Cabot Oil and Gas Corp. builds exploratory wells in north-central Ohio

Cabot Oil and Gas Corporation, which previously drilled in Pennsylvania’s Marcellus shale regions, is drilling several wells in north-central Ohio (Ashland and Richland counties) to explore oil and natural gas potential below the Utica Shale, according to Farm and Dairy.  As part of this effort, the company is negotiating amendments to existing oil and gas/gas storage leases in the area to allow for horizontal drilling. For more, read the full story


Hilcorp Energy Co. produces significant amounts of natural gas in Columbiana County

The Ohio Department of Natural Resources reported that Houston-based Hilcorp Energy Co.’s wells in Columbiana County, Ohio yielded high amounts of natural gas from January to March 2018 according to The Business Journal.  For more, read the full story


Shale gas revolution expected to continue growing

After a decade of transformative progress, economic growth from the shale gas revolution is not projected to slow down anytime soon, according to Forbes. IHS Markit recently reported its projection for natural gas production to expand by another 60% within the next two decades. For more, read the full story.


Former EPA official becomes acting agency leader

Following the resignation of EPA deputy administrator Scott Pruitt, Ohio native Andrew Wheeler will be filling the role for at least a year, according to the Columbus Dispatch. If President Trump decides to nominate Wheeler to the position permanently, a Senate vote would be required. For more, read the full story

National, Ohio

Massive power plant construction planned in Virginia

Construction of the gas-fired Chickahominy Power Station, so massive that it ties for the position of largest natural gas-fired plant ever built, will soon begin in Charles City County, according to the Marcellus Drilling News. Charles City County is located between the cities of Richmond and Jamestown, near the Chickahominy River. For more, read the full story.


Shell receives three technical deficiency letters from PA DEP

The Pennsylvania DEP raised several environmental concerns regarding Shell’s permit request to construct the Falcon Pipeline which would be part of the infrastructure associated with Shell’s ethane cracker facility currently under construction in Potter Township, according to the Pittsburgh Business Times. Shell released a statement on its company’s commitment to addressing the concerns before the 60-day deadline and then moving forward with the project. For more, read the full story.


More development on the horizon for the tri-state area

The Tri-State area (Ohio, Pennsylvania and West Virginia) will continue to grow as an oil and gas production hotspot in the coming years, Bryce Custer recently speculated to the Herald-Star, because the area is extremely attractive to investors. For example, the recent JSW Steel of India acquisition in the region may prompt the return of a steelmaking. For more, read the full story.

Ohio, Pennsylvania, West Virginia

Harrison County power plant moves forward after approval

The Ohio Power Siting Board approved the construction of a Cadiz power plant projected to spur economic development opportunities in the area and provide funds for infrastructure improvements throughout Harrison County, reports the Times Reporter. Harrison Power is hopeful to begin construction of the plant in October, but must secure an investor for the project first. For more, read the full story.


New law prioritizes identifying and plugging abandoned oil and gas wells

On June 29, 2018, Governor Kasich signed into law a bill aimed at identifying and plugging abandoned oil and gas wells throughout Ohio. The bill, H.B. 225, mandates that the Ohio Division of Natural Resources' chief of the division of oil and gas resources management spend “not less than thirty percent of the revenue credited to the oil and gas well fund” to plug wells where a “known responsible owner” cannot be identified. The new law also requires the chief to submit written reports concerning the status of efforts to identify and plug abandoned oil and gas wells.


Shell Chemicals reveals technology guiding their new ethane cracker construction

Shell Chemicals recently presented technologically advanced plans for constructing their new ethane cracker plant in Potter Township, Pennsylvania at a chemical-industry conference, according to the Pittsburgh Business Times. The corporation plans to use new and unprecedented technology, in this capacity, such as radio-frequency identification tags on the physical pieces of the plant, for what they hope will prompt a large petrochemical industry in Appalachia. For more, read the full story.

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