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ODNR 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 […]

Hilcorp Awarded New Drilling Permits in Lawrence County, Pa.

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection last week awarded Hilcorp Energy Co. four new permits to drill horizontal wells in Lawrence County, Pa. Permit activity in this section of the Utica shale has all but dried up over the last several months because of plummeting oil prices. Hilcorp received four permits Aug. […]

EQT to Phase out Upper Devonian for Utica

PITTSBURGH – EQT Corp. says it plans to phase out exploration of the Upper Devonian formation and concentrate on drilling dry gas in the Utica shale. The decision was made because of the impressive results of its Scotts Run well in Greene County, Pa., the company’s first Utica well. The well’s 24-hour deliverability test stood […]

Chesapeake Posts $4.15B Loss on Impairment Charge

OKLAHOMA CITY – Chesapeake Energy Corp. said Wednesday that its oil and gas production in eastern Ohio’s Utica shale increased 13% during the second quarter ended June 30 versus production in the first quarter. Production in the Utica averaged approximately 125 million barrels of oil equivalent per day, the company said as part of its […]

Ohio Utica Permit Activity Grinds to Near Halt

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – New permits for horizontal wells ground to a near halt last week as the Ohio Department of Natural Resources issued just three permits to two companies in the southern portion of the Utica shale. ODNR awarded two horizontal well permits July 27 to PDC Energy Inc. to drill two wells in Wills […]

Marcellus, Utica Account for 85% of Shale Gas Production Growth

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Energy Information Administration reports that natural gas from the Marcellus and Utica shale plays account for 85% of the growth in natural gas production across the country’s shale regions since 2012. According to the EIA’s July Drilling Productivity Report, productivity of natural gas wells in the Marcellus and Utica plays is […]

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 […]


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