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Heart of the Utica gets a hotel

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The small town of Cadiz, which is considered the heart of the Utica Shale formation in Ohio, has its first official hotel. The Micro-Inn & Suites by Wyndham opened back in June but will have its grand opening celebration next week.  The 81 room hotel didn’t quite go through the normal development process, but that wasn’t an issue for the ...

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Kinder Morgan planning two natural gas liquids pipelines across northern Ohio

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Texas-based Kinder Morgan Energy Partners LP says it intends to add a second 12-inch pipeline to its previously announced plan to ship petroleum-based liquids through northern Ohio. The additional line would transport natural gasoline. The lines, dubbed Utica to Ontario Pipeline Access (UTOPIA) West and UTOPIA East, would run side by side along a 240-mile route from Harrison County through ...

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Study ties 77 Ohio earthquakes to two fracking wells

A new study links nearly 80 earthquakes that occurred in Mahoning County in March 2014 to nearby fracking operations. In the study, published online this week in the Bulletin of the Seismological Society of America, the researchers say that the earthquakes were caused when companies fracked into a previously unknown fault. The result, they say, included a magnitude 3.0 earthquake ...

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Pipeline opponents use study as ammo

Opponents of the Atlantic Coast Pipeline are asking Nelson County to study the impact of the line’s 35 mile route through Virginia County and are offering to supply information and expertise for the study. The plan for the proposed pipeline routes it from Harrison County, West Virginia to coastal Virginia and then south into eastern North Carolina.  The pipeline is ...

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Utica Shale sees major production increase in third quarter

The Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) reports that during the third quarter of 2014, Utica Shale well production rates increased by 49 percent when compared to production in the second quarter, according to EnergyInDepth Ohio. The report states that in the third quarter natural gas production increased by over 43 billion cubic feet while oil production jumped up by ...

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Pipeline company MarkWest fined for repeated spills into Ohio streams

It took more than two years, but the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency has reached a settlement with a pipeline company that repeatedly spilled thousands of gallons of drilling slurry into wetlands and streams in eastern Ohio. Under the agreement, MarkWest Energy Partners will pay more than $300,000 in fines for 19 spills in eastern Ohio from September 2012 to November ...

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38 new drilling permits issued in Utica Shale region

During the week ending on Nov. 8, the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) issued 38 new permits for horizontal drilling in the Utica and Point Pleasant Shale plays, according to a report by the Morning Journal. One permit was issued in Harrison County, four in Guernsey County, six in Monroe County, 13 in Belmont County and 14 in Carroll ...

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Scientists see fracking as cause of earthquakes in heartland

Two pen seismograph for drilling operation. (Getty Images via NewsCred)

WASHINGTON – Evidence is growing that fracking for oil and gas is causing earthquakes that shake the heartland. States such as Oklahoma, Texas, Kansas and Ohio are being hit by earthquakes that appear linked to oil and gas activity. While the quakes are far more often tied to disposal of drilling waste, scientists also increasingly have started pointing to the ...

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Oil and gas and earthquakes

Numerous studies have found earthquakes to be connected with hydraulic fracturing, and Ohio oil and gas regulators are dealing with the implications, reports Columbus Business First. Earthquakes have been linked to wastewater disposal wells, or the injection of fracking fluids back into the earth, but the quakes created are generally too low magnitude for people to notice. One instance, near ...

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Natural gas vs. Beer

The Atlantic Coast pipeline, a 550-mile a joint effort between Dominion Resources, Duke Energy, Piedmont Natural Gas and AGL Resources, has gained a new unlikely opponent to their proposed construction: beer crafters. Grist.org reported that Blue Mountain Brewery, a craft brewery in the pristine Rockfish Valley of Virginia, is part of a Nelson County activist group opposing construction of the ...

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