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Injection wells spur concerns in Athens County

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COOLVILLE, Ohio — Five months ago, Felicia Mettler had never heard the term injection well. She didn’t know what one was or what it held. She didn’t know what an injection well looked like. She lives with her husband and children in a wood-frame house in a rural part of Athens County near the Hocking River, and she relishes the ...

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Land owners ‘being treated unfairly’

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BELLEVUE — What if your land was being taken for pipeline construction without your permission? For some in Huron County, that is exactly what they are facing as Spectra Energy plans to construct 36-inch pipes in its NEXUS Gas Transmission project. The project will transport natural gas to markets throughout the United States and Canada. This prospect had many landowners ...

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Ohio has big stake in energy debate

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For two weeks in Paris, negotiators from more than 190 countries worked toward the historic agreement announced Saturday on commitments to lower greenhouse gases that scientists say are warming the planet and causing climate changes around the globe. In few places in the U.S. is this debate more relevant than in Ohio, which ranks fifth nationally in carbon dioxide emissions ...

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Ohio is poised to set records for volumes of drilling wastes going into injection wells

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Ohio is on track to end 2015 with a record volume of drilling wastes going into the state’s injection wells. Through nine months, Ohio’s 211 injection wells have taken in 20.0 million barrels of wastes, according to activist Teresa Mills of the Buckeye Forest Council who compiled the data from Ohio Department of Natural Resources’ records. That’s enough to fill ...

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Former EQT Executives Form LOLA Energy and Announce $250 Million Equity Funding from Denham Capital for Marcellus/Utica Operations

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PITTSBURGH, Pennsylvania– LOLA Energy, a newly formed independent oil and gas company, announced today thatit has recently closed on a $250 million equity commitment from leading energy and resources-focused global private equity firm Denham Capital. The equity funding will supplement equity commitments from the executive management team and be used by the company to pursue the leasing, acquisition, exploration and ...

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Decline in gas drilling softens boom for Western Pa. businesses

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John Bruno dresses the industry that revitalized his Waynesburg business district. Mickey’s Men’s Store, which Bruno’s father opened in 1967 on High Street, sells the Carhartt attire, Carolina work boots and flame-retardant clothing that serve as standard wardrobe for the shale gas workers who changed the face of Greene and Washington counties during the past decade. Those workers have kept ...

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Ohio’s Harrison County is No. 1 for Utica oil; Belmont County is tops for natural gas, new report says

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Harrison County is Ohio’s top oil-producing county from the Utica Shale in the third quarter of 2015, according to new production data from the Ohio Department of Natural Resources. Ohio really has four counties producing oil: Harrison, Carroll, Guernsey and Noble. Production falls off dramatically after those four counties. Locally, Stark County produced 1,785 42-gallon barrels of oil and Portage ...

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Ohio’s horizontal shale well production breaks records in third quarter

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YOUNGSTOWN — During the third quarter of 2015, Ohio’s horizontal shale wells produced 5,696,780 barrels of oil and more than 245 billion cubic feet of natural gas, according to figures released Thursday by the Ohio Department of Natural Resources. The report shows the state’s production continues to set records as horizontal shale well production totals have increased by more than ...

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Hand recount confirms defeat of anti-fracking charter amendment

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YOUNGSTOWN — A hand recount of an anti-fracking charter amendment, the so-called Bill of Rights, confirmed that the issue was indeed defeated in the Nov. 3 general election. During a special meeting Tuesday, the Mahoning County Board of Elections certified a new vote total — 6,151 against and 5,852 for the amendment. The official result on election night was 6,143 ...

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Nexus Gas takes next step to proceed with pipeline across northern Ohio

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The company behind the proposed Nexus Pipeline across northern Ohio has filed paperwork to begin the official federal review of the $2 billion project. Texas-based Nexus Gas Transmission LLC on Friday asked the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) to begin an environmental review of the 255-mile natural gas pipeline. The company had earlier filed preliminary paperwork. The company is seeking ...

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