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Youngstown seeks to keep anti-fracking charter issue on ballot

By Bob Downing Published: August 31, 2015

The city of Youngstown on Friday filed a complaint today with the Ohio Supreme Court asking it compel the Mahoning County Board of Elections and the Ohio Secretary of State’s Office to place a proposed anti-fracking charter amendment on the Nov. 3 ballot, the Vindicator reported.

The board ruled Wednesday not to put the measure on the ballot despite a city council vote two days earlier.

Youngstown Mayor John A. McNally and Law Director Martin S. Hume stated that the filing of the complaint for a writ of mandamus was not an endorsement of the content of the proposal. Rather, they said the complaint seeks to vindicate the proposition that citizens should have the right to petition the government in accordance with Youngstown’s home-rule charter and the federal and state constitutions.

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EIA improves monthly reports on crude oil production

By Bob Downing Published: August 31, 2015

From the U.S. Energy Information Administration today:

With the release of the Petroleum Supply Monthly (PSM) later today, EIA is incorporating the first survey-based reporting of monthly crude oil production based on an expansion of its survey program earlier this year. Today's PSM includes EIA's first reporting of June crude oil production. EIA also begins using new survey data from multiple states and regions within the United States, and revises figures previously reported for January through May 2015.

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Tags: crude oil , liquid fuels , oil/petroleum , production

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Group unhappy with Mahoning County election board's action

By Bob Downing Published: August 28, 2015

From a Thursday press release:

Ohio Secretary of State Ruling Guides Mahoning County Board of Elections – Board Blocks Community Bill of Rights Initiative from November Ballot

 


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 27, 2015

Contact:
Tish O’Dell, Ohio Community Organizer
tish@celdf.org, 440-838-5272

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75 Ohio science teachers benefit from OOGEEP workshops

By Bob Downing Published: August 28, 2015

From a press release on Thursday:

Ohio’s Oil and Gas Industry Helps Local Teachers Prepare for School Year

 

GRANVILLE, OH – More than 75 educators head back to the classroom this fall with additional knowledge, materials and science labs and experiments supplied and designed by the Ohio Oil and Gas Energy Education Program (OOGEEP). Through funding provided by Ohio’s oil and gas producers, OOGEEP hosted two statewide science teacher workshops over the summer. The organization also provides educators additional support and programs throughout the year.

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Reduced offshore share in energy production lowers hurricane risk

By Bob Downing Published: August 28, 2015

From the U.S. Energy Information Administration today:

Offshore energy production in the Gulf of Mexico has experienced relatively minor disruptions because of tropical storms and hurricanes in recent years, and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has predicted a below-normal 2015 hurricane season in its updated Atlantic Hurricane Season Outlook, released on August 6.

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Tags: crude oil , Gulf Coast , liquid fuels , natural gas , offshore , production , weather

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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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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.