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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 […]

Fracking Opponents Considering Constitutional Amendment

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – Opponents of hydraulic fracturing and deep wastewater injection wells say they are working together “to draft and advance a state constitutional amendment that would secure and protect community rights to local self-government.” The anti-fracking activists referred to last week’s ruling by Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted that denied county charter votes […]

FrackFree Dealt Blow with Husted Decision

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – A ruling Thursday by Secretary of State Jon Husted appears to have preempted any attempt by FrackFree Mahoning Valley to place another charter amendment question on the November ballot this fall. Husted ruled Thursday in favor of protests filed with his office that questioned the validity of county charter ballot proposals in […]

MarkWest to Build $1B Dry Gas Gathering System

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – MarkWest Energy Partners and The Energy & Minerals Group, a private equity company, say they plan to invest $1 billion over three years to build a large-scale gathering pipeline system in the Utica dry gas region in eastern Ohio. MarkWest says the new system will be underpinned by a long-term, fee-based contract […]

Commission Upholds Suspension of Weathersfield Injection Well

NILES, Ohio – The Ohio Oil & Gas Commission has upheld an order the state Division of Oil and Gas Resources Management issued last year to suspend operations at an injection well operated by American Water Management Services LLC. In September 2014, the Ohio Department of Natural Resources’ Oil and Gas Division Chief Richard Simmers […]


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