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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 […]

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 […]

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