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Well Permit Activity Still Slow in Utica Shale

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – Just five permits for new horizontal wells were issued for sites in the Utica shale for the week ended July 25, indicating the slowdown in exploration activity in the oil and gas play isn’t lifting anytime soon. The Ohio Department of Natural Resources issued four permits to Gulfport Energy for wells in […]

It’s the Teachers Who Learn about Drilling Down

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – June Baker, a fifth-grade English teacher at Boardman Center Middle School, helps direct a table of five other teachers as they tackle the fundamentals of “sweet exploration” in the oil and gas industry. “The best part of this is the collaborative learning,” she said. “We all work together to solve a problem.” […]

6 Permits Issued to Chesapeake for Carroll County

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – The Ohio Department of Natural Resources issued six permits for new horizontal wells in the Utica shale last week – all of them to Chesapeake Exploration LLC in Carroll County. Chesapeake is the most prolific driller in the Utica shale and Carroll County, with 493 permits for horizontal wells, according to ODNR. […]

Shale Industry Group Charts Capex, Employee Cuts

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – The Marcellus Shale Coalition, an industry-funded advocacy group based in Pittsburgh, reported Monday that 22 energy companies with operations in Pennsylvania have reduced capital expenditures anywhere from 12% to 74%. These 22 companies have also furloughed workers and/or closed offices, the coalition said. “Pennsylvania has experienced widespread job loss and massive capital […]

Consol Energy Warns Investors to Expect Loss

CANONSBURG, Pa. – Consol Energy Inc. today warned its investors to expect a second-quarter loss from operations, primarily due to lower commodity prices. Consol will announce its results July 28. “Separate from the operating loss, the company expects to record a significant impairment charge due to the reduction in the carrying value of Consol’s conventional […]

Utica Potential Much Larger than Initially Thought

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – The Utica shale contains far more recoverable oil and gas than initial estimates and is likely the second-largest natural gas formation in the country second to the Marcellus shale, according to a newly released study led by West Virginia University. The Utica Shale Play Book Study was conducted by the Appalachian Oil […]

Rover Pipeline to Spend $85M with Ohio Companies

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – Rover Pipeline LLC is placing more than $85 million worth of orders from Ohio-based companies – including a distributor in Struthers — for components needed to construct the Ohio leg of a 711-mile pipeline system that will run from West Virginia and western Pennsylvania to Michigan. “It’s nice to see something like […]

10 New Permits Issued for Southern Tier of Utica

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – Energy companies continue to target the southern tier of the Utica shale in eastern Ohio where oil and gas wells have proven more productive than those drilled in the north. The Ohio Department of Natural Resources issued 10 new horizontal permits during the week ended July 11, all in the southern part […]

Marathon MLP to Acquire MarkWest for $20 Billion

FINDLAY, Ohio – A subsidiary of Marathon Petroleum Corp., MPLX L.P., announced Monday that it has signed a definitive merger agreement with Denver-based MarkWest Energy Partners L.P. valued at $20 billion. MarkWest is the largest natural-gas processor and fractionator in the Utica shale in eastern Ohio and the Marcellus shale in western Pennsylvania and West […]

ODNR Issues 21 New Permits in Utica Shale

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – The Ohio Department of Natural Resources issued 21 new permits for horizontal wells for the week ended July 4, the agency reports. All of the permits were allocated to the southern tier of the play in Monroe, Harrison and Noble counties. No new permits were issued for Mahoning, Trumbull or Columbiana counties […]


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