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Environmental Groups Sue State of Ohio Over Drilling Waste Permits

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The Columbus Dispatch reports that two environmental groups have sued the State of Ohio, alleging that ODNR wrongfully issued 30 permits allowing the storage and treatment of waste associated with oil and gas drilling: The lawsuit asks the Franklin County Court of Appeals to revoke the permits, thus closing the waste-handling sites, and order the Department… Continue Reading

A Moral Defense of Fossil Fuels

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In the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, author Alex Epstein makes a compelling argument for fossil fuels. Epstein argues that fossil fuels were "used to create the technological and economic advances that took us from no indoor plumbing to landing on the moon in less than 200 years": The trend is striking: Increased fossil fuel use correlates with… Continue Reading

Coal Plants Get New Lease on Life with Natural Gas

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National Geographic reports on the growing number of coal power plants converted to run on natural gas: In the past four years, at least 29 coal units in 10 states have switched to natural gas or biomass, according to SNL Financial, a market data firm. Another 54 units, mostly in the U.S. Northeast and Midwest, are… 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

Supreme Court of Ohio Accepts Appeal in Two DMA Cases

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As a follow-up to our post from June, the Supreme Court of Ohio accepted the appeal in Swartz v. Householder and Shannon v. Householder, two related cases involving the 1989 version and the 2006 version of the Ohio Dormant Mineral Act (DMA). The Court will consider the following issues: (1)  whether the 1989 DMA is… Continue Reading

Keystone XL Pipeline Bill Defeated in Senate

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From the Washington Post: "On a 59 to 41 vote, Landrieu lost her bid to pass legislation meant to compel the Obama White House to approve the nearly 1,700-mile, $7.6 billion Keystone XL pipeline, which if built would deliver 830,000 barrels of oil a day from western Canada into the American heartland." Read the full… Continue Reading

Halliburton to Buy Baker Hughes for Nearly $35 Billion

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From Reuters: Halliburton Co said on Monday it will buy Baker Hughes Inc for about $35 billion in cash and stock, creating an oilfield services behemoth to take on market leader Schlumberger NV as customers curb spending on falling oil prices. Halliburton expressed confidence that the tie up of the No. 2 and No. 3… 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

Drilling Water Withdrawal Impact “Negligible”

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From the Akron Beacon Journal: Drillers in eastern Ohio’s Utica Shale have withdrawn nearly 136 million gallons of water from three reservoirs in 2014. The water was taken from Piedmont, Clendening and Seneca lakes, according to a new report from the Muskingum Watershed Conservancy District. That volume — a 22.5 percent increase from 2013’s total… 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

OH: Recent Decision – Strahler v. Alliance Petroleum Corp.

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A recent decision from the Common Pleas Court of Washington County, Strahler v. Alliance Petroleum Corp. (Oct. 17, 2014), addresses two interesting issues concerning oil and gas leases. In Strahler, the defendant-lessees were the current owners of two oil and gas leases covering the same 400 acre parcel. The first lease was executed in 1978… Continue Reading

PA: Universities and Charities Benefiting from Marcellus Shale

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The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports on the windfall PA universities and charities are seeing from the Marcellus Shale:  Some universities and charities don’t need a gas well in their backyards to be enriched by the Marcellus shale frenzy. Contributions of mineral rights and royalty checks are flowing in from landowners who are sitting on fortunes because of the… 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

Effects of Falling Oil and Gas Prices

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Columbus Business First reports on some of the (less-known) effects of falling oil and gas prices:  Falling gasoline prices have always been good for the economy, allowing consumers to spend money elsewhere instead of on refueling their vehicles. But this time there are losers as oil prices fall – businesses and workers involved in the domestic energy… 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

Texas Addresses Seismic Activity with Amendments to Disposal Well Regulations

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From the Texas Railroad Commission: The three Texas Railroad Commissioners today unanimously adopted disposal well rule amendments that are designed to address disposal well operations in areas of historical or future seismic activity. Disposal wells are permitted by the Railroad Commission to safely dispose of non-hazardous produced water (saltwater) and hydraulic fracture flowback fluid from… Continue Reading

EIA Reports

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We thought you might be interested in the following reports prepared by the Energy Information Administration (EIA): Record production, potential for continued storage injections:  "Record high natural gas production this year is helping to ensure that adequate supplies of natural gas are available, after ending last winter with the lowest storage inventories since 2003. The… Continue Reading

Henry Hub Losing its Allure?

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Has the rise of the Marcellus shale play caused the Henry Hub to lose its allure as a benchmark for natural gas prices? Forbes reports:  The Henry Hub has historically been considered to be the most liquid trading point in the gas distribution system. And for good reason. The Gulf Coast region has been the nation’s… Continue Reading

Utica and Marcellus Could Support Three Cracker Plants

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From the Akron Beacon Journal: Ohio’s Utica shale in generating enough liquid ethane to support new so-called cracker plants. That assessment came Tuesday from Cleveland State University economist Iryna Lendel, a speaker at the day-long Utica Summit II at Kent State University’s Stark Campus. At least four cracker cracks to turn ethane into ethylene, a… Continue Reading