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Shale Results

Drillers give updates on where they and their plans stand

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Consol Energy Consol Energy will begin drilling its 9,000-acre leasehold around the Pittsburgh airport in August. The company plans to drill 8,000 feet laterals on the wells and expects production to start flowing from the airport acreage in early 2015. It has also developed a partnership in the Marcellus shale with Noble Energy. The company […]

Who owns the mineral rights? The Ohio Supreme Court may decide

Thursday, June 5, 2014

The Ohio Supreme Court is being asked to define how the Ohio Dormant Minerals Act from 1989 and 2006 interact.

Shale court battles: One loss and one settlement in the works

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

STEUBENVILLE, Ohio — A Jefferson County farmer lost his court battle with the Hess Corporation in May. However, other area landowners may benefit from another court fight that has a proposed settlement on the bargaining table. David Cameron, a Jefferson County dairy farmer, lost the legal battle over his oil and gas lease in the […]

Energy independence is at the top of the list at Pa. oil and gas conference

Thursday, May 22, 2014

PITTSBURGH, Pa. — Pennsylvania is moving in the right direction — that was the feeling speakers shared at the Pennsylvania Independent Oil and Gas Association’s Eastern Oil and Gas Conference held May 13. Lt. Governor Jim Cawley described the United States as being in an energy revolution and the Marcellus shale is one component of […]

Pa. oil and gas conference: Severance tax and legislation are big topics

Thursday, May 22, 2014

PITTSBURGH, Pa. — Pennsylvania is facing an oil and gas fight over a possible severance tax and legislation regarding minimum royalty payments. The Pennsylvania Independent Oil and Gas Association made it clear during its Eastern Oil and Gas Conference May 13 that members are against the implementation of a severance tax. Job killer Association President […]

Hilcorp Energy: Forced pooling fight continues in Pa.

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Some legal wrangling has stalled the the first-ever spacing order application for an unconventional shale gas well.

Pipeline easements: Get what you want, up front and in writing

Friday, May 9, 2014

SALEM, Ohio — Are you being wooed by a landman for a pipeline easement? You may want to slow down the relationship and think about what you want before jumping in. Remember, this is a lifetime commitment. And it won’t be a relationship between you and the landman. The pipeline easement will be relationship between […]

Utica and Marcellus shale: Southeastern Ohio is drilling hot spot

Thursday, May 8, 2014

The Ohio Department of Natural Resources issued 15 new permits for shale play wells in Belmont County in April, the most granted in any Ohio county.

Earthquake link triggers tougher drilling permit conditions

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

COLUMBUS — The  Ohio Department of Natural Resources is creating new, stronger permit conditions for deep oil or gas drilling near faults or areas of past seismic activity. The new policies, announced April 11, are in response to recent seismic events in Poland Township (Mahoning County) at a well owned by Hilcorp Energy Company, that […]

Ohio announces tougher permit conditions for drilling near faults

Friday, April 11, 2014

The ODNR announced new, stronger permit conditions for drilling near faults or areas of past seismic activity April 11.

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