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ODNR Issues 21 New Permits in Utica

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – The Ohio Department of Natural Resources issued 21 new horizontal drilling permits last week to six companies exploring for oil and gas in the Utica shale, the agency reports. As of Oct. 17, 2,047 horizontal permits have been issued in the Utica, 1,614 wells have been drilled, and 1,022 are in production, […]

Utica Permit Activity Picks Up in Ohio and Pa.

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – Rex Energy, an oil and gas company that’s been relatively quiet in the northern tier of the Utica, has obtained three new permits to drill horizontal wells in Lawrence County, Pa., according to the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection. R.E. Gas Development LLC, a subsidiary of Rex Energy, received permits to drill […]

Shale Plays Make Region Prime for Power Plants

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – The senior vice president of an electrical power company contemplating a $1.1 billion investment in Columbiana County says this region of Ohio is a prime market for development in the energy sector. He hints at additional opportunities. “We look at this as a market that’s open for a few more generating facilities […]

Ohio, Pa., W. Va. Agree to Collaborate on Shale Gas Issues

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Officials from Ohio, West Virginia and Pennsylvania announced Tuesday that they entered into an agreement to collaborate on areas critical to the success of the growing shale gas industry. The agreement was signed at the Tri-State Shale Summit in Morgantown, W. Va. “The issues and opportunities facing our growing oil and gas […]

Gulfport, Rice Energy Create Utica Joint Venture

OKLAHOMA CITY – Gulfport Energy Corp. has signed a letter of intent with Rice Midstream Holdings LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Rice Energy Inc. to develop a natural gas and water gathering system in eastern Ohio’s Utica shale. The system would be constructed to support Gulfport’s dry gas wells in eastern Belmont County and […]

New Clue Shell’s Cracker Plant Moving Forward

MONACA, Pa. – Shell Chemical Co. has agreed to pay the Center Township Water Authority $69 million to relocate a water intake site and building a new water treatment plant for the township. The project is necessary for Shell to go ahead with its proposed billion-dollar cracker plant along the Ohio River. The investment is […]

Mayor, Plumbers Oppose Community Bill of Rights

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – For the fifth time in three years, the Community Bill of Rights, which seeks to ban drilling for oil and natural gas within city limits, will be on the ballot in November. In a press conference Tuesday morning, the Mahoning Valley Coalition for Job Growth and Investment – which includes Mayor John […]

Permit Activity Picks Up in Utica Shale

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – Permit activity for new horizontal oil and gas wells in Ohio’s Utica shale picked up last week, continuing a steady upward trend that started last month. The Ohio Department of Natural Resources issued 18 permits for the week ended Oct. 3, the agency reported today. The rig count in the Utica remained […]

Williams Partners Invests in Pennant Midstream Systems

SPRINGFIELD TOWNSHIP, Ohio  — Three Rivers Midstream LLC, a subsidiary of Houston Williams Partners L.P., has joined Pennant Midstream LLC in a deal that would increase the footprint of that company nearly threefold in the Utica shale. Pennant, a joint venture between Columbia Pipeline Group affiliate Columbia Midstream Group LLC and Hilcorp Energy Co.’s Harvest […]

Coalition Opposes Community Bill of Rights

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – For the fifth time, a coalition composed of business, labor and elected officials has organized opposition to a proposed Community Bill of Rights charter amendment on the November ballot. In a statement for release this morning, The Mahoning Valley Coalition for Job Growth and Investment said it will encourage voters to defeat […]


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