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Justices side with landowners on Ohio drilling leases

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COLUMBUS, Ohio — The Ohio Supreme Court has sided with landowners in a long-running legal battle over 700 disputed oil-and-gas leases in southern and eastern Ohio. In a 4-3 decision Thursday, the court ruled Beck Energy Corp.’s leases require the company to begin preparing to drill within 10 years in order to maintain control of the properties. The energy company ...

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Ohio is poised to set records for volumes of drilling wastes going into injection wells

Injection well used to dispose of oil field wastewater. (Image: Faces of Fracking via Flickr)

Ohio is on track to end 2015 with a record volume of drilling wastes going into the state’s injection wells. Through nine months, Ohio’s 211 injection wells have taken in 20.0 million barrels of wastes, according to activist Teresa Mills of the Buckeye Forest Council who compiled the data from Ohio Department of Natural Resources’ records. That’s enough to fill ...

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Newly formed Lola Energy gets funding for Marcellus operations

Lola Energy ramps up operations in the marcellus and utica shale formations.

Newly formed Lola Energy is ready to start spending money on Marcellus and Utica shale gas operations despite the low prices and supply glut that have prompted budget cuts and layoffs by more established producers. The Pine-based company, founded last month by four former EQT Corp. executives, announced Tuesday it received a $250 million commitment from private equity firm Denham ...

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Ohio’s fracking boom hits speed bump

CAMBRIDGE, Ohio — When shale oil-and-gas investment hit eastern Ohio three years ago, the results could be measured in steaks and Shiner Bock beer. At least that’s the way they saw it at the Forum restaurant, a hangout for out-of-town oil-and-gas workers just off I-70. In the evenings, the bar at the front of the house was filled with customers ...

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Marathon’s planned acquisition is resisted

Marathon Petroleum Corp.’s planned acquisition of MarkWest Energy Partners LP continues to run up against resistance, with both founders of MarkWest now coming out strongly against the deal. Marathon announced in July that it had agreed to acquire MarkWest through its pipeline subsidiary, MPLX LP, in a cash and stock deal worth nearly $16 billion, though stock prices have cut ...

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Invenergy considering design change for Jessup power plant

JESSUP — Power plant developer Invenergy is considering a design change that would offer more flexibility in running its proposed power plant, but the change would bring slightly higher noise levels. The Chicago-based firm is considering changing its plans to use three steam turbines — one with every natural-gas-fired turbine — instead of a single, larger steam turbine. The possible ...

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Utica Shale: the best and the worst?

Over the past few weeks, the buzz around the Marcellus Shale has actually been about its deeper neighbor, the Utica, where a handful of companies have drilled record-setting wells for record-high costs. That has been making some people very nervous — not because the dry portion of the Utica underlying southwestern Pennsylvania, eastern Ohio and the West Virginia Panhandle might ...

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Economic impact of fracking strong at regional, state levels, Dartmouth researchers say

The economic impacts from fracking extend far beyond the county where drilling activity is happening, according to a report. Dartmouth College researchers, who produced the report for the National Bureau of Economic Research, found that the impact on wages and employment was many times larger at the regional and state levels than in the county where drilling occurred. The findings ...

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Rover Pipeline awards $34 million contract for 39 compressors

In a contract with an estimated value of over $34 million, Dallas-based Energy Transfer Partners subsidiary Rover Pipeline LLC and Ohio-based Ariel Corporation announced that Ariel will be supplying 39 natural gas compressors to the Rover Pipeline. The Rover Pipeline, valued at $4.2 billion, is engineered to carry up to 3.25 billion cubic feet of natural gas through 36 inch ...

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Marcellus permit activity in Pennsylvania, August 3rd through August 9th

The Marcellus Shale formation in Pennsylvania saw quite a bit of action over the last week. Unfortunately, even though permits are up, one company lost a worker in a traumatic accident. Last Tuesday morning, a tragic bulldozer accident took the life of a pipeline worker in Union Township, in northern Pennsylvania.  Ricky Dettman, 54 and a resident of Nebraska, was ...

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