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Recent Utica, Marcellus shale tidbits

By Bob Downing Published: September 1, 2012

Here are a few items that have recently surfaced:

1. Permits have been filed for the first two horizontal wells in Athens County in southeast Ohio.

The permits were filed by local developer Brent Harper and Randy Wolfe of R. Wolfe Oil and Gas, according to Marcellus Drilling News and the Athens News.

They are eying a third well, also in Athens County.

2. In Pennsylvania, the average Chesapeake Energy Corp. well in the Marcellus shale produces 4.75 million cubic feet of natural gas per day.

The average natural gas volume from non-Chesapeake wells in Pennsylvania is 1.8 million cubic feet per day.

That tidbit came from the Marcellus Drilling News in a report on Chesapeake's drilling activity in Pennsylvania's Bradford County.

3. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is seeking nominations to its Science Advisory Board.

The notice ran in the Federal Register.

That board will soon begin looking at the impacts of hydraulic fracturing r fracking on drinking water.

It will look at what the agency is doing. A preliminary report is due out in December 2012 and a final report in 2014.

4. Ohio's Licking County has formed a fracking advisory committee.

No wells have been drilled in the central-Ohio county, but the county formed the committee to study fracking and prepare for it.







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Utica and Marcellus shale web sites

Ohio 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.

National Geographic's The Great Shale Rush.

The Ohio Environmental Council, a statewide eco-group based in Columbus.

Buckeye Forest Council.

Earthjustice, a national eco-group.

Stop Fracking Ohio.

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.

Penn State Marcellus Center.

Pipeline, blog from Pittsburgh Post-Gazette on Marcellus shale drilling.

Allegheny Front, environmental public radio for Western Pennsylvania.