Posts Authored by Aaron M. Bruggeman

Ohio legislators tackle problem of abandoned oil and gas wells

The Ohio legislature recently took a step to more aggressively address the problem of orphaned and abandoned oil and natural gas wells in the state with passage of a House bill aimed to identify and plug the wells, reports the Sentinel-Tribune in Bowling Green. The newspaper says House Bill 225, now awaiting action in the Ohio Senate, calls for the chief of the Division of Oil and Gas Resources Management to rank orphaned or abandoned wells as either "distressed," "moderate" or "for maintenance." The bill requires that distressed wells receive the highest priority for plugging. For more, read the full story.

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Kinder Morgan puts Utopia pipeline system into service

Kinder Morgan has placed into service the 270-mile Utopia pipeline system that capitalizes on Ohio's Utica shale play, reports the Houston Chronicle. The newspaper says the Houston-based pipeline operator developed the $500 million Utopia system to deliver ethane products from eastern Ohio to Windsor, Ontario. Kinder Morgan has a long-term contract with Canada's NOVA Chemicals Corp., which will use the products as feedstock for plastics production. For more, read the full story.

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Advance Power opens Carroll County power plant, plans to build another near Wellsville

Advance Power has announced that its 700-megawatt Carroll County Energy natural gas-fired power plant near Carrollton, Ohio is now operating and capable of generating enough electricity to serve 750,000 homes, reports the Steubenville Herald-Star. The newspaper says the Boston-based company is also planning to build a $1.1 billion natural gas-fueled power plant just north of Wellsville, Ohio, a 1,150-megawatt facility known as South Field Energy. For more, read the full story.

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BLM plans another mineral rights auction for Wayne National Forest

The U.S. Bureau of Land Management (BLM) will hold an auction for another 345 acres of mineral rights in Ohio’s Wayne National Forest on March 22, 2018, according to Marcellus Drilling News. The news site says this will be BLM’s fifth auction of mineral rights for oil and natural gas development in the forest. The most recent one took place in December 2017 when the agency auctioned 350 acres in Monroe County, Ohio, netting $944,000. Click here to read more.

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Shale Crescent USA to make trip to Japan

A Shale Crescent USA team is ready to leave for a business trip to Japan, according to an op-ed piece in the Parkersburg News and Sentinel by Greg Kozera of the Mid-Ohio Valley based economic development initiative. “We believe that this is a unique opportunity for our region,” Kozera writes, noting Japan will be a customer for liquefied natural gas from the new export terminal at Cove Point, Maryland that will use natural gas from the Utica and Marcellus shale plays. He also says the Mid-Ohio Valley has the natural gas liquids such as propane, butane and ethane that are building blocks for petrochemicals and are needed by Japan. For more, read the full story.

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Federal court upholds approvals for LNG projects

The Associated Press reports that a three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit has upheld U.S. Department of Energy decisions approving three projects to export liquefied natural gas (LNG), including Dominion Energy's export terminal in Cove Point, Maryland that will use natural gas from the Marcellus and Utica shale plays. The news service says the Sierra Club was seeking to overturn approvals for Dominion’s terminal as well as ones in Louisiana and Texas, claiming they would increase air and water pollution and contribute to global warming. But the three-judge panel ruled in a unanimous opinion that the Energy Department fulfilled its legal obligations in approving the projects under the National Environmental Policy Act and other laws. For more, read the full story.
 

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Shell’s ethane ‘cracker’ project strains construction workforce

The expected need for as many as 6,000 construction workers for Royal Dutch Shell’s ethane “cracker” plant project in Beaver County, Pennsylvania is “likely to put a strain on the [construction] industry, which is feverishly working to train new apprentices to build up the region’s workforce,” reports the Pittsburgh Business Times. The newspaper also notes that firms “putting up stakes around the cracker” will need construction workers as will other projects throughout the region in a variety of industries. “What we foresee in 2018 into 2019 and going forward is billions of dollars of construction taking place in this region,” said Jeff Nobers, executive director of the Builders Guild of Western Pennsylvania, “so the challenge for us is to recruit people.” For more, read the full story.

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New Texas company wants to invest in Utica, Marcellus shale plays

Pathfinder Resources LLC, a new company created by private equity firm District 5 Investments LP in Irving, Texas, “has its eye on investments in the natural gas industry relating to the Marcellus and Utica shale [plays],” reports the Pittsburgh Business Times. The newspaper says Pathfinder is looking to make investments between $5 million and $35 million in Pennsylvania, West Virginia and Ohio, starting with mineral and royalty interests in the shale plays. For more, read the full story.

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Bidell ready to manufacture natural gas compression systems in Weirton

Bidell Gas Compression is ready to begin production of the company’s natural gas compressor systems at its new $3 million facility in Weirton, West Virginia, reports the Weirton Daily Times. The newspaper says Bidell renovated a 100,000-square-foot building formerly used as a machine shop by ArcelorMittal Steel and its predecessor steel companies. Bidell Vice President Dan Martin also announced the company has secured its first orders for the plant — three compressor systems for MarkWest Energy Partners estimated at $1 million each, according to the Daily Times. For more, read the full story.

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Ohio law may derail Youngstown oil and gas ballot issue

A charter amendment aimed at banning hydraulic fracturing in Youngstown, Ohio could be kept off the city’s November 7 ballot by the Mahoning County Board of Elections because of a conflict with state law, reports the Youngstown Vindicator. The newspaper says Ohio Governor John Kasich signed a bill in January 2017 that included an amendment giving more discretion to county elections boards to invalidate local charter proposals that conflict with state law or the state constitution. The ballot proposal in Youngstown, rejected six previous times by voters, would require the city to ban hydraulic fracturing and any activity related to it, according to the Vindicator, even though state law gives jurisdiction over oil and natural gas operations to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources. For more, read the full story.

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