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Londonderry, Smith townships are Ohio oil, natural gas hot spots

By Bob Downing Published: August 28, 2015

Two townships are the current hot spots for natural gas and oil production in Ohio.

Guernsey County's Londonderry Township is the home of the Top 5 oil-producing wells in Ohio.

All five wells are owned and operated by American Energy Utica (now Ascent Resources), an Aubrey McClendon company.

The Caston well is No. 1 with 56,150 barrels of oil in 2Q 2015.

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Guernsey is top oil producer, Belmont is No. 1 for natural gas

By Bob Downing Published: August 28, 2015

From Ohio's 2Q 2015 production report (see Thursday blog post for story):

Here are the Top 5 Ohio counties for oil and natral gas production in 2Q 2015:

Oil:

1. Guernsey County, 1,762,056 barrels.

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Rice Drilling, Hess Energy in Top 5 for Ohio natural gas production

By Bob Downing Published: August 28, 2015

From Ohio production report for 2Q 2015 (for story see Thursday blog post):

Here are the Top 5 gas-producing companies in Ohio in 2Q 2015:

1. Chesapeake Energy, 83,206,508 Mcf.

2. Gulfport Energy, 53,161,892 Mcf.

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Chesapeake is No. 1 for Ohio oil production in 2Q 2015

By Bob Downing Published: August 28, 2015

From Ohio 2Q 2015 production report (see Thursday blog post for story):

Here are the Top 5 companies for 2Q oil production:

1. Chesapeake Energy, 2,180,048 barrels.

2. Eclipse Resources, 754,255 barrels.

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Chesapeake Energy is top Ohio driller with 506 wells

By Bob Downing Published: August 28, 2015

From Ohio's 2Q 2015 production report (for story see Thursday blog post):

Here are the Top 5 companies in Ohio with number of reporting wells:

1. Chesapeake Energy, 506 wells.

2. Gulfport Energy, 137 wells.

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Equity fund for drilling gets $445.7 million in commitments

By Bob Downing Published: August 28, 2015

From a press release earlier this week:

DALLAS, Aug. 26, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Edge Natural Resources LLC ("Edge") today announced the final closing of its inaugural private equity fund, ENR Partners LP, with $445.7 million in total commitments. The fund will make investments in the North American oil and gas sector.

Edge Partner Jesse Bomer said, "We are extremely grateful for the confidence our investors showed in our team and strategy. This support allowed us to quickly conclude the fundraising process with demand far exceeding our self-imposed hard cap on commitments. Most importantly, we have patient capital from a diverse, energy-savvy investor base."

Edge Partner Oscar Pate continued, "With the fundraising completed, we are now actively pursuing opportunities to partner with best-in-class management teams and deploy capital at attractive risk-adjusted rates of return."

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Carroll, Harrison, Belmont counties have most Ohio producing wells

By Bob Downing Published: August 28, 2015

From Ohio Department of Natural Resources' 2Q 2015 production report (see Thursday blog post for story):

Here is where the drillers in the Utica Shale have been most active in Ohio:

1. Carroll County, 370 wells producing.

2. Harrison, 173.

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Pennsylvania drilling wastewater total in 2014 close to 2011 total

By Bob Downing Published: August 28, 2015

Pennsylvania in 2014 produced the same amount of drilling wastewater as it did in 2011, according to a new study.

The state produced 42.9 million barrels of wastewater or about 1.8 billion gallons.

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Jamaica to get containerized LNG from Florida for power plant

By Bob Downing Published: August 28, 2015

From the U.S. Energy Information Administration:

Jamaica Public Service (JPS), Jamaica's electricity distributor, and New Fortress Energy, an energy service provider and a subsidiary of the American based Fortress Investment Group, entered into a contract for New Fortress Energy to deliver containerized liquefied natural gas (LNG) from Florida to JPS's 120-megawatt (MW) Bogue power plant in Montego Bay, Jamaica.

This August 7 agreement was preceded by a joint commitment by the U.S. Department of Energy and the government of Jamaica, signed at the April 2015 United States and Caribbean Community (CARICOM) summit, which supported Jamaica's fuel diversification and shift to natural gas. It is considered by the Jamaican government and New Fortress Energy as the first step in establishing a potential LNG hub in Jamaica to meet the emerging LNG needs of the western Caribbean.

The Bogue power plant, which first went into service in 2003 as a 120-MW oil-fired generator, is being converted to allow for gas-fired generation, and is undergoing infrastructure work to allow for the receipt of containerized LNG, including the addition of regasification facilities. JPS anticipates bringing the converted Bogue power plant online in early 2016.

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Utica Shale sets new Ohio oil, natural gas production records

By Bob Downing Published: August 27, 2015

Ohio’s Utica Shale wells continue to break all previous production reports for the last 100 years.
The state’s 978 horizontal wells produced 5.5 million barrels of oil and 221 billion cubic feet of natural gas in the second quarter 2015, the Ohio Department of Natural Resources reported on Thursday.  
Ohio’s oil volume grew by 20 percent from the first quarter 2015: from 4.4 million barrels to 5.5 million barrels.
The state’s natural gas climbed nearly 21 percent: from 183 billion cubic feet to 221 billion cubic feet.
The first quarter 2015 totals included 877 wells in eastern Ohio.
The oil volume grew by 3.1 million barrels from a year ago and the natural gas jumped by 133 billion cubic feet in that time. Ohio had only 504 producing Utica wells. a year ago.
In 2015, Ohio has produced 10 million barrels of oil and 405 billion cubic feet of natural gas. That oil total is a 126 percent increase over the first six months of 2014 and the natural gas total is an 160 percent increase in that time.
In all of 2014, Ohio produced 11 million barrels of oil and 450 billion cubic feet of natural gas.
A billion cubic feet is enough natural gas to fuel one million homes for four days.
The state’s new report lists 1,020 wells, of which 978 reported production. A total of 42 wells reported zero production because they were awaiting connecting pipelines.
The typical Ohio well in 2015 produced 5,704 barrels of oil plus 226 million cubic feet of natural gas. That is a 28 percent increase from a year earlier. That typical well was in production for 83 days during the second quarter.
Drilling has slowed in the Utica Shale and other drilling areas due to low commodity prices. But the federal Energy Information Administartion says that production in the Utica Shale is projected to increase in September, while declining in all other shale drilling areas.
Ohio does not require a separate listing and natural gas liquids such as ethane, butane and propane are part of the natural gas total.
Ohio drilled its first Utica wells in 2011 and they went into production in 2012.
The new report is available at http://oilandgas.ohiodnr.gov/production.

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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.