Johnson introduces bill to give counties share of federal oil and gas revenue

U.S. Rep. Bill Johnson, a Republican from Ohio's 6th District, has introduced a bill -- the Providing Opportunities with Energy Revenues in Counties Act -- designed to compensate counties that contain federal lands leased for oil and natural gas operations. Johnson said in a release that the federal government and some states receive revenue from royalties and permit fees from companies that develop oil and gas wells on federally owned land such as the Wayne National Forest in southeast Ohio. "My legislation," he said, "calls for 20% of this revenue to be redirected back to the counties where those federal lands are located [and] the funding can be used to support education initiatives and infrastructure improvements."

National, Ohio

NEXUS gains FERC permission to begin pipeline construction

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) recently gave permission to NEXUS Gas Transmission to begin construction of its $2.1 billion natural gas pipeline project in Ohio and Michigan, reports the Canton Repository. The newspaper says the pipeline will carry up to 1.5 billion cubic feet of natural gas a day from the Utica and Marcellus shale plays to users in Ohio, Michigan and Canada. Nexus said construction will start this month and take seven to 10 months to complete. For more, read the full story.


Kalnin Ventures adds to Marcellus holdings with $210 million investment

Denver-based Kalnin Ventures LLC is spending $210 million to buy oil and natural gas assets in the northeast portion of the Marcellus shale play, with new acquisitions in Pennsylvania’s Wyoming and Susquehanna counties, reports the Denver Business Journal. Kalnin said it has spent $417 million on five deals in the Marcellus shale region over the past two years, making it one of the top 20 natural gas producers in Pennsylvania. For more, read the full story.


Sunoco Logistics using trucks to ship ethane from Marcus Hook complex

Sunoco Logistics Partners LP has started shipping ethane by truck to domestic markets from its Marcus Hook Industrial Complex near Philadelphia, which is establishing a new outlet for ethane from the Marcellus shale play, reports the Philadelphia Inquirer. The newspaper says Gas Innovations, a specialty gas producer in La Porte, Texas, recently began loading tanker trucks and special shipping containers with “the super-cooled liquid” at a new facility at Marcus Hook. The company said most of the ethane is destined for domestic markets. For more, read the full story.


Carbon Natural Gas buys leases, pipelines in West Virginia

Carbon Natural Gas Company, through its affiliate Carbon Appalachian Company, has purchased another 780,000 acres of conventional oil and natural gas leases and 3,100 miles of gathering pipelines located “predominantly” in West Virginia for $41.3 million from an undisclosed buyer, reports Marcellus Drilling News. The site says Carbon Natural Gas “is locking down much of the conventional gas business in the Mountain State” with total holdings of 1.7 million acres of leases, 7,900 operating wells and 4,700 miles of pipelines. Click here to read more.

West Virginia

Shell ethane ‘cracker’ part of major expansion in U.S. petrochemical industry

Royal Dutch Shell’s $6 billion ethane “cracker” plant under construction in Beaver County, Pennsylvania is playing a big role in the growth of the U.S petrochemical industry, reports the Pittsburgh Business Times. "That [plant] essentially is the beginning of the second wave" of ethane crackers, said IHS Markit’s Todd Dina during a presentation in Pittsburgh. The Shell project is part of an estimated $85 billion a year that has been invested in the domestic petrochemical industry since 2010. For more, read the full story.

National, Pennsylvania

NETL researchers working to improve natural gas production

The National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL) in Morgantown, West Virginia is working on technology to improve oil and natural gas well production and reduce pollution from drilling operations, reports the State Journal in Charleston. NETL’s Jared Ciferno said that while the technology is a few years away from large-scale deployment, it could increase the amount of natural gas that can be recovered during drilling operations. NETL has field labs in Morgantown and the Permian Basin in west Texas that are conducting the research. For more, read the full story.

National, West Virginia

Ohio board OKs construction of natural gas-fired power plants

The Ohio Power Siting Board announced it has issued certificates allowing for construction of natural gas-fired, combined-cycle power generation facilities in Guernsey and Trumbull counties. The board said it has given approval to Guernsey Power Station LLC to build a 1,100-megawatt power plant in Valley Township, Guernsey County. In addition, Clean Energy Future-Trumbull, LLC will construct the 940-megawatt Trumbull Energy Center in Lordstown. For more, read the Power Siting Board release.


FERC signs off on first compressor station for Rover Pipeline

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) has approved the use of the first compressor station for the Rover Pipeline across northern Ohio, reports Kallanish Energy. The news site says FERC’s action allows Energy Transfer Partners, developer of the natural gas pipeline, to begin partial service at a compressor station in Carroll County in eastern Ohio. The station will be one of 10 along the pipeline’s route in Ohio, Pennsylvania and West Virginia.  For more, read the full story.

Ohio, Pennsylvania, West Virginia

Pin Oak Energy acquires Marcellus, Utica assets from Seneca Resources

Crain’s Cleveland Business reports that Akron-based oil and natural gas producer Pin Oak Energy Partners LLC has acquired shale assets in four Pennsylvania counties from Seneca Resources Corp. of Houston. The newspaper says financial terms were not disclosed for the acquisition, which includes 14 Marcellus shale wells, two Utica/Point Pleasant wells and about 4,300 acres. For more, read the full story.

Ohio, Pennsylvania
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