Here are a few Utica shale tidbits:
1. Marathon Petroleum Corp. and Harvest Pipeline Co. said they are planniong a system to bring crude oil from the Utica shale ine astern Ohio and western Pennsylvania to refineries by truck and barge.
The project would result in 24,000 barrels a day of truck unloading capacity and a terminal that could load up to 50,000 barerls per day onto barges on the Ohio River.
Marathon's Wellsville terminal would be modified to add the added volume.
Marathon has two refineries close to the Utica shale: the 78,000-barrel-a-day refinerty in Canton and the 233,00-barrel-d-day refinery in Catlettsburg, Ky
The new project is scheduled to be completed by Dec. 31, 2013
2. According to the Marcellus Drilling News, 53 New York topwns have asked to join in a fracking ban court case.
The communities have asked a state appeals court for permission to weigh in on whether municipalities can ban natural gas drilling within their borders.
The appeals court has not yet ruled on the communities' request.
3. The Ashtabula Star Beacon reports: The president of Wishgard LLC says a problem in obtaining clear titloes, not a shortage of capuital, is preventing his company from paying Ashtabula County landowners for their oila nd gas leases.
Kip Tygard, president of Wushgard, said the company is experiencing an 85 percent failure rate in Ashtabula County for initial title searches. Elsewhere the rate is 40 percent, he said.
The extra work on title searches is costing his firm extra money, he said.
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.