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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 […]

ODNR Issues Three Permits for Utica Drilling

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – The Ohio Department of Natural Resources issued three new permits for horizontal wells in eastern Ohio’s Utica shale for the week ended March 26, the agency’s oil and gas division reports. Two permits were issued to Triad Hunter LLC for wells in Monroe County at the company’s McIntire pad in Ohio Township. […]

Utica Rig Count Plunges, More Production Forecast

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – Eastern Ohio’s Utica shale is projected to be the single shale play among the top seven in the country to increase natural gas production in April, according to the latest data from the U.S. Energy Information Administration. The EIA’s monthly drilling productivity report shows that the Utica region is expected to yield […]

TransCanada to Pay $10.2B for Columbia Pipeline

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – TransCanada Corp. has agreed to pay $10.2 billion for Columbia Pipeline Group Inc., which is a partner in Pennant Midstream LLC’s Hickory Bend Pipeline system in Ohio and western Pennsylvania. The Hickory Bend system consists of a 50-mile gas gathering pipeline that stretches from Columbiana County, through Mahoning County, and then into […]

ODNR Issues Eight Permits for Utica Exploration

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – Eight new permits for horizontal wells were issued in the Utica shale last week, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources. ODNR released four new drilling permits to R.E. Gas Development LLC, a subsidiary of Rex Energy Corp., for wells in Carroll County during the week ended March 12. The agency […]

University Releases Research on Fracking and Groundwater

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – The University of Cincinnati has released research in the form of a master’s thesis that shows hydraulic fracturing had no impact on groundwater samples taken in Carroll County over a two-year period. The thesis is part of a scientific study that university researchers conducted in order to evaluate whether the practice of […]

Construction Set to Begin on Cornerstone Pipeline

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – MPLX’s Cornerstone Pipeline project is expected to get under construction in the next several weeks, in time to meet its in-service date of late 2016, according to an oil and gas trade journal. The trade publication North American Oil & Gas Pipelines reports that the rights-of-way have been cleared and construction on […]

Oil and Gas Production Increases in Ohio’s Utica

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Oil and gas production across the state hit record numbers last year despite low commodity prices and a reduction in drilling across the Utica shale, according to figures released today by the Ohio Department of Natural Resources. ODNR reports that during the fourth quarter of 2015, Ohio’s horizontal shale wells produced 6.249 […]

Volumes of Drilling Wastewater Rising in Ohio

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – Injection wells across Ohio accepted a record 28.8 million barrels of wastewater from drilling operations last year, despite a slowdown in oil and gas exploration in Ohio, Pennsylvania and West Virginia. Data from the Ohio Department of Natural Resources and compiled by Teresa Mills show that the volume of wastewater disposed of […]


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