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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 […]

Decline in Utica Rig Count as Industry Retrenches

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – The rig count in Ohio’s Utica shale play continues to shrink as oil and gas producers see no break in the lower energy prices that have caused the industry to pull back on new exploration. The Ohio Department of Natural Resources reported that the rig count for the week stood at 26 […]

Utica Shale Rig Count Down to 30

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio — Natural Gas Intelligence, a trade journal, reports the Baker Hughes Inc. drilling rig count in North America for the week ending March 20 declined 136 rigs from the week before. That leaves 1,209 active rigs, “down 983 from one year ago,” reports NGI. In the Utica Shale play, there were 30 active […]

Chesapeake Reduces Capital Budget, Icahn Buys More

OKLAHOMA CITY– Chesapeake Energy Corp. announced Monday that it’s reducing the company’s 2015 capital budget by $500 million, bringing it down to a range of $3.5 million to $4 million. Chesapeake said it would operate 25–35 rigs in 2015, which represents a decrease of approximately 55% from an average of 64 rigs in 2014. The […]

Marathon Extends Open Season for Utica Pipeline

FINDLAY, Ohio — Marathon Pipe Line LLC and Ohio River Pipe Line LLC have extended the open season for its Cornerstone Pipeline and other Utica shale build-out projects until April 13. The binding open season was to initially close March 13, but the companies opted to extend the window another 30 days “to allow additional […]

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