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Grass-roots initiative to hold Ohio watershed district accountable

By Bob Downing Published: November 30, 2012

A press release received today:

The Southeast Ohio Alliance to Save Our Water (SOASOW), in affiliation with the FreshWater Accountability Project (www.FWAPOH.com) announced plans today to form a citizens’ group to hold the Muskingum Watershed Conservancy District (MWCD) accountable to property owners and taxpayers within the largest conservancy district in Ohio. This initiative, “Stop MWCD Now,” will pick up from the last organized opposition due to the property owner tax assessment that was justified because of the MWCD’s claim that it provided value-added services for public benefit. “Now that the MWCD has been shown to operate more as a for-profit agency, serving the unconventional shale gas drilling industry, putting property owners’ health, water quality and home values at risk, we can again mount opposition to what we see as a money making agency that cares more about serving themselves and their favored projects than those who live within the district and pay taxes for its operation,” stated Lea Harper, co-founder of SOASOW.

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Drilling, local foods may be at odds in Marcellus shale

By Bob Downing Published: November 30, 2012


 
In a Brooklyn winery on a sultry July evening, an elegant crowd sips rosé and nibbles trout plucked from the gin-clear streams of upstate New York. The diners are here, with their checkbooks, to support a group called Chefs for the Marcellus, which works to protect the foodshed upon which hundreds of regional farm-to-fork restaurants depend. The foodshed is coincident with the Marcellus Shale, a geologic formation that arcs northeast from West Virginia through Pennsylvania and into New York State. As everyone invited here knows, the region is both agriculturally and energy rich, with vast quantities of natural gas sequestered deep below its fertile fields and forests.

In Pennsylvania, the oil and gas industry is already on a tear -- drilling thousands of feet into ancient seabeds, then repeatedly fracturing (or fracking) these wells with millions of gallons of highly pressurized, chemically laced water, which shatters the surrounding shale and releases fossil fuels. New York, meanwhile, is on its own natural-resource tear, with hundreds of newly opened breweries, wineries, organic dairies and pasturized livestock operations -- all of them capitalizing on the metropolitan area's hunger to localize its diet.

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Chemical disclosure from fracking filled with big loopholes

By Bob Downing Published: November 30, 2012

Drilling companies in Texas, the No. 1 drilling state in the United States, were allowed to not disclose all chemicals used in the hydraulic fracturing or fracking process more than 19,000 times in 2012 through August.

Nationally, one in five wells fails to disclose all chemicals involved.

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Industry working to make fracking process greener

By Bob Downing Published: November 30, 2012

Halliburton and three other large oil service companies in 2011 spent $2 billion on research and development of green drilling.

That's up 32 percent from two years earlier.

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West Virginia refinery to expand, thanks to shale development

By Bob Downing Published: November 30, 2012

From the Marcellus Drilling News:

Ergon, Inc., a crude oil processor headquartered in Jackson, MS but with operations in other states, including West Virginia, announced Wednesday there’s enough crude oil flowing from the Marcellus and Utica Shale region that they are investing $78 million to add more refining capacity to their plant in Newell, WV.

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Pennsylvania bank offers special leasing CDs

By Bob Downing Published: November 30, 2012

From the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette:

First National Bank of Pennsylvania is offering special premium rates on CDs to people leasing land to gas drillers.

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New York to kick off December hearings on new fracking rules

By Bob Downing Published: November 30, 2012

From the Associated Press:

A revised set of proposed regulations for hydraulic fracturing natural gas has been released by New York environmental officials who will begin taking public comment on them in December.

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Halcon Resources does not address Ohio lease renegotiations

By Bob Downing Published: November 30, 2012

From the Marcellus Drilling News:

A few weeks ago MDN told you about a new landowners group in Lordstown, Ohio, formed in response to requests from Halcon Resources who is asking landowners in the area to sign modifications to existing 20-50 year-old leases on their property to allow for Utica Shale drilling (see this MDN story). At the time the new Lordstown Regional Landowners Group represented 5,000 of the 31,000 acres in Trumbull and Mahoning counties (Ohio) Halcon had recently purchased the rights to.

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Driller pays $177,500 for West Virginia wetlands violations

By Bob Downing Published: November 30, 2012

From the Associated Press:

A West Virginia natural gas driller will pay $177,500 to settle charges it disturbed wetlands and streams while building well pads and pipelines in Harrison County.

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Gas-oil jobs, pay increase in West Virginia

By Bob Downing Published: November 30, 2012

From the Marcellus Drilling News:

WorkForce West Virginia issued a new report to the WV legislature on Wednesday documenting that employment throughout WV in the oil and gas industry has increased 10% since 2008, and average wages for those workers have gone up 19%. Why? The Marcellus shale, of course.

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Chesapeake subsidiary offering truck fuel conversion kit

By Bob Downing Published: November 29, 2012

From Chesapeake Energy Copr.:

OKLAHOMA CITY--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Nov. 29, 2012-- Peake Fuel Solutions, L.L.C., a wholly-owned subsidiary of Chesapeake Energy Corporation (NYSE:CHK), today announced the development of a new, transformative diesel natural gas (DNG) conversion kit, a product that will help heavy-duty truck operators save up to 30% on their fuel costs.

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New York drilling company sues over local moratorium

By Bob Downing Published: November 29, 2012

From the Associated Press:

By MARY ESCH

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Saudis looking at U.S. shale gas development

By Bob Downing Published: November 29, 2012

The world's largest petrochemical maker by market capitalization is eying the shale gas development in the United States.

SABIC, the Saudi Basic Industries Corp., would like to get started by building one plant in the United States.

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100 protestors removed from ODNR forum in Athens

By Bob Downing Published: November 29, 2012

From the Associated Press:

Around 100 protesters have been escorted from a public forum over injection gas drilling in Athens in southeastern Ohio.

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MIT study says methane from fracked wells is comparable to traditional wells

By Bob Downing Published: November 29, 2012

From Bloomberg News on Nov. 28:

By Mark Drajem

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Three faculty members oppose new Energy Training Center

By Bob Downing Published: November 29, 2012

From the Associated Press:

 Several faculty members at Community College of Philadelphia say their school shouldn’t be accepting funds for a new Energy Training Center from a natural gas industry trade group.

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Natural gas plays key role in new Michigan energy plan

By Bob Downing Published: November 29, 2012

From the Associated Press:

Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder released an energy and environmental policy blueprint.

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Judge says challenge to Longmont's rules can proceed

By Bob Downing Published: November 29, 2012

From the Associated Press:

A Colorado judge says a lawsuit that state regulators filed seeking to strike down some of Longmont's new oil and gas drilling rules can proceed.

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New system detects pipeline leaks from the air

By Bob Downing Published: November 29, 2012

A team of scientists at the University of California, Davis has developed a system to hunt pipeline leaks by plane.

For utility companies, the benefits could be big.

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Battelle, Ohio U get federal funds for shale research

By Bob Downing Published: November 28, 2012

From U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown today:

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Two Ohio research institutions will receive resources for projects to advance sustainable shale development practices. Ohio University in Athens and Battelle Memorial Institute in Columbus will use U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) resources to address potential issues while reducing the environmental impact of shale development.

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Ohio's lack of production data is troubling, analyst says

By Bob Downing Published: November 29, 2012

Hart Energy reports that Ohio's lack of transparency on drilling production data may slow development in the Utica shale.

Thomas Pritchard of California-based Imperial Capital LLC saidat a Pittsburgh conference that the lack of production data from Ohio is troubling, Hart Energy says.

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Does Ohio have enough water to fuel fracking boom?

By Bob Downing Published: November 28, 2012

Interesting tidbit: Ohio gets 30 trillion gallons of rainfall per year.

That factoid is included in Spenser Hunt's story in the Columbus Dispatch on whether Ohio has enough water fro the fracking boom in the Utica shale in eastern Ohio.

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Gulfport hits it big with Ohio's No. 1 well

By Bob Downing Published: November 28, 2012

 

Gulfport Energy Corp. keeps striking it rich.

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Marcellus shale producing 26 percent of U.S. natural gas

By Bob Downing Published: November 28, 2012

From the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette:

The Marcellus shale region now accounts for 26 percent of the country's shale gas production, according to the latest report from the U.S. Energy Information Administration.

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Lordstown landowners seeking more protection, control

By Bob Downing Published: November 28, 2012

From the Youngstown Vindicator:

By Burton Speakman

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Ohio approves six new drilling permits; total to 457

By Bob Downing Published: November 28, 2012

The Ohio Department of Natural Resources has issued 457 permits to drill in the Utica shale through Nov. 24.

The new permits are  two in Harrison County and three in Noble County, according to the Division of Oil and Gas Resources Management.

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Drilling service company closes Zanesville operation

By Bob Downing Published: November 28, 2012

From the Zanesville Times Recorder:
 

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Pennsylvania dealing with affordable housing in drilling areas

By Bob Downing Published: November 28, 2012

From the Associated Press:

An outlay of revenue from drilling impact fees to address affordable housing needs in the Marcellus Shale region will be made next month by the Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency.

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Medina schedules Tuesday public meeting on injection wells

By Bob Downing Published: November 29, 2012

A Medina City Council committee is holding an informational meeting on injection wells on Tuesday, Dec. 4.

The meeting by the Legislative Committee will take place at 6:30 p.m. in the multi-purpose room in the basement of Medina City Hall, 132 N. Elmwood Ave.

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Pennsylvania governor still confident in Shell cracker plant

By Bob Downing Published: November 27, 2012

From the Associated Press:

Posted: Saturday, Nov. 24

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New York finalizes new water-withdrawl regulations

By Bob Downing Published: November 27, 2012

From the Marcellus Effect blog:

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West Virginia top court urges Legislature to update drilling rules

By Bob Downing Published: November 27, 2012

From FrackCheckWV and the Morgantown Dominion Post, Nov. 25:

The state Supreme Court suggested to the Legislature that this week it take a look at surface-owner rights — in particular, possibly granting owners the right to appeal Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) gas well permits.

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Congress displeased with proposed BLM fracking rule

By Bob Downing Published: November 27, 2012

Members of Congress are unhappy with the proposed fracking rule by the federal Bureau of Land Management, reportrs blogger Amy Mall of the Natural Resources Defense Council.

Clcik  here  to read more.

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More money needed to buy Wyoming land from drillers

By Bob Downing Published: November 27, 2012

From the Associated Press:

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Tanker taking LNG across Arctic from Norway to Japan

By Bob Downing Published: November 27, 2012

The tanker Ob River is transporting liquified natural gas from Norway to Japan via the ice-free Arctic ocean.

It is a shipping first.

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Fracking wastes going to Ohio and New York landfills

By Bob Downing Published: November 27, 2012

Low-level radioactive waste from the hydraulic fracturing or fracking process is going to landfill in Ohio and New York.

Ohio says that is not not a problem.

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Shale gas is new economic game changer, historian says

By Bob Downing Published: November 27, 2012

From CNN on Nov. 23:

Hong Kong (CNN) -- If there's been one consistent thread running through the U.S. economic story since 2008, it's been the steady drumbeat of gloom.

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Warm December triggers lower natural gas prices

By Bob Downing Published: November 26, 2012

From Bloomberg News:

Natural gas tumbled the most in 15 weeks as revised forecasts showing an unusually warm start to December signaled reduced demand for heating fuels.

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Chesapeake Energy gets permit for W. Va. labor camp

By Bob Downing Published: November 26, 2012

From the Associated Press:

Chesapeake Energy has received the first permit in Ohio County for a labor camp.

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Activist group plans water testing in Portage County

By Bob Downing Published: November 26, 2012

Concerned Citizens Ohio/Shalersville will test well water for free on Sunday, Dec. 2.

The tests will be offered starting at 3:15 p.m. at the King of Glory Church at Streetsboro Plaza at the corner of state Route 303 and state Route 14.

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ODNR announces open house, Athens County activists upset

By Bob Downing Published: November 26, 2012

The Ohio Department of Natural Resources is holding a public open house from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 28.

It will be held at the state agency's offices on East State Street in Athens.

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Marcellus shale drillers adding green completions

By Bob Downing Published: November 26, 2012

The towering flares that turn night into day in the gaslands are becoming increasingly rare.

More operators are employing reduced-emission completions  -- a "green completion" -- a process in which impurities from hydraulic fracturing are filtered out and the gas is not wasted.

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Company pushing tools for better fracking success

By Bob Downing Published: November 26, 2012

From FrackCheckWV and the Calgary Herald:

The energy industry is pouring vast amounts of horsepower, water and money into shale formations with little or no proof it’s the most cost-effective practice, says Ron Craik, president of Horizontal Well Testing Ltd. This company has patents on testing tools he says will ultimately save money, times and reduce the environmental footprint of horizontal drilling and formation fracturing.

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Fracking grows as threat to the Great Lakes, group says

By Bob Downing Published: November 26, 2012

From FrackCheckWV and Lois Gibbs of the Center for Health, Environment and Justice on Nov. 24:

The Great Lakes hold 20 percent of the world’s fresh surface water. The good news is that legacy contaminants are decreasing more quickly than previously reported in three of the Great Lakes, but have stayed virtually the same in two other lakes, according to new research. Polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), the pesticide DDT and other banned compounds dropped about 50 percent in fish in Lakes Michigan, Ontario and Huron from 1999 through 2009, although there were no significant changes in Lakes Superior and Erie fish, according to the study to be published this month in Science of the Total Environment.

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Ohio is again approving new injection wells

By Bob Downing Published: November 26, 2012

From the Cleveland Plain Dealer and reporter Aaron Marshall on Nov. 23:

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Following a nearly year-long hiatus brought on by a rare earthquake, state regulators are again approving new injection well sites in Ohio, slowly moving the epicenter of waste disposal to Portage County.

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Colorado town is first in state to ban fracking

By Bob Downing Published: November 26, 2012

Longmont is the first town in Colorado to ban hydraulic fracturing or fracking.

Click  here to see the New York Times story about Longmont and its move.

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Could natural gas power America's trains in the future?

By Bob Downing Published: November 26, 2012

Could natural gas be a cleaner, cheaper, more effective fuel for America's trains?

Click  here  to read the story from Houston Chronicle.

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Does Marcellus shale production drop 67 percent in 105 days?

By Bob Downing Published: November 26, 2012

The New York-Pennsylvania blog No Fracking Way cites a U.S. Department of Energy report that indicates that production in the Marcellus shale derops 67 percent in 105 days of production.

That means that those wells will have to repeatedly fracked to keep up production.

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Vehicle fleets are switching to natural gas

By Bob Downing Published: November 26, 2012

From the Associated Press:

If the trash truck or bus rolling down your street seems a little quieter these days, you’re not imagining things. It’s probably running on natural gas.

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Ohio needs to do more to regulate fracking, center says

By Bob Downing Published: November 24, 2012

From the Ohio Enviornmental Law Center:

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Conservation groups debate working with/against drillers

By Bob Downing Published: November 24, 2012

From the Associated Press:

By KEVIN BEGOS

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Pennsylvania company charged will illegal wastewater dumping

By Bob Downing Published: November 23, 2012

The owner of an Williamsport, Pa, trucking company, along with two of his employees, has been charged with dumping thousands of gallons of gas drilling waste water onto the company's grounds without first getting the required state permits, according to the state attorney general's office.

To read more from the Williamsport Sun Gazette, click  here.

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Colorado energy company eyes Ohio's Washington County

By Bob Downing Published: November 23, 2012

Colorado-based PDC Energy Inc. has plans to drill next spring in Ohio's Washington County.

That well will likely be drilled starting in April, the company said in its third-quarter earnings call.

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Interim gas-processing plant opens in Ohio's Harrison County

By Bob Downing Published: November 23, 2012

Colorado-based MarkWest EnergyPartners LP  is operating an interim natural gas-processing plant in Ohio's Harrison County.

The plant in Cadiz began operations this week, said Randy S. Nickerson, MarkWest's senior vice president and chief commercial officer.

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CNX Gas expanding Columbiana County office

By Bob Downing Published: November 23, 2012

From the Marcellus Drilling News and the Salem News:

CONSOL Energy’s CNX Gas subsidiary is expanding its presence at the Columbiana County Port Authority’s industrial park in Leetonia.

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Ohio drilling rig total is steady for week

By Bob Downing Published: November 23, 2012

The number of rigs actively exploring for oil and natural gas in the U.S. rose this week by eight, to 1,817.

In Ohio, that total remained at 26 from the previous week.

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Pennsylvania, other states differ on testing water wells

By Bob Downing Published: November 21, 2012

Pennsylvania's environmental protection chief is defending his agency's controversial system for testing water wells near Marcellus shale operations by saying other states work the same way.

But regulators in those states say that's not true.

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Chesapeake has 230 of 267 wells in three Ohio counties

By Bob Downing Published: November 21, 2012

How big a player is Chesapeake Energy Corp. in Ohio's Utica shale?

The Oklahoma-based energy company has been aggressively drilling in eastern Ohio and has 1.3 million acres under lease.

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Carl Icahn boosts Chesapeake Energy investment

By Bob Downing Published: November 21, 2012

From the Associated Press:

Activist investor Carl Icahn bumped up his stake in Chesapeake Energy, a company where he has already pushed for sweeping changes in governance.

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Gulfport Energy touts its Utrica shale science

By Bob Downing Published: November 21, 2012

Gulfport Energy Corp. has drilled 10 wells in eastern Ohio and has hit the three biggest wells.

It intends to drill 50 wells in Ohio next year.

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New York postpones fracking decision to 2013

By Bob Downing Published: November 21, 2012

From the Associated Press:

A health impact review of shale gas drilling by national experts will make it impossible to meet a looming deadline for new fracking regulations, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Tuesday.

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Maryland mulls pollution insurance for drillers

By Bob Downing Published: November 21, 2012

From the Associated Press:

A state panel that is devising rules for hydraulic fracturing for natural gas in western Maryland may require drillers to have pollution insurance.

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Number of drilling rigs doubles in Utica shale

By Bob Downing Published: November 21, 2012

From the U.S. Energy Information Administration on Nov. 20:

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Ohio drilling permit climb; two more drilling rigs in Ohio

By Bob Downing Published: November 21, 2012

The Ohio Department of Natural Resources has issued 453 permits to drill in the Utica shale through Nov. 17.

That's an increase of 10 permits from Nov. 10.

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Huntington names new managing director, energy banking

By Bob Downing Published: November 20, 2012

From the Business Wire:

Huntington Bank today named Stephen Hoffman managing director, energy banking.

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One-time Pennsylvania drilling opponent signs lease

By Bob Downing Published: November 20, 2012

From the Associated Press:

An author and one-time anti-drilling activist whose family owns a historic 153-acre farm has leased the land to a gas company, saying it's better to work with the industry than to fight it.

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No arrests during Monday protest at Athens County injection well

By Bob Downing Published: November 20, 2012

Here is a follow-up posting on the peaceful Monday protest at an Athens County injection well in southeast Ohio.

Here is the announcement that came to the media late Monday:

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Pittsburgh residents have mixed feelings on drilling, survey says

By Bob Downing Published: November 20, 2012

From the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette:

Pittsburgh residents consider Marcellus Shale drilling both an economic opportunity and an environmental risk, according to a study released by PittsburghTODAY and the University of Pittsburgh’s University Center for Social and Urban Research.

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University of Buffalo closes shale gas institute

By Bob Downing Published: November 20, 2012

From the Associated Press:

The University at Buffalo has closed its new shale gas research institute.

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Protest under way at injection well in Athens County

By Bob Downing Published: November 19, 2012

An unspecified number of protestors rallied this morning at an injection well near Athens in southeast Ohio.

Here is the press release announcing the event:

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Op-ed column: Fracking flowback is costly

By Bob Downing Published: November 19, 2012

From FrackCheckWV:

Here's an an op-ed column that ran in the Charleston Gazette written by S. Thomas Bond, a retired chemistry professor at Salem College in West Virginia:

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High methane levels found at Australia coal fracking site

By Bob Downing Published: November 19, 2012

Environmental researchers have detected excess greenhouse gas levels near the site of Australia's biggest coal seam gas field, prompting calls for halting expansion of hydraulic fracturing until scientists can determine whether it might be contributing to climate change.

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Study looks at health issues, drilling in southwest Pa.

By Bob Downing Published: November 19, 2012

Three Appalachian nurses visited 14 women in southwestern Pennsylvania to talk about health problems and drilling into the Marcellus shale.

The women live in Washington, Greene and Fayette counties.

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Fracking liquids unlikely to leak from shale wells

By Bob Downing Published: November 19, 2012

One of the enduring fears about shale gas extraction is that the millions of gallons of chemical-laden water drillers pump into the ground will, over time, migrate into aquifers and contaminate groundwater supplies.

But it appears that is an unlikely scenario, according to EnergyWire.

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Cities league to vote on water protection resolution

By Bob Downing Published: November 19, 2012

From FrackCheckWV;

by Duane Nichols on November 16, 2012

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West Virginia-based SkyTruth unveils new drilling database

By Bob Downing Published: November 17, 2012

From EcoWatch on Nov. 14:

Today, SkyTruth released a database created from more than 27,000 industry reports on the chemicals used in hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking.”

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Shale gas is projected to create 3.5 million American jobs

By Bob Downing Published: November 17, 2012

Shale gas could produce 3.5 million jobs in the next 23 years, according to a new report by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce's Institute for 21st Century Energy.

Click  here  to see an injterview with the institute's Karen Harbert.

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Federal judge throws out 'force majeure' case in New York

By Bob Downing Published: November 17, 2012

From the Marcellus Effect:

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Is radium from fracking rock a health threat from shale drilling?

By Bob Downing Published: November 17, 2012

It is no secret that low-level radiation comes from the Utica and Marcellus shales during the fracking process.

It gets into the fracking liquid/wastewater that must be safely handled back at the surface.

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Battle escalates between driller and Pa. legislator

By Bob Downing Published: November 17, 2012

Was it the smaller-than-expected campaign donation he collected from a Range Resources event and declined request for a ride to the Super Bowl that sparked the conflict between the energy firm and outspoken Democratic Rep. Jesse White?

Or, as he describes, did his shift from someone who described Range in 2009 as a company "committed to doing all the right things" to one who skeptically questions it begin when the firm exerted legal pressure on local municipalities?

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Shale gas will drive economy for generations, Texas CEO

By Bob Downing Published: November 16, 2012

Shale gas will be a economic focal point for generations to come, according to Texas-based Tudor, Pickering, Holt & Co. CEO Bobby Turner.

Click  here  to read the full story on FuelFix.

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D&L Energy seeks permit for new injection well

By Bob Downing Published: November 16, 2012

From the Youngstown Vindicator:

By Burton Speakman

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Water is fracking issue in Utah, Wyoming, Colorado

By Bob Downing Published: November 16, 2012

From the Denver-based Sportsmen for Responsible Energy Development:

Commercial oil shale development in Utah, Wyoming and Colorado would require large volumes of water, threatening Western water supplies and jeopardizing fish and wildlife, according to a reportreleased Thursday by Sportsmen for Responsible Energy Development.

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Antero Resources is preferred driller at Ohio's Seneca Lake

By Bob Downing Published: November 16, 2012

 

NEW PHILADELPHIA: The Muskingum Watershed Conservancy District today said it intends to seek a drilling lease with Antero Resources for district-owned land at Seneca Lake.

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ProPublica looks at U.S. pipeline safety

By Bob Downing Published: November 15, 2012

From ProPublica Communications:

"Since 1986, pipeline accidents have killed more than 500 people, injured over 4,000, and cost nearly $7 billion dollars in property damages," ProPublica's Lena Groeger reports. Using government data, she's mapped out thousands of these incidents -- spanning from San Bruno, CA to Allentown, PA -- in an interactive news application , which provides detailed information about the cause and costs of reported pipeline incidents going back nearly three decades.

Groeger explains that, "One of the biggest problems contributing to leaks and ruptures is pretty simple: pipelines are getting older. More than half of the nation's pipelines are at least 50 years old." Corrosion, weld failures, and unforeseen natural disasters like Hurricane Sandy also lead to dozens of incidents a year.

And while two laws established a federal role in pipeline safety in the '60s and '70s, the then-new rules didn't apply to pipelines that already existed. Older pipelines were essentially grandfathered into less stringent testing, Groeger writes, and old pipelines in rural areas are often also neglected.

She goes on to note the problems caused by "gathering lines" which lack any regulation by the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA); serious incidents, like the one in Michigan's Kalamazoo River, which cost $800 million and remains the most expensive pipeline spill in U.S. history; and possible (but expensive) safety measures that may help prevent such incidents in the future.

Read the full report here -
http://www.propublica.org/article/pipelines-explained-how-safe-are-americas-2.5-million-miles-of-pipelines - and see Groeger's Pipeline Safety Tracker of major pipeline accidents from 1986 to the present.

 

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Differing views on Utica shale's oil potential

By Bob Downing Published: November 15, 2012

Two energy company chief executive officers defended the oil potential of Ohio's Utica shale.

The comments came from Texas-based EnerVest CEO John Walker and Oklahoma-based Gulfport Energy Corp. CEO James Palm and appeared to contradict earlier comments by Cheasapeake Energy Corp. CEO Aubrey McClendon.

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Concerned Citizens Ohio to meet Dec. 1 in Streetsboro

By Bob Downing Published: November 15, 2012

The anti-fracking grass-roots group, Concerned Citizens Ohio-Shalersville, will meet on Dec. 1 with four speakers.

The program will be at 7:30 p.m. at the King of Glory Church, 1667 Streetsboro Plaza.

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Ohioans concerned about $2 billion Chesapeake loan

By Bob Downing Published: November 14, 2012

Chesapeake Energy Corp. got a $2 billion loan, and that has a few Ohioans concerned.

Read more in a report from Crain's Cleveland Business.

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Higher taxes on drillers could discourage development, API says

By Bob Downing Published: November 14, 2012

From the American Petroleum Institute:

API Senior Director of Federal Relations Khary Cauthen said on Tuesday that targeting the U.S. oil and natural gas industry for higher taxes could discourage new development, costing jobs, energy production, and eventually even revenue to the government. He said API was running print and broadcast advertising to help educate Americans on the issue:

“As the recent election campaigns demonstrate, Americans are paying attention to energy issues. Taxes on the industry are a key energy issue, and, as our Election Day polling showed, voters are skeptical about targeting the industry for higher taxes. Today, to encourage members of Congress who are part of that conversation with voters, we’re launching new television and print advertising inside the beltway and in selected states.

“Targeting our industry for tax hikes is based on a mistaken assumption: that we don’t pay our fair share of taxes and are heavily subsidized. In fact, we pay more in corporate taxes than any other sector. And we pay at higher effective tax rates. We deliver more total revenue to the government.

“The oil and natural gas industry is already an engine of revenue for our nation, and it’s ready to do its part under broader tax reform. Targeted additional taxes on oil and gas are the wrong approach for what’s needed to rebuild our economy and get our fiscal house in order. More energy development produces more jobs, revenue and energy. More taxes produce less of all three.”
 

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Pennsylvania DEP adds disclaimer to reporting web page

By Bob Downing Published: November 14, 2012

From the Associated Press:

The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection has added a disclaimer to its Marcellus shale natural gas reporting web page.

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Fracking won't deliver U.S. energy independence, study says

By Bob Downing Published: November 14, 2012

A press releasse from Food & Water Watch:

 A new report released today by the national consumer advocacy organization Food & Water Watch takes aim at the oil and gas industry’s claim that fracking and drilling for natural gas and tight oil will deliver U.S. energy security. U.S. Energy Insecurity: Why Fracking for Oil and Natural Gas is a False Solution reveals that as of October 26, 2012 the Department of Energy has received 19 proposals to export liquefied natural gas. If approved, these projects would allow the oil and gas industry to sell huge amounts of natural gas overseas—as much as 40 percent of current U.S. consumption.

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Chesapeake Energy not excited by Utica oil prospects

By Bob Downing Published: November 14, 2012

Ohio’s Utica shale may not produce as much oil as drillers had once envisioned, although energy companies remain very satisfied with the other products they’re finding, according to Chesapeake Energy Corp. CE0 Aubrey McClendon.

The Wall Street Journal reported on Wednesday that McClendon said the Utica shale under eastern Ohio is unlikely to generate a major increase in Chesapeake’s oil production.

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Ohio has issued 443 Utica drilling permits with 186 wells drilled

By Bob Downing Published: November 14, 2012

The Ohio Department of Natural Resources' Division of Oil and Gas Resources Management has issued 443 Utita shale drilling permits.

That total is through Nov. 10.

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Another company looking at building cracker plant

By Bob Downing Published: November 14, 2012

Vinyls producer Georgia Gulf is the newest company to express an interest in building a cracker facility in the United States.

The companies are interested in building cracker facilities to secure cost-effective ways to get more polyethylene feedstock.

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Texas gas-processing firm to produce equipment in Youngstown

By Bob Downing Published: November 14, 2012

From the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette:

A Houston, Texas-based gas processing firm is expanding its presence in Ohio and Pennsylvania with a plan to manufacture oil and gas production equipment in Youngstown, Ohio.

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Ohio resumes permitting for new injection wells

By Bob Downing Published: November 13, 2012

From the Associated Press:

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Ohio began issuing its first new permits today for deep injection of chemically-laced wastewater from oil and gas drilling since a New Year's Eve quake in Youngstown prompted an unofficial statewide moratorium.

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Eco-group disagrees with energy analysis by IEA

By Bob Downing Published: November 13, 2012

From Food & Water Watch, a national eco-group. It is displeased with the International Energy Agency's oil and gas analysis:

Here is the statement of Food & Water Watch Executive Director Wenonah Hauter:

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Report cites risks with drilling near Muskingum reservoirs

By Bob Downing Published: November 13, 2012

A new report by New York water consultant against water leases by the Muskingum Watershed Conservancy District was released today.

The report by Paul Rubin of Hydro Quest was done for the Southeast Ohio Alliance to Save Our Water.

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Landfarms in Texas in spotlight and questions posed

By Bob Downing Published: November 13, 2012

From NPR's State Impact Texas:

Landfarms are privately-owned but state-regulated fields where “low toxicity waste” is thinly spread then tilled into the soil. The tainted waste is supposed to degrade naturally.

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Battelle to help Ohio study drilling wastewater options

By Bob Downing Published: November 13, 2012

Columbus-based Battelle will help the state of Ohio assess which technology works best in handling drilling wastewater.

Battelle will be working with the Ohio Environmental Proptection Ageny and the Ohio Department of Natural resources.

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Ohio landowners' group get warning on changing leases

By Bob Downing Published: November 13, 2012

From the Marcellus Drilling News:

At a meeting of the uber-large Associated Landowners of the Valley (ALOV) landowner group last night in Youngstown, Ohio, lawyer Alan Wenger warned the 500 landowners in the audience that landmen are knocking on doors once again, this time asking landowners already signed to modify their leases.

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Interesting Ohio shale facts from Cambridge conference

By Bob Downing Published: November 13, 2012

From the Marcellus Drilling News:

A recent shale gas conference held in Cambridge, Ohio on Nov. 10 turned up some surprising and interesting facts. One of those facts: Almost 100 percent of the land in Carroll County has been leased for possible Utica shale drilling, or is being held by production.

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Oklahoma company opens fluids facility in Columbiana County

By Bob Downing Published: November 13, 2012

From the Youngstown Vindicator:

By Burton Speakman

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Bromine levels remain troublesome on Allegheny River

By Bob Downing Published: November 13, 2012

From the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette:

Written by Don Hopey / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette on . Posted in Archives

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Lordstown landowners getting Halcon Resources offers

By Bob Downing Published: November 12, 2012

from the Marcellus Drilling News:

Very important for landowners in and around Trumbull County, Ohio: Halcon Resources, which took possession of some 31,000 acres of 20-50 year old gas drilling leases in northeastern Ohio, is approaching landowners about amending their leases to allow drilling in the Utica Shale. It’s a good opportunity for landowners to make money from drilling, but also a good opportunity to negotiate new protections.

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Company working on first Utica well in Trumbull County

By Bob Downing Published: November 12, 2012

From the Marcellus Drilling News:

One month ago Halcon Resources purchased Carrizo Oil & Gas’ northern Utica Shale acreage (15,000 acres) for $43 million (see this MDN story). Halcon is not letting any grass grow under their feet. They are already working on their first Utica Shale well—preparing the site—in Trumbull County, OH. When completed, it will be the first active Utica Shale well in the county:

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Responsible Drilling Alliance holding Tuesday meeting in Pa.

By Bob Downing Published: November 12, 2012

From FrackCheckWV:

The Responsible Drilling Alliance is planning a series of regional membership meetings; the kick off scheduled for the southern tier this Tuesday November 13th in Montgomery, PA, which is in Lycoming County adjacent to Williamsport, PA.

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Ohio bill would require registration of drilling landmen

By Bob Downing Published: November 12, 2012

From the Youngstown Vindicator:

By Burton Speakman

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Supporters say conspiracy grows against drilling industry

By Bob Downing Published: November 12, 2012

From the Associated Press:

Oil and gas industry supporters in Colorado say there is conspiring against the gas drilling industry.

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Sabic seeking to invest in shale gas technologies

By Bob Downing Published: November 12, 2012

From Bloomberg News:

By Wael Mahdi - Nov 12, 2012 10:15 AM ET

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Shell's shale venture in China may be equal to U.S. developments

By Bob Downing Published: November 12, 2012

From Bloomberg News:

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Drilling is everywhere in Ohio

By Bob Downing Published: November 12, 2012

"Ohio's Oil and Gas Opportunity" is the title of a program on Tuesday, Nov. 13, at the Ohio School Board Association's  conference in Columbus.

A panel of four speakers will explain to school administrators and board members what's happening in the Utica shale in eastern Ohio.

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What if the U.S. EPA issues fracking rules?

By Bob Downing Published: November 10, 2012

From the Columbus Dispatch:

Ohio Gov. John Kasich, responding to the re-election of President Brack Obama, said his biggest fear is the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency will soon try to regulate hydraulic fracturing or fracking  in Ohio.
 

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EPA official: Project will provide drilling guidelines

By Bob Downing Published: November 10, 2012

From the Associated Press:

Glenn Paulson, the EPA's science advisor, said Friday that a progress report on the study — mandated by Congress in 2010 — should be released before the end of the year, and a final report in 2014. He spoke at a University of Pittsburgh conference on health impacts of hydraulic fracturing, or fracking.

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Federal government scales back oil shale and tar sands lands

By Bob Downing Published: November 10, 2012

From the Associated Press:

The U.S. Department of the Interior scaled back a Bush administration plan Friday to lease Western range lands for development of oil shale and tar sands, the unconventional sources of oil found in pockets of the Rocky Mountains.

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Texas firm continuing to work on Ohio shale land sales

By Bob Downing Published: November 10, 2012

A Texas-based energy company and its parent are working to complete the sale of a key portion of eastern Ohio holdings, but the deals on an estimated 539,000 acres at the heart of Ohio’s Utica shale are not yet finalized.

EV Energy Partners LP, the publicly traded arm of privately held EnerVest Ltd., expects to complete the sales before Dec. 31, founder and executive chairman John B. Walker said Friday in a teleconference about the company’s third-quarter earnings.

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Ohio could still be in running for desired cracker plant

By Bob Downing Published: November 10, 2012

From Columbus Business First and reporter Jeff Bell:

Ohio’s hopes of landing a coveted “cracker” plant and the jobs and capital investment it would generate may not be dead after all.

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State groups in Akron on Monday to salute operating engineers

By Bob Downing Published: November 10, 2012

The Ohio Energy Resources Alliance and Energy in Depth-Ohio will be in Akron on Monday, Nov. 12, to thank members of the International Union of Operating Engineers Local 18.

The union members will be hailed for their leadership in working to maximize job opportunities in Ohio's Utica shale.

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Landowners' group to meet Monday in Youngstown

By Bob Downing Published: November 10, 2012

Buckeye Mineral Development will hold an invitation-only meeting at 6 p.m. Monday, Nov. 12, in Youngstown.

The meeting of several thousand Ohio landowners will be held at the Covelli Centre.

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Ohio drilling is now comparable to Pennsylvania, West Virginia

By Bob Downing Published: November 9, 2012

From Columbus Business First and Jeff Bell:

Ohio has entered the same league as western Pennsylvania and West Virginia when it comes to drilling activity for shale gas and oil.

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Monongahela River water problem is going away

By Bob Downing Published: November 9, 2012

From the Associated Press:

PITTSBURGH — Researchers at Carnegie Mellon University say a water quality problem in the Monongahela River that may have been linked to Marcellus shale natural gas drilling is going away.

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Colorado water district wants to store water for drillers

By Bob Downing Published: November 9, 2012

From the Denver Post:

A western Colorado water district is fighting for rights to divert and store huge amounts of water from the White River — enough to sustain a large city — for uses that include oil shale industrial development.

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Shale gas poised to be energy star in Obama second term

By Bob Downing Published: November 9, 2012

From EnergyWire:

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Shale job estimates may have been too conservative, expert says

By Bob Downing Published: November 9, 2012

From the Cleveland Plain Dealer and reporter Robert Schoenberger:

CLEVELAND, Ohio -- An influential shale gas researcher said his early estimates of 1 million U.S. manufacturing jobs created by the ongoing energy boom may have been overly conservative.

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Expert says U.S. shale gas will last fewer than 10 years

By Bob Downing Published: November 9, 2012

From the Marcellus Drilling News:

 Bill Powers, editor and writer of the Powers Energy Investor newsletter and someone who has sat on the board of three oil and gas companies and has been an active investor for 25 years, says shale gas supplies in the U.S. have been vastly overhyped.

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Sean, Yoko: Imagine no fracking in New York

By Bob Downing Published: November 9, 2012

Yoko Ono and her son, Sean Lennon, have installed a new billboard to attempt to sway New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo.

The message from Artists Against Fracking is: Governor Cuomo, Imagine there's no fracking.

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Legal forum on fracking on Nov. 16 in Cleveland

By Bob Downing Published: November 9, 2012

Case Western Reserve University School of Law is holding a day-long look at legal issues surrounding hydraulic fracturing or fracking on Nov. 16.

The program, "The Law and Policy of Hydraulic Fracturing: Addressing the Issues of the Natural Gas Boom," will run from 9 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. in the moot courtroom (A59) at the law school on Cleveland's east side.

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Ohio Utica shale tidbits

By Bob Downing Published: November 9, 2012

1. Gulfport Energy Corp. reports that its first six horizontal wells in Ohio's Utica shale are averaging 8.17 million cubic feet of natural gas per day, plus 1,006 barrels per day on condensate and 1,111 barrels of natural gas liquids.

That averages out to 3,479 barrels of oil equivalents per day for those six wells.

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Mahoning County city to get fracking wastewater plant

By Bob Downing Published: November 9, 2012

From the Marcellus Drilling News:

ESI Enviro wants to build a new $5 million Utica and Marcellus shale wastewater treatment facility in Campbell, Ohio, along the Mahoning River. The mayor of Campbell, Bill Vansuch, is in favor it. The city has been under water financially (in receivership) since 2004 and the revenue from the plant would be a big boost in revenue for the city.

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What does Obama re-election mean for energy industry?

By Bob Downing Published: November 8, 2012

From Emily Petsko of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette:

While the results of last night's election are beginning to sink in, many are already looking to the next four years and questioning whether President Obama's stance on energy will shift or remain the same. Here are some highlights from promises the President made during his campaign and previous energy policies of his administration:

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Gulfport gets 3D images of Utica shale geology

By Bob Downing Published: November 8, 2012

Gulfport Energy Corp. has contracted with a Texas-based company to prepare a 3D digital image of the geology in Ohio's Utica shale.

That work was done by Ingrain Inc., based in Houston. It is a digital rock physics lab.

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Utica shale tidbits

By Bob Downing Published: November 8, 2012

1.  Gulfport Energy Corp. has drilled its longest lateral ever in eastern Ohio.

The Stutzman well in Belmont County's Somerset Township extends 8,634 feet.

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Study says drilling affects nearby property values

By Bob Downing Published: November 8, 2012

From the Kansas City Star:

Property owners near shale gas wells are liable to suffer a major loss in value because of worries over water contamination, according to economists from Duke University and the nonprofit research organization Resources for the Future.Their study found Pennsylvania homeowners who use local groundwater for drinking lost up to 24 percent of their property value if they are within a mile and a quarter of a shale gas well.

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Duke study says drilling wastewater may pollute Pa. streams

By Bob Downing Published: November 8, 2012

From EnergyWire:

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New pipeline under construction in central New York state

By Bob Downing Published: November 8, 2012

From the Associated Press:

SANFORD, N.Y. — A 44-mile-long, $280 million natural gas pipeline under construction in central New York will carry natural gas from northern Pennsylvania to East Coast markets.

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GreenHunter Water acquires Ohio, W. Va. injection wells

By Bob Downing Published: November 8, 2012

From company press release:

GRAPEVINE, Texas--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Oct. 25, 2012-- GreenHunter Energy, Inc. (NYSE MKT: GRH) (NYSE MKT:GRH.PRC), a diversified water resource, waste management and environmental services company specializing in the unconventional oil and natural gas shale resource plays, announced today that its wholly owned subsidiary, GreenHunter Water, LLC , has acquired two operating Class II salt water disposal (SWD) wells located in Washington County, Ohio and Ritchie County, West Virginia . These SWD wells are strategically positioned in the heart of the Marcellus and Utica Shale Unconventional Resource Plays and will bring an additional 3,000 to 4,000 Barrels per day (BBL/D) of combined commercial SWD capacity into the Company’s existing water services portfolio. Consideration for the purchase consisted of a combination of cash and newly issued Series C perpetual cumulative preferred stock (non-convertible).

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Ohio U gets $2 milion for fracking wastewater research

By Bob Downing Published: November 8, 2012

From Ohio University:

ATHENS, Ohio (Nov. 7, 2012) -- The Institute for Sustainable Energy and the Environment (ISEE) at Ohio University has been awarded more than $2 million in state and federal grants to support research to clean the wastewater that results from hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking,” on site. The ISEE is a research center at OHIO’s Fritz J. and Dolores H. Russ College of Engineering and Technology.

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Broadview Heights, Mansfield approve anti-drilling provisions

By Bob Downing Published: November 8, 2012

From EcoWatch and Akron Beacon Journal:

On Tuesday, voters in Broadview Heights, Ohio, came out in record numbers to say yes to the adoption of a Community Bill of Rights banning corporations from conducting new gas and oil drilling and related activities in their city.

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Longmont becomes first Colorado town to prohibit fracking

By Bob Downing Published: November 8, 2012

From Wednesday press release:

Longmont, Colo.—Today is a historic day for the city of Longmont, Colorado. Nearly 60 percent of Longmont voters approved an amendment to the city’s charter to prohibit hydraulic fracturing and disposal of waste products connected with the process within city limits.

For more than six months Longmont and its citizens have been of threatened, bullied and out-spent by the oil and gas industry. Longmont’s victory over this highly industrialized and dangerous oil and gas extraction process signals to communities throughout the state and the nation that they can and will prevail over state officials who answer to the oil and gas industry rather than to their constituents.

According to Michael Bellmont, a member of Our Health, Our Future, Our Longmont (Our Longmont), “We have shown that Big Oil money does NOT always win and that our constitutionally guaranteed right to health, safety, and protection of property is NOT for sale. We proved that ordinary citizens with very little money but a lot of determination, intelligence, passion and boot leather can prevail.”

Over 100 volunteers worked in hot summer days to gather the necessary signatures to place the measure on the ballot. Over 8,200 signatures were submitted, well over the 5,700 required to move the measure to today’s ballot. Also, more than 200 citizens contributed the funds necessary to carry out the Yes on 300 campaign. The opposition raised over a half-million dollars to oppose Question 300. All of their funds came from the oil and gas industry and their trade associations. Not one Longmont resident contributed.

“The people of Longmont have made history: they have chosen to ban fracking,” said Sam Schabacker, a Longmont area native and Mountain West Regional Director for Food & Water Watch, the national consumer group who supported Our Longmont’s efforts. “Longmont residents were not frightened away or fooled by the oil and gas industry’s attempt to buy the election, to the tune of $500,000, through deceptive and threatening TV commercials, full-page newspaper advertisements and multiple mailers. Hopefully this citizen-led effort will inspire other communities to stand up and protect their health, safety and property against the risky practice of fracking as well.

Our Health, Our Future, Our Longmont, a group of concerned citizens from throughout Longmont, believes that Longmont has a right to protect the public health, safety, and welfare of our community. By protecting the health, safety, and welfare of our citizens, we will preserve our economic vitality, our home values, our water, parks, wildlife, lakes, trails, streams, open space, recreational areas and our quality of life for ourselves and future generations.
 

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Gulfport, Rex and Devon discuss Utica shale projects

By Bob Downing Published: November 7, 2012

By Bob Downing

and Jim Mackinnon

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Gulfport Energy releases data on another Harrison County well

By Bob Downing Published: November 7, 2012

From the Marcellus Drilling News:

Gulfport Energy Corporation, a company that has two of the highest producing natural gas wells in the Ohio Utica Shale, released their third quarter financial and operational update yesterday. Counter to most other large drillers, Gulfport showed a slight profit in 3Q12—of $0.5 million—on $60.5 million in revenue. If not for some income tax expenses their net income for 3Q12 would have been $16 million.

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Antero Resources, MarkWest ink deal for Utica shale

By Bob Downing Published: November 7, 2012

Here is a joint press release issued by MarkWest Utica EMG LLC and Antero Resources:

MarkWest Utica EMG, L.L.C. (MarkWest Utica), a joint venture between MarkWest Energy Partners, L.P. (MarkWest) and The Energy and Minerals Group (EMG) today announced the completion of definitive agreements with Antero Resources (Antero) to provide processing, fractionation, and marketing services in the liquids-rich corridor of the Utica Shale.

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Ten new Ohio Utica wells permitted by ODNR

By Bob Downing Published: November 7, 2012

Ten new Utica shale horizontal wells have been approved by the Ohio Department of Natural Resources.

That includes two new wells in Carroll County, three in Harrison County, one in Holmes County, two in Monroe County, one in Noble County and one in Trumbull County.

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Pennsylvania DEP denies water testing charges

By Bob Downing Published: November 7, 2012

From ShaleReporter.com:

HARRISBURG — The state Department of Environmental Protection is denying allegations that it does not fully test residential drinking water for contamination from commercial oil- and gas-drilling operations.

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Minerva motel is full of drilling workers

By Bob Downing Published: November 6, 2012

From the Youngstown Vindicator:

By Jamison Cocklin

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Kent church to host fracking teach-in on Friday

By Bob Downing Published: November 6, 2012

The Unitarian Universalist Church of Kent is hosting a fracking teach-in on Friday, Nov. 9.

The program wil begin at 7 p.m. at the church, 228 Gougler Ave., Kent.

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Landowners offering 95,000 acres in southeast Ohio

By Bob Downing Published: November 6, 2012

From the Marcellus Drilling News"

A private firm representing landowners with 95,000 acres in southeastern Ohio issued a press release yesterday essentially saying, “Hey, we’re still here, and we still have 95,000 acres to lease to some lucky driller.” The land is located in Washington, Athens, Meigs, Muskingum, and Perry counties in southeastern Ohio.

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Cheap, green natural gas fracking can help solve climate change, Foreign Policy article says

By Jim Mackinnon Published: November 6, 2012

Fracking natural gas is inexpensive green technology that already is helping reduce carbon dioxide emissions associated with climate change by cutting dependency on coal, writes Bjorn Lomborg in Foreign Policy.

Lomborg: "A good example is the innovation of fracked gas, which has made the price of natural gas drop dramatically -- allowing a switch in electricity production away from coal. This in turn has singlehandedly caused the United States to reduce its annual CO2 emissions by about 500Mt, or about twice as much as the entire global reductions from the last 20 years of international climate negotiations. Moreover, it has not cost the United States anything -- in fact, U.S. consumers are saving about $100 billion per year in cheaper prices. That's a policy that is easy to sell around the world."

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Vallourec making steel tubes in Youngstown

By Bob Downing Published: November 6, 2012

From Crain's Cleveland Business:

 

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Marcellus poet on the road in Pennsylvania

By Bob Downing Published: November 6, 2012

Shale poet Craig Czury often hitchhikes along state Route 29 in northern Pennsylvania  in order to meet parties involved in the Marcellus shale boom.

His first question is invariably: Where are you from?

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Drilling permitted near Mahoning County township park

By Bob Downing Published: November 6, 2012

From the Youngstown Vindicator:

 

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Noble Energy: Marcellus shale production jumps 38 percent

By Bob Downing Published: November 6, 2012

From the Marcellus Drilling News:

Earnings reports for the third quarter continue to roll out. Noble Energy provided their 3Q12 update. Noble is a large company with operations in a number of countries. Here in the U.S., Noble is actively drilling in the Marcellus Shale in West Virginia. They also have a joint venture in the Marcellus in Pennsylvania. Noble reports their Marcellus production grew to 102 million cubic feet per day in the third quarter, an increase of 38% over last quarter. They also report their first two wet gas wells have started to produce natural gas liquids and are doing better than expected.

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Gas boom is having a big impact on local economies, study says

By Bob Downing Published: November 6, 2012

From the Business Wire:

WASHINGTON--()--Revolutionary advances in oil and natural gas extraction technologies over the last five years have had an equally dramatic effect on state economies, says a new illustrated report by the American Clean Skies Foundation (ACSF).

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Pennsylvania anti-drilling group conducts air pollution survey

By Bob Downing Published: November 5, 2012

From the Associated Press:

A Wayne County, Pa. anti-drilling group has commissioned what it calls a first-of-its-kind survey of ground-level methane concentrations in Damascus Township, Pa.

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Ohio activists plan weekend action camp Nov. 16-18

By Bob Downing Published: November 5, 2012

Appalachia Resist, a grass-roots group in southeast Ohio, is planning a weekend action camp on Nov. 16-18 in Athens County.

The weekend will begin with a panel discussion at 7 p.m. at Arts West on State Street in Athens.

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Antero Resources to focus on Utica, Marcellus shales

By Bob Downing Published: November 5, 2012

From the Marcellus Drilling News:

Antero Resources announced today they are selling off 61,000 acres of leases and 30 miles of pipeline, along with other assets, in the Piceance Basin (pronounced “pee awns”, located in northwestern Colorado) for $325 million in cash to an unnamed private company.

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Range Resources adds 24 wells in super-rich Marcellus shale

By Bob Downing Published: November 5, 2012

From the Marcellus Drilling News:

Range Resources posted its financial and operating update for the third quarter of 2012 yesterday. MDN has pulled out the operational report for the Marcellus Shale and includes it below. Of particular interest in the Range update are two items: 1) Range’s continued focus on what they call their “super-rich” area of the Marcellus—an area they define as having wet gas present with 1,350 Btus or higher; 2) Range had a “significant step-out well” in the super-rich area that tested at 1,044 barrels per day of natural gas liquids.

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Pipeline work beginning in Ohio's Muskingum, Coshocton counties

By Bob Downing Published: November 5, 2012

From the Coshocton Tribune and reporter Brian Gadd:

Although work on the Appalachia to Texas Pipeline (ATEX) isn’t expected to begin until 2013, pipe already is being brought into the area, property easements are being worked out and some people still are fighting against the pipeline.

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Fracking critic to speak on Wednesday in Youngstown

By Bob Downing Published: November 5, 2012

From the Business Journal, Youngstwom:

Unconventional Gas Development from Shale Plays: Myths and Realities” is the topic of a presentation November 7th at Youngstown State University. The speaker is Anthony R. Ingraffea, the Dwight C. Baum professor of engineering in the School of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Cornell University.

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Patriot Water Treatment files suit against Ohio state agency

By Bob Downing Published: November 5, 2012

From the Youngstown Vindicaror:

By Burton Speakman

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Ohio could be on Romney fracking list, says Rolling Stone

By Bob Downing Published: November 5, 2012

Rolling Stone lists Ohio and nine other areas of the United States that could see more fracking if Mitt Romney is elected president.

Urban drilling could come to the suburbs of Cleveland and Columbus, Rolling Stone says.

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Fracking is having big impact on New York elections

By Bob Downing Published: November 5, 2012

From the Associated Press:

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1st NRG Corp. gets $7 million loan to begin Ohio drilling

By Bob Downing Published: November 5, 2012

From the Marcellus Drilling News:

The Ohio Utica Shale’s newest entrant, 1st NRG Corporation, previously announced they would drill on 7,150 acres of the Utica Shale in eastern Ohio (see this MDN story). Yesterday they announced they have secured a $7 million loan which will help finance the drilling.

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Warm winter hurts profit, Dominion says

By Bob Downing Published: November 5, 2012

From the Marcellus Drilling News:

Dominion is a huge utility and midstream (pipeline) company with customers and operations throughout the Marcellus and Utica Shale region. Dominion issued their third quarter financials and it was not a pretty picture. Earnings for 3Q12 were down nearly half of what they were from 3Q11. Ouch. The reason? Dominion puts a lot of the blame on a hangover from a warm winter.

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WVU professor to study natural gas drilling pollution

By Bob Downing Published: November 5, 2012

From the Associated Press:

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — A West Virginia University researcher is examining potential sources of pollution that could result from natural gas drilling.

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Pennsylvania grass-roots group offers drilling guide

By Bob Downing Published: November 5, 2012

From Penn Future:

The Citizens Guide to Marcellus Shale Drilling – and the Need for Action

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Utica shale tidbits

By Bob Downing Published: November 5, 2012

Here are a few Utica shale tidbits:

1. Marathon Petroleum Corp. and Harvest Pipeline Co. said they are planniong a system to bring crude oil from the Utica shale ine astern Ohio and western Pennsylvania to refineries by truck and barge.

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Air clear at Muskingum County drilling site

By Bob Downing Published: November 2, 2012

From the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency:

The first four months of air quality data collected near a shale gas drilling well shows the air remains clean.

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Legislator unhappy with Pennsylvania DEP on water tests

By Bob Downing Published: November 2, 2012

From the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette:

Written by Don Hopey / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

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Carroll, Harrison, Columbiana remain Chesapeake core area

By Bob Downing Published: November 2, 2012

Chesapeake Energy Corp. is still in love with the liquids-rich Utica shale in eastern Ohio.

It is eying Carroll, Harrison and Columbiana counties to be Ohio’s "core of the core" where the Oklahoma-based energy giant will continue drilling for natural gas, oil and other liquids.

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New results from three Chesapeake wells in Ohio

By Bob Downing Published: November 2, 2012

From the Utica Shale blog:

Chesapeake Energy (NYSE:CHK) reported production results of three wells recently completed into the Utica shale in Ohio's Carroll and Harrison counties.

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Chesapeake Energy has 134 drilled Utica shale wells

By Bob Downing Published: November 2, 2012

Chesapeake Energy Corp. has 134 Utica shale wells, of which 32 are in production.

It is the No. 1 player in Ohio's Utica shale.

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Chesapeake Energy reports biggest net loss in three years

By Bob Downing Published: November 2, 2012

From Bloomberg News:

By Joe Carroll - Nov 2, 2012 12:00 AM ET

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KSU Stark to host Nov. 29 program on Ohio drilling rules

By Bob Downing Published: November 1, 2012

Kent State University’s Stark campus will host a Nov. 29 program on regulating Ohio’s oil and gas industry.

The program will be held from 6:30 to 8 p.m. in Kent State’s Main Hall auditorium, 6000 Frank Ave. NW, Jackson Township.

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Gulfport Energy releases production data on two Ohio wells

By Bob Downing Published: November 1, 2012

Okalhoma-based Gulfport Energy on Wednesday released preliminary production data from two Ohio wells, one in Harriison County and the second in Guernsey County.

The company's statement offers some of the first production numbers associated with horizontal wells in Ohio's Utica shale.

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Chesapeake gets $2 billion loan to pay off more-expensive loans

By Bob Downing Published: November 1, 2012

From Reuters:

Chesapeake Energy Corp said today it has arranged an unsecured $2 billion loan to pay off more-expensive loans.

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