Columbia Gas to utilize natural gas from Utica, Marcellus shale plays

The Columbus Dispatch reports that much of the natural gas provided by Columbia Gas of Ohio to its customers will start coming from the Utica and Marcellus shale plays starting in April 2018. The newspaper says Columbia will begin using several pipelines that can ship natural gas from shale formations in Ohio and neighboring states while ending a long-term contract in which the company received gas from the Gulf Coast. A company spokesman estimated that at least 40 percent of Columbia's gas will come from pipelines that get their supply within the Utica and Marcellus region. For more, read the full story.

Ohio, Pennsylvania, West Virginia

Pin Oak Energy closes on shale deals in Ohio, Pennsylvania

Akron-based oil and natural gas production company Pin Oak Energy Partners LLC has closed on a series of transactions with multiple sellers to acquire more shale assets in Ohio and Pennsylvania, reports Crain’s Akron Business. The news site says the acquisitions, whose financial terms were not disclosed, include nearly 70,000 acres for Utica/Point Pleasant shale development across both states and 33 conventional wells in Ohio. The transactions include leasehold acreage in Ohio's Mahoning, Trumbull and Guernsey counties, and Mercer County in Pennsylvania, according to Crain’s. For more, read the full story.

Ohio, Pennsylvania

Agency says U.S. natural gas production to exceed domestic consumption

The U.S. Department of Energy says natural gas production is expected to exceed domestic consumption over the next two years, “something that has not happened in more than half a century,” according to the Houston Chronicle. The agency says West Texas' Permian basin will help drive natural gas production increases in 2018 and 2019, along with production in Appalachia's Marcellus and Utica shale plays. The Chronicle also notes the Energy Department expects high production and low consumption to drive down natural gas spot prices to below their 2017 average of $2.99. For more, read the full story.

National, Ohio, Pennsylvania, West Virginia

MarkWest awards contract for NGL fractionation unit in Harrison County, Ohio

MarkWest Energy Partners LP, a subsidiary of MPLX LP, has let a contract to a division of Honeywell UOP LLC to deliver a natural gas liquids (NGL) fractionation unit at MarkWest's Hopedale complex in Harrison County, Ohio, according to Oil & Gas Journal. The news site says the fractionation system will recover propane, isobutane, normal butane and natural gasoline from Marcellus and Utica shale NGL production to be used as feedstock in petrochemical manufacturing. MPLX told investors it plans to complete and commission the Hopedale IV propane-plus fractionation plant during the fourth quarter of 2018. For more, read the full story.


Sunoco Pipeline can resume Mariner East 2 work but must pay $12.6 million fine

Sunoco Pipeline can resume building its Mariner East 2 natural gas liquids (NGL) pipeline under a settlement with the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) that includes a $12.6 million fine, reports the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. The newspaper says DEP halted construction of the pipeline in January 2018 to stop what it called a pattern of “egregious and willful violations” such as not reporting spills of drilling fluids and changing construction plans without getting approval from the state. Sunoco is building the 350-mile-long pipeline to ship NGLs from the Marcellus and Utica shale plays to terminals near Philadelphia. For more, read the full story.

Ohio, Pennsylvania, West Virginia

Blue Ridge Mountain Resources sells Ohio acreage for $56 million

Blue Ridge Mountain Resources has sold a non-operating interest in 21,000 undeveloped Marcellus and Utica shale acres in the Ohio's Monroe and Washington counties to an undisclosed investor for $56 million, according to Marcellus Drilling News. The news site reports the investor will also provide another $36 million for a joint development agreement with Blue Ridge to fund a two-rig oil and natural gas drilling program in southeastern Ohio. Click here to read more.


Dominion plans to start shipping LNG from Cove Point in March

Dominion Energy expects to start exporting liquefied natural gas (LNG) from its Cove Point terminal in Maryland in early March 2018, reports LNG World News. The site says Dominion introduced feed gas to the Cove Point liquefaction facility in December and that the facility is in the final stages of commissioning. Dominion’s facility, which will use natural gas from the Marcellus and Utica shale plays, will produce LNG for ST Cove Point, a joint venture of Japan’s Sumitomo Corp. and Tokyo Gas, and for India’s Gail Limited, a natural gas processing and distribution company. For more, read the full story.

Global, National, Ohio, Pennsylvania, West Virginia

Pennsylvania agency wants to boost oil and gas drilling permit fees

The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) wants to more than double the fees that oil and natural gas companies pay for drilling permits in the state, reports the Pittsburgh Business Times. The newspaper says the agency is asking that the cost of a permit go from $5,000 to $12,500 per well, with the funding to support DEP’s oil and gas program, which has been running a deficit of $600,000 per month. In addition, Governor Tom Wolf said he will ask for $2.5 million to hire 35 DEP employees in an effort to shore up its permitting process that has been plagued by excessive wait times and backlogs. For more, read the full story.


Ascent Resources Marcellus files for bankruptcy

Ascent Resources Marcellus Holdings LLC said it has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy as part of a negotiated plan with lenders to reduce about $1 billion of debt and boost liquidity, according to Reuters. The news service says the filing in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Wilmington, Delaware is for Ascent’s Marcellus assets, which include development rights on 43,000 acres in West Virginia, and has no impact on Ascent's Utica shale play holdings in Ohio. The company said the Marcellus and Utica assets are owned by entities with separate capital structures. For more, read the full story.

Ohio, Oil & Gas Litigation, West Virginia

MPLX plans six natural gas processing plants in Marcellus, Utica basins

MPLX LP, a master limited partnership formed by Ohio-based Marathon Petroleum Corp., has announced a 2018 capital investment plan that includes approximately $2.2 billion of organic growth capital and $190 million of maintenance capital. The company said in a news release that it expects to strengthen its position in the Marcellus and Utica shale basins with the addition of six natural gas processing plants in 2018, increasing processing capacity by 21% to more than 7 billion cubic feet per day. Additionally, MPLX expects to add 40,000 barrels per day of ethane fractionation capacity and 60,000 barrels per day of propane-plus fractionation capacity. For more, read the full news release.

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