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Sherrodsville water recycling plant up and running
One of the state's first recycling plants, which will take in and process flowback water from Utica shale drillers, has its permits in place and has begun taking in water, say developers behind the project.
March 7, 2014, 4:30 am

Local elected officials largely favor shale drilling
A survey of county commissioners, mayors and other local officials found widespread support for fracking in eastern Ohio, and few concerns, say researchers at Ohio University.
February 28, 2014, 4:30 am

Group hopes to promote free-market solutions to climate change
Though he is a Republican conservative, former U.S. Rep. Bob Inglis is gathering state officials and academics on March 5 to discuss approaches to address climate change that perhaps even Libertarians can embrace.
February 28, 2014, 4:30 am

Chart Industries plans $80 million investment in China
The maker of equipment to produce, distribute and store various gases expects 2014 to be a strong year in the liquefied natural gas business.
February 28, 2014, 4:30 am

Optimism and severance tax debate are chief topics at Shale Summit
The industry worries about how much the state will tax its newfound windfall of natural gas and related liquids, as observers wait to see how the Utica matches up with other major U.S. shale plays.
February 21, 2014, 10:32 am






Wages fall nationally for oil and gas workers
With hiring already down in the U.S. drilling industry, wages have followed suit as the sector takes a breath and reprioritizes, says an industry researcher.
February 21, 2014, 9:27 am

Oil and gas hiring rate hits four-year low for nation
The U.S. oil and gas industry is slowing down in terms of job growth, but it's tough to tell whether Ohio is bucking the larger trend.
February 14, 2014, 8:01 am

OU to unveil shale survey results in Feb. 24 webcast
The school polled local political leaders in 17 shale counties to see how the industry's growth is impacting their economies and communities.
February 14, 2014, 4:30 am

Chesapeake cuts its spending rate in 2014
The Utica's biggest lease holder continues to tighten its belt and will spend less money on new wells this year -- and Ohio's shale play is not the company's favorite, at least when it comes to near-term spending priorities.
February 7, 2014, 4:30 am

Rep. Robert Latta wants transportation rules relaxed to enable propane deliveries
Allowing truckers to drive longer and with larger loads would enable fuel companies to get more of the gas to state residents during the unusually cold winter, the congressman contends.
February 7, 2014, 4:30 am

OOGA fueled up and ready for its winter meeting
Ohio's debate over severance taxes and an update on the Utica's geological data are standouts on this year's program.
February 7, 2014, 4:30 am

Ohio's shale odyssey has just begun, says CSU researcher
Investment dollars have already poured into the state and gas has already come out of the ground, but it's just the beginning for the Utica shale's development, says college dean.
February 7, 2014, 4:30 am

Plastics industry says it's running hard and fast on U.S. natural gas
Cheaper feedstock supplies are a major reason for the industry's relatively quick climb out of the recession and will fuel future growth, trade group says.
January 31, 2014, 4:30 am

PHOTO GALLERY
Charge! Ohio Tesla drivers get some juice
The automaker announces a station intended to help drivers who own its electric vehicles travel farther and recharge their batteries faster.
January 31, 2014, 4:30 am
   » Tesla

Defiance electric plant sold again
For the second time since 2011, Ohio generation plants in Defiance and Stryker have changed hands.
January 31, 2014, 9:13 am






Cold weather offers hot investment plays
Natural gas prices have jumped, but experts warn that the high prices will likely be fleeting.
January 31, 2014, 4:30 am

2014 Ohio Clean Energy Challenge reaches the semifinalists stage
Ten student teams from Ohio universities will pitch their technologies and business plans next week to a panel of judges at Cleveland State University in hopes of securing support as they launch their companies.
January 24, 2014, 4:30 am

Don't worry, be API
The Ohio Petroleum Council has changed its name to make clear its national affiliation.
January 17, 2014, 8:30 am

FirstEnergy's employee 401(k) plan gets a new administrator
The electric company's retirement plan has about $3.2 billion in assets under administration and 21,000 participants.
January 17, 2014, 4:30 am

Chart Industries launches new series of cryogenic storage freezers
The company, best known for its equipment used in the natural gas industry, said its new biomedical freezers provide a 20% reduction in nitrogen usage and consume 30% less energy than comparable systems.
January 17, 2014, 4:30 am
   » Chart Industries gains European contract to provide LNG equipment
   » Chart Industries reports improved third-quarter results, makes acquisition in China


Blogs

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SHALE BLOG -- DAN SHINGLER
Leftovers from the Shale Summit -- tasty tidbits of curiosity we don't want to waste
As usual, we had a lot of questions from audience members at this year's Shale Summit -- more than we had time to answer at the event.
February 21, 2014, 9:37 am

SHALE BLOG -- DAN SHINGLER
 
Leftovers from the Shale Summit -- tasty tidbits of curiosity we don't want to waste
As usual, we had a lot of questions from audience members at this year's Shale Summit -- more than we had time to answer at the event.
February 21, 2014, 9:37 am

ENERGY BLOG -- DAN SHINGLER
One business might be more affected by shale gas than any other
Yes, shale gas is shaking up the U.S.
January 24, 2014, 4:30 am

ENERGY BLOG -- DAN SHINGLER
 
More companies than expected are looking to shale for sales
We knew there were a lot of businesses in and around the Utica hoping the play can boost their revenues -- we just didn't realize how many until we dug into OU's database.
November 22, 2013, 7:47 am

ENERGY BLOG -- DAN SHINGLER
The Utica's hopes for a cracker might be crumbling
It's looking more and more like the gas produced in eastern Ohio and western Pennsylvania might be shipped elsewhere for its final processing, but that's probably not as bad as it sounds for the...
November 8, 2013, 7:55 am

ENERGY BLOG -- DAN SHINGLER
 
The Utica's hopes for a cracker might be crumbling
It's looking more and more like the gas produced in eastern Ohio and western Pennsylvania might be shipped elsewhere for its final processing, but that's probably not as bad as it sounds for the...
November 8, 2013, 7:55 am

EMERGING INDUSTRIES BLOG -- BILL HAGSTRAND
Vanadium redox: powering up local communities
While 'vanadium redox' sounds like something you would hear at a Star Trek convention, it has become a familiar term to the city of Painesville.
August 23, 2013, 4:30 am

ENERGY GUEST BLOG -- WILLIAM BOWEN
 
After the blackout: better, but still room for improvement
For the long-term success of our region and its economy, further improvements need to be made in our electrical system to ensure its reliability.
August 23, 2013, 8:00 am

ENERGY GUEST BLOG -- ANDREW THOMAS
Let's not go BANANAs over shale gas drilling
There are environmental concerns around fracking, just as there are around any other type of fossil fuel production.
August 9, 2013, 8:07 am

ENERGY GUEST BLOG -- JIM SAMUEL
 
What happened to the shale boom?
Some folks are asking when and whether Ohio's shale gas industry will take off, but it already is moving quickly if you know where to look and what to look for.
August 2, 2013, 4:30 am

ENERGY GUEST BLOG -- WILLIAM BOWEN
Nurturing the economy and environment at the same time is a tough balancing act
It's easier to see that climate change is happening than it is to see how to fix it in an increasingly complex global economy.
July 26, 2013, 7:36 am

ENERGY GUEST BLOG -- HEIDI GOROVITZ ROBERTSON
 
ODNR revises the rules for unitization
A part of state law that most people never heard of -- one that can allow drilling underneath landowners' property, even against their wishes -- is receiving fresh attention.
July 19, 2013, 8:33 am

ENERGY GUEST BLOG -- ANDREW THOMAS
Checks and balances for shale development are local
Why is shale investing taking off in Ohio but not in Ukraine? Because there is a local payoff for the inconvenience and environmental risks involved.
July 12, 2013, 4:30 am

ENERGY GUEST BLOG -- BILL BOWEN
 
Regulators and the utilities under their purview bear watching
If more people would pay attention to the important interactions between government and investor-owned utilities, problems like 'regulatory capture' associated with natural monopolies could be...
July 1, 2013, 4:30 am

ENERGY GUEST BLOG -- WILLIAM BOWEN
I understand FirstEnergy's motives -- I just hope it fails
The utility will only be acting in the interest of its shareholders if it attempts to get Ohio to reduce its energy-efficiency standards.
July 1, 2013, 4:30 am

ENERGY GUEST BLOG -- WILLIAM BOWEN
 
Latest capacity auction spurs abundance of questions
While the reformed electric regulatory framework undoubtedly has some advantages relative to the older and more traditional one, it has serious and continuing problems worthy of widespread discussion...
June 21, 2013, 4:30 am

ENERGY GUEST BLOG -- MATT BRAKEY
Capacity price auction results better, but far from great
Can FirstEnergy Corp.'s Ohio customers sit back and declare the auction results good news? Yes and no.
June 21, 2013, 7:00 am

ENERGY GUEST BLOG -- HEIDI GOROVITZ ROBERTSON
 
The landmen cometh, but do you really know who they are?
Landmen are agents who represent oil and gas companies in their efforts to secure rights to drill for oil and gas on people's land -- and there's an online report card that can help landowners know...
June 14, 2013, 4:30 am

ADVANCED ENERGY BLOG -- BILL HAGSTRAND
'Roasting' biomass to energy: an alternative process emerges in Northeast Ohio
It's called torrefaction, and it's another viable process for creating an alternative energy source in Northeast Ohio.
June 14, 2013, 4:30 am

ENERGY GUEST BLOG -- JIM SAMUEL
 
Don't let those early Utica shale production numbers fool you
Though horizontal shale wells represent just two-tenths of 1% of the wells in Ohio, they produced 12% of all the oil and 16% of all the natural gas in the state. Those numbers are noteworthy.
June 7, 2013, 5:00 am

GUEST BLOG -- ANDREW THOMAS
Why the world is watching Ohio's shale development
The global interest in Ohio's recent report on oil and gas production was fueled by factors that include competitive concerns and wonderment in densely populated nations of how fracking is working in...
May 31, 2013, 6:30 am

ENERGY GUEST BLOG -- IRYNA LENDEL
 
Look for long-term successes from the Utica shale
The true measure of a play's success is not necessarily the number of local jobs it creates in its early stages of development, but in how a state can capitalize on it over the long term.
May 24, 2013, 4:30 am

ENERGY GUEST BLOG -- WILLIAM BOWEN
Renewables can produce a lot of energy -- but not always when we need it
Renewables such as wind and solar are making progress, but conventional forms of energy still have an edge when it comes to their ability to provide power on demand.
May 10, 2013, 9:13 am

ENERGY GUEST BLOG -- HEIDI GOROVITZ ROBERTSON
 
Ohio laws allow drillers access to land, at times over landowner objections
Most people think of property rights as allowing landowners to do largely as they see fit with their property.
May 3, 2013, 8:46 am

ENERGY GUEST BLOG -- ANDREW THOMAS
Large industrial electricity users should support the energy-efficiency mandate
After examining both sides of the argument, the cheapest kilowatt still appears to be the one we don't have to generate.
April 26, 2013, 8:24 am

ENERGY GUEST BLOG -- WILLIAM BOWEN
 
Energy efficiency and more production used to go hand in hand in Ohio -- perhaps they still will
Conventional wisdom says a strong economy means higher demand for energy, but historical data show that Ohio has been able to both grow its economy and increase its energy efficiency, even during its...
April 19, 2013, 8:45 am


Energy news from Ohio's daily newspapers

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THE PITTSBURGH BUSINESS TIMES
Worker killed at Rice Energy well in Ohio
David Zamora, a subcontractor from Louisiana, was killed when a large piece of equipment fell on him at the Bigfoot 9H well in Belmont County.
9:37 am April 11, 2014



MEDIAMATTERS FOR AMERICA
Ohio's press fails to report fossil fuel industry's connection to new energy legislation
A group that represents some of the nation's most powerful fossil fuel interests has strong ties to legislators now trying to gut the state's energy efficiency standards -- but none of the state's...
9:25 am April 11, 2014



THE PITTSBURGH BUSINESS TIMES
Canada has a new source for natural gas: U.S.
Nearly a third of the natural gas used in Ontario now comes from the Marcellus drilling region, say Canadian officials.
4:30 am April 11, 2014



BLOOMBERG BUSINESSWEEK
Alternative energy companies oppose Ohio's rollback of energy standards
If Ohio abandons its commitment to clean energy and energy efficiency, it will likely devastate the state's nascent wind and solar energy industries, say companies that oppose legislative efforts to...
9:52 am April 11, 2014



COLUMBUS BUSINESS FIRST
Some of Ohio's largest manufacturers ask the state to keep its energy efficiency standards
Honda, Whirlpool and other big Ohio manufacturers have asked legislators to maintain the state's efficiency mandates in order 'to attract economic investment and encourage growth.'
9:33 am April 11, 2014



THE OIL AND GAS JOURNAL
Moody's: Marcellus is the place to be
The firm says that drillers in the Marcellus shale, which spans across Pennsylvania, much of Ohio and into West Virginia, will fare better than those operating in most of the nation's other major...
4:30 am April 4, 2014



THE CANTON REPOSITORY
EV Energy Partners plan to drill 190 Utica wells this year
The partnership of Enervest, Chesapeake and Total say they've drilled 370 wells in the Utica so far -- and will bring that total to more than 550 this year, as they target the play's wet gas.
9:09 am April 4, 2014



CINCINNATI.COM
Republicans seek to halt Ohio's energy efficiency increases
The Ohio Senate is considering a bill that would end scheduled increases in the state's energy efficiency standards.
8:53 am April 4, 2014



THE CINCINNATI ENQUIRER
A lack of scrutiny for rail shipments of oil
As domestic oil production increases, neither state nor federal officials are tracking shipments of oil by trains that travel the country and traverse cities, small towns and rural communities.
9:05 am April 4, 2014



THE AKRON BEACON JOURNAL
Activists protest the disposal of fracking waste
A coalition of local, state and national groups gathers in Columbus to protest the use of Ohio injection wells to dispose of wastewater from shale drilling.
8:57 am April 4, 2014



THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
Youngstown-area businessman pleads guilty in wastewater dumping case
Ben Lupo, -- who now admits to ordering an employee to dump fracking wastewater into storm sewers connected to the Mahoning River -- could face three years in prison when he is sentenced in June.
8:16 am March 28, 2014



THE PA HOMEPAGE
Pennsylvania's proposed severance tax could bring in $720 million a year
The Keystone State currently has no severance tax on oil and gas, but some lawmakers are now proposing one.
8:41 am March 28, 2014



COLUMBUS BUSINESS FIRST
Firm raises $58.5 million to buy landowners' future royalty payments
Landowners who can't wait for their royalty payments from future oil and gas production -- or want to gamble with them a bit -- can sell them before drilling even begins to a Carrollton company...
8:46 am March 28, 2014



THE PLAIN DEALER
Debate over Ohio's efficiency mandates shows stark contrast between competing arguments
First Energy has been lobbying hard against the mandate, including efforts to scare its customers with predictions of higher rates.
8:54 am March 28, 2014



BLOOMBERG
Cheap gas fuels billions in chemical industry investments
The U.S. chemical industry plans to boost its domestic capacity by 30% over the next 10 years, now that it's convinced the nation's supply of gas will support such growth.
4:30 am March 28, 2014



CNN MONEY
Businesswoman chases shale boom and catches it in the Marcellus
Amy Savage thought she'd move to Pennsylvania and keep her trucking company going.
4:30 am March 21, 2014



COLUMBUS BUSINESS FIRST
Rock Oil sets sights on Utica
Backed by $250 million in private equity, the Houston-based company says it plans to buy acreage to develop in eastern Ohio.
4:30 am March 21, 2014



THE DAYTON DAILY NEWS
Ohio board approves 300-megawatt wind farm
The project could entail as many as 176 turbines in Logan and Hardin counties, say developers.
4:30 am March 21, 2014



REUTERS
Major oil pipeline ruptures and sends crude into Ohio nature preserve
State regulators say that on March 17, between 7,000 and 10,000 gallons of oil spewed into the Oak Glen Nature Preserve about a quarter of a mile from the Great Miami River.
8:33 am March 21, 2014



THE AKRON BEACON JOURNAL
Report says Ohio could house 19,000 shale wells
The state's geologist says that's how many wells could be drilled on the 3 million acres of eastern Ohio that sit atop the Utica shale and do not yet have well sites.
4:30 am March 21, 2014



REUTERS
SunCoke Energy to sell coal operations
In addition to selling its West Virginia mines, the company says it will also transfer ownership of its Ohio coke-making operations to a master limited partnership.
4:30 am March 14, 2014



THE DAILY BEAST
Landowners say Chesapeake Energy double-crossed them as it struggled to cope with its debt
One landowner says his royalties were reduced by 90%. Pennsylvania's governor has asked the state's attorney general to investigate the company's practices.
8:46 am March 14, 2014



THE YOUNGSTOWN BUSINESS JOURNAL
YSU geology professor takes issue with local shale seminar
A seminar on the economic benefits of shale drilling did much to promote oil and gas development, but not enough to warn of the associated risks, says a Youngstown State professor and former oil...
4:30 am March 14, 2014



THE COLUMBUS DISPATCH
More earthquakes detected near Mahoning County drill site
Geologists now say there have been 12 small quakes, including eight this week, near wells being drilled by Hilcorp Energy. State officials have ordered a halt to drilling in the area.
8:36 am March 14, 2014



NORTHEAST OHIO MEDIA GROUP
North Royalton fights drilling
The city says mishaps and its lack of trust in the Ohio Department of Natural Resources are among the reasons it wants to prevent oil and gas drilling on city-owned land, but ODNR says it must allow...
4:30 am March 14, 2014



THE PLAIN DEALER
Ohio's drilling may boom, but not its processing and chemical industries
While drillers expect Ohio's production of natural gas and other hydrocarbons to continue its rapid ramp-up, hopes that the state will also process that production into chemical feedstocks got a...
8:51 am March 7, 2014



THE AKRON BEACON JOURNAL
Ohio's shale oil drilling still attracting interest
Though drilling for oil in the Utica shale has largely been a disappointment, EV Energy Partners says it has not given up on that aspect of the play and it expects to participate in at least eight to...
9:03 am March 7, 2014



LIMAOHIO.COM
Meeting set for Lima crude oil project
The Ohio EPA will hold a public meeting on March 18 to explain and discuss a proposed plant in Lima, which would convert petroleum coke and other solid hydrocarbons into what backers say would be...
8:44 am March 7, 2014



THE AKRON BEACON JOURNAL
Ohio's oil and gas production shows a major increase for 2013
Thanks to drilling in the state's Utica shale play, Ohio was able to more than double its production of natural gas and nearly double its production of crude oil in 2013, the Ohio Oil and Gas...
8:36 am March 7, 2014



THE YOUNGSTOWN BUSINESS JOURNAL
Halcon suspends Utica drilling
The company's executives tell analysts they don't need more wells like the ones they've drilled so far, raising more questions about the viability of the northern portion of Ohio's Utica shale play.
4:30 am March 7, 2014



THE (SOUTH CAROLINA) STATE
Duke Energy did not pay federal income taxes from 2008 to 2012
The Charlotte, N.C.-based company was one of 26 listed on the Fortune 500 that paid no federal income taxes over the four-year period, a new report concludes.
4:30 am February 28, 2014



THE (YOUNGSTOWN) VINDICATOR
Chesapeake prepared for dramatic ramp-up in Utica production
In a recent filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission, the Utica's biggest player says it plans to triple its production in the play this year.
4:30 am February 28, 2014



THE AKRON BEACON JOURNAL
Ohio Supreme Court hears crucial case on home rule and shale drilling
Justices at Ohio's top court are deciding whether the state's Department of Natural Resources or local governments really have control over oil and gas drilling in cities, townships and other local...
8:22 am February 28, 2014



THE CANTON REPOSITORY
Utica lifts Gulfport's financial results
One of the Utica's major drillers tells investors that Ohio's shale play has become its best-performing region and says it will be a major focus of the company's activity in 2014.
4:30 am February 28, 2014



TIME
Natural gas prices hit five-year high
Cold winter weather has helped boost prices for the fuel and shortages could remain in place if frigid temps persist.
9:47 am February 21, 2014



UPSTREAM
Report says Texas regulators ignored shale drilling pollution
An investigation targeting air quality in the Eagle Ford shale finds that state officials failed to protect rural residents from pollution, groups say.
4:30 am February 21, 2014



THE CINCINNATI BUSINESS COURIER
Duke Energy selling Ohio plants
As part of its plans to exit the region with its commercial generation business, the company says it will sell seven of its Ohio facilities.
4:30 am February 21, 2014



THE PLAIN DEALER
NEO legislators call for investigation of ODNR
The Department of Natural Resources' support of fracking -- and its targeting of those opposed to drilling -- has led to calls for an investigation of the department that oversees and apparently...
4:30 am February 21, 2014



THE COLUMBUS DISPATCH
Kasich reverses position on drilling in state parks
In the wake of a controversy over the Department of Natural Resources and its advocacy of fracking, the governor decides drilling in state parks might not be a good idea.
4:30 am February 21, 2014



THE PITTSBURGH POST-GAZETTE
Halliburton fined $1.8 million in Pennsylvania
The state levied one of its largest fines ever against the oilfield service company for hazardous substance violations.
4:30 am February 21, 2014



THE COLUMBUS DISPATCH
AEP can keep $368 million in invalid charges
The Ohio Supreme Court says it's 'unfair,' but state law allows the utility to keep the money, even though it was previously determined that the company improperly charged consumers to get it.
8:16 am February 14, 2014



THE ASHTABULA STAR BEACON
Conneaut injection well under ODNR review
American Energy applied in December to drill and operate the well within the city limits.
4:30 am February 14, 2014



PENN STATE NEWS
Pennsylvania researchers make proppants from industiral waste
Sand is used to make glass, now glass and other materials are being used to make sand -- well, kind of.
4:30 am February 14, 2014



THE NEW YORK TIMES
Leaks in the system negate the benefits of natural gas in fighting climate change as a vehicle fuel
Though it produces less carbon than other fuels when it burns, methane is itself a potent greenhouse gas.
8:06 am February 14, 2014



THE COLUMBUS DISPATCH
Latest severance tax proposal hated by all
It's too much tax on the industry, say drilling proponents. It's not enough, claim others. The fight continues over the state's largest new industry and potential source of revenues.
4:30 am February 14, 2014



 
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