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Hilcorp Expands Exploration in Lawrence County, Pa.

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – Oil and gas production in western Pennsylvania, especially Lawrence County, is moving forward at a measured pace as Houston-based Hilcorp Energy Co. gradually expands its interests in the northern tier of the Utica shale. Hilcorp has emerged as the dominant active prospector for oil and gas in the northern tier, which encompasses […]

New Permit Activity Weak in Ohio’s Utica

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – Hilcorp Energy Co. secured four new horizontal well permits in the western Pennsylvania portion of the Utica shale during the week ended Dec. 12, according to the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection. Hilcorp, the most prolific driller in the northern tier of the Utica shale, was issued four permits for the Savaet […]

Pa. Attorney General Sues Chesapeake Over Royalties

BRADFORD, Pa. – Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane claims Chesapeake Energy used “a bait and switch scheme” to wrongfully deduct from landowners’ royalty checks payments the company made to related affiliates. Tracy W. Wertz, chief deputy attorney general in the AG’s Antitust Section filed the lawsuit Wednesday in Bradford County Common Pleas Court. It seeks […]

Rig Count Continues Its Slide in Utica Shale

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – The number of rigs operating in eastern Ohio’s Utica shale continued its slide during the week ended Dec. 5, according to the latest data from the Ohio Department of Natural Resources. The rig count in the Utica declined to 16, ODNR reports, down from 18 a week earlier. ODNR issued 14 new […]

Overall Utica Production Up, Local Production Down

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – Oil and gas production from horizontal wells across Ohio’s Utica shale hit record levels during the third quarter, but local production is on the decline, according to newly released data from the Ohio Department of Natural Resources. Production results during the three months ended Sept. 30 show that horizontal wells across Ohio […]

ODNR Issues Nine Permits in Utica

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – The Ohio Department of Natural Resources issued nine permits for new horizontal wells during the week ended Nov. 28, as the rig count in the oil and gas play inched downward. The number of rigs operating in eastern Ohio’s Utica shale region stood at 18 for the period, down from 19 the […]

Six New Drilling Permits in Utica, Rig Count Steady

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – The Ohio Department of Natural Resources issued six new horizontal well permits in the Utica shale basin during the week ended Nov. 21, the agency reports. All of the new permits are issued for prospective wells targeted for the central or southern tier of the oil and gas play, where wells have […]

Report: Investment in Utica Shale Rises $5.7 Billion

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – Investments in the Utica shale in eastern Ohio and energy-related projects in the region have risen $5.7 billion since last spring, according to a report issued by the Columbus law firm of Bricker & Eckler LLP. Despite the weak oil and gas market and energy companies’ pullback in exploration, spending on midstream […]

CSU Study Examines Economic Opportunities of Shale

CLEVELAND – A study prepared by Cleveland State University projects that shale development in the region stands to create 20,000 jobs over the next century in midstream and downstream operations of the oil and gas industry. The Center for Economic Development and the Energy Policy Center at CSU’s Maxine Goodman Levin College of Urban Affairs […]

Rig Count in Utica Play Continues Slide

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – The rig count in eastern Ohio’s Utica shale continues to fall, according to the latest data from the Ohio Department of Natural Resources. Through the week ended Nov. 14, ODNR reports 19 rigs were operating in the Utica compared to 20 a week earlier. Just four new horizontal well permits were issued […]

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