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Utica Rig Count, Permit Activity, Improves

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – The number of new horizontal well permits issued by the Ohio Department of Natural Resources last week in the Utica shale increased substantially from the previous week, the agency says. ODNR reports it issued 14 permits for new oil and gas wells in Belmont, Harrison and Monroe counties during the week ended […]

Consol Energy Hits Big Well in Utica

PITTSBURGH – Consol Energy Inc. reported net income of $30 million for the fourth quarter 2015 compared to $74 million during the same period a year earlier, the company says. “Consol continues to control the controllables in a commodity price and energy environment that is unprecedented,” said Nick Deluliis, president and CEO. “Specifically, Consol continues […]

ODNR Issues Single Permit to Drill in Utica

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – The Ohio Department of Natural Resources issued just a single permit for a horizontal well in eastern Ohio’s Utica shale play last week, a barometer as to how the oil and gas industry has struggled over the last 12 months. Chesapeake Exploration LLC, a division of Chesapeake Energy Corp., received a permit […]

ODNR Issues Single Permit in Ohio’s Utica

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – The Ohio Department of Natural Resources issued just a single permit for a horizontal well in eastern Ohio’s Utica shale play last week, a barometer as to how the oil and gas industry has struggled over the last 12 months. Chesapeake Exploration LLC, a division of Chesapeake Energy Corp., received a permit […]

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 […]

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