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University Releases Research on Fracking and Groundwater

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – The University of Cincinnati has released research in the form of a master’s thesis that shows hydraulic fracturing had no impact on groundwater samples taken in Carroll County over a two-year period. The thesis is part of a scientific study that university researchers conducted in order to evaluate whether the practice of […]

Construction Set to Begin on Cornerstone Pipeline

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – MPLX’s Cornerstone Pipeline project is expected to get under construction in the next several weeks, in time to meet its in-service date of late 2016, according to an oil and gas trade journal. The trade publication North American Oil & Gas Pipelines reports that the rights-of-way have been cleared and construction on […]

Oil and Gas Production Increases in Ohio’s Utica

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Oil and gas production across the state hit record numbers last year despite low commodity prices and a reduction in drilling across the Utica shale, according to figures released today by the Ohio Department of Natural Resources. ODNR reports that during the fourth quarter of 2015, Ohio’s horizontal shale wells produced 6.249 […]

Volumes of Drilling Wastewater Rising in Ohio

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – Injection wells across Ohio accepted a record 28.8 million barrels of wastewater from drilling operations last year, despite a slowdown in oil and gas exploration in Ohio, Pennsylvania and West Virginia. Data from the Ohio Department of Natural Resources and compiled by Teresa Mills show that the volume of wastewater disposed of […]

ODNR Awards Gulfport 8 Drilling Permits

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – Oklahoma City-based Gulfport Energy Corp. was awarded eight new horizontal drilling permits in the Utica shale for wells in Belmont and Monroe counties last week, according to the latest data from the Ohio Department of Natural Resources. Gulfport was the sole company to receive permits for the week ended March 5. It […]

Eclipse Suspends Utica Drilling for First Half of 2016

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – Another energy company drilling the natural-gas rich Utica shale says it is significantly curtailing operations because of a depressed pricing environment. Eclipse Resources Corp., based in State College, Pa., said Thursday it would halt new drilling for the first half of 2016 and limit its activity to completing a well that was […]

US Chamber Calls for Release of Fracking Study

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Chamber of Commerce is calling on the University of Cincinnati to release a study that reportedly shows that hydraulic fracturing doesn’t contaminate ground water. The three-year study analyzed wells across Carroll County, where most of the hydraulic fracturing and horizontal drilling has occurred in Ohio’s Utica shale. In February, participants in […]

Former Chesapeake CEO McClendon Killed in Car Crash

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – Aubrey McClendon, the wildcat driller and former CEO of Chesapeake Energy Corp., was killed wednesday morning in a car crash one day after he was indicted by the federal government for allegedly rigging bids to buy oil and gas leases in Oklahoma. A video of a press conference posted on the Oklahoma […]

Gulfport Secures Four Permits in Utica

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – Oklahoma City-based Gulfport Energy Corp. secured four new horizontal drilling permits for new wells in the southern tier of the Utica shale last week, according to the latest data from the Ohio Department of Natural Resources. ODNR awarded Gulfport permits for wells in York Township, Belmont County. The rig count in the […]

McClendon Accused of Conspiring to Rig Bids

OKLAHOMA CITY – Aubrey McClendon, the former CEO of Chesapeake Energy Corp. was charged Tuesday with conspiring to rig bids to buy oil and gas leases in Oklahoma. The indictment was handed down by a federal grand jury here. McClendon, forced out of Chesapeake three years ago, is accused of conspiring with an unnamed company […]

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