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Ohio Shale Exploration Still Drawing Investment

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – Despite the pullback from new drilling in the Utica shale within eastern Ohio, oil and gas exploration continues to have positive ramifications across the region. Permits for new wells have all but ground to a halt in Ohio, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources. Still, ODNR issued four new permits […]

American Energy, Not McClendon, Settles with Chesapeake

OKLAHOMA CITY – American Energy-Utica LLC and its majority investor, The Energy & Minerals Group, announced Tuesday it has reached a settlement with Chesapeake Energy Corp., removing the company as a defendant in the suit Chesapeake filed against its former CEO, Aubrey McClendon. Chesapeake filed the complaint in February against McClendon, his new company American […]

Well Permitting Dries Up in Ohio’s Utica

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – Permitting activity for new horizontal wells came up dry last week in the eastern Ohio and western Pennsylvania sectors of the Utica shale, state agencies report. The Ohio Department of Natural Resources and the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection did not issue any permits for new horizontal wells in the Utica for […]

OOGA Chief: ‘Mechanisms in Place’ to Deal with Spill

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – The president of the organization that represents oil and gas drillers in Ohio offered his assurances today that the state has adequate resources to address issues such as the injection well spill discovered last week in Vienna Township (READ STORY). David Hill, president of the Ohio Oil and Gas Association, said he […]

ODNR Orders Kleese to Shut Down 5 Injection Wells

VIENNA, Ohio — The Ohio Department of Natural Resources has ordered five injection wells operated by Kleese Development Associates, Warren, to cease operations after it found the company is responsible for contamination of a nearby pond and wetland. ODNR oil and gas chief Richard Simmers issued the order April 3, one day after the agency […]

Williams to Buy Bigger Stake in UEO Midstream

TULSA, Okla. – Williams Partners LP has agreed to acquire an additional 21% in equity interest in Utica East Ohio Midstream for $575 million, the company announced today. The system includes a cryogenic processing plant in Kensington in Columbiana County, and a fractionation plant in Scio in Harrison County. Williams said it would acquire the […]

Utica Well Permit Activity Slows to Trickle

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – New permits issued for horizontal wells in eastern Ohio’s Utica shale continued at a much slower pace during the week ended March 28, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources. The agency awarded just four permits for the entire oil and gas play last week. Three permits were issued to American […]

Rex Announces $67M Deal to Develop Butler Area

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. – A joint venture with ArcLight Capital Partners LLC is expected to reduce Rex Energy Corp.’s expenditures in its Butler Operated Area by $60 million. Under the agreement, which Rex Energy announced this morning, the two companies will jointly develop 32 specifically designated wells in the Butler County, Pa. area.  ArcLight will […]

Hearing Set on Air Permit for Shell Cracker Plant

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection has scheduled a public hearing May 5 on whether to award an air quality permit to Royal Dutch Shell’s proposed multi-billion dollar ethane cracker project. The permit is an essential piece of Shell’s proposal to construct the plant – estimated at $4 billion – at the […]

Ohio EPA Officials to Discuss Lupo Dumping Case

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – Two officials from the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency will discuss the impact of D&L Energy Inc.’s illegal dumping of drilling waste into a tributary of the Mahoning River. Kurt Kollar of the Ohio EPA’s Environmental Response and Revitalization division, and Bart Ray, senior investigator at Ohio EPA’s special investigation unit, will present […]


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