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Utica shale tidbits

By Bob Downing Published: July 13, 2012

1. A Brazilian petrochemical company has bought part of Suncoco's Marcus Hook refinery near Philadelphia.

The company, Braskem America, said it wants to use a propylene splitter to turn low-grade propylene into polypropylene or plastics.

The firm has three similar plants near Philadelphia.

2. Affordable housing is becoming a bigger issue in parts of Pennsylvania where the Marcellus shale boom continues.

Towanda in Bradford County is one the communities most affected by the rising price of rents in the drilling area.

Click here  to read a story by reporter David Falcheck of the Times-Tribune.

3. The Marcellus Drilling News reports that an attorney in Ohio's Belmont County is suing Hess Energy to end a lease deal she and her husband signed in 2008.

Rebecca Bench and her husband signed the lease with Mason Dixon Energy for $100 an acre. Mason Dixon later sold the lease to Hess.

The Benches want the contract cancelled because of the higher prices being paid today.

The suit alleges that Mason Dixon failed to register in Ohio and its leases were thereby fraudulent.

The case is pending.

4. Aither Chemicals LLC is still looking into building a new $750 million ethane cracker plant near Charleston, W. Va.

The West Virginia-based  company has begun what's calling an "open season" to determine the profitability of such a plant and to gauge market interest..

Aither Chemicals said it is working with Bayer MaterialScience LLC to determine the market interest in chemicals and plastics that could be produced by the cracker plant.

That open season is slated to end July 20.

It wil decide its next step by Aug. 31, Aither Chemicals has said.

If the company decides to proceed, construction could begin in early 2015, officials have said.

Shell Oil Co. is looking into developinga $3.2 billion plant at Monaca, Pa., on the Ohio River northwest of Pittsburgh in Beaver County.

Ohio and West Virginia has competed with Pennsylvania to potentially win that plant.

Shell has not made a final decision on whether it will proceed.










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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.