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Rig Count Rises to 26 in Ohio’s Utica Shale

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – The Ohio Department of Natural Resources reports that 26 oil and gas rigs were operational in the Utica shale during the week ended July 22, three more than the previous week. ODNR, however, did not issue a single new horizontal permit to energy exploration companies during the week. To date, there are […]

Anti-Fracking Group to Submit Signatures for Ballot Issue

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – This November city voters will again – for the seventh time since May 2013 – vote on a ballot issue to restrict activity related to oil and gas extraction in the city. The Youngstown Community Bill of Rights Committee will hold a news conference Monday to announce it has secured the necessary […]

PSU Research Studies Impact of Frack Wastewater

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. – Given Pennsylvania’s abundant natural resources, it’s no surprise that the commonwealth has become a mecca for hydraulic fracturing. Researchers, however, have recently discovered that releasing millions of gallons of treated hydraulic fracturing wastewater each year into area surface waters may have longer-lasting effects than originally thought. According to the U.S. Energy […]

10 Horizontal Permits Issued for New Utica Wells

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – The Ohio Department of Natural Resources awarded 10 new permits for horizontal wells in the Utica shale during the week ended July 15, according to the agency’s latest report. Oklahoma City-based Gulfport Energy Corp. received the most permits with seven – four for wells in Belmont County and another three in Monroe […]

Oil and Gas Production Rises in the Utica

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – Oil and gas production in eastern Ohio’s Utica shale is projected to rise next month as exploration activity continues to trend upward in the shale play, according to the latest data from the U.S. Energy Information Administration. EIA’s Drilling Productivity Report shows that the Utica is expected to produce 52,000 barrels of […]

Utica Rig Count Stands at 25

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – The number of active oil and gas rigs operating in eastern Ohio’s Utica shale as measured by the Ohio Department of Natural Resources stood at 25 for the week ended July 8, the agency reported. The previous week, the Utica boasted 23 rigs operating in the Utica, ODNR reported. ODNR issued just […]

ODNR Issues 11 Permits for Utica Wells

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – The Ohio Department of Natural Resources awarded 11 new permits for horizontal wells in eastern Ohio’s Utica shale last week, according to the agency’s latest update. Triad Hunter LLC secured four horizontal well permits, Gulfport Energy Corp. was awarded three permits, and EM Energy Ohio received two permits, all of them in […]

Hilcorp Solidifies Position in Northern Utica

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – Oil and gas exploration in the northern section of the Utica shale is starting to accelerate once again, led by Houston-based Hilcorp Energy Co. Over the past 12 months, Hilcorp has solidified its base in the northern Utica – especially Columbiana County – through new lease acquisitions, amendments to and renewals of […]

ODNR OKs 2 New Injection Wells in Brookfield

BROOKFIELD, Ohio – The Ohio Department of Natural Resources has approved permits for Pittsburgh-based Highland Field Services LLC to begin work on two new wastewater injection wells in the township. Highland Field Services submitted its permit applications on Jan. 19, seeking approval for two injection wells — No. 1 and No. 5 — on land […]

New Well Permit Issued for Columbiana County

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – Hilcorp Energy Co.’s Elkrun-Scheel well pad in Columbiana County has been issued a new horizontal well permit at the site, according to the latest report from the Ohio Department of Natural Resources. The permit is the fourth issued for the pad since May 30, ODNR records show. The pad is just off […]

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