Monroe County to require special hauling permits for oversized/overweight loads
Monroe County officials in eastern Ohio are taking steps to help protect local roads, including increased traffic resulting from oil and natural gas operations, reports the Times Leader in Martins Ferry. The newspaper says Monroe County Engineer Amy Zwick and Prosecutor James Peters have prepared a resolution for the county commissioners that “gives the permits a little more teeth” and allows the sheriff’s department and Ohio State Highway Patrol to refuse to escort a vehicle if a permit is not in compliance with county permits. For more, read the full story.
Ohio lawmaker wants members appointed to Oil and Gas Leasing Commission
State Rep. Andy Thompson, R-Marietta, will propose a budget amendment requiring the House and Senate to appoint members to the Oil and Gas Leasing Commission, according to Hannah News Service. The news site says the commission, created to administer oil and gas leases on state lands, was established in 2011 by legislation signed by Governor John Kasich. “We really just want to make sure that we address the concerns there, get that commission underway and see if there's any public policy required to advance that initiative,” Thompson told Hannah News. A subscription is required to read the full story.
U.S. EPA delays rule to limit emissions from oil and gas wells
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will reconsider a rule on methane emissions from oil and natural gas operations, and delay its compliance date, in the Trump administration's latest move to reduce regulations for the energy industry, Reuters reports. The news service says U.S. EPA announced it would delay the rule's June 3, 2017 compliance date by 90 days and take public comments during that period. Oil and gas industry groups had petitioned the U.S. EPA a year ago to reconsider the rule. For more, read the full story.
Ohio EPA investigates Rover Pipeline spill
Crews working on the Rover Pipeline in northern Ohio spilled drilling fluid in wetland areas in Stark and Richland counties, reports the Canton Repository. Citing paperwork filed with the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the newspaper says one spill occurred in a wetland adjacent to the Tuscarawas River south of Navarre in Stark County, while the other was in Mifflin Township east of Mansfield. The spills are being investigated by Ohio EPA. For more, read the full story.
Diversified completes purchase of 1,300 wells in Ohio, Pennsylvania
Diversified Gas & Oil has completed its $1.75 million acquisition of 1,300 producing oil and natural gas wells in Ohio and Pennsylvania, reports ShareCast News. The financial site says the acquisition will increase the Alabama-based company's gas production by 14% to about 30,000 cubic feet per day and oil production by 23% to about 585 barrels of per day. For more, read the full story.
EIA: U.S. oil production may be headed for record high
A federal agency believes another burst of shale drilling could push U.S. oil production close to an all-time high by the end of 2018, reports FuelFix.com. The news site says the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) estimates the return of drilling rigs to shale fields could lift the nation’s daily crude oil output to 10.1 million barrels by the fourth quarter of 2018, just 30,000 barrels short of the November 1970 record. The EIA also said such an increase would contribute to a rise in global output to more than 100 million barrels a day by the second quarter of 2018. For more, read the full story.
Danos opening oilfield services facility in eastern Ohio
Oilfield services company Danos is opening a facility in Martins Ferry, Ohio that will include space for offices and shop work, reports the Times Leader in Martins Ferry. The newspaper says Danos is consolidating its Canonsburg, Pennsylvania office into the new Martins Ferry facility. The move brings together 32 field technicians and five office workers in a single location to serve customers in Ohio, West Virginia, and western Pennsylvania. For more, read the full story.
Dominion seeks OK to export LNG from Maryland terminal
Dominion has requested federal approval to export commissioning cargoes of liquefied natural gas (LNG) from its Cove Point liquefaction project being built at the energy company’s terminal in Calvert County, Maryland, reports LNG World News. Dominion intends to use LNG sourced from natural gas in the Marcellus and Utica shale region in the commissioning cargoes or LNG previously imported by its Cove Point terminal. For more, read the full story.
U.S. manufacturers oppose expedited LNG export permits
American manufacturing companies are worried that a boom in liquefied natural gas (LNG) exports will reduce domestic supply and raise energy prices, according to FuelFix.com. The news site says the Industrial Energy Consumers of America has sent a letter to U.S. Energy Secretary Rick Perry, asking his department to deny expedited approvals for LNG export permits. The manufacturing association argues cheap natural gas will create more jobs in the United States than LNG exports. For more, read the full story.
Total extends option to develop shale gas in England
French energy company Total has extended an option with British shale gas developer Egdon Resources to buy a stake in one of Egdon's natural gas licenses in Lincolnshire, England, according to Reuters. The news service says the extension comes as the British government tries to exploit large amounts of shale gas to offset declining North Sea oil and gas production, create jobs and help economic growth. Reuters notes Total has also been building “a sizeable presence” in the U.S. shale oil and gas market, most recently buying assets in Texas from Chesapeake Energy Corp. For more, read the full story.