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ODNR Issues 11 Permits in Utica

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – The Ohio Department of Natural Resources reports the rig count in eastern Ohio’s Utica shale remained unchanged during the week ended Feb. 18 compared to the previous week. According to ODNR, there were 20 horizontal oil and gas rigs operating in the Utica during the week, while 11 new permits were awarded […]

Pa. Finds Fracking Caused Lawrence County Quakes

MEADVILLE, Pa. – A series of low-magnitude earthquakes that occurred in Lawrence County in April 2016 were most likely caused by hydraulic fracturing, according to a report issued Friday by the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection. “Induced seismicity is a relatively new and complex technical issue,” said Patrick McDonnell, acting secretary of the department. “This […]

MPLX Acquires Equity Interest in Dakota Access Pipeline

FINDLAY, Ohio – MPLX LP announced Wednesday it has closed on a previously announced acquisition of a partial, indirect interest in the Dakota Access Pipeline and Energy Transfer Crude Oil Pipeline projects through a joint venture with Enbridge Energy Partners, L.P. MPLX, formed in 2012 by Marathon Petroleum Corp. to own, develop and operate midstream […]

PTT Global Delays Decision on Belmont Cracker Plant

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – PTTGC America, the Thailand-based petrochemicals giant considering building a $5.7 billion ethane cracker plant in Belmont County, today announced it would postpone its decision on whether to move forward with the project. The final investment decision is planned toward the end of this year instead of its initial target of March, Toasaporn […]

Breaking News: PTT Global Delays Decision on Belmont Cracker Plant

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – PTTGC America, the Thailand-based petrochemicals giant considering building a $5.7 billion ethane cracker plant in Belmont County, today announced it would postpone its decision on whether to move forward with the project. The final investment decision is planned toward the end of this year instead of its initial target of March, Toasaporn […]

ODNR Issues Eight Permits in Utica Shale

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – The Ohio Department of Natural Resources awarded eight permits to three energy companies drilling for oil and gas in eastern Ohio’s Utica shale region last week. CNX Gas Co., a division of Consol Energy, received four permits for horizontal wells and Antero Resources received two permits for wells in Monroe County, while […]

Chesapeake to Focus on Utica Well Completion

OKLAHOMA CITY – The CEO of Chesapeake Energy Corp. said Tuesday that the company will spend 2017 completing existing natural gas wells in the Marcellus and Utica shale plays and refrain from new drilling in the basin. “In northeast Appalachia, our activities in the Marcellus Shale in Pennsylvania and the Utica Shale in Ohio will […]

Chesapeake to Focus on Utica Well Completion in 2017

OKLAHOMA CITY – The CEO of Chesapeake Energy Corp. said Tuesday that the company will spend 2017 completing existing natural gas wells in the Marcellus and Utica shale plays and refrain from new drilling in the basin. “In northeast Appalachia, our activities in the Marcellus Shale in Pennsylvania and the Utica Shale in Ohio will […]

Commentary: Natural Gas Is Great for the Valley

By Jeffery C. Dick, Chairman of Youngstown State University’s Department of Geological and Environmental Sciences YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – The advent of shale energy a.k.a. “fracking” has revolutionized the domestic oil and gas industry and has placed the U.S. as the world’s largest producer of oil and natural gas exceeding Saudi Arabia and Russia. We are […]

6 Counties Share $43.7M in Property Taxes from Shale

By Jackie Stewart, Energy in Depth COLUMBUS, Ohio — Ohio’s top six Utica Shale counties collected more than $43.7 million in real estate property taxes on production from 2010-2015, according to a new report by Energy In Depth and the Ohio Oil and Gas Association. The report entitled “The Utica Shale Local Support Series: Ohio’s […]

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