Anticipated TEAL Natural Gas Pipeline project begins some service

A company filing by Enbridge Inc. with U.S. federal energy regulators revealed that the Canadian energy company’s Texas Eastern Appalachian Lease natural gas pipeline project began some service in early October, according to Reuters. The Ohio pipeline will connect Marcellus and Utica Shale product from the tristate with other regions in the U.S. and Canada. For more, read the full story.

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Guernsey Power Station Groundbreaking Set For March

Although the Guernsey Power Station project start date has been delayed several times, Cambridge-Guernsey County Community Improvement Corporation Executive Director Norm Blanchard recently revealed that a March groundbreaking is underway, according to The Daily Jeffersonian. The natural gas fueled power station will employ 300 to 500 construction workers and 25 permanent highly skilled employees. For more, read the full story.

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Reliable One Resources Acquires Athens County Disposal Wells Facility

Reliable One Resources recently announced its purchase of a functioning Athens County water disposal and injection facility, ideally located by the Marcellus and Utica Shales, and their oil and gas producing areas, according to NewMediaWire. As coverage on oil and gas wastewater produced by sites like the Marcellus Shale grows, Reliable One hopes to corner the market with regional water mitigation solutions. For more, read the full story.

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Ohio’s energy industry spurs billions in economic development

Ohio’s unique proximity to the Utica and Marcellus shale formations has made the state a national leader in energy, according to the Morning Star. This positioning has contributed to over $70 billion in private sector energy investments within the state and innumerable benefits within local economies. For more, read the full story

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Ohio law requires oil and gas land professionals to hold broker’s license to be compensated

On September 25, 2018, the Ohio Supreme Court issued its decision in Thomas Dundics v. Eric Petroleum, Slip Opinion No. 2018-Ohio-3826, holding that the plain language of Ohio Revised Code 4735.01 does not exclude oil and gas land professionals or oil and gas leases from the definitions of “real estate” and “real estate broker” within the statute. The case considered the specific question of whether “oil-and-gas land professionals, who help obtain oil-and-gas leases for oil-and-gas development businesses, must be licensed real-estate brokers when they engage in the activities described in R.C. 4735.01(A) with respect to oil-and-gas leases,” and “[m]ore specifically, … whether R.C. 4735.21 precludes a person who is not a licensed real-estate broker from bringing a cause of action to recover compensation allegedly owed for negotiating oil-and-gas leases." For more, read the full story

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LyondellBasell finalizes acquisition

LyondellBasell finalized its acquisition of Ohio plastics maker A. Schulman for $2.25 billion, doubling the size of its plastics compounding business, according to the Houston Chronicle. The acquisition, announced earlier this year, will enable the Houston petrochemicals company to produce a wider range of plastic compounds for use in consumer and industrial products. For more, read the full story

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New Ohio Oil and Gas Association leader remarks on the industry’s future

The newest leader of the Ohio Oil and Gas Association, Matt Hammond, spoke about “demand opportunities” within the oil and gas industry during a recent visit to Cambridge, according to the Columbus Dispatch. He emphasized the positive effects of the booming industry, and the importance of communicating those. For more, read the full story

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Bricker partners with Ohio advancement groups to host economic development trainings

Attorneys within Bricker & Eckler's economic development practice have partnered with APEG, JobsOhio and OEDA to design and host EDNow!, an upcoming economic development training program. EDNow! empowers elected and appointed community leaders, especially those within Southern and Eastern Ohio, to guide their local communities’ futures with cutting-edge economic development strategies. Buckeye Hills Regional Council, OVRDC and OMEGA have also assisted with this initiative.

The program will be offered in various Ohio locations on September 26 and October 10. For more information, including the schedule, location details and ticket information, visit the EDNow! event page.

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Ohio EPA issues general permit authorization for storm water discharges

On September 17, 2018, Ohio EPA issued its General Permit Authorization for Storm Water Discharges Associated with Construction Activity from Oil and Gas Linear Transmission Line and Gathering Line Installation (the General Permit). Ohio EPA issued the permit in final form, effective immediately (with an effective date of September 17, 2018). Parties wishing to challenge the General Permit may do so by filing an appeal with the Environmental Review Appeals Commission (ERAC) within 30 days of the permit issuance – by October 17, 2018. For more, read the full story.

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7th Circuit Court of Appeals affirms Illinois subsidy for nuclear generation facilities

On September 13, 2018, the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals issued its long-awaited decision in the consolidated cases of Elec. Power Supply Assn. v. Anthony M. Star, 7th Cir. Nos. 17-2433, 17-2445, 2018 U.S. App. LEXIS 25980 (Sep. 13, 2018).  The decision — authored by the well-known jurist, Circuit Judge Frank Easterbrook — decided an issue that is very similar to an issue also currently pending before the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, the case of Coalition For Competitive Electricity, et al. v. Zibelman, et al., 2nd Cir. No. 17-2654. The issue in question is namely whether the Federal Power Act preempts a state law that sought to subsidize some of the state’s nuclear generation facilities. The Federal Power Act provision— 16 U.S.C. § 824(b)(1) — provides that the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) is to regulate the sale of electricity in interstate commerce, whereas the states are to regulate local distribution and the facilities used to generate power. For more, read the full story

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