☰ Menu
Ohio Utica Shale

Dominion seeks Virginia O.K. for $1.3 billion gas-fired power plant

By Bob Downing Published: July 5, 2015

A press release from last week:

RICHMOND, Va., July 1, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Dominion Virginia Power today asked the Virginia State Corporate Commission (SCC) for a Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity to build a $1.3 billion state-of-the-art natural gas-fired power station in Greensville County.

If approved, the high-efficiency, combined-cycle station would generate about 1,600 megawatts, enough electricity to power 400,000 typical homes during peak demand. Construction is scheduled to begin next year pending SCC approval.

"Our analysis shows that over the life of this station our customers should save more than $2 billion versus the projected cost for purchasing the same amount of power for customers off the regional power grid," said David Christian, chief executive officer for Dominion Generation. "It will be highly efficient, low cost and very reliable. It will also have excellent environmental attributes and an extremely favorable location for fuel and transmission service."

To read more or comment...

U.S. gas, oil drilling rigs grew by two to 859, Baker Hughes reports

By Bob Downing Published: July 5, 2015

After 29 weeks of declines, the number of U.S. oil rigs increased last week, according to compilations by Baker Hughes, the well service company.

The number of U.S. oil rigs grew by 12 to 640.

That is the highest level since Dec. 5, 2014.

The number of gas and oil rigs together grew by two to 859.

To read more or comment...

Food, Water Watch issues fact sheets on Nexus, ET Rover pipelines

By Bob Downing Published: July 5, 2015

Food and Water Watch, a national group fighting shale drilling, has released new fact sheets on the Nexus and ET Rover pipelines in Ohio and Michigan.

Click  here  to read them.

To read more or comment...

Broadview Heights group will appeal judge's dismissal of lawsuit

By Bob Downing Published: July 5, 2015

From the Associated Press:

BROADVIEW HEIGHTS, Ohio (AP) — A community activist group near Cleveland that opposes oil and gas wells in residential neighborhoods said it plans to appeal a judge's decision to dismiss its lawsuit against the state.

Mothers Against Drilling in Our Neighborhood, which is based in Broadview Heights, claimed the city's Community Bill of Rights approved by voters in 2012 supersedes a state law permitting drilling.

But Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Judge Timothy McCormick dismissed the lawsuit this week, citing a February Ohio Supreme Court case that said municipalities' home rule does not overrule state law regulating oil and gas drilling. The court had given the Ohio Department of Natural Resources exclusive authorization to permit, locate and regulate wells in 2004.

To read more or comment...

Grass-roots group wants independent analysis of Nexus Pipeline route

By Bob Downing Published: July 5, 2015

From the Coalition to Reroute Nexus:

News Release
(Note to Editor: This release includes an attachment containing additional information)
Need for Independent Route Analysis of NEXUS Pipeline Requested by Coalition
July 2, 2015 Medina, OH. - NEXUS Gas Transmission’s claim that its current proposed pipeline route is necessary to serve current and future industrial consumers is disputed by the Coalition to Reroute Nexus (CORN). The grassroots organization is asking for an independent analysis to review Nexus’ claims and their outright rejection of the City of Green Alternate route supported by CORN.
In a strongly worded letter to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (Commission) the leaders of CORN listed multiple discrepancies and undocumented assertions within the Nexus June 12, 2015 filing where the Texas based corporation claimed that a change of the pipeline’s route “would not accomplish the Project’s purpose and need.”
“There has been no disclosure to date that the Nexus proposed route is necessary to provide a direct interconnect with any committed large volume industrial consumer,” wrote CORN Board Director David Eigel. Mr. Eigel is a veteran of 33 years in the energy and utility industry as a petroleum engineer and senior executive.
The 250 Nexus pipeline will cover 11 Ohio counties and is a transmission line for natural gas extracted from southern Ohio and intended for resale to international clients at the Dawn Energy Hub in Ontario, Canada. The proposed pipeline route will traverse densely populated counties in northeastern Ohio and could compromise environmentally unique and fragile areas in western Ohio, according to the CORN leaders.
More 20150702F Independent Analysis Needed
919 East Turkeyfoot Lake Rd.
Suite B
Akron, OH 44312
Coalition to Reroute Nexus
Contact: Paul L. Gierosky 216-469-5206
Eastern Ohio Spokesperson
Contact: Liz Athaide-Victor 419-344-3804
Western Ohio Spokesperson
The Mission of the Coalition to Reroute Nexus is to inform, educate, and persuade Nexus to choose a more southerly route largely avoiding higher density counties in the northeastern part of Ohio and the ecologically unique and environmentally sensitive Oak Openings Region in western Ohio. The Coalition’s Goal is the creation of a carefully engineered, thoughtfully located Pipeline Safety Corridor that protects the public, the pipeline itself, preserves property values and demonstrates respect for individual property rights.
Add One,

To read more or comment...

Ohio judge dismisses Broadview Heights lawsuit by residents

By Bob Downing Published: July 2, 2015

From a Thursday press release:

BROADVIEW HEIGHTS, OH:  Yesterday – in time for the July 4th celebration of American Independence and democracy – the Cuyahoga County Court dismissed a class action lawsuit filed by residents of Broadview Heights to protect their inalienable right to local self-government. The suit was filed against the state of Ohio and the oil and gas industry, as fracking is being forced into communities without their consent.


In November 2012, Broadview Heights residents, with 67% of the vote, adopted a Community Bill of Rights codifying their right to local, democratic self-governance, and rights to water and a healthy environment – banning fracking as a violation of those rights.

To read more or comment...

ODNR releases new fact sheet on Ohio's Clinton Sandstone

By Bob Downing Published: July 2, 2015

Ohio's first Clinton Sandstone well was drilled in 1887 in Lancaster.

From 1887-2013, Ohio has drilled an estimated 80,000 Clinton wells, mostly shallow wells.

They have produced 8.7 trillion cubic feet of natural. That's enough natural gas to heat all of Ohio's 5 million homes for 26 years at current rates of consumption.

The Ohio Department of Natural Resources' Division of Geological Survey has a new two-page fact sheet out on the Clinton Sandstone. It is GeoFacts No. 30.

To read more or comment...

REX Pipeline to begin full westward natural gas flow on Aug. 1

By Bob Downing Published: July 2, 2015

Starting Aug. 1, the Rockies Express Pipeline will be reversed in a full-scale change.

It will flow natural gas from the Utica and Marcellus shales in Ohio, West Virginia and western Pennsylvania west through Indiana and Illinois to Missouri.

Previously, it flowed west to east.

Click  here  to read a detailed story by RBN Energy.

To read more or comment...

15 fracking chemicals may pose threat to groundwater, study says

By Bob Downing Published: July 2, 2015

From the University of Colorado-Boulder:

A new University of Colorado Boulder framework used to screen hundreds of organic chemical compounds used in hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, shows that 15 may be of concern as groundwater contaminants based on their toxicity, mobility, persistence and frequency of use.

Using a fast groundwater transport scenario, the team predicted that 41 of the 659 organic compounds screened would have 10 percent or more of their initial concentrations remaining at a transport distance of roughly 300 feet. That is the average state “setback” distance in the United States between a fracking well and a drinking water well, said CU-Boulder Professor Joseph Ryan, the principal investigator on the study.

In the fracking process, a mixture of water, sand and various chemicals is pumped into wells at high pressure to create fissures in subterranean shale layers to release natural gas and oil. Oil and gas companies use a wide variety of chemicals to increase viscosity, inhibit equipment corrosion and reduce friction, among other things.

To read more or comment...

Alpha Natural Resources acquires full share in Marcellus venture

By Bob Downing Published: July 2, 2015

From Alpha Natural Resources on Wednesday:

BRISTOL, Va., July 1, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Alpha Natural Resources, Inc. (NYSE: ANR) announced today that its wholly-owned subsidiary, Pennsylvania Services Corporation (PSC), has acquired the 50% interest in its natural gas exploration and production joint venture, Pennsylvania Land Resources Holding Company, LLC (PLR), owned by EDF Trading Resources, LLC (EDFTR).  The $126 million transaction, which makes PSC the sole owner and operator of the venture, allows Alpha to expand and control a highly economic natural gas development program composed of over 25,000 net acres and associated infrastructure in the Marcellus Shale. 

EDFTR and PSC initially formed the PLR joint venture in May 2013 to exploit a large, concentrated Marcellus Shale gas resource in Greene County, Pennsylvania.  The concentrated acreage position is considered to be in the "core of the core" of the Marcellus Shale, one of the most profitable natural gas plays in the United States, and located adjacent to some of the most productive wells in the basin to date.  PLR's large, contiguous acreage position will allow efficient development of the resource with long laterals, maximizing both well productivity and returns.  Significant existing pipeline capacity located adjacent to or crossing PLR's leased acreage also provides strong transportation optionality.

Brian Sullivan, Alpha's Executive Vice President and Chief Commercial Officer, stated, "We expect drilling on the first pad to begin in the next 30 days, with an estimated 4 wells completed by the first quarter of next year."  PLR's concentrated position when it entered into the joint venture in May 2013 was 12,000 net acres, which has since more than doubled.  Additionally, two well pads have been constructed with a total of 14 permitted wells.  "Our current leasehold position gives us an immediate drilling inventory of more than 50 locations," Sullivan added.

To read more or comment...



See the most recent drilling report and an injection wells map From
Prev Next

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.