New Study Underway Investigating Water Usage in Marcellus Development

West Virginia Public Broadcasting reports that a new study has begun regarding the use of water in hydraulic fracturing in the Marcellus Shale in West Virginia, Pennsylvania, and Ohio.  The Robert and Patricia Switzer Foundation is providing funding f(…)

Houston Firm Increasing Investment in Ohio's Utica Shale Play

Early results from producers operating within eastern Ohio’s Utica shale play have spurred additional investment from other firms. Energy & Minerals Group, a Houston investment firm, recently increased its investment in a joint venture with MarkWe(…)

Antero Resources Increases Investment in Marcellus and Utica

The Intelligencer reports that Antero Resources will spend $1.65 billion in 2013 on development of the Utica Shale in Ohio and Marcellus Shale in West Virginia.  Antero will reportedly operate two Utica rigs and 12 Marcellus rigs.  Antero also plans t(…)

Ohio Court Rules State Laws Preempt Conflicting Local Ordinances on Drilling

In a case of first impression, an Ohio appeals court issued an opinion today holding that state laws concerning oil and gas drilling preempt conflicting local ordinances. A trial court in Summit County ordered a driller to stop construction of a well(…)

Ohio Oil and Gas Industry Against Proposed Increase in Severance Tax

The Ohio Petroleum Council (OPC) and the Ohio Oil & Gas Association (OOGA) maintained their stance against Governor John Kasich’s proposal to increase the severance tax on oil and natural gas in a press release issued Monday.  Kasich first propose(…)

Ohio Landowners Seek Lease Invalidation

In a case with significant implications for oil and gas operators in Ohio, two landowners have asked the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Ohio to rule that their leases, signed with Mason Dixon Corporation and now held by Hess Energy C(…)

Ohio Supreme Court: Drill Permit Not an "Order of the Chief"

On January 30, 2013, the Ohio Supreme Court ruled that the issuance of a permit to drill a new well, deepen a well, reopen, convert, or plug a well is not considered to be an “order of the chief.”  As such, the Ohio Oil and Gas Commission has no juris(…)

Wastewater Transportation, Management, and Disposal in Ohio

Ohio law currently authorizes two options for the disposal of the wastewater generated from natural gas production operations – injection into a Class II underground injection control (UIC) well or spreading on roads as a deicer. However, with the dev(…)

City of Brunswick Voices Displeasure With Ohio Drilling Law

City Council members in Brunswick, Ohio, the largest city in Medina County, are voicing concerns regarding state laws which give the Ohio Department of Natural Resources the sole authority to issue oil and gas drilling permits throughout the state. Co(…)

Ohio Judge Issues Injunction Prohibiting Well Construction

A Belmont County Common Pleas Court judge recently issued a temporary restraining order and a preliminary injunction against Oxford Oil Company prohibiting the company from constructing a well pad on a landowner’s property.  According to court documen(…)

Ohio's Utica Shale – Additional Permits and New Production Reports

The Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) reports that during the week of January 13 through January 19, 2013, it approved 3 new horizontal well drilling permits regarding the Utica/Point Pleasant Shale, all of which were issued to Chesapeake Ex(…)

Report Estimates $10 Trillion Dollars in New Economic Activity in Shale States

West Virginia, Pennsylvania, Ohio and New York could benefit from more than $10 trillion dollars in new economic activity as a result of the full development of the Marcellus and Utica shale plays, according to an analysis from New York-based Kroll Bo(…)

West Virginia Consumers Optimistic about Shale Gas Opportunities reports that most consumers living in West Virginia believe shale exploration will provide economic opportunity.  Of those polled, nearly a quarter already reported seeing economic impact.  The poll, conducted as Huntington Bank’s Midw(…)

Magnum Hunter Resources to Drill Test Wells in Ohio Utica

Magnum Hunter Resources has announced plans to drill a minimum of four test wells in Ohio’s Utica formation this year.  Magnum Hunter holds mineral rights to 107,000 acres of Utica potential in Ohio.  It is currently building its first Utica pad in Wa(…)

Companies Devoting Billions to Developing Utica in Ohio

Energy companies are expected to pour billions of dollars into Ohio’s Utica Shale this year, not only for drilling costs, but also for moving and refining the liquids and gases resulting from production.  Companies have reportedly already budgeted mor(…)

Muskingum Watershed Conservancy District Negotiates Non-developmental Lease with Antero

On January 18, 2013, the Muskingum Watershed Conservancy District (MWCD) announced that it has negotiated a 6,700 acre non-developmental oil and gas lease with Antero Resources.  The lease will prohibit drilling or surface development on MWCD property(…)

Exelon Agrees to Natural Gas Supply Contract with Trumbull County

Ohio law allows the citizens of a political subdivision (i.e. town, city, or county) to unite and purchase their natural gas and electricy as a single group.  This practice, which is called Governmental Aggregation and regulated by the Public Utilitie(…)

Utica Shale Permitting in Ohio Continues Steady Growth in Early 2013

The Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) reports that during the week of January 6 through January 12, 2013, it approved 17 new horizontal well drilling permits regarding the Utica/Point Pleasant Shale,  6 of which were issued to Chesapeake Exp(…)

Carrizo Oil and Gas Announces Acquisition of Utica Acreage

Houston-based energy company, Carrizo Oil and Gas, Inc., announced its 2013 capital spending plan for land, seismic, and related activities. The plan includes the purchase of additional acreage in the southern Utica play. After the purchase, Carrizo w(…)

Energy Companies Seeking Ohio Residents to Join Work Force

Drilling for oil and gas in the Utica shale underlying eastern Ohio has led to an increase in plentiful, well-paying jobs in the region, with established operations actively seeking local workers rather than outsiders.  While some companies used exper(…)

Railroad Industry Benefits From Development of Utica Shale

As shale gas development continues to fuel economic activity in Ohio, one group of companies already experiencing business growth is the railroad industry.  In December 2012, Hannibal Real Estate and Carload Express announced plans to revive a short l(…)

Lario Oil & Gas Company Announces Intent to Develop Utica Shale in Eastern Ohio

Confident in the future of the Utica Shale play, Kansas based Lario Oil & Gas Company has acquired an interest in 25,000 acres situated in the oil-rich northern portion of the Utica/Point Pleasant Formation in eastern Ohio with an un-named industr(…)

ODNR Issues 8 New Utica Shale Permits to Kick-Off 2013

The Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) reports that during the week of December 30, 2012 through January 5, 2013, it approved 8 new horizontal well drilling permits, 4 of which were issued to Gulfport Energy Corporation for operations in Harr(…)

Ohio County Requires Prevailing Wages in Road Use Maintenance Agreements

After being lobbied by the Laborers International Union, the Jefferson County commissioners signed a road use maintenance agreement (RUMA) with Enterprise Liquids Pipeline that requires contractors to pay prevailing wages to repair county and township(…)

Drilling in Ohio Parks and Forests Delayed

The formation of an Ohio commission responsible for developing rules for leasing park and forest mineral rights has been delayed for more than a year.  A state law designated a November 2011 deadline for Governor Kasich to appoint the five-member Oil(…)

ODNR Wraps Up 2012 With 4 Additional Utica Shale Permits

The Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) reports that during the week of December 23 through December 29, it approved 4 new horizontal well drilling permits regarding the Utica/Point Pleasant Shale, all  of which were issued to Mountaineer Keys(…)

Joint Venture Formed to Drill Marcellus and Utica Wells in Ohio

Triad Hunter LLC, a subsidiary of Magnum Hunter Resources Corp., and Eclipse Resources I LP, of State College, PA, have formed a joint venture in order to develop 1,950 mineral acres in Monroe County, OH.  Triad, as operator, will drill a total of 24(…)

FirstEnergy Sells Property for Shale Activity

Houston-based Plains Marketing LP purchased 40-plus acres situated on the outskirts of Toronto, Ohio from FirstEnergy for its shale-related business activity.  According to the papers filed in the Jefferson County recorder’s office on December 28, 201(…)

Utica Shale Development Continues to Grow in Ohio

The Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) reports that during the week of December 16 through December 22, it approved 11 new horizontal well drilling permits regarding the Utica/Point Pleasant Shale, the majority of which were issued for operat(…)

Ohio Rail Line to Serve Oil & Gas Industry

Hannibal Real Estate of White Plains, NY, and Carload Express of Oakmont, PA, plan to revive a 12 mile rail line serving Hannibal Industrial Park in Monroe County, OH.  The partners hope the rail line, known as the Ohio Terminal Railway Co., will attr(…)

Buckeye Water District to Sell Treated Water for Hydraulic Fracturing Operations

On December 20, 2012, the Buckeye Water District, a municipal sewer and water authority in Columbiana County, Ohio, approved the sale of treated sewage water for use in hydraulic fracturing operations.  Under the one-year agreement with Keystone Clear(…)

Utica Shale to Bring More Jobs to Ohio

Encouraging well results have fueled the creation of 38,830 jobs in Ohio since the beginning of 2012, and studies have indicated another 100,000 jobs could be produced by 2020.  Labor income from jobs created directly and indirectly from the developme(…)

BP Plans To Expand Natural Gas Production And Midstream Infrastructure In Ohio

BP has announced plans to expand existing infrastructure in northeast Ohio to accommodate increased natural gas production in the area, as well as exploring partnerships with midstream processing plants in Trumbull County. Such plants are already unde(…)

Patriot Water Treatment, LLC Sues ODNR

After receiving a favorable decision from the Ohio Environmental Review Appeals Commission (ERAC) and resuming its operations treating low-salinity wastewater from hydraulic fracturing operations, Patriot Water Treatment, LLC (Patriot) has filed suit(…)

City of Mansfield Passes Environmental Bill of Rights

On November 6, 2012, residents of the city of Mansfield, Ohio voted to approve an environmental bill of rights that will require any company planning to construct an injection well for the disposal of brine from oil and gas production operations to ob(…)

Ohio EPA Data Show Clean Air Near Drill Sites

On November 2, 2012, Ohio EPA reported that the air quality near a drilling site in Muskingum County, Ohio is within federal standards.  Ohio EPA collected four months of data from a monitor that measured concentrations of particulate matter, various(…)

Ohio Hosts Advanced Energy B2B Conference

On October 30-31, 2012, the Advanced Energy B2B Expo was held at the Greater Columbus Convention Center in Columbus, Ohio.  The conference brought energy companies, regulators, and researchers together to discuss the diverse portfolio of advanced ener(…)

Halcon Buys Carrizo's Utica Leases

On Monday, October 15, 2012, Carizzo Oil and Gas announced that Halcon Resources Corp. purchased a majority of their Utica Shale leases in Trumbull, Ohio, and Mercer and Crawford counties, Pennsylvania, for $43 million. An existing drilling pad and ap(…)

Gulfport Energy Reports Positive Utica Production Results

Gulfport Energy Corporation reported positive production results for its Shugert 1-1H well in Ohio’s Utica shale.  Located in Belmont County, Ohio, Shugert 1-1H tested at a peak rate of 20.0 million cubic feet per day of natural gas, 144 barrels of co(…)

Marathon, Harvest sign letter of intent to develop oil transportation infracture on Ohio River

Marathon Petroleum Corporation and Harvest Pipeline Company on Tuesday announced a letter of intent between the companies to jointly develop infrastructure on the Ohio River to allow transport of hydrocarbon liquids produced from the Utica Shale.  The(…)

USGS Releases First Assessment of Utica Shale Resources

On October 4, 2012, the U.S. Geological Survey (“USGS”) released the first assessment of shale gas resources in the Utica.  The assessment covered areas in Maryland, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and West Virginia. The estimate of undiscover(…)

Southwest Ohio's Yellow Springs Village: First Municipality in Ohio to Adopt Ordinance Banning Shale Gas Drilling

On Oct. 1, the Yellow Springs Village Council voted 3-2 to adopt a Community Bill of Rights ordinance banning shale gas drilling and related activities in the village. Yellow Springs is the first municipality in the state of Ohio to enact a local Bill(…)

EV Energy Partners Readies Utica Shale Package For Sale

The first major assessment of the valuation of Ohio’s Utica Shale draws near as EV Energy Partners LP and its parent company, EnerVest LP, announced last week that recently de-risked Utica Shale holdings situated in the heart of the liquids-rich regio(…)