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Federal disclosure law tops 2001 Ohio law, U.S. EPA says

By Bob Downing Published: September 30, 2013

From the Associated Press:

A list of toxic chemicals used by Ohio shale drillers must be made available locally to governments, first responders and residents under a new state directive.

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New NGL pipeline to run from Mahoning to Columbiana counties

By Bob Downing Published: September 30, 2013

From Pennant Midstream today:

NEW MIDDLETOWN, Ohio, Sept. 30, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Pennant Midstream, LLC, today announced the construction of a 12-inch, 38-mile natural gas liquids (NGL) pipeline, an approximately $60 million investment. The line will connect the Hickory Bend Cryogenic Processing Plant in New Middletown, Ohio, to the UEO Kensington facility near Kensington, Columbiana County and will have the capacity to initially deliver approximately 90,000 barrels a day. NiSource Midstream Services, LLC, operates Pennant Midstream, which is jointly owned by Harvest Pipeline (an affiliate of Hilcorp Energy Company) and NiSource Midstream Services.

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Four public meetings set on Delaware River flow plan

By Bob Downing Published: September 30, 2013

From the U.S. Geological Survey:

 

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Antero Resources proceeding with IPO of common stock

By Bob Downing Published: September 30, 2013

From Antero Resources, a Colorado-based company and a key player in Ohio's Utica shale:

DENVER , Sept. 30, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Antero Resources Corporation (the "Company") today announced the commencement of its initial public offering of 30,000,000 shares of its common stock, at an anticipated initial public offering price between $38.00 and $42.00 per share, pursuant to a registration statement on Form S-1 previously filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (the " SEC "). The selling stockholder named in the registration statement expects to grant the underwriters a 30-day option to purchase up to an additional 3,750,000 shares of the Company's common stock held by the selling stockholder to cover over-allotments if the underwriters sell more than 30,000,000 shares of the Company's common stock. The Company also expects to grant the underwriters a 30-day option to purchase up to an additional 750,000 shares of the Company's common stock held by the Company to cover over-allotments if the underwriters sell more than 33,750,000 shares of common stock. Any exercise by the underwriters of their options to purchase additional shares of common stock will be made initially with respect to the 3,750,000 additional shares of common stock to be sold by the selling stockholder and then with respect to the 750,000 additional shares of common stock to be sold by the Company. The Company has been approved to list its common shares on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) under the symbol "AR," subject to official notice of issuance.

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MarkWest offers update on W. Va. landslide, repairs under way

By Bob Downing Published: September 30, 2013

From Colorado-based MarkWest Energy Partners:

DENVER--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Sep. 27, 2013-- MarkWest Energy Partners, L.P. (NYSE: MWE) (MarkWest) today provided information regarding an August 2013 landslide which impacted a MarkWest natural gas liquids (NGLs) pipeline in a remote area of northern Wetzel County, West Virginia , causing a line break. The landslide originated from significant erosion and run-off from heavy rainfall. MarkWest shut down the pipeline and immediately commenced repairs and remediation of the impacted portions of the pipeline. Repairs and remediation to the pipeline and rights of way in the landslide impacted areas are currently underway, and MarkWest is diligently working to complete the remedial work and return the pipeline to service. The pipeline and the Mobley processing facilities will remain shut down until the pipeline remedial work is completed, which is expected to be approximately mid-October. The Sherwood processing facility continues to operate at curtailed levels and NGLs from that facility are being transported by truck for fractionation and sale. No other MarkWest facility has been impacted. MarkWest does not expect the shutdown of these facilities to have a material impact on its financial results.

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Company to make Ohio-Indiana lateral bi-directional for shale gas

By Bob Downing Published: September 30, 2013

Texas-based TransCanada ANR Pipeline System has announced two open seasons to gauge market interest in securing capacity on the Lebanon Lateral in southwestern Ohio. That line will become bi-directional.

That connection will open up the Midwest and Gulf Coast markets for Marcellus and Utica shale producers, the company said last week.

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Gulfport Energy's ex-chief got free equity interests worth millions

By Bob Downing Published: September 30, 2013

The ex-chairman of Gulfport Energy received millions of dollars in free equity interests, Reuters reported last week.

Mike Liddell, who stepped down in June from Gulfport Energy, a major player in Ohio's Utica shale, was granted the equity shares by Wexford Capital LP in what Reuters calls an "unusual arrangement."

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Natural gas generation drops because of fuel price differences

By Bob Downing Published: September 30, 2013

From the U.S. Energy Information ASdministartion earlier this week:

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Cabot: 30 to 50 percent growth in 2014, reaffirms 2013 guidance

By Bob Downing Published: September 30, 2013

From Cabot Oil & Gas Co., a major player in the Marcellus shale in Pennsylvania:

HOUSTON, Sept. 26, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Cabot Oil & Gas Corporation (NYSE: COG) today established its initial 2014 production growth guidance range of 30 to 50 percent and reaffirmed its 2013 production growth guidance range of 44 to 54 percent. "We have provided initial 2014 guidance to further reaffirm management's confidence in our ability to continue to provide best-in-class production growth in 2014," said Dan O. Dinges, Chairman, President, and Chief Executive Officer. "While production volumes have recently been impacted by our strategic decision to periodically hold back production due to the recent softness in Marcellus spot market pricing and scheduled infrastructure maintenance projects (most of which will be completed by early October), we believe these are both short-term phenomena that will not have an impact on our production growth in 2013 and beyond."

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Corbett announces nominations of two Pennsylvania top staffers

By Bob Downing Published: September 30, 2013

A belated posting from Pennsylvania on top staff changes:

HARRISBURG, Pa., Sept. 20, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Governor Tom Corbett today nominated Ellen M. Ferretti as Secretary of the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources and E. Christopher Abruzzo as Secretary of the Department of Environmental Protection.

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Oil from North Dakota's Bakken shale could double by 2017

By Bob Downing Published: September 30, 2013

From the Associated Press:

North Dakota’s top oil regulator says the state’s daily oil production will double to 1.6 million barrels by 2017.

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Maryland residents asked to contribute to health impact study

By Bob Downing Published: September 29, 2013

If the state allows drilling for natural gas in Marcellus shale, the health of residents, and the health care system, are bound to see changes, and local residents ae being asked to contribute their thoughts and ideas to a study, the Cumberland Times-News reported.

About 30 people showed up at a meeting Tuesday at Frostburg State University to offer their perspective. Focus groups will be included in the study, with more information about those groups to be released soon, said Sacoby Wilson, a University of Maryland professor and one of the leaders of the study.

“We have a lot of notes taken last night,” Wilson said to members of the state Marcellus Shale Safe Drilling Initiative Advisory Commission that met Wednesday at Allegany College of Maryland.

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EDF knocks API for misstating findings of methane report

By Bob Downing Published: September 28, 2013

From the Environmental Defense Fund on Sept. 26:

(New York– September 26, 2013) In an email blast to Capitol Hill staffers this week, American Petroleum Institute President and CEO Jack Gerard made false claims about a much- discussed new University of Texas methane emissions study. Gerard said the study “proves” that “hydraulic fracturing is safe for the environment.” To support that inaccurate claim, the email cherry picks findings from the recently published UT study, which was coordinated by the Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) and focuses on natural gas production, the first phase in the supply chain. Gerard used study results that measured emissions below previous estimates, ignored others that found higher than estimated methane emissions, and implied that the study gave a complete picture of system emissions when it only deals with the production phase.

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Western Europe is using less natural gas, more coal

By Bob Downing Published: September 27, 2013

From the U.S. Energy Information Administration:

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Fracking is saving news media

By Jim Mackinnon Published: September 27, 2013

Fracking shale is causing more than a boom in energy, writes Loren Steffy at Forbes.

Fracking is causing a boom in news media as well, he writes.

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Anti-fracking activists in Philadlephia call for halt to fracking

By Bob Downing Published: September 27, 2013

A press release received from grass-roots group involved in Philadelphia protests:

 

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Ohio has 899 permitted wells, 561 wells drilled, 152 producing

By Bob Downing Published: September 27, 2013

Nearly 900 wells have been permitted in Ohio's Utica shale.

The actual number is 899, as of Sept. 21, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources.

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Devon subsidiary files registration for midstream MLP

By Bob Downing Published: September 27, 2013

From Devon Energy, a player in Ohio's Utica shale:

OKLAHOMA CITY--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Sep. 27, 2013-- Devon Energy Corporation (NYSE:DVN) announced today that its wholly owned subsidiary, Devon Midstream Partners, L.P., has filed a registration statement on Form S-1 with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). This filing relates to an initial public offering of common units in Devon Midstream Partners, L.P. representing limited partner interests. Application will be made to list the common units of Devon Midstream Partners, L.P. on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol “DVNM.”

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Pa. public water supplies aren't getting rich from Marcellus drillers

By Bob Downing Published: September 27, 2013

A number of public water suppliers are making money off of Marcellus shale fracking, but they’re not getting rich.

At least not here in southwestern Pennsylvania, according to new study from Penn State and West Virginia University.

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Rex Energy secures interim processing capacity with Dominion

By Bob Downing Published: September 27, 2013

Fron Pennsylvania-based Rex Energy earlier this week:

STATE COLLEGE, Pa., Sept. 23, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Rex Energy Corporation (Nasdaq:REXX) announced today that it has secured interim processing capacity for its production in its Warrior North Prospect, following the fire that damaged the Blue Racer Natrium Processing Facility on Saturday, September 21, 2013. Rex Energy does not expect third quarter 2013 production guidance to be materially affected by the downtime experienced at the Natrium Processing Facility.

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Spills hit 37,000 gallons in the wake of Colorado floodings

By Bob Downing Published: September 27, 2013

A total of 37,000 gallons oil from drilling operations spilled in the Colorado's widespread floods, according to NPR.

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Support grows for pipeline, drops for fracking, Pew survey says

By Bob Downing Published: September 27, 2013

From the Pew Research Center for the People and the Press:

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Baltimore lab to pay $60,000 fine, review operations

By Bob Downing Published: September 27, 2013

A Pittsburgh-based company will pay $60,000 for violations found by the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection Agency.

Microbac Laboratories will also conduct an independent review of operations at its facility in Baltimore.

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North Carolina returns fracking grant money to U.S. EPA

By Bob Downing Published: September 27, 2013

North Carolina’s environment agency has taken the unusual step of returning a federal grant to study streams and wetlands that could be harmed by hydraulic fracturing for natural gas.

The N.C. Department of Environment and Natural Resources had itself recommended last year that baseline water-quality data be collected where drilling might occur. The information would help document any problems linked to drilling.

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One way to solve fracking's dirty water problem

By Jim Mackinnon Published: September 26, 2013

GE says it has developed technology that can help resolve one of fracking's major environmental problems, the waste water generated in the process of tapping shale, reports MIT Technology Review.

Technology Review: "... The new technology would make it unnecessary to dilute the wastewater, or transport it for treatment or disposal. It is based on a desalination technology known as membrane distillation, which combines heat and decreased pressure to vaporize water using membranes to separate pure water vapor from salt water.

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Ohio's natural gas boom is still in the future, professor says

By Bob Downing Published: September 24, 2013

Ohio's Utica shale boom is very young and its future is bright, according to a Cleveland State University.

Iryna Lendel, assistant director for economic development at the Maxine Goodman Levin College of Urban Affairs, spoke today in Akron at a shale conference, the Cleveland Plain Dealer reported.

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Great Lakes Science Center to look at fracking in new exhibit

By Bob Downing Published: September 24, 2013

From the Great Lakes Science Center in Cleveland this week:

September 12th, 2013

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New study says drilling has impact on Pennsylvania communities

By Bob Downing Published: September 24, 2013

From Food & Water Watch received today:

Washington, D.C.—New analysis released today by the national advocacy organization Food & Water Watch shows that oil and gas drilling using hydraulic fracturing (fracking) is associated with increased incidence of traffic accidents, disorderly conduct arrests and sexually transmitted infections in rural communities. The Social Costs of Fracking: A Pennsylvania Case Study found that once fracking began in 2005, these social indicators worsened in counties with fracked natural gas wells, and the trends were especially pronounced in the rural counties with the highest density of fracked wells. 

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Texas firm to turn natural gas into liquids in Ashtabula County

By Bob Downing Published: September 24, 2013

From the PR Newswire:

Pinto Energy LLC (Pinto), a developer of smaller scale Gas-to-Liquids (GTL) facilities, is pleased to announce its Ashtabula GTL project.

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Utica shale boom is having heavy impact on rural Ohio

By Bob Downing Published: September 24, 2013

David Beach of Cleveland's GreenCity,BlueLake Institute takes a look at the Utica shale boom in Carroll County and how the boom is impacting rural Ohio.

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Ohio landfills taking drill cuttings from Pennsylvania drilling

By Bob Downing Published: September 24, 2013

Five facilities in Ohio are continuing to accept shale drill cuttings from Pennsylvania.

The five, mostly landfills, took in 42,101.16 tons in the first six months of 2013.

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Portage activist group moves water testing to Dec. 1

By Bob Downing Published: September 24, 2013

Concerned Citizens Ohio/Shalersville will not be offering group water monitoring in the first week in October.

The Portage County group will instead offer the monitoring quarterly.

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Wickstrom to speak on Ohio shale on Oct. 25 in Zanesville

By Bob Downing Published: September 24, 2013

Larry Wickstrom will be the keynote speaker on Oct. 25 at the Zanesville-Muskingum County Chamber of Commerce's Economic Outlook event.

Wickstrom is president of Wickstrom Geoscience LLC and is a former state of Ohio geologist.

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Debate continues over latest methane-from-drilling study

By Bob Downing Published: September 24, 2013

The latest methane report from the Environmental Defense Fund and the University of Texas came under fire from two professors at Cornell University.

Forbes.com looks at the issue.

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Anti-fracking activists to assemble this week in Philadelphia

By Bob Downing Published: September 23, 2013

Anti-fracking activists will assemble in Philadelphia this week.

The Shale Gas Outrage Water Drive will be Tuesday through Thursday, and the Freedom from Fracking Conference will be on Thursday.

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Pennsylvania drillers looking at old, shallow, vertical-only wells

By Bob Downing Published: September 23, 2013

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports that drillers in Pennsylvania are suddenly looking at old, shallow, vertical-only wells and planning to add horizontal legs that can be fracked.

One Range Resources official said, "We're able to look at these old plays with horizontal eyes, with Marcellus eyes."

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Battelle studying possible injection sites in three states

By Bob Downing Published: September 23, 2013

The Colubus Dispacth reports today that Battelle, the Columbus-based think tank, is looking at where drilling wastes can be injected into underground rocks in Ohio, Pennsylvania and West Virginia.

The two-year project is being funded by a $1.8 million U.S. Department of Energy grant.

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Westmoreland County not in Marcellus shale 'sweet spot'

By Bob Downing Published: September 23, 2013

More than 400 Marcellus shale wells have been drilled in Pennsylvania's Westmoreland County.

That's the good news.

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Ohio should avoid relying too heavily on natural gas, report says

By Bob Downing Published: September 23, 2013

From the Union of Concerned Scientists:

As the Ohio General Assembly reconvenes this month, legislators will likely address the state’s energy future. With state Senator Bill Seitz preparing to release new legislation that may rollback Ohio’s existing clean energy laws, a new report from the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) addresses the risks and opportunities of Ohio’s current energy mix.

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Eco-group: Fracking is health threat in Eagle Ford shale in Texas

By Bob Downing Published: September 23, 2013

From the eco-grop Earthworks late last week on the Eagle Ford shale in Texas:

Washington, DC – A new report released today, September 19th, provides an important window into a disturbing national pattern regarding the oversight of fracking-enabled oil and gas development: regulators, charged with protecting the public, are actively avoiding evidence that fracking is harming the public. The report focuses on Karnes County, TX in an attempt to illuminate a growing national pattern of absentee regulators.

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Shell Oil giving up on Kansas for more lucrative plays

By Bob Downing Published: September 23, 2013

From the Associated Press:

Shell Oil is pulling out of Kansas after its exploratory wells didn’t show enough potential to keep the energy giant around.

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Fire chiefs: First responders have access to chemical information

By Bob Downing Published: September 21, 2013

From Ohio Fire Chiefs' Association:

 

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California's governor signs new state fracking rules

By Bob Downing Published: September 21, 2013

From Bloomberg News on Friday:

By Michael B. Marois

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Fire breaks out at Blue Racer's Natrium gas-processing facility

By Bob Downing Published: September 21, 2013

From the Associated Press:

Authorities are investigating a fire at a natural gas processing plant at Natrium, W. Va., near the West Virginia-Ohio border.

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Colorado flooding results in additional oil releases

By Bob Downing Published: September 21, 2013

From the Associated Press:

By Colleen Slevin and Matthew Brown

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Kinder Morgan, analyst battle over maintenance spending

By Bob Downing Published: September 21, 2013

Houston-based Kinder Morgan’s stock recovered this week after taking a blow from a research firm that claimed the company was starving its pipeline maintenance spending in order to enrich its stakeholders.

Richard Kinder, the company’s chairman and chief executive, swung hard in defense of the pipeline operator’s spending policies during an hour-long investor call this week, laying out arguments against a 26-year-old analysts’ claims and saying investors should trust in his 33 years of experience in the pipeline business and his management team’s 100 years.

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Pennsylvania gets legislation for new shale moratorium

By Bob Downing Published: September 21, 2013

Earlier this week, Pennsylvania State Sen. Jim Ferlo, D-Allegheny, introduced legislation to impose a moratorium on new shale drilling in the state.

The legislation would block new shale well permits under an open-ended moratorium.

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Could Athens County be next for shale gas development?

By Bob Downing Published: September 21, 2013

Athens County is southeast Ohio wants to get involved in the Utica shale drilling.

Drillers are slowly moving toward Athens County, the Athens News reports.

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Company proceeds with new injection wells in Trumbull County

By Bob Downing Published: September 21, 2013

American Water Management Service is procceeding to develop two new injection wells outside Niles in Weathersfield Township in Trumbull County.

The company has the approval of the Ohio Department of Natual Resources.

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U.S. Geological Survey looks at impacts of shale drilling

By Bob Downing Published: September 21, 2013

A new study by the U.S. Geological Survey says the impacts of natural gas drilling may be more severe than initially realized.

The report looks at four Pennsylvania counties -- Beaver, Butler, Lackwawanna and Wayne -- from 2004 to 2010.

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City of Niles rescinds community bill of rights legislation

By Bob Downing Published: September 21, 2013

The city of Niles in Northeast Ohio has rescinded its fracking ban legislation.

The action came earlier this week with labor unions and anti-fracking activists speaking out against and in support of the ban, respectively.

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Common Cause looks at energy industry political contributions

By Bob Downing Published: September 21, 2013

A press release from Common Cause:

Natural gas interests have spent more than $747 million during a 10-year campaign – stunningly successful so far – to avoid government regulation of hydraulic “fracking,” a fast-growing and environmentally risky process used in Ohio and at least a dozen other states to tap underground gas reserves, according to a new study by Common Cause.

A faction of the natural gas industry has directed more than $20 million to the campaigns of current members of Congress – including $600,000 to Ohioans -- and put $726 million into lobbying aimed at shielding itself from oversight, according to the report, the third in a series of “Deep Drilling, Deep Pockets” reports produced by the non-profit government watchdog group.

Rep. John Boehner led Ohio’s Congressional delegation with $186,900 raised from fracking interests, followed Sen. Rob Portman with $91,000, Rep. Steve Chabot with $59,050, and Rep. Steve Stivers with $51,250.

“Players in this industry have pumped cash into Congress in the same way they pump toxic chemicals into underground rock formations to free trapped gas,” said Common Cause President Bob Edgar. “And as fracking for gas releases toxic chemicals into groundwater and streams, the industry’s political fracking for support is toxic to efforts for a cleaner environment and relief from our dependence on fossil fuels.”

The report also tracks $2.8 million in campaign contributions to Ohio’s state elected officials and notes that Ohio’s fracking regulations are among the weakest of any state. Gov. John Kasich was the leading individual recipient with $213,519, followed by former Gov. Ted Strickland with $87,450 and Secretary of State John Husted with $84,750.
 
In Congress, the industry’s political giving heavily favors lawmakers who supported the 2005 Energy Policy Act, which exempted fracking from regulation under the Safe Drinking Water Act. Current members who voted for the bill received an average of $73,433, while those who voted against the bill received an average of $10,894.

The report comes as the Environmental Protection Agency is scheduled to publish new, preliminary findings in 2012 about the potential dangers of fracking. That gives the industry a powerful incentive to increase political spending now in an attempt to shape public opinion and the debate over fracking in Congress, as well as affect the outcome of the 2012 congressional elections.

“Thanks to the Supreme Court and its Citizens United decision, the natural gas industry will be free to spend whatever it likes next year to elect a Congress that will do its bidding,” Edgar said. “The industry’s political investments already have largely freed it from government oversight. Controlling the flow of that money and other corporate spending on our elections is critical to protecting our environment for this and future generations.”

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Hagan wants energy lobbyists to report annual salaries

By Bob Downing Published: September 21, 2013

From Ohio State Rep. Robert Hagan, D-Youngstown, on Friday:

COLUMBUS– State Representative Robert F. Hagan (D-Youngstown) announced today that he will be introducing legislation to require that lobbyists report their annual salaries. The effort would render a more complete picture of the financial influence of special interests at our state’s capitol. The legislative proposal follows Common Cause Ohio’s recent “Troublesome Gap in Transparency” report that detailed oil and gas industry donations of two millions dollars to Ohio politicians in the past two years

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New Jersey borough is the first in state to ban fracking

By Bob Downing Published: September 21, 2013

Highland Park this week became the first municipality in New Jersey to ban hydraulic fracturing or fracking, even though there is no horizontal drilling in the state.

Highland Park is a borough in the central part of the state.

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U.S. is reducing energy imports, increasing energy exports

By Bob Downing Published: September 19, 2013

From the American Petroleu Institute:

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Layoffs may hurt Chesapeake's natural gas vehicle program

By Bob Downing Published: September 19, 2013

Chesapeake Energy is facing heavy layoffs and one of the casualties is reportedly the company's active natural gas vehicles team.

That news was reported by the Oklahoman.

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Western Pennsylvania landman pleads guilty to one charge

By Bob Downing Published: September 19, 2013

From the Associated Press:

One of two men charged in a $2.4 million scheme to steal natural gas drilling rights from western Pennsylvania property owners has pleaded guilty.

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A desperate U.K. turns to fracking for shale gas

By Jim Mackinnon Published: September 19, 2013

Great Britain may have no choice but to aggressively pursue fracking for natural gas, reports MIT Technology Review.

Technology Review: "Proposed U.K. government policies to encourage hydrofracking of natural gas ignited a firestorm of protest this summer, with critics complaining that they were not consulted and that rules will restrict local planners’ authority. But the country appears to have few other options.

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Is there a fracking disaster under Colorado's floodwaters?

By Jim Mackinnon Published: September 19, 2013

The massive flooding in Colorado is raising concerns over flood-caused damage at fracking sites in the state, reports The Huffington Post.

The Huffington Post: "As the sky finally clears in flood-devastated Colorado and official damage estimates continue to come out, questions remain about the stability of the state's fracking sites in one of the most densely drilled areas in the United States, many of which have been completely covered by floodwaters.

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The U.S. and the remaking of the global energy economy

By Jim Mackinnon Published: September 19, 2013

The tapping of shale energy resources in the United States is redrawing the global energy map, reports Foreign Affairs magazine.

Foreign Affairs: "As the production of unconventional oil and gas in the United States rises -- and as the United States increasingly exports that energy -- the world’s economic map will be forever changed.

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The world's next fracking hot spots

By Jim Mackinnon Published: September 19, 2013

A new analysis says that fracking so-called "tight oil" trapped in shale could go global, says CNNMoney.

CNNMoney: "Energy consultant IHS has identified 23 locations around the world -- from Argentina to West Siberia -- that could together hold roughly 175 billion barrels in recoverable oil, far surpassing the 43 billion barrels estimated to be sitting in North America.

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Utica liquids providing major financial boost to drillers

By Bob Downing Published: September 19, 2013

An interesting fact about Ohio's liquids-rich Utica shale from James Crews of Colorado-based MarkWest Resources speaking this week at a conference in Columbus:

If drillers are getting $3.75 per 1,000 cubic feet of natural gas, the so-called natural gas liquids add extra value.

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Ohio, five other states could get micro-LNG plants

By Bob Downing Published: September 19, 2013

California-based Clean Energy Fuels has plans for micro-liquified natural gas plants in Ohio and five other states.

The plants are also planned in Texas, Florida, Washington, Colorado and North Dakota.

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Drilling industry not concerned by drug use among potential workers

By Bob Downing Published: September 19, 2013

Is drug use among potential workers a major concern for drillers in Ohio, Pennsylvania and elsewhere?

Some politicans and industry leaders have said many potential workers cannot pass mandatory drug tests.

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GreenHunter Resources unveils new fluids-storage system

By Bob Downing Published: September 18, 2013

From GreenHunter Resources on Tuesday on today's event::

GRAPEVINE, Texas--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Sep. 17, 2013-- GreenHunter Resources, Inc. (NYSE MKT: GRH) (NYSE MKT: GRH.PRC) (the “Company”), a diversified water resource, waste management and environmental services company specializing in the unconventional oil and natural gas shale resource plays, announced that its wholly-owned subsidiary, GreenHunter Water, LLC, is hosting today beginning at 11:00 AM ET, a storage tank expo in Macksburg, Ohio to showcase the Company’s proprietary next-generation fluids storage system.

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Ohio has 557 drilled Utica wells, 153 wells are producing

By Bob Downing Published: September 18, 2013

The Ohio Department of Natural Resources has issued 887 Utica shale permits through Sept. 14.

A total fo 557 wells have been drilled and 153 wells are in production.

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Chesapeake Energy CEO says more layoffs are possible

By Bob Downing Published: September 18, 2013

Oklahoma-based Chesapeake Energy is going through another round of layoffs, according to The Oklahoman newspape and reports from analysts.

Chesapeake Energy Corp. CEO Doug Lawler acknowledged what many employees have feared.

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Antero Resources to boost spending in Utica, Marcellus shales

By Bob Downing Published: September 18, 2013

From Antero Resources today:

Denver, Colorado, September18, 2013—Antero Resources LLC (“Antero” or “the Company”) today updated its shorter stage length completion results, revised its 2013 capital budget and provided a hedging update.

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Railroads are still optimistic about hauling U.S. crude oil

By Bob Downing Published: September 18, 2013

From Bloomberg News:

As 57,000 miles of U.S. crude pipelines threaten to lure business from railroads, Burlington Northern Santa Fe LLC and Union Pacific Corp. (UNP) are sticking to their bet on the nation’s energy boom.

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Senate commitee questions Obama energy rgulator nominee

By Bob Downing Published: September 18, 2013

From the Associated Press:

 President Barack Obama's nominee to be the nation's top energy regulator came under sharp questioning Tuesday from lawmakers concerned that he may be opposed to coal and natural gas.

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Marcellus shale money helps save historic Pennsylvania farm

By Bob Downing Published: September 18, 2013

From the Associated Press:

Marcellus Shale money paid to prop up the dilapidated house on a historic African American farm here. But Denise Dennis is learning there are limits to what a natural gas income can accomplish.

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Local control remains hot issue in Ohio as drilling expands

By Bob Downing Published: September 18, 2013

Local control over shale gas drilling remains a hot topic in some Ohio municipalities incuding Youngstown, Athens and Bowling Green.

There is some question whether communitybills of rights being passed by local communities will survive legal challenges.

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GDF Suez Gas seeking LNG customers in the Northeast

By Bob Downing Published: September 18, 2013

FROM GDF Suez Gas earlier this week;
 

 

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CNG vehicles could provide state tax credits under new plan

By Bob Downing Published: September 17, 2013

Two members of the Ohio Legisture want to provide a state tax credit for Ohioans who buy or convert vehicles to burn compressed natural gas.

The idea was advanced today at an energy conference in Columbus by State Reps. Sean O'Brien, a Democrat from Trumbull County, and David Hall, a Republican from Holmes County.

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Natural gas from Utica, Marcellus is a growing force, report says

By Bob Downing Published: September 17, 2013

COLUMBUS: The Utica and Marcellus shales are poised to produce significant volumes of natural gas that can benefit utilities and manufacturers in the Midwest and the Northeast, according to a new report.

Bentek Energy, the Colorado-based energy market analytics company, says continued development of Utica and Marcellus natural gas and a rapidly growing infrastructure to transport the gas will result in “substantial opportunity” for natural gas users in Ohio, Pennsylvania and the Northeast United States, said spokesman Justin Carlson.

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Critics say new methane research report is 'fatally flawed'

By Bob Downing Published: September 17, 2013

A press release received today from Physicians, Scientists and Engineers for Healthy Energy:

EXPERTS: FRACKING METHANE LEAKAGE STUDY FINANCED BY GAS INDUSTRY WITH PARTNER, EDF, IS DEEPLY FLAWED
 
Numerous Problems Outlined With How Study Was Conducted in Order to Achieve Results Inconsistent with Findings of Independent Researchers

WASHINGTON, D.C.//September 17, 2013//Anthony Ingraffea, Ph.D., Dwight C. Baum professor of engineering, Cornell University, and president, Physicians, Scientists, and Engineers for Healthy Energy (PSE), and Seth B. Shonkoff, PhD, MPH, executive director, Physicians, Scientists, & Engineers for Healthy Energy, and environmental researcher, University of California, Berkeley, issued the following statement today:

“The new gas industry/Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) study released Monday on methane gas leakage appears to be fatally flawed. 

The study, “Measurements of Methane Emissions at Natural Gas Production Sites in the United States” by David T. Allen and colleagues was published yesterday in the Journal, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences at 3pm EST on Monday, September 16, 2013.  The Environmental Defense Fund together with many oil and gas companies funded and supported this research effort.  

The research bears directly on the powerful GHG/global warming effects of methane and thus the implications for regulation and continued widespread development of shale gas. But it has concluded that methane leakage at well sites, selected in time and location by industry participants, is so low as to be nearly trivial. This is a finding at odds with other researchers’ work that shows much higher rates.

Allen and colleagues conclude that upstream (at the well site) methane emissions from the natural gas industry amount to just 0.42% of gross annual domestic production of associated (oil wells) and non-associated (gas wells) natural gas.  However, the study - much like its widely-criticized predecessor, (EPA/GRI 1996), which this study seems to closely follow – is based on a small sampling of hydraulically fractured wells which may not adequately represent national oil and gas activity and the variability within and across production basins.

Furthermore, the fugitive losses reported by Allen and colleagues are 10 to 20 times lower than those calculated from more complete (field-level) measurements. 

A fatal flaw in the study by Allen and colleagues is that they make no attempt to discuss these conflicting results, nor do they even reference these other studies as relevant evidence to uncertainty. How might one explain this huge discrepancy in measured emissions? 

* Possible explanation #1 for discrepancy: industry well selection.  While it is possible that the gas industry can produce gas with relatively low associated emissions at the well site, this is likely not now the norm nationally, regionally, or even within a single production play. It is in the interest of industry to select lower emitting wells for sampling. Studies carried out by NOAA and other independent researchers which report significantly higher rates of emissions rely on atmospheric measurements and chemical analysis of atmospheric samples to assess emissions across the entirety of a production field rather than a small subset of selected wells. As such, these studies are more likely to reflect accurately real-world emissions from the industry as a whole. 

* Possible explanation #2 for discrepancy: The effect of oversight. This paper suggests that when industry knows that they are being carefully watched they are motivated to, and capable of, substantially reducing fugitive methane emissions at the well site.  However, in the real world, not every well has oversight by scientists and engineers of the caliber of Allen and colleagues during all of their work.  In fact, many state oil and gas regulatory agencies in the United States have too few inspectors to monitor the large numbers of wells and regulatory oversight is, thus, greatly limited (http://goo.gl/VK4nzf).  In the real world, gas production operators may not take all precautions necessary to limit fugitive methane loss; field-level measurements capture the emissions from wells owned by these operators as well as exemplary wells.   

The results of this study fall within the range of upstream methane emissions reported in the controversial EPA/GRI 1996 study: 0.38% (± 0.17) of gross U.S. production. One can’t help but notice other similarities between the studies: e.g. relative sample size, sampling methods. The EPA/GRI study has been widely criticized for limited data and unrepresentative sampling (Howarth et al. 2011; EPA 2010; OIG 2013).  Given the politically charged environment around unconventional natural gas development, we must question whether this study is simply an attempt to manipulate science and reverse the political discussions of fugitive methane emissions. A confirmation of high rates of fugitive methane losses as is concluded in all of the field-level studies to date (again, these were omitted from the Allen et al. paper) would discredit the "clean natural gas" narrative. 

It is likely that a higher methane emission rate would necessitate more regulatory oversight of the oil and gas industry and this study may be an industry maneuver to counter that possibility.   

It is disappointing that Allen and colleagues seem to have failed to employ basic scientific rules including transparent criteria for the selection of study sites to measure, sufficient sample sizes, and the attempt to place their results in the context of other scientific studies to date.  This study falls short in its attempt to help answer questions about methane emissions from modern gas development beyond the small number of gas industry-selected wells where measures were taken.”

ABOUT PSE
 
Physicians, Scientists, and Engineers for Healthy Energy is dedicated to supplying objective, evidence-based, scientific information and resources on unconventional gas development (high-volume hydrofracking) and other novel energy production methods. PSE's mission is to bring transparency to the important scientific and public policy issues surrounding energy, helping to level the playing field for citizens, scientists, advocacy groups, media, and policy-makers. For more information, go to http://www.psehealthyenergy.org/.
 

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Gulfport Energy releases data from three Utica wells

By Bob Downing Published: September 17, 2013

From Oklaoma-based Gulfport Energy today on its Utica shale wells:

OKLAHOMA CITY, Sept. 17, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Gulfport Energy Corporation (Nasdaq:GPOR) today announced production results on its Wagner 3-28H, Clay 3-4H, and Lyon 3-27H wells in the Utica Shale.

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Sierra Club sues ODNR over Youngstown dumping records

By Bob Downing Published: September 17, 2013

From the Associated Press:

An environmental group seeking documents related to alleged illegal dumping of wastewater from oil and gas drilling into a northeast Ohio storm sewer is suing the state for access to the records.

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Hagan seeking ODNR records on Youngstown dumping case

By Bob Downing Published: September 17, 2013

From State Rep. Robert F. Hagan, D-Youngstown:

YOUNGSTOWN, OH- State Representative Robert Hagan (D-Youngstown) sent a letter today to the Director of the Ohio Department of Natural Resources requesting public records from the illegal brine dumping incident that took place earlier this year in the Mahoning Valley. The letter follows recent reports that ODNR is withholding public records on the incident from a statewide environmental group.

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U.S. drilling rig count grew by one, Baker Hughes reports

By Bob Downing Published: September 17, 2013

From the Associated Press:

Oilfield services company Baker Hughes Inc. says the number of rigs actively exploring for oil and natural gas in the U.S. increased one last week to 1,768.

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West Virginia pushing to create natural gas trust fund

By Bob Downing Published: September 17, 2013

From the Associated Press:

By Bruce Schreiner

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EID on new methane study from shale gas drilling

By Bob Downing Published: September 16, 2013

From Energy in Depth:

Bombshell Study Confirms Low Methane Leakage from Shale Gas

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API: Methods to reduce methane gas releases are working

By Bob Downing Published: September 16, 2013

From the American Petroleum Institute:

Study: Methane emissions from natural gas production are lower than previously estimated

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EDF on release of new methane study from shale gas wells

By Bob Downing Published: September 16, 2013

From the Environmental Defense Fund today:

(Austin, TX - September 16, 2013) The first of sixteen methane emissions studies in a comprehensive research initiative organized by Environmental Defense Fund (EDF), and involving more than 90 partners — universities, scientists, research facilities, and oil and gas companies — is now available. The paper, "Measurements of methane emissions at natural gas production sites in the United States," was published today in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS). Led by Dr. David Allen at The University of Texas at Austin (UT), the study took direct measurements of methane emissions associated with unconventional natural gas production — specifically, shale gas wells that use hydraulic fracturing.

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New report says drilling does not release large volumes of methane

By Bob Downing Published: September 16, 2013

From the Associated Press:

A new study finds that the process of drilling and fracking for natural gas doesn't seem to spew immense amounts of the greenhouse gas methane into the air, as has been feared.

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Ohio to impose quarterly reporting starting in January 2014

By Bob Downing Published: September 16, 2013

Ohio drillers will be required to file quarterlygnatural gas-oil production reports, starting in January 2014.

At present, Ohio only requires a once-a-year report.

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EnerVest played a key role in opening Ohio's Utica shale

By Bob Downing Published: September 16, 2013

The American Oil & Gas Reporter took tn interesting look at how EnerVest Operating Co. LLC came to be involved in Ohio's Utica shale.

The story is by company president and CEO Ken Mariani.

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Here are 24 companies, permits approved for Ohio shale drilling

By Bob Downing Published: September 16, 2013

Fron Shawn Bennett of Energy-in-Depth-Ohio, a pro-drilling industry group:

Here are the 24 companies drilling in Ohio with the number of Utica permits they have:

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Chesapeake's new direction is financial discipline, CEO says

By Bob Downing Published: September 16, 2013

The CEO of Chesapeake Energy spoke last week at a conference and outlined his company's new direction.

It is financial discipline, said Doug Lawler.

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Ohio company has big plans to treat Utica shale drill cuttings

By Bob Downing Published: September 16, 2013

A Columbus-based company is working to treat drill cuttings from Ohio's Utica shale with microbes to remove contamination.

The company is Ohio Soil Recycling, reports Crain's Cleveland Business.

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U.S. EPA ending its involvement in Wyoming water case

By Bob Downing Published: September 16, 2013

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has quietly ended its involvement in the highly publicized water contamination case  in Pavilion, Wyo., the Marcellus Drilling News reported last week.

The agency announced it was discontinuing the public comment period of its draft research report on groundwater contamination from natural gas wells and that action formally ends the agency’s inquiry.

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Tallgrass Energy gets approval to abandon Pony Express Pipeline

By Bob Downing Published: September 16, 2013

From TallgrassEnergy Partners on Friday:

 

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New hotel for drillers proposed in Columbiana County

By Bob Downing Published: September 16, 2013

A group of California investors has purchased land in Salem for a new hotel that would cater to natural gas drillers, according to the Warren Tribune Chronicle.

The investors purchased 50 acres on the nothern edge of the city in Columbiana County.

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133 pipeline projects planned, under construction in eastern Ohio

By Bob Downing Published: September 16, 2013

Companies in Ohio's Utica shale are planning to complete needed infrastructure in 2013 and get wells into full production in 2014, attorney Chip Collier told the Columbus Business Journal.

There are 133 separate pipeline projects planned and under construction in eastern Ohio to get natural gas and its liquids to market, said Collier of Benesch Attorneys at Law.

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NOPEC agrees to new natural gas pact with NextEra Energy

By Bob Downing Published: September 14, 2013

With thanks to Beacon Journal business writer Betty Lin-Fisher for today's article:

The Northeast Ohio Public Energy Council said it reached a six-year agreement to supply natural gas to its customers using gas from Ohio's shale gas boom.

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Washington County gets new brine injection well

By Bob Downing Published: September 13, 2013

From GreenHunter Resources earlier this week:

GRAPEVINE, Texas--(BUSINESS WIRE)--GreenHunter Resources, Inc. (NYSE MKT:GRH)(NYSE MKT:GRH.PRC) (the “Company”), a diversified water resource, waste management and environmental services company specializing in the unconventional oil and natural gas shale resource plays, announced that its wholly-owned subsidiary, GreenHunter Water, LLC, began today commercial operations at a new salt water disposal (SWD) facility located in Newport, Washington County, Ohio. This riverside SWD has the potential to inject a minimum of 1,200 barrels per day (BBL/D) of oilfield brine. New field personnel have been hired to run the SWD facility.

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Director retiring from Delaware River Basin Commission

By Bob Downing Published: September 13, 2013

Carol Collier, executive director of the Delaware River Basin Commission, is retiring next March.

She has headed the agency since August 1998.

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Hundred letter writers seek hearing on Athens County injection well

By Bob Downing Published: September 13, 2013

From the Athens County Fracking Action Network today:

For immediate release

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Activist to speak on community bill on rights Sept. 22 in Kent

By Bob Downing Published: September 13, 2013

From Concerned Citizens Ohio-Kent today:

• Tish O'Dell

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Halcon Resources selling off North Texas leases for $303 million

By Bob Downing Published: September 13, 2013

From Halcon Resources, a player in Ohio's Utica shale:

HOUSTON, TEXAS , Sept. 12, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Halcón Resources Corporation (NYSE: HK) ("Halcón" or the "Company") today announced it has entered into three separate purchase and sale agreements to divest certain non-core conventional assets located throughout the U.S. (the "Properties") for total consideration of approximately $302 million .

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Dominion Resources to form MLP partnership for natural gas

By Bob Downing Published: September 13, 2013

From Bloomberg News:

Dominion Resources Inc. (D), the third-largest U.S. utility owner, will form a master-limited partnership for natural gas assets next year that may generate as much as $2 billion annually in earnings.

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Anadarko, Noble behind pro-fracking campaign in Colorado

By Bob Downing Published: September 13, 2013

Two Texas-based companies are kicking off an advertising campaign in Colorado to promote hydraulic fracturing or fracking to wary residents.

The drive is being funded by Anadarko Petroleum Corp. and Noble Energy, both based in the Houston area.

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Bowling Green to host Sept. 17 program on fracking emergencies

By Bob Downing Published: September 13, 2013

From the FreshWater Accountability Project-Ohio:

 

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Ohio activists fighting to get community bill of rights on ballot

By Bob Downing Published: September 13, 2013

From the Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund of Ohio on Thursday:

(Broadview
Heights, Ohio, September 12, 2013) As Congressional representatives meet to
debate military strikes against the Syrian government for targeting its own
people for toxic chemical attacks and Syria offers to surrender those toxins to
halt the atrocities, in Ohio there’s a clandestine, but well orchestrated
attempt by backers of toxin-laden frack drilling and poison injection wells to
block citizens from deciding for themselves whether State-permitted poisons will
be allowed to be pumped and dumped in their communities.

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Too much success hurting Marcellus, Utica shale drillers

By Bob Downing Published: September 12, 2013

Too much success is becoming a problem for Marcellus shale drillers, says the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.

Shale formations such as the Marcellus are producing so much natural gas that the nation's gas supply will exceed its demand by 2017, according to research released on Tuesday by Bentek Energy LLC.

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ANGA welcomes federal approval of Maryland LNG terminal

By Bob Downing Published: September 12, 2013

From America's Natural Gas Alliance on Wednesday:

 

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Fracking boosts U.S. oil production to highest level since 1989

By Bob Downing Published: September 12, 2013

From Bloomberg News:

U.S. oil production jumped last week to the highest level since May 1989, cutting consumption of foreign fuel and putting the U.S. closer to energy independence.

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API pleased by federal approval of Cove Point LNG terminal

By Bob Downing Published: September 12, 2013

From the American Petroleum Institute on Wednesday:

WASHINGTON, September 11, 2013 – API Director of Upstream and Industry Operations Erik Milito welcomed today’s authorization by the Department of Energy for exports from the Cove Point liquefied natural gas (LNG) facility as a sign that the agency may be moving more quickly to process the remaining 15 applications to export LNG to countries that do not have free trade agreements with the United States.

“This demonstrates progress toward an enormous opportunity for the administration to bolster job creation and economic growth. The shale gas revolution has fundamentally changed the energy equation, positioning the United States as an energy superpower that can provide ample, affordable supplies to the domestic and international markets, and in a way that has helped reduce carbon dioxide emissions to near twenty-year lows.

“We continue to urge Energy Secretary Moniz to oversee expeditious review and approval of the remaining U.S. LNG export permit applications.”

Timely approval of LNG export authorizations could create tens of thousands of domestic jobs while having only minimal impacts on domestic U.S. natural gas prices, according to a recent report by ICF International. The report also concludes that LNG exports would spur strong growth in U.S. GDP but that U.S. companies would face considerable competition for LNG sales abroad, with at least 63 international LNG export projects currently planned or under construction.
 

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Federal fracking panel schedules Nov. 20 teleconference

By Bob Downing Published: September 13, 2013

From the Federal Register and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency:

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Fracking materials becoming better known, less of secret

By Bob Downing Published: September 12, 2013

Fracking liquids have been a closely guarded trade secret for decades.

But what ingredients the drillers are using is starting to become less of a secret.

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Analysts offer look at LNG approvals, projects pending

By Bob Downing Published: September 12, 2013

A look at LNG from Sterne Agee analysts Michael Dudas and Patrick Uotila:

Our Call
Encouraging news flow continues to reflect the materialization of a strong U.S. LNG cycle that should offer a long tail of revenue and margin growth opportunities for select E&C firms. We believe portfolios with cyclical growth strategies should add E&C positions in Fluor, CB&I, Jacobs and URS Corporation in front of pending EPC awards surrounding North American natural gas monetization.

• Dominion (D, $58.61, NR) received Department of Energy approval for its $3 billion plus Cove Point project in Maryland. Dominion previously awarded the EPC contract to a joint venture of IHI Corporation (7013-TKS, 407 JPY, NR) and Kiewit (private). The Cove Point approval follows the last DOE approval, The Lake Charles project, by about a month. Front End Engineering and Design (FEED) on the Lake Charles project will be done by Technip (TEC-PAR, 89.42 EUR, NR). Several of the larger LNG projects have awarded FEED contracts which should be completed during 2014 when larger Engineering Procurement and Construction (EPC) contracts should be rewarded.

• We remain encouraged by the accelerated pace of approvals. So far, 4 LNG projects worth over $20 billion have been approved for U.S. export approval. The $6 billion Cameron LNG project remains second in line to receive the next approval. Joint ventures bidding on the EPC for this project include Fluor/JGC (1963-TKS, 3705 JPY, NR) and CB&I/Chiyoda (6366-TKS, 1141 JPY, NR). We believe Exxon's (XOM, $88.84, NR) $10 billion Golden Pass project remains around 10th in line for DOE approval. A CB&I/Chiyoda JV was awarded the pre-FEED on the terminal at Golden Pass while Worley Parsons (WOR-ASX, 22.77 AUD, NR) was awarded the pipeline pre-FEED.

• Freeport LNG (private) recently signed two additional deals to export gas to Asia supporting commitments to justify a third train which would bring the total project cost to $11 billion. We continue to expect a Freeport LNG announcement regarding an EPC contract where we think CBI remains well positioned in a JV with Zachry construction. Japan's Toshiba (6502-TKS, 413 JPY, NR) and SK (018670-KRX, 71700 KRW, NR) of Korea signed agreements for 2.2 million tons of LNG per year. We believe the first two trains together should come in $5.0-$6.0 billion. One train per year remains expected to open during 2017, 2018, and 2019.

• Our LNG project development base case scenario assumes more than 10 billion cubic feet (bcf) per day of proposed project capacity comes on line in North America during 2015-2020, with capital spending of $30 billion plus. Liquefaction terminals remain considerably expensive ($2-$10 billion) projects that support a very long construction cycle (4-6 years). Peripheral construction activity around LNG pipelines, processing and storage should offer incremental opportunities worth billions of dollars starting in 2013, lasting through 2017. We expect Front End Engineering and Design (FEED) activities during 2013-2015 and Engineering Procurement and Construction (EPC) awards during 2013-2018. We believe Fluor, Jacobs, and Chicago Bridge & Iron remain particularly well suited to win scope at each project. We expect the size and complexity of these projects to dictate multiple scopes providing several angles for participation in addition to the main EPC contract.

 

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Center pleased by Dominion Cove Point LNG approval

By Bob Downing Published: September 12, 2013

From the Center for Liquified Natural Gas on Wednesday:

Washington, D.C.: Following the order from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) approving Dominion Cove Point LNG’s non-free trade agreement application to export liquefied natural gas (LNG), Center for Liquefied Natural Gas President Bill Cooper issued the statement below:

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Gov. Jerry Brown says he will sign California rules on fracking

By Bob Downing Published: September 12, 2013

From Bloomberg News today:

By Mark Melnicoe

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Dominion Resources wins DOE approval for LNG export terminal

By Bob Downing Published: September 12, 2013

From Bloomberg News on Wednesday:

By Brian Wingfield & Jim Polson

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Richmond newspaper does not like fracking in Virginia

By Bob Downing Published: September 11, 2013

From Media Matters for America:

http://mm4a.org/18cAhL6
 

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Chesapeake Energy going through new round of staff cuts

By Bob Downing Published: September 11, 2013

Oklahoma-based Chesapeake Energy Corp. is going through another round of personnel cuts.

The changes are coming as new management tries to downsize the company as it continues to deal with significant debt.

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North Dakota considers incentives to reduce gas flaring

By Bob Downing Published: September 11, 2013

North Dakota is rewriting its laws to offer drilling companis incentives to keep natural gas from being flared or burned off.

The practice is likely to continue, the experts say.

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Gulfport Energy, Harch Environmental Resources settle with ODNR

By Bob Downing Published: September 11, 2013

Gulfport Energy Corp. will pay a $250,000 fine, after the Ohio Department of Natural Resources discovered leaking brine and other fluids at seven drilling pads in eastern Ohio.

The Oklahoma-based company must remove the contaminated soils and rebuild the pads at three sites in Belmont County and four pads in Harrison County.

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Low natural gas prices hurting Pennsylvania's Marcellus shale

By Bob Downing Published: September 11, 2013

By some measures, drilling for natural gas in Pennsylvania's Marcellus shale has dropped by 50 percent since its peak in 2010.

Experts say that's because of several factors, but the biggest by far is a steep plunge in price.

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Ohio has 542 drilled Utica wells with 152 in production

By Bob Downing Published: September 11, 2013

Ohio has approved 882 Utica shale permits.

Of that total, 542 wells have been drilled and 152 are in production in eastern Ohio, as of Sept. 7.

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Oil, gas production growing around Caspian Sea, DOE reports

By Bob Downing Published: September 11, 2013

From the U.S, Enery Information Administartion:

Sep 11, 2013

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Hydraulic fracturing doesn't cause earthquakes, professor says

By Bob Downing Published: September 11, 2013
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XTO Energy facing criminal charges in 2010 Pennsylvania spill

By Bob Downing Published: September 11, 2013

From the Associated Press:

Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane has filed criminal charges against XTO Energy, Inc. over a 2010 spill of natural gas drilling wastewater in Lycoming County.

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Drilling industry will help reduce greenhouse-gas emissions, study says

By Bob Downing Published: September 11, 2013

From the American Petroleum Institute on Tuesday:

WASHINGTON, September 10, 2013 ─ Oil and natural gas companies are America’s top investors in zero- and low-greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) technologies, according to a new study released by API.

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Gulfport pays $250,000 fine for problems at seven well pads

By Bob Downing Published: September 11, 2013

Oklahoma-based Gulfport Energy has paid a $250,000 fine after the Ohio Department of Natural Resources discovered "ground contamination" at seven natural gas well pads in eastern Ohio.

The company must clean up the contamination and plant new vegetation at the sites in Belmont and Harrison counties.

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City of Niles reconsidering community bill of rights

By Bob Downing Published: September 10, 2013

The city of Niles is having second thoughts about a recently passed ordinance which attempts to ban oil and gas drilling within city limits, says WFMJ.

The "community bill of rights" ordinance, which was passed as an emergency measure last month. was characterized as a preventative measure by Mayor Ralph Infante.

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Ohio releases new two-page fact sheet on fracture sands

By Bob Downing Published: September 10, 2013

The Ohio Department of Natural Resources' Division of Geological Survey has released a new two-page fact sheet on fracture sands in Ohio.

It is GeoFacts No. 27.

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Mahoning County approves Halcon Resources' seismic testing

By Bob Downing Published: September 10, 2013

Last month, the Mahoning County commissioners approved a one-year road-use maintenance agreement to allow Halcon Resources LLC of Houston to perform seismic testing for oil and natural-gas deposits along county and township roads in six townships.

The exploration is to occur in Austintown, Jackson, Milton, Berlin, Ellsworth and Canfield townships.

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Pennsylvania drilling groups want endangered species changes

By Bob Downing Published: September 10, 2013

From the Associated Press:

By KEVIN BEGOS

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YOUNG conference cancels Friday speaking events

By Jim Mackinnon Published: September 10, 2013

The Friday morning session of the 2013 Youngstown, Ohio Utica and Natural Gas (YOUNG) Conference & Expo has been canceled because two key speakers will be unable to attend. Organizers said they did not have enough time to bring in replacement speakers.

Thursday's main event, which includes speakers and a big trade show, runs from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Covelli Centre in downtown Youngstown. Wednesday's reception runs from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Holiday Inn Boardman.

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Delays at Belmont County well hurts Gulfport's guidance

By Bob Downing Published: September 10, 2013

From analysts Tim Rezvan and Truman Hobbs of Sterne Agee:

Utica Shale Growing Pains - Infrastructure Issues Bite 3Q Production. Trimming 3Q Estimates.

Our Call
We trim 3Q production and earnings estimates following this morning's negative pre-announcement. We expect shares to come under pressure today. GPOR shares have rallied 24% in the last month and closed yesterday within $1 of their 52-week high, so a short-term pullback does not concern us. Despite the cut in 3Q production guidance, our long-term thesis on the stock is unchanged.

• Details. Gulfport released updated 3Q production guidance this morning and cut guidance to 12.25-12.75 boe/d, versus prior guidance of 14-15 boe/d and our estimate of 14.7 mboe/d. The company cited permitting and infrastructure delays from Markwest (MWE, $68.36, NR) from the Irons 1-4H well, which was supposed to be on-line in mid-August, as well as downtime from simultaneous operations, which likely refers to shutting in producing wells while completing other wells on the same pad. We have been unable to speak with the company yet this morning for further details.

• Each Well Matters - Irons 1-4H Delay is the Biggest Driver of Reduced Production Guidance. In its early stages of growth in the Utica Shale, each well is of paramount importance, given the strong initial production rates. The Irons well, drilled in Eastern Belmont County, is toward the dry gas window of the play, where we estimate IP rates will average over 6 mmcfe/d (1 mboe/d) over the first year of production. A delay in turning one well to production in the gas window in the third quarter impacts total company production by 1+ mboe/d, 8% of total 3Q13E production. This well was the easternmost well drilled by Gulfport to date, and was most exposed to a delay in infrastructure. Optics appear negative from a ~2 mboe/d reduction in guidance, but the gassier wells in eastern Ohio are simply so strong that shifts in the date when they are turned to sales can have large impacts. We believe the Irons well was likely the biggest driver of downtime, while well shut-ins from nearby completions was another contributing factor.

• Trimming 3Q Estimates, Maintaining 4Q13/2014/2015 For Now. Despite the 3Q shortfall, Gulfport maintained full-year production guidance of ~15 mboe/d, which implies 4Q production of ~32 mboe/d to get to the midpoint of full-year production guidance, or ~27 mboe/d to get the low end of 2013 guidance. While we trim 3Q production to 12.5 mboe/d from 14.7 mboe/d, our current 4Q production estimate of 31 mboe/d is unchanged. 3Q EPS declines by a penny to $0.12 and 3Q EBITDA declines by $7 million to $56 million.

 

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Gulfport Energy revises third quarter, 2013 production guidance

By Bob Downing Published: September 10, 2013

From Gulfport Energy today:

OKLAHOMA CITY , Sept. 10, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Gulfport Energy Corporation (Nasdaq:GPOR) today provided an update on its third quarter 2013 and full year 2013 production guidance.

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Ohio Utica Shale named top 2012 newsblog in Ohio

By Bob Downing Published: September 10, 2013

The Ohio Utica Shale blog is a winner.

It was named the No. 1 newsblog in the state of Ohio in 2012.

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Streetsboro to host Sept. 19 workshop on pipelines

By Bob Downing Published: September 10, 2013

A workshop on pipelines will be held Sept. 19 in Portage County.

The meeting will be at 7:30 p.m. at the Eagles Club Hall, 9052 State Route 14, Streetsboro. Look for Unit D.

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Ohio State University researchers looking at shale drilling

By Bob Downing Published: September 10, 2013

From Ohio State University:

Researchers to study ecological health, sustainability and biodiversity, including groundwater, surface water, air/soil quality.

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Chesapeake drops legal battle over extending New York leases

By Bob Downing Published: September 9, 2013

From the Associated Press:

Chesapeake Energy has dropped its two-year legal battle to force an extension of 200 expired gas-drilling leases covering 13,000 acres in southern New York, the law firm representing the landowners said Monday.

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Athens law firm fighting Bowling Green charter amendment

By Bob Downing Published: September 9, 2013

from the FreshWater Accountability Project today:

An Athens, Ohio law firm, Lavelle and Associates, filed a protest Thursday, September 5, 2013 with the Wood County Board of Elections to prevent the Bowling Green Community’s Bill of Rights Charter Amendment from being placed on the November ballot. The protest states that municipalities have no authority to exert legislative control over oil and gas production. Citizens assert Bowling Green has the ability to amend its charter as a home rule city, and there is a constitutional right for city residents to be allowed to vote on such issues which have been passed by other Ohio cities.

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Shale drilling won't hurt U.K. carbon reductions, study says

By Bob Downing Published: September 9, 2013

From Bloomberg News:

By Brian Swint

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U.S. shale gas ready for world domination

By Jim Mackinnon Published: September 9, 2013

Cheap natural gas from fracking means the United States will soon find itself in a position to export the fuel, writes The Via Meadia blog at The American Interest. And the soon-to-be-done widening of the Panama Canal makes liquified natural gas exports more cost effective, the blog says.

(Via Meadia is generally pro-shale energy while acknowleding the environmental and economic risks.)

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Eco-group wants Ohio Legislature to tighten rules on drilling

By Bob Downing Published: September 9, 2013

The Ohio Environmental Council on Monday called for sweeping changes to upgrade Ohio’s laws on drilling natural gas and oil wells.

The statewide eco-group said it was pushing 32 different provisions, contending that Ohioans are not adequately protected from the risks of horizontal drilling and hydrological fracturing or fracking.

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'Triple Divide' film to be screened Sept. 20 in Summit County

By Bob Downing Published: September 9, 2013

The Portage Trail of the Sierra Club is hosting a showing of a new film Triple Divide on Sept. 20.

The film, a look at shale drilling in northern Pennsylvania and how it was managed by the Department of Environmental Protection, will be shown at 7 p.m. at the Springfield Township Community and Senior Center, 2459 Canfield Road, just off U.S. 224.

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Natural gas liquids are 'a rising star' for U.S. drillers

By Bob Downing Published: September 9, 2013

Worldwide production of natural gas liquids is soaring — fueled largely by the U.S. drilling boom — and that rapid rise will alter the global energy market for at least a decade, analysts say.

Global production of natural gas liquids will grow from more than 26 million barrels a day currently to nearly 30 million barrels a day by 2023, according to research firm ESAI Energy.

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Toxic threat from wastewater plants that treat drilling wastes

By Bob Downing Published: September 9, 2013

From the U.S. Geological Survey last week:

Wastewater treatment plants that process waters from oil and gas development were found to discharge elevated levels of toxic chemicals known as brominated disinfection byproducts, according to a new study by the U.S. Geological Survey.

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No eminent domain in Kentucky for Bluegrass Pipeline

By Bob Downing Published: September 9, 2013

From the Associated Press:

A private company that wants to build a pipeline to carry natural gas liquids across Kentucky can't use eminent domain to obtain the right of way, a ranking state official said Thursday.

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Bluegrass Pipeline will avoid nuns' property in Kentucky

By Bob Downing Published: September 9, 2013

From the Associated Press:

A proposed pipeline that would carry flammable liquids through north and central Kentucky wouldn’t cross into land owned by a group of Catholic nuns that has been outspokenly opposed to it, a pipeline company spokesman said last week.

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Michigan natural gas bonanza is years away, study says

By Bob Downing Published: September 9, 2013

From the Associated Press:

Michigan may have large natural gas reserves deep underground, but it will likely be years before they would be developed on a large scale, giving policymakers time to deal with the environmental and public health concerns associated with the extraction method known as fracking, according to a study released Thursday.

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New fracking sand terminal opens in Fairmont, W. Va.

By Bob Downing Published: September 9, 2013

Fairmont, W. Va., is home to a new rail-to-truck facility for fracking sands.

The facility is owned and operated by Transflo, a subsidiary of CSX Corp., along with U.S. Silica.

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Could Pa. audit show flaws in dealing with water problems from drilling?

By Bob Downing Published: September 9, 2013

From NPR's StateImpact Pennsylvania:

Pennsylvania’s Auditor General doesn’t have an official report yet.

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Appeals court backs Chesapeake on West Virginia waste pits

By Bob Downing Published: September 9, 2013

The U.S. Fourth District Court of Appeals sided with a subsidiary of the Oklahoma-based Chesapeake Energy Corp. to allow waste pits on private property in West Virginia.

The case was brought by West Virginia landowners who complained about the company using their land for permanent disposal of drilling waste (technically a trespassing issue).

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Minnesota-based crane, tool company expands to Pennsylvania

By Bob Downing Published: September 9, 2013

From the PR News Wire:

GRANITE FALLS, Minn., Sept. 5, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Fagen, Inc. today announced the completion of all details and agreements to take possession of a multi-acre site in Houston, PA to provide equipment storage, tool storage and materials management for current and future projects in the build out of the Utica / Appalachian Basin and Marcellus fields.

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Federal approval for barge wastewater shipments expected soon

By Bob Downing Published: September 9, 2013

It appears that federal approval for barge shipments of fracking wastewater on hte Ohio River could be eminent, says industry observer Jim Willis of the Marcellus Drilling News.

The company is developing recycling facilities in Wheeling and is expecting federal approval very soon, he says.

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Virginia forest is flashpoint in debate on whether drilling endangers water

By Bob Downing Published: September 9, 2013

From Bloomberg News:

A proposal to restrict natural gas production in a Virginia national forest has become a flashpoint in the debate over whether drilling endangers water — in this case water used by millions of people in the Washington region.

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Bowling Green is home to growing shale drilling oppositon

By Bob Downing Published: September 8, 2013

Bowling Green in northwest Ohio is far from the Utica shale drilling frenzy in eastern Ohio.

No one is drilling there, but there is growing local oppositon. A grass-roots group has sprung up and Bowling Green City Council will vote Sept. 16 on a proposed fracking ban.

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EV Energy Partners buys Barnett shale share from Carrizo Oil

By Bob Downing Published: September 7, 2013

From Texas-based EV Energy Partners and affiliates on Friday:

  HOUSTON , Sept. 6, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- EV Energy Partners, L.P. (NASDAQ: EVEP) announced that it, along with certain institutional partnerships managed by EnerVest, Ltd. , has signed an agreement to acquire natural gas properties in the Barnett Shale from Carrizo Oil and Gas, Inc. EVEP has agreed to acquire a 31 percent interest in these assets for $67.6 million ( $218 million for all EnerVest -affiliated entities combined).

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Cowden to speak on fracking dangers Tuesday in Bowling Green

By Bob Downing Published: September 7, 2013

From grass-roots groups in Bowling Green:

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

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Corps: No significant impact from Halcon pipeline project

By Bob Downing Published: September 7, 2013

From the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers on Friday:

The Pittsburgh District has released the draft Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) document related to the Halcon Field Services SRC Pipeline Project in the vicinity of the Shenango Wildlife Area, Trumbull County, Ohio.

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Five Ohio municipalities support Munroe Falls in court appeal

By Bob Downing Published: September 7, 2013

From the Natural Resources Defense Council on Friday:

COLUMBUS, OH (September 6, 2013) – A group of Ohio municipalities have weighed in on behalf of home rule protections against fracking operations in a controversial Ohio Supreme Court Case pitting communities against unfettered oil and gas development. The cities of Broadview Heights, Euclid, Mansfield, and North Royalton, and the Village of Amesville, today submitted a “friends of the court” brief in a case regarding fracking permits awarded to Beck Energy in the town of Munroe Falls.

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Drilling near expensive homes wins English support

By Bob Downing Published: September 7, 2013

Property developer Julie Wilde says the fracking of an oil field under her beach-side villa on England’s south coast has done nothing to hurt the value of the 9 million-pound ($14 million) home.

Oil exploration hasn’t affected the area “one little bit,” Wilde said as she drove an Audi A5 convertible through her house’s electric gates. “It’s a really, really nice place to live. It’s almost like being on holiday all the time.”

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Pennsylvania candidate pushing 5 percent tax on shale drilling

By Bob Downing Published: September 5, 2013

From the Associated Press:

A Democrat running for governor in Pennsylvania wants to add a 5 percent tax to the shale gas drilling boom.

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IHS report touting drilling impacts funded by industry, group reports

By Bob Downing Published: September 5, 2013

From Media Matters for America blog today:

Multiple mainstream media outlets have covered a new report touting the economic benefits from hydraulic fracturing ("fracking") without disclosing the report's industry funding.

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Chesapeake nearing agreement to drop New York leases

By Bob Downing Published: September 5, 2013

Chesapeake Energy Corp will finalize an agreement next week to drop about 12,000 acres of land leased for energy drilling in New York state, as a moratorium on fracking continues into its sixth year, Reuters reports.

There were reports last month that Chesapeake decided to walk away from about 100 leases in Broome and Tioga Counties in the south of the state, ending a two-year legal battle with landowners who wanted to cancel expired leases or renegotiate for better terms.

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Bradford County getting new gas-fired power plant

By Bob Downing Published: September 5, 2013

Texas-based Panda Power Funds is building a gas-fired power plant in Bradford County, Pa., that will burn natural gas from the Marcellus shale.

The 829-megawatt plant is scheduled to begin operations ine arly 2016.

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API says shale drilling has major impact on manufacturing

By Bob Downing Published: September 5, 2013

From the Ohio Petroleum Council on Wednesday:

WASHINGTON, September 4, 2013 – A new study illustrates the far-reaching economic contributions of unconventional oil and natural gas development, particularly in the manufacturing sector, says API Vice President for Policy and Economic Analysis Kyle Isakower.

“The oil and natural gas revolution has created millions of jobs, and this study shows the broader economic benefits are being felt by households and manufacturers across the U.S.,” said Isakower.  “Oil and natural gas have been pillars of the recovery, and other sectors are now coming back stronger and faster because of affordable and abundant energy and raw materials -- despite economic headwinds. As a result, Americans have more income, more buying power, and a more competitive economy.”

The study by IHS Global Insight, “America’s New Energy Future: The Unconventional Oil and Gas Revolution and the Economy – Volume 3: A Manufacturing Renaissance,” expands on IHS’s earlier research into unconventional oil and natural gas -- resources generally unlocked from shale deposits and other tight formations using hydraulic fracturing and horizontal drilling. The latest report outlines the full chain of economic activity resulting from unconventional development, from drilling and refining to petrochemical supplies and manufacturing. According the study, the full unconventional value chain supported 2.1 million jobs last year, and is projected to support 3.9 million jobs by 2025, including 515,000 manufacturing jobs.

“Unconventional energy has been a remarkable economic stimulus with implications far beyond oil and natural gas producing states,” said Isakower. “New supplies are changing the game for businesses that use or make energy-intensive products including chemicals, aluminum, steel, cement, and foodstuff.  But to unlock our full manufacturing potential, those in Washington must turn aside efforts that would impose duplicative regulations on shale development, raise production costs, and limit access to domestic resources.”

According to the study, unconventional oil and gas will steadily increase U.S. competitiveness, contributing $180 billion to the U.S. trade balance by 2022. In addition, unconventional energy:

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Chemistry council lauds economic report on shale drilling

By Bob Downing Published: September 5, 2013

From the American Chemistry Council on Wednesday:

WASHINGTON (September 4, 2013) – The American Chemistry Council (ACC) lauded an IHS report released today that predicts a lasting competitive advantage for the U.S. chemical industry thanks to plentiful, affordable natural gas – part of a manufacturing renaissance that will include industrial expansion and new jobs.

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Increased oil extraction likely trigger for south Texas quakes

By Bob Downing Published: September 5, 2013

From the Fuel Fix newsblog on Aug. 27:

Earthquakes in the Eagle Ford shale region of Texas are likely being triggered by increased oil extraction, according to new research from the University of Texas at Austin.

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Total SA to close cracker, will invest in making resins, polymers

By Bob Downing Published: September 4, 2013

From Bloomberg News:

Total SA (FP) will shut a money-losing steam cracker at Carling in France and invest 160 million euros ($211 million) in making resin and polymers at the site in a bid to boost profitability of petrochemicals production.

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Mariner West pipeline will begin operations by early October

By Bob Downing Published: September 4, 2013

From Bloomberg News:

By Christine Buurma

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Ohio has 870 Utica permits, 526 drilled wells, 125 producing wells

By Bob Downing Published: September 4, 2013

Ohio has, through Aug. 31, approved 870 Utica shale permits.

A total of 526 wells have been drilled and 125 wells are in production, the Ohio Department of Natural Resources reports.

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Murray, McClendon are battling over corporate name

By Bob Downing Published: September 4, 2013

Aubrey McClendon, former CEO of Chesapeake Energy and new CEO of American Energy Partners, is being sued by an Ohio energy company.

Robert Murray, founder of Murray Energy Corp. with coal mines in southeast Ohio, is suing McClendon because his new company's name is too close to the name of a Murray-run company.

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Carrizo selling Barnett, Marcellus shale assets for $268 million

By Bob Downing Published: September 4, 2013

From Texas-based Carrizo Oil & Gas Inc.:

HOUSTON, TX -- (MARKET WIRE) -- 09/04/2013 -- Carrizo Oil & Gas, Inc. ( NASDAQ : CRZO ) today announced the sale of its remaining Barnett Shale properties as well as other non-core assets in East Texas and the Marcellus Shale. The company also announced plans to participate in upcoming conferences.

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A cold winter could boost Chesapeake Energy's natural gas sales

By Bob Downing Published: September 4, 2013

By David White of Seeking Alpha website on Chesapeake Energy and predictions of a cold winter:

The Farmer's Almanac recently released its forecast for a much colder than normal winter in 2013-2014. "A large area of below-normal temperatures will predominate from roughly east of the Continental divide to the Appalachians, north and east through New England. Coldest temperatures will be over the Northern Plains on east into the Great Lakes. Only for the Far West and the Southeast will there be a semblance of winter temperatures averaging close to normal, but only a few areas will enjoy many days where temperatures will average above normal."

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Arkansas lawsuits trying to link earthquakes, injection wells

By Bob Downing Published: September 4, 2013

More than 1,000 small earthquakes rocked Greenbrier, Ark., in 2010 and 2011.

The largest quake was a 4.7.

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Natural-gas storage capacity varies by U.S. region

By Bob Downing Published: September 4, 2013

From the U.S. Energy Information Administartion today:

Sep 4, 2013

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Gas, oil production boosting U.S. economy, new study says

By Bob Downing Published: September 4, 2013

From Bloomberg News:

By Jim Efstathiou Jr.

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West Virginia has good chance to attract cracker, governor says

By Bob Downing Published: September 4, 2013

West Virginia Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin told state business leaders he was continuing to work to bring an ethane cracker plant to the state, saying he believes the state still has a good chance to attract one.

"We are working every day to make that happen, and I am convinced it will happen," Tomblin said in late August.

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Shale gas production and high decline rates

By Jim Mackinnon Published: September 3, 2013

Shale energy production decline rates get analyzed by Michael Lynch at Forbes.com.

Lynch: "In the case of decline rates, the fear has been that offsetting the falling production in existing reserves would make it difficult to increase production to meet rising demand.  Some call this the ‘Red Queen’ issue, running faster and faster just to stay in place.

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Youngstown hosts annual shale and natural gas conference this month

By Jim Mackinnon Published: September 3, 2013

The annual Youngstown, Ohio Utica and Natural Gas Conference and Expo (YOUNG) gets started Sept. 11 for preregistered attendees, with the trade show opening 9 a.m. Sept. 12 at the Covelli Centre in downtown Youngstown.

Here's what the YOUNG web site has to say about this year's event:

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Utica drillers moving to the south to six Ohio counties

By Bob Downing Published: September 3, 2013

Carroll County is the reigning Utica shale capital of Ohio.

With 319 wells permitted, Carroll represents nearly 38 percent of the 858 wells the Ohio Department of Natural Resources has approved since late 2010.

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Chesapeake paying $7.5 million to resolve Pennsylvania royalty lawsuit

By Bob Downing Published: September 3, 2013

Chesapeake Energy Corp. on Friday agreed to pay $7.5 million to settle a class-action lawsuit in U.S. District Court over royalty payments in the Marcellus shale of Pennsylvania, says NPR's StateImpact Pennsylvania.

The energy giant was sued by 14 Pennsylvania and New York leaseolders unhappy that Chesapeake had reduced royalty payments because of certain post-production costs like pipelines and compressor stations.

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PVR Partners to build gas-collection pipeline for Hess in Ohio

By Bob Downing Published: September 3, 2013

Pennsylvania-based PVR Partners LP announced today that will build a 45-mile natural gas-collection pipeline in eastern Ohio for Hess Corp.

The pipeline system will be built in Belmont, Harrison and Jefferson counties.

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Antero Resources extends credit base to $2 billion

By Bob Downing Published: September 3, 2013

From Antero Resources, a major player in Ohio's Utica shale, today:

 Denver, Colorado, September 3, 2013 — Antero Resources announced today that the borrowing base under its bank credit facility has been increased to $2.0 billion. This represents a $250 million increase over Antero’s previous borrowing base announced in May 2013. In addition, lender commitments under the facility were increased by $300 million to $1.75 billion. The $1.75 billion commitment can be expanded to the full $2.0 billion borrowing base upon bank approval.

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Chevron investing dollars in Argentina shale projects

By Bob Downing Published: September 3, 2013

From Bloomberg News late last week:

By Pablo Gonzalez

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Carrollton may sell off share of shale royalties to buy new firetruck

By Bob Downing Published: September 3, 2013

The village of Carrollton is considering selling 25 percent of its future royalties from the Utica shale in order to buy a new firetruck.

The company has a possible deal with Gateway Royalty. That company will pay Carrollton $550,000 for its 20 percent royalty on 110 acres leased to Rex Energy.

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Great Ohio River Relay to begin Sept. 14 in Pittsburgh

By Bob Downing Published: September 3, 2013

The Great Ohio River Relay will begin at noon on Sept. 14 in Pittsburgh.

The baton wil be carried through six states to Cairo, Ill., to bring attention to the threats to the Ohio River including fracking and transporting drilling wastes via barge.

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Drillers are optimistic, pessimistic about Utica shale

By Bob Downing Published: September 3, 2013

There is optimism and pessimism about Ohio's Utica shale, reports oilprice.com.

Companies like Chesapeake Energy and Devon Energy are trying to sell off a portion of their Utica holdings in eastern Ohio --for different reasons.

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BP using temporary water pipelines in Trumbull County

By Bob Downing Published: September 3, 2013

BP North America Gas is relying on above-the-ground pipelines to move water to its first wells to be hydraulically fractured or fracked in Trumbull County.

The pipelines mean that the company is not required to rely on 1,500 truckloads of water, the Warren Tribune Chronicle reports

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Market Realist offers look at players in the Utica shale

By Bob Downing Published: September 3, 2013

The Marcelus Drilling News reports that the Market Realist published a seven-part series on the Utica shale.

That report included an assessment of who the players are and what they are doing in the Utica shale in Ohio, western Pennsylvania and northern West Virginia.

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Seeking Alpha looks at Chesapeake Energy's gas operations

By Bob Downing Published: September 3, 2013

It's no secret that Chesapeake Energy Corp, has pursued liquids in a big way, since the price of natural gas dropped.

Seeking Alpha is looking at Chesapeake's gas operations and offers its assessment of the Oklahoma-based energy giant's natural gas operations.

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Ohio is divided over drilling and discussions are under way

By Bob Downing Published: September 3, 2013

Ohio is divided over shale drilling.

The Youngstown Vindicator, in a story by Jamison Cocklin, looks at the divide between the two sides and the discussion that starting to occur.

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Chu will be keynote speaker on Sept. 17 in Columbus

By Bob Downing Published: September 3, 2013

From America's Natural Gas Alliance:

WASHINGTON, D.C. – (Aug. 27, 2013) – America’s Natural Gas Alliance (ANGA) today announced former U.S. Secretary of Energy and Nobel Prize laureate Dr. Steven Chu will deliver keynote remarks at the Ohio Think About Energy Summit on Tuesday, Sept. 17, 2013 in Columbus.

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Romanian protestors rally against shale drilling, gold mining

By Bob Downing Published: September 3, 2013

As many as 7,000 protestors rallied on Sunday in Bucharest, Romania, against shale drilling and a Canadian company's plan to mine gold with cyanide.

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Federal inspectors checking Bakken rail shipments of crude oil

By Bob Downing Published: September 3, 2013

From Bloomberg News:

U.S. rail-safety regulators began a “Bakken blitz” of inspections of crude oil tank cars this week as they seek to prevent a railroad disaster in the U.S. similar to July’s fatal inferno in Quebec.

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Lawsuit against shale drilling dismissed in western Michigan

By Bob Downing Published: September 3, 2013

From the Associated Press:

A judge has dismissed a lawsuit seeking to prevent oil and gas drilling on state land in western Michigan, saying the challenge is premature.

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Compressor station passes new Pennsylvania air testing

By Bob Downing Published: September 3, 2013

From the Associated Press:

The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection says tests near a gas compressor plant in eastern Pennsylvania don't show excessive levels of nitrogen oxide pollution.

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National Fuel Gas Co. is doing well in Marcellus shale

By Bob Downing Published: September 3, 2013

The Buffalo News reports that New York-based National Fuel Gas Co. is thriving with its Marcellus shale wells in northern Pennsylvania.

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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.