The first look at actively producing natural gas wells in Ohio's Utica Shale formation using the method known as hydraulic fracturing show high levels of gas production.
Figures reported Monday by Oklahoma City-based Chesapeake Energy Corp. show five wells in eastern Ohio producing 2.6 billion square feet of natural gas in 2011.
The figures, which Chesapeake provided to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, shows one well alone in Harrison County producing 2 percent of the state's entire natural gas production.
Ellen Belcher, who's filling in for Emily McCord, interviews Tom Stewart, a proponent of the controversial drilling process known as fracking.
Clean energy advocates are announcing the opening of the state's first liquefied natural gas fueling station, aimed at long-distance truck travel.
Clean Fuels Ohio says the station is part of a planned network of such stations along U.S. interstates.
The Clean Energy LNG Truck Fueling Station will open April 4 in Seville in northeast Ohio near Interstate 76.
The station is one of four being opened in Ohio by Seal Beach, Calif.-based Clean Energy. It will be available for all trucks using liquefied natural gas.
Ellen Belcher, who's filling in for Emily McCord, interviews Jack Shaner, a lobbyist for the Ohio Environmental Council. Shaner talks about Gov. John Kasich's new energy plan and insists that Ohio's "fracking" regulations are woefully weak.
Production of Marcellus Shale natural gas in Pennsylvania rose again in the second half of 2011, slightlyexceeding projections.
The state reported Friday that drillers produced the equivalent of 1.66 billion cubic feet of gas per day from July to December.
That's up from about 1.19 billion cubic feet per day in the previous six months.
That translates into a yearly average of about 1.42 billion cubic feet per day. That's up slightly from previous industry projections of 1.3 billion for 2011.
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