Utica shale and fracking news
Utica and Marcellus shale web sitesOhio Department of Natural Resources' Division of Oil and Gas Resources Management State agency Web site.
ODNR Division of Oil and Gas Resources Management. State drilling permits. List is updated weekly.
ODNR Division of Geological Survey.
Ohio Environmental Protection Agency.
Ohio State University Extension.
Ohio Farm Bureau.
Ohio Oil and Gas Association, a Granville-based group that represents 1,500 Ohio energy-related companies.
Ohio Oil & Gas Energy Education Program.
Energy In Depth, a trade group.
Marcellus and Utica Shale Resource Center by Ohio law firm Bricker & Eckler.
Utica Shale, a compilation of Utica shale activities.
Landman Report Card, a site that looks at companies involved in gas and oil leases.FracFocus, a compilation of chemicals used in fracking individual wells as reported voluntarily by some drillers.
Chesapeake Energy Corp,the Oklahoma-based firm is the No. 1 driller in Ohio.
Rig Count Interactive Map by Baker Hughes, an energy services company.
Shale Sheet Fracking, a Youngstown Vindicator blog.
The Ohio Environmental Council, a statewide eco-group based in Columbus.
Earthjustice, a national eco-group.
People's Oil and Gas Collaborative-Ohio, a grass-roots group in Northeast Ohio.
Concerned Citizens of Medina County, a grass-roots group.
No Frack Ohio, a Columbus-based grass-roots group.
Fracking: Gas Drilling's Environmental Threat by ProPublica, an online journalism site.
Pipeline, blog from Pittsburgh Post-Gazette on Marcellus shale drilling.
Allegheny Front, environmental public radio for Western Pennsylvania.
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.
I picked up on that this week during an interview with Cal Dooley, CEO of the American Chemistry Council, which represents the chemical industry. We were talking about all the investments being made by companies in Ohio because of the Utica shale play, which you can read about in this week’s paper.
I asked Dooley about Ohio’s chances of landing a cracker, a plant that converts ethane, a so-called “wet gas” extracted from shale gas formations, to ethylene, which is used in the production of chemicals that go into plastics, tires and other products. Ohio officials had hoped Royal Dutch Shell Plc (NYSE:RDS.A) would pick the state for its proposed $2 billion cracker plant, but the company said in March it has selected a site in western Pennsylvania instead.
“That’s probably a five-year project,” Dooley said of the Shell facility, “but I can see multiple crackers being built in the region to capitalize on Utica and Marcellus shale.”
Like a lot of people, Dooley thinks big things are headed to Ohio because of the shale play. That includes investments by so-called down-stream companies, such as chemical and plastics manufacturers, that use ethylene in their products and natural gas to fuel their operations.
“Demand (for natural gas) is going to increase,” Dooley told me. “I have no doubt you’ll see development of the Utica and Marcellus shale plays for decades to come.”
Such bullish remarks are the order of the day. Gulfport Energy Corp. (NASDAQ:GPOR) plans to drill 50 wells in Ohio next year, with its CEO calling Utica shale gas a “once-in-a-lifetime play” and a “company changer.” And Chesapeake Energy Corp. (NYSE:CHK) CEO Aubrey McClendon recently said he was “thrilled” by the Utica results so far and his company plans to drill up to 4,000 wells in the next 20 years.