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Lightning v. Anadarko

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On May 19, 2017, the Supreme Court of Texas issued its long-awaited decision in Lightning v. Anadarko (see here for our earlier coverage of this case)—holding that when minerals are severed from the surface, the mineral owner’s permission is not required for a producer to drill through the surface tract in order to produce minerals… Continue Reading

NY Finalizes Environmental Impact Statement Prohibiting HF

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Yesterday, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation issued its findings on the use of high-volume hydraulic fracturing for oil and gas operations in the state.  It concluded:  “In the end, there are no feasible or prudent alternatives that would adequately avoid or minimize adverse environmental impacts and that address the scientific uncertainties and… Continue Reading

Forbes: “Amazing” Rise in U.S. Natural Gas Production

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Forbes reports on the “amazing” rise in natural gas production in the United States: “Shale gas today is nearly 50% of U.S. gas supply, when the EIA’s Annual Energy Outlook 2012 projected that this wouldn’t happen until 2035.” The article further notes that “[c]urrent marketed U.S. natural gas production is 75 Bcf/day, compared to 58 Bcf/day in… Continue Reading

Op-Ed on America’s “Remarkable Shale Revolution”

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In a Cleveland Plain-Dealer op-ed, Professor Robert W. Chase writes about the reasons that led to today’s “remarkable shale revolution” in the United States. Among the factors that Professor Chase points to: (1) resource-rich shale formations, (2) private ownership of mineral rights, and (3) ample supply of infrastructure and experienced labor. Click here to read the story.… Continue Reading

Dow’s Investment Signals Confidence that Shale Boom to Last Another Decade

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From Forbes: Dow Chemical is investing $6 billion to enlarge its manufacturing facilities in the United States by 40 percent, based on a wager that low natural gas prices here will persist into the middle of the next decade, a Dow executive said in Chicago this week. The investment reverses Dow’s vocal exodus from manufacturing in the United States,… Continue Reading

Pennsylvania Imposes Moratorium on Drilling on State Lands

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From the Star Gazette:  “Fulfilling a campaign pledge, Gov. Tom Wolf signed an order Thursday banning new drilling leases on public land, ending a short-lived effort by his Republican predecessor to expand the extraction of natural gas from rock buried deep beneath state parks and forests. * * * Corbett’s order [also] authorized state officials… Continue Reading

NM Drilling Ban Struck Down

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From Albuquerque Business First: U.S. District Judge James O. Browning of Albuquerque said Mora County’s ordinance, passed by county commissioners in 2013 and designed to protect the environment, went too far. In a 199-page ruling, Browning said the county lacks the authority to supersede federal law and enforce the drilling ban on state land. Read… Continue Reading

Impact of Shale Development on Ohio Unemployment

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Energy in Depth is looking at the impact of shale production on job creation in Ohio: Looking at these counties [Carroll, Columbiana, Harrison, Belmont, Guernsey, Noble, Jefferson, Mahoning, and Trumbull], starting in January of 2010, the average unemployment rate was 14.8 percent. As of November 2014 that rate fell to five percent.  That means that… Continue Reading

Why Saudi Arabia Let Oil Prices Fall

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The WSJ has an interesting article speculating on why Saudi Arabia may have decided not to prop up oil prices: But the story of Saudi Arabia’s new oil strategy, pieced together through interviews with senior Middle Eastern, American and European officials, isn’t one of an old alliance. It is a story of a budding rivalry,… Continue Reading

Sunoco to Build 2.4 Million Barrel NGL Storage Facility Outside of Philadelphia

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Reuters reports that Sunoco Logistics Partners is seeking Pennsylvania’s approval to build cryogenic tanks at a site outside of Philadelphia. The tanks will be capable of storing up to 2.4 million barrels of natural gas liquids. Earlier this month, Sunoco announced it was proceeding with a $2.5 billion pipeline project—dubbed Mariner East 2—which will bring… Continue Reading

Shale Boom Not Slowing Down Despite Price Slump

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From Bloomberg: "The U.S. shale boom does not appear to be slowing in response to the oil-price slump, with the country’s output of petroleum liquids rising above 12 million barrels a day for the first time, according to the International Energy Agency. U.S. production of crude oil, condensate and natural gas liquids climbed to 12.2… Continue Reading

Utica Shale Helps Family Save Their Farm

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From the Akron Beacon Journal: Utica Shale saved the farm. In early 2010, Ballard Jenkins and his wife, Sharon, were preparing to sell the family’s 233 acres in Carroll County’s Washington Township and 70 cows at auction to pay off creditors. It was a tough time to be a dairy farmer. “We were dying a… Continue Reading

WV: Gastar Wins Bid to Drill Under Ohio River

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Gastar Exploration is the winning bidder for the right to develop the Marcellus and Utica formations under the Ohio River in West Virginia. The Intelligencer / Wheeling News-Register reports: Because his company spent more than $500 million while successfully fracking 64 Marcellus and Utica shale wells in Marshall County, Mike McCown believes Gastar Exploration can… Continue Reading

Natural Gas-Fired Power Plant Slated for Middletown, Ohio

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Plans to construct a natural gas-fired power plant in Middletown, Ohio are underway. The Dayton Daily News reports:  Plans to build a natural gas-fired power plant in Middletown have so far faced no public opposition and developers say they’re on schedule to start construction of the more than $500 million project next year pending regulatory… Continue Reading

CNG Fueling Station Opens in Findlay, Ohio

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From Business Wire: "IGS CNG Services and Speedway LLC (Speedway) announced the opening of their compressed natural gas (CNG) fueling station in Findlay, Ohio. It is located at Speedway’s existing station at 3730 Speedway Drive, at the State Route 99 exit (exit #161) off of I-75.At the station, there are two fuel lanes, with one… Continue Reading

EIA: An Assessment of Technically Recoverable Resources

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The Energy Information Administration has issued (and updated) an initial assessment of global shale oil and natural gas resources.  Among its conclusions:  "[It] is evident that shale resources that were until recently not included in technically recoverable resources constitute a substantial share of overall global technically recoverable oil and natural gas resources. The shale oil resources… Continue Reading

PA UIC Permitting Not Going Well

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U.S. EPA’s Environmental Appeals Board (EAB) recently found that the agency had failed to conduct a sufficient review of two wastewater disposal well permit applications.  From the syllabus of In Re:  Bear Lake Properties, LLC (UIC Appeal No. 11-03) (Jun. 28, 2012):  "The Region had a responsibility to ensure that accurate data as to drinking… Continue Reading

CNG Vehicles. Increase Demand!

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The Marietta Times is reporting that the mayor of Marietta, Ohio, is looking into converting the city’s vehicles to compressed natural gas (CNG):  "The projected natural gas boom through the fracking industry could drastically lower the cost to fuel the fleet of vehicles used in the city of Marietta, said Marietta Mayor Joe Matthews. ***… Continue Reading

E&P Industry Leads to Diversification

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The Times-Tribune is reporting on how the oil and gas industry is leading local businesses to diversify:  "General Dynamics Ordnance and Tactical Systems makes swivel elbow and drill-pipe connecting joints used at the region’s Marcellus Shale gas wells. *** Sales of manufactured gas-development materials help companies in the area diversify and tap into the lucrative… Continue Reading

Unconventional Gas Report

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IHS Global Insight has issued a new study on shale development.  From its press release:  "The new report, The Economic and Employment Contributions of Unconventional Gas Development in State Economies, examines unconventional gas activity – a growing subset of the total natural gas industry. The report found substantial growth in jobs and economic activity in… Continue Reading

WV: Hiring New Inspectors

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Ohio isn’t the only state hiring new inspectors as a result of the increased activity in the oil and gas sector.  The State Journal is reporting that West Virginia is doing the same thing:  "The state Department of Environmental Protection this week issued a news release saying it is seeking applicants to become inspectors with… Continue Reading

OH: NYT Recognizes Landowner Leasing Benefits

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The NYT (yes … the NYT) has a good article on the wealth landowners are experiencing in eastern Ohio due to increased oil and gas leasing activity:  "The energy boom has swept into the rural counties of the upper Ohio River Valley, producing a torrent of investment in mineral leasing that is jolting the economies… Continue Reading

OH: New Legislation Signed by Governor

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Governor John R. Kasich signed into law yesterday Sub. S.B. 315, making substantial revisions to Ohio’s oil and gas exploration and midstream programs (e.g., new frac fluid disclosure requirements, water sourcing disclosures, pipeline safety obligations).  "Gov. John Kasich came to Akron on Monday to sign Senate Bill 315, sweeping energy legislation that includes tough rules… Continue Reading