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Foes challenge proposed fracking in national forest in Ohio

NY village loses case over fracking water sales

ATHENS, Ohio — Opponents are pushing back as a federal agency again considers requests to open Wayne National Forest in southeastern Ohio to oil and gas drilling. The Buckeye Forest Council, Sierra Club, Athens County Fracking Action Networks and other advocacy groups have called for the U.S. Bureau of Land Management to conduct a “full-scale environmental report” before allowing drilling ...

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Royalty checks shrivel in Texas as oil, gas prices tumble

DALLAS — Once-lucrative royalty checks for mineral rights owners across Texas are shriveling as oil and natural gas prices tumble. U.S. crude prices ended the week falling after Goldman Sachs said a global price of oil could push prices as low as $20 a barrel. Now land owners who leased their property to drillers during the oil and gas boom ...

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Curing ailing mineral title problems: The quiet title option

Whether in the Bakken, Marcellus Shale or Harding County, issues relating to problems with mineral title ownership occur regularly in the oil patch. If a lawsuit is the equivalent of using a hatchet, then a quiet title action, a special type of lawsuit, may be considered microsurgery. A quiet title action can and often should be used to clear up ...

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Companies bid millions to drill under state lands in W.Va.

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — West Virginia officials have opened millions of dollars in bids to drill for oil and natural gas beneath state-owned lands, including waterways and a wildlife management area. One of the biggest offers the state Department of Commerce opened Friday would let Antero Resources Inc. drill underneath 283 acres of Jug Wildlife Management Area in Tyler County for ...

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Permian Basin battle: Oil versus Farming


Farmers in Glasscock County, Texas, are not pleased with how the oil industry has taken over their city and land. Cotton farmer Dennis Seidenberger, who has been farming for 49 years in Glasscock County, says over the last few years his view on the oil surge has shifted. They’ve totally ruined our way of life here … I don’t know ...

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Ohio college to offer oil and gas landman major, certification

Zach Koppang | Shale Plays Media An Eastern Ohio college is vying to become the first in the state to offer oil and gas landman certification, according to a recent report by the Marietta Times. The new major offered by Marietta College titled Land and Energy Management is being launched to give students an alternative to its well-respected petroleum engineering ...

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Oil industry navigating uncertainty in lesser prairie chicken habitat


Dan Voorhis | Wichita Eagle (Wichita, Kan.) Kansas oil and gas industry members say that, to them, the lesser prairie chicken looks less like a grouse and more like a problem. The federal government’s listing of the lesser prairie chicken as a threatened species under the Endangered Species Act in May has injected uncertainty and raised costs in their business operations ...

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Drilling becoming more common in urban areas

Zach Koppang | Shale Plays Media Rural communities are no stranger to oil and gas operations moving close to home, but now even urban residents are contemplating signing mineral rights leasing agreements for property smaller than a full acre, according to a recent broadcast from Colorado Public Radio. Dawn Gioia, a stay-at-home mother of two, lives a couple of blocks ...

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Hold your ground: Ohio land rights cases head to Supreme Court


Shane Thielges | Shale Plays Media Two lawsuits that could determine the future of Ohio’s mineral rights rules headed to the state Supreme Court this week. In two separate filings, Ohio mineral rights owners have contended they are owed a share of royalty payments due to shale gas drilling on their properties, reports WOSU Public Media. The outcome of these ...

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Balancing oil and agriculture

John Deede | Shale Plays Media Google+ Western North Dakota, once a desolate expanse of farming and ranching communities, has experienced a flurry of activity unlike the state has ever seen. Small towns dotting the landscape are finding themselves hubs of the shale industry since hydraulic fracturing made the sea of shale oil underneath them accessible. People from out of state flooded ...

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