API opposes federal bailout of FirstEnergy Solutions

CNBC reports that the American Petroleum Institute (API) has released a letter calling for the Trump Administration to "let markets work" by denying Ohio-based FirstEnergy Solutions' request for a government rescue. The television news network says the bailout is also opposed by a majority of power plant owners and environmental groups. FirstEnergy Solutions recently filed for bankruptcy protection and has announced plans to shutter three nuclear power plants potentially affecting 65 million customers. For more, read the full story.

National, Ohio

Rover pipeline seeks FERC approval to put facilities into service

Energy Transfer Partners' Rover natural gas pipeline has asked federal regulators for permission to begin service on additional facilities so stranded Northeast shale gas can be transported to Midwest markets, according to Platts. Rover’s latest in-service request to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) involves mainline compressor stations, mainline pipeline segments and a Vector Pipeline delivery meter station. The pipeline runs through northern Ohio and into Michigan. For more, read the full story.

National, Ohio

Shawn Bennett appointed to federal oil and gas position

The U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Fossil Energy has announced the appointment of Ohio’s Shawn Bennett as deputy assistant secretary for oil and natural gas. The agency said in a news release that Bennett will administer oil and gas programs, including research and development, analysis and natural gas regulation. Bennett has more than a decade of experience in public affairs and government relations in the coal and oil and gas industries, most recently serving as executive vice president for the Ohio Oil and Gas Association. For more, read the full release.

National, Ohio

Company seeks FERC permission to build Buckeye XPress pipeline

Columbia Gas Transmission has filed an application with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) seeking permission to build the Buckeye XPress natural gas pipeline, reports Marcellus Drilling News. The news site says the project would include construction of 66 miles of new pipeline to replace old lines in Ohio’s Vinton, Jackson, Gallia and Lawrence counties, as well as pipeline replacement work in West Virginia’s Wayne County. The pipeline will send natural gas from the Marcellus and Utica shale region to the Gulf Coast via an interconnection at Leach, Kentucky. Click here to read more.

Ohio, West Virginia

Cove Point LNG terminal begins commercial operations

Dominion Energy Inc.’s $4 billion Cove Point liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminal in Lusby, Maryland has started commercial operations, reports the Richmond Times-Dispatch. The newspaper says the plant, a former import-only terminal Dominion converted to a facility that can export as well, has been ramping up to full production since March 2018. Most of the natural gas coming to Cove Point is expected to be from the Marcellus and Utica shale plays. For more, read the full story.

National, Ohio, Pennsylvania, West Virginia

Appalachia posts gains as U.S. natural gas production hits record level

U.S. natural gas production reached record levels in 2017, an increase that substantially boosted natural gas exports, reports the Houston Chronicle. Citing data from the U.S. Department of Energy, the newspaper says Louisiana had the largest annual production gain of any state last year. The Appalachian region, which includes the Marcellus and Utica shale plays in Ohio, West Virginia and Pennsylvania, also saw substantial volume growth. For more, read the full story.

National, Ohio, Pennsylvania, West Virginia

EV Energy Partners files for bankruptcy protection

EV Energy Partners has filed for bankruptcy in a move to restructure its debt, reports the Canton Repository. The newspaper says the Chapter 11 filing in federal bankruptcy court in Delaware followed lenders’ approval of a previously announced restructuring agreement that would eliminate more than $343 million of principal and accrued interest. Houston-based EV Energy Partners has oil and natural gas assets in Ohio’s Utica shale play. For more, read the full story.

National, Ohio

MarkWest Energy Partners to build more plants in Marcellus/Utica region

MarkWest Energy Partners plans to build another six natural gas processing plants and three more fractionation facilities in the Marcellus/Utica shale region in 2018, reports Marcellus Drilling News. Citing comments made at the recent Utica Midstream Conference in North Canton, Ohio, the news site says MarkWest expects to spend $2 billion in the Marcellus/Utica region this year after building two processing plants and three fractionation plants in the region in 2017. Click here to read more.

Ohio, Pennsylvania, West Virginia

Cabot Oil & Gas plans to drill test wells in north-central Ohio

Cabot Oil & Gas is preparing to drill test wells in Ashland and surrounding counties in north-central Ohio, reports the Canton Repository. The newspaper says Cabot is looking for natural gas and oil about 100 miles northwest of the Utica shale play’s core in eastern Ohio. The company has filed paperwork with the Ohio Department of Natural Resources for two well pads in Ashland County, and plans to drill up to five test wells in an area that includes parts of Richland, Knox, Wayne and Holmes counties. For more, read the full story.


Antero Resources looks to mine own sand for hydraulic fracturing

Natural gas producer Antero Resources Corp. is looking at options to mine its own sand for hydraulic fracturing to offset recent price increases, Reuters reports. The news service says the company, which operates in the Marcellus and Utica shale plays, has seen its sand costs rise markedly in the past year. Fellow oil and gas producers, including Pioneer Natural Resources Co., have bought or developed their own sand mines to offset cost increases, according to Reuters. For more, read the full story.

National, Ohio, Pennsylvania, West Virginia
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