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Ohio township, Chesapeake Energy fight over two roads

By Bob Downing Published: June 1, 2015

Chesapeake Energy Corp. and a township in eastern Ohio are fighting over the condition of two roads.

Franklin Township in southwest Columbiana County says the Oklahoma-based energy  company is responsible for damage to two roads. Chesapeake disagrees.

The township terminated the road use maintenance agreement with Chesapeake that was worth $60,000.

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Ohio's Utica Shale Academy to expand in 2015-2016 school year

By Bob Downing Published: June 1, 2015

Ohio's Utica Shale Academy is expanding next year.

The school will add operations in the 2015-2016 school year in Columbiana in the Columbiana School District in Columbiana County.

The academy started last year at Salineville in the Southern Local School District in Columbiana County.

It graduated its first 10 students on May 28.

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New reality TV show wants people who got rich from fracking deals

By Bob Downing Published: June 1, 2015

The Los Angeles-based casting company behind the Real Housewives of Orange County is seeking people who got rich from fracking deals.

MAC Worldwide Inc. wants them for a new reality show on people who got suddenly  rich.IThe show to air on cable is called Suddenly Rich.

It also wants people who got rich from lawsuits, land deals and in other ways.

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$800 million Lordstown power plant plan takes step forward

By Bob Downing Published: June 1, 2015

Boston-based Clean Energy Future LLC wants to build an $800 million power plant at Lordstown in Northeast Ohio to burn Utica and Marcellus shale natural gas and produce electricity.

That plan took a step forward last week when the Lordstown Village Council approved an incentive package for the plan.

The Trumbull County commissioners are scheduled to hold a public hearing and vote on parts of that package on  Wednesday, June 3.

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Marcellus natural gas production will drop if prices stay low, EIA says

By Bob Downing Published: June 1, 2015

Natural gas production in the Marcellus Shale  may decline for the first time if prices in the basin remain low for much longer, according to federal government data.

The U.S. Energy Information Administration says production in the fast-growing field in Pennsylvania and West Virginia is set to remain flat for the next few years before beginning a very slow decline primarily because of depressed gas prices.

The Marcellus Shale produces 20 percent of America's natural gas.

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Drillers likely to refrack wells in Bakken and Eagle Ford shales

By Bob Downing Published: June 1, 2015

Drillers are likely to refrack wells in the Bakken and Eagle Ford shales in 2015 and 2016, according to the BakerHostetler law firm.

The reason is that drillers will get bigger results for limited spending, the firm says.

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U.S. oil-gas rigs at 875, lowest total since early 2003

By Bob Downing Published: May 30, 2015

The number of U.S. oil rigs dropped again.

It was the 25th straight week of declines, says well service company Baker Hughes that tracks rig counts.

The U.S. lost 13 oil rigs, leaving 646 oil rigs at work. That is the lowest total since August 2010.

The number of natural gas and oil rigs dropped by 10, Baker Hughes said. There are now 875. That is the lowest total since January 2003.

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GTI researchers get awards for aiding gas industry

By Bob Downing Published: May 29, 2015

From a  press release received today:

Des Plaines, IL – May 29, 2015

A number of GTI researchers were honored at the AGA Operations Conference & Biennial Exhibition May 19-22 in Grapevine, TX, receiving recognition for their roles in developing valuable new technologies for the gas industry.

Alicia Farag, former GTI employee and Vice President, Operations, of GTI subsidiary LocusView Solutions, was honored with the prestigious Distribution Achievement Award. The award recognizes the individual who in the past five years has made a significant contribution to the science and art of gas distribution. Farag has led the development of technology that enables traceability of distribution assets utilizing barcode scanning and GPS technology to create electronic maps and records of assets installed in the field.

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Shale 2.0 tech will dramatically lower U.S. extraction costs, paper says

By Jim Mackinnon Published: May 29, 2015

The technology behind the so-called Shale 2.0 boom promises to dramatically lower the per-barrel cost to extract oil and gas in the U.S. via fracking says a paper by Mark Mills at the Manhattan Institute.

Mills: " In recent years, the technology deployed in America’s shale fields has advanced more rapidly than in any other segment of the energy industry. Shale 2.0 promises
to ultimately yield break-even costs of $5–$20 per barrel—in the same range as Saudi Arabia’s vaunted low-cost fields."

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Rex Energy, Stonehenge to work together in Butler Co., Pa.

By Bob Downing Published: May 29, 2015

From an announcement last week:

STATE COLLEGE, Pa., May 19, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Rex Energy Corporation (Nasdaq:REXX) and Stonehenge Energy Resources II, L.P. announced that their respective affiliates, R.E. Gas Development, LLC (“Rex”) and Stonehenge Appalachia, LLC (“Stonehenge”) have entered into an agreement for Stonehenge to construct a natural gas gathering and compression system to transport natural gas production from the Moraine East Area in Butler County, Pennsylvania.

Stonehenge will build the system in 2015 to gather Rex’s production in the Moraine East Area, where drilling commenced during the first quarter of 2015.The initial part of the system will consist of a 20-mile trunkline, various gathering lines and a compressor station, which will fully support the early production from the area.

The system’s initial capacity of 400 MMcf/d could also be expanded to facilitate future development and growth in the Moraine East Area. The Stonehenge system will deliver gas to the Bluestone processing plant owned and operated by a subsidiary of MarkWest Energy Partners, L.P. (MarkWest) (NYSE:MWE).

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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.