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Poland Wells Continue Strong Natural Gas Output

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – Four horizontal wells drilled by Hilcorp Energy Co. in Poland Township continue to show promise with strong, steady production of natural gas, according to the latest data from the Ohio Department of Natural Resources. ODNR released production results of 877 oil and gas wells drilled in Ohio’s Utica shale during the first […]

Uptick in Permit Activity for Southern Utica

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – The Ohio Department of Natural Resources issued 16 new permits for horizontal wells in the Utica shale last week, an improvement from permit counts in recent weeks, the regulatory agency reports. All of the permits were issued to companies exploring in the southern tier of eastern Ohio’s Utica shale play, ODNR says. […]

Advocacy Group Blasts Utica Shale Air Quality Study

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – The oil and gas industry advocacy group Energy In Depth says the authors of a recent study finding elevated polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbon (PAH) levels near shale natural gas wells in Carroll County  have admitted the sample size used for their study was too small and the chief assumption used for their research […]

Rig Count Continues to Dip in Utica Shale Play

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – The number of oil and gas rigs operating in eastern Ohio’s Utica shale stood at 25 for the week ended May 16, one less than a week earlier, according to the latest permit reports from the Ohio Department of Natural Resources. Low oil and natural gas prices have forced energy companies to […]

Study Finds Carroll County Wells Emit Pollutants

CORVALLIS, Ore. – People living or working near active natural gas wells may be exposed to certain pollutants at higher levels than the Environmental Protection Agency considers safe for lifetime exposure, according to scientists from Oregon State University and the University of Cincinnati. The researchers found that hydraulic fracturing – a technique for releasing natural […]

Drexel Studies Air Quality at Marcellus Sites

PHILADELPHIA – A team led by environmental engineers from Drexel University are the first independent researchers to take a closer look at the air quality effects of natural gas extraction in the Marcellus Shale region of Pennsylvania, the school announced Tuesday. The research group used a mobile air quality monitoring vehicle to survey regional air […]

Drexel Researchers Monitor Air Quality at Drill Sites

PHILADELPHIA – A team led by environmental engineers from Drexel University are the first independent researchers to take a closer look at the air quality effects of natural gas extraction in the Marcellus Shale region of Pennsylvania, the school announced Tuesday. The research group used a mobile air quality monitoring vehicle to survey regional air […]

Thai Company Seeks Third Partner for Belmont Cracker

  YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – The state-owned Thailand company looking to build a $5 billion cracker plant in Belmont County is also looking for a third partner to finance the venture, published reports say. Trade journals are quoting a Reuters story that quoted PTT Global Chemical’s finance executive vice president, Patiparn Sukorndhaman, as saying the company […]

Rep. Johnson Pushes for LNG Exports to Europe

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – The United States is the largest energy producer in the world, yet this country has failed to leverage these resources to our economic and political advantage when it comes to exporting to Europe. So says U.S. Rep. Bill Johnson, R-6 Ohio, who recently returned from a trip to that continent as the […]

Trade Journal Reports Shell Cracker Decision ‘Soon’

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – Shell Chemicals, the division of Royal Dutch Shell that may build a $4 billion ethane cracker plant in Monaco, Pa., has completed front-end engineering design work and “is expected to make a final investment decision soon,” reports IHS Chemical Week. The trade journal said it interviewed the executive vice president of Shell […]

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