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Niobrara production continues to grow

Zach Koppang | Shale Plays Media Although the Wattenberg Field in Colorado has been in development since its discovery in 1970, it continues to show promise for both operators and investors according to a recent article by the Motley Fool. The deployment of hydraulic fracturing in the area has led to a resurgence in profitability for companies like Synergy Resources ...

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Marcellus breaks production records – again


Shane Thielges | Shale Plays Media Booming Marcellus gas production has once again set new records for the Northwest and the nation. Bloomberg reports that the region’s gross gas output will reach 15.235 billion cubic feet (bcf) per day this month, a 28% increase from last year, and hit 15.482 bcf/day by August. That’s 16% of national gas production, compared to ...

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Penn State to present Marcellus workforce webinar


Shane Thielges | Shale Plays Media Penn State has announced it will present a webinar addressing the growth of the shale industry workforce on July 17. A brainchild of the University’s outreach program, Penn State Extension, the one-hour session will discuss the changing workforce trends and training needs of the natural gas industry in the Marcellus shale. “Industry Workforce and ...

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Utica Shale activity continuing to move south


Burton Speakman | Youngstown Vindicator YOUNGSTOWN — The latest report from the Ohio Department of Natural Resources proves what already had become apparent in the Mahoning Valley: Utica Shale drilling activity has moved to southern Ohio and doesn’t appear to be coming back. The core of the Utica is in a narrow swath in Belmont, Monroe, Noble and Harrison counties, ...

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States pass the buck on radioactive waste disposal


Shane Thielges | Shale Plays Media An article today on Public Radio International explores the literal fallout of Marcellus shale drilling: irradiated rock fragments known as drill cuttings. The Marcellus is an unusually radioactive geological formation. PRI reports that studies have found its radiation levels are about three times as high as comparable shales, and samples of underground, mineral-heavy water ...

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Ohio scientist is conducting unique shale water testing


Shane Thielges | Shale Plays Media Inside Climate News has a story today about a scientist in Ohio’s Marcellus shale region who has assembled a rare collection of water samples from Carroll County from before, during, and after gas drilling occurred nearby. Amy Townsend-Small of the University of Cincinnati began collecting samples in 2012, when shale drilling began in Ohio ...

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Ohio union to train welders for Utica shale work


Shane Thielges | Shale Plays Media An Ohio union has received a $150,000 grant to help train new workers in the Utica shale. UA Local Union No. 396 received the money from the Ohio Appalachian Development Grant program, according to Columbus Business First. It will be used to train aspiring apprentices and displaced welders to construct and maintain pipelines that ...

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450,000 shale jobs generated by boom


Shane Thielges | Shale Plays Media The US shale energy revolution has created over 450,000 jobs according to Toby Mack, President and CEO of the Energy Equipment Infrastructure Alliance (EEIA). The Desert Sun reports that while testifying in front of the House Energy and Mineral Resources Subcommittee, Mack credited the boom with job growth in construction, equipment, supplies and services ...

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State says Utica shale fracking has helped nearly double natural gas production in Ohio


Laura Arenschield | Columbus Dispatch NORTH CANTON, Ohio — Fracking wells in the Utica shale in eastern Ohio helped to nearly double the state’s natural gas production from 2012 to 2013, state officials reported today. Ohio Department of Natural Resources Director James Zehringer said this morning that compared to 2012, the state’s total oil production increased by 62 percent and ...

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