1. Hilcorp Energy has gotten Ohio state approval to drill its first Utica shale well in Columbiana County.

2. The Marcellus Drilling News reports that BENTEK Energy is predicting that Pennsylvania's natural gas production will increase by 78 percent in the next three years.

That's due, obviously, to the development of the Marcellus and Utica shales.

3. A Canadian company working in Quebec says that hydraulic fracturing or fracking does trigger tiny earthquakes.

That news came from Questerre Energy Corp. that is developing Utica shale acreage in the St. Lawrence Lowlands.

The earthquakes caused by fracking are very small and not detectable at the surface, the company said.

Injection wells for disposing of briny waste have been cited as a cause of earthquakes, especially near Youngstown, Ohio, but not horizontal wells with fracking.