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Florida House bans fracking bans by local communities

By Bob Downing Published: April 28, 2015

From the Associated Press on Monday:

Local governments wouldn't be able to ban fracking under a bill the Florida House passed.

The House voted 82-34 for the bill Monday. It calls for a study of hydraulic fracturing and regulation of the drilling practice.

Democrats opposed the bill, saying fracking should be banned in Florida because of the potential to contaminate groundwater.

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Projections show U.S. becoming net exporter of natural gas

By Bob Downing Published: April 28, 2015

From the U.S. Energy Information Administration today:

In its recently released Annual Energy Outlook 2015 (AEO2015), EIA expects the United States to be a net natural gas exporter by 2017. After 2017, natural gas trade is driven largely by the availability of natural gas resources and by world energy prices. Increased availability of domestic gas or higher world energy prices each increase the gap between the cost of U.S. natural gas and world prices that encourages exports of liquefied natural gas (LNG), and, to a lesser extent, greater exports by pipeline to Mexico.

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Ohio has 1,463 drilled Utica wells, 854 producing Utica wells

By Bob Downing Published: April 28, 2015

Ohio has approved 1,883 Utica shale permits, as of April 25.

That includes 1,463 drilled Utica wells and 854 producing Utica wells, the Ohio Department of Natural Resources says.

Ohio has 22 drilling rigs at work.

Ten new permits were approved: two in Belmont County, four in Carroll County and four in Monroe County.

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Anti-fracking rally scheduled today in Columbus

By Bob Downing Published: April 28, 2015

A press release from Ohio groups:

Anti-fracking rally scheduled to stop state lands fracking bill

 

Participants calling for the Senate defeat of proposed legislation

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Marty Miller elected to chair OOGEEP's board of directors

By Bob Downing Published: April 28, 2015

From the Ohio Oil and Gas Energy Education Program last week:

 

GRANVILLE, OH - The Board of Directors of the Ohio Oil and Gas Energy Education Program (OOGEEP) recently elected Marty Miller as Chairman following the retirement of Eric Smith.

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Chesapeake to pay $25 million to settle Michigan antitrust claims

By Bob Downing Published: April 28, 2015

From the Associated Press last week:

 

Chesapeake Energy pleaded no contest Friday to attempted antitrust violations and agreed to pay $25 million to settle claims that it conspired to keep prices down during an auction for oil and gas leases, state officials announced.

"This is a victory for Michigan taxpayers and a victory for all the Michigan land owners who took deep hits to their pocketbooks following the October 2010 private land auction," Attorney General Bill Schuette said in a written statement. "This settlement will achieve recovery for every one of the more than 700 affected victims who come forward and make a valid claim."

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Low natural gas prices drive down quarterly Southwestern profits

By Bob Downing Published: April 27, 2015

Texas-based Southwestern Energy had record-high production in 1Q 2015, but profits were down 78 percent because of low natural gas prices.

Southwestern Energy is a key player in the Marcellus Shale in Pennsylvania.

It completed 22 new wells in the Marcellus Shale in the first quarter.

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U.S. gas, oil completions drop 8 percent in 1Q 2015, API says

By Bob Downing Published: April 27, 2015

From the American Petroleum Institute last week:

WASHINGTON, April 22, 2015 – Estimated total U.S. oil and natural gas well completions decreased by 8 percent in the first quarter of 2015 compared to year-ago levels, according to API's 2015 Quarterly Well Completion Report, First Quarter.

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U.S. Forest Service approves West Virginia pipeline survey

By Bob Downing Published: April 27, 2015

From the Associated Press:

The U.S. Forest Service has approved a permit to survey part of the Monongahela National Forest in West Virginia for a proposed natural gas pipeline.

The temporary permit for the survey involves 17 miles of forest through Randolph and Pocahontas counties.

The Charleston Gazette reports the yearlong survey will include studies of plants and animals, wetlands, water, soil and cultural resources.

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Floating LNG regasification is used in smaller markets

By Bob Downing Published: April 27, 2015

From the U.S. Energy Information Administration today:

Floating regasification is a flexible, cost-effective way to receive and process shipments of liquefied natural gas (LNG). Floating regasification is increasingly being used to meet natural gas demand in smaller markets, or as a temporary solution until onshore regasification facilities are built. Of four countries planning to begin importing LNG in 2015, three of them—Pakistan, Jordan, and Egypt—have chosen to do so using floating regasification rather than building full-scale onshore regasification facilities.

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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.