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First responder training program planned for Texas region

In the next month, Dr. Dinesh Vyas of Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center of the Permian Basin plans to start a trainer-trainee program so people can help reduce mortality rates in remote work areas or accident scenes. Vyas, who is an associate professor, associate dean surgery research, associate program director at Texas Tech Health Sciences, said he will start ...

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Report: Human error, defects cause most railway incidents

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Dozens of crude oil-carrying train derailments in recent years have prompted federal regulators to focus on improving the safety of tanker cars, though a newspaper’s analysis of federal records show that track defects and human error are to blame for most incidents. Trains carrying Bakken crude — a type of highly volatile oil — have made safety ...

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Injection wells spur concerns in Athens County

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’

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

Injection well used to dispose of oil field wastewater. (Image: Faces of Fracking via Flickr)

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

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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