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By Published: September 26, 2016

U.S. oil drilling rigs rise by five

By Jim Mackinnon Published: September 23, 2016

The number of drilling rigs working in the U.S. as of Sept. 23 rose by five from a week ago to 511, according to the latest Baker Hughes report. The number of rigs is down 327 from the same period in 2015.
To read the full report, go here.

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Portage, Stark counties land listed in Utica Shale property sale

By Jim Mackinnon Published: September 23, 2016

Anyone looking to buy land on top of the Utica Shale in Ohio, including in Portage and Stark counties? Oil and Gas Investor says there is property available:

"Dorfman Production Co. is selling operated interest in producing Appalachia assets in a negotiated transaction through The Oil & Gas Asset Clearinghouse.

"The assets are located in Mahoning, Columbiana, Portage, Stark and Carroll counties, Ohio. The offer includes development opportunities in the horizontal Clinton Play and the Utica Shale, according to Clearinghouse."

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Ohio's Utica Shale increasingly tapped for natural gas

By Jim Mackinnon Published: September 23, 2016

Energy companies tapping the Utica Shale are increasingly going for natural gas, the federal government reports today. The Energy Information Administration said:

"Production of oil and natural gas in the Appalachian Basin's Utica play—which includes both the Utica and Point Pleasant formations—has increased significantly since 2012.

"Monthly natural gas production from Utica wells increased from 0.1 billion cubic feet per day (Bcf/d) in December 2012 to more than 3.5 Bcf/d in June 2016. Oil production increased from 4,400 barrels per day (b/d) to nearly 76,000 b/d over the same period."

Read the full report, with charts, here.

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Nexus crews can go on private land for pipeline survey, court rules

By Jim Mackinnon Published: September 23, 2016

The Nexus Gas Transmission Co. can go onto private land in Ohio and conduct surveys for a natural gas pipeline in the state, an appeals court has ruled.

The decision by the 9th District Court of Appeals can be found here.

Landowners have not yet decided whether to appeal to the Ohio Supreme Court, according to a story in the (Cleveland) Plain Dealer newspaper.

Here's what law firm Bricker & Eckler, which represented the pipeline company, had to say on the decision:

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Shale fracking added nearly 115,000 jobs, $10 billion in Ohio, study says

By Jim Mackinnon Published: September 22, 2016

Ohio would have been out billions of dollars and nearly 115,000 jobs if not for fracking, according to an analysis from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.

According to the Daily Caller, the Chamber report in part says:

" ... Ohio, for instance, would have lost nearly $10 billion in state GDP, $6 billion in wages, and 114,500 jobs, according to the group’s report, had anti-oil activists like Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders and Bill McKibben found a way to wipe out the expansion in domestic energy.

" ...The U.S. would have bled millions of jobs and the economy would have contracted by $548 billion were it not for explosion in oil and gas development, according to a report by an energy industry group.

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First U.S. shale-derived ethane shipments reach Europe

By Jim Mackinnon Published: September 22, 2016

The huge amounts of natural gas from U.S. shale has lead to the first shipments of  ethane to Europe, the federal government reports.

From the U.S. Energy Information Administration:

"Increased production of ethane in the United States has led to increased ethane exports, first by pipeline to Canada and more recently by tanker to overseas destinations. Ethane is used domestically and internationally as a key feedstock for plastics production and other industrial uses.

"The first U.S. ethane export terminal, located in Marcus Hook, Pennsylvania, about 20 miles southwest of Philadelphia, has an export capacity of 35,000 barrels per day (b/d) and began shipping ethane cargos in March 2016. The second U.S. ethane export terminal, opened by Enterprise Products Partners in Morgan's Point, Texas, recently sent its first shipment to Norway. This 200,000 b/d-capacity facility, located on the Houston Ship Channel, is the first ethane terminal in the Gulf Coast region."

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Billionaire investor cuts holdings in Chesapeake Energy

By Jim Mackinnon Published: September 21, 2016

Billionaire investor Carl Icahn has drastically reduced his holdings in Chesapeake Energy Corp, according to SEC filings. From

"Icahn and associated partners reduced their stake in Chesapeake to 35.3 million shares, or 4.6% of outstanding shares, according to a Monday filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Back in August, Icahn and partners reported a stake of about 73 million shares in the company."

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Frack sand is the unsung hero of the OPEC-shale price war

By Jim Mackinnon Published: September 21, 2016

The resilience of U.S. shale is largely about sand, reports

"Sand has been the most significant innovation on the US shale playing field.

“'North American producers are rapidly increasing efficiency and reducing production costs, and we’re just at the beginning of this innovation curve,' says Select Sands Corp. CEO Rasool Mohammad.

“'Right now, it’s all about the frack sand. The story of US shale resilience is now about huge quantities of high-quality frack sand. This is the backbone of the comeback.'”

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U.S. shale making up for drop in conventional oil discoveries

By Jim Mackinnon Published: September 20, 2016

Conventional oil discoveries have hit a low point, reports:

"Companies have never discovered as little conventional oil and gas as they did last year, according to a new report from energy research firm Wood Mackenzie.

"Globally, the industry last year found 11.6 billion barrels of oil and gas that it could access via traditional vertical drilling, as opposed to horizontal drilling and hydraulic fracturing. That’s 3 billion barrels or 21 percent less than it did in 1994, the next-lowest year on the list."

" ... As conventional finds are dropping, America’s shale plays are, in part, replacing them."

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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.