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ODNR to Address Chamber, FrackFree to Respond

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio — James Zehringer, director of the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, will be among the featured speakers today at a luncheon hosted by the Youngstown Warren Regional Chamber’s Government Affairs Council. The luncheon will take place at 11 a.m. at Mill Creek MetroParks’ Fellows Riverside Gardens. Zehringer will be joined by Rick Simmers, […]

Small Earthquake Detected in Mahoning Township, Pa.

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – A small earthquake that registered 1.9 on the Richter scale was detected in Lawrence County, Pa., early Monday, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. The epicenter of the tremor was 5.6 miles west of New Castle, Pa. in Mahoning Township, just west of Mohawk School Road and south of Miller Farm Road, […]

Rig Count Stalls in Ohio’s Utica Play

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – Four horizontal well permits were issued to energy companies last week in eastern Ohio’s Utica shale, reports the Ohio Department of Natural Resources. ODNR released one permit to XTO Energy Inc., a subsidiary of ExxonMobil, for a well in Belmont County, and three others to Triad Hunter LLC for wells in Monroe […]

Southern Utica Sees More Permit Activity, Drilling

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – While drilling in the central and northern portions of Ohio’s Utica shale has ground to a halt, permit activity and exploration continues in the southern tier, albeit at a much slower pace than two years ago. The Ohio Department of Natural Resources issued six new permits for horizontal wells for the week […]

Rex Energy Begins Export of Natural Gas Liquids

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. – Rex Energy Corp. has signed a sales agreement with INEOS Europe AG to export natural gas liquids from the Marcellus shale formation and import these products to petrochemical complexes in Europe. The purchase agreement covers ethane, propane and butane products originating from Rex Energy’s Butler Operated Area in Butler County, P.A., […]

Utica Conference Offers Reasons for Optimism

By Jackie Stewart, EnergyInDepth.org CANTON, Ohio – The Canton Regional Chamber hosted a Utica Upstream conference at the Pro Football Hall of Fame this week with speakers that included regulators, industry executives, analysts and academics. Each speaker discussed the unique regional demand for shale that exists within a 500-mile radius of Ohio, West Virginia and […]

ODNR Issues Three Permits for Utica Drilling

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – The Ohio Department of Natural Resources issued three new permits for horizontal wells in eastern Ohio’s Utica shale for the week ended March 26, the agency’s oil and gas division reports. Two permits were issued to Triad Hunter LLC for wells in Monroe County at the company’s McIntire pad in Ohio Township. […]

Utica Rig Count Plunges, More Production Forecast

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – Eastern Ohio’s Utica shale is projected to be the single shale play among the top seven in the country to increase natural gas production in April, according to the latest data from the U.S. Energy Information Administration. The EIA’s monthly drilling productivity report shows that the Utica region is expected to yield […]

TransCanada to Pay $10.2B for Columbia Pipeline

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – TransCanada Corp. has agreed to pay $10.2 billion for Columbia Pipeline Group Inc., which is a partner in Pennant Midstream LLC’s Hickory Bend Pipeline system in Ohio and western Pennsylvania. The Hickory Bend system consists of a 50-mile gas gathering pipeline that stretches from Columbiana County, through Mahoning County, and then into […]

ODNR Issues Eight Permits for Utica Exploration

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – Eight new permits for horizontal wells were issued in the Utica shale last week, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources. ODNR released four new drilling permits to R.E. Gas Development LLC, a subsidiary of Rex Energy Corp., for wells in Carroll County during the week ended March 12. The agency […]


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