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A Moral Defense of Fossil Fuels

Posted in Energy
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

Supreme Court of Ohio Accepts Appeal in Two DMA Cases

Posted in Energy
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

Halliburton to Buy Baker Hughes for Nearly $35 Billion

Posted in Energy
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From the Akron Beacon Journal: Drillers in eastern Ohio’s Utica Shale have withdrawn nearly 136 million gallons of water from three reservoirs in 2014.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

PA: Universities and Charities Benefiting from Marcellus Shale

Posted in Energy
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

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

Posted in Energy
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

Posted in Energy
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

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

Marcellus Shale Created 45,0000 Construction Jobs According to New Study

Posted in Energy
A new study commissioned by the Oil and Natural Gas Industry Labor-Management Committee found that the Marcellus shale play created over 45,000 construction jobs between 2008 through the first half of 2014. The study concludes that: A preliminary examination of employment data in states related to the Marcellus Shale Play (i.e., Maryland, Virginia, Pennsylvania, Ohio and West Virginia)… Continue Reading

Oil Transportation Capacity

Posted in Energy
The WSJ has an interesting article on oil transportation alternatives as production increases in the United States:  "The improvised approach is creating opportunities for transportation companies even as it strains roads and regulators. And it is a precursor to what may be a larger change: the construction of more than $40 billion in oil pipelines… Continue Reading

GAO Testimony: Unconventional Oil and Gas Production

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This is interesting.  Testimony from the U.S. Government Accountability Office before the U.S. House Subcommittee on Energy and Environment: The Green River Formation *** contains the world’s largest deposits of oil shale. USGS estimates that the Green River Formation contains about 3 trillion barrels of oil, and about half of this may be recoverable, depending… Continue Reading

A Case For Domestic Oil Production

Posted in Energy
Surprise!  The NYT ran an op-ed this week making the case for increased domestic oil production.  A sample:  "According to the Energy Information Administration, in 2010 some 49 percent of American crude oil and petroleum product imports came from the Western Hemisphere — about 25 percent of that from Canada alone, making it our single… Continue Reading

New (Relatively) KY Oil Pipeline Spill Case

Posted in Energy, Environment
In Mid-Valley Pipeline Co. v. S.J. Louis Construction, Inc., the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Kentucky (Northern Division) recently held (among other things) that (a) the Clean Water Act (CWA) allows a pipeline owner to recover penalties, paid to U.S. EPA, from a third party through a contribution or indemnity claim; and (b) a right… Continue Reading

Choke Points: Pipeline Infrastructure

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The WSJ has an interesting article on the need for more take-away infrastructure in the Bakken:  "The reason for Clearbrook crude’s big discount to WTI is much the same as for WTI’s big discount to Brent: logistics. The volume of oil heading into Clearbrook has surged. North Dakota’s output in 2005 was below 100,000 barrels… Continue Reading

“Everything You Know About Peak Oil Is Wrong”

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That’s the title to an article in BusinessWeek looking at past claims of economic collapse due to exhausted natural resources.  A sample:  "Start with oil. In 1971, the Limits to Growth team forecast that the world’s supply would run out 10 years from today. And yet according to renowned oil analyst Daniel Yergin, technology advances… Continue Reading

Peak Oil?

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The WSJ has an interesting article on how to think about the world’s oil supply:  "But there is another way to visualize the future availability of oil: as a ‘plateau.’ *** In this view, the world has decades of further growth in production before flattening out into a plateau—perhaps sometime around midcentury—at which time a… Continue Reading