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‘Ballot Integrity’ Opposes Fifth Vote on Fracking

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – Four times is more than enough for the Youngstown electorate to voice its opinion on the same issue in the voting booth. That’s the case area labor unions and business owners presented Wednesday morning outside the Mahoning County Board of Elections. The labor leaders and business owners call themselves Voters for Ballot […]

Advocacy Group Seeks to Block 5th Frack Vote

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – Voters for Ballot Integrity, a newly formed advocacy group opposed to what organizers say is abuse of the city’s charter amendment process by proponents of the Community Bill of Rights, will hold a press event today at the offices of the Mahoning County Board of Elections. Backers of the Community Bill of […]

Ashtabula Energy’s Parent Company Suspends CEO

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – Roy Lipski, the CEO of Velocys plc, the British company planning to build a $200 million gas-to-liquids plant in Ashtabula, has been suspended by the company “pending an investigation into allegations of serious misconduct.” Velocys announced Lipski’s suspension Monday. “The allegations do not involve any element of fraud or financial impropriety,” the […]

Utica Rig Count Stands at 20 in Ohio

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – The rig count in Ohio’s Utica shale nudged upward to 20 during the week ended June 27, according to the latest report from the Ohio Department of Natural Resources’ weekly oil and gas activity update. The rig count was 19 the previous week, ODNR reported. Meanwhile, ODNR issued eight horizontal well permits […]

New Drilling Permits Drop to 4 in Ohio’s Utica

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – The Ohio Department of Natural Resources issued just four permits for new horizontal wells during the week ended June 20, the agency reported. According to the agency’s weekly activity update of oil and gas exploration in Ohio’s Utica shale, two permits were issued to Chesapeake Energy Corp. for new wells in Carroll […]

Shell Cracker Plant Gets Air Quality Permit

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – Royal Dutch Shell’s proposed $4 billion ethane cracker plant along the Ohio River in Monaca, Pa., has received an air emissions permit from the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (CLICK HERE). The project, operating as Shell Chemical Appalachia LLC, has also received its stormwater discharge permit and a water obstruction and encroachment […]

Kinder Morgan Seeks Customers for $4B Pipeline

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – Kinder Morgan Inc. says it will “solicit commitments” from shippers for its proposed Utica Marcellus Texas Pipeline, which would transport natural gas liquids produced in the Utica and Marcellus shale plays to delivery points along the Texas Gulf Coast. The official customer solicitation, known as a “binding open season,” was announced Thursday […]

Halcon: No Plans to Drill in Northern Utica

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – Reacting to a status report issued by the Ohio Department of Natural Resources that said Halcon Resources is drilling at a site in Warren Township, the company responded Tuesday that it has no immediate plans to begin oil and gas exploration there. Larry Helm, spokesman for Halcon, said the company was reissued […]

Halcon Resumes Drilling in Trumbull County

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – Houston-based Halcon Resources Corp. has resumed oil and gas exploration in Trumbull County, more than a year after the company declared it would suspend its program in the northern tier of the Utica shale in eastern Ohio and western Pennsylvania, according to the latest data from the Ohio Department of Natural Resources. […]

Shell Closes Deal to Buy Site for Cracker Plant

MONACA, Pa. – Shell Chemical has closed on a deal to purchase 1,000 acres in Beaver County along the Ohio River intended for a multi-billion dollar ethane cracker plant. However, the energy giant has not made a final decision on whether it will move forward with the project. “We will make our decision when our […]


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