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By Bob Downing Published: January 8, 2012

More shale news:

1. The head of the powerful American Petroleum Institute is knocking the Obama administration's energy policy.

Jack Gerard says the federal government is on the "wrong track" by promoting natural gas development in Ohio and other states while at the same time drafting restrictions on hydraulic fracturing or fracking that produce the fuel.

His comments, reported by Bloomberg News, appear to be a little political grandstanding, a warning to federal rule makers.

"We are on the wrong track," Gerard said in a talk last week in Washington, D.C. "We see it as an incoherent approach to natural gas development: lauding its obvious benefits while ratcheting up pressure for new layers of duplicative regulations that could stop energy development dead in its tracks."

The federal EPA is expected to issue new limits this spring on air pollution from drilling operations. It is looking at fracking and a preliminary report is likely late this year with a final report in 2014. There is a also a pending legal challenge by the environmental group Earthjustice that could require the last drilling companies to reveal what toxic chemicals they are using in the fracking process.

States including West Virginia and Colorado have also toughened their drilling rules.

2. WKBN-TV (Channel 27) in Youngstown reported that a Texas-based firm was to build a $13 million facility in Youngstown.

Exterran Energy Solutions wants to build a manufacturing facility/office building on 20 acres off Salt Springs Road on Youngstown's west side.

The firm makes and services equipment including compressors and compressor stations for the oil and gas industry.

Construction could begin in February, pending local and state development packages.

The company reported it will hire 100 workers by mid-2015.

Youngstown was chosen because of its proximity to the Marcellus and Utica shale development.

3. Production from shale deposits in the United States accounted for most of the recent gains in gas output that rose 3 percent in 2010, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration.

Gas well production rose from 20.2 trillion cubic feet in 2009 to 20.8 trillion cubic feet in 2010, the federal agency said in a Bloomberg report.

Total output including that from gas wells rose to 26.8 trillion cubic feet.

Shale production rose 64 percent in 2008 and 47 percent in 2009, the federal agency said.

Natural gas prices dropped 32 percent in 2011 as rising production increased inventories.

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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.