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Rig Count Drops to 10 in Ohio’s Utica Shale

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – The rig count in eastern Ohio’s Utica shale dropped during the week ended June 25, signaling a continued reduction in drilling activity in the face of weak oil and gas prices, according to the latest data provided by the Ohio Department of Natural Resources. ODNR reports 10 rigs operated in the Utica […]

Energy Execs Like Prospects Once Oil Prices Rise

PITTSBURGH — Oil and gas production across the Utica shale in eastern Ohio and western Pennsylvania has hit a rough patch, but Shell’s recent announcement that it would build a $4 billion ethane cracker plant in Beaver County, Pa., could help producers in the wet gas portion of the play, which includes the Mahoning Valley. […]

Group to Place Anti-Fracking Amendment on Ballot

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – Activists opposed to the use of hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking,” have the required number of signatures to place the so-called community bill of rights charter amendment before voters for the sixth time, they say. The charter amendment would ban shale gas development – which includes fracking and injection wells – within the […]

Utica Oil Production Drops, Gas Production Increases

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – Natural gas production in eastern Ohio’s Utica shale continued to climb during the first quarter of 2016, while oil output – for the first time – declined compared to the previous quarter, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources. In its quarterly production update, ODNR said that 1,302 horizontal wells reported […]

Utica Gas Production Expected to Fall in July

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – Natural gas production across the Utica shale is expected to drop while oil production is anticipated to be unchanged in July, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration’s latest drilling productivity report. The agency reports that the Utica is projected to produce 3.666 billion cubic feet of natural gas per day in […]

Planning for Shale Development Focus of Website

By Matt Carroll, Penn State News Service UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — A new website is giving people in rural Pennsylvania — and beyond — high-tech tools to learn about Marcellus Shale gas development in their backyards. The website, Marcellus by Design, introduces some of the complex issues surrounding the industry’s development, and through interactive games […]

Five Permits Issued in Ohio’s Utica

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – Five new horizontal well permits were issued to three exploration companies in Ohio’s Utica shale during the week ended June 4, while the rig count stood at 11 for the period, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources. Two permits were issued to Chesapeake Energy Exploration LLC for wells in Jefferson […]

Frackfree to Demonstrate Against Injection Wells

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio –- Frackfree Mahoning Valley will call on the state to permanently shut down injection well operations here during a series of protests today by groups who oppose hydraulic fracturing, or fracking. Specifically, the anti-fracking activists say they intend to focus on the “urgent need” for Rick Simmers, chief of the Ohio Department of […]


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