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Schiavoni Proposes Greater Penalties for Brine Dumpers

COLUMBUS, Ohio — State Sen. Minority Leader Joe Schiavoni, D-33 Boardman, re-introduced legislation Monday that would revise Ohio’s oil and gas laws to increase penalties and revoke permits for improperly disposing of brine. Senate Bill 120 was first introduced in 2013 after the discovery that a tanker truck operated by D&L Energy in Youngstown, owned […]

Love Canal Activist Speaks to FrackFree March 13

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio — Lois Gibbs, who led the effort to protect her family and community from toxic waste pollution at Love Canal, near Niagara Falls, N.Y., will be the keynote speaker March 13 at a Frackfree Mahoning Valley town hall-style meeting. The program, “A Dialogue with Lois Gibbs: Fracking Waste, Drinking Water, and Man-made Earthquakes: […]

Millich to Address Oil, Gas Issues at Webinar

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio — George P. Millich, Jr., a trust attorney and member at Harrington, Hoppe & Mitchell Ltd., will be one of the two presenting lawyers at an upcoming national webinar for advisers of landowners with oil and gas income. The webinar, sponsored by the National Business Institute, will be webcast March 24 from NBI’s […]

Chesapeake, Hilcorp Secure Permits in Northern Utica

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio — Oklahoma City-based Chesapeake Energy Corp. and Houston-based Hilcorp Energy Co. have staked out new wells in the northern tier of the Utica shale in Ohio and western Pennsylvania. The Ohio Department of Natural Resources issued 13 new permits for horizontal wells in the Utica during the week ended Feb. 28, one of […]

As Natural Gas, Oil Production Rises, Coal Falls

CLEVELAND — With the huge increase in the supply of natural gas since drilling began in the Utica and Marcellus shale plays, the demand for, and price of, coal has fallen. A research analyst and research economist at the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland, Christopher Vecchio and Stephan Whitaker respectively, have charted the extent within […]

Gulfport Energy Still Encouraged By Utica

OKLAHOMA CITY — Gulfport Energy Corp. reports triple-digit production growth during 2014, driven mostly by development of its drilling program in the Utica shale. “2014 represented a transformational year for Gulfport and a coming-of-age for our development in the Utica shale,” the company’s president and CEO, Michael Moore, told analysts. Output in the Utica grew […]

Rex Energy Seeks ‘Limited Injections’ at Coitsville Well

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio — An activist group opposed to hydraulic fracturing is calling on the Ohio Department of Natural Resources to uphold an order it issued in September denying a request to operate a Class II injection well in Coitsville Township — and not approve “limited injections” there. Frackfree Mahoning Valley says it wants ODNR oil […]

Utica Production Up 25% in Fourth Quarter

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio — Production from horizontal wells in eastern Ohio’s Utica shale increased 25% during the fourth quarter of 2014 from the previous quarter, according to a report issued Wednesday by the Ohio Department of Natural Resources. The data show that Hilcorp Energy Co.’s wells at its two Carbon Limestone Landfill pads in Poland Township […]

Chesapeake Cuts Spending, Drilling for 2015

OKLAHOMA CITY — Chesapeake Energy Corp., the most active driller in Ohio’s Utica shale, said Wednesday that it would slash capital spending and drilling activity this year in the face of substantially lower oil and gas prices. The company said it would reduce its capital budget by 37% in 2015 to between $4 billion and […]

ODNR Issues 16 Permits, Utica Rig Count Falls

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio — The Ohio Department of Natural Resources issued 16 new permits last week for horizontal wells in the Utica shale in eastern Ohio, according to the latest data released from the agency. All of the well sites are in the southern tier of the Utica, six of which are drilled. Drilling has begun […]

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