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Oil and Gas Industry Rebound Unlikely in 2016

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – The president of the Ohio Oil and Gas Association, or OOGA, says that he can’t recall a more troubled period for his industry and members of his organization. “I really cannot remember a more difficult and challenging time facing the domestic oil and gas industry in my lifetime,” says David Hill, who […]

Seven New Drilling Permits Issued in Utica

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – Just seven permits for new horizontal wells targeting the Utica shale were approved by the Ohio Department of Natural Resources during the week ended Dec. 26, the agency reports. All of the permits were issued in counties in the southern tier of the Utica play. Statoil USA received four new permits to […]

Shale Advocate: Watch Belmont County in 2016

By Jackie Stewart, Energy in Depth CANFIELD, Ohio — This past year has been amazing for the Utica Shale in Ohio, as production of oil and gas in the state has more than doubled. At the end of 2014, Energy in Depth reported that the counties to watch in 2015 included Monroe, Belmont, and Noble […]

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 […]

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