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Utica Rig Count Bumps Up, ODNR Reports

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – The rig count in eastern Ohio’s Utica shale rose during the week ended May 2 compared to the previous week, breaking a succession of steady declines. The Ohio Department of Natural Resources reports the rig count in the Utica increased to 29 during the week compared to 22 a week earlier. Still, […]

Groups Petition U.S. EPA to Reform Ohio Waste Rules

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio — A coalition of Ohio environmental and community groups sent a 15-page letter Wednesday to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Office of Environmental Justice claiming that the state’s approval process for shale drilling waste injection wells “has an overwhelmingly disparate impact on low-income Ohioans.” The coalition claims this is “in violation of a […]

McClendon Forms ‘Blank Check’ Firm to Buy Assets

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – Aubrey McClendon, founder of American Energy Partners LP and the former CEO of Chesapeake Energy Corp., intends to raise $200 million to back a new company that will purchase oil and gas assets. According to a filing with the U.S. Securities Exchange Commission, Avondale Acquisitions Corp. is a “blank check” company formed […]

Ohio Groups Petition U.S. EPA to Reform Fracking Waste Rules

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio — A coalition of Ohio environmental and community groups sent a 15-page letter Wednesday to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Office of Environmental Justice claiming that the state’s approval process for shale drilling waste injection wells “has an overwhelmingly disparate impact on low-income Ohioans.” The coalition claims this is “in violation of a […]

Tennessee Gas Project Includes Mahoning Compressor Station

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co. LLC plans to construct a compressor station in Mahoning County as part of its $412 million Abandonment and Capacity Restoration Project. Notice of the company’s intent was filed April 17 with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. New compressor stations would also be built in Jackson, Morgan and Tuscarawas […]

Gasearch Looks for Local Producers

LIBERTY TOWNSHIP, OHIO — A company ithat supplies natural gas to industrial and commercial customers in northeastern Ohio doesn’t rely on the big energy corporations that have dominated the state’s oil and gas industry over the last four years. Instead, Gasearch LLC obtains its supply from small, local producers – those companies that for decades […]

Hilcorp Secures 4 Permits for Lawrence County

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – Hilcorp Energy Co., the most active oil and gas producer drilling in the northern tier of the Utica shale, last week added more permits to develop horizontal wells in western Pennsylvania, according to the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection. Hilcorp secured permits April 21 for two new wells in Lawrence County at […]

Appalachian Resins CEO Says Small Cracker Moving Forward

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – The CEO of Appalachian Resins Inc. says his company’s proposed ethylene/polyethylene project slated for Monroe County “is not stalled.” James S. Cutler emailed The Business Journal to correct an article published on April 24 citing press reports that the project was on hold. “At this time, Appalachian Resins plans to move forward […]

Parkersburg Cracker Plant Project on Hold

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – The Brazilian companies that considered building a cracker plant near Parkersburg, W. Va., are reevaluating whether they will make the billion-dollar investment in light of the current oil and gas market. The companies, Braskem and Odebrecht, announced the potential $3.8 billion project, the Appalachian Shale Cracker Enterprise, known as Project Ascent, in […]

JobsOhio Confirms Cracker Could Be Built in Belmont County

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – JobsOhio today officially announced that PTT Global Chemical, Thailand’s largest integrated petrochemical and refining company, and its project partner, Marubeni Corp., a Tokyo-based company, have selected a site in Belmont County for the possible construction of a world-scale petrochemical complex, also known in the industry as an ethane cracker. The project was […]

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