Columbus company lands $1.7 million for natural gas compressor development

Columbus-based Simple-Fill Inc. has raised $1.7 million from Worthington Industries Inc. and other investors toward making its next generation of lower-cost natural gas compressors, reports Columbus Business First. The newspaper says the funding will go toward building and installing four to five compressors at customer sites. Simple-Fill, an Ohio State University spinoff, has also moved its operations to the Columbus plant of Parker Hannifin Corp., which produces several components and has helped with engineering for the compressor, according to Business First. For more, read the full story.


West Virginia issues cease-and-desist order on Rover pipeline project

West Virginia regulators have issued a cease-and-desist order on the Rover natural gas pipeline project, citing multiple water pollution violations, reports the Charleston Gazette-Mail. The newspaper says the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection conducted inspections on four days in February, during which the agency said it found 14 violations in Doddridge, Tyler and Wetzel counties. The 713-mile pipeline, owned by Energy Transfer Partners, would transport 3.25 billion cubic feet of natural gas per day from processing plants in West Virginia, Ohio and Pennsylvania. For more, read the full story.

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Natural gas growth shifts to southwestern Pennsylvania

The Pittsburgh Business Times reports there has been a geographic shift in natural gas development since 2014 from the northeast section of Pennsylvania, which has historically produced the most gas, to the southwest part of the state. Ten counties, including six in the southwest, were identified as major winners in this shift, with the newspaper noting there was a 99.7% increase in production from 2014 to 2017 in Allegheny, Beaver, Butler, Greene, Lawrence and Washington counties. For more, read the full story.


Ohio University bringing Shale Policy & Technology Symposium to central Ohio campus

Building upon the success of the first annual Shale Policy & Technology Symposium, which last year took place in Athens, the Ohio University Russ College of Engineering and Technology, Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Affairs, and College of Arts & Sciences are bringing this year’s symposium to the university’s Dublin campus.  The two-day event, April 4-5, 2018, will focus on shale development across the state and its effect on communities and businesses. On day one, participants will travel to Athens for a first-hand look at OHIO’s innovative research capabilities and technologies that explore shale gas.  Day two will include panels and a keynote speaker discussing on a variety of shale development topics. For more information or to register, please click here.


West Virginia governor signs oil and natural gas royalties bill

West Virginia Governor Jim Justice has signed a bill that guarantees mineral rights owners will receive a minimum royalty of 12.5% regardless of post-production deductions by oil and natural gas companies, reports Marcellus Drilling News. The news site says Senate Bill 360 was introduced to counter a May 2017 ruling by the West Virginia Supreme Court in Leggett v. EQT Production Company. In its ruling, the Court had reversed its decision from a few months earlier and allowed EQT to deduct post-production expenses from royalty payments. Click here to read more.

West Virginia

Interior secretary wants agency to be partner with oil and gas industry

U.S. Department of the Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke says his agency should be a partner rather than an adversary with oil and natural gas companies that seek to drill on public land and that long regulatory reviews with an uncertain outcome are “un-American,” reports The Associated Press. Speaking at a recent energy-industry conference, Zinke said the federal government should shorten the permitting process for energy infrastructure, adding it should not take longer than two years. For more, read the full story.


Analysis: Cabot, EQT, Consol lead the way in Marcellus shale play

A new analysis by private equity firm Baird Equity Research says Cabot Oil & Gas, EQT Corp. and Consol Energy are at the top of a list of the most productive operators in the Marcellus shale play, according to Argus Media. The news site says the analysis ranks oil and natural gas companies on the consistency and magnitude of their productivity and revenue changes over the past two years, but does not indicate which ones produce more gas and oil. Chesapeake Energy topped the firm's Utica shale list. For more, read the full story.

Ohio, Pennsylvania, West Virginia

Pennsylvania agency OKs permits for natural gas-fired power plant project

Pennsylvania’s Department of Environmental Protection has approved several permits for the proposed Birdsboro natural gas-fueled power plant in Berks County near Philadelphia, reports StateImpact Pennsylvania. The radio news service says the agency has signed off on permits for construction of the main plant, a power line and water and natural gas pipelines to the facility. The 485-megawatt Birdsboro facility is expected to be operational by May 2019, according to EmberClear Corp., which is developing the plant. For more, read the full story.


South Korean company signs on as partner in Ohio ethane ‘cracker’ plant

South Korea-based Daelim Industrial Co. Ltd. has joined an effort to bring a $5 billion ethane “cracker” plant to Belmont County, Ohio, potentially making the project even bigger than had been proposed, reports Columbus Business First. The newspaper says Thailand-based PTT Global Chemical Public Company Ltd., the developer of the proposed cracker complex, announced March 12 that it has added Daelim Industrial as a partner on project. The companies are considering a plant that could produce 1.5 million metric tons of product a year -- 50% more than was originally anticipated -- resulting in a bigger capital investment and more jobs, according to Business First. For more, read the full story.

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U.S. oil production expected to break record soon

U.S. oil production, led by record output in Texas, has averaged more than 10 million barrels a day for the first time since 1970 as “prices rose, drillers became more efficient and export markets grew,” according to the Houston Chronicle. The newspaper says the U.S. Department of Energy recently reported that domestic crude oil production reached 10.038 million barrels a day in November 2017, just below the record of 10.044 million barrels a day in November 1970. The Chronicle says the Energy Department and industry experts expect that production record to fall soon, enabling the United States to overtake Russia and Saudi Arabia as the world's biggest oil producer by the end of 2019. For more, read the full story.

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