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.
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.