More December news:
On Dec. 7, Bloomberg reported that Total SA, the largest oil and gas producer in France, may be the new partner of Chesapeake Energy Corp. and its Utica shale holdings in eastern Ohio.
Bloomberg cited unnamed sources for its report, and spokesmen for both companies declined comment.
Oklahoma-based Chesapeake, the biggest player in Ohio with 1.5 million acres leased and $2 billion invested, has said it expects to announce its new partner by the end of the year. Texas-based EnerVest is also involved in the deal.
Chesapeake intends to sell 25 percent of 570,000 acres in eastern Ohio for $2.14 billion.
Previously, Total had purchased a stake in Chesapeake's Barnett shale field in Texas in 2010.
Chesapeake Energy Corp,the Oklahoma-based firm is the No. 1 driller in Ohio.
Rig Count Interactive Map by Baker Hughes, an energy services company.
Shale Sheet Fracking, a Youngstown Vindicator blog.
The Ohio Environmental Council, a statewide eco-group based in Columbus.
Earthjustice, a national eco-group.
People's Oil and Gas Collaborative-Ohio, a grass-roots group in Northeast Ohio.
Concerned Citizens of Medina County, a grass-roots group.
No Frack Ohio, a Columbus-based grass-roots group.
Fracking: Gas Drilling's Environmental Threat by ProPublica, an online journalism site.
Pipeline, blog from Pittsburgh Post-Gazette on Marcellus shale drilling.
Allegheny Front, environmental public radio for Western Pennsylvania.