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Injection Well May Resume Operations, Protesters Warn

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – The new owner of a shuttered Class II injection well along McCartney Road in Coitsville Township could resume operations in the near future, confirms a spokesman for the Ohio Department of Natural Resources. Eric Heis, responding by email to a request from The Business Journal related to the status of the Collins […]

Frackfree Seeks Answers about Injection Well ‘Geyser’

COITSVILLE, Ohio — Frackfree Mahoning Valley plans to stage a prayer service and vigil today at noon near the Collins No. 6 injection well at 4555 McCartney Road . The anti-fracking group says it’s concerned that a “30-foot geyser” was witnessed being released by the well June 24 (above photo provided by activists) at the […]

Gas Production Inches Up in Western Pa.’s Utica

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio — Oil and gas production in western Pennsylvania’s northern tier of the Utica shale – which generally encompasses Lawrence and Mercer counties – increased slightly during the first quarter of 2016 compared to the previous three-month period, data show. Together, Lawrence and Mercer counties yielded 11.510 billion cubic feet of gas for the […]

New Utica Well Permits Dwindles Down to 2

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – Two horizontal well permits were awarded to energy companies during the week ended July 2, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources. The latest numbers reflect the continued slowdown in drilling across the Utica and other shale plays as energy companies wrestle with low commodity prices. The rig count for the […]

New Utica Permits Dwindles Down to 2

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – Two horizontal well permits were awarded to energy companies during the week ended July 2, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources. The latest numbers reflect the continued slowdown in drilling across the Utica and other shale plays as energy companies wrestle with low commodity prices. The rig count for the […]

TransCanada Completes $13B Deal for Columbia Pipeline

CALGARY, Alberta – TransCanada Corp. announced Friday that it has completed its acquisition of Columbia Pipeline Group Inc., whose assets include the Hickory Bend gathering and processing system in the Mahoning Valley. “This acquisition is a tremendous opportunity to obtain a competitively positioned, growing network of regulated natural gas pipelines and storage assets in the […]

TransCanada Completes $13B Deal for Columbia Pipeline Group

CALGARY, Alberta – TransCanada Corp. announced Friday that it has completed its acquisition of Columbia Pipeline Group Inc., whose assets include the Hickory Bend gathering and processing system in the Mahoning Valley. “This acquisition is a tremendous opportunity to obtain a competitively positioned, growing network of regulated natural gas pipelines and storage assets in the […]

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 […]

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