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More Earthquakes Detected in Lawrence County, Pa.

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – At least five small earthquakes were detected Monday near New Castle, Pa.,  over 22 hours,  the U.S. Geological Survey reports. Survey data show that after  the 1.9-magnitude quake  recorded shortly after midnight April 25 in Mahoning Township , four more occurred. Roughly four hours after the first tremor, a second quake in […]

More Earthquakes Detected in Western Pennsylvania

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – At least five small earthquakes were detected Monday near New Castle, Pa.,  over 22 hours,  the U.S. Geological Survey reports. Survey data show that after  the 1.9-magnitude quake  recorded shortly after midnight April 25 in Mahoning Township , four more occurred. Roughly four hours after the first tremor, a second quake in […]

Hilcorp Stops Fracking at 2 Wells Near Earthquake

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – Hilcorp Energy Co. has voluntarily stopped fracking two horizontal shale wells in North Beaver Township, Pa., following a small earthquake detected Monday near the company’s four-well pad across the state line in Lawrence County. “Hilcorp stopped fracking operations and demobilized the same day from that location,” said Melanie Williams, spokeswoman for the […]

ODNR Officials Tout Well Oversight at Chamber Event

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – The plugging of the injection well blamed for a dozen tremors of the Mahoning Valley in 2011 should be on its way to being completed, an official with the Ohio Department of Natural Resources said Tuesday. The plugging of the Northstar No. 1 well, one of the assets of the former D&L […]

ODNR to Address Chamber, FrackFree to Respond

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio — James Zehringer, director of the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, will be among the featured speakers today at a luncheon hosted by the Youngstown Warren Regional Chamber’s Government Affairs Council. The luncheon will take place at 11 a.m. at Mill Creek MetroParks’ Fellows Riverside Gardens. Zehringer will be joined by Rick Simmers, […]

Small Earthquake Detected in Mahoning Township, Pa.

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – A small earthquake that registered 1.9 on the Richter scale was detected in Lawrence County, Pa., early Monday, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. The epicenter of the tremor was 5.6 miles west of New Castle, Pa. in Mahoning Township, just west of Mohawk School Road and south of Miller Farm Road, […]

Rig Count Stalls in Ohio’s Utica Play

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – Four horizontal well permits were issued to energy companies last week in eastern Ohio’s Utica shale, reports the Ohio Department of Natural Resources. ODNR released one permit to XTO Energy Inc., a subsidiary of ExxonMobil, for a well in Belmont County, and three others to Triad Hunter LLC for wells in Monroe […]

Southern Utica Sees More Permit Activity, Drilling

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – While drilling in the central and northern portions of Ohio’s Utica shale has ground to a halt, permit activity and exploration continues in the southern tier, albeit at a much slower pace than two years ago. The Ohio Department of Natural Resources issued six new permits for horizontal wells for the week […]

Rex Energy Begins Export of Natural Gas Liquids

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. – Rex Energy Corp. has signed a sales agreement with INEOS Europe AG to export natural gas liquids from the Marcellus shale formation and import these products to petrochemical complexes in Europe. The purchase agreement covers ethane, propane and butane products originating from Rex Energy’s Butler Operated Area in Butler County, P.A., […]

Utica Conference Offers Reasons for Optimism

By Jackie Stewart, EnergyInDepth.org CANTON, Ohio – The Canton Regional Chamber hosted a Utica Upstream conference at the Pro Football Hall of Fame this week with speakers that included regulators, industry executives, analysts and academics. Each speaker discussed the unique regional demand for shale that exists within a 500-mile radius of Ohio, West Virginia and […]

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