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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 […]

Drexel Studies Air Quality at Marcellus Sites

PHILADELPHIA – A team led by environmental engineers from Drexel University are the first independent researchers to take a closer look at the air quality effects of natural gas extraction in the Marcellus Shale region of Pennsylvania, the school announced Tuesday. The research group used a mobile air quality monitoring vehicle to survey regional air […]

Drexel Researchers Monitor Air Quality at Drill Sites

PHILADELPHIA – A team led by environmental engineers from Drexel University are the first independent researchers to take a closer look at the air quality effects of natural gas extraction in the Marcellus Shale region of Pennsylvania, the school announced Tuesday. The research group used a mobile air quality monitoring vehicle to survey regional air […]

Thai Company Seeks Third Partner for Belmont Cracker

  YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – The state-owned Thailand company looking to build a $5 billion cracker plant in Belmont County is also looking for a third partner to finance the venture, published reports say. Trade journals are quoting a Reuters story that quoted PTT Global Chemical’s finance executive vice president, Patiparn Sukorndhaman, as saying the company […]

Rep. Johnson Pushes for LNG Exports to Europe

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – The United States is the largest energy producer in the world, yet this country has failed to leverage these resources to our economic and political advantage when it comes to exporting to Europe. So says U.S. Rep. Bill Johnson, R-6 Ohio, who recently returned from a trip to that continent as the […]

Trade Journal Reports Shell Cracker Decision ‘Soon’

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – Shell Chemicals, the division of Royal Dutch Shell that may build a $4 billion ethane cracker plant in Monaco, Pa., has completed front-end engineering design work and “is expected to make a final investment decision soon,” reports IHS Chemical Week. The trade journal said it interviewed the executive vice president of Shell […]

XTO to Expand Butler County Cryo System

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – XTO Energy Inc., a subsidiary of oil giant Exxon Mobil Corp., wants to expand its natural gas processing operation in Butler County, Pa., according to a recent filing with the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection. A notice published in the latest edition of The Pennsylvania Bulletin shows that XTO plans to construct […]

EV Energy Partners Eyes Utica Acquisitions

HOUSTON — EV Energy Partners plans to aggressively pursue acquisition opportunities in the Utica as the market rebounds. “We will be as patient as necessary,” John Walker, executive chairman of EV Energy, told analysts this week during a conference call. Walker said that there is great potential in tapping the volatile oil window of the […]

Permitting Still Slow in Ohio’s Utica

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – Permitting activity across Ohio’s Utica shale doesn’t show signs of improving anytime soon, according to the latest data from the Ohio Department of Natural Resources. ODNR awarded eight horizontal well permits to just two oil and gas producers during the week ended May 9, the agency reports. All of the permits were […]

Magnum Hunter Resources to Sell Utica Assets

DALLAS – Magnum Hunter Resources Corp. says it’s in negotiations with “certain parties” to establish a joint venture that would entail selling $450 million of the oil and gas producer’s leasehold positions in Ohio’s Utica shale. In a statement released Monday, the company said the proposed sale is one of several initiatives underway in order […]

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