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Dominion East Ohio says shale gas will help keep prices moderate this winter in Northeast Ohio

Cleveland-based Dominion East Ohio expects increased production from the Utica and Marcellus shale in Ohio and nearby states to provide ample supplies of natural gas at moderate prices this winter. “Once again, customers can set their thermostats with confidence this winter,” said Jeff Murphy, general manager — commercial operations. He said natural gas prices for the remainder of the winter ...

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Range Resources’ capital budget cut by 18 percent, growth still expected


Range Resources Corp. announced that it is chopping its capital budget for 2015 by 18 percent but is expecting growth during the next year. Despite cutting its capital budget, Range Resources said it believes it can achieve production growth of 20 to 25 percent on account of improving capital efficiencies.  Included in those efficiencies is increasing optimized well designs. The ...

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Energy spotlight: Michael Jarvis

Michael Jarvis is pioneering an underground path to shale in Western Pennsylvania. The geologist at Range Resources finds the most lucrative shale spots thousands of feet underground and helps craft the most efficient drilling path to them. Last month he was given the Young Alumni Achievement Award by his alma mater, Indiana University of Pennsylvania. He graduated in 2008 as ...

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EDITORIAL: The high cost of regulatory compliance

Last week the U.S. Department of Labor ordered contractors in the Marcellus shale region to pay nearly $4.5 million to 5,310 workers in back wages for unpaid overtime. According to the department, nearly 160 companies calculated overtime rates incorrectly for some employees, and misclassified other employees as exempt from overtime rules. Government investigators blamed the violations on the structure of ...

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Gas field drillers, activists seek statewide rules for wells

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There are more regulations for cutting hair than for drilling water wells in Pennsylvania. To cut hair, you must hold a cosmetologist degree, pass an exam and get a license that outlines how you can practice. To drill a well and install a water pump, you need only register drilling equipment with the state. The absence of statewide rules governing ...

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Accountants favor gas extraction tax

A majority of accountants in Pennsylvania agree that imposing a gas extraction tax is one of the best ways to solve the state’s fiscal deficit, according to the third annual Certified Public Accountant Poll. The poll, conducted by the Pennsylvania Institute of Certified Public Accountants, reports that 67 percent of the accountants surveyed agree that enacting Gov.-elect Tom Wolf’s proposed ...

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Stone Energy reports success of Utica exploration well

Stone Energy Corp. has announced the successful completion of its Utica Shale exploration well in Wetzel County, West Virginia, reports the Oil & Gas Journal. The well, dubbed the Pribble 6HU, features a 3,605 foot lateral and during the last 24 hours of a five day testing period the well produced 30 million cubic feet (Mmcf) of gas. The test ...

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EQT announces future operations and midstream investments

EQT Corp. (NYSE: EQT) projects that it will invest $2.3 billion into production operations and various midstream projects in the coming year, according to its latest operational forecast. Of the total investments, $1.95 billion will be devoted to well development, $90 million for exploration and developmental geological surveys, with the remainder going toward overhead costs, well maintenance and compliance. Up ...

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Labor Department: Marcellus Shale contractors owe $4.5 million in back wages

Contractors involved in natural gas extraction in the Marcellus Shale region of Pennsylvania and West Virginia must pay nearly $4.5 million in back wages to more than 5,000 workers, following a two-year U.S. Department of Labor investigation. “An ongoing multi-year enforcement initiative conducted by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division offices in Wilkes-Barre and Pittsburgh from 2012 ...

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Gas workers in Pa., W.Va. to get back wages

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Natural gas drilling contractors working in the Marcellus Shale have agreed to pay nearly $4.5 million in back pay to 5,310 workers in Pennsylvania and West Virginia after an investigation that found violations of the federal Fair Labor Standards Act, federal officials said. A majority of the violations involved improper payment of overtime. Some salaried employees did ...

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