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Great Britain gives OK to start shale fracking

By Jim Mackinnon Published: October 7, 2016

Great Britain just gave the go-ahead to do some test fracking, the first work of its type allowed in five years, reports:

" ... the UK Department of Communities and Local Government upheld on Thursday an appeal by gas exploration company Cuadrilla Resources, allowing it to plan for exploratory horizontal fracking at a site in Lancashire in northwestern England.

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Mega oil discovery in Alaska may hold billions of barrels of oil

By Jim Mackinnon Published: October 7, 2016

A major discovery means the amount of oil that can be taken out of Alaska just increased by at least 2 billion barrels, reports:

"A small company just announced that it has made a 'world-class' oil discovery in Alaska, which could be the largest find in the state in years.

"Caelus Energy LLC, a small company backed by private equity, says that it has discovered oil on Alaska’s northern coast. The field could hold as much as 6 billion barrels of oil, with about 1.8 to 2.4 billion barrels considered to be recoverable. If that is the case, the discovery would instantly raise Alaska’s statewide recoverable oil reserve base by about 80 percent.

"But producing the oil will not be easy. Drilling must take place in the winter. To drill the field, the tentative plan would be to build manmade islands to drill through. Oil produced in the shallow water of Smith Bay will need to be moved somehow. Caelus will have to build an $800 million pipeline that travels 125 miles, connecting to an existing pipeline system in Prudhoe Bay."

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OPEC blinks: New production agreement acknowledges U.S. shale strength

By Jim Mackinnon Published: October 6, 2016

So, is the following another way of saying that U.S. shale won? A story at reports that the new OPEC production deal acknowledges a permanent shift in oil markets:

"OPEC appears to have finally given up the dream of crushing U.S. production and returning to a world in which the Cartel controlled the market.

"US producers may not be the lowest cost producers, but could well be the most flexible producers.

"OPEC’s actions did succeed in stalling new investment in future reserves development, but this hit both unconventional and conventional production in nearly equal measure."

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Utica Shale drilling rigs total 22; wells drilled hit 1,807

By Jim Mackinnon Published: October 4, 2016

The number of drilling rigs in the Utica Shale and Point Pleasant Shale areas of Ohio totaled 22 as of Oct. 1, the Ohio Division of Natural Resources reported Tuesday.
The number of permits for horizontal wells totalled 2,259. The number of horizontal wells drilled in the state totaled 1,807.

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Increasing production from Utica, Marcellus shales defies skeptics

By Jim Mackinnon Published: October 4, 2016

There may be a heckuva lot more natural gas to tap in the Utica and Marcellus shales, a new Forbes story suggests:

"The Utica and Marcellus shale natural gas plays based respectively in Ohio and Pennsylvania have provided 85-90% of U.S. shale gas production growth since start of 2012. Their ongoing drilling efficiency is a key driver.

"In fact, increases in shale drilling efficiency have contributed to the breakdown of traditional methods that use rig counts to estimate oil and natural gas production. Frequently mentioned is how renewables continue to evolve, but so does the oil and gas industry.

"The shale business in particular continues to advance: rig mobility, multi-pad drilling, and other rapid evolutions mean more gas using less rigs and resources.

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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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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.