Shale Students Show Off What They Know

Morning Journal News By Steve Rappach SALINEVILLE – Students at the Utica Shale Academy got a chance on Tuesday to show a crowd of people some of the industry skills they have learned. Demonstrations in proper drilling and casing were presented at the academy’s classroom at Southern Local High School with board members from the […]

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38 New Drilling Permits Issued in Utica Shale Region

Bakken During the week ending on Nov. 8, the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) issued 38 new permits for horizontal drilling in the Utica and Point Pleasant Shale plays, according to a report by the Morning Journal. One permit was issued in Harrison County, four in Guernsey County, six in Monroe County, 13 in […]

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Rice Energy Reaches Milestone, Drills 100th Horizontal Well

Bakken By Zach Koppang Rice Energy, during its third-quarter earnings report, announced that the company has drilled its 100th horizontal shale-gas well, according tothe Pittsburgh Business Times. Daniel J. Rice IV, Rice Energy CEO, said the well, drilled in the Marcellus Sale formation, has a lateral length of 10,200 feet and was drilled from the kick […]

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Study: Ethane Production Skyrocketing

Times Leader By Casey Junkins WHEELING – A new study estimates United States ethane yields will more than double over the next decade, with a large amount of the increase attributed to Marcellus and Utica shale production. “While domestic ethane demand will rise by about 0.8 million barrels per day to 1.8 million barrels per […]

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FracTracker Alliance Launches Oil, Gas Tracking App

Akron Beacon Journal By Bob Downing Pittsburgh, PA – FracTracker Alliance announces the release of their free iPhone app – designed to collect and share experiences related to oil and gas drilling across the United States. As unconventional drilling or “fracking” intensifies, so too do the innovative ways in which citizens can track, monitor, and […]

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UGI Utilities Connects its Shale Well Distribution System

Pennsylvania Business Daily By Amanda Rupp UGI Utilities, Inc., recently became the first of Pennsylvania’s natural gas utilities to connect its distribution route with the Utica Shale wells. The direct connection runs between a Utica Shale well, two Marcellus Shale wells in northern Tioga county and a UGI pipeline. The interconnection required that the company […]

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Disagreement On Legal Authority Complicates Local Fracking Bans

Power Source By Daniel Moore Last week in eastern Ohio, where natural gas production in the Utica Shale has been booming, voters in three towns rejected ballot proposals to ban hydraulic fracturing. While Athens overwhelmingly passed a fracking ban, Gates Mills, Kent and Youngstown voted down their measures. The ballot issues highlight the disparity in responses […]

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Governor Tomblin to Lead Trade Mission To Brazil

Huntington News CHARLESTON, W.Va. (November 06, 2014) – Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin today announced he will be traveling to Brazil with members of the West Virginia Development Office to continue ongoing discussions with executive leadership from Odebrecht and Braskem.  The 5-day mission, scheduled to take place November 10-14, will focus on next steps associated with […]

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Utica Shale Wells Fuel Gulfport Production Spike

Canton Rep By Shane Hoover Gulfport Energy’s third-quarter oil and natural gas production increased 60 percent from the previous quarter thanks to better than expected performance from new Utica Shale wells, the company said Thursday. Oklahoma City-based Gulfport produced 3.9 million barrels of oil equivalent for the third quarter, a rate of 42,332 barrels of […]

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Saudi Oil Production Increase Won’t Affect Utica Development

Crain’s Cleveland Business By Andrew Thomas Much has been made in the press lately about Saudi Arabia increasing its oil production in response to the recent oil price slide. International oil prices have held steady at over $100/barrel for years, notwithstanding a deep and lengthy worldwide recession. But oil prices finally started to drop this […]

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