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Energy in Depth Responds to Gibbs, FrackFree

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio —  Energy in Depth, a shale industry advocacy group launched by the Independent Petroleum Association of America, reacted sharply to The Business Journal’s coverage of environmental activist Lois Gibbs’ news conference March 13 in Youngstown. Gibbs led the Niagara Falls, N.Y., community of Love Canal in the fight against Hooker Chemical Co.’s burial […]

Rex Energy Pleased with Butler County Results

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. — Rex Energy Corp. reports two recent well pads put into production in its Appalachian Basin operations are showing promise. “We are very pleased with the performance to date of our two most recent well pads in the Butler Operated Area,” in Butler County, Pa., said Tom Stabley, Rex Energy’s CEO. During […]

Love Canal Activist Speaks for FrackFree’s Frustration

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio — The female activist from the Love Canal neighborhood of Niagara Falls, N.Y., stood before the Northstar 1 injection well Friday afternoon to warn residents of Youngstown about the dangers to their health open injection wells pose. Lois Gibbs, the activist who, in the 1970s, led the Love Canal community against the Hooker […]

Hess, Chevron Speakers to Update Oil, Gas Producers

ST. CLAIRSVILLE, Ohio — The Ohio Valley Oil and Gas Association will hold its general membership meeting and the 2015 update on the state of the industry March 19 at Belmont College. The session, to be held in Horizon Hall, will feature presentations by Andrew Keck, senior land negotiator for Hess Corp., and Patrick Ryan, […]

ODNR Issues Just One Permit for Northern Utica

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio — The Ohio Department of Natural Resources issued 20 new permits for horizontal wells to explore for oil and gas in the Utica shale last week, the agency reports. Chesapeake Exploration LLC, a division of Chesapeake Energy Corp., received one permit for a new well in Columbiana County. The company plans to spud […]

Schiavoni Proposes Greater Penalties for Brine Dumpers

COLUMBUS, Ohio — State Sen. Minority Leader Joe Schiavoni, D-33 Boardman, re-introduced legislation Monday that would revise Ohio’s oil and gas laws to increase penalties and revoke permits for improperly disposing of brine. Senate Bill 120 was first introduced in 2013 after the discovery that a tanker truck operated by D&L Energy in Youngstown, owned […]

Love Canal Activist Speaks to FrackFree March 13

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio — Lois Gibbs, who led the effort to protect her family and community from toxic waste pollution at Love Canal, near Niagara Falls, N.Y., will be the keynote speaker March 13 at a Frackfree Mahoning Valley town hall-style meeting. The program, “A Dialogue with Lois Gibbs: Fracking Waste, Drinking Water, and Man-made Earthquakes: […]

Millich to Address Oil, Gas Issues at Webinar

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio — George P. Millich, Jr., a trust attorney and member at Harrington, Hoppe & Mitchell Ltd., will be one of the two presenting lawyers at an upcoming national webinar for advisers of landowners with oil and gas income. The webinar, sponsored by the National Business Institute, will be webcast March 24 from NBI’s […]

Chesapeake, Hilcorp Secure Permits in Northern Utica

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio — Oklahoma City-based Chesapeake Energy Corp. and Houston-based Hilcorp Energy Co. have staked out new wells in the northern tier of the Utica shale in Ohio and western Pennsylvania. The Ohio Department of Natural Resources issued 13 new permits for horizontal wells in the Utica during the week ended Feb. 28, one of […]

As Natural Gas, Oil Production Rises, Coal Falls

CLEVELAND — With the huge increase in the supply of natural gas since drilling began in the Utica and Marcellus shale plays, the demand for, and price of, coal has fallen. A research analyst and research economist at the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland, Christopher Vecchio and Stephan Whitaker respectively, have charted the extent within […]


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