Posts Authored by Brock A. Miskimen

DOE releases report on economic progress in Appalachia

On June 30, 2020, the U.S. Department of Energy released its report, The Appalachian Energy and Petrochemical Renaissance: An Examination of Economic Progress and Opportunities. The report discusses the energy, petrochemical and manufacturing sectors of the economy and the impact of low-cost energy from local natural resources, such as natural gas, plays a role in reviving the regional economy. It also highlights the need for the public sector to create a good business environment, develop a wide variety of public infrastructure from roads to broadband, support workforce development in the region and invest in innovation to facilitate economic growth in Appalachia. To read the full report, click here.


Vendel named Chief of ODNR’s Division of Oil and Gas Resource Management

Eric Vendel, who has served as lead attorney for the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR)’s Division of Oil and Gas Resource Management since 2012, will become the new chief of that division, according to an ODNR news release. ODNR Director Mary Mertz made the announcement of Vendel’s selection, saying his “extensive legal and administrative experience in oil and gas regulation” make him the “ideal candidate,” according to the release. As lead attorney for the division, Vendel has “drafted and reviewed oil and gas rules and regulations, Chief’s orders, contracts, and compliance agreement,” among other duties. He holds a J.D. from Capital University Law School, a master’s degree in organic chemistry from The Ohio State University, and a bachelor’s degree in chemistry from Wittenberg University.


Last-quarter Ohio oil production up 17 percent over same quarter previous year

The Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) announced the state’s horizontal shale wells “produced 6.8 million barrels of oil” during the fourth quarter of last year, an increase of 17 percent over 2018 fourth-quarter totals, reports. Natural gas production during the same quarter was 685 billion cubic feet, an increase of 3 percent over the same quarter in 2018, according to the article. ODNR reported production from 2,452 wells, which averaged 2,774 barrels of oil, 279 million cubic feet of natural gas and 90 days of production. For more, read the full article.