Ohio oil and gas production is up

Production of oil and gas from Utica shale wells in Ohio has hit a new record, according to the Youngstown Business Journal and the ODNR. During fourth quarter 2018 2,241 producing Utica shale wells yielded a 31.9% increase in natural gas and a 38.5% increase in oil compared to fourth quarter 2017. Production is also up from the previous three-month period. For more, read the full story.


Natural gas industry boosts local business

Like many small business owners, Denise Wycherley of Attic Pickers in Bridgeport, Ohio credits oil and gas workers for an influx in revenue and anxiously awaits a decision on whether or not the region can expect a new ethane cracker plant, according to The Intelligencer. A new plant would mean more workers spending money at local shops like hers. However, PTT Global has yet to announce a decision on this project, which is estimated to be a multi-billion dollar investment for the area. For more, read the full story


Guernsey Power Station on delay until April

Norm Blanchard, executive director of the Cambridge-Guernsey County Community Improvement Corporation, announced on February 23, 2019 that construction on the Guernsey Power Station will not begin until April due to an objection filed by American Electric Power to the FERC, according to The Daily Jeff. The objection arose over AEP’s concern for a switching station being built on potentially unstable grounds due to nearby abandoned mines and who would bear the cost of grouting those mines. On February 21, the Ohio Department of Natural Resources hosted a hearing to gauge public opinion on the future of the project and whether or not the mines would be put into use again. For more, read the full story


Federal court dismisses lawsuit against Nexus Gas Transmission

On February 21, 2019, the U.S Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit dismissed a lawsuit against Nexus Gas Transmission brought forth by three citizen groups over air pollution permits for pipeline compressor stations, according to Big Law Business. The court ruled that “Protecting Air for Westerville”, “Neighbors Against Nexus” and “Sustainable Court Medina” lacked standing to challenge the permits and were unable to explain the harmful effects the pipeline compressor stations will have on group members. For more, read the full story


Lordstown Industrial Park finally getting second power plant

On February 22, 2019, after the $1 billion project was held up in court for over a year, a second power plant was approved for the Lordstown Industrial Park, according to The Business Journal. The legal dispute arose over land acquisition between the majority owner of the Lordstown Energy Center and Clean Energy Future LLC, which is overseeing the development of the 940-megawatt power plant. Bill Siderewicz, president of Clean Energy Future LLC, is preparing to finalize financing for the project. For more, read the full story


DeWine announces J.P. Nauseef as the next president of JobsOhio

Governor Mike DeWine and JobsOhio jointly announced J.P. Nauseef as the next president and investment officer of JobsOhio on Feb. 14, according to Ohio.gov. Dewine believes that Nauseef’s “extensive experience in the economic development field, and passion for selling Ohio as the best location for new and expanding businesses” positioned him as the most promising candidate. Previously, Nauseef served as a former U.S. Air Force Officer and is now chairman and co-founder of Krush Media Group. He is set to replace the current president, John Minor, in March. For more, read the full story


2019 Infrastructure Funding: How to get it and spend it wisely

On January 14, 2019, the President signed the Water Infrastructure Improvement Act (H.R. 7279), granting municipalities new statutory tools to affordably confront expensive infrastructure challenges using Integrated Planning. Bricker & Eckler, McMahon DeGulis and Muskingum Watershed Conservancy District are hosting a series of free public infrastructure planning events to discuss these tools and the integrated planning process.

This program will be offered in various Ohio locations February through May. For more information, including schedule, location details and to register, visit the event page.


Ohio among top states for oil and natural gas proved reserves

In newly released data by the U.S. Energy Information Administration, Ohio is now among the top five states for oil and natural gas proved reserves, according to the Dayton Business Journal. Other top states include Pennsylvania, Texas, West Virginia and Louisiana.  For more, read the full story.

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Natural gas production on the rise in Ohio

At the end of the third quarter, Ohio’s natural gas production was up 39% to 6.9 billion cubic feet per day, according to API SmartBrief.  Belmont, Jefferson and Monroe counties and Ascent Resources were top producers. For more, read the full story.


Ohio EPA issues permits for potential cracker plant construction

The Ohio EPA recently issued air and waterways discharge permits to allow PTTGCA and Daelim Industrial Co. to construct a multi-billion cracker plant along the Ohio River, according to Columbus Business First. While both companies have yet to announce a final decision on the project, these newly issued permits are one of the last needed to start construction. For more, read the full story

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