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Group Says Ethanol Mandates Have Hurt Ohio Environment, Economy

COLUMBUS – A report issued by the Center for Regulatory Solutions, a group backed by the Small Business and Entrepreneurship Council, finds that federal mandates that call for the increased use of corn ethanol in fuel have damaged both Ohio’s environment and economy. According to the report, increasing volumes of corn ethanol in the country’s […]

Second Class Action Lawsuit Filed Against Chesapeake

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio — For the second time in two weeks, a class action complaint has been filed against Chesapeake Energy Corp. and certain of its affiliates in which the plaintiffs allege they are victims of corporate fraud designed to deny their rightful payment of oil and gas royalties. The lawsuit, filed Wednesday in U.S. District […]

City Voters Again Reject Anti-Fracking Measure

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – Youngstown voters rejected for the fifth time the so-called Community Bill of Rights, but by a narrower margin than in the past. The amendment to the city’s charter, which would have restricted activities related to the oil and gas industry within the city limits, lost, with 51.47% of city voters casting their […]

Single Utica Well Permit Issued Last Week

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – The Ohio Department of Resources issued just a single permit last week to energy companies seeking to drill in the Utica shale, the agency reports. XTO Energy Inc., a subsidiary of Exxon Mobil, was awarded a permit for a new horizontal well in Belmont County during the week ended Oct. 27, ODNR […]

Estate of D&L Energy Seeks Permits to Plug Wells

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – D&L Energy Inc., the now-defunct company whose injection well here triggered a series of earthquakes in 2011, intends to plug and abandon a similar well and four more conventional wells in Trumbull County, according to records. The company’s estate, still winding its way through Chapter 7 in U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the […]

Lawsuit Claims Chesapeake Withheld $30M in Royalties

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – Two Columbiana County parties and a resident of Summit County have sued Chesapeake Exploration LLC, alleging that its affiliates owe them more than $30 million in unpaid royalties. Zehentbauer Family Land LP, Hanover Farms, and Evelyn Frances Young filed the complaint as a potential class action suit in Columbiana County Common Pleas […]

ODNR Issues 23 New Utica Permits in Southern Tier

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – The Ohio Department of Natural Resources issued 23 new permits for wells in the Utica shale last week, all of them located in the oil and gas play’s southern tier. Denver-based Antero Resources Corp. received nine permits for new wells — five in Noble County and four in Monroe County for the […]

Mountain Valley Wants to Build Appalachian Pipeline

PITTSBURGH – Mountain Valley Pipeline LLC has filed its request with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, or FERC, for authorization to construct a 301-mile pipeline that would transport natural gas from the Utica and Marcellus shale plays to the Mid-Atlantic and Appalachian regions. Mountain Valley is a joint venture between Pittsburgh-based EQT Midstream Partners LP […]

Chesapeake Starts Re-Signing Leases in Columbiana

LISBON, Ohio – Significantly lower oil and gas prices haven’t yet altered Chesapeake Energy Corp.’s designs on Columbiana County, as evidenced by its willingness to renegotiate leasehold agreements that expire this year. “I’ve heard from different landowners that Chesapeake has released property and paid bonuses again,” reports Columbiana County Commissioner Tim Weigle. “They’re back in, […]

Water Pacts in Place, Energy Plant Advances

LORDSTOWN, Ohio – Agreements in principle between Clean Energy Future LLC and village of Lordstown, the city of Warren, and the city of Niles to provide water and wastewater services to the company’s proposed electrical generation plant here are now in place, overcoming one of the final hurdles before work could begin on the $900 […]


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