The 2021 Babst Calland Report Highlights Legal and Regulatory Perspectives at a Transformational Time for the U.S. Energy Industry

A Recent Conversation with U.S. Senator Joe Manchin Featured in this Report Law firm Babst Calland today published its 11th annual energy industry report: The 2021 Babst Calland Report – Legal & Regulatory Perspectives for the U.S. Energy Industry(…)

The Babst Calland Report Highlights Legal and Regulatory Challenges for the U.S. Oil and Gas Industry

The law firm of Babst Calland published its 10th annual energy industry report: The 2020 Babst Calland Report – The U.S. Oil & Gas Industry: Federal, State, Local Challenges & Opportunities; Legal and Regulatory Perspective for Producers and M(…)

The 2019 Babst Calland Report Highlights Federal, State and Local Challenges and Opportunities for the U.S. Oil and Gas Industry

The law firm of Babst Calland today released its annual energy industry report: The 2019 Babst Calland Report – The U.S. Oil and Gas Industry: Federal, State and Local Challenges & Opportunities; Legal and Regulatory Perspective for Producers and(…)

The 2018 Babst Calland Report Focuses on the Appalachian Basin Oil & Gas Industry Forging Ahead Despite Obstacles

Babst Calland today released its annual energy industry report: The 2018 Babst Calland Report – Appalachian Basin Oil & Gas Industry: Forging Ahead Despite Obstacles; Legal and Regulatory Perspective for Producers and Midstream Operators.  This an(…)

Employment & Labor Alert: Wage Hour Division Announces PAID Program to Assist with FLSA Compliance

On March 6, 2018, the Wage and Hour Division of the U.S. Department of Labor (WHD) announced a new pilot program, the Payroll Audit Independent Determination (PAID) program, which is intended to encourage employers to identify and correct potentially(…)

The 2017 Babst Calland Report Focuses on the Resurgence of the Appalachian Shale Gas Industry

On June 20, 2017, Babst Calland released its seventh annual energy industry report entitled The 2017 Babst Calland Report – Upstream, Midstream and Downstream: Resurgence of the Appalachian Shale Industry; Legal and Regulatory Perspective for Producer(…)

Senate Bill 257 Introduced In Ohio Would Facilitate Curing Title Defects

Senate Bill 257 was introduced in the Ohio General Assembly on December 30, 2015. The Bill, introduced by Senators Bill Seitz and Michael Skindell and co-sponsored by Senator John Eklund, would revise current Ohio Revised Code Section 5301.07. The cur(…)

Ohio Supreme Court Rules on Dormant Mineral Act Issue

In Chesapeake Exploration v. Buell, the Ohio Supreme Court held that oil and gas leases constitute “title transactions” under Ohio’s Dormant Mineral Act (“DMA”). Under the DMA a “title transaction” constitutes a saving event to preclude severed minera(…)

Rice and Gulfport Enter Into Midstream Joint Venture in Utica Shale

As reported by Oil and Gas Investor, Rice Midstream Holdings, LLC, a subsidiary of Rice Energy Inc., and Gulfport Energy Corporation have teamed up to build a pipeline gathering and water line system in Ohio’s Utica Shale.  Over the next six years, th(…)

ODNR Releases First Quarter 2015 Utica Shale Production Data

As reported by the Wheeling Intelligencer, the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (“ODNR”) recently released production data for the first quarter of 2015 for oil and gas wells drilled in Ohio’s Utica Shale formation.  The report found that natural(…)

Ohio Appeals Court Reaffirms Decision in Hupp v. Beck Energy Corp.

The Seventh District Court of Appeals has reaffirmed its prior decision in Hupp v. Beck Energy Corp. In Belmont Hills Country Club v. Beck Energy Corp. and Bentley v. Beck Energy Corp., the appeals court relied on Hupp in holding that a conditional se(…)

Ohio Trial Court Rejects Local Drilling Ban

Relying on the recent authority in State ex rel. Morrison v. Beck Energy Corp., the Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court struck down a local Ohio drilling ban. In Bass Energy, Inc. v. City of Broadview Heights, the court held that a charter amendment pr(…)

Tioga County, PA Utica Well Shows Strong Production

Business Wire reports that Seneca Resources Corporation (“Seneca”) announced the initial production results from its recently completed well producing from the Utica shale formation in Tioga County, Pennsylvania.  The well’s 24-hour peak production ra(…)

Ohio Supreme Court Rejects Municipal Ordinances Regulating Oil and Gas Operations

The Ohio Supreme Court issued a ruling in favor of Beck Energy, holding that Ohio Constitution’s home rule amendment does not allow a municipality to enforce its own oil and gas permitting scheme on top of the state system. In the case, the city of Mu(…)

Ohio Supreme Court Schedules Oral Argument in Dormant Mineral Act Cases

The Ohio Supreme Court scheduled oral argument in two significant Dormant Mineral Act (“DMA”) cases. Oral argument has been scheduled on Corban v. Chesapeake Exploration, L.L.C. for May 6, 2015. As previously reported on ShaleEnergyLawBlog, the Corban(…)

Ohio Supreme Court Accepts Major Oil and Gas Lease Busting Case for Review

The Ohio Supreme Court accepted jurisdiction over Hupp v. Beck Energy, an important Ohio case involving the interpretation of oil and gas leases. The case involves a challenge by landowners in Monroe County to a standard form oil and gas lease. The la(…)

Ohio Court of Appeals Holds Assignment of Shallow Rights Does Not Sever Lease

The Fourth District Court of Appeals held in Marshall v. Beekay Company that continuous production from shallow wells pursuant to two oil and gas leases holds the deep rights to the property. The landowners in the case claimed that an assignment of th(…)

American Energy Partners, LP Affiliates Combining to Streamline E&P

American Energy Partners, LP (“AEP”) announced yesterday that its affiliates, American Energy-Utica, LLC (“AEU”) and American Energy – Marcellus, LLC (“AEM”) are combining in an all-stock transaction to form American Energy Appalachian Holdings, LLC ((…)

UGI Utilities Connects a Utica Well to its Distribution System

According to a report published by Pennsylvania Business Daily, Reading-based UGI Utilities, Inc. recently became Pennsylvania’s first natural gas utility to connect one of its pipelines to a Utica Shale well, thereby increasing the supply of natural(…)

Sunoco Moves Forward With Marcellus/Utica Pipeline

Fox Business reported that Sunoco Logistics Partners will invest $2.5 billion in the Mariner East 2 pipeline, which will carry natural gas liquids from the Marcellus and Utica Shale plays to an East Coast port. Mariner East 2 will connect processing p(…)

Ohio’s Fifth District Court of Appeals Weighs in on Dormant Mineral Act Issue

Ohio’s Fifth District Court of Appeals recently held that the 1989 version of Ohio’s Dormant Mineral Act applies to current disputes concerning ownership of severed mineral estates. The court in Wendt v. Dickerson followed previous rulings from the Se(…)

Southwestern Energy to Acquire 413,000 Acres in West Virginia and Pennsylvania from Chesapeake Energy

Southwestern Energy Co. announced that it has signed a deal to acquire 413,000 net acres in West Virginia and Pennsylvania from Chesapeake Energy Corp. for $5.375 billion, reports the Pittsburgh Business Times.  This acquisition includes 256 producing(…)

Magnum Hunter’s West Virginia “Monster Well” the Largest Utica Well Drilled to Date

As reported by Columbus Business First and NGI’s Shale Daily, Magnum Hunter Resources Corporation’s first Utica well in West Virginia has reported production of 46.5 million cubic feet of natural gas per day, thereby rendering the Stewart Winland 1300(…)

Ohio Appeals Court Decides Additional Dormant Mineral Act Issues

The Seventh District Court of Appeals decided two additional legal issues concerning application of the 1989 version of the Ohio Dormant Mineral Act (“DMA”) in Tribett v. Shepard. The two issues were whether application of the 1989 DMA in the lawsuit(…)

Ohio Appeals Court Overturns Trial Court in Perpetual Lease Case

The Seventh District Court of Appeals overturned the Monroe County trial court’s decision in Hupp v. Beck Energy Corporation finding that a standard oil and gas lease form was void as against public policy. The appeals court found that the delay renta(…)

Ohio DNR Opens Comment Period for Draft Rules on Well Pad Construction

The Ohio Department of Natural Resources has opened the comment period on its draft rules for the construction of horizontal well sites. All interested parties may submit comments in writing by the close-of-business on Monday, October 06, 2014 to dogr(…)

Ohio Governor Vows to Hike Drilling Tax

Ohio Governor John Kasich increased his rhetoric regarding a new severance tax on shale oil and gas production. So far, the legislature has opposed any additional increase in the severance tax that was passed in House Bill 375 in May of this year. Gov(…)

Shell Finds Utica Success in Tioga County

The Pittsburgh Business Times reported that Shell has drilled two producing wells in the Utica Shale formation in Tioga County, Pennsylvania.  Shell credited its success to “solid technical work in [its] onshore business.”  The two wells are many mile(…)

Four Veteran West Virginia Attorneys Join Babst Calland's Charleston Office as Shareholders

Veteran attorneys Timothy Miller from Robinson & McElwee, and Christopher ‘Kip” Power, Mychal Schulz and Robert Stonestreet from the Charleston office of Dinsmore & Shohl have joined forces with Babst Calland in providing senior-level legal co(…)

Ohio Supreme Court Accepts Dormant Mineral Act Case

The Ohio Supreme Court will review a key question of state law concerning application of the Dormant Mineral Act (“DMA”). In Corban v. Chesapeake Exploration, LLC, the United States District Court for the Southern District of Ohio certified the follow(…)

Ohio Oil and Gas Production Soars

Oil and gas production increased by 640% from 2012 to 2013 according to a report published by the Ohio Department of Natural Resources. The one year increase was the largest in Ohio history and is the most natural gas that Ohio has produced since 1982(…)

Energy Transfer Partners Approves Construction of New Marcellus/Utica Pipeline

Energy Transfer Partners, L.P.’s board of directors has approved the construction of a new pipeline to transport gas to markets in the United States and Canada. The pipeline’s capacity is proposed to transport 2.2 billion cubic feet per day and may be(…)

American Energy Partners LP Acquiring WV Marcellus Acreage

The State Journal reports that American Energy – Marcellus LLC, a subsidiary of Oklahoma City based American Energy Partners LP, has agreed to acquire 48,000 leasehold acres in Doddridge, Harrison, Marion, Tyler and Wetzel Counties in West Virginia fr(…)

Sixth Circuit Rules in Lease Extension Case

The Sixth Circuit recently affirmed summary judgment granted to Chesapeake Appalachia, L.L.C. by the Southern District of Ohio court, holding that Chesapeake could extend its oil and gas lease with the plaintiffs on the same terms in the original leas(…)

Babst Calland Releases Fourth Annual Energy Industry Report

“The 2014 Babst Calland Report – Appalachian Shale Industry in Transition: Evolving Challenges for Producers and Midstream Operators” comments on key issues facing producers and midstream operators from a legal and regulatory perspective, including: G(…)

Industry Experts See No Ceiling For Appalachian Production

As reported by NGI’s Shale Daily on June 4, many descended upon Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania on Wednesday for the first day of Hart Energy’s Developing Unconventional Gas (DUG) East Conference, where representatives from industry leaders discussed recent(…)

Volume 1 of Marcellus and Utica Shale Databook Released

PRWeb announced that Marcellus Drilling News and ShaleNavigator have released the first volume of a three part series of the 2014 Marcellus and Utica Shale Databook, an in-depth research report geared towards those with a stake in oil and natural gas(…)

West Virginia Seeing Increased Utica Well Development in 2014

While Marcellus Shale gas continues to be developed in the area, West Virginia is also experiencing a Utica Shale boom in its northern counties. According to Natural Gas Intelligence, multiple operators are investing more capital and manpower into dev(…)

Revised bill proposes 2.5% tax rate for Ohio horizontal drillers

As part of his off-year budget bill, Ohio governor, John Kasich, has proposed a top severance tax rate increase on horizontal drilling to 2.5% as part of a tax package designed to lower income-tax rates. The bill, which is expected to be supported by(…)

Ohio Shale Jobs Report Shows 79% Increase Since 2011

The Ohio Department of Jobs and Family Services released its quarterly report on the shale industry last Friday. The report shows a 79% increase in core shale-related industry employment in Ohio over the last two years, with an additional 1.5% increas(…)

Ohio Trial Court Issues Dormant Mineral Act Ruling

The Belmont County Court of Common Pleas ruled that a recorded will is a title transaction for purposes of Ohio’s Dormant Mineral Act. In Albanese v. Batman the trial court held that a will recorded in the county recorder’s office qualifies as title t(…)

Ohio Trial Court Issues Dormant Mineral Act Decision

A Harrison County trial court issued a decision in a Dormant Mineral Act case addressing the issue of whether a release of an oil and gas lease is a title transaction affecting and preserving a severed mineral interest from being abandoned. The trial(…)

Ohio Decision Results in Victory for Oil and Gas Producers

An Ohio trial court issued a decision in Marshall v. Beekay Company. The case involved an action seeking declaratory judgment as to leasehold rights for formations below the Germantown Sand Formation. The court ruled that there was no breach of the im(…)

Ohio Appellate Court Enforces Change In Ownership Clause in Lease

The Fifth District Court of Appeals affirmed the trial court’s decision in Trico Land Company, LLC v. Kenoil Producing LLC, upholding the right to have and enforce a change of ownership clause in an oil and gas lease. The case involved a property subj(…)

Ohio Announces Additional Permitting Requirements

The Ohio Department of Natural Resources has changed permitting requirements after finding a probable connection between horizontal drilling activity near a previously unknown microfault and recent seismic activity in the Mahoning County area. Moving(…)

Legislation Proposed to Strengthen Penalties for Oil and Gas Violations in Ohio

Ohio House Bill 490, which would strengthen penalties for violating Ohio’s oil and gas regulations, is now pending before the Ohio House agriculture committee.  The bill was introduced in response to illegal dumping of oil field waste.  Industry offic(…)

Ohio Appeals Court Issues Dormant Mineral Act Ruling

The Seventh District Court of Appeals issued a ruling concerning application of the Ohio Dormant Mineral Act. In Walker v. Noon, the appeals court upheld the ruling of a Noble County trial court finding that the 1989 version of the Dormant Mineral Act(…)

Ohio EPA Issues Revised General Air Permits For Horizontal Drilling Sites Requiring More Aggressive Methane Leak Detection and Repair

As reported by the Akron Beacon Journal Online on April 4, 2014, the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency issued revised general permits for the installation and operation of air contaminant sources at oil and gas horizontal well sites to address meth(…)

Utica and Marcellus to Provide Gas to TransCanada's ANR Pipeline

TransCanada Corporation’s ANR Pipeline system has secured nearly 2.0 billion cubic feet per day of natural gas transportation commitments for the movement of oil and gas produced from the Utica and Marcellus formations through its Southeast Main Line.(…)

Midstream Company Buys Two Buildings in Ohio Village

Utica East Ohio Midstream (“UEO”) recently purchased two buildings in downtown Salineville, Ohio. The company owns natural gas processing plants in nearby Kensington and Leesville. UEO plans to use the buildings for administrative offices for its oil(…)

Gateway Royalty to Pay Utica Shale Landowners for Rights to Future Royalties

Gateway Royalty, LLC, a royalty acquisition company based in Carrollton, Ohio, has raised $58.5 million to pay Utica shale play landowners for rights to their future royalty payments. Gateway’s goal is to invest in a broad range of oil and gas royalti(…)

Ohio Supreme Court Accepts Jurisdiction in Additional Dormant Mineral Act Case

The Supreme Court of Ohio has agreed to hear a question certified from the United States District Court for the Southern District of Ohio, regarding the Ohio Dormant Minerals Act (the “ODMA”), in Chesapeake Exploration, L.L.C. v. Kenneth Buell. The tw(…)

ODNR Releases Draft Rules on Horizontal Well Site Construction

The Ohio Department of Natural Resources, on February 21, 2014, published  several draft rules concerning horizontal well site construction and an update to the industry standards referenced in its rules on oil and gas well drilling, permitting and sa(…)

Utica East Ohio Adds Capacity to Natural Gas Processing Plant

A third, 160-foot demethanizer tower was completed January 11th at the Utica East Ohio Kensington Plant in Columbiana County, Ohio.  The plant serves as a collection and compression point for harvested natural gas from the Utica Shale. The tower, whic(…)

Utica Production Surges in Quarterly Update

The Ohio Department of Natural Resources released its first quarterly production update thanks to a new law that requires production to be reported on a quarterly versus annual basis. The report showed that Ohio’s 245 horizontal wells produced a total(…)

Ohio Adopts New Guidelines for Applications for Facilities that Manage or Dispose of Drilling Wastes

Ohio legislation enacted earlier this year imposes new requirements on facilities that store, recycle, treat, process or dispose of brine or other waste substances associated with the exploration, development and operations of oil and gas wells. Under(…)

KMP to Develop Utica Shale Pipeline

Kinder Morgan Energy Partners, L.P. (KMP) announced that its subsidiary, Kinder Morgan Cochin LLC, signed a letter of intent with NOVA Chemicals Corporation to develop a new $300 million products pipeline for the Utica Shale, coined Kinder Morgan Utic(…)

Utica Shale Drilling Permits Surpass Expectations for 2013

The State of Ohio issued nearly than double the amount of Utica shale drilling permits than first expected for 2013. The Ohio Department of Natural Resources initially predicted that it would issue 525 permits for 2013. According to ODNR’s most recent(…)

ODNR Releases 2012 Ohio Oil and Gas Summary

The Ohio Department of Natural Resources released its annual oil and gas summary for 2012. The summary provides a comprehensive review of oil and gas permitting, drilling and production activity across the entire state of Ohio. The report can be acces(…)

U.S. House of Representatives Passes Bill Limiting Federal Regulations on Hydraulic Fracturing

The U.S. House of Representatives passed a bill prohibiting the Interior Department from enforcing regulations on hydraulic fracturing in any state that already has regulations in place. The bill recognizes the states’ authority to regulate hydraulic(…)

MarkWest Energy and Kinder Morgan Inc. Plan to Transport Marcellus and Utica Shale Gas to Gulf Coast

As reported by The Intelligencer, MarkWest Energy and Kinder Morgan Inc. are planning to convert 1,000 miles of pipeline connecting Pennsylvania and Louisiana to allow Marcellus and Utica Shale gas to be transported to the Gulf Coast.  The project is(…)

Trial Court Issues Key Ruling on Ohio's Dormant Mineral Act

An Ohio trial court issued a key ruling on Ohio’s Dormant Mineral Act (“DMA”). The Carroll County Court of Common Pleas in Dahlgren v. Brown Farm Properties, LLC departed from a series of trial court decisions adopting the legal theories of surface ow(…)

Successes in Ohio Utica Wells Lead to Continued Growth in 2014

The Akron Beacon Journal reports that Gulfport  Energy Corp. of Oklahoma and Chesapeake Energy Corp. are producing increasing amounts of natural gas from Utica wells in Ohio and anticipate continued growth in 2014.  Gulfport’s operations are led by it(…)

Barge Waste Transportation Proposal Open for Public Comment

The United States Coast Guard is accepting public comments on a proposal that would allow wastewater from hydraulic fracturing to be transported on barges using the Ohio River.  According to the Coast Guard there is commercial interest in transporting(…)

Permitting Activity Up in the Southern End of Ohio’s Utica Shale Play

Several counties in the southern end of Ohio’s Utica Shale play, including Guernsey, Noble, Harrison and Belmont counties are showing big gains in the number of drilling permits filed by oil and gas companies.  More specifically, drilling permit activ(…)

America Energy – Utica Aquires 24,000 acres in Guernsey County

America Energy – Utica, headed by Aurbrey McClendon, recently completed a purchase of 24,000 acres in Guernsey County, Ohio. According to paperwork filed in the Guernsey County Recorder’s Office, America Energy – Utica aquired the lease holdigs from S(…)

Devon and Crosstex Plan New Midstream Business

Devon Energy Corporation, Crosstex Energy, Inc. and Crosstex Energy, L.P. announced that they have entered into a definitive agreement to combine midstream assets, including gathering and transportation pipelines, gas processing, fractionation and log(…)

Ohio Considers New Rules for Wastewater Storage

State officials are considering new rules to regulate storage of wastewater used to stimulate wells for the production of oil and gas. The new rules would potentially create new options for shale well producers to store millions of gallons of water in(…)

Lawsuit Filed Against Ohio Water District for Leasing and Water Sales

Two Ohio groups recently issued a press release regarding a lawsuit which has been filed against the Muskingum Watershed Conservancy District over its oil and gas leasing practices and its sale of water for hydraulic fracturing.  The MWCD, tasked with(…)

McClendon’s New Company Securing $1.8 Billion in Financing

Aubrey McClendon, former CEO of Chesapeake Energy, is planning to close on $1.8 billion in equity and debt financing to fund American Energy Utica, his new exploration and production company, as reported by CNBC.  American Energy Utica will buy and de(…)

Northwest Ohio Community Passes Fracking Ban

The Bowling Green City Council unanimously passed an ordinance banning “fracking” and the disposal of waste fluids within the city limits. In an apparent move to side-step the authority of the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, which maintains auth(…)

Ohio Business Turns Drill Cuttings into Clean Fill Dirt

In one example of how development of the Utica and Marcellus shale formations are contributing to the Ohio economy, one expanding business has recently been awarded approval to use microbes to rehabilitate soil contaminated by petroleum products.  Lon(…)

William Kinney Receives Oilfield Patriot Award

William Kinney of the Twinsburg-based Summit Petroleum Inc. was the winner of the 2013 Oilfield Patriot Award given by the Ohio Oil and Gas Association. The award recognizes individuals who “protect, promote and advance the common interests” of Ohio’s(…)

Ohio Drilling and Permitting Update

The Ohio Department of Natural Resources has released information regarding oil and gas permitting and drilling activity, indicating that 32 drilling rigs are currently operating in the state and that 832 total horizontal well permits have been issued(…)

Details Emerge on Sale of EnerVest Acreage

EnerVest announced details of the sale of over 22,500 acres in Harrison, Guernsey and Noble counties. EnerVest did not identify the buyer of the acreage, but confirmed the sale amount of $284.3 million or $12,900 per acre. The publicly held portion of(…)

New Processing Plant and Pipeline Coming to Ohio

A midstream joint venture between Houston-based Kinder Morgan Energy Partners LP and Denver-based MarkWest Utica EMG LLC announced Wednesday that it has plans to build Ohio’s sixth natural gas-processing plant and a new pipeline to carry liquids from(…)

Eastern Ohio Natural Gas Processing Plant Begins Operations

A newly constructed natural gas processing and fractionation complex is now online in Columbiana County. The plant was constructed by M3 Midstream and includes an extensive gathering system, a 200-million cubic-feet-per-day cryogenic processing facili(…)

Rockies Express Pipeline To Increase Gas Supply

Rockies Express Pipeline LLC, owners of the 1,698 mile long Rockies Express Pipeline, announced that it has executed an agreement for the transmission of processed gas from the Utica Shale formation, adding significant natural gas supply to the pipeli(…)

Marcellus Shale Drilling Results in Lower Gas Bills for Pennsylvania Consumers

The Scranton Times-Tribune reports that UGI Penn Natural Gas customers continue to pay one-third less to heat their homes than they paid five years ago.  According to the Marcellus Shale Coalition, this is a nationwide trend.  The lower rates are a di(…)

Bluegrass Pipeline to Connect Utica and Marcellus Gas Fields with Gulf Coast

The Akron Beacon Journal has profiled the proposed Bluegrass Pipeline, a proposed pipeline that would deliver gas from the Utica and Marcellus gas fields to processing facilities on the gulf coast.  The pipeline would be constructed by Williams and Pi(…)

Ohio Budget Passes With No Increase in Severance Tax, Contains Other Regulatory Changes for Oil and Gas Production

Ohio’s biennial budget was signed into law on June 30. The new budget legislation does not include an increase to the oil and gas severance tax, which would have only applied to operators of horizontal wells. The budget also includes several changes t(…)

ODNR Implements Guidelines for Unitization Applications

The Ohio Department of Natural Resources has published guidelines for  the unitization application process.  The guidelines clarify the application process that is required before the division chief of ODNR’s Oil and Gas Resources Management can make(…)

Consol Has Big Plans for the Utica

Consol Energy, a company that has roots in coal mining in Columbiana County, Ohio since the 1860s, now sees a promising future in natural gas production in the area. Speaking at the 5th annual Columbiana Chamber of Commerce Business Breakfast on June(…)

Ohio's Drilling Rig Count On the Rise

Ohio’s drilling rig count currently stands at 32 according to Ohio Oil and Gas Association Executive Vice President Tom Stewart. That is up from 19 in 2012 and now surpasses the 23 drilling rigs in West Virginia. According to Stewart, it will take man(…)

Pennant's Gas Facility, Pipeline Under Development

Pennant Midstream, a joint venture between NiSource Midstream Services and Hilcorp Energy Co., will build a processing facility and a new pipeline as part of its $300 million project to serve the Utica and Marcellus shale plays in Ohio and Pennsylvani(…)

Ohio Governor Revises Drilling Tax Plan

Ohio governor John Kasich revised his proposed drilling tax after it has been rejected by the Ohio legislature. The new proposal would increase the proposed tax of 4% to 4.5% and direct 25% of the revenue generated by the tax to 33 Appalachian countie(…)

Utica and Marcellus Dubbed Most Prolific Wet Gas Play in the World

Speakers at a recent conference in Columbus, Ohio expect the Utica and Marcellus shale fields to become the most prolific source of natural-gas liquids in the world.  While there is plenty of oil and gas in the ground, producers are restrained by the(…)

Reduced Assessments Likely for 500,000 Ohio Property Owners

Residents in the Muskingham Watershed Conservancy District are likely to see reduced property assessments as a result of recent shale leasing and water sales. The Muskingham Watershed Conservancy District stretches across eighteen Ohio counties and ro(…)

Sixth Circuit Rules on Ohio Oil and Gas Law

Yesterday, the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled on a case of first impression involving Ohio’s four-year statute of limitations on lawsuits arising from miscalculation of royalty payments in oil and gas leases. It had been successfully argued in t(…)

"State of the Play" Event to Unveil 2012 Utica Production Numbers

The Ohio Department of Natural Resources will unveil the long-awaited 2012 Utica shale production numbers on May 16, 2013 at 2 p.m. The event is being held in Columbus and will be live-streamed at

Crosstex Building Third Compressor Station in Ohio

Crosstex Energy has announced that it is constructing a third natural gas compressor station in Ohio. Crosstex previously announced in March that it would make a $50 million investment to build two compressor stations in Noble and Monroe counties. Now(…)

Anti-Fracking Amendment Decisively Rejected in Youngstown

Voters rejectedan anti-fracking referendum proposed by Frackfree Mahoning Valley by an unofficial count of 57-43. The proposal was denominated as the “Community Bill of Rights” and would have banned hydraulic fracturing inside of Youngstown city limit(…)

Utica Shale Production Brings Newly Proposed Natural Gas Pipeline to Eastern Ohio

DTE Energy, Spectra Energy Corp. and Enbridge Inc. are jointly developing the proposed Nexus Gas Transmission Project, a proposed 250-mile natural gas pipeline which would connect production in eastern Ohio to the existing pipeline grid in southeaster(…)

Chesapeake Expects Success in Utica Shale

Chesapeake Energy Corp. remains poised to take advantage of the Utica shale once the infrastructure is in place for gas transportation and processing.  Chesapeake currently has 66 wells in production in Ohio, with 183 more awaiting either pipelines or(…)

ODNR Approves Two New Unitization Orders

The Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) recently issued two new unitization or “forced pooling” orders for the Utica Shale in Trumbull County, Ohio. The units included land already leased by other operators who were deemed “uncommitted working(…)

District Approves of Water Sale for Utica Shale Drillers

The Muskingum Watershed Conservancy District approved the sale of water from Seneca Lake and Clendening Reservoir for use in Utica shale oil and gas wells. Antero resources will have the right to draw up to 184 million gallons of water from Seneca Lak(…)

Chief of Ohio Department of Natural Resources Testifies In Support of State Control of Hydraulic Fracturing

The House Natural Resources Committee recently heard testimony from representatives of Ohio, Texas and Utah on the necessity of federal regulation of hydraulic fracturing.  Richard Simmons, Chief of the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, testified(…)

Utica Shale Offers Midstream Business Opportunities

Typically, midstream or infrastructure investments by oil and gas companies follow drilling. But in Ohio billions of dollars are currently being poured into pipelines and facilities, including those currenlty under construction in Kensington and Scio,(…)

Magnum Hunter Spuds First Well in Utica Shale

Magnum Hunter, working through its subsidiary Triad Hunter, spudded its first horizontal well in Ohio’s Utica Shale formation. The well is located in Washington County, just north of Noble County. It is just the second well permitted in Washington Cou(…)

Chesapeake Introduces New Technology to Utica Shale Play

The Winter 2013 edition of Chesapeake Energy Corporation’s quarterly newsletter, “The Play,” introduces a new technology to readers.  Chesapeake subsidiary Nomac Drilling is using a new type of rig called a PeakeRig, which is able to “walk” on a multi(…)

Anticipation Grows for Ohio Well Production Reports

On March 31st, energy companies must report data showing well production for 2012. Industry watchers say that the annual production report will provide the most insight yet about whether the Utica is the next big oil and gas play in North America. Som(…)

PDC Energy Partners with MarkWest for Midstream Operations

PDC Energy Inc. will be sending its Utica production to MarkWest Utica EMG for processing.  Under the terms of a new agreement, liquids-rich gas from Guernsey county will be processed in the Seneca complex in Noble County.  PDC joins Antero Resources(…)

Utica Shale Play May Extend Farther West

The Ohio Department of Natural Resources posted revised maps last week, indicating that drilling opportunities for oil and natural gas may extend further west and south than initially expected. Information gleaned from wells drilled last year, as well(…)

Opposition Growing to Ohio Governor's Proposed Severance Tax Increase

Governor John Kasich recently proposed an increase in the severance tax rates on the production of oil and gas to 4% for oil and natural gas liquids and 1% for gas. This is up from the current rates of 20 cents per barrel of oil and 3 cents per 1,000(…)

Proposed Ohio Legislation Would Stiffen Penalties for Illegal Dumping of Wastes

The Ohio House and Senate introduced legislation this week to impose tougher penalties for illegal dumping of oil and gas drilling wastes. If passed, the legislation will elevate illegal dumping to a felony and impose a minimum prison term of three ye(…)

Infrastructure Investments to Unlock Access to Utica Shale

Industry officials announced at a conference in Columbus, Ohio, that a series of infrastructure investments over the next year will begin to unlock access to the Utica Shale play. Projects currently underway by Dominion Transmission Inc. and Enterpris(…)

Gulfport Plans to Accelerate Utica Drilling in 2013

Gulfport Energy Corp. announced that it plans to accelerate its Utica shale drilling program in 2013. Gulfport currently holds about 128,000 net acres in the Utica shale play. Gulfport’s third party engineers estimate that its year-end 2012 probable r(…)

Unimin Corporation Opens Proppant Distribution Terminal in Navarre, Ohio

Unimin Corporation has announced a new facility for distributing proppants used in hydraulic fracturing.  The facility will be located in Navarre, Ohio, about 10 miles west of Canton.  Strategically placed to be accessible by rail and highway, the fac(…)

FirstEnergy Looks to Shale Energy to Lead a "Manufacturing Renaissance"

FirstEnergy Corp. believes demand for power may increase quickly in the near future if shale gas development from the Marcellus and Utica shale spark a “manufacturing renaissance.”  Chief Financial Officer James Pearson recently told analysts that he(…)

Ohio Budget Includes $25,000 Horizontal-Well Impact Fee

Ohio Governor John Kasich’s budget proposal includes additional provisions regulating the oil and gas industry in Ohio. The proposals include a $25,000 horizontal-well impact fee to be paid into county escrow accounts, a requirement to notify landowne(…)

Youngstown Council Approves Proposed Ordinance Banning Fracking

Youngstown city council approved a citizens group’s charter-amendment proposal to ban fracking in Youngstown and placed the proposal on the May 7 primary election ballot.  Backed by over 3,800 signed petitions, the group, Frack Free Mahoning Valley, a(…)

Chesapeake Energy Offers Estimate of Production from Ohio Wells

Chesapeake Energy, the No. 1 driller in Ohio’s Utica Shale formation, projected an estimated ultimate recovery (EUR) of 5 billion to 10 billion cubic feet of equivalents over the lifetime of each of its wells drilled into the Utica Shale in Carroll Co(…)

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'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(…)

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(…)

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(…)

CONSOL Energy Announces Plans for Utica and Marcellus Drilling in 2013

CONSOL Energy Inc. announced today that it expects to invest $835 – $935 million in its gas operation in 2013.  According to a press release from CONSOL, (i) an estimated $160 million will be used to maintain production; (ii) $600 million will be used(…)

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(…)

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(…)

Shell Signs Six-Month Extension to Buy Land for Cracker Plant

Royal Dutch Shell plc and Horshead Corp. agreed to a six-month extension for Shell to acquire land for a proposed cracker plant that it is considering building in Beaver County.  Shell had a December 31, 2012, deadline to buy the land in Center and Po(…)

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(…)

Dominion and Caiman Energy II Form $1.5 Billion JV to Develop Utica Midstream Assets

On December 20, 2012, Dominion and Caiman Energy announced they are forming a $1.5 billion joint venture to provide midstream services to natural gas producers operating in the Utica shale in Ohio and portions of Pennsylvania.  The infrastructure to b(…)

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(…)

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(…)

GreenHunter Water Acquires UIC Wells in Ohio and West Virginia

On October 25, 2012, GreenHunter Water, LLC, a wholly-owned subsidiary of GreenHunter Energy, Inc., acquired two Class II Underground Injection Control (UIC) wells in Washington County, Ohio and Ritchie County, West Virginia for the disposal of salt w(…)

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 to Build Shale Liquids Truck-to-Barge Facility on Ohio River

Marathon Petroleum Corporation announced Tuesday, October 9, 2012, that they plan to build a truck-to-barge loading facility in Wellsville, Ohio, to expedite the taking of hydrocarbon liquids oil produced in the Utica Shale play to Catlettsburg, Kentu(…)

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(…)

Site Preparation Begins for Ohio Gas Collection and Processing Plant

Utica East Ohio Midstream has begun site preparation for a shale gas collection and processing plant, according to  The site, located on 117 acres south of Hanoverton, Columbiana County, will be the home of the $400 million plant, which(…)

Muskingum Watershed Conservancy District Authorizes Short-Term Water Sales

The Muskingum Watershed Conservancy District (“MWCD”) announced the authorization of short-term sales of water to the oil and gas industry.  The authorization of water sales is limited to Clendening Lake in Harrison County and Piedmont Lake in Belmont(…)

Federal Court rejects PIOGA’s Contempt Motion – But Cautions Forest Service

In July 2011, PIOGA filed a motion in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania seeking to hold the United States Forest Service in contempt of court for allegedly failing to adhere to the Court’s December 2009 preliminary injun(…)

Five municipalities sued the Commonwealth today seeking to halt the implementation of Act 13

Cecil Township, Robinson Township, Peters Township, and Mt. Pleasant Township, all in Washington County, and South Fayette Township, Allegheny County together filed a complaint in Commonwealth Court [add link to Complaint] arguing that Act 13 is uncon(…)

Williams Partners Announces $2.5 Billion Acquisition to Establish Major Footprint in Liquids-Rich Area of Marcellus Shale

On Tuesday March 20, Williams Partners L.P., a Williams Companies, Inc. affiliate, announced an agreement to acquire Caiman Eastern Midstream LLC, a midstream subsidiary of Caiman Energy, for $2.5 billion. Caiman Eastern’s holdings include existing ph(…)