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Seven Permits Issued Last Week in Ohio’s Utica

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – Seven permits for horizontal wells were issued last week in eastern Ohio’s Utica shale, according to an update from the Ohio Department of Natural Resources. Rice Drilling LLC received four permits for wells in Belmont County, Antero Resources Corp. was awarded two permits for wells in Monroe County, and Ascent Resources Utica […]

Region Could Support 4 More Cracker Plants: Study

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – A new study says that by 2030 Pennsylvania is capable of producing enough ethane to support four more cracker complexes in the Marcellus and Utica shale region – and that’s excluding Royal Dutch Shell’s $6 billion cracker project under construction in Monaca, Pa. The report, “Prospects to Enhance Pennsylvania’s Opportunities in Petrochemical […]

Utica Gas Production Passes Trillion Cubic Foot Mark

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – Horizontal wells operating in eastern Ohio’s Utica shale region yielded more than 1.3 trillion cubic feet of natural gas during 2016, a 43.4% increase from 2015, according to the latest production reports from the Ohio Department of Natural Resources. ODNR reported Monday that the Utica produced 1.370 trillion cubic feet of natural […]

ODNR Issues 13 Permits in Ohio’s Utica

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – The Ohio Department of Natural Resources last week issued 13 horizontal well permits to four energy exploration companies operating in the Utica shale, the agency reports. Ascent Resources LLC received four permits — one for a well in Belmont County and three others for wells in Jefferson County. Chesapeake Exploration LLC was […]

ODNR Issues Four Permits in Ohio’s Utica

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – The Ohio Department of Natural Resources issued four new permits for horizontal wells in eastern Ohio’s Utica shale for the week ended March 4, the agency reported. Ascent Resources LLC, based in Oklahoma, was issued all four permits, three for wells in Jefferson County and one for a well in Belmont County. […]

Injection Well Activity Surpasses Peak in 2011

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio — Oil and gas exploration in the region has slowed over the past three years, but the quantities of wastewater deposited in Class II injection wells is on the rise. In 2016, disposal wells across Mahoning County accepted more wastewater from oil and gas drilling and production operations than any year over the […]

14 Permits Issued in Ohio’s Utica; Rig Count Rises

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – The number of oil and gas rigs operating in Ohio’s Utica shale eased upward last week as did the number of well permits issued across the play, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources. ODNR reported 22 rigs active in eastern Ohio for the week ended Feb. 24, up from 20 […]

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 […]

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