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Third man charged in Youngstown dumping of drilling wastes

By Bob Downing Published: March 31, 2014

A third man has been charged with illegal dumping of drilling wastes to the Mahoning River in Youngstown.

Mark Goff, 46, of Newton Falls, an employee of Hardrock Excavating, faces one federal charge of violating the Clean Water Act. the Business Journal Daily reported recently.

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U.S. crude exports could create 300,000 mew jobs, study says

By Bob Downing Published: March 31, 2014

From the American Petroleum Institute today:

WASHINGTON, March 31, 2014 ─ A new study shows that exports of crude oil could create up to 300,000 additional U.S. jobs in 2020 and shave billions off fuel costs for consumers, said API Vice President for Regulatory and Economic Policy Kyle Isakower on a conference call today.

“Consumers are among the first to benefit from free trade, and crude oil is no exception,” said Isakower. “Gasoline costs are tied to a global market, and this study shows that additional exports could help increase supplies, put downward pressure on the prices at the pump, and bring more jobs to America. Access to foreign customers could drive significant investment in U.S. production, helping to strengthen our energy security. Now that the U.S. is poised to become the world’s largest oil producer, the economic case for exports is clear.”

The new report was conducted by ICF International and EnSys Energy. It suggests that if current restrictions on crude exports were lifted:

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Antero Resources to provide ethane to West Virginia cracker

By Bob Downing Published: March 31, 2014

From Antero Resources last week:

CHARLESTON, W. Va., March 26, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Antero Resources (NYSE: AR) announced today that it has signed an agreement to become the anchor ethane supplier for the Ascent petrochemical complex in Wood County , West Virginia. Under the Agreement, Antero intends to provide 30,000 Barrels per day of ethane to Ascent which represents almost half of the volume required to operate the Ascent ethane Cracker that is planned for the Parkersburg, West Virginia site. This agreement is contingent upon Ascent reaching a final investment decision once the multi-year feasibility analysis is completed and a construction decision has been made.

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Charges reduced, Athens 8 plead guilty to disorderly conduct

By Bob Downing Published: March 31, 2014

From two Athens County grass-roots groups last week:

Charges Reduced for The Athens 8 Arrested at the K&H Injection Well Rally

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DOE approves Oregon LNG export facility at Coos Bay

By Bob Downing Published: March 31, 2014

From the U.S. Department of Energy last week:

Energy Department Authorizes Jordan Cove to Export Liquefied Natural Gas

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PGNiG, Chevron agree to seek shale gas in southwest Poland

By Bob Downing Published: March 31, 2014

From Bloomberg News today:

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Poland’s gas giant PGNiG and Chevron on Monday agreed to jointly hunt for shale gas in southwestern Poland in a move to speed up the exploration amid tension with major gas supplier, Russia.

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Growing water use in Ohio's Utica shale concerns activists

By Bob Downing Published: March 31, 2014

Recently published by the Akron Beacon Journal:

Drillers in eastern Ohio are using more fresh water to hydraulically fracture wells for natural gas and related liquids, and that trend has Ohio activists concerned about future water consumption.

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FracFocus offers public only look at water used in drilling

By Bob Downing Published: March 31, 2014

Recently published by the Akron Beacon Journal:

The searchable FracFocus site is managed by the Ground Water Protection Council and the Interstate Oil and Gas Compact Commission, two intergovernmental agencies. The U.S. Department of Energy provided financial assistance.

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Youngstown's Lupo to be sentenced June 16 for waste dumping

By Bob Downing Published: March 31, 2014

In the news last week:

Youngstown businessman Ben Lupo will know in June if he’ll be sent to a federal prison or get probation.

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Total, Sinopec team up for new drilling near Nanjing, China

By Bob Downing Published: March 31, 2014

From Bloomberg News last week:

By Tara Patel

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NiSource Midstream named northeast midstream company of year

By Bob Downing Published: March 31, 2014

From NiSource Midstream Services last week:

NiSource Midstream Named 2013 Midstream Company of the Year in the Northeast Region

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Spain seeks to overturn anti-fracking ban in La Rioja region

By Bob Downing Published: March 31, 2014

From Bloomberg News recently:

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Dominion Resources files IPO for pipeline limited partnership

By Bob Downing Published: March 31, 2014

From Bloomberg News on Friday:

By Leslie Picker

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Gateway II secures Utica shale interests on 20,000 acres

By Bob Downing Published: March 31, 2014

A press release from last week from Gateway Royalty II LLC:

CARROLLTON, Ohio, March 25, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- via PRWEB - The principals of Gateway II have previously invested approximately $35.0 million through Gateway Royalty, LLC (Gateway) and have secured oil and gas royalty interests under approximately 20,000 acres in the Utica Shale.

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New York attorney general supports methane reduction plans

By Bob Downing Published: March 31, 2014

From the state of New York on Friday:

 

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Eco-group hails new Obama methane strategy

By Bob Downing Published: March 31, 2014

From Environmental America on Friday:

In response to President Obama’s proposed methane strategy today, Environment America’s federal global warming program director Julian Boggs issued the following statement:

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Pennsylvania judge eases restrictions on anti-fracking activist

By Bob Downing Published: March 31, 2014

From the Associated Press on Friday:

By MICHAEL RUBINKAM

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New American oil milestone is a fracking big deal

By Jim Mackinnon Published: March 27, 2014

Fracking has tremendously boosted U.S. oil production, the federal goverrnment reports.

The American Interest's blog The Feed calls the latest figures a milestone for America.

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Change of plea hearing set for Lupo in Youngstown dumping case

By Bob Downing Published: March 19, 2014

From the Associated Press today:

A change of plea hearing has been set for the former senior official of a northeast Ohio wastewater company charged with violating the federal Clean Water Act.

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Eco-groups want to included in U.S. DOE's methane meetings

By Bob Downing Published: March 19, 2014

From 22 eco-groups today:

Chesapeake Climate Action Network * Delaware Riverkeeper Network * Lehigh Valley Gas Truth * The Shalom Center * Nature Abounds * Protecting Our Waters (PA) * Jews Against Hydrofracking * Center for Biological Diversity * Earthworks * Catskill Citizens for Safe Energy * Berks Gas Truth * Green Zionist Alliance * Citizen Shale * Pennsylvania Alliance for Clean Water and Air * Food and Water Watch * Greenpeace USA * Breathe Easy Susquehanna County * Clean Water for North Carolina * Green America * Environment America * Illinois Peoples Action * Denton (TX) Drilling Awareness Group

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Eco-groups tell Obama they oppose Cove Point LNG facility

By Bob Downing Published: March 19, 2014

From 16 envir9onmental groups on Tuesday:

National Environmental Leaders to President Obama: Pell-Mell Rush to Export Gas Would Significantly Undercut U.S. Climate Action

Leaders of 16 national and regional groups call on the president to reverse course—and order a full review of the ‘Cove Point’ LNG export project in Maryland as a first step in the right direction


WASHINGTON, D.C.— Leaders of 16 national and regional climate advocacy groups sent a letter to President Obama today, calling on him to revisit proposals to radically expand U.S. exports of fracked and liquefied natural gas, which would significantly undermine his administration’s efforts to tackle the climate crisis. As a first step in the right direction, the letter urges the president to ensure a comprehensive federal environmental impact review for one of the most controversial liquefied natural gas export proposals currently before his administration—the Cove Point facility proposed by Dominion Resources just outside of Washington, D.C. on the Chesapeake Bay.

“President Obama, exporting LNG is simply a bad idea in almost every way. We again implore you to shift course on this disastrous push to frack, liquefy, and export this climate-wrecking fossil fuel,” the letter states.

“As a first step, tell [the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission] to drop its shameful and unacceptably weak permitting process for Cove Point in Maryland. Demand a full Environmental Impact Statement for this massive $3.8 billion project just a short drive from your house. An EIS will put more facts on the table and, we believe, will persuade you and the nation that a pell-mell rush to export gas is a pell-mell rush to global climate ruin,” the letter continues.

Groups signing the letter included 350.org, CREDO, Food & Water Watch, the Center for Biological Diversity, Friends of the Earth and Earthworks, all sponsors of a weekend rally in California that was the largest anti-fracking protest in the state’s history, as well as the Sierra Club, the Energy Action Coalition and Earthjustice. National leaders Bill McKibben and Michael Brune joined a tele-press conference to release the letter.

“From Maryland to California, Americans are taking to the streets to say that climate leaders don’t frack,” said Bill McKibben, co-founder and president of 350.org.

Emerging and credible analyses show that significant expansion of fracking and gas export infrastructure could cripple global efforts to solve climate change, which Secretary of State John Kerry recently called perhaps the “the world's most fearsome weapon of mass destruction.” In fact, the lifecycle greenhouse gas emissions of the LNG export process—including drilling, piping, compressing, liquefying, shipping, re-gasifying, and burning—likely make it as harmful to the climate, or worse than, burning coal overseas. Analysis shows the $3.8 billion Cove Point plan could alone trigger more lifecycle climate change pollution than all seven of Maryland’s existing coal-fired power plants combined.

"President Obama has told us many times that failure to address the climate crisis amounts to the betrayal of our children and future generations, so it would be contradictory for the president to allow the LNG export facility at Cove Point to start operating without a full environmental review," said Sierra Club executive director Michael Brune. "We can't cut climate pollution and simultaneously expand the use of dirty fossil fuels, and we must fully understand the consequences of liquefying fracked natural gas for export. Building new fossil fuel infrastructure keeps America tied to the past. We should be exporting clean energy innovation, not the dirty fuels of the 19th century."

The Cove Point project has faced particularly fierce regional and local resistance in recent months, including a record-large environmental protest in downtown Baltimore in late February and a string of three civil disobedience protests over the past three weeks resulting in arrests across Maryland.

Cove Point would be the first export facility to open fracking operations across the Marcellus Shale to Asian export markets. It would also be built in an area in southern Maryland that is by far the most densely populated human community in the vicinity of any proposed gas export facility in the nation. Despite calls from Maryland health, environmental and community leaders as well as Maryland’s attorney general for a full Environmental Impact Statement on Cove Point, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission announced last week that it would release a more limited and less participatory Environmental Assessment on May 15 of this year.

“Marylanders would certainly have President Obama’s back if he steps in to demand a full federal environmental review of Cove Point—81 percent of state voters expressed support for this more protective type of review in recent polling,” said Mike Tidwell, executive director of the Chesapeake Climate Action Network. “Ultimately, President Obama can and should abandon support for more fracking infrastructure and concentrate on locking in a legacy of new wind turbines and solar panels criss-crossing Maryland and the country—a plan that would create far more jobs than fracking and exporting climate-harming gas.”

View a PDF of the full text and signers of the letter to President Obama: http://org.salsalabs.com/o/423/images/LNG-Export-PresidentObama-Climate-Letter31814.pdf

View the news release online at: http://www.chesapeakeclimate.org/index.php?option=com_k2&view=item&id=3879:national-leaders-to-obama-rush-to-export-gas-would-significantly-undercut-us-climate-action&Itemid=23

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Hilcorp Energy gets permits in Pennsylvania's Lawrence County

By Bob Downing Published: March 19, 2014

Hilcorp Energy got seven permits from the Pennsylvania Department of Envionmental Protection two days after Ohio halted its drilling in Mahoning County, the Youngstown Business Journal reports.

The Ohio drilling was halted after a series of small earthquakes near the Carbon Limestone Landfill where Texas-based Hilcorp is drilling off two pads.

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Lordtown to get $250,000 state grant for drill training center

By Bob Downing Published: March 19, 2014

Lordstown in Trumbull County is in line for a $250,000 state grant for a drilling training center, according to the Youngstown-based Businss Journal.

The Tech Belt Oil and Gas Learning Center would be located on an old Army base, the publication said.

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Grand River Gathering closes on Red Rock Gathering acquisition

By Bob Downing Published: March 19, 2014

From Summit Midstream Partners on Tuesday:

Dallas, Texas (March 18, 2014) – Summit Midstream Partners, LP (NYSE: SMLP) today announced that its wholly owned subsidiary, Grand River Gathering, LLC ("Grand River"), has closed the previously announced acquisition of Red Rock Gathering Company, LLC ("Red Rock") from a subsidiary of Summit Midstream Partners, LLC ("Summit Investments") for total cash consideration of $305.0 million, subject to customary working capital adjustments. The Red Rock drop down was financed with the net proceeds from SMLP’s primary equity offering of 5.3 million common units and borrowings under SMLP’s revolving credit facility.

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WPX Energy names interim senior vice president, CFO

By Bob Downing Published: March 19, 2014

From WPX Energy:

TULSA, Okla. – WPX Energy (NYSE:WPX) today announced that Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer Rod Sailor will resign from the company effective March 31to accept a position at another company.

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New pipeline could boost gas service in N.Y., Pennsylvania

By Bob Downing Published: March 19, 2014

From Williams on Tuesday:

 

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Company microturbines to be used in Utica, Marcellus shales

By Bob Downing Published: March 19, 2014

A press release from Capstone Turbine Corp. on Tuesday.:

 

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Voters in Illinois county reject no-frack referendum

By Bob Downing Published: March 19, 2014

From the Associated Press:

Voters in southern Illinois' Johnson County have rejected a ballot referendum that could have prompted the county's governing board to restrict a form of oil drilling.

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Vallourec, MarkWest win awards from EnergyPoint Research

By Bob Downing Published: March 18, 2014

From Texas-based EnergyPoint Research today:

HOUSTON (March 18, 2014) – To mark its 10th year as the only resource for independent oilfield supplier customer satisfaction ratings and analysis, EnergyPoint Research introduces award trophies for top-rated oil and gas industry suppliers.

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Ohio has 770 drilled Utica wells, 385 wells in production

By Bob Downing Published: March 18, 2014

Ohio has issued a total of 1,148 Utica shales permits, as of March 15.

Of that total, 770 Utica wells have been drilled and 385 wells are in production, says the Ohio Department of Natural Resources' Division of Oil and Gas Resources Management.

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Crude oil pipeline leaks in preserve in southwest Ohio

By Bob Downing Published: March 18, 2014

From the Associated Press:

 Fire officials say oil leaked into a southwest Ohio nature preserve from a crude oil pipeline.

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Happy 65th birthday to hydraulic fracturing or fracking

By Bob Downing Published: March 18, 2014

From the American Petroleum Institute on Monday:

WASHINGTON, March 17, 2014 – With birthday cards and a social media campaign, API celebrated the 65th birthday of the technology that has spurred an energy revolution in America: hydraulic fracturing or fracking.

“Americans have long been energy pioneers, from the 1800’s when the first wells were drilled to today,” said API Director of Upstream and Industry Operations Erik Milito. “As part of that history, on March 17, 1949, we developed the technology to safely unlock shale and other tight formations, and now the U.S. is the world’s largest producer of oil and natural gas.”

 

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Ohio needs independent quake investigation, group says

By Bob Downing Published: March 17, 2014

From FrackFree Mahoning Valley today:

SUMMARY:  MARCH 17 IS THE THIRD ANNIVERSARY OF THE FIRST 2011 EARTHQUAKES WIDELY REPORTED IN YOUNGSTOWN. FRACKFREE MAHONING VALLEY (FFM), A GROUP OF CONCERNED CITIZENS, RELEASES A STATEMENT REGARDING TWELVE, NEW, MARCH, 2014, YOUNGSTOWN – AREA EARTHQUAKES THAT OCCURRED NEAR A HORIZONTAL FRACKING OPERATION. FRACKFREE MAHONING VALLEY CALLS FOR THE OHIO DEPARTMENT OF NATURAL RESOURCES (ODNR) TO IMMEDIATELY RELEASE ALL RECORDS AND DATA TO INDEPENDENT SCIENTISTS AND TO THE PUBLIC TO HELP DETERMINE THE CAUSE OF THE 12 EARTHQUAKES AND TO ENSURE THAT THE HEALTH, SAFETY, AND WELL-BEING OF THE PUBLIC IS PROTECTED

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Drilling Productivity Report from U.S. EIA

By Bob Downing Published: March 17, 2014

From the U.S. Energy Information Administration:

Release Date: March 10, 2014 | Next Release: April 14, 2014 | full report

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Number of quakes on increase in Ohio, elsewhere since 2010

By Bob Downing Published: March 17, 2014

From the Associated Press:

A newspaper analysis finds that the average number of 2.0 magnitude and higher earthquakes occurring in Ohio each year has risen.

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Exxon Mobil eying shale development in western Colorado

By Bob Downing Published: March 17, 2014

From the Associated Press:

Exxon Mobil has edged another step closer to undertaking oil shale research-and-development projects with the Bureau of Land Management’s approval of development plans.

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NiSource makes financial leadership appointment

By Bob Downing Published: March 17, 2014

From NiSource Inc. today:

 

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Chesapeake to spin off Chesapeake Oilfield Operating subsidiary

By Bob Downing Published: March 17, 2014

From Chesapeake Energy Corp. today:

OKLAHOMA CITY--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Mar. 17, 2014-- Chesapeake Energy Corporation (NYSE:CHK) announced today that Chesapeake Oilfield Operating, L.L.C. (COO), its wholly owned subsidiary, has filed a Registration Statement on Form 10 with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. COO currently conducts the operations of Chesapeake’s oilfield services division, Chesapeake Oilfield Services (COS).

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Ohio expects 19,000 Utica wells in next 19 years, report says

By Bob Downing Published: March 18, 2014

Ohio is projecting that more than 19,000 new Utica shale wells for natural gas and liquids will be drilled in eastern Ohio in the next 19 years.

That’s how many wells would fit on the 3 million acres in eastern Ohio without any Utica shale wells at the moment, said Ohio state geologist Mike McCormac in his not-yet-released report.

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A blogger looks at Ohio 'frackquakes' in Mahoning County

By Bob Downing Published: March 15, 2014

Blogger Chip Northrup of No Fracking Way has his distinct views on Ohio's "frackquakes," the name he has has given to about a dozen small quakes that may have been triggered by hydraulic fracturing or fracking in Mahoning County.

The Ohio Department of Natural Resources has ordered Texas-based Hilcorp Energy to cease its drilling on two pads in Poland Township, about 15 miles southeast of Youngstown.

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Water contamination, health threats grow from Pa. shale boom

By Bob Downing Published: March 15, 2014

Truthout writer Roger Drouin looks at water pollution and health threats in the Marcellus shale boom in Pennsylvania.

Click  here  to read his story that was posted on Friday.

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ANR Pipeline to reverse flows to get shale gas to Gulf Coast

By Bob Downing Published: March 15, 2014

TransCanada Corp.'s ANR Pipeline plans to reverse flows and ship natural gas from the Marcellus and Utica shales to the Gulf Coast.

The company is kicking off an open season.

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Gastar to drill first Utica well, bring 13 Marcellus wells online

By Bob Downing Published: March 15, 2014

From Texas-based Gastar Exploration earlier this week:

J. Russell Porter , Gastar's President and CEO, stated, " Gastar's fourth quarter results partially reflect the benefits of our recent acquisitions and divestitures, which resulted in a more favorable production mix with 39% of total volumes comprised of higher-value liquids. As a result, revenue from production and adjusted EBITDA were up sharply quarter over quarter, as well as year over year. We believe our recent acquisitions will result in significant future production growth that will yield solid returns going forward."

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Kinder Morgan to move Marcellus, Utica gas to Gulf Coast

By Bob Downing Published: March 14, 2014

From Kinder Morgan on Friday:

HOUSTON--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Mar. 14, 2014-- Kinder Morgan today reconfirmed its 2014 financial dividend and distribution guidance for Kinder Morgan, Inc. (NYSE: KMI), Kinder Morgan Energy Partners, L.P. (NYSE: KMP), Kinder Morgan Management, LLC (NYSE: KMR) and El Paso Pip eline Partners, L.P. (NYSE: EPB), and at KMP expects to generate distributable cash flow per unit nicely in excess of its budget targets.

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Pennsylvania gas-to-liquids plant wins prelimianry approval

By Bob Downing Published: March 14, 2014

A proposed gas-to-liquids processing plant in Berks County, Pennstlvania, has won preliminary approval, NPR reports.

The plant is being developed by EmberClear.

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Crude oil shipments by rail jumped 83 percent in 2013

By Bob Downing Published: March 14, 2014

From the Associated Press:

The number of carloads of crude oil U.S. railroads delivered last year surged 83 percent over 2012 as concerns about the shipments grow.

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16 percent of Europe's natural gas flows through Ukraine

By Bob Downing Published: March 14, 2014

From the U.S. Energy Information Administartion today:

Mar 14, 2014

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Rock Oil Holdings has $250 million in equity, eyes Utica shale

By Bob Downing Published: March 14, 2014

From Rock Oil Holding LLC:

DENVER, HOUSTON, and LONDON, March 13, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Rock Oil Holdings LLC ("Rock Oil" or the "Company"), a newly-formed, Denver and Houston-based oil and gas company today announced an equity commitment of up to $250 million from funds managed by energy private equity firm Riverstone Holdings LLC ("Riverstone") and additional amounts from the Company's management team. The Riverstone commitment comprises up to $167 million from Riverstone Global Energy and Power Fund V ("Fund V") and up to $83 million from Riverstone Energy Limited ("REL").

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Magnum Hunter to begin flowing eight Marcellus, Utica wells

By Bob Downing Published: March 14, 2014

From Magum Hunter Resources today:

 

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Guernsey County getting four hotels, thanks to shale boom

By Bob Downing Published: March 14, 2014

Cambridge in Ohio's Guernsey County has 10,555 residents.

It is also getting four new hotels -- thanks to the Utica shale boom.

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McClendon has raised $3 billion to drill in Utica shale

By Bob Downing Published: March 14, 2014

Aubrey McClendon has raised another $1.25 billion from investors, bringing his Utica shale treasury to $3 billion, according to published reports.

McClendon is the former CEO of Chesapeake Energy and current CEO of Oklahoma-based American Energy Partners.

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Utica natural gas fuels plans for Ohio gas-fired power plants

By Bob Downing Published: March 14, 2014

From Energy in Depth-Ohio blogger Shawn Bennett earlier this month:

Currently, there are plans to construct at least three new natural gas-fired power plants in Ohio, owing to the state’s newfound bounty of natural gas from the Utica Shale. While it is no secret that shale development is bringing prosperity to eastern Ohio — with an influx of billions of dollars in investment and creating tens of thousands of high-paying jobs — utilities are also recognizing that natural gas prices are also well below the national average, which is due in large part to abundant supplies of natural gas right under our feet.

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200 groups against fast-tracking approval for U.S. LNG exports

By Bob Downing Published: March 14, 2014

From Americans Against Fracking on Thursday:

Washington, D.C.— Following a push by the Obama administration and House Speaker John Bohener to fast-track natural gas exports as leverage against Russia in the growing tensions between the nation and Ukraine, Americans Against Fracking and allied organizations today called on President Obama, Secretary of State John Kerry and the United States Congress to reject plans to export liquefied natural gas (LNG) overseas. As exporting oil and gas overseas will accelerate fracking in the U.S., over 200 organizations signed on to the letter, urging lawmakers to protect U.S. communities, their economies and their vital resources from fracking.

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Eco-groups get another chance in Wyoming disclosure case

By Bob Downing Published: March 14, 2014

From the Associated Press on Thursday:

A Wyoming Supreme Court ruling Wednesday will give environmentalists another chance to argue in favor of public disclosure of the ingredients in the chemical products used in hydraulic fracturing in the state.

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Shell to cut capital spending in U.S. after shale setbacks

By Bob Downing Published: March 14, 2014

From the Associated Press on Thursday:

Shell’s Chief Executive Officer Bem van Beurden says the company will cut capital spending in the U.S. by 20 percent in 2014 after setbacks in its shale gas operations and in Alaska.

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Rice Energy running two rigs in Marcellus, one rig in Utica

By Bob Downing Published: March 13, 2014

From Rice Energy today:

Highlights

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Record natural gas storage expected in 2014, EIA says

By Bob Downing Published: March 13, 2014

From the U.S. Energy Information Administration today:

Mar 13, 2014

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FERC to issue Cove Point LNG assessment on May 15

By Bob Downing Published: March 13, 2014

From Domion on Wednesday:

Mar 12, 2014

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Fracking boom could boost California quake risks, groups say

By Bob Downing Published: March 13, 2014

From three eco-groups today:

 

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ProPublica looks at Chesapeake royalty payments to landowners

By Bob Downing Published: March 13, 2014

From ProPublica today:

Chesapeake Energy's $5 Billion Shuffle

When Chesapeake Energy, one of the nation's largest oil and gas companies, was facing a financial crisis at the end of 2011, it managed to execute an adroit escape -- raising nearly $5 billion by gouging rural landowners out of royalty payments they were supposed to receive in exchange for allowing the company to drill for natural gas on their property, ProPublica's Abrahm Lustgarten reports.

In his new investigation, Lustgarten explains that drilling companies like Chesapeake can levy any fees they want for moving gas through gathering lines to the nation's interstate pipelines. Chesapeake took full advantage of this by selling a significant portion of its local pipelines system to Access Midstream, a newly formed company that evolved out of Chesapeake itself, for $4.76 billion in much-needed cash.

Chesapeake agreed to repay Access along with a 15 percent return by sending much of the gas it discovered for at least the next decade through its pipes at an inflated cost. The added fees would be taken out of royalty payments --
forcing landowners to cover the principal and interest on what amounts to a multi-billion dollar loan from Access.

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Group calls for Ohio drilling moratorium after Mahoning quakes

By Bob Downing Published: March 13, 2014

From Food and Water Watch on Wednesday:

 

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Pennsylvania sets March 25-26 hearings on Hilcorp's plans

By Bob Downing Published: March 13, 2014

The fight over whether a Texas company can drill for gas in Western Pennsylvania without consent from landowners will have a formal public hearing with state officials this month.

The state Department of Environmental Protection has assigned a hearing officer to take arguments and testimony from department officials, the driller Hilcorp Energy Co. and landowners on March 25 and 26 in New Castle. The notice Tuesday was the first public word in months from the DEP on how it will manage a dispute over where Hilcorp will be allowed to drill for gas in the Utica shale under Lawrence and Mercer counties.

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EIA chief comments on U.S. short-term energy outlook

By Bob Downing Published: March 13, 2014

From the U.S. Energy Information Administartion earlier this week:

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

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Foreign demand growing for U.S. refined products, study says

By Bob Downing Published: March 13, 2014

From GlobalData:

US Refined Product Exports Achieve Record Levels in 2013, With Further Opportunities on the Horizon, says GlobalData Analyst

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Kasich's tax proposal would cost Ohio drillers $874 million

By Bob Downing Published: March 12, 2014

Ohio Gov. John Kasich's plans to collect an estimated $874 million from Ohio's largest oil and gas producers over the next three years has industry officials angry.

On Tuesday, the governor released a 1,600-page overall tax reform package  that would lower individual income taxes by raising taxes on tobacco sales and business - including a brand new tax on oil and gas.

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IGS breaks ground for new CNG station in Trumbull County

By Bob Downing Published: March 12, 2014

From IGS Services today:

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North Dakota investigating illegal dumping of radioactive wastes

By Bob Downing Published: March 12, 2014

From the Associated Press:

 Officials in North Dakota are reporting what may be the state’s biggest incident of illegal dumping of radioactive oil filter socks, the nets that strain liquids during the oil production process.

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LNG exports will help U.S. economy, energy security, API says

By Bob Downing Published: March 12, 2014

From the American Petroleum Insttitute today:

WASHINGTON, March 12, 2014 – Liquefied natural gas (LNG) exports will grow the U.S. economy while strengthening the energy security of America and its allies, including Ukraine, said API Director of Upstream and Industry Operations Erik Milito on a conference call today.

“For the first time in generations, the United States is an energy superpower,” said Milito. “And the world – especially Europe and countries like Russia, China, and India – is watching closely to see if American policymakers are ready to harness that power on the international stage.

“Now is the time to build our energy infrastructure, expand exports, and lock in the economic and geopolitical opportunities that our energy revolution has created. To do that, we need continued support from policymakers in Washington to build LNG export terminals.

“Our allies know U.S. exports will undoubtedly have an impact long before the first tanker leaves our shores, and they are eager to diversify their energy supplies with reliable, steady supplies from the United States.

“By accelerating exports, we can strengthen the global energy market against future disruptions and send a signal to the world that the United States is ready to lead. Our growth as a major exporter would bring competition into the market and help ease the ties that bind our allies to any single supplier.

“The U.S. Department of Energy commissioned a study by NERA, which concluded that LNG exports would yield net economic benefits across all scenarios. The study also showed that concerns about domestic natural gas prices were unfounded.

“The only thing standing between America and a steady flow of jobs and capital are self-imposed bureaucratic restrictions.”

For the full text for Milito’s remarks, click here.

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

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Heating fuel expenditures especially propane rise this winter

By Bob Downing Published: March 12, 2014

From the U.S. Energy Information Administration today:

Mar 12, 2014

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11 quakes reported March 4-10 near Mahoning County drill site

By Bob Downing Published: March 12, 2014

Seismic experts report that there were 11 small earthquakes in Ohio's Mahoning County from March 4-10.

There were five quakes reported in a 25-hour period on Monday and Tuesday when a horizontal well that is being drilled by Texas-based Hilcorp Energy was hydraulically fractured or fracked.

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Mahoning County well was being fracked when quakes hit

By Bob Downing Published: March 12, 2014

From the New York Times Service via AP today:

By HENRY FOUNTAIN

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Big project could help China meet shale energy goals

By Bob Downing Published: March 12, 2014

From Bloomberg News earlier this week:

By Aibing Guo

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Summit Midstream annouces public offering of common units

By Bob Downing Published: March 12, 2014

From Summit Midstream on Monday:

 

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Groups call for Ohio, Pa., West Va. regional severance tax

By Bob Downing Published: March 11, 2014

From Policy Matters Ohio on Monday:

 

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Hilcorp responds to ODNR order after Mahoning earthquakes

By Bob Downing Published: March 11, 2014

Houston-based Hilcorp Energy suspended drilling horizontal wells in the Utica shale in Mahoning County's Poland Township.

The area was hit by up to four small quakes on Monday. The Ohio Department of Natural Resources said no injection wells were nearby and ordered Hilcorp to stop drilling its horizntal wells.

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Ohio has 759 drilled Utica wells, 385 wells in production

By Bob Downing Published: March 11, 2014

Ohio has issued 1,126 Utica shale permits, as of March 8.

Of that total, 759 wells have been drilled with 385 wells in production, says the Ohio Department of Natural Resources.

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Federal task force seeking public comments on FracFocus 2.0

By Bob Downing Published: March 11, 2014

The Secretary of Energy Advisory Board (SEAB) Task Force on FracFocus 2.0 is composed of individuals with expertise and experience charged with reviewing how FracFocus 2.0 houses the information Federal and State regulatory agencies require as part of their regulatory functions with regard to disclosure of the composition and quantities of fracturing fluids injected into unconventional oil and gas wells.

The SEAB FracFocus 2.0 Task Force will examine the following:

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Columbia Pipeline responds to NTSB report on W. Va. explosion

By Bob Downing Published: March 11, 2014

From NiSource's Columbia Pipeline Group on Minday:

Statement from Columbia Pipeline Group on NTSB Report Release

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Drilling efficiencies drive growth in shale drilling, EIA says

By Bob Downing Published: March 11, 2014

From the U.S. Energy Informagtion Administartion today:

Mar 11, 2014

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Ohio halts Mahoning drilling after two small earthquakes

By Bob Downing Published: March 10, 2014

The Ohio Department of Natural Resources today ordered a drilling company to temporarily halt operations in Mahoning County, in the wake of two small earthquakes.

The order affects Hilcorp Energy that has been drilling horizontal wells in Poland Township. It has drilled a dozen wells in the area.

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Small quake hits Lowellville in Ohio's Mahoning County

By Bob Downing Published: March 10, 2014

A magnitude 2.8 earthquake hit Lowellville in Ohio's Mahoning County early today, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

The quake occurred one mile south of the village that sits on the Ohiio-Pennsylvanuia border and at  a depth of 1.2 miles, the federal agency said.

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Utica area smaller than first thought, production still growing

By Bob Downing Published: March 10, 2014

The "sweet spot" in the Utica shale is smaller than first thought.

It stretches from Carroll County in the north to Washington County in the south, but the best wells are being found in the southern counties, private geologist Larry Wickstrom told the Ohio Oil and Gas Association on Friday.

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Indonesia's share of LNG supply drops due to demand growth

By Bob Downing Published: March 10, 2014

From the U.S. Energy Information Administartion today:

After accounting for more than one third of global liquefied natural gas (LNG) exports throughout the 1990s, Indonesia's share of the global market is currently about 7%. This declining share is a result of both growing global LNG demand that is increasingly served by non-Indonesian supply and lower Indonesian exports. While Indonesia's LNG exports have fallen by 40% since 1999—driven by the country's economic growth that has stimulated higher levels of domestic energy consumption, particularly of natural gas—global LNG demand has risen over 150% during the same period.

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Devon Energy, Crosstex complete EnLink midstream deal

By Bob Downing Published: March 10, 2014

Fron Devon Energy on Friday:

 

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Shell develops oil from natural gas with PurePlus technology

By Bob Downing Published: March 10, 2014

From Shell on Friday:

New PurePlus™ Technology results in base oils developed using 40 years of Shell natural-gas-to-liquids innovation.

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Federal panels calls for full chemical disclosure in fracking

By Bob Downing Published: March 8, 2014

From Bloomberg News:

An Energy Department advisory board recommended “full disclosure of all known constituents” in fluids used for hydraulic fracturing, according to a draft report released March 6.

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Halcon Resources won't comment on Lordstown terminal plans

By Bob Downing Published: March 8, 2014

Texas-based Halcon Resources Corp. has announced its intention to suspend Utica shale drilling in eastern Ohio and western Pennsylvania.

The company told the Youngstown-based Business Journal Daily last week that it was "premature" to comment on its plans to build a $70 million transloading facility near Lordstown.

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U.S. drilling rigs increase by 23 this week, Baker Hughes says

By Bob Downing Published: March 8, 2014

From the Associated Press:

 Oilfield services company Baker Hughes Inc. says the number of rigs exploring for oil and natural gas in the U.S. increased by 23 this week to 1,792.

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Shockholders in two companies create new midstream firm

By Bob Downing Published: March 7, 2014

OKLAHOMA CITY & DALLAS—March 7, 2014—Devon Energy Corporation (NYSE: DVN) (“Devon”), EnLink Midstream, LLC and EnLink Midstream Partners, LP today announced the completion of the previously announced transaction to combine substantially all of Devon’s U.S. midstream assets with the assets of the former Crosstex Energy, Inc. and Crosstex Energy, L.P. (collectively, “Crosstex”).  Crosstex Energy, Inc. stockholders overwhelmingly voted in favor of the proposal to adopt the previously announced merger agreement among Crosstex Energy, Inc., Devon and certain of Devon’s subsidiaries.  Following closing, two publicly traded entities will exist: a general partner entity and the master limited partnership, which will operate under the legal names EnLink Midstream, LLC and  EnLink Midstream Partners, LP, respectively (collectively, “EnLink Midstream”). Both EnLink Midstream securities will begin trading on March 10, 2014 on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbols ENLC (the general partner) and ENLK (the master limited partnership).  

 

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Latta hails OOGA report on 2013 Ohio gas, oil production

By Bob Downing Published: March 7, 2014

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Bob Latta (R-Bowling Green), member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee's Energy and Power Subcommittee, today released the following statement after an Ohio Oil and Gas Association report confirmed Ohio as a leader in natural gas and oil production with the development of Utica shale. According to the report, which was released at the organization's annual meeting, oil production nearly doubled and natural gas production grew by nearly two and a half times in Ohio from 2012 to 2013. 

 

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Oklahoma human-induced quake triggered bigger quake

By Bob Downing Published: March 7, 2014

From the U.S. Geological Survey today:

PASADENA, Calif. — In a new study involving researchers at the U.S. Geological Survey, scientists observed that a human-induced magnitude 5.0 earthquake near Prague, Oklahoma in November 2011 may have triggered the larger M5.7 earthquake less than a day later. This research suggests that the M5.7 quake was the largest human-caused earthquake associated with wastewater injection.

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Group is opposed to American LNG exports to Ukraine

By Bob Downing Published: March 7, 2014

From Americans Against Fracking:

Washington, D.C.— “The unfolding crisis in the Ukraine and the related tensions between Russia and the European Union have become one more justification for increasing the production of natural gas in the United States and exporting it to Europe.

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Oil transported by rail to get more testing, DOT says

By Bob Downing Published: March 7, 2014

From the Associated Press:

By MATTHEW BROWN

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Michigan files collusion charges against Chesapeake, Encana

By Bob Downing Published: March 7, 2014

From the Associated Press earlier this week:

 Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette said Wednesday that he has filed criminal charges against Chesapeake Energy Corp. and Encana Corp., accusing them of colluding to avoid bidding against each other for Michigan oil and gas leases.

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Dozen added to Ohio Oil and Gas Association's Hall of Fame

By Bob Downing Published: March 7, 2014

From the Ohio Oil and Gas Association:

COLUMBUS, Ohio, March 6, 2014 — The Ohio Oil and Gas Association (OOGA) welcomed its class of 2014 Hall of Fame inductees during a ceremony held last night as part of the association’s annual Winter Meeting.

The OOGA Hall of Fame, which was created in 1987, honors individuals who have made significant contributions to the advancement of Ohio’s oil and gas industry. The Hall of Fame inducts new members every four years. Inductees are nominated by their industry peers and selected by OOGA’s executive committee. After yesterday’s ceremony, Hall of Fame membership is now 125.

“The individuals selected for the Hall of Fame are passionate about and committed to Ohio’s oil and gas industry,” said David R. Hill, OOGA president. “We thank them for their unwavering support and congratulate them for achieving the industry’s highest honor in Ohio.”

The 2014 OOGA Hall of Fame inductees are:
Fred A. Badertscher — Owner of Buckeye Water Services
Robert D. Barrick — Employee at Tech Star, Inc.
Thomas P. Giusti — Principal at Clark, Schaefer, Hackett & Co.
Steven L. Grose — Partner at Concord Park Energy Development, LLC.
James R. Halloran — Vice president at PNC Wealth Management
Carl Heinrich — Partner at Heinrich Enterprises, Inc.
Dr. William Hlavin — President and owner of Bass Energy, Inc.
Angela Howard — Retired, OOGA member
Thomas E. Niehaus — Principal at Vorys Advisors, former Ohio senate president
Richard C. Poling — Owner of R.C. Poling, Co.
James R. Smail — Owner of J.R. Smail, Inc.
Thomas E. Stewart — Executive vice president, OOGA


About the Ohio Oil and Gas Association
The Ohio Oil and Gas Association is a trade association with more than 3,200 members who are actively engaged in the exploration, development and production of crude oil and natural gas within the state of Ohio. For more information, visit www.ooga.org.

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Ohio oil, natural gas production soar in 2013 with Utica development

By Bob Downing Published: March 6, 2014

COLUMBUS: Oil production in Ohio nearly doubled from 2012 to 2013 and natural gas production grew in that time by nearly 2½ times, according to new report.

The assessment came on Thursday from Peter MacKenzie of the 3,200-member Ohio Oil and Gas Association in a report released at his group’s 67th annual winter meeting.

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Eco-groups wants additional Ohio records on 'Frackgate'

By Bob Downing Published: March 5, 2014

From Food and Water Watch today:

Columbus, Ohio —Troubled by recent revelations about an internal memo drafted in 2012 in which the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) outlined a plan to promote fracking in state parks, Food & Water Watch and allies such as the Sierra Club, the Buckeye Forest Council, the Network for Oil and Gas Accountability and Protection (NEOGAP) and Athens County Fracking Action Network are calling on Governor John Kasich and the ODNR to release records relating to promoting the controversial method of oil and gas drilling.

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Stark State to host drilling class starting on March 17

By Bob Downing Published: March 5, 2014

From Stark State College in Jackson Township:

(North Canton, OH – Jan. 13, 2014) – Stark State College and ShaleNET will offer a three-week floor hand class beginning March 17.

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ProPublica taking fresh look at fracking health issues

By Bob Downing Published: March 5, 2014

From ProPublica today:

Drilling for Certainty: The Latest in Fracking Health Studies

In 2011, when ProPublica first reported on the health problems afflicting people living near gas drilling operations, only a handful of health studies had been published. Three years later, the science is far from settled, but there is a growing body of research to consider,
ProPublica's Naveena Sadasivam reports today.

Some highlights of Sadasivam's roundup:

 

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Maryland court backs Dominion on Cove Point LNG exports

By Bob Downing Published: March 5, 2014

Maryland's second-highest court has upheld a judge's ruling that the Cove Point gas facility can be converted to be used for exports, siding with the company that owns the plant and against an environmental group.

The Sierra Club argued in court that a 2005 agreement between the organization and the plant's owner, Dominion, prevents it from being used as a base for sending liquefied natural gas abroad.

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New study looks at methane migration polluting ground water

By Bob Downing Published: March 5, 2014

Ground water may be contaminated by migrating methane or natural gas.

A new study in the Bulletin of American Association of Petroleum Engineers looks  at 2,300 gas and water samples from 224 gas wells and 67 private ground-water wells in the Marcellus shale of Pennsylvania.

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BP to form new business unit to develop U.S. onshore oil, gas

By Bob Downing Published: March 5, 2014

From Bloomberg News on Tuesday:

March 4 (Bloomberg) -- BP Plc, the third-largest European energy producer by market value, will form a separate business to manage its onshore oil and natural gas assets in the continental U.S. to make them more competitive.

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Transco pushes pipelines to get more gas to NYC by next winter

By Bob Downing Published: March 5, 2014

From Williams Partners:

Williams Partners' (NYSE:WPZ) Transco reported a key regulatory milestone on two related projects designed to increase natural gas delivery capacity to Brooklyn and Queens in time for next winter's heating season.

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Ukraine unrest adds to push for U.S. LNG exports, API says

By Bob Downing Published: March 5, 2014

From the American Petroleum Institute today:

WASHINGTON, March 5, 2014 ─ Recent unrest in Ukraine has sparked renewed calls for the Department of Energy to quickly approve long-delayed exports of U.S. liquefied natural gas (LNG). API Director of Upstream and Industry Operations Erik Milito welcomed the focus on LNG exports and reiterated that U.S. exports would serve as a valuable option for U.S. allies in Europe and around the world.

“Our allies in Europe are eager for a reliable partner to enter the marketplace as a stable, secure source of natural gas, and American industry is ready to make that happen,” said Milito. “Thanks to the U.S. energy revolution, America is now the world’s leading producer of natural gas, which means that our LNG exports could significantly strengthen the global energy market against crisis and manipulation. That’s a win-win for our economy and for our friends.

“Unfortunately, the slow pace of federal approval for U.S. LNG export facilities has stalled the construction of infrastructure, weakening our competitive position. Accelerating that regulatory process would not only reduce our trade deficit and create jobs here in the U.S., it would bolster the geopolitical power of the U.S. and provide security to our allies.”

Milito also cited a recent study of U.S. job gains and economic growth associated with future exports of LNG. According to the report, by ICF International, the economic benefits of LNG exports will extend far beyond natural gas-producing states, driving national job growth and increasing demand for U.S. steel, cement, equipment, and other goods.

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

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Study says women, minorities to increasingly fill gas, oil jobs

By Bob Downing Published: March 5, 2014

From the American Petroleum Institute today:

WASHINGTON, March 5, 2014 – Minorities are projected to fill an unprecedented number of jobs in the oil, natural gas and petrochemical industries—increasing from one-quarter of total jobs in 2010 to one-third by 2030—according to a new IHS report sponsored by API.

“The oil and natural gas industry pays wages significantly higher than the national average and can provide tremendous career opportunities for women and minorities,” said Jack Gerard, API President and CEO. “To lower unemployment and shrink the income inequality gap without spending a dime of taxpayer money, we encourage President Obama to embrace this pro-development energy opportunity.”

Of up to 1.3 million new job opportunities in the oil, natural gas and petrochemical industries predicted by 2030, almost 408,000 positions—32 percent of the total—are projected to be held by African American and Hispanic workers, according to the report. Women are estimated to fill 185,000 of those jobs, and 63 percent of new job opportunities will be in blue collar professions.

“We have the natural resources and the technology to be a global energy superpower with all the economic and national security benefits that entails,” Gerard said. “Smart energy policy will create tremendous opportunity for hundreds of thousands of workers –from those with just a high school diploma and some post-secondary training to those with post-graduate degrees.”

"As the study highlights job opportunities, it signals the tremendous need to prepare African Americans, Hispanics and Women to be ready to fill the workforce gap", said Paula Jackson, president and CEO of the American Association of Blacks in Energy. "These jobs in the oil and natural gas industry don't just put people to work, they help to transform communities."

“This powerful and important report is a road map for workforce development stakeholders to align the content of their training with a sense of urgency to adequately prepare people for energy jobs,” said José L. Pérez, chairman and CEO Of Hispanics In Energy. “Energy job replacement and growth is a clear pathway for diverse communities to rise from poverty to middle-class, what a rare opportunity."

The IHS report, Minority and Female Employment in the Oil & Gas and Petrochemical Industries (2014), examines the employment outlook of African American and Hispanic workers and employment by gender in six industry segments: the upstream, midstream, and downstream sectors of the oil and gas industry; petrochemical industry; capital investment in oil and natural gas transportation and storage infrastructure; and capital investment in the petrochemicals industry.

API is the only national trade association representing all facets of the oil and natural gas industry, which supports 9.8 million U.S. jobs and 8 percent of the U.S. economy. API’s more than 590 members include large integrated companies, as well as exploration and production, refining, marketing, pipeline, and marine businesses, and service and supply firms. They provide most of the nation’s energy and are backed by a growing grassroots movement of more than 20 million Americans.

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Billiron CEO expects U.S. to maintain shale development lead

By Bob Downing Published: March 5, 2014

From Bloomberg News on Tuesday:

By David Wethe

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Financial incentives boost U.K. shale development, study says

By Bob Downing Published: March 5, 2014

A press release received on Tuesday:

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

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EV Energy Partners still trying to sell Utica acreage

By Bob Downing Published: March 4, 2014

Texas-based EV Energy Partners is still working to sell off a portion of its Utica shale holdings in eastern Ohio.

The company had announced previously that plan.

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Columbus company will not be processing shale drill cuttings

By Bob Downing Published: March 4, 2014

A recent release from RadioactiveWasteAlert.org.

 

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Ohio activist groups call for resignation of ODNR director

By Bob Downing Published: March 4, 2014

Letter from15  Ohio activist groups seeking resignation of ODNR director:



 

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Anadarko Petroleum releases 2014 capital guidance

By Bob Downing Published: March 4, 2014

From Anadarko Petroleum today (statement makes no mention of Utica shale):

HOUSTON, TX -- (Marketwired) -- 03/04/14 -- Anadarko Petroleum Corporation (NYSE: APC) today announced its 2014 capital expectations and guidance, concurrent with the company's Investor Conference in Boston, Mass.

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MarkWest opens Hopedale fractionation plant in Jewett

By Bob Downing Published: March 4, 2014

Lost in the crush of fourth quarter 2013 and year-end announcements is the opening of the Hopedale Fractionation Facility in Harrison County.

MarkWest Energy Partners announced last week that the new facility began operations in January.

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Study says cracker would boost West Virginia chemical industry

By Bob Downing Published: March 4, 2014

From a press release received late last week:

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – The presence of an ethylene cracker and associated polyethylene plants would be a catalyst for even more investment, revitalizing the chemical industry in West Virginia and the region, according to a new study.

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Ohio has 750 drilled Utica wells, 385 wells in production

By Bob Downing Published: March 4, 2014

Ohio has approved 1,123 Utica shale permits, as of March 1.

That includes 750 drilled wells, of which 385 are in production, reports the Ohio Department of Natural Resources.

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Halcon Resources suspends Utica drilling in Ohio, Pennsylvania

By Bob Downing Published: March 3, 2014

Texas-based Halcon Resources has suspended drilling operations in the Utica shale in eastern Ohio and western Pennsylvania.

The suspension was confirmed today in an email from the company.

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State to hold meeting on Carroll County gas-fired power plant

By Bob Downing Published: March 3, 2014

The Ohio Power Siting Board is holding a public hearing on Thursday on a 700-megawatt electric generation plant in Carroll County.

The hearing on the $800 million plant that will burn natural gas to produce electricity will begin at 6 p.m. at the Carrollton High School fine arts room, 252 Third St. NE, Carrollton.

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Williams Partners acquires Canadian assets in Alberta

By Bob Downing Published: March 3, 2014

From Williams Partners late last week:

Williams Partners L.P. (NYSE: WPZ) today announced that it has completed the transaction to acquire Williams' (NYSE: WMB) currently in-service Alberta, Canada operations for $1.2 billion (USD). The partnership announced the agreement on Feb. 26.

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U.S. natural gas storage up 2 percent in 2013, EIA says

By Bob Downing Published: March 3, 2014

From the U.S. Energy Information Administration today:

Mar 3, 2014

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500 spots in North Dakota need protection from energy development

By Bob Downing Published: March 3, 2014

From the Associated Press:

The North Dakota Industrial Commission received more than 500 comments from the public on a proposal for places deemed worthy of special protection from energy development.

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Study says drillers can easily plug methane leaks

By Bob Downing Published: March 3, 2014

From Bloomberg News today:

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Devon Energy acquires Eagle Ford assets from GeoSouthern

By Bob Downing Published: March 3, 2014

From Devon Energy on Friday:

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EV Energy Partners, others interested in Ohio's volatile oil window

By Bob Downing Published: March 3, 2014

Drillers in Ohio’s Utica shale are increasingly interested in drilling in what’s been called the volatile oil window.

EV Energy Partners on Monday said it expects to participate financially in at least eight to 10 wells in the volatile oil window in 2014.

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Shale Tidbits 1: Antero Resources

By Bob Downing Published: March 2, 2014

Shale Tidbits 1 from Colorado-based Antero Resources, a major player in Ohio’s Utica shale:

From last week’s investors’ report,  conference with analysts and company statements on fourth quarter 2013 and year-end 2013.

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Shale Tidbits 2: Gulfport Energy Corp.

By Bob Downing Published: March 2, 2014

Shale Tidbits 2 from Oklahoma-based Gulfport Energy, a major player in Ohio’s Utica shale:

From last week’s report to investors, conference call with analysts and statements by the company:

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Shale Tidbits 3: Chesapeake Energy Corp.

By Bob Downing Published: March 2, 2014

Shale Tidbits 3 from Chesapeake Energy Corp. The No. 1 player in Ohio’s Utica shale

From investor reports, an analysts’ call and company statements linked to fourth quarter 2013 and year-end financial and operations reports made last week:

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