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Utica shale tidbits

By Bob Downing Published: November 5, 2012

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.





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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.