ODNR permitting process under way for injector wells in Richland Township

Omni Energy Group has filed for a permit to site two saltwater injection wells near the intersection of U.S. 40 and Ohio 331 near St. Clairsville, the Intelligencer Wheeling News-Register reports. Residents voiced concerns about pollution, noise and increased truck traffic related to the potential siting. The CEO of Omni stated that “[Omni wants to] be the best neighbor and best part of the community we can be.” The permitting process is ongoing with no finite deadline. Read the full story.

 

Ohio

Findlay-based Marathon Petroleum merger could benefit midstream growth in Ohio basin

A planned merger of Marathon entities MPLX and Andeavor Logistics will expand “[Marathon’s] geographic footprint” in the Ohio basin, the Dayton Daily News reports. Marathon’s CEO anticipates growth and value-creation opportunities as a result. Likewise, low oil prices may spur consolidation between Anadarko Petroleum and Occidental Petroleum. Read the full story.

Ohio

Belmont County tops Utica Shale activity

The New Philadelphia Times-Reporter’s weekly roundup of Utica Shale activity, for the week ended April 27, 2019. Belmont County tops the list with 629 permits, followed by Carroll County at 525 and Harrison County at 470. There are 2,179 producing Utica wells in Ohio.

Ohio

Jefferson County to break into top five

According to the Ohio Oil and Gas Association, Jefferson County will soon become one of the top five natural gas producing counties in the state. The energy industry is emphasizing production in the region with its Shale Crescent campaign and Ascent Resources, with 29 of the top 40 producing wells in Ohio, is focusing drilling in Smithfield, Mount Pleasant and Cross Creek. Currently there are 229 permitted drilling sites in Jefferson County. Read the full story, including production and permitting data from surrounding counties, here.

 

Ohio

Investment in Ohio shale reaches $74 billion, continues to grow

A quarterly report commissioned by JobsOhio and issued by Cleveland State University’s Energy Policy Center shows continued strong investment in oil and gas production in eastern Ohio, reaching $74 billion for the period between 2011 and the second quarter of 2018. The Energy Policy Center based its findings on investment data from companies in the region. Most of this investment has been in the upstream applications of oil and gas production. Other developing investments include ironmaking plants in Toledo and Ashtabula County; potential investments include PTT Global’s proposed petrochemical plant in Belmont County. Read the full story.

Ohio

13 permits issued for Utica shale

For the week ended April 13, 2019, the ODNR issued 13 permits to Ascent Resources-Utica LLC for exploratory drilling in Belmont, Harrison and Jefferson Counties. These were the only permits issued for the week in both the Ohio and Pennsylvania sectors of the Utica, according to the Youngstown Business Journal. 2,179 horizontal wells and 16 rigs are currently in production in Ohio. Read the full story.

Ohio

Potential economic impact of Belmont County cracker plant

According to daily-jeff.com, PTTGC America, the U.S. subsidiary of PTT Global Chemical, is in the process of conducting a site feasibility study in Mead Township to determine its suitability for a petrochemical complex that could “change the economic structure throughout the [Eastern Ohio] region.” PTT Global is looking at the site specifically because of its location on the Utica and Marcellus shale plays and its easy access to transportation infrastructure. Economic development from the proposed plant could benefit Belmont and adjacent counties, attracting business from upstream, midstream and downstream sectors of the petrochemical industry. Read the full story.

Ohio

Utica and Marcellus shale plays drive U.S. natural gas production to record high

The Utica/Point Pleasant and Marcellus shale plays are driving growth in U.S. natural gas production, according to data from the EIA and reported by the Youngstown Business Journal. National production was up 11% in 2018, marking the “largest annual production increase on record” for the second year in a row. Gross withdrawals in Ohio alone were up 34% in 2018; notably, the Appalachian basin is now supplying an increased volume of natural gas to other areas of the country, including the Gulf Coast and Texas. Likewise, export volumes have increased. Billion-dollar investments in pipeline development across the region will continue. For more, read the full story.

National, Ohio

ODNR issues first drilling permits in Columbiana County since August 2018

The Salem News  reports that Hilcorp Energy has been granted four new permits to drill in Columbiana County.

Ohio

Nearly half of U.S. natural gas will come from the Ohio Valley by 2040, expanding development potential

Farm and Dairy reports the results of an IHS Markit study which point to an exponential increase in production from the Marcellus and Utica shale formations. According to the study, Ohio, Pennsylvania and West Virginia will supply nearly half of the nation’s natural gas by 2040. The study also quantifies cost advantages of producing natural gas liquids in the Midwest; projected savings are pushing petrochemical plants to look closely at the region for expansion and construction. Read the full story.

Ohio, Pennsylvania, West Virginia
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