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Ohio grants permits for 17 more wells

The Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) has granted permits for 17 more horizontal wells to be drilled across five counties in the eastern part of the state, according to a recent report by WOSU Public Media. The state permits will allow further development of the Utica shale formation. Youngstown State University geologist Jeffrey Dick commented on how bountiful the ...

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Nova Chemicals inks deal as anchor shipper for UTOPIA project

Houston-based midstream company Kinder Morgan Energy Partners announced it has received a long-term transportation agreement from Nova Chemicals Corp. to ship ethane and ethane-propane mixtures from the Utica Shale through its $500-million Utica To Ontario Pipeline Access (UTOPIA) project. The deal, the company said, means the project can advance, although more capacity remains available. The UTOPIA system is currently in ...

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Ohio college to offer oil and gas landman major, certification

An Eastern Ohio college is vying to become the first in the state to offer oil and gas landman certification, according to a recent report by the Marietta Times. The new major offered by Marietta College titled Land and Energy Management is being launched to give students an alternative to its well-respected petroleum engineering program. Oil and gas landmen hold ...

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Titusville charts course to reap new oil jobs

TITUSVILLE — The world’s first oil region is positioning itself for a second energy boom, from the Utica Shale formation. Titusville municipal and development officials hope to attract the lucrative oil and gas industry “back to where it all started.” The Titusville region was the birthplace of the petroleum industry when Edwin Drake successfully drilled for oil there in 1859. ...

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EDITORIAL: Cautionary tales

Editorial | The Free Lance-Star (Fredericksburg, Va.) RESIDENTS OF the Northern Neck and Middle Peninsula are getting an earful about hydraulic fracturing, and what they’ve been hearing lately are cautionary tales. Earlier this month, attendees at meetings in Tappahannock and Dahlgren heard from three elected officials from a western Pennsylvania county in the gas-rich Marcellus Shale belt and also from an ...

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Columbia Gas parent to spin off pipeline operations

David Conti | The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review (Greensburg, Pa.) The parent company of Western Pennsylvania’s largest natural gas utility said Sunday it will split off its pipeline operations into a separate, publicly traded company. Merrillville, Ind.-based NiSource said it did not expect the separation of Columbia Pipeline Group to affect employment levels at its operations, which include Columbia Gas of Pennsylvania. ...

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Pennyslvania DEP admits drilling probe error

The state Department of Environmental Protection might have used incomplete and inaccurate test information to decide whether chemicals leaking from a Marcellus Shale wastewater impoundment and a drill cuttings pit contaminated a water well and springs in Washington County. The disclosures came last week during sworn testimony by Vincent Yantko, a DEP water quality specialist and supervisor of the department’s ...

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Fracking divisions clearly laid out

Cathy Dyson | The Free Lance-Star (Fredericksburg, Va.) A state panel charged with looking at various aspects of hydraulic fracturing met in Dahlgren this week, and as in past sessions, opinions fell–not along party lines–but between industry and public interest groups. It was the fifth meeting of the Regulatory Advisory Panel, appointed by the Virginia Department of Mines, Minerals and Energy. ...

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Feds poised to review pipeline

A grassroots group fighting the Constitution Pipeline is urging federal energy regulators to delve into whether a real need for new natural gas infrastructure exists before issuing a final environmental impact statement on the project. The group, Stop the Pipeline, represents scores of landowners and environmental activists out to derail the $683 million pipeline project that would send natural gas ...

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Company reports record-setting Utica well for natural gas in West Virginia’s Tyler County

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A well in northern West Virginia has become the biggest producer of Utica shale gas in the region that includes Ohio and Western Pennsylvania, its Texas-based operator has reported. The so-called Stewart Winland 1300U well, in Tyler County, also is among the biggest-producing shale wells in the United States, according to Magnum Hunter Resources of Houston. Well production began last ...

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