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Energy Transfer Partners to Invest $1.5B in Western Pa.

DALLAS – Energy Transfer Partners L. P. said Monday that it would spend about $1.5 billion to build a natural gas liquids processing system that would include the construction of new cryogenic plant in western Pennsylvania. The company did not disclose the precise location for the plant but did specify that it would build 100 […]

EPA: Fracking Has No Widespread Impact on Drinking Water

WASHINGTON, D.C. – A long-awaited study by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has determined that the practice of hydraulic fracturing has not led to a “widespread” impact on drinking water across the country. However, the study also cited “potential vulnerabilities” in the water lifecycle that could be affected. The draft study, released Thursday, identified potential […]

EPA Study: ‘Fracking’ Has No Widespread Impact on Drinking Water

WASHINGTON, D.C. – A long-awaited study by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has determined that the practice of hydraulic fracturing has not led to a “widespread” impact on drinking water across the country. However, the study also cited “potential vulnerabilities” in the water lifecycle that could be affected. The draft study, released Thursday, identified potential […]

ODNR Issues 10 New Permits for Ohio’s Utica Shale

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – The rig count in eastern Ohio’s Utica shale remained unchanged at 26 during the week ended May 30 compared to the previous week, as oil and gas companies continued their exploration efforts in the southern tier of the play. The Ohio Department of Natural Resources last week issued 10 horizontal well permits […]

Poland Wells Produce Strong Natural Gas Output

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – Four horizontal wells drilled by Hilcorp Energy Co. in Poland Township continue to show promise with strong, steady production of natural gas, according to the latest data from the Ohio Department of Natural Resources. ODNR released production results of 877 oil and gas wells drilled in Ohio’s Utica shale during the first […]

Poland Wells Continue Strong Natural Gas Output

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – Four horizontal wells drilled by Hilcorp Energy Co. in Poland Township continue to show promise with strong, steady production of natural gas, according to the latest data from the Ohio Department of Natural Resources. ODNR released production results of 877 oil and gas wells drilled in Ohio’s Utica shale during the first […]

Uptick in Permit Activity for Southern Utica

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – The Ohio Department of Natural Resources issued 16 new permits for horizontal wells in the Utica shale last week, an improvement from permit counts in recent weeks, the regulatory agency reports. All of the permits were issued to companies exploring in the southern tier of eastern Ohio’s Utica shale play, ODNR says. […]

Advocacy Group Blasts Utica Shale Air Quality Study

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – The oil and gas industry advocacy group Energy In Depth says the authors of a recent study finding elevated polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbon (PAH) levels near shale natural gas wells in Carroll County  have admitted the sample size used for their study was too small and the chief assumption used for their research […]

Rig Count Continues to Dip in Utica Shale Play

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – The number of oil and gas rigs operating in eastern Ohio’s Utica shale stood at 25 for the week ended May 16, one less than a week earlier, according to the latest permit reports from the Ohio Department of Natural Resources. Low oil and natural gas prices have forced energy companies to […]

Study Finds Carroll County Wells Emit Pollutants

CORVALLIS, Ore. – People living or working near active natural gas wells may be exposed to certain pollutants at higher levels than the Environmental Protection Agency considers safe for lifetime exposure, according to scientists from Oregon State University and the University of Cincinnati. The researchers found that hydraulic fracturing – a technique for releasing natural […]

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