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Ohio’s Utica Rig Count Rises to 16

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – The Ohio Department of Resources reports that 16 oil and gas rigs were in operation in the Utica shale during the week ended July 23, up from 12 the previous week. ODNR issued seven permits for new horizontal wells during the week, all in the central or southern portion of the Utica. […]

6 Permits Issued for Utica in SE Ohio

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – The Ohio Department of Natural Resources issued six new horizontal well permits in the Utica shale for the week ended July 16, all in the southern portion of the oil and gas play. Three permits were awarded to Chesapeake Exploration LLC for wells in Jefferson County; Ascent Resources received a permit for […]

Consol Begins Natural Gas Production at Pittsburgh Airport

PITTSBURGH – Six horizontal wells owned by Consol Energy Inc. at the Pittsburgh International Airport are now in production, leading to critical non-aviation revenue for the Allegheny County Airport Authority, the partners announced this morning. Under the lease agreement with Consol, the Airport Authority received an up-front payment of $46 million and will receive monthly […]

Rig Count Stands at 13 in Ohio’s Utica

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – The number of oil and gas rigs operating in eastern Ohio’s Utica shale rose to 13 during the week ended July 9 from 11 the previous week, according to the latest update from the Ohio Department of Natural Resources. ODNR issued five new permits for horizontal wells across the Utica to two […]

Injection Well May Resume Operations, Protesters Warn

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – The new owner of a shuttered Class II injection well along McCartney Road in Coitsville Township could resume operations in the near future, confirms a spokesman for the Ohio Department of Natural Resources. Eric Heis, responding by email to a request from The Business Journal related to the status of the Collins […]

Frackfree Seeks Answers about Injection Well ‘Geyser’

COITSVILLE, Ohio — Frackfree Mahoning Valley plans to stage a prayer service and vigil today at noon near the Collins No. 6 injection well at 4555 McCartney Road . The anti-fracking group says it’s concerned that a “30-foot geyser” was witnessed being released by the well June 24 (above photo provided by activists) at the […]

Gas Production Inches Up in Western Pa.’s Utica

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio — Oil and gas production in western Pennsylvania’s northern tier of the Utica shale – which generally encompasses Lawrence and Mercer counties – increased slightly during the first quarter of 2016 compared to the previous three-month period, data show. Together, Lawrence and Mercer counties yielded 11.510 billion cubic feet of gas for the […]

New Utica Well Permits Dwindles Down to 2

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – Two horizontal well permits were awarded to energy companies during the week ended July 2, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources. The latest numbers reflect the continued slowdown in drilling across the Utica and other shale plays as energy companies wrestle with low commodity prices. The rig count for the […]

New Utica Permits Dwindles Down to 2

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – Two horizontal well permits were awarded to energy companies during the week ended July 2, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources. The latest numbers reflect the continued slowdown in drilling across the Utica and other shale plays as energy companies wrestle with low commodity prices. The rig count for the […]

TransCanada Completes $13B Deal for Columbia Pipeline

CALGARY, Alberta – TransCanada Corp. announced Friday that it has completed its acquisition of Columbia Pipeline Group Inc., whose assets include the Hickory Bend gathering and processing system in the Mahoning Valley. “This acquisition is a tremendous opportunity to obtain a competitively positioned, growing network of regulated natural gas pipelines and storage assets in the […]

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