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Siemens to cut up to 300 jobs at its plant in Mount Vernon

By Bob Downing Published: February 12, 2016

Siemens intends to lay off up to 300 workers at its Mount Vernon plant in central Ohio, due to the downtown in the drilling industry, the Columbus Dispatch reported last week.

The company that manufactures energy components now has 600 workers at the Mount Vernon plant.

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Devon Energy to sell off non-core assets to reduce debt

By Bob Downing Published: February 12, 2016

Oklahoma-based Devon Energy Corp said on Tuesday it has hired the U.S. investment bank Jefferies Group LLC to market assets across four major shale basins to raise cash and slash debt.

In December, the large driller said it was looking to raise $2 billion to $3 billion from selling non-core oil assets as well as its 50-percent interest in the Access pipeline in Canada as crude prices plumbed new lows.

The target value for the divestiture program has remained unchanged even as oil futures have fallen further ,said the company, a former player in Ohio's Utica Shale.

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New EIA data boosts Oklahoma's crude oil production

By Bob Downing Published: February 12, 2016

From the U.S. Energy Information Administration today:

EIA's Petroleum Supply Monthly, published on January 30, includes crude oil production estimates for Oklahoma based on EIA monthly survey data. The new estimates are roughly 100,000 barrels per day more than those generated by the previous EIA methodology, which was informed by state-reported data.

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

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Massive four-month California natural gas leak is plugged

By Bob Downing Published: February 12, 2016

From the Associated Press:

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The massive gas leak that spewed uncontrollably for nearly four months drove thousands of Los Angeles residents to pack up and leave their homes, while others rode it out.

Vicky Walker did both, turning her life upside down shuttling between hotels and home every few days, where she lived like a shut-in and stopped walking her dog to avoid the foul stench of gas.

While others blamed the leak for nosebleeds, nausea, headaches and other woes, Walker said she developed a persistent cough and packed on at least five pounds.

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Lenders offer $500 million for Alpha's coal, natural gas assets

By Bob Downing Published: February 11, 2016

From the Associated Press:

Alpha Natural Resources said it has received a $500 million offer from existing lenders for the potential sale of the bankrupt coal producer's core assets.

A filing Monday in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Richmond said the unspecified lenders agreed to serve as the lead bidder. The offer would set the floor for an auction process that lets competitors make higher bids.

Bristol, Va.-based Alpha filed for Chapter 11 protection in August. Since the filing, the company has announced plans to lay off hundreds of workers in central Appalachia, citing tough market conditions.

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Shell postpones LNG decision, defers on shale investments

By Bob Downing Published: February 11, 2016

Royal Dutch Shell plc has moved back a decision on a major LNG project in Canada and is also deferring possible future shale investments, according to media reports.

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Love's Travel Stops to acquire Trillium CNG with 4 Ohio sites

By Bob Downing Published: February 11, 2016

From a press release last week:

Company brings solid reputation, industry expertise and additional CNG locations

OKLAHOMA CITY, February 2, 2016 – Love’s Travel Stops (Love’s) has entered into an agreement to purchase Trillium CNG, a provider of compressed natural gas (CNG). The agreement will add 37 public-access CNG locations to the Love’s network, bringing the number of Love’s-operated public CNG facilities to 65.

"The acquisition of Trillium CNG provides Love’s with a great opportunity to leverage the very best of two companies," said Frank Love, co-CEO of Love’s. "Trillium’s established network of CNG locations and its deep expertise within the industry will also allow Love’s to serve new types of Customers in new markets while expanding reach to existing Customers."

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CONSOL Energy is best driller, says Susquehanna professor

By Bob Downing Published: February 11, 2016

From a press relase:

A Pennsylvania researcher has created a formula to rank the nation’s oil and gas companies based on their environmental impact.

The formula, developed by Susquehanna University accounting professor John Pendley, was introduced in the article, “Using Inspection Violations as an Environmental Performance Indicator for Natural Gas Companies,” that was recently published in Oil, Gas & Energy Quarterly. Pendley created the formula after seeing the need for objective research on Marcellus shale drilling. 

“It seems logical and reasonable that some gas companies are more careful than others,” Pendley said. “But despite that, there has been little substantive work on the topic.”

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Initial production in tight oil shales continues to increase

By Bob Downing Published: February 11, 2016

From the U.S. Energy Information Administration today:

Tight oil production in the United States increased from 2007 through April 2015, based on estimates in EIA's Drilling Productivity Report (DPR), and accounted for more than half of total U.S. oil production in 2015. Tight oil growth has been driven by increasing initial production rates from tight wells in regions analyzed in the DPR. As drilling techniques and technology improve, producers are able to extract more oil during the initial months of production from new wells.

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Medina County anti-pipeline group meeting at 6:30 tonight

By Bob Downing Published: February 11, 2016

The grass-roots Medina County group that is fighting the proposed Nexus Pipeline is holding a community update meeting at 6:30 p.m. Thursday.

It will be held at the Guilford Township Town Hall, 3800 Greenwich Road.

Jom Strong of the Coalition to Resroute Nexus (CORN) will be a speaker.

The meeting is in advance of an Ohio Environmental Protection Agency public meeting and hearing set for Feb. 16 at Cloverleaf Elementary School, 8337 Friendsville Road, Westfield Township. It will start at 6 p.m.

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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.