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Shell commits to western Pennsylvania ethane cracker plant

MONACA, Pa. (AP) — Shell Chemical Appalachia says it is building a petrochemical plant in northwestern Pennsylvania that will create up to 6,000 construction jobs and 600 permanent jobs once it begins production early next decade. The company has been buying various rights and property, including a former zinc smelting site in Potter Township, Beaver County, where the plant will ...

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Recount confirms defeat of anti-fracking charter amendment

Oil and gas drilling rig operating in the Marcellus and Utica shale formations of Ohio, USA.

YOUNGSTOWN — A hand recount of an anti-fracking charter amendment, the so-called Bill of Rights, confirmed that the issue was indeed defeated in the Nov. 3 general election. During a special meeting Tuesday, the Mahoning County Board of Elections certified a new vote total — 6,151 against and 5,852 for the amendment. The official result on election night was 6,143 ...

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Ohio’s Utica Shale development grows by $5.7 billion or 20.4 percent since last spring

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Ohio’s Utica Shale has seen an additional $5.7 billion in investment or a 20.4 percent increase since last spring, a Columbus law firm says in a new report. The shale industry has invested $33.7 billion in Ohio, according to the report from Bricker & Eckler LLP, which tracks the industry. Ohio’s shale development is growing despite low commodity prices and ...

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Study indicates gas drilling can impact rivers, streams

Depending on where and how it’s done, natural gas drilling does have the potential to impact Pennsylvania’s waterways, an independent study reveals. Kenneth M. Klemow, professor of biology and environmental science and director of the Institute for Energy and Environmental Research at Wilkes University, was one of the contributors to a new study examining how natural gas development affects surface ...

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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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US looks at proposed fracking in national forest in Ohio

COLUMBUS, Ohio — A federal agency is again considering requests to open Wayne National Forest in southeastern Ohio to oil and gas drilling. Oil and gas companies formally expressed interest to the U.S. Bureau of Land Management in drilling about 31,900 acres of the forest through hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, The Columbus Dispatch reported. The bureau said it’s reviewing to ...

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EQT focusing more on Utica shale

EQT — Corp. plans to put more emphasis on exploring the deep Utica shale as continued low gas prices push the Downtown producer to focus on only the best spots for drilling and pipeline development. “The focus in 2016 will be on this more narrowly drawn notion of what the core Marcellus would be assuming the deep Utica play works,” ...

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Editorial: We know the drill – plan for worst

New cases of common sense never cease to surprise us. Still, despite the shock at the agreement reached Tuesday at the Tri-State Shale Summit in Morgantown, no one should be in awe, yet. The shared action plan we refer to — signed by Ohio, Pennsylvania and West Virginia — provides for cooperation, rather than competition, among these states to attract ...

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Gulfport Energy, Rice Energy forming new joint venture in Ohio’s Utica Shale

Two of the key drilling companies in eastern Ohio have formed a new joint venture in the Utica Shale. Oklahoma-based Gulfport Energy Corp. and a subsidiary of Pennsylvania-based Rice Energy Inc. have agreed to develop natural gas-gathering pipelines and water services to support Gulfport’s drilling for natural gas in eastern Belmont and Monroe counties. Gulfport and Rice announced Thursday that ...

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Pipeline project to start

CONNEAUT — Construction is expected to start next week on a natural gas pipeline improvement that will disrupt traffic along a 10,000-foot length of Route 20 on Conneaut’s west side. A pre-construction meeting is scheduled for today with the contractor, Roese Pipeline Co., of Kawkawlin, Mich., City Manager James Hockaday said. A five-foot trench will be dug in the westbound ...

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