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Number of Producing Utica Wells Hits 1,000

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – Oil and natural gas operations in Ohio’s Utica shale reached another milestone this week as the number of producing horizontal wells across the play surpassed 1,000. According to the latest update from the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, the Utica has become home to 1,004 producing wells. Late last week, ODNR released […]

Gas Production Robust for Columbiana County Wells

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – Central and southwestern Columbiana County is emerging as the hot spot for natural gas production in the northern tier of Ohio’s Utica shale, with most of that production in Franklin, Hanover and Center townships, according to the latest numbers released by the Ohio Department of Natural Resources. Two wells in operation at […]

City Seeks Court Ruling to Put Fracking Up for 5th Vote

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – The four members of the Mahoning County Board of Elections unanimous decision to keep an anti-fracking charter amendment off the November ballot “is unconstitutional, arbitrary, illegal and an abuse of discretion,” the city argues in a complaint filed Friday in the Ohio Supreme Court. The city said it wants the court to […]

Ohio Utica Gas Production Up 160% in Second Quarter

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Newly released Utica shale production numbers show Ohio wells produced nearly 5-6 million barrels of oil and 221 billion cubic feet of natural gas during the second quarter According to the Ohio Department of Natural Resoruces, these numbers break all previous production reporting records for the last 100 years. Production continues to […]

Royalties Collapse in Utica as Oil Prices Fall

LISBON, Ohio – Robert Crosser was never under the illusion that he’d become a millionaire because of the residuals from the gas well that Chesapeake Energy Corp. drilled on his Columbiana County farm four years ago. When Chesapeake placed the well into production last year, the results looked promising. All indications pointed to hefty royalty […]

ODNR Issues 12 New Permits for Utica Wells

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – The Ohio Department of Natural Resources last week issued 12 new permits for horizontal wells in the southern tier of the Utica shale, the agency reports. Rice Drilling LLC obtained four permits to drill in Belmont County, Chesapeake Exploration LLC received four for new wells in Harrison County, and Antero Resources Corp. […]

Dominion, Intrexon Eye Gas-to-Liquids Plants in Utica

RICHMOND, Va. – Dominion Energy and Inrexon Corp. have entered into an agreement to explore development of biological conversion gas-to-liquids, or GTL, fuel plants in the Utica and Marcellus shale plays. The project calls for the construction of facilities that use Intrexon’s proprietary method of converting methane into high carbon compounds such as isobutanol through […]

Council to Consider Bill of Rights Again for Fall Ballot

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – City Council will consider a measure next week whether to place the Community Bill of Rights charter amendment on the ballot for a fifth time. The amendment calls for banning hydraulic fracturing and other related oil and gas operations within the city limits. If council members approve the ordinance on the agenda […]

Antero to Build $272M Plant to Recycle Wastewater

DENVER – Antero Resources Corp. has signed an agreement with Veolia Water Technologies Inc. and Veolia North America to design and build a $272 million wastewater treatment plant to recycle water produced from drilling operations in the Marcellus and Utica shale plays. The new plant is planned for Doddridge County, W. Va., and will allow […]

Utica Shale Rig Count Up Slightly in Ohio

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – The rig count and permit activity in the Utica shale inched higher during the week ended Aug. 15 compared to the previous week, according to the latest update from the Ohio Department of Natural Resources. ODNR reported that the rig count stood at 25 as of Aug. 15 compared to 22 a […]


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