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Beck Energy-1, Munroe Falls- 0, but does it matter?

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Now that Beck Energy Corp.’s case against Munroe Falls has come to the end, and the company walked away with the win, it may not pursue drilling the well that caused all the fuss in the first place. Back in 2011, Beck Energy had plans to drill a natural gas well on leased residential land located in Munroe Falls.  The ...

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FirstEnergy looks to switch the topic from power plants


FirstEnergy Corp., the Akron, Ohio-based parent of West Penn Power, is tired of talking about its competitive power generation business, which includes the largest coal-fired power plant and nuclear station in southwestern Pennsylvania. “After today, our focus shifts to customer service-driven growth across the utilities segment,” said the company’s new president and CEO, Chuck Jones. About 80 percent of the ...

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Oil train ablaze in W.Va. passed safely in Ohio

DEFIANCE – About 27 hours before it derailed and burned in southern West Virginia, a CSX Transportation train loaded with more than 3 million gallons of North Dakota crude oil headed for Virginia rolled without incident through this northwest Ohio city. Its trip took it through Holgate, North Baltimore, and several smaller towns before it made a slow turn to ...

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Local governments cannot regulate fracking, Ohio Supreme Court rules


An asphalt-shingle recycler on the Far East Side has promised to run its grinder indoors and only during daytime. Those conditions were enough to persuade the city’s Development Commission to vote recently to recommend the rezoning of 6.5 acres to limited manufacturing for Green Earth Recycling at 2932 Brice Rd. The company had been grinding shingles there last year without ...

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Shale-themed custody battle paralyzes two companies

The unusual custody battle between North Shore Energy Services and Texas-based Jordan Manufacturing Consulting revolves around two 17-ton boxes that each party has accused the other of kidnapping at various points during their rocky relationship. That conflict culminated with North Shore’s bankruptcy earlier this month, after Jordan asked a federal court to assign possession of the so-called Brine Boxes to ...

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High court upholds Ohio’s power to regulate oil and gas

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COLUMBUS, Ohio — A fiercely divided Ohio Supreme Court has upheld the power of state-level oil and gas drilling regulations to supersede local zoning laws. In a 4-3 decision Tuesday with three written dissents, the court decided the home rule clause of Ohio’s constitution doesn’t allow a municipality to unfairly impede or obstruct drilling activities otherwise permitted by the state. ...

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Utica well activity

Low oil and natural gas prices have hit the industry hard.  Several companies have closed down facilities and operations, cut back on spending and cut hundreds of jobs just to stay afloat.  Along with the downhill slide in the overall industry, another issue that is starting to hit the Utica is a proposed increase in severance tax. Following the footsteps ...

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AEP may hear purchase agreement decision sooner rather than later

coal plant

The Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (PUCO) could make a decision as early as next week regarding its power purchase agreement with American Electric Power Company Inc. (AEP). The agreement revolves around AEP wanting guaranteed income for its part of a coal burning power plant located in southeast Ohio.  According to AEP, if the deal is approved, it would provide ...

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Ohio’s latest pipeline is open for business


Marathon Pipe Line LLC has opened the gates to its new $140 million Utica shale pipeline for companies to lockdown rights to use it and other related Ohio transport developments. The Cornerstone Pipeline stretches 50 miles long and will transport natural gas, butane and condensate, along with an ultra-light crude oil from processing facilities in Harrison County to Marathon’s refinery ...

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Universal Well closes one local facility; job losses unknown


While good for most consumers, the roughly 60 percent slide in oil and natural gas prices since last June has caused layoffs at one area firm. Universal Well Services Inc. has closed its Meadville district well service facility, the company confirmed in a brief statement Sunday night. Universal, however, did not indicate how many employees lost their jobs locally. The ...

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