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New infrastructure will boost Utica shale, Chesapeake reports

By Bob Downing Published: March 30, 2013

Here is what Chesapeake Energy Corp. has to report about drilling in Ohio's Utica shale in the Winter 2013 issue of The Play, the company's publication.

The second ariicle is about new Chesapeake drilling rigs being used in Ohio:

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Cabot likely to remain a natural gas company, CEO says

By Bob Downing Published: March 30, 2013

Cabot Oil and Gas is mostly a natural gas company and is likely to remain that way, said CEO Dan Dinges in a story by Hart Energy.

Cabot is one of the biggest players in the Marcellus shale in Pennsylvania.

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West Virginia landowner fighting with Antero over water tanks

By Bob Downing Published: March 30, 2013

Antero Resource si becoming a bigger player in Ohio's Utica shale.

The Colorado-based energy firm is also fighting with a West Virginia landowner in Doddridge County over the placement of a water tank farm that is 63 feet from the bedroom window of the landowner's disabled son.

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Greenland won't approve new offshore drilling permits

By Bob Downing Published: March 30, 2013

Greenland's new goverment says it won't issue any new permits for offshore drilling in the Arctic, welcome news for envrionmentalists.

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Sewage plants struggling to handle drilling wastewater

By Bob Downing Published: March 30, 2013

Sewage plants in Pennsylvania are struggling to handle the growing volume of wastewater from Marcellus shale drilling, reports Chemical and Engineering News.

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Chesapeake Energy team to continue search for new CEO

By Bob Downing Published: March 30, 2013

From Chesapeake Energy Corp. on Friday:

Appoints Steven C. Dixon Acting Chief Executive Officer

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Complaint filed in New York against Artists Against Fracking

By Bob Downing Published: March 30, 2013

From the Associated Press:

A formal complaint filed with New York’s lobbying board asks it to investigate whether Artists Against Fracking, a group formed by Yoko Ono and son Sean Lennon, is violating the state’s lobbying law.

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Radiation from drilling may be handled by new Ohio landfill laws

By Bob Downing Published: March 30, 2013

From the Bricker and Eckler OhioShale bog:

 

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Chesapeake Energy names interim COO

By Bob Downing Published: March 30, 2013

From Bloomberg News:

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Shale gas may lead to a disaster for OPEC and Big Oil

By Jim Mackinnon Published: March 29, 2013

OPEC and Big Oil face a looming disaster because of shale energy, writes Steve LeVine at the online news site Quartz.

Citigroup's top energy economist issued a report, "The End is Nigh," saying that permanent changes are under way and hollowing out oil demand, LeVine's story says.

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Great Britain looking to develop its shale reserves

By Jim Mackinnon Published: March 29, 2013

Great Britain is making a push to develop what it thinks are significant shale energy reserves.

Peter Glover at the Energy Tribune writes: "While there’s still the tricky matter of government (over?) regulation and the negotiating of planning permissions to come, the fact is that development of potentially massive shale gas reserves holds out one of the UK’s few economy-turning prospects: no less than a new source of natural gas on a par with that delivered by the North Sea.[i]

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U.S. manufacturers revived by cheap shale energy

By Jim Mackinnon Published: March 29, 2013

The theory that a U.S. manufacturing renaissance is being fueled by cheap shale energy has broad support, reports National Public Radio.

"The millions of Americans who lost factory jobs over the past decade may find this hard to believe, but U.S. manufacturing is coming back to life.

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Is the U.S. too dependent on natural gas for electricity, magazine asks

By Jim Mackinnon Published: March 29, 2013

U.S. News & World Report wonders if growing dependence on natural gas is too much of a good thing.

"According to the Energy Information Administration, natural gas accounted for just 19 percent of the nation's electricity generation in 2005. Now that figure is closer to 30 percent. If projections about the decline in nuclear and coal capacity are correct, some industry watchers say natural gas will generate close to half of the nation's electricity in coming years.

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U.S. Rep. Tim Ryan meets with Germans on LNG

By Bob Downing Published: March 29, 2013

U.S. Rep. Tim Ryan, D-Ohio, is Serving as Vice-Chair and Leading 30th Congress-Bundestag Seminar

During the meeting with Chancellor Merkel, Congressman Ryan spoke with the Chancellor about Germany purchasing liquefied natural gas (LNG) from the United States. Russia is currently Germany's largest supplier of natural gas.

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Texas energy firm sells stake in Barnett shale to Japanese company

By Bob Downing Published: March 29, 2013

From the Associated Press:

Natural gas producer Quicksilver Resources Inc. is selling a 25 percent stake in its Barnett shale oil and gas assets to a subsidiary of Tokyo Gas Co. for $485 million.

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Rendell has financial ties to natural gas, ProPublica says

By Bob Downing Published: March 29, 2013

From ProPublica:

In his passionate oped in the New York Daily News urging New Yorkers to support fracking, former Pennsylvania Governor Ed Rendell forgot to add one thing: he has worked as a paid consultant to a private equity firm with investments in the natural gas industry.

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Ohio groups unhappy with Pittsburgh voluntary standards pact

By Bob Downing Published: March 29, 2013

From the Buckeye Forest Council:

Ohio Community Groups Join Growing Number Calling “Fracking Peace Deal” Bogus

Columbus, Ohio- A growing movement of grassroots community groups in Ohio released a statement today, which accompanied a letter sent directly to the Center for Sustainable Shale Development (CSSD), calling the “peace” reached by the Oil and Gas industry and environmental groups a complete fabrication.

The letter, sent by hundreds of citizens and community groups, stated, “We are in fact quite insulted that you (CSSD), presume to speak for Ohio citizens and Ohio environmental organizations. To date we have not found even one organization in our state that had any knowledge of this agreement, even though you have been working on it for the past two years. If indeed you have been working or communicating with environmental organizations in Ohio, please provide us with the name(s) of these organizations.”

Speaking on behalf of No Frack Ohio, a coalition of hundreds of Ohio citizens and grassroots groups, Buckeye Forest Council director, Cheryl Johncox, stated, “This industry ploy simply puts green lipstick on a pig. It in no way represents the thousands of groups around the nation fighting against this dangerous industry.” Johncox continued, We will continue to fight this global scheme to extract and export fossil fuels at the expense of our climate and our health. We will not be silenced. The public should not be fooled by this industry scam.”

The letter ended by stating, “It appears to us that your strictly voluntary standards are in reality business as usual for the industrialization and destruction of our communities by some of the same people who developed these so-called standards. We are putting you (CSSD), on notice that we, the citizens of Ohio, will not change our position on fracking based on this feeble attempt to pacify us with these worthless standards that have no standing in law. We vow to continue our fight against this destructive extraction industry and those that pretend to represent our environmental concerns.”


 

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More on Pittsburgh voluntary standards by group's director

By Bob Downing Published: March 29, 2013

A blog by Food & Water Watch Executive Director Wenonah Hauter:

 

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Ohio EPA director calls on drilling industry to self-police

By Bob Downing Published: March 29, 2013

“As industry, you have to self-police," said Ohio Environmental Protection Agency director Scott Nalllyat an event this week near Youngstown.

"I hate being put into a position where I have to overregulate. But if we’ve not clearly articulated the bar and there is that sense from the public that I’m not doing my job, then they’re going to force Washington, D.C., to force me to do my job, and right now we’re doing our jobs,” Nally said.

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Ohio Highway Patrol keeping eye on anti-drilling eco-groups

By Bob Downing Published: March 29, 2013

From the Marcellus Drill8ing News:

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Group sets water testing/monitoring on April 7 in Streetsboro

By Bob Downing Published: March 29, 2013

A pree release from Concerned Citizens Ohio:

 

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Natural gas reviving American factories, production

By Bob Downing Published: March 29, 2013

Natural gas is starting to have a big impact by producing cheap power for American factories, reports NPR's Marilyn Geewax.

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Dominion Resources CEO earns $8.2 million in 2012, AP reports

By Bob Downing Published: March 28, 2013

From the Associated Press:

Energy provider Dominion Resources Inc. awarded its CEO a compensation package valued at more than $8.2 million in fiscal 2012, down more than 20 percent from the previous year, according to an Associated Press analysis of a regulatory filing.

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Frack sand industry may face new Wisconsin rules

By Bob Downing Published: March 28, 2013

From the Associated Press:

The growing frack sand mining industry in Wisconsin has prompted a legislator to propose some controls.

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Fracking ban taking shape in Connecticut legislature

By Bob Downing Published: March 28, 2013

From the Associated Press:

A bill attempting to address concerns about waste from hydraulic fracturing from being stored or disposed of in Connecticut is moving its way through the General Assembly.

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API wants energy policy that encourages oil-gas drilling

By Bob Downing Published: March 28, 2013

From the American Petroleum Institute, the industry trade group:

WASHINGTON, March 27, 2013 – The administration can do more to help America’s economy by supporting energy policies that encourage America’s oil and natural gas revolution, API Group Director for Upstream and Industry Operations Erik Milito told reporters this morning:

“We need our leaders to ensure that oil and natural gas development is not just tolerated but encouraged. Unfortunately, in federal areas where the administration controls development, production over the 2009-through-2012 period has been down, 6 percent for oil and 21 percent for natural gas, according to a recently issued report from the Congressional Research Service. In contrast, on private and state lands, where development does not need permission from the federal government, oil production is up 31 percent and natural gas production is up 25 percent.

“A forward-looking program that ensures development and expands opportunities for oil and natural gas could create more than a million additional new American jobs and generate hundreds of billions more in revenue for government at all levels, while providing large supplies of more affordable and reliable domestically produced energy for our future.

“The administration should embrace this opportunity. It needs to make a real commitment to safe and responsible access to new oil and natural gas prospects in federal areas, speedier permitting, and more sensible regulations that will both spur new oil and natural gas production and encourage a robust refining industry capable of producing the gasoline, diesel and other fuels that America will be demanding.”

API is a national trade association that represents all segments of America’s technology-driven oil and natural gas industry. Its more than 550 members – including large integrated companies, exploration and production, refining, marketing, pipeline, and marine businesses, and service and supply firms – provide most of the nation’s energy. The industry also supports 9.2 million U.S. jobs and 7.7 percent of the U.S. economy, delivers $85 million a day in revenue to our government, and, since 2000, has invested over $2 trillion in U.S. capital projects to advance all forms of energy, including alternatives.

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A snapshot of Ohio drilling in 2012: nearly 670 miles of wells

By Bob Downing Published: March 27, 2013

There was plenty of natural gas drilling in Ohio in 2012: Nearly 670 miles of vertical and horizontal wells were drilled.

Some of the horizontal legs being drilled in Ohio now surpass three miles in length.

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Natural gas trade group gets new CEO

By Bob Downing Published: March 27, 2013

From Bloomberg News:

The new head of a U.S. natural gas trade group said he will seek to raise the industry’s visibility as the Obama administration considers regulations that may limit hydraulic fracturing for the fuel.

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Coalition seeks stronger federal rules for tar sands oil pipelines

By Bob Downing Published: March 27, 2013

From the National Wildlife Federation:

ANN ARBOR, MICH. (March 27, 2013)– A coalition of landowners, former and current government officials, environmental, renewable energy and sportsmen’s groups filed a petition today with the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) asking the agencies to develop stronger safety standards for tar sands oil pipelines.

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Eagle Ford shale supports 116,000 Texas job, study says

By Bob Downing Published: March 27, 2013

From the Associated Press:

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Fragmentation results from Marcellus shale development

By Bob Downing Published: March 27, 2013

Forests in Pennsylvania are being fragmented by development tied to Marcellus shale drilling, according to a new federal study.

The report by the U.S. Geological Survey shows that 140 miles of roads and eight miles of pipelines were built in Allgheny County between 2004-2010 to produce 647 Marcellus shale wells.

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BP gets first Ohio permit for Utica well in Trumbull County

By Bob Downing Published: March 27, 2013

Ohio has issued 581 Utica shale permits, according to the March 23 update provided by the Ohio Department of Natural Resources.

That includes 281 completed wells, of which 77 are in production.

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California Gov. Brown excites shale industry with pro-oil comments

By Jim Mackinnon Published: March 27, 2013

California Gov. Jerry Brown may turn out to be friendly toward developing the state's vast shale reserves, reports Platts. Democrat Brown at a recent event kept making pro-oil statements, John Kingston wrote.

Platts: "The remarks come at a time when it seems an increasing number of people are speaking of the state’s Monterey Shale as being up there in reserves on par with the Bakken and the Eagle Ford.  A recent study led by the University of Southern California spoke of the job creation and tax revenue possibilities of the Monterey.

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Battle stations! Energy, chemicals and metals companies duking it out over shale gas

By Jim Mackinnon Published: March 27, 2013

Bountiful and cheap natural gas from U.S. shale is pitting energy companies against chemical and metals companies, writes the online news site Quartz.

Steve Levine at Quartz writes: "Rarely do the world’s energy-related companies–oil, gas, coal, chemicals–directly attack one another: The spoils are so large, and the dangers of blowback so pernicious, that no one wants to risk blowing the party for themselves. But the battle to monetize the US shale revolution is different. We are witnessing the opening act of what seems likely to be a bloody, drawn-out battle between Big Oil and Big Chemicals for control of the US natural gas supply.

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Viable waterless fracking technology being developed

By Jim Mackinnon Published: March 27, 2013

The energy industry is developing ways to hydraulically fracture, or frack, shale using little to no water. A lot of work remains to be done to develop waterless fracking technology, reports The Texas Tribune. It can take millions of gallons of water typically  to frack wells now.

Kate Galbraith at the Tribune writes: "Water-free fracking still remains an early-stage technology, with potentially higher initial costs than conventional fracking methods. But as lawmakers and oil regulators focus on the large quantity of water used for fracking wells, the concept is getting a closer look. GasFrac has led the way, bringing its propane fracking operations to Texas, and there is talk of using other substances like carbon dioxide or nitrogen.

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Ohio state forest. shrine get $25,000 from Columbia Pipeline

By Bob Downing Published: March 27, 2013

From the Ohio Department of Natural resources:

 

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NRDC weighs in on home rule in Ohio drilling case, Illinois rules

By Bob Downing Published: March 27, 2013

From the Natural Resources Defense Council:

As the debate over getting new rules to govern fracking on the books in Illinois rages, NRDC’s Henry Henderson notes that a court decision in Ohio underscores the need for reforming existing laws before the controversial oil and gas extraction technology starts here. The Illinois Oil and Gas Act, like similar laws in place elsewhere, puts the needs of the industry before long-held private and community property protections. Henderson thinks that is a huge problem and calls for an update of the law to protect communities’ ability to have a say in activities in and around them:

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2011 Oklahoma quake may be linked to 1993 wastewater injection

By Bob Downing Published: March 26, 2013

From Bloomberg News:

A 2011 earthquake in Oklahoma is "potentially related" to wastewater injections starting in 1993 from gas-oil hydraulic fracturing, a sign that earthquakes can occur long after the fluid disosal, a study said.

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Missouri keeping close eye on Illinois fracking rules

By Bob Downing Published: March 26, 2013

From the Associated Press:

Illinois residents aren't the only people closely watching a hydraulic fracturing bill under consideration in Springfield, Ill. Missouri mining organizations have a keen interest, too.

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Shell plans to spend $1 billion to develop China's shale gas

By Bob Downing Published: March 26, 2013

From Bloomberg News:

Royal Dutch Shell Plc (RDSA) will spend $1 billion developing China’s shale gas reserves, according toPeter Voser, the company’s chief executive.

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Looking at why energy companies form joint ventures

By Bob Downing Published: March 26, 2013

From ShaleOhio blog by the law firm of Bricker & Eckler:

An in-depth article featured on The Motley Fool explores the myriad reasons that energy companies form joint ventures.

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Company intends to build drillers' housing in Belmont County

By Bob Downing Published: March 26, 2013

A Belmont County company is building homes aimed at drilling workers.

Jeru Real Estate intends to build 10,000-square-foot houses in the Barnesville area that driloing companies can lease to workers in need of housing, according to television station WTOV.

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More delays at Dominion's new NGL processing plant at Natrium

By Bob Downing Published: March 26, 2013

From the Marcellus Drilling News:

A $500 million natural gas liquids processing plant in Natrium (Marshall County), WV was supposed to go online by the end of 2012 and didn’t (see Dominion $500M NGL Processing Plant in WV to Open in December). It was then supposed to be online “in a few weeks,” as of the middle of February (see Bomb Threat at Natrium, WV NGL Plant Doesn’t Slow Construction). It’s now the end of March and the facility is still not online. Blue Racer Midstream, the joint venture owner of the plant, is now saying it will go online “later this spring.”

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States are failing to do enough to combat drilling earthquakes

By Bob Downing Published: March 26, 2013

Nine months after a National Academy of Sciences panel said state regulators had failed to do enough to prevent man-made earthquakes from drilling, regulators in key states are largely ignoring thatr recommendation as they rewrite state rules.

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Grass-roots group pushes methane baseline testing

By Bob Downing Published: March 26, 2013

A press release from the Damascus Citizens for Sustainability, a Pennsylvania-based grass-roots group:

NEW TECHNOLOGY DOCUMENTS AIR QUALITY (Methane) NEAR NATURAL GAS OPERATIONS

Methane Baseline Testing Can Help Prove Contamination

Milanville, PA -- Mar 18, 2013 / (http://www.myprgenie.com) -- Many know fracking's iconic image: a faucet spewing flaming water. But fewer realize that it's largely methane, the main constituent of natural gas, burning. Since 90% of natural gas is methane, methane levels directly reflect the amount of natural gas in an area. After gas related activities come to a region, homeowners frequently discover methane (and other materials) in their water or air. But they have little recourse because gas and gas pipeline companies pe rsistently deny that their activities generated these releases, claiming that high levels of methane were present before they began drilling, or installing compressors or miles of pipeline.

A test that can measure ambient methane levels now proves-or disproves the truth of these claims.

The Role of Methane Testing

Methane Baseline Testing, is a form of laser spectroscopy used by GasSafetyUSA to accurately measure the ambient methane emissions in any area. "Before" and "after" tests can capture legally admissible evidence of changes in methane levels. High methane levels can also correlate with high levels of other compounds released with natural gas, such as radon and volatile organic compounds (VOCs), benzene, and toluene.

"By documenting what was there to begin with, Methane Baseline Testing establishes causality and accountability for increases in methane levels," says Barbara Arrindell, Director of Damascus Citizens for Sustainability (DCS), a Delaware River Basin based scientific and legal environmental watchdog group.

Last month, GasSafetyUSA undertook Methane Baseline Testing in Minisink, New York, the site of a compressor station, which Millennium Pipeline, a subsidiary of NiSource (NI), which has just become Columbia Pipeline Group (CPG) has started to construct. Home to many 9/11 first responders, many of whom endure ongoing health issues, citizens in the town of Minisink have filed a federal lawsuit to halt construction of the compressor station in their town. According to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), the station is likely to release nearly 62,000 tons of methane emissions, and 100 tons of VOC's annually. A study done by the Rand Corporation found that, "the most significant emissions and the ones that are going to be the longest-term are … (those)…associated with the compressor stations."

Baseline Tests in Minisink

Covering the public roads in the area around the Minisink compressor site, GasSafetyUSA recorded and established that there are currently only normal low levels of pre-existing methane in Minisink. "The test results demonstrate Minisink is now a clean area and that the compressor station will trigger an excessive and irreparable change to our local environment," says Pramilla Malick, the spokeswoman for Stop the Minisink Compressor Station (www.StopMCS.org), a grass roots organization.

"Testing places the legal and financial liability for any changes squarely back on the companies who own and operate the proposed compressor," says Arrindell. Accessing this data prior to gas-related activities-and retesting afterward serves as a form of "insurance" for communities like Minisink, which seek to redress pollution once it occurs. "Every single one of the 239 home owners and organic farmers within a half-mile of the proposed site will hold the company and the regulatory agencies accountable for this erosion of their air quality along with any adverse health and community impacts that result," Malick warned.

A residential and agricultural community, Minisink isn't zoned for industrial use. Malick points out that, "Building at a nearby location, which is available, would lessen by forty-four percent both air emissions and fuel use. The test results show that Millennium will un-necessarily contaminate a pristine rural/residential community."

"With this technology, companies can no longer leave behind contaminated air and water with impunity," says DCS' Arrindell. "We urge any community concerned about health effects and pollution from gas drilling, compressor stations, or pipelines to utilize this method to help protect property values, and families and community health," says Arrindell.

For more information, or to schedule an interview with Barbara Arrindell, or Pramilla Malick, please contact Barbara Arrindell at dcs@DamascusCitizens.org or 845-252-6677

Damascus Citizens for Sustainability (DCS) is a collaborative effort to preserve and protect clean air, land and water as a civil and basic human right in the face of the threat posed by the shale gas extraction industry. In its sixth year, DCS has focused its advocacy and legal efforts to protect the Delaware River Watershed that provides drinking water for some 20 million people but increasingly has extended its efforts across the Marcellus region and beyond. We are documenting the environmental and economic costs of gas fracking and ensuring the drilling industry is held accountable for their consequences to affected landowners and residents.




Media Contact
Barbara Arrindell, 845-252-6677, dcs@DamascusCitizens.org


 

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Cleveland to host June 18-19 shale gas conference

By Bob Downing Published: March 26, 2013

Cleveland's Case Western Reserve University is hosting atwo-day conference in June on shale gas drilling.

The program by the National Academy of Engineering will be June 18-19.

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Neighborhood Watch is being adapted to drilling in southern Ohio

By Bob Downing Published: March 26, 2013

Residents of Washington County in southern Ohio are taking Neighborhhod Watch and adapting it to shale drilling.

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West Virginia law firm opens office in Columbus suburb

By Bob Downing Published: March 26, 2013

A West Virginia-based law firm is expanding into Ohio.

Lewis Glasser Casey & Rollins PLLC is moving into a new office in the Columbus suburb of Gahanna because of continued Utica shale development in eastern Ohio.

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Foundation holding April 14-16 Utica conference in Columbus

By Bob Downing Published: March 26, 2013

The Energy & Mineral Law Foundation is hosting a conference on "Title and Development Issues in the Utica Shale -- Ohio" in Columbus.

The program will be April 14-16 at the Hilton Columbus at Easton, 3900 Chagrin Dr.

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Judge sides with Wyoming in fracking disclosure case

By Bob Downing Published: March 26, 2013

From the Associated Press:

By MEAD GRUVER

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Links to U.S. EPA site on advisory fracking panel

By Bob Downing Published: March 26, 2013

From U.S. EPA with links:

WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s) independent Science Advisory Board (SAB) today announced the formation of its Hydraulic Fracturing Research Advisory panel. This panel of independent experts will peer review EPA’s 2014 draft report of results for its national study on any potential health and environmental impacts of hydraulic fracturing on drinking water resources. Leading up to the peer review, the SAB panel will provide scientific feedback on EPA’s research in an open and transparent manner.

More information on the SAB’s Hydraulic Fracturing Research Advisory panel and its activities is available at:http://yosemite.epa.gov/sab/sabproduct.nsf/0/B436304BA804E3F885257A5B00521B3B?OpenDocument

Factsheet on SAB Hydraulic Fracturing Research Advisory Panel: http://yosemite.epa.gov/sab/sabproduct.nsf/WebBOARD/BOARDnews?OpenDocument

 

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U.S. EPA board names independent fracking panel on water

By Bob Downing Published: March 26, 2013

A press release from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency:

 

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2011 Oklahoma quake may be linked to 1993 wastewater injection

By Bob Downing Published: March 25, 2013

From Bloomberg News:

A 2011 earthquake in Oklahoma is "potentially related" to wastewater injections starting in 1993 from gas-oil hydraulic fracturing, a sign that earthquakes can occur long after the fluid disosal, a study said.

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Warren to hold April 5-6 shale drilling conference

By Bob Downing Published: March 25, 2013

Warren will host a two-day conference on shale drilling for activists and environmental groups.

The program, "Unconventional Shale Drilling: A Science/Technology, Health, Environmental, Economics and Policy Discussion: What We Know! What We Don't Know! What We Need to Know Before Moving Forward," will be held Friday, April 5, and Saturday, April 6.

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Utica shale congress on April 30-May 1 in Columbus

By Bob Downing Published: March 25, 2013

Columbus will host the Utica Shale Congress 2013 on April 30-May 1.

For more information, go to www.utica-shale-congress-2013.com.

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Ohio slated to release Utica production data in early April

By Bob Downing Published: March 25, 2013

Financial analysts love drilling numbers.

That's one reason why they remain so nervous about Ohio's Utica shale. There is very little Utica shale production data available from eastern Ohio.

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NGL pipelines from Ohio, Pennsylvania going to Gulf Coast

By Bob Downing Published: March 25, 2013

The drilling industry is pushing to get new pipelines built from Ohio and Pennsylvania to the Gulf Coast.

The plan is to ship natural gas liquids from the Utica and Marcellus shales to Texas and Louisiana for processing.

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Drilling industry getting excited about New Mexico potential

By Bob Downing Published: March 25, 2013

From the Associated Press:

The oil and gas industry is getting excited about a potential boom in northwestern New Mexico.

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Fracking debate moving into North Carolina

By Bob Downing Published: March 25, 2013

The debate over shale gas drilling and fracking has moved into North Carolina.

The Wilmington Star-News offers its look at what the future might hold in North Carolina for drilling.

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Carroll County group to hear from FracTracker Alliance on April 4

By Bob Downing Published: March 25, 2013

A press release from the Carroll Concerned Citizens:

FracTracker Expands Efforts to Track Water Quality in Shale Gas Regions

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Ohio eco-groups left out of talks on new drilling standards

By Bob Downing Published: March 25, 2013

A Friday press release from the Ohio Environmental Councuil, a statewide eco-group:

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Links between U.S. economy, electricity are changing

By Bob Downing Published: March 22, 2013

From the U.S, Energy Informagtion Administration:

March 22, 2013

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Energy companies want to keep federal drilling nominations secret

By Bob Downing Published: March 22, 2013

Industry Trade Group Attempting to Keep Nomination Process Secret

Energy Companies File to Intervene in FOIA Lawsuit to Keep Secret the Identity of Parties Who Nominate Public Lands for Drilling and Fracking

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More fallout on Pittsburgh drilling standards plan

By Bob Downing Published: March 22, 2013

From the Marcellus Drilling News:

More fallout from the launch of The Center for Sustainable Shale Development (CSSD), a new group aimed at slapping restrictive new rules on Marcellus Shale drillers (see Important: Drillers & Enviros Form New Group, Launch Cert Program). It seems MDN is not the only one to distrust the new group. On the other side of the drilling debate isle, the Sierra Club came out swinging yesterday—saying this new group will legitimize “dirty, dangerous fossil fuels, like natural gas” (they are a whacky bunch, aren’t they?).

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Another Pittsburgh group has been working on drilling standards

By Bob Downing Published: March 22, 2013

From the Marcellus Drilling News:

Apparently the announcement that there’s a new kid in town when it comes to “regulating” Marcellus Shale drilling—The Center for Sustainable Shale Development (CSSD)—has prompted another group to stand up and say, “Me too! Me too! Look at me!”

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Gas drilling rules up for heated debate in Colorado

By Bob Downing Published: March 22, 2013

From the Associated Press:

 Oil and gas drilling started to come under review Thursday by Colorado lawmakers, who are poised to abandon their traditional hands-off role.

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Sierra Club, other eco-groups knock new drilling partnership

By Bob Downing Published: March 22, 2013

From the Associated Press:

The Sierra Club and some other environmental groups are harshly criticizing a new partnership that aims to create tough new standards for fracking.

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Krancer leaving Pennsylvania DEP for private practice

By Bob Downing Published: March 22, 2013

From Pittsburgh Post-Gazette:

HARRISBURG -- Mike Krancer, head of the state Department of Environmental Protection, will resign April 15 to return to private law practice in Montgomery County, Gov. Tom Corbett announced this morning.

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Moniz drawing criticism for study that failed to disclose industry ties

By Bob Downing Published: March 22, 2013

Click  here  to see the report criticizing Moniz' role.

 

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Activist group opposes new fracking standards

By Bob Downing Published: March 22, 2013

From Americans Against Fracking

Americans Against Fracking Denounces New Fracking "Standards"
Statement of Josh Fox on Behalf of Americans Against Fracking

Washington, D.C.-- "The Center for Sustainable Shale Development, a new greenwashing group backed by the oil and gas industry, will not mitigate the economic, environmental and public health threats posed by hydraulic fracturing (fracking). That is because no amount of regulations can ever make fracking safe. It is an inherently dangerous practice.

"Americans Against Fracking, a coalition representing over 190 organizations dedicated to protecting Americans from the devastating effects of fracking, urges the public and policy makers to see this endeavor for what it is: a thinly veiled attempt to mask the irreparable damage posed by a practice that has been linked to air and water contamination, cardiovascular disease and the industrialization of rural communities.

"This center does not represent the interests of the environmental community, and very few members of the movement to protect communities and their vital resources from fracking were consulted in the development of the center's so-called 'standards.' In fact, there is a growing movement that recognizes that fracking must be banned. Partnerships such as this only set the stage to escalate fracking activity, while reinforcing our addiction to fossil fuels.

"This initiative is brought to us by the same industry that negotiated exemptions from key environmental protections such as the Clean Air Act, the Clean Water Act and the Safe Drinking Water Act. We can't trust them to take the physical or economic safety of Americans to heart.

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Legal fight over drilling bans spills into New York appeals court

By Bob Downing Published: March 21, 2013

From the Associated Press:

By MARY ESCH

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Activist not swayed by Pittsburgh center, new drilling standards

By Bob Downing Published: March 21, 2013

From Sandy Buchanan of Ohio Citizen Action:

CLEVELAND – “Yesterday, newspapers coast-to-coast ran a story declaring the end of conflict over hydraulic fracturing operations by oil and gas drillers. One headline read, ‘Both sides agree on tough new fracking standards.’ Another read, ‘Fracking companies, environmentalists and philanthropies join forces.’ A third read, ‘Oil, gas companies and environmentalists agree on new fracking standards.’

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More from the Pittsburgh announcement on drilling standards

By Bob Downing Published: March 21, 2013

The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review offers its report obn the new Pittsburgh-based center with its first-of-a-kind voluntary drilling standards.

Click  here  to read that story by reporter Timothy Puko.

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Pa. family paid $750,000 by defendants in publicized lawsuit

By Bob Downing Published: March 21, 2013

From the Associated Press:

Newly released court documents show that gas drilling company Range Resources and other defendants paid $750,000 to settle claims that the activity ruined a western Pennsylvania family’s property in Washington County.

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Romania ends moratorium on shale exploration

By Bob Downing Published: March 21, 2013

From Bloomberg News:

Romania ended a moratorium on shale gas exploration in a bid to boost domestic energy resources and curb reliance on fuel imports from Russia.

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Community groups fighting pipeline in eastern Pennsylvania

By Bob Downing Published: March 21, 2013

From the Associated Press:

Community groups are mounting opposition to a 120-mile natural gas pipeline project in eastern Pennsylvania.

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Odd fellows come together in Pittsburgh to develop shale standards

By Bob Downing Published: March 21, 2013

The 11 players involved in developing first-ever voluntary shale drilling standards as outlined on Wednesday in Pittsburgh are odd bedfellows, says the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

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Petroleum council lauds Ohio House for Keystone XL support

By Bob Downing Published: March 21, 2013

From the Ohio Petroleum Council:

Keystone XL pipeline and shale energy will create new Ohio Jobs

Wednesday, March 20, 2013
 

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Washington County judge unseals settlement documents

By Bob Downing Published: March 20, 2013

From the Associated Press:

A western Pennsylvania judge says the public has the right to see a sealed settlement between gas drilling companies and a family that claimed the drilling operations damaged their health.

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New, unique drilling cerification program unveiled in Pittsburgh

By Bob Downing Published: March 20, 2013

From the Associated Press:

By KEVIN BEGOS

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Pennsylvania funneling $5 million into housing for drillers

By Bob Downing Published: March 20, 2013

Pennsylvania is looking to spend $5 million in fees generated from Marcellus shale drillers to ease housing shortages in areas that have been flooded by a migrating stream of industry workers.

The money administered by the Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency is from a special fund that lawmakers carved out of impact fees from the booming drilling industry to address housing issues.

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Firm intends to begin silica mining operations in South Dakota

By Bob Downing Published: March 20, 2013

From the Associated Press:

A South Dakota-based company says it has secured silica sand mining claims in three Black Hills counties.

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U.S. crude oil production to surpass imports for first time since 1995

By Bob Downing Published: March 20, 2013

From the U.S. Energy  Information Administration:

March 20, 2013

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Texas has 23 percent of the world's drilling rigs

By Bob Downing Published: March 20, 2013

A total of 23 percent of the world's drilling rigs are in use in Texas, reports the San Antonio Express-News.

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Oklahoma reverses law, Chesapeake Energy pleased

By Bob Downing Published: March 20, 2013

From the Seeking Alpha blog on Tuesday:

Chesapeake Energy won't re-incorporate in Delaware after all, as the Oklahoma legislature reverses a law requiring staggered terms for board members.

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Ohio has approved 575 Utica permits, 272 wells drilled

By Bob Downing Published: March 20, 2013

The Ohio Department of Natural Resources has, through March 16, approved 575 Utica shale permits in eastern Ohio.

Of that total, 272 wells have been completed and 77 are in production.

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Third New York town wins in court on fracking ban

By Bob Downing Published: March 20, 2013

From the Associated Press:

A third upstate New York town has won a court challenge to its ban on natural gas drilling as two previous cases are about to be argued before a state appeals court.

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Economic activity climbing in Ohio shale counties, study says

By Bob Downing Published: March 20, 2013

From Cleveland State University:

CLEVELAND – Economic activity has increased in Ohio counties as a result of shale exploration and the early-stage production of oil and gas from shale reservoirs, according to a new study by Cleveland State University’s Maxine Goodman Levin College of Urban Affairs.

The study analyzed local sales receipts and total employment in areas categorized as strong shale counties – namely, the eastern Ohio counties of Ashtabula, Belmont, Carroll, Columbiana, Cochocton, Geauga, Guernsey, Harrison, Mahoning, Portage, Stark, Trumbull and Tuscarawas.


Among the key findings:

Total sales activity in strong shale counties increased 21.1 percent, from $12.3 billion in 2011 to $14.9 billion in 2012.
The rebound in sales activity in strong shale counties began in 2011 and continued strongly through 2012.
The growth in sales activity among strong shale counties is occurring in a part of Ohio that has experienced little investment over the past several decades.
Employment growth in strong shale counties is not yet evident.


In 2011, strong shale counties began to experience a positive growth trend in terms of estimated sales receipts. This trend continued and strengthened through 2012. Strong shale counties not only reversed negative average sales trends from the previous three years, but also outperformed moderate shale counties, weak shale counties and non-shale counties.

While there is a clear positive trend in sales receipts, the employment data show a modest increase of 1.4 percent in the average employment yearly growth rate for strong shale counties between 2011 and 2012. Over the same period, moderate shale counties and non-shale counties experienced similar increases of 1.4 percent and 1.3 percent, respectively.
Trends at the county level also hold true at the Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) level. Strong shale MSAs experienced an average sales receipt increase of 17.3 percent between 2011 and 2012, outpacing moderate/weak MSAs (11.0 percent) and non-shale MSAs (6.4 percent).


 

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Reda speaking on drilling on March 28 in Stark County

By Bob Downing Published: March 20, 2013

Rhonda Reda, executive director of the Ohio Oil and Gas Energy Education Program, will speak on March 28.

Her talk will be from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at Kent State Stark’s Main Hall Auditorium, 6000 Frank Ave. NW., Jackson Township. It is entitled Understanding the Process.

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Artists Against Fracking will register as lobbyists, if necessary

By Bob Downing Published: March 19, 2013

From the Associated Press:

By MICHAEL GORMLEY

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PDC plans Utica shale expansion, signs midstream agreement

By Bob Downing Published: March 19, 2013

From PDC Energy:

 

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MarkWest, PDC sign midstream agreement in Utica shale

By Bob Downing Published: March 19, 2013

From MarkWest Energy Partners LP:

DENVER--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Mar. 18, 2013-- MarkWest Utica EMG, L.L.C. (MarkWest Utica EMG), a joint venture between MarkWest Energy Partners, L.P. (NYSE: MWE) (MarkWest) and The Energy and Minerals Group (EMG), today announced definitive agreements with PDC Energy, Inc. (NASDAQ: PDCE) (PDC) to provide gathering, processing, fractionation, and marketing services in the Utica Shale .

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BTR handling rail shipments of fracking sand to Ohio

By Bob Downing Published: March 19, 2013

Buckeye Transfer Realty in the village of Columbiana is now handling fracking sand.

The facility gets three trainloads of sand per week and the land is loaded for shipment to drilling sites in eastern Ohio.

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Antero Resources has 15 rigs in the Marcellus, Utica shales

By Bob Downing Published: March 19, 2013

Antero Resources has 15 drilling rigs working in the Marcellus and Utica shales.

The Colorado-based companyy has 393,000 acres in the Marcellus and the Utica shales.

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Dozen activists arrested in New York state protest

By Bob Downing Published: March 19, 2013

From EcoWatch:

Sandra Steingraber PhD., biologist, author and Trumansburg, NY resident, was arrested alongside residents of Seneca Lake and local college students to oppose Kansas City, MO based Inergy, natural gas and liquid petroleum gas storage facility, which would lock in natural gas development in the Marcellus Shale region. Protesters have linked arms and deployed a banner reading “Our Future is Unfractured, We Are Greater Than Dirty Inergy” across the entrance to the facility on NY State Route 14.

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Marcellus shale is the No. 1 natural gas producer in U.S.

By Bob Downing Published: March 19, 2013

Pennsylvania's Marcellus shale is now the largest producer of natural gas in the United States.

The Marcellus has surpassed the Haynesville shale, according to a new report from IHS.

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Rex Energy pleased with results from Utica wells in Noble County

By Bob Downing Published: March 19, 2013

From Pennsylvania-based Rex Energy:

 

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Oil, gas event in Massillon on March 21

By Bob Downing Published: March 19, 2013

 The Stark County Oil and Gas Partnership will host "Choose Stark" from 1 to 6 p.m. Thursday, March 21,  at the Knights of Columbus Hall, 988 Cherry Road NW, Massillon.

The event will offer a forum from 1 to 4 p.m. and a networking reception from 4 to 6.

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Activists seek federal action against Ohio injection program

By Bob Downing Published: March 18, 2013

From the Associated Press:

COLUMBUS: A coalition of environmental and community groups is asking the federal government to consider suspending Ohio’s authority to oversee deep injection of chemically-laced wastewater from oil and gas drilling.

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North Dakota oil hits peak in 2012. transported by truck, rail

By Bob Downing Published: March 18, 2013

From the U.S. Energy Information Administration:

March 18, 2013

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Gas well explosion late Sunday in Columbiana County

By Bob Downing Published: March 18, 2013

An explosion rocked a gas well late Sunday in southwest Columbiana County, according to media reports.

The well exploded about 8:30 p.m. six miles east of Minerva.

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California wrestling with permits for shale drillers

By Bob Downing Published: March 18, 2013

From Bloomberg News:

By Alison Vekshin - Mar 17, 2013 7:52 PM ET

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BNK Petroleum sells Oklahoma land to Exxon Mobil Corp.

By Bob Downing Published: March 18, 2013

From the Associated Press:

California-based oil and gas producer BNK Petroleum Inc. on Sunday said it reached a deal to sell property in Oklahoma to a unit of Exxon Mobil Corp. for $147.5 million.

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W. Va. report cites problem with drilling waste pits

By Bob Downing Published: March 18, 2013

From the Charleston Gazette:

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- A legislatively mandated study by West Virginia University has found consistent and potentially significant problems with the way oil and gas companies build drilling waste pits and with how state regulators inspect those impoundments.

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Pennsylvania pushing mine runoff as fracking liquid

By Bob Downing Published: March 18, 2013

From the Associated Press:

By MICHAEL RUBINKAM

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Ohio drillers are using more water from rivers, streams, lakes

By Bob Downing Published: March 18, 2013

Ohio drillers ine arly 2013 are using more water from rvers, streams and lakes than they did in early 2012 or all of 2011, according to the Lancaster Eagle-Gazette.

That, the paper says, is evidence that drilling is making real progress in Ohio and it means trouble for Ohio environmentalists.

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Are celebrities running afoul of New York lobbying rules?

By Bob Downing Published: March 18, 2013

From the Associated Press:

By MICHAEL GORMLEY

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Ryan, Johnson part of LNG Export Working Group in Congress

By Bob Downing Published: March 18, 2013

From U.S. Rep. Tim Ryan, D-Niles:

Washington, D.C. – Congressmen Tim Ryan (OH-13) and Bill Johnson (OH-6) have founded the Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) Export Working Group for the 113th Congress. In the wake of a recent Department of Energy report on LNG exports and a joint Congressional letter to Secretary Chu encouraging expedited approval of exports, this group’s mission will be to continue to advocate for expanded exports of domestic Liquefied Natural Gas as well as conduct meetings and briefings to keep Members apprised of new developments on the issue of LNG exports. Other members of the group include: Republican Representatives James Lankford (OK-05), Mike Pompeo (KS-04), and Cory Gardner (CO-04); and Democratic Representatives Mike Doyle (PA-14), Jim Matheson (UT-04), and Pete Gallego (TX-23).

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Exterran Energy plant scheduled to begin operations by April 1

By Bob Downing Published: March 18, 2013

Texas-based Exterran Energy Solutions Inc. expects to have its Youngstown plant operating by April 1.

The Houston-based facility will produce compressor stations and other equipment needed in connection with Ohio's Utica shale and its development.

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Shell's Arctic problems should serve Obama as warning

By Bob Downing Published: March 18, 2013

From the Alaka Wilderness League:

Interior assessment of Shell’s Arctic operations should serve as a warning to President Obama

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Exxon Mobil to expand Baytown, Texas, plant

By Bob Downing Published: March 18, 2013

Exxon Mobil intends to expand its Baytown, Texas, plant to turn ethane into polyethylene.

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Two men, company plead not guilty in Youngtown dumping

By Bob Downing Published: March 16, 2013

The man charged with illegal dumping of drilling wastewater in Youngstown on Jan. 31 pleaded not guilty on Friday.

Ben Lupo, 62, of Poland appeared in U.S. District Court in Youngtown.

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Wyoming to work on ozone problem in Upper Green River Basin

By Bob Downing Published: March 16, 2013

From the Associated Press:

 Wyoming's environmental regulators say they'll soon start their plan to control pollution woes in a western Wyoming basin.

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Ohio EPA to hold hearings on building ATEX pipeline in Ohio

By Bob Downing Published: March 15, 2013

From the Ohio EPA:

Ohio EPA is reviewing an application to extend an underground pipeline across Jefferson, Harrison, Tuscarawas, Coshocton, Muskingum, Licking, Fairfield, Pickaway, Fayette, Greene, Clinton, Warren and Butler counties. Ohio EPA’s role is to ensure the work would not violate water quality standards. Public comments will be collected during three public hearings in March.

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Anadarko Petroleum reportedly halting Ohio drilling

By Bob Downing Published: March 15, 2013

From the Columbus Dispatch:

By Spencer Hunt
and Kathy Lynn Gray
THE COLUMBUS DISPATCH
A Houston-based drilling company has suspended plans to drill for oil and gas in the shale beneath the Wilds animal preserve in Muskingum County, and quite possibly the rest of Ohio.

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Ohio panel approves second forced pooling order in Carroll County

By Bob Downing Published: March 15, 2013

From the New York-based Marcellus Drilling News:

For the second time since the Utica Shale drilling boom began, the Ohio Dept. of Natural Resources (ODNR) Division of Oil and Gas Resources Management (DOGRM) has issued a forced pooling order (in Carroll County). In Ohio it’s called a “unitization order.” No matter what you call it, it means that the driller—Chesapeake Energy—will be allowed to drill under someone’s property that doesn’t want it because a majority of the surrounding property (88% in this case) is leased and the property in question is needed to complete a drilling unit.

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GreenHunter acquires barge terminal in Wheeling

By Bob Downing Published: March 15, 2013

From Bloomberg News:

Greenhunter Energy Inc. (GRH), a water- resource company focused on oil and natural gas shale formations, agreed to buy a barging terminal in West Virginia for $750,000.

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Range Resources disappointed by results of first Utica well

By Bob Downing Published: March 15, 2013

Range Resources Corp. was one of the biggest players in developing Pennsylvania's Marcellus shale.

The company did not fare well in drilling its first Utica shale well in northwest Pennsylvania in Crawford County.

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Italian company to sell stake in African gas field to Chinese firm

By Bob Downing Published: March 15, 2013

From the Associated Press:

Italian oil producer ENI says it has sold a 20 percent stake in a gas field in Mozambique in southern Africa to China's biggest state-owned energy company for $4.2 billion.

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University of Tennesssee wants to frack university-owned land

By Bob Downing Published: March 15, 2013

From the Associated Press:

The University of Tennessee wants to allow fracking on a state-owned tract of rolling woodland.

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Wyoming County well capped, investigation of spill continues

By Bob Downing Published: March 15, 2013

From the Associated Press:

State environmental officials are looking into the cause of a waste water spill from a faulty natural gas well in northeastern Pennsylvania.

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U.S. EPA orders more dredging of Kalamazoo River

By Bob Downing Published: March 15, 2013

From the U.S. EPA on Thursday:

 

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Could Utica shale's oil window be in Northeast Ohio?

By Bob Downing Published: March 15, 2013

Could the best oil window in Ohio's Utica shale be in Portage, Trumbull, Mahoning, Columbiana and Stark counties?

That possibility was raised in a story by Alison Grant in today's Cleveland Plain Dealer.

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Group hails proposed Illinois fracking moratorium

By Bob Downing Published: March 14, 2013

From Americans Against Fracking:

Chicago, Ill.—As science advisor to Americans Against Fracking, I salute Illinois Speaker of the House Michael Madigan (D-Chicago) for supporting a moratorium on hydraulic fracking in the Land of Lincoln. The alternative, a regulatory bill co-authored by the oil and gas industry, would place Illinois's drinking water, air, forests, farmland, and the health of its people, in grave danger.

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Legislation introduced in Congress to close drilling loopholes

By Bob Downing Published: March 14, 2013

From the eco-group Earthjustice:

WASHINGTON, DC–Members of the U.S. House of Representatives introduced legislation today to close two of the loopholes that exempt the oil and gas industry from environmental laws. The BREATHE Act, introduced by Rep. Jared Polis (D-CO) would close a Clean Air Act loophole and the FRESHER Act, introduced by Rep. Matthew Cartwright (D-PA) would close a Clean Water Act loophole.

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Great Lakes natural gas corridor planned by Shell

By Bob Downing Published: March 14, 2013

from Royal Shell from March 5:

 

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Senators ask about lack of notice after Mahoning River dumping

By Bob Downing Published: March 14, 2013

Two state senators want the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency to explain why authorities didn’t notify local officials in Beaver and Lawrence counties about the illegal dumping of wastewater into the Mahoning River in Youngstown.

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XTO, Beck Energy appeal Ohio judge's decisions

By Bob Downing Published: March 14, 2013

From the West Virginia Natural Gas  blog on March 12:

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Devon Energy blasts EPA, drops out of agency-run program

By Bob Downing Published: March 14, 2013

Oklahoma-based Devon Energy has pulled out of a program run by the U.S.  Environmental Protection Agency aimed at reducing methane emissions, accusing the agency of “seriously flawed misuse” of data.

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Malfunctioning well triggers evacuation in Wycoming County

By Bob Downing Published: March 14, 2013

From the Associated Press:

A malfunctioning natural gas well in northeastern Pennsylvania has prompted evacuations.

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Illinois House leader supports fracking moratorium

By Bob Downing Published: March 14, 2013

From the Associated Press:

 Illinois' powerful House speaker said Wednesday that he supports a moratorium on high-volume oil and gas drilling.

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Buyers snap up 29 federal drilling leases in Nevada

By Bob Downing Published: March 14, 2013

From the Associated Press:

Buyers snapped up 29 federal land leases totaling more than 56 square miles in a northeastern Nevada area.

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Range Resources to appeal township's rejection of two permits

By Bob Downing Published: March 14, 2013

From the Associated Press:

A gas drilling company is appealing the rejection of an application by a western Pennsylvania township.

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4Q compilations from five key Utica shale players

By Bob Downing Published: March 14, 2013

From the Seeking Alpha blog:

Those of you that follow us know that we were among the very first to write about the vast potential of the Utica Shale (starting with our August 1, 2011 article. We have subsequently updated our Utica outlook and profiled four different leading Utica Shale players.

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Mansfield activist to speak March 23 in Portage County

By Bob Downing Published: March 14, 2013

Bill Baker of Mansfield will speak on March 23 in Portage County.

His topic: "Fracking: You Do Have a Voice."

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Drilling is having population impacts on Great Plains

By Bob Downing Published: March 14, 2013

By Bob Downing

and Rick Armon

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Utica shale benefits Cleveland-area businesses, engineers say

By Jim Mackinnon Published: March 13, 2013

Companies in the greater Cleveland area are benefiting from the early development of the Utica shale in Ohio, a survey from the nonprofit Cleveland Engineering Society says.
Nearly 54 percent of engineering leaders in private industry say that oil and gas developments are impacting their business, according to the survey. Nearly 77 percent of engineering leaders said they expect positive impact on jobs and their businesses in the next 12 months.
The society surveyed engineering leaders of more than 1,600 engineering and related professionals in the Northeast Ohio region.

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Reason: Why anti-fracking activists hold back the U.S.

By Jim Mackinnon Published: March 13, 2013

Stopping fracking is the latest cause of the silly people, writes reporter John Stossel at the web site Reason.

Stossel: "The real story on fracking, say scientists, is that the risks are small and the rewards immense. Fracking lowered the price of natural gas so much that Americans heat our homes for less, and manufacturing that once left America has returned. For those concerned about global warming, burning gas instead of oil or coal reduces CO2 emissions.

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Wyoming agency approves putting wastewater into aquifer

By Bob Downing Published: March 13, 2013

A Wyoming state  oil and natural gas agency on Tuesday approved a plan to dispose of drilling wastewater into an aquifer that used for drinking water in some parts of the state.

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Analyst pleased with Gulfport Energy's strong 4Q earnings

By Bob Downing Published: March 13, 2013

From Sterne Agee analyst Tim Rezvan on Gulfport Energy, a major player in Ohio's Utica shale:

 

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Fracking companies want to keep chemical use secret

By Bob Downing Published: March 13, 2013

California and Alaska are both starting to look at rules that impact hydraulic fracturing or fracking.

Halliburton Co. and Schlumberger Ltd., two major well service companies, have jumped into the battle to be allowed to keep some chemicals used as proprietary trade secrets.

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Ohio has approved 567 Utica permits, 268 wells are drilled

By Bob Downing Published: March 13, 2013

The Ohio Department of Natural Resources reports that Ohio has approved 567 Utica shale permits, as of March 9.

Of that total, 268 wells have been drilled and 76 wells are in production.

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Minnesota town rejects annexation, frack sand mining

By Bob Downing Published: March 13, 2013

From the Associated Press:

The southeastern Minnesota city of St. Charles has rejected annexation that could have brought frack sand mining to the community.

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Illinois eco-groups, landowners rally against fracking proposal

By Bob Downing Published: March 13, 2013

From the Associated Press:

Environmentalists and land owners in Illinois rallied Tuesday against a proposal that would jumpstart fracking in Illinois.

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Lockheed Martin to build LNG tanks in Louisiana

By Bob Downing Published: March 13, 2013

From the Associated Press:

Lockheed Martin Corp. plans to create 166 new jobs with a new project building tanks for liquefied natural gas storage and transportation.

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China's dream of a U.S-style shale revolution remains on hold

By Jim Mackinnon Published: March 12, 2013

China is sitting on vast reserves of shale energy but its lack of drilling experience could blow the major opportunity to tap the natural gas the underground veins contain, Reuters reports.

Reuters: "Beijing is hoping shale gas can transform the country in the same way as the U.S. boom, though to date there has been little commercial production and a target of producing 6.5 billion cubic meters of gas by 2015 in the world's biggest energy consumer looks out of reach, according to industry experts.

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Shale fracking trumps methane hydrates for now

By Jim Mackinnon Published: March 12, 2013

Shale fracking today, frozen methane hydrates tomorrow -- and perhaps sooner rather than later?

Pacific Standard reports that frozen natural gas, called methane hydrates, is getting a real serious look as an untapped clean energy source that could provide as much as 100 years worth of fuel for the world. The Japanese are leaders in the field right now.

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New company, E2, plans Ohio compression stations

By Bob Downing Published: March 12, 2013

The Crosstex Energy companies, Crosstex Energy L.P. and Crosstex Energy Inc. announced it has joined with the former management of Enerven Compression Services to form a new company, E2, that will provide services for producers in the liquids-rich window of the Utica shale play.

The initial investment of approximately $50 million will include new natural gas compression and condensate stabilization facilities in Noble and Monroe counties in Ohio.

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Eco-groups ask Obama to take a timeout on LNG exports

By Bob Downing Published: March 12, 2013

A press release out today from the Sierra Club:

 

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Maryland panel has drafted drilling recommendations

By Bob Downing Published: March 12, 2013

From the Associated Press:

Researchers commissioned by a state panel studying natural gas drilling in western Maryland have come up with recommendations.

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Study says little drilling damage to Pennsylvania waterways

By Bob Downing Published: March 12, 2013

From the Associated Press:

By KEVIN BEGOS

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Anadarko's Hackett plans to attend Harvard Divinity School in retirement

By Bob Downing Published: March 11, 2013

From Bloomberg News:

By Edward Klump

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"Don't Frack My Mother" song released by Yoko Ono and Sean Lennon

By Jim Mackinnon Published: March 11, 2013

Not sure that this will get a Grammy nomination but the anti-shale song "Don't Frack My Mother" by Yoko Ono and son Sean Lennon is out.

The Dylanesqe tune and video is available at the web site ArtistsAgainstFracking.com.

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Ohio releases revised Utica shale maps

By Bob Downing Published: March 11, 2013

The Ohio Department of Natural Resources on March 5 released revised Utica shale maps of Ohio.

Here are the maps as circulated by the Marcellus Drilling News:

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Radiation issue has activists concerned about Ohio budget bill

By Bob Downing Published: March 11, 2013

Ohio Gov. John Kasich's state budget bill includes new rules on drilling for natural gas-oil.

Hearings begin in the Ohio Legislature this week, and activists are circulating a fact sheet put together by Stark County activist Chris Borello and others.

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Group demands federal EIS on Ohio River fracking terminal

By Bob Downing Published: March 11, 2013

A press release received today:

Meigs Citizens Action Now

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Cheasapeake Energy may be selling Bakken leases

By Bob Downing Published: March 11, 2013

Chesapeake Energy Corp. may be selling off its assets in the Bakken shale of North Dakota.

The company drilled wells in the Bakken that failed.

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The U.S. energy revolution: Retreat from the Middle East?

By Jim Mackinnon Published: March 11, 2013

Europeans have many concerns over how U.S. shale energy will change global politics and dynamics, write Stormy-Annika Mildner and Kirsten Westphal at SWP in the German Institute for International and Security Affairs in Berlin.

One big question is, will shale energy cause the United States to withdraw from the Middle East? the two women ask.

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Obama's nominee for energy secretary is pro-nuke and pro-frack

By Jim Mackinnon Published: March 11, 2013

President Obama's nominee for Energy Secretary favors nuclear energy and shale energy, says journalism professor Karl Grossman.

"With the nomination of Ernest Moniz to be the next U.S. secretary of Energy, President Barack Obama has selected a man who is not only a booster of nuclear power but a big proponent of fracking, too. What happened to Obama's call for 'clean' energy in his 2013 State of the Union address?" writes Grossman at the web site OpEdNews. "Moniz, a physicist and director of the MIT Energy Initiative, heavily financed by energy industry giants including BP and Chevron, has long advocated nuclear power.

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Anti-shale 'fractivists' promote global warming, authors argue

By Jim Mackinnon Published: March 11, 2013

Anti-shale 'fractivists" and anti-shale celebrities are undermining their own credibility, write Michael Shellenberger and Ted Nordhous at the energy blog MasterResource.

They write: "Mainstream environmental groups used to support natural gas, which offers significant public health and climate benefits over coal and is a 'bridge fuel' to a clean energy future. But celebrity activists like Mark Ruffalo, who has a house in the Catskills, and Robert F. Kennedy Jr. have led the movement astray with NIMBY opposition to fracing in areas such as upstate New York.

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Shale energy bringing U.S. and China closer together

By Jim Mackinnon Published: March 11, 2013

China and the United States are bonding over shale energy, reports Naomi Rovnick at the online news site Quartz.

Rovnick writes: "Because the US has a huge amount of untapped shale reserves and leads the world in extraction technology, it may be the on the verge of total energy independence.

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Water problems, mystery continue at the Woodlands

By Bob Downing Published: March 11, 2013

From the Associated Press:

By KEVIN BEGOS

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Pennsylvania has winners, losers in Marcellus drilling boom

By Bob Downing Published: March 11, 2013

The Baltimore Sun took a look at what's happening in Pennsylvania with its Marcellus shale and drilling for natural gas.

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North Carolina eying injection wells in coastal areas

By Bob Downing Published: March 11, 2013

North Carolina is looking to dispose of frackinjg wastes via injection wells in coastal counties because they have the best underground geoloogy.

That is raising concerns in some circles.

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Ohio's Amish embracing fracking in Carroll County

By Bob Downing Published: March 11, 2013

Living on Earth looks at how the Amish in Ohio's Carroll County have embraced drilling and farcking.

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Quatar announces new offshore natural gas find

By Bob Downing Published: March 11, 2013

From the Associated Press:

Qatar says it has discovered as much as 2.8 trillion cubic feet of natural gas in an offshore field.

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Shale gas drilling moveving into northwest Georgia

By Bob Downing Published: March 11, 2013

From the Associated Press:

Trillions of cubic feet of natural gas believed to lie below the hills of northwest Georgia have remained virtually untouched and unwanted — until now.

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Youngstown woman arrested on Sunday at drilling site

By Bob Downing Published: March 11, 2013

From a press release from Frack Free Youngstown:

Not My Water: Youngstown Woman Sits Down to Fracking Drinking Water
March 9th, 2013.

JACKSON TOWNSHIP, Ohio--Youngstown resident Maria Montanez was worried about her water. She was so worried about protecting the water for 220,000 Mahoning Valley residents that she felt compelled to halt the operations by preventing trucks carrying fracking equipment from entering the Cadle Drill site, located in the Drinking Water Source Protection Area of the Meander Reservoir. Her concerns are well founded, ODNR reports reveal a four foot split in the casing and uncertainty about how effective the repair is.

The report submitted to the ODNR by Consol Energy, the company that operates the well, is full of inconsistencies. The report selectively chooses which data sets to validate and explicitly states that they have no understanding of some of the results that they obtained when doing tests.

The Cadle fracking well is located in the Drinking Water Source Protection Area of the Meander Reservoir. The Meander reservoir provides over 220,000 people in the Mahoning Valley with their drinking water, and operates within a protected area. The Cadle well, located in Jackson Township, is one-hundred feet from a stream which flows directly into the Meander Reservoir.

Ms. Montanez chose to sit down in the road leading to the well and refused to leave until placed under arrest by Jackson Township police.I felt compelled to stop the trucks from entering here because this well has a faulty casing that was shoddily repaired and is going to contaminate my morning coffee and drinking water.

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For more information about the split in the Cadle Well casing follow this link: http://bit.ly/W4KeTn
 

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Leftover tidbits from OOGA winter meeting in Columbus

By Bob Downing Published: March 9, 2013

Here are some leftover news items from last week’s annual winter meeting of the Ohio Oil and Gas Association in Columbus:

1. Devon Energy reported that its unsuccessful wells in Medina and Richland counties were “too immature to produce,” said Larry Wickstrom, chief geologist of Wickstrom Geosciences LLC and a former state geologist.

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Shale methane leakage study doesn't hold gas, author says in critique

By Jim Mackinnon Published: March 8, 2013

A highly publicized report last year that said fracking shale results in significant methane gas leakage has serious flaws, says this author in the Council on Foreign Relations' Energy, Security and Climate blog.

Michael Levi,  writes: "The study had claimed massive leakage rates for methane from natural gas production. Methane is a potent warming gas; the results, if correct, were a bombshell. My critique was simple: the original study had made unsupportable assumptions; if you removed those and instead used more of the data that the NOAA team had collected, you found implied methane leakage rates far lower than what the NOAA team had estimated."

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Ohio judge upholds class action, denies XTO motion to intervene

By Bob Downing Published: March 8, 2013

From the law firm of Jackson Kelly law firm:

03/06/2013

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Germany proposes to allow fracking

By Jim Mackinnon Published: March 8, 2013

Germany is taking steps toward allowing shale fracking, Bloomberg News reports.

Bloomberg News writes: " ...The legislation would outlaw fracking in water protection areas and near drinking water wells and would make environmental impact studies mandatory for new projects, Environment Minister Peter Altmaier and Economy Minister Philipp Roesler said in a joint letter obtained by Bloomberg News. The measures would permit the technique in non-restricted areas and provide “a unified legal situation,” the ministers wrote.

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Ohio refinery near Toledo gets $400 million upgrade

By Bob Downing Published: March 8, 2013

The BP-Husky Refinery, an oil and gasoline refinery outside Toledo in the suburb of Oregon, got a $400 million upgrade.

The work took two years and 1,500 workers.

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Florida lawmakers take steps in anticipation of fracking

By Jim Mackinnon Published: March 8, 2013

Florida legislators expect fracking shale will happen in their state.

The Palm Beach Post writes: "The national debate about a type of oil and gas drilling known as 'fracking' has never hit home in Florida.

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Shale natural gas took over energy conference

By Jim Mackinnon Published: March 8, 2013

The latest IHS CERAWeek program shows that natural gas is back, Platts exclaims.

Platts: "Last year, with US natural gas down in the $2/MMBtu dumps, no one wanted to talk about gas. No one.

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Judge lifts drilling long-time ban in Illinois national forest

By Bob Downing Published: March 8, 2013

From the Associated Press:

A federal judge has lifted a 17-year-old order blocking oil and gas drilling and commercial logging in southern Illinois' Shawnee National Forest.

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Fracking is starting to devour US economy

By Jim Mackinnon Published: March 8, 2013

The latest Federal Reserve Beige Book indicates that fracking shale is changing the economy, an article in the digital news site Quartz says.

Quartz writes: "The Fed’s Beige Book is never really a stunner, as economic updates go. But reading the anecdotal round-ups from all of the Fed’s 12 district banks can really help you develop a sense of the prevailing economic winds.

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Maryland fracking ban is dead, but moratorium is still alive

By Bob Downing Published: March 8, 2013

A bill than would outright ban hydraulic fracturing for natural gas in Maryland died in a Senate committee, but a bill imposing a moratorium on the practice pending studies remains alive in the General Assembly.

Senate Bill 514 was defeated in committee Tuesday.

However, a bill to place a moratorium on natural gas drilling via fracking remains alive,

The Maryland Hydraulic Fracturing Moratorium and Right to Know Act of 2013 remains under consideration by the House of Delegates.

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Chesapeake Energy Corp. gets new board member

By Bob Downing Published: March 8, 2013

From Chesapeake Energy Corp.:

OKLAHOMA CITY--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Mar. 7, 2013-- The Board of Directors of Chesapeake Energy Corporation (NYSE:CHK) has accepted the resignation of board member V. Burns Hargis, effective immediately, board Chairman Archie Dunham announced today. Dunham also announced that Louis A. Raspino has been elected to fill the vacancy and has been appointed chairman of the audit committee. He will stand for election at the 2013 annual meeting of shareholders in June.

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Financial activity tied to Marcellus shale called robust in survey

By Bob Downing Published: March 8, 2013

From the Associated Press:

A Federal Reserve survey of regional economic trends says activity coinciding with the Marcellus Shale natural gas boom in Pennsylvania has been robust.

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MSC: Pennsylvania is benefitting from Marcellus drilling

By Bob Downing Published: March 8, 2013

From the Marcellus Shale Coalition, an pro-drilling industry group in Pennsylvania:

Pa. Benefitting Greatly From Natural Gas
By KATHRYN Z. KLABER
Times Guest Columnist

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Mandel, Batchelder both say they oppose Gov. Kasich tax plan

By Bob Downing Published: March 8, 2013

COLUMBUS: Two key Ohio Republicans have come out against Gov. John Kasich’s proposed higher severance tax on gas-oil drilling.

Both Ohio Treasurer Josh Mandel and Ohio House Speaker William G. Batchelder of Medina spoke out Thursday against Kasich’s tax plan at the three-day winter meeting of the powerful Ohio Oil and Gas Association.

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EDF: Concerned about Wyoming air under BLM plans

By Bob Downing Published: March 8, 2013

From the Enviro0nmental defense Fund:

By: Jon Goldstein, Senior Energy Policy Manager

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New York Assembly approves two-year moratorium extension

By Bob Downing Published: March 8, 2013

From Bloomberg News:

New York’s Assembly approved a two-year ban on the natural-gas drilling method known as fracking, after two previous attempts to block the practice failed and with the state Senate taking a different approach.

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North America may export shale energy within decade, ConocoPhillips executive projects

By Jim Mackinnon Published: March 7, 2013

The Chinese People's Daily Online is covering the CERAweek energy conference in Houston and had this to say regarding U.S. shale development.

People's Daily wrote: "Shale development is growing fast enough that North America could become an energy exporter within a decade, the chief executive officer of ConocoPhillips said here Tuesday.

"ConocoPhillips CEO Ryan Lance also said in a speech to the IHS CERAWEEK energy conference in Houston that the U.S. federal government should allow future LNG (liquefied natural gas) exports, and at some point, "even exports of oil."

"'We live in an interconnected, mutually dependent world that needs free trade,' said Lance. 'In the case of the U.S., this means allowing future LNG exports -- and perhaps at some point even exports of oil.'"

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"Golden Age" of gas depends on supply availability

By Jim Mackinnon Published: March 7, 2013

Karen Boman at Rigzone offers another take on comments by a top Chevron Gas executive on the future of shale energy.

Boman writes: "The U.S. Energy Information Administration's forecast of a global 'golden age' of gas can only be realized if sufficient natural gas supplies can be brought to market, a Chevron official told attendees at the IHS CERAWeek conference Wednesday in Houston.

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Exports critical to U.S. shale boom

By Jim Mackinnon Published: March 7, 2013

Energy executives think the U.S. shale boom will need to export to thrive.

"The United States is uniquely positioned to harvest newly accessible natural gas reserves and sell the fossil fuel overseas — but that hinges on the Energy Department’s support for exports, executives said Wednesday.

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Tougher penalties for illegal dumping introduced in Ohio House

By Bob Downing Published: March 6, 2013

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

COLUMBUS– State Representative Robert F. Hagan (D-Youngstown) announced today that he has introduced legislation to impose tougher penalties for the illegal dumping of waste from oil and gas drilling. The bill’s introduction follows the federal indictment of Mr. Ben Lupo, owner of local oil and gas company Hardrock Excavating, who directed employees to illegally dump hundreds of gallons of brine and oil into waterways leading to the Mahoning River.

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Petitioners seek to have Ben Lupo's corporate charters revoked

By Bob Downing Published: March 6, 2013

A petition with nearly 400 signatures was submitted today to Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine's office.

The petitioners are asking that the corporate charter of Youngstown's Ben Lupo be revoked in connection with the Jan. 31 alleged illegal dumping of drilling wastes into the Mahoning River in Youngstown.

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Shale gas boom is reducing air pollution, Pa. study shows

By Jim Mackinnon Published: March 6, 2013

Research in Pennsylvania suggests that fracking in the state is reducing air pollution by a significant amount, writes James Conca in The Breakthrough (and originally published in Forbes).

Conca writes: "So is fracking making things worse? Or better? And by better, does that mean just less worse, or is it really better, like going down the path that actually will protect the environment in the long-run?

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The energy debate we aren't having

By Jim Mackinnon Published: March 6, 2013

Are we asking the right questions about fracking, the environment and the economy, writes Lisa Margonelli at Pacific Standard.

Margonelli writes: "But does fracking really equal death? Or equal jobs?

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Ohio anti-fracking activists rally today in Columbus

By Bob Downing Published: March 6, 2013

A press release received today from Ohio environmental groups:

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Does Ohio's drilling law violate federal law?

By Bob Downing Published: March 6, 2013

An Ohio environmental activist has filed a petition with the federal EPA, charging that an Ohio law on oil and gas drilling violates federal law and endangers public health and safety.

Theresa Mills says federal law requires industries to file detailed reports on the hazardous chemicals they use with cities, local emergency management agencies, and local first responders.

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Business Journal revisits Patriot Water Treatment LLC

By Bob Downing Published: March 6, 2013

The Business Journal in Youngstown has a detailed look at Warren-based Patriot Water Treatment LLC and its ongoing battle with the Ohio Department of Natural Resources over permitting.

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China's biggest oil company eying U.S. shale development

By Bob Downing Published: March 6, 2013

From Bloomberg News:

By Bloomberg News - Mar 6, 2013 7:13 AM ET

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Williams, Boardwalk developing new NGL pipeline to Gulf Coast

By Bob Downing Published: March 6, 2013

From Bloomberg News:

By Mike Lee - Mar 6, 2013 9:12 AM ET

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Crosstex Energy to invest $50 million in Utica facilities

By Bob Downing Published: March 6, 2013

From Crosstex Energy:

 

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Oil production rises on federal lands, drops in Gulf of Mexico

By Bob Downing Published: March 6, 2013

According to GreenWire, oil production on U.S. federal lands rose 7 percent in 2012 but declined 8 percent in the Gulf of Mexico.

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Celebrities wade into political fracking battle

By Bob Downing Published: March 6, 2013

From the Associated Press:

 

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BNSF Railway to test natural gas to power locomotives

By Bob Downing Published: March 6, 2013

From the Wall Street Journal on Tuesday:

Top U.S. railroad BNSF Railway Co, one of the largest users of diesel fuel in the United States, plans to test using natural gas to power its locomotives this year.

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Eight protestors plead no contest in southern Ohio court

By Bob Downing Published: March 6, 2013

From Appalachian Resist!:

Eight people who participated in a February 19 protest at GreenHunter Energy's New Matamoras frack waste facility pled no contest to trespassing.

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Group against fracking well near Youngstown reservoir

By Bob Downing Published: March 6, 2013

From FrackFree America:

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Wyoming eco-groups offer suggestions on BLM drilling plan

By Bob Downing Published: March 5, 2013

From Wyoming eco-groups:

LANDER, Wyo. — The Bureau of Land Management at the end of 2012 released its draft analysis of one of the largest onshore natural gas developments ever proposed in the United States — today, in official comments, several groups are urging the agency to make significant improvements. The Wyoming Outdoor Council, Environmental Defense Fund, Natural Resources Defense Council, and others submitted joint recommendations to the agency, identifying several shortcomings in the draft analysis and recommending a wide range of improvements.

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Busy week for Utica shale permitting in Ohio

By Bob Downing Published: March 5, 2013

It was a busy week for Utica shale permitting in Ohio.

A total of 20 permits were issued during the week that ended March 2.

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Texas law firm looks at lawsuits tied to shale drilling, fracking

By Bob Downing Published: March 5, 2013

A Texas-based law firm, Fulbright and Jaworski LLP, has released a new look at lawsuits tried to shale drilling and hydraulkic fracturing or fracking.

The 79-page analysis,  dated Jan. 1, 2013, was prepared by attorneys Barclay Nicholson and Stephen Dillard.

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A look at what's happening on home rule in Ohio, other states

By Bob Downing Published: March 5, 2013

The Ohio Environmental Law bloig looks at what the court'[s are saying about home rule on drilling in Ohio, New York and Pennsylvania.

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Chesapeake's outgoing CEO is no longer a billionaire, Forbes says

By Bob Downing Published: March 5, 2013

Outgoing Chesapeake Energy Corp. CEO Aubrey McClendon is no longer a billionaire, according to Forbes magazine.

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Coalition offers look at methane migration in Pennsylvania

By Bob Downing Published: March 5, 2013

From Pennsylvania's Marcellus Shale Coalition:

Pittsburgh, Pa. –A new informational video – Methane: An Element of Nature– released today by the Marcellus Shale Coalition (MSC) underscores the science and geology associated with methane migration, and more importantly, demonstrates the host of regulations and operational practices that natural gas producers take to address this issue.

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Center supports Moniz, LNG exports

By Bob Downing Published: March 5, 2013

From the Venter for LIquified Natural Gas:

Washington, D.C.:The Obama Administration announced today that Ernest J. Moniz, a long-time MIT physics professor and director of the university’s Energy Initiative, is the administration’s choice to head the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE). Moniz also served as an Energy Department undersecretary during the Clinton administration.

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Colorado-based 1st NRG seeking Utica shale JV partners

By Bob Downing Published: March 5, 2013

From PR NewsWire:

DENVER, March 1, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- 1st NRG Corp. (OTC Markets: FNRC.PK, http://1stnrg-corp.com) releases an update on the company's operations.

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Moniz favors all-of-the-above energy approach

By Bob Downing Published: March 5, 2013

From the Associated Press:

President Barack Obama's choice to lead the Energy Department advocates an all-of-the-above approach to energy and favors natural gas as a "bridge fuel" to reduce emissions that contribute to global warming.

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New York groups call on Gov. Cuomo for fracking leadership

By Bob Downing Published: March 5, 2013

From the New York eco-group, Catskill Citizens for Safe Energy:

Fremont Center, NY, March 5, 2013:  In a full-page ad in the Albany’s Legislative Gazette the grassroots organization Catskill Citizens for Safe Energy and the environmental law firm Community Environmental Defense Council (CEDC) call on Governor Andrew Cuomo to demonstrate leadership on hydraulic fracturing. The question of whether New York should permit high volume fracking has been debated for years, but the state still has not developed a coherent approach to the issue.

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World Petrochemical Conference on March 20 in Houston

By Bob Downing Published: March 5, 2013

From IHS Chemical:

HOUSTON (March 5, 2013) – José Luis Uriegas, chief executive officer of Grupo IDESA, and Susan Esserman, chair of the international department at Steptoe and Johnson LLP, and former deputy U.S. trade representative, will speak Wednesday, March 20, 2013 at the World Petrochemical Conference at the Hilton Americas Hotel in Houston.

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Could 2013 be the Year of Utica shale taking off?

By Bob Downing Published: March 5, 2013

The Bakken shale in North Dakota and the Eagle Ford shale in Texas get lots of attention from financial analysts.

But Ohio's Utica shale could jump into the picture in a big way in 2013 with $6 billion or more in pipelines and processing facilities coming online.

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Anadarko offers Pennsylvania for $15 million for state forest access

By Bob Downing Published: March 5, 2013

Anadarko Petroleum has offered $15 million to the state of Pennsylvania for surface access to part of Loyalsock State Forest.

The company owns half of the mineral rights in an area of the forest known as the Old Logger's Path.

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Poland begins push toward fracking for natural gas

By Bob Downing Published: March 5, 2013

Fracking is about to get under way in Poland.

Here's a look by The Ecologist at what's happening in Poland.

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New York could see business exodus without a decision soon

By Bob Downing Published: March 4, 2013

From the Associated Press:

An oil and gas industry group has warned that the state could experience a greater exodus of business while Gov. Andrew Cuomo waits for the results of a Pennsylvania health study before deciding whether to allow fracking.

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Environmental group looking at methane leaks in new study

By Bob Downing Published: March 4, 2013

From the Environmental Defense Fund:

The use of natural gas to power our nation’s freight fleet vehicles is a hot topic in these days of rising diesel and falling natural gas prices. There are several reasons to be excited about this opportunity, including operating cost savings, use of a domestic fuel source, and the potential for a reduction in greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions compared to diesel heavy-duty trucks. However, significant concerns remain with the development of new gas supplies, including the threat of fugitive methane emissions from natural gas vehicles and the fuel supply chain.

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Kinder Morgan eying Tuscarawas County for two Utica plants

By Bob Downing Published: March 4, 2013

Could Ohio be getting another natural gas processing and fractionation plant in the Utica shale?

No announcement has been made, but Kinder Morgan, the nation’s largest pipeline company, is eying Tuscarawas County for such facilities.

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Leasing flurry reported in Ohio's Richland County

By Bob Downing Published: March 4, 2013

No permits for Utica shale horizontal wells have been filed in Ohio's Richland County, but there appears to be a leasing flurry in the northern part of the county, reports the Mansfield News Journal.

The paper said landowners are getting leasing bonuses of $4,500 to $6,000 an acre.

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Kennedy advises Gov. Cuomo on N.Y. fracking decision

By Bob Downing Published: March 4, 2013

From the Associated Press:

 

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API: Wants new EPA chief to help boost energy jobs

By Bob Downing Published: March 4, 2013

From the American Petroleum Institute:

WASHINGTON, March 4, 2013 – API President and CEO Jack Gerard said that Gina McCarthy’s nomination as President Obama’s next EPA administrator comes at critical moment as America is poised to become a global energy superpower.

“We congratulate Gina McCarthy on her nomination to head the EPA,” Gerard said. “President Obama says his top priority is creating American jobs, and we will continue working with the EPA and the administration to help avoid jeopardizing that goal. The problem is that EPA, in many cases, is not proposing regulations that meet this goal.

“We hope McCarthy shares the president’s stated vision for an ‘all-of-the-above’ energy strategy and will support only sound EPA regulations that reduce potential adverse impacts on employment and energy costs while protecting the environment.”

Gerard cited upcoming EPA proposals for new Tier 3 regulations on gasoline that could raise manufacturing costs, first time regulations on greenhouse gas emissions from refineries, and new ozone standards that could halt business development across the country.

API is a national trade association that represents all segments of America’s technology-driven oil and natural gas industry. Its more than 500 members – including large integrated companies, exploration and production, refining, marketing, pipeline, and marine businesses, and service and supply firms – provide most of the nation’s energy. The industry also supports 9.2 million U.S. jobs and 7.7 percent of the U.S. economy, delivers $86 million a day in revenue to our government, and, since 2000, has invested over $2 trillion in U.S. capital projects to advance all forms of energy, including alternatives.

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Energy, EPA among Obama's latest nominations

By Bob Downing Published: March 4, 2013

From the Associated Press:

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama filled in more pieces of his second term leadership team today, nominating a trio of new advisers to lead the Energy Department, Environmental Protection Agency and budget office.

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More on Gulfport Energy's Utica shale report

By Bob Downing Published: March 4, 2013

 More from Gulfport  Energy Corp, Feb. 27:

 Its production for the  last quarter of 2012 was 90 percent oil and natural gas liquids and 10 percent natural gas. The full-year production in 2012 was 93 percent liquids and 7 percent natural gas.

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More on Ohio's elusive Utica shale oil window/area

By Bob Downing Published: March 4, 2013

    Here are some leftover items from recent first quarter and 2012 earnings calls with analysts:

The Utica oil window in Ohio is “just moving slower,” said EV Energy Partners spokesman John Ragozzino.

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Anadarko's Utica shale tidbits

By Bob Downing Published: March 4, 2013

    Here are some leftover items from recent first quarter and 2012 earnings calls with analysts:

1. From Anadarko Petroleum Corp on Feb. 5:

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MDN notes on Utica shale forum in Columbus

By Bob Downing Published: March 4, 2013

From the Marcellus Drilling News:

Notes from editor Jim Willis on last week's Utica Shale Development and Growth Forum in Columbus:

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EV Energy Partners' Utica shale tidbits

By Bob Downing Published: March 4, 2013

From EV Energy Partners, March 1

Chesapeake Energy and EnerVest have the largest blocks of acreage in the wet window of Ohio’s Utica shale.

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Germany approves draft rules on shale drilling, fracking

By Bob Downing Published: March 2, 2013

From Bloomberg News:

German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s government agreed on draft regulation to allow the tapping of shale gas via hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, a practice the opposition says may harm the environment.

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Halcon Resources has plans for 20 to 25 Utica shale wells

By Bob Downing Published: March 2, 2013

Texas-based Halcon Resources says it plans to invest $200 million in 2013 in the Utica shale in eastern Ohio and western Pennsylvania.

The company, based in Houston, has plans for 20 to 25 wells in 2013. The first wells will be drilled in April.

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Cabot hits giant natural gas well in Susquehanna County

By Bob Downing Published: March 1, 2013

From the Marcellus Drilling News:

Energy analyst Richard Zeits has been looking at Cabot Oil & Gas and its productive Marcellus shale wells in Pennsylvania's Susquehanna County on the Seeking Alpha website.

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'FrackNation' to be screened at 23 Ohio locations

By Bob Downing Published: March 1, 2013

From the Virginia-based group, Energy Citizens:

If you don't already know, Phelim McAleer's FrackNation addresses the misinformation about hydraulic fracturing that is highlighted in Josh Fox's Gasland. Learn the TRUTH about fracking and how it has helped communities and individuals recover from economic hardships. Invite your friends and family to this free event, so they too can spread the word about hydraulic fracturing and what it can do for Ohio.

This month is your chance to watch the groundbreaking documentary and get the answers you've been looking for.Throughout the month of March and April the Ohio Liberty Coalition will be hosting screenings of FrackNation all across Ohio. There will be at least two screenings a week giving you many opportunities to watch the film. To find a showing near you please visit their website for a full list of all of the shows and where they will be held.

Find your nearest event:

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Ohio failed to notify Pa. water authority of Mahoning dumping

By Bob Downing Published: March 1, 2013

Ohio officials involved in the Jan. 31 illegal dumping in Youngstown also failed to warn people downstream.

That includes the water agency that draws its drinking water from the Mahoning River.

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EV Energy Partners negotiating sale of 103,800 acres in Ohio

By Bob Downing Published: March 1, 2013

A Texas-based company expects to soon sell nearly 104,000 acres in the Utica shale in eastern Ohio.

A total of 103,800 acres in eastern Ohio are for sale because the Houston-based company decided to sell of the leased land rather than invest the money to drill natural gas-oil wells itself. Each well can cost $6 million.

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U.S. manufacturing getting big boost from shale gas

By Jim Mackinnon Published: March 1, 2013

Shale energy is boosting U.S. manufacturing, a new report says.

The web site Environmental Leader reports: "The current record-low natural gas prices 'will be a game changer' for North American companies that rely on feedstock or direct energy usage to compete on a global level, according to analysis by RBC Capital Markets and Economist Intelligence Unit.

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Shale may cause U.S. to soon surpass Saudi Arabia as top oil producer

By Jim Mackinnon Published: March 1, 2013

McClatchy news service reports U.S. shale is causing oil production to boom.

U.S. oil production has soared to heights not seen in 20 years, largely driven by an explosion in crude harvested from Texas shale rock.

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University of Texas press release on Barnett shale study

By Jim Mackinnon Published: March 1, 2013

Here is a link to the University of Texas press release on its important new Barnett shale study. The release includes charts and graphs.

The release starts off: "A new study, believed to be the most thorough assessment yet of the natural gas production potential of the Barnett Shale, foresees slowly declining production through the year 2030 and beyond and total recovery at greater than three times cumulative production to date. This forecast has broad implications for the future of U.S energy production and policy."

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Barnett shale in Texas will produce 44 trillion cubic feet of gas, study says

By Jim Mackinnon Published: March 1, 2013

A story in the Star-Telegram newspaper in Texas reports on a significant University of Texas study saying the Barnett shale will produce natural gas for decades.

Jim Fuquay at the Star-Telegram writes in part: "The Barnett Shale will still be churning out natural gas even in 2050 and will produce more than three times what it has already yielded, according to a new study by the University of Texas at Austin.

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61 percent of today's American wells are horizontal

By Bob Downing Published: March 1, 2013

Two interesting tidbits from J. David Hughes' story in the Feb. 21 issue of Nature:

In 2000, shale gas represented 2 percent of U.S. gas production. It is nearly 40 percent in 2012.

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Unimin Corp. opens new proppant terminal in Stark County

By Bob Downing Published: March 1, 2013

From the PR Newswire:

New Canaan, CT, /PRNewswire/ - Unimin Corp. announced today the opening of its newest proppant distribution terminal in Navarre, Ohio. Located south of Cleveland, OH and southwest of Canton, OH the facility is strategically situated to serve hydraulic fracturing operations in the Utica shale formation.

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SEC issues subpoenas to Chesapeake Energy

By Bob Downing Published: March 1, 2013

From Bloomberg News:

By Tina Davis

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Energy Jobs Fair scheduled on April 29 in Youngstown

By Bob Downing Published: March 1, 2013

From the Ohio Oil & Gas Association:

U.S. Sen. Rob Portman,R-Ohio,  the Ohio Oil & Gas Association and the Youngstown/Warren Regional Chamber are hosting an Energy Jobs Fair on  April 29.

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New LNG terminal at Philadephia is proposed

By Bob Downing Published: March 1, 2013

StateImpact Pennsyalvania reports that Philadelphia has proposed buiding a liquified natural gas terminal on the Delaware River in eastern Pennsylvania.

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Utica and Marcellus shale web sites

Ohio Department of Natural Resources' Division of Oil and Gas Resources Management State agency Web site.

ODNR Division of Oil and Gas Resources Management. State drilling permits. List is updated weekly.

ODNR Division of Geological Survey.

Ohio Environmental Protection Agency.

Ohio State University Extension.

Ohio Farm Bureau.

Ohio Oil and Gas Association, a Granville-based group that represents 1,500 Ohio energy-related companies.

Ohio Oil & Gas Energy Education Program.

Energy In Depth, a trade group.

Marcellus and Utica Shale Resource Center by Ohio law firm Bricker & Eckler.

Utica Shale, a compilation of Utica shale activities.

Landman Report Card, a site that looks at companies involved in gas and oil leases.FracFocus, a compilation of chemicals used in fracking individual wells as reported voluntarily by some drillers.

Chesapeake Energy Corp,the Oklahoma-based firm is the No. 1 driller in Ohio.

Rig Count Interactive Map by Baker Hughes, an energy services company.

Shale Sheet Fracking, a Youngstown Vindicator blog.

National Geographic's The Great Shale Rush.

The Ohio Environmental Council, a statewide eco-group based in Columbus.

Buckeye Forest Council.

Earthjustice, a national eco-group.

Stop Fracking Ohio.

People's Oil and Gas Collaborative-Ohio, a grass-roots group in Northeast Ohio.

Concerned Citizens of Medina County, a grass-roots group.

No Frack Ohio, a Columbus-based grass-roots group.

Fracking: Gas Drilling's Environmental Threat by ProPublica, an online journalism site.

Penn State Marcellus Center.

Pipeline, blog from Pittsburgh Post-Gazette on Marcellus shale drilling.

Allegheny Front, environmental public radio for Western Pennsylvania.