 2013

From Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics today:

Washington, D.C. Today, Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) released a new report detailing how congressional candidates are benefitting from companies operating hydraulically fractured wells and trade associations supporting the fracking industry.

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Group concerned about two federal leasing reform bills

By Bob Downing Published: November 20, 2013

From Sportsmen for Responsible Energy Development on Tuesday:

WASHINGTON – Two bills being voted upon this week by the U.S. House of Representatives would undermine leasing reforms intended to balance energy development activities on public lands, require a set percentage of nominated acres to be offered for lease regardless of potential impacts to fish and wildlife, and limit the federal government’s ability to conserve public lands resources important to hunters and anglers, Sportsmen for Responsible Energy Development announced today.

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Shell Oil Co. still looking at Pennsylvania cracker plant

By Bob Downing Published: November 20, 2013

From the Associated Press:

Shell Oil Co. is still actively exploring a plan to build a huge natural gas processing plant in western Pennsylvania, and may have selected engineering firms to do feasibility studies.

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Researchers look at Barnett production, computer modeling

By Bob Downing Published: November 20, 2013

Researchers at the University of Texas have devised a model that they say may acurately show how much natural gas wells will produce in the Barnett shale in north Texas.

They studied 8,000 wells and deteremine taht they will produce at least 10 trillion cubic feet of natural gas, says EnergyWire in a report from Monday.

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Natural gas prices reflect decreasing seasonality, EIA says

By Bob Downing Published: November 20, 2013

From the U.S. Energy Information Administration today:

Nov 20, 2013

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FirstEnergy transmission plans would aid shale development

By Bob Downing Published: November 20, 2013

Akron-based FirstEnergy Corp. has announced plans to spend $2.8 billion to boost transmission capabilities.

Those plans will have a big impact on the Utica and Marcellus shale development in eastern Ohio and western Pennsylvania, the Pittsburgh Business Times reported.

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Ohio close to 1,000 Utica shale permits with 606 wells drilled

By Bob Downing Published: November 20, 2013

Ohio is quickly approaching 1,000 Utica shale permits.

The state has approved 988 Utica permits, as of Nov, 16, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources.

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Devon Energy buys acreage in Eagle Ford shale in Texas

By Bob Downing Published: November 20, 2013

From Devon Energy today:

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Drilling unlikely to be hot topic in Pennsylvania governor's race

By Bob Downing Published: November 20, 2013

A new Pennsylvania survey shows that 49 percent of respondents support Marcellus shale drilling, but that 63 percent feel more rules are needed to govern drilling.

The survey was done by pollster Joseph Morris of Mercyhurst College in Erie.

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Colorado targeting methane emissions from drilling sites

By Bob Downing Published: November 20, 2013

From the Associated Press on Monday:

DENVER (AP) — Under pressure to tighten air quality standards for oil and gas drillers, Colorado officials on Monday proposed the nation's first statewide standards for methane emissions and other heightened safeguards.

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Kalmbach Feeds opens new CNG fueling station in Ohio

By Bob Downing Published: November 20, 2013

Kalmbach Feeds in north-central Ohio's Wyandot County has opened its new compressed natural gas fueling station, the first of its kind in rural Ohio.

Click  here  to read the full story from the Ohio Country Journal.

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BP America likely to decide Utica shale future in early 2014

By Bob Downing Published: November 19, 2013

BP American has 105,000 acres in the Utica shale in Northeast Ohio, mostly in Trumbull County.

It announced plans to drill 10 test wells, of which four have been drilled. One well is in production.

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Fire-struck Natrium plant to remain closed to at least January

By Bob Downing Published: November 19, 2013

Blue Racer Midstream's Natrium plant in West Virginia will remain closed at least to January.

The plant was rocked by an explosion and fire on Sept. 21.

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42.3 percent of Americans in Robert Morris poll support fracking

By Bob Downing Published: November 19, 2013

From Pennsylvania's Robert Morris University on Monday:

Pittsburgh, November 18, 2013 – A plurality of Americans are in favor of hydraulic fracturing or “fracing” to extract natural gas from the ground, according to a survey of 1,003 adults by the Robert Morris University Polling Institute Powered by Trib Total Media.

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New grass-roots Ohio initiative promoting community rights

By Bob Downing Published: November 19, 2013

A press release received on Monday:

 Ohio Communities Launch Statewide Network, Sign Columbus Declaration and Seat Board of Directors

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Mineral extraction produced $2.7 billion in Ohio in 2012

By Bob Downing Published: November 19, 2013

From the Ohio Department of Natural Resources today:

COLUMBUS, OH – Reports released by the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) show the development of Ohio’s mineral resources in 2012 produced more than $2.7 billion worth of geologic commodities, including increases in the extracted amount of oil, natural gas, limestone, sand and gravel.

The 2012 Report on Ohio Mineral Industries: An Annual Summary of the State’s Economic Geology and the 2012 Ohio Oil and Gas Summary contain information regarding the production, value and employment totals of Ohio’s various mineral industries. Some highlights include:

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Utica, Marcellus production reduce shipments from elsewhere

By Bob Downing Published: November 19, 2013

From the U.S. Energy Information Administartion today:

Nov 19, 2013

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Gas division chief retiring from CONSOL Energy

By Bob Downing Published: November 19, 2013

From CONSOL Energy on Monday:

 

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CNX has drilled longest laterals in Marcellus, Utica shales

By Bob Downing Published: November 19, 2013

CNX Gas Co. LLC now has drilled the longest laterals in Pennsylvania's Marcellus shale and also in Ohio's Utica shale.

Click  here  to read the full story about what the company is doing.

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Shale drilling boom spreading to China, Russia, elsewhere

By Bob Downing Published: November 19, 2013

From Bloomberg News:

By Brian Swint and Nidaa Bakhsh

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New app offers information on 15,000 alternate fuel stations

By Bob Downing Published: November 19, 2013

The National Renewable Energy Lab has developed a new app that offers information on more than 15,000 alternate fueling stations in the United States.

The app covers electric, natural gas, biodiesel, E85, propane and hydrogen fuels.

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Researchers find no drilling methane in Carroll County water wells

By Bob Downing Published: November 18, 2013

CARROLLTON: There is no evidence of natural gas getting into drinking water wells in Carroll County due to drilling, according to new research.

Amy Townsend-Small, a assistant professor of geology at the University of Cincinnati, has been monitoring 25 drinking water wells for 12 months with some of the wells being tested quarterly.

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Economist: Energy companies shift to master limited partnerships

By Bob Downing Published: November 18, 2013

The Economist takes a detailed look at the changing structure of the energy industry.

Energy companies are switching from limited liability corporations to master limited partnerships, and that has big impacts.

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Athens County hosting Nov. 19 meeting on injection wells

By Bob Downing Published: November 18, 2013

From the Athens County Fracking Action Network:

 

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Big plans envisioned for new Capital Univerity Law School center

By Bob Downing Published: November 18, 2013

Columbus attorney Howard Petrikoff has big plans for Capital University Law School's new Midwest Center for Energy Law and Policy.

Petrikoff, who teaches at the law school, said he would like to see the new center become a major force on Ohio's developing Itica shale.

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Critics downplaying economic benefit of drilling, Corbett says

By Bob Downing Published: November 18, 2013

From the Associated Press:

Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett told an oil and gas industry conference Thursday that opponents of drilling are trying to downplay clear evidence that the shale gas boom is helping Pennsylvania's economy.

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More study of European shale drilling needed to address concerns

By Bob Downing Published: November 18, 2013

From the Associated Press:

European shale gas experts say more environmental studies are needed to address public concern about the security of extraction of the fossil fuel.

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Freeport LNG facility can expand exports, DOE rules

By Bob Downing Published: November 18, 2013

The U.S. Energy Department has boosted the amount of natural gas that Freeport LNG ican export overseas from its Texas facility, the federal agency announced Friday.

The company’s facility in Quintana Island, Texas, now has approval to export 1.8 billion cubic feet per day for 20 years to countries that do not have a free-trade agreement with the United States, subject to environmental review and final regulatory approval. In May, Freeport LNG received approval to export 1.4 billion cubic feet of natural gas per day.

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API hails DOE action on Freeport LNG export facility

By Bob Downing Published: November 18, 2013

From the American Petroleum Institute on Friday:

WASHINGTON, November 15, 2013 – API Director of Upstream and Industry Operations Erik Milito welcomed today’s authorization by the Department of Energy for exports from the Quintana Island, Texas liquefied natural gas (LNG) facility and urged the agency to quickly process the remaining 21 applications:

“LNG exports will significantly reduce our trade deficit, grow the economy, and support thousands of U.S. jobs. The DOE has every reason to quickly approve these applications, and we’re pleased that they seem to be moving ahead. The shale revolution -- sparked by U.S. innovations in hydraulic fracturing -- has positioned America to play a leading role in the global energy trade, and we must work fast to secure a competitive position in the international market. We continue to urge Energy Secretary Moniz to oversee speedy review and approval of the remaining U.S. LNG export permit applications.”

Yesterday, API unveiled a new study demonstrating U.S. job gains and economic growth, across all states, associated with future exports of liquefied natural gas.

API is a national trade association that represents all segments of America’s technology-driven oil and natural gas industry. Its more than 550 members – including large integrated companies, exploration and production, refining, marketing, pipeline, and marine businesses, and service and supply firms – provide most of the nation’s energy and are backed by a growing grassroots movement of over 15 million Americans. The industry also supports 9.8 million U.S. jobs and 8 percent of the U.S. economy, delivers $85 million a day in revenue to our government, and, since 2000, has invested over $2 trillion in U.S. capital projects to advance all forms of energy, including alternatives.

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Eco-groups unhappy with first draft of Illinois fracking rules

By Bob Downing Published: November 18, 2013

From the Associated Press on Friday:

The Illinois Department of Natural Resources published a first draft of Illinois' rules for high-volume oil and gas drilling on Friday, and environmental groups quickly criticized them as violating the spirit of regulations that industry, environmentalists and lawmakers crafted together.

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Ohio gets $12 billion in pipeline, processing plant investments

By Bob Downing Published: November 16, 2013

Ohio has seen more than $12 billion in gas-processing plants and pipeline investments in the Utica shale.

That figure came from Rick Simmers, chief of the Ohio Department of Natural Resources' Division of Oil & Gas Resources Management. He was speaking on Friday at a big conference in Pittsburgh.

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Brazilian firm looking at new cracker complex in Wood County

By Bob Downing Published: November 15, 2013

A Brazilian firm is eying West Virginia's Wood County for a new ethane cracker plant.

Odebrecht made the announcement on Thursday in Parkersburg with state officials.

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Bakken oil production to top 1 million barrel per day in December

By Bob Downing Published: November 15, 2013

From the U.S. Energy Information Agency today:

Nov 15, 2013

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Financial institutions refuse mortgages where land leased to drill

By Bob Downing Published: November 15, 2013

According to American Banker, at least three financial institutions are refusing to approve home-owner loans if gas-oil rights have been sold to an energy company.

They are Tompkins Financial (TMP) in Ithaca, N.Y., Spain's Santander Bank and State Employees' Credit Union in Raleigh, N.C. — are refusing to make mortgages on land where oil or gas rights have been sold to an energy company.

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Pope Francis is concerned about global fracking

By Bob Downing Published: November 15, 2013

Meet the world's newest frackivist: Pope Francis.

He was photographed earlier this week holding an ant-frackin T-shirt from Argentina and has reportedly told some that he is troubled by hydraulic fracturing or fracking.

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U.S. crude oil production surpasses imports

By Bob Downing Published: November 14, 2013

From Real Clear Energy today:

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West Virginia getting cracker plant for Wood County, paper says

By Bob Downing Published: November 14, 2013

West Virginia is getting a $3 billion cracker plant to turn ethane into ethylene for plastics.

That announcement from Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin is expected today in Parkersburg, the Parkersburg News & Sentinel reports.

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New York firm building 83-room hotel in Carroll County

By Bob Downing Published: November 14, 2013

A press release from Wednesday on a new hotel in Carroll County:

Drill Capital announces strategic entry into the Utica Shale

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Utica shale is driving manufacturing boom in industrial Ohio

By Bob Downing Published: November 14, 2013

Shawn Bennett of Energy in Depth-Ohio, a pro-drilling industry group, writes about how Ohio's shale boom is fueling a major growth in manufacturing in the Buckeye state.

It is appropriate that President Brack Obama is visiting a steel mill in Cleveland today, he writes.

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MarkWest busy adding processing facilities in Utica, Marcellus

By Bob Downing Published: November 14, 2013

From MarkWest Energy Partners:

 

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Wyoming adopts strong rules on testing water before drilling

By Bob Downing Published: November 14, 2013

The Wyoming Oil and Gas Conservation Commission on Tuesday approved a new rule that will require energy companies to test nearby water before drilling oil and natural gas wells.

The rule has been hailed by a Wyoming conservation group as among one of the strongest in the United States.

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EIA report: U.S. oil prices to continue to drop through 2014

By Bob Downing Published: November 14, 2013

A new federal report released on Wednesday says oil prices in the United States are likely to continue droppingthe rest of the year and through 2014  because of increased shale production.

The report came from the U.S. Energy Information Administration.

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New Mexico drilling ban is facing new court challenge

By Bob Downing Published: November 14, 2013

From the Associated Press:

By Susan Montoya Bryan
 

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Iron Eagle plans water-recycling facility in Carroll County

By Bob Downing Published: November 14, 2013

IRON EAGLE ENTERPRISES TO OPEN WATER RECYCLING FACILITY

IN SHERRODSVILLE, OH,TO SERVE OIL AND GAS DRILLERS

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Belmont County in demand as Utica shale leasing spreads

By Bob Downing Published: November 14, 2013

Natural gas leases are still a big item in the Upper Ohio Valley in eastern Ohio, writes Casey Junkins of the Shale Play blog.

More than 25 landmen were at work in Belmont County offices recently.

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Methane in drinking water in Portage County is naturally occurring, Ohio report says

By Bob Downing Published: November 13, 2013

An Ohio state investigation has determined that methane or natural gas in drinking water in northeast Portage County is naturally occurring, not tied to nearby drilling.

The 25-page report from the Ohio Department of Natural Resources analyzed the well water of Jason and Debby Kline of Nelson Township.

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EIA chief outlines U.S. short-term energy outlook

By Bob Downing Published: November 13, 2013

From the U.S. Energy Information Administration today:

U.S. Energy Information Administration Administrator Adam Sieminski issued the following comments Wednesday on EIA’s November 2013 Short-Term Energy Outlook:

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Kentucky firm planning five new hotels in eastern Ohio

By Bob Downing Published: November 13, 2013

A Kentucky-based company has plans to build five hotels in the heart of Ohio’s Utica shale, according to the Cincinnati Business Courier.

Covington-based Corporex Companies’ plans include two hotels in Stark County, one in Carroll County and one in Belmont County. The site of the fifth hotel has not been determined.

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Ohio has approved 979 Utica wells with 601 wells drilled

By Bob Downing Published: November 13, 2013

Ohio has now approved 979 Utica shale permits.

Of that total, 601 wells have been drilled and 180 wells are in production as of Nov. 9, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources.

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Fire-damaged Natrium plant is unlikely to reopen in 2013

By Bob Downing Published: November 13, 2013

A few items leftover from Tuesday's earnings call from EV Energy Partners:

1. Blue Racer Midstream's natural gas-processing plant in Natrium, W. Va., will apparently be closed into next year, after a Sept. 21 explosion and fire.

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Antero Resources offers more Utica shale information

By Bob Downing Published: November 13, 2013

A few leftover items from last week's earnings call by Antero Resources:

1. Company has been running four frack spreads or frack teams in the Appalachian Basin.

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Sunoco Logistics offers few details on Mariner pipeline projects

By Bob Downing Published: November 13, 2013

Sunoco Logistics is developing two pipeline costing more than $1 billion to carry natural gas liquids from the Utica and Marcellus shales to market.

The Marine West Pipeline that crosses northern Ohio and Michigan enroute to Sarnia, Ont., with ethane, is being tested and is due to go online this month.

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'Triple Divide' to be screened on Monday in Trumbull County

By Bob Downing Published: November 13, 2013

The film Triple Divide will be shown on Monday, Nov. 18, in Warren.

The screening will take place at 6 p.m. at the Wean Foundation, 147 W. Market St., Warren.

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Bakken drilling contributes to haze at North Dakota national park

By Bob Downing Published: November 13, 2013

The drilling for oil in North Dakota's Bakken shale is a big success.

But that drilling is also having a air-pollution impact and contributing to haze at Theodore Roosevelt National Park, according to a new study.

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No news on Utica land sales, oil exploration from EV Energy Partners

By Bob Downing Published: November 12, 2013

Texas-based EV Energy Partners had no news to announce on Tuesday on new land sales in the Utica shale in eastern Ohio.

The firm also reported that it is proceeding to investigate drilling for oil in Stark and Tuscarawas counties with an still-unnamed partner.

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Eco-groups hail Wyoming's final rules on drilling

By Bob Downing Published: November 12, 2013

From a press release received today from two eco-groups.

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Atlas Resources connects first Utica wells in Harrison County

By Bob Downing Published: November 12, 2013

From Atlas Resources Partners:

 

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Northeast grows more dependent on natural gas for power

By Bob Downing Published: November 12, 2013

From the U.S. Energy Information Administation:

Nov 12, 2013

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Former Anadarko CEO wins gold medal from API

By Bob Downing Published: November 12, 2013

From the American Petroleum Institute:

James T. Hackett, former CEO of Anadarko Petroleum Corporation, is the recipient of the American Petroleum Institute’s 2013 Gold Medal for Distinguished Achievement.

The award, API’s highest honor, recognizes leaders who have made substantial contributions to the oil and natural gas industry throughout their careers. This year’s award was presented during the API Annual Meeting in Naples, Florida.

"James Hackett is an outstanding leader who has helped to fuel tremendous success in America’s oil and natural gas industry," API President and CEO Jack Gerard said. "From engineering to finance, he has contributed decades of insight and innovation to the field."

Hackett retired in June 2013 from Anadarko Petroleum, where he served as Executive Chairman of the Board and CEO. Prior to joining Anadarko in 2003, he held senior executive positions at Devon Energy, Ocean Energy, Seagull Energy, Duke Energy, and Pan Energy.

Hackett’s broad range of experience includes the development of unconventional energy sources across North America. He has provided key management for projects both onshore and offshore, as well as the exploration of deepwater resources.

Today, Hackett continues to lead the industry as Chairman of the National Petroleum Council and a Partner at Riverstone Holdings LLC, an energy-focused private investment firm. Holding a B.S. from the University of Illinois and a M.B.A from Harvard University, Hackett is currently pursuing additional studies at Harvard Divinity School.

In addition, Hackett has a long history of sharing his unique expertise across industries and academia. He is member of the Society of Petroleum Engineers, Chairman of the Baylor College of Medicine, and the former Chairman of the Board of the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas. He also served as a Board Member and adjunct professor at Rice University.

API is a national trade association that represents all segments of America’s technology-driven oil and natural gas industry. Its more than 550 members – including large integrated companies, exploration and production, refining, marketing, pipeline, and marine businesses, and service and supply firms – provide most of the nation’s energy and are backed by a growing grassroots movement of over 15 million Americans. The industry also supports 9.8 million U.S. jobs and 8 percent of the U.S. economy, delivers $85 million a day in revenue to our government, and, since 2000, has invested over $2 trillion in U.S. capital projects to advance all forms of energy, including alternatives.

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EV Energy Partners announces third quarter results

By Bob Downing Published: November 12, 2013

From EV Energy Partners today:

 

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Utica East Ohio Buckeye offers look at Kensington processing plant

By Bob Downing Published: November 12, 2013

KENSINGTON: It took 11 months to build a new cryogenic natural gas-processing plant in southern Columbiana County.

But the natural gas from Utica shale wells zips through the sprawling state-of-the-art complex in perhaps five minutes.

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Kensington plant is one of three operating in eastern Ohio

By Bob Downing Published: November 12, 2013

Utica East Ohio Buckeye’s Kensington facility is one of three new gas-processing plants that have opened in recent months in eastern Ohio.

The other two plants are both run by MarkWest Energy Partners in Harrison (185 million cubic feet) and Noble (245 million cubic feet) counties.

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Texas driller fined $7,000 by OSHA for fatal Ohio accident

By Bob Downing Published: November 12, 2013

A Texas-based drilling company has been fined $7,000 by the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration for the death of drilling worker last February.

Fined was Sidewinder Drilling. It was drilling a well in Carroll County's Washington Township for Rex Energy.

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Wood Group acquires Elkhorn Holdings, shale assets

By Bob Downing Published: November 12, 2013

From the Texas-based Wood Group on Monday:

HOUSTON, November 11, 2013— Wood Group has agreed to acquire Elkhorn Holdings Inc. ("Elkhorn"), a Wyoming-based provider of construction services for midstream oil & gas facilities in the US shale market.

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Pennsylvania awards $3 million for CNG vehicles

By Bob Downing Published: November 12, 2013

The Pennsylvania  Department of Environmental Protection announced $3 million in grants to fund natural gas vehicles last week.

The Alternative Fuels Incentive Grant (AFIG) program was established in 1992 to fund a variety of alternative fuels- including compressed natural gas (CNG), liquefied natural gas (LNG), ethanol, hydrogen, and electricity.

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West Virginia counties getting new tax income from drilling

By Bob Downing Published: November 12, 2013

The West Virginia Center on Budget and Policy has released a new report on how some West Virginia counties are benefitting from Marcellus shale drilling with increased tax income, reports the West Virginia Natural Gas blog.

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Occidental's Chazen to chair API Board of Directors in 2014

By Bob Downing Published: November 12, 2013

A press release from the American Petroleum Institute on Monday:

WASHINGTON, November 11, 2013 – Occidental Petroleum Corporation President and CEO Stephen I. Chazen has been elected Chairman of the American Petroleum Institute’s (API) Board of Directors effective January 1, 2014, for a one-year term. Mr. Chazen succeeds Marathon Oil Corporation’s Executive Chairman, Clarence P. Cazalot, Jr.

“Steve Chazen’s experience and knowledge will reinforce API’s growing outreach to the public and policymakers,” said API President and CEO Jack Gerard. “He knows firsthand how America’s oil and natural gas industry creates jobs, generates revenue for the government, and makes our nation more energy secure. Under Steve’s leadership, API and our 15 million strong and growing network of grassroots activists will continue our advocacy efforts on the benefits of the energy revolution taking place in the United States.”

Mr. Chazen, who has more than 40 years of experience in the oil and natural gas industry, joined Occidental Petroleum in 1994 as Executive Vice President – Corporate Development. He was named Chief Financial Officer in 1999 and elected President and Chief Financial Officer in 2007. He was named President and Chief Operating Officer and elected to the company’s Board of Directors in 2010 and became President and CEO the following year. Prior to joining Occidental, Mr. Chazen was a managing director in the investment banking group of Merrill Lynch & Co.

Mr. Chazen holds a Ph.D. in geology from Michigan State University, a master's degree in finance from the University of Houston, and a bachelor's degree in geology from Rutgers College.

In addition to Occidental Petroleum Corporation and the American Petroleum Institute, he serves on the Boards of Directors for Ecolab Incorporated, the Aquarium of the Pacific and the Catalina Island Conservancy.

Gerard also thanked outgoing Executive Chairman Clarence Cazalot, who is retiring from Marathon Oil Corp., for his leadership over the past year and his long service on API’s Board of Directors.

“Clarence’s influence has been felt throughout API and our entire industry,” said Gerard. “We wish him a long and happy retirement.”

API is a national trade association that represents all segments of America’s technology-driven oil and natural gas industry. Its more than 550 members – including large integrated companies, exploration and production, refining, marketing, pipeline, and marine businesses, and service and supply firms – provide most of the nation’s energy and are backed by a growing grassroots movement of over 15 million Americans. The industry also supports 9.8 million U.S. jobs and 8 percent of the U.S. economy, delivers $85 million a day in revenue to our government, and, since 2000, has invested over $2 trillion in U.S. capital projects to advance all forms of energy, including alternatives.

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Water UK: Shale drilling risks can be mitigated, new report says

By Bob Downing Published: November 12, 2013

From Bloomberg News:

Water UK, which represents Britain’s public and private water and wastewater suppliers, says a report will be released “imminently” that concludes the risks from shale gas drilling can be mitigated.

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EnerVest spending $1.4 billion on seven land purchases

By Bob Downing Published: November 11, 2013

EnerVest Ltd. announced Monday that is has closed on seven land purchases since August with a price tag of $1.4 billion.

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Open season begins for new pipeline to carry Utica NGLs to Texas

By Bob Downing Published: November 11, 2013

From a press release received today:

 

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McClendon taps Fisher to be chief operating officer

By Bob Downing Published: November 11, 2013

A press release distributed today:

OKLAHOMA CITY, Nov. 11, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- American Energy Partners, LP announced today that it has hired Jeff Fisher as its Chief Operating Officer. Fisher, 53, previously worked for Chesapeake Energy Corporation (NYSE: CHK) for ten years in increasing roles of importance. In 2003-04, he served as Operations Manager; in 2005-06, as Vice President, Operations – Southern Division; from 2006-12, as Senior Vice President – Production; and in 2012-13, as Executive Vice President – Production. Prior to Chesapeake, he worked in various engineering and operational leadership roles at BP, Vastar, and Arco. He earned a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Oklahoma State University in 1983.

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Brecksville-based energy company wins defamation lawsuit

By Bob Downing Published: November 11, 2013

From a press release received today:

An Ohio energy company that manufacturers a road deicer and dust suppressant processed from brine water produced from oil and gas wells recently settled a lawsuit after the court issued a ruling against two individuals who had made false and defamatory statements about the product.

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Drillers are recycling frack water in Texas, other dry states

By Bob Downing Published: November 11, 2013

From the Associated Press today:

By RAMIT PLUSHNICK-MASTI

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Ohio State, West Virginia to share $2 million shale grant

By Bob Downing Published: November 11, 2013

Belatedly from the Associated Press:

Researchers from Ohio State and West Virginia universities have won a combined $2 million grant to study microbial biodiversity in underground shale-gas formations.

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Carrizo prices upsized public offering of common stock

By Bob Downing Published: November 11, 2013

From Texas-based Carrizo Oil and Gas Inc. on Friday:

HOUSTON, TX -- (MARKET WIRE) -- 11/06/2013 -- Carrizo Oil & Gas, Inc. ( NASDAQ : CRZO ) announced today that it has priced an underwritten public offering of 4,500,000 shares of its common stock at a price to the public of $44.00 per share. The underwriters will have an option to purchase up to an additional 675,000 shares. The offering was upsized to 4,500,000 shares from the original offering size of 3,750,000 shares. Carrizo intends to use the net proceeds from the offering to fund in part its increased capital expenditure plan that takes into account its recently completed Utica Shale acreage acquisition, the second half of the 2013 development of its expanded position in the Utica Shale and the accelerated fracking of a portion of its existing inventory of Eagle Ford wells and for other general corporate purposes.

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MarkWest operating Majorsville V, Seneca I processing plants

By Bob Downing Published: November 11, 2013

From MarkWest Enerby Partners on Friday:

DENVER--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Nov. 8, 2013-- MarkWest Energy Partners, L.P. (NYSE: MWE) (“MarkWest or the Partnership”) announced today an operational update regarding the development of midstream infrastructure projects in the heart of the rich-gas areas of the Marcellus and Utica Shales. MarkWest continues to expand its leading midstream presence throughout the Northeast and currently has 21 major processing and fractionation projects under construction. These projects are occurring at eight large-scale complexes in Ohio , Pennsylvania , and West Virginia and are expected to increase the Partnership’s total processing capacity to over 4 billion cubic feet (Bcf/d) and total fractionation capacity to nearly 300,000 barrels per day (Bbl/d) by the end of 2014.

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North Dakota panel may protect special places from drilling

By Bob Downing Published: November 11, 2013

From the Associated Press:

A divided North Dakota Industrial Commission soon will decide whether to designate special places subject to development restrictions that would protect them from oil drilling or other development.

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Fuel mix for electricity is changing in United States, EIA says

By Bob Downing Published: November 11, 2013

From the U.S. Energy Information Administration on Friday:

Nov 8, 2013

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Critic is skeptical that shale boom is sustainable, especially financially

By Bob Downing Published: November 11, 2013

Proponents of shale-gas drilling have said the United States sits on the verge of energy independence amid surging output and what has been described as a 100-year supply of natural gas.

Count Texas-based financial consultant Deborah Lawrence Rogers among those skeptical that the shale energy boom is real or sustainable — fiscally or environmentally.

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Background on drilling critic Deborah L. Rogers

By Bob Downing Published: November 11, 2013

Depending on one’s viewpoints, Deborah L. Rogers possesses the credentials to raise questions about America’s shale boom or she is "the mother of all spin."

Rogers is a former London investment banker working for Johnson Fry Ltd. From 1987 to 1999, she worked as a Wall Street financial consultant for Prudential Bache, Merrill Lynch and Smith Barney.

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Magnum Hunter drilling in Ohio's Monroe, Washington counties

By Bob Downing Published: November 8, 2013

From Magnum Hunter Resources today in its third-quarter report:

Operations

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U.S. shale boom is having big impact on nuclear industry

By Bob Downing Published: November 8, 2013

Veteran reporter Tom Henry of the Toledo Blade reports on how America's natural gas boom is having a big impact on the nuclear industry.

Four U.S. nuclear plants have closed this year and fifth will close late next year.

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MarkWest holding open season on Liberty Ethane Pipeline

By Bob Downing Published: November 8, 2013

From MarkWest Energy Partners today:

DENVER--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Nov. 7, 2013-- MarkWest Energy Partners, L.P. (NYSE: MWE) and MarkWest Liberty Ethane Pipeline, L.L.C. (“MarkWest Liberty”), collectively “MarkWest,” will hold a binding open season for the previously announced Liberty Ethane Pipeline. The open season will commence at 8:00 a.m. Mountain Time on November 8, 2013 and will end at 5:00 p.m. Mountain Time on December 9, 2013 . This pipeline is part of MarkWest’s comprehensive ethane solution in the Northeast, which will include purity ethane transportation infrastructure and de-ethanization facilities located in Pennsylvania , West Virginia , and Ohio .

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PUCO assumes oversight of Ohio's gas-gathering pipelines

By Bob Downing Published: November 8, 2013

The Public Utilities Commission of Ohio has taken control of the state's gas-gathering lines.

The Ohio Department of Natural Resources has oversight over production lines, and the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has authority over transmission lines.

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Hess Energy drills seven Utica wells, eight wells completed

By Bob Downing Published: November 8, 2013

Hess Energy drilled seven Utica shale wells in the third quarter 2013.

It reports that eight wells were completed and one was flow tested in those three months.

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Judge orders Range Resources, suppliers to provide information

By Bob Downing Published: November 8, 2013

News from Pennsylvania earlier this week:

All suppliers to Range Resources’ drilling site and fracking impoundment in Amwell Township must turn over a detailed list of their product’s formula under a lawsuit filed by nearby residents who claim they were sickened by the operation, a Washington County court order states.

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Transco pipeline expands to handle Marcellus natural gas

By Bob Downing Published: November 8, 2013

From Williams Partners earlier this week:

 

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ODNR response on upcoming federal audit of injection wells

By Bob Downing Published: November 7, 2013

Statement on upcoming federal audit of Ohio's injection well program directed by the Ohio Department of Natural Resources:

From ODNR spokesman Mark Bruce:

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Eco-groups submit testimony on Ohio injection wells to U.S. EPA

By Bob Downing Published: November 7, 2013

A press release today from Ohio eco-groups who want the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to investigate Ohio's injection wells under the Ohio Department of Naturasl Resources:

Columbus, Ohio – A coalition of groups and individuals submitted reviews, testimony, and key documents to the US EPA, calling on them to hold Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) accountable for poor oversight of the state administered Underground Injection Control (UIC) program.

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Drillers need to disclose more fracking data, four groups say

By Bob Downing Published: November 7, 2013

From Bloomberg News today:

North American shale explorers led by Exxon Mobil Corp. and BP Plc are failing to disclose enough data on how they’re reducing risks associated with hydraulic fracturing, according to a study.

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Anadarko Petroleum to invest African proceeds into Texas shale

By Bob Downing Published: November 7, 2013

Anadarko Petroleum Corp. plans to ramp up investments in domestic shale plays, targeting the Eagle Ford and Wattenberg basins as particularly lucrative, company officials said Tuesday.

The company plans to fund significant investments in the two plays with funds generated from a recent $2.6 billion sale in Mozambique as it consolidates its shale positions.

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Cunningham Energy to drill horizontal wells in Clay County

By Bob Downing Published: November 7, 2013

From an industry press release:

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Cunningham Energy LLC has announced plans for three new shallow horizontal oil wells to be drilled in Clay County, West Virginia..

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Chesapeake may face Michigan criminal solicitation violation

By Bob Downing Published: November 7, 2013

Chesapeake Energy Corp , already under investigation for possible antitrust violations in Michigan, said in a regulatory filing on Wednesday the state's attorney general is also probing a possible violation of Michigan's criminal solicitation law.

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MarkWest's Seneca I plant begins processing natural gas

By Bob Downing Published: November 7, 2013

Ohio has new natural gas-processing capacity.

MarkWest Energy Partners' Seneca I plant in Noble County came online this week.

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MarkWest to add new capacity at West Virginia cryogenic plant

By Bob Downing Published: November 7, 2013

From MarkWest Energy Partners today:

DENVER--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Nov. 7, 2013-- MarkWest Energy Partners, L.P. (NYSE: MWE) (“MarkWest and the Partnership”) announced today the completion of long-term, fee-based agreements with Antero Resources (NYSE: AR) (“Antero”) for the development of an additional cryogenic gas processing plant at the Partnership’s Sherwood complex in Doddridge County, West Virginia . Under terms of the agreements, MarkWest will construct a fifth 200 million cubic feet per day (MMcf/d) processing facility that is expected to begin operations in the third quarter of 2014. Upon completion of the new plant, the Sherwood complex will have 1 billion cubic feet per day (Bcf/d) of total processing capacity.

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Canadian firm seeks approval for major North Dakota pipeline

By Bob Downing Published: November 7, 2013

From the Associated Press:

A Canadian company has applied to build the largest oil pipeline yet from western North Dakota's booming oil patch and will soon begin courting oil producers to reserve space, a key step in a $2.6 billion project that would move millions of gallons of oil to Minnesota and Wisconsin.

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Industry insider expects more mergers, acquisitions in U.S.

By Bob Downing Published: November 7, 2013

From Bloomberg News:

By James Paton

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Antero Resources adding fifth drilling rig in southeast Ohio

By Bob Downing Published: November 7, 2013

Colorado-based Antero Resources Corp. is adding a fifth drilling rig in the Utica shale in southeast Ohio.

That rig is slated to continue drilling in Ohio through 2014, the company said.

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Rex Energy updates Utica, Marcellus, Upper Devonian drilling

By Bob Downing Published: November 6, 2013

Notes from Rex Energy Corp.'s third quarter 2013 earnings and operations update call today::

1. Its average daily production of liquids grew to a record of 5.3 million barrels. That is a 21 percent increase over second quarter 2013.

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Halcon Resources chief unhappy with northern Trumbull wells

By Bob Downing Published: November 6, 2013

The head of Texas-based Halcon Resources is not impressed by the first wells his company has drilled in northern Trumbull County in Northeast Ohio.

Said Floyd C. Wilson, chairman of the board and chief executive officer, during a third quarter 2013 earnings and production call on Tuesday with analysts and the media: "Well, we won't drill any more wells near the (expletive) ones we've drilled already, that's one initiative."

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Ohio: 600 drilled wells in Utica shale, 174 wells producing

By Bob Downing Published: November 6, 2013

Ohio has 600 drilled wells in the Utica shale.

The latest data from the Ohio Department of Natural Resources shows that 963 Utica shale permits are approved and are active.

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Coast Guard seeking public comment on barges, shale wastes

By Bob Downing Published: November 6, 2013

From the Associated Press today:

The U.S. Coast Guard is seeking public comments on a proposal that would allow barges to transport shale gas wastewater, a drilling byproduct that can include chemicals, radioactive material and heavy metals.

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Natural gas production jumps sharply in Ohio, Chesapeake says

By Bob Downing Published: November 6, 2013

Natural gas production from Ohio’s Utica shale is starting to boom, according to the reshaped and trimmer Chesapeake Energy Corp.

Natural gas production in the Utica shale grew 91 percent from the second quarter 2013 to the third quarter, the company said on Wednesday in a third-quarter earnings and production call with analysts.

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Industry group hails vote results in Youngstown, Bowling Green

By Bob Downing Published: November 6, 2013

From Energy in Depth-Ohio, a pro-drilling industry group:

post by Shawn Bennett

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Colorado voters approve three fracking bans, reject one ban

By Bob Downing Published: November 6, 2013

Colorado voters approved three fracking bans and rejected one, according to media reports.

The bans were approved in Boulder, Fort Collins and Lafayette and turned down in Broomfield.

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Colorado-based 1st NRG to pursue Utica shale in Ohio

By Bob Downing Published: November 6, 2013

From a press release today:

DENVER, CO, Nov 06, 2013 (Marketwired via COMTEX) -- 1st NRG Corp. (otc pink:FNRC) (http://1stnrg-corp.com) 1st NRG is pleased to announce that it has signed an agreement to participate in the development of prospective acreage in SE Ohio particularly seeking Utica Shale potential.

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Gulfport to ship ethane to Shell's proposed cracker plant

By Bob Downing Published: November 6, 2013

A few leftover tidbits from Gulfport Energy's third-quarter earnings call:

1. The company has signed an agreement to provide its ethane from the Utica shell to Royal Dutch Shell's proposed multi-billion cracker plant in Beaver County, Pa., if that plant gets built.

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Ohio voters reject two, approve one community bills of rights

By Bob Downing Published: November 6, 2013

Voters in two Ohio communities on Tuesday rejected community bills of rights supported by anti-fracking activists.

The issues were turned down in Younsgtown and Bowling Green.

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NiSource Midstream makes $40,000 donation to Ohio township

By Bob Downing Published: November 6, 2013

From NiSource's Columbia Pipeline Group on Monday:

Springfield Township, Ohio, November 4, 2013—Springfield Township Trustee Robert Orr today announced that a recent $40,000 donation will be earmarked for emergency responder services throughout the township. The donation was presented to Springfield Township on behalf of NiSource Midstream Services through the NiSource Charitable Foundation, which was created to support and build strong and sustainable communities. NiSource Midstream Services is a part of NiSource’s Columbia Pipeline Group.

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Belmont County well producing 30.3 million cubic feet of natural gas

By Bob Downing Published: November 5, 2013

Oklahoma-based Gulfport Energy Corp. is very pleased with its first big gas-only well in Ohio’s Utica shale.

The Irons 1-H well, drilled in Belmont County’s Washington Township, is producing in excess of 30.3 million cubic feet of natural gas per day, Gulfport officials said Tuesday in a third-quarter earnings call with analysts.

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Gulfport pleased with first dry gas well in Ohio's Utica shale

By Bob Downing Published: November 5, 2013

From Gulfport Energy Corp. today:

OKLAHOMA CITY , Nov. 5, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Gulfport Energy Corporation (Nasdaq:GPOR) today reported financial and operating results for the third quarter of 2013 and provided an update on its 2013 activities and its planned 2014 activities.

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Unity Pipeline to carry diluent from Utica, Marcellus to Canada

By Bob Downing Published: November 5, 2013

From the Columbua Pipeline Group on Monday:

- Open Season to Begin on November 4, 2013
- Targeted In-Service Date of Mid-2015

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Pennsylvania getting ready to begin shale well inspections

By Bob Downing Published: November 5, 2013

From NPR's StateImpact Pennsylvania:

Pennsylvania's Department of Environmental Protection is getting ready to begin new inspections of Marcellus and Utica shale wells, reports the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

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Two Pennsylvania groups to investigate radioactive wastes

By Bob Downing Published: November 5, 2013

From the Associated Press:

Two oil and natural gas industry groups in Pennsylvania plan to study radioactive material in drilling-related activities.

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Dominion issues third quarter earnings report

By Bob Downing Published: November 5, 2013

From Dominion today:

 

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Ukraine finalizes shale gas deals with Chevron, Exxon Mobil

By Bob Downing Published: November 5, 2013

From Bloomberg News today:

Ukraine announced natural gas deals with Chevron Corp and Exxon Mobil Corp in a push to cut costs by two-thirds and reduce its dependence on Russia.

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Carrizo expects to complete first Utica well, adds Ohio acreage

By Bob Downing Published: November 5, 2013

From Carrizo:

HOUSTON, TX -- (MARKET WIRE) -- 11/04/2013 -- Carrizo Oil & Gas, Inc. ( NASDAQ : CRZO ) today announced the Company's record financial results for the third quarter of 2013 and provided an operational update, which included the following highlights:

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Marcellus, Utica shales could fuel chemical industry boom

By Bob Downing Published: November 5, 2013

NPR's Allegheny Front took a look at how shale development could fuel a chemical industry boom in Pennsylvania.

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Environmental Action fighting ANGA's radio spots

By Bob Downing Published: November 5, 2013

The eco-group Environmental Action was angered by radio advertisments on NPR funded by America's Natural Gas Alliance.

The environmental group thought the ads were misleading and decided to fight back, reports the Website frackcheckwv.net

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Canadian firm will seek partner for Canol shale development

By Bob Downing Published: November 5, 2013

From MGM Energy late last week:

CALGARY, ALBERTA, Oct 29, 2013 (Marketwired via COMTEX) -- MGM Energy Corp. /quotes/zigman/38019/realtime CA:MGX 0.00% ("MGM Energy" or the "Company") announced today its financial results for the three month and nine month periods ended September 30, 2013.

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Shale boom ending in two years?

By Jim Mackinnon Published: November 4, 2013

Tom Whipple at Oilprice.com has a story questioning the long-term viability of shale energy production.

The article says, among many things, that oil prices are declining and may reach a point where fracking shale no longer makes economic sense.

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Smaller is better: Shale energy getting more efficient

By Jim Mackinnon Published: November 4, 2013

The shale revolution keeps on keeping on.

Shale drilling productivity keeps rising in the United States and that's good news for the nation and the globe, says the Via Meadia blog at The American Interest.

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Texas Express pipeline begins moving natural gas liquids

By Bob Downing Published: November 4, 2013

From Anadarko Petroleum late last week:

Houston, Denver and The Woodlands , Texas (October 31, 2013) – Enterprise Products Partners L.P. (NYSE: EPD), Enbridge Energy Partners, L.P., (NYSE: EEP), Anadarko Petroleum Corporation (NYSE: APC) and DCP Midstream Partners LP (NYSE: DPM) today announced the start of service on the Texas Express natural gas liquids (“NGL”) pipeline from Skellytown, Texas to the NGL fractionation and storage complex in Mont Belvieu, Texas. The Texas Express Pipeline, operated by Enterprise, gives producers in West and Central Texas, the Rocky Mountains, southern Oklahoma, the Mid-continent and the Denver-Julesburg basin much-needed takeaway capacity for growing NGL volumes and improved access to the largest NGL trading hub, located along the Gulf Coast.

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More landowners in North Dakota interested in flaring lawsuits

By Bob Downing Published: November 4, 2013

From the Associated Press:

Lawyers say dozens of western North Dakota mineral owners have expressed interest in joining lawsuits seeking damages from oil drilling companies for natural gas that is lost when it is burned instead of being captured as a byproduct of oil production.

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Drilling efficiencies boost, oil, natural gas production, EIA says

By Bob Downing Published: November 4, 2013

From the U.S. Energy Information Administartion today:

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Utica, Marcellus shales are bullish for natural gas, report says

By Bob Downing Published: November 4, 2013

The Utica and Marcellus shales have bullish futures and could reverse the traditional flow of natural gas from south to north and generate instead new east-to-west traffic in the future, says Bentek Energy of Houston.

That would be driven by increased natural gas production in Ohio, Pennsylvania and West Virginia plus growing demand for natural gas in the Southeast over the next 10 years, the company said in a private report based on its modeling.

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Pennsylvania cracker could be jeopardy, Royal Dutch Shell says

By Bob Downing Published: November 4, 2013

Royal Dutch Shell last week said it may drop its plans for the $2 billion proposed cracker plant in Beaver County, Pa.

It is a plant that Pennsylvania won over Ohio and West Virginia.

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Seneca Resources Corp. drills Utica well in McKean County

By Bob Downing Published: November 4, 2013

From Seneca Resources:

Total Production for Fiscal Year 2013 Increased 45%

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Energy trade group is funding Colorado election blitz

By Bob Downing Published: November 4, 2013

From Bloomberg News late last week:

By Jennifer Oldham

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Review: 'The Frackers' is interesting, rich with color, details

By Bob Downing Published: November 2, 2013

The energy picture in the United States looked bleak in 2006.

Natural gas was hard to find and oil production was in steep decline. The Iraq War and China’s growing economy altered the energy scenario. U.S. oil producers had largely given up on new discoveries on American soil. A new energy crisis seemed likely.

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PDC pleased with strong production from first Utica wells

By Bob Downing Published: November 1, 2013

From Colorado-based PDC Energy on Thursday:

PDC Energy Inc. today reported its 2013 third quarter financial and operating results from continuing operations.

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Hess completes sale of Energy Marketing business

By Bob Downing Published: November 1, 2013

From Hess Corp. today:

NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Nov. 1, 2013-- Hess Corporation (NYSE: HES) today completed the previously announced sale of its Energy Marketing business to Direct Energy, a North American subsidiary of Centrica plc , for a total consideration of $1.2 billion . Proceeds were higher than originally announced due to increased working capital at closing.

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New pipeline project begins service in Pennsylvania, New Jersey

By Bob Downing Published: November 1, 2013

From pipeline company Kinder Morgan today:

HOUSTON--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Nov. 1, 2013-- Tennessee Gas Pipeline Company (TGP), a subsidiary of Kinder Morgan Energy Partners, L.P. (NYSE: KMP), placed the fully subscribed Northeast Upgrade Project (NEUP) in service on schedule Nov. 1 . The approximately $500 million project boosts capacity on TGP’s 300 Line system in Pennsylvania and New Jersey by 636,000 dekatherms per day (dth/d) and provides additional takeaway capacity from the Marcellus shale area.

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North Dakota oil spill may be linked to lightning strike

By Bob Downing Published: November 1, 2013

BISMARCK, N.D. — A lightning strike may have caused a pipeline rupture that spilled more than 20,000 barrels of oil in a North Dakota wheat field, federal regulators said in a report issued Thursday.

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration said a preliminary investigation of the Tesoro Corp. pipeline break “points to a strong electrical discharge as the cause of the failure.”

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Ingrain Inc. directing five-company study of Utica shale

By Bob Downing Published: November 1, 2013

BETTER LATE THAN NEVER: Recently I came across an interesting announcement from last April that I had missed.

 

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U.K. panel says fracking risk will be low if operators are well-regulated

By Bob Downing Published: November 1, 2013

From Bloomberg News on Thursday:

By Nidaa Bakhsh

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