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Spring Schedule Announced for Energy Lecture Series

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – The Youngstown State University Lecture Series on Energy and the Environment continues this spring semester with talks by an economist, a journalist, scientists, engineers, activists and a priest. Five talks will be live in person, and seven talks will be presented live via Skype. The free lectures take place at 7 p.m. […]

McClendon’s Company to Develop Argentina Basin

BUENOS AIRES – Billionaire wildcatter Aubrey K. McClendon and his company, American Energy Partners LP, have entered a $500 million joint venture with Argentine oil and gas giant YPF to explore reserves in the Vaca Muerta formation in the Neuquen Basin in Argentina, YPF announced today. McClendon, the former chairman and CEO of Chesapeake Energy […]

Permit Activity Dries Up in Utica Play

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – Just three permits for horizontal wells were issued last week to energy companies exploring for oil and gas in eastern Ohio’s Utica shale. The Ohio Department of Natural Resources reports that XTO Energy, a subsidiary of Exxon Mobil, received two permits for the week ended Jan. 9 to drill in Belmont County. […]

Lawmakers Propose New Regs for Injection Wells

WARREN, Ohio – Two state legislators from Trumbull County and another from Ashtabula County say a bill they’ve sponsored in the Ohio House of Representatives will strengthen safety regulations associated with Class II injection wells. State Reps. Sean O’Brien, D-Bazetta, Michael O’Brien, D-Warren, and John Patterson, D-Jefferson, say H.B. 422, if enacted, would sensibly regulate […]

American Water Management Appeals Shutdown Ruling

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – A company fighting to reopen an injection well operation in Weathersfield Township along state Route 169 is taking its case to the 10th District Court of Appeals. American Water Management Services LLC, Howland, has filed a notice of appeal with the Court of Appeals, 10th Appellate District of Franklin County, asking the […]

Eclipse Resources to Minimize Utica Drilling in 2016

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. — Eclipse Resources Corp. says it will curtail natural gas production in the Utica shale this year while minimizing new drilling and completion operations. Oil and gas prices remain depressed, leaving energy companies few alternatives other than cutting output and reducing capital expenditures for additional exploration activities. “The company continues to closely […]

Oil and Gas Industry Rebound Unlikely in 2016

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – The president of the Ohio Oil and Gas Association, or OOGA, says that he can’t recall a more troubled period for his industry and members of his organization. “I really cannot remember a more difficult and challenging time facing the domestic oil and gas industry in my lifetime,” says David Hill, who […]

Seven New Drilling Permits Issued in Utica

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – Just seven permits for new horizontal wells targeting the Utica shale were approved by the Ohio Department of Natural Resources during the week ended Dec. 26, the agency reports. All of the permits were issued in counties in the southern tier of the Utica play. Statoil USA received four new permits to […]

Shale Advocate: Watch Belmont County in 2016

By Jackie Stewart, Energy in Depth CANFIELD, Ohio — This past year has been amazing for the Utica Shale in Ohio, as production of oil and gas in the state has more than doubled. At the end of 2014, Energy in Depth reported that the counties to watch in 2015 included Monroe, Belmont, and Noble […]

Hilcorp Expands Exploration in Lawrence County, Pa.

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – Oil and gas production in western Pennsylvania, especially Lawrence County, is moving forward at a measured pace as Houston-based Hilcorp Energy Co. gradually expands its interests in the northern tier of the Utica shale. Hilcorp has emerged as the dominant active prospector for oil and gas in the northern tier, which encompasses […]


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