Natural Gas

Ohio Deep Injection Well Seeks To Reopen After Quakes

Mar 12, 2015

The operator of a northeast Ohio deep-injection well for drilling wastewater that's been shuttered since it was tied to seismic activity last year is fighting to get the facility reopened.

American Water Management Services asked the Oil and Gas Commission at a Wednesday hearing to lift a state chief's order that shut down the well at its Weathersfield site, near Warren, last fall.

Ohio's high court recent ruling limits local power over gas drilling.

State statistics show oil production has more than doubled and natural gas has tripled in Ohio in the past year.

The Department of Natural Resources said Wednesday that more than 3.5 million barrels of oil and 164 billion cubic feet of natural gas were produced during the last three months of 2014. During the same quarter in 2013, Ohio wells produced 1.4 million barrels of oil and 43 billion cubic feet of natural gas.

The increase was fueled by a building boom of wells.

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Plans for a new natural gas-fired power plant have been announced in Middletown. The plant would employ 300-400 people for about three years of construction, and 25-30 when it is up and running in 2018.

Middletown is part of a statewide trend towards natural gas and away from coal. From November 2012 to November 2013, energy generated from natural gas in Ohio increased 16 percent, in part because natural gas prices have become competitive with Appalachian coal.

Shale Drilling Permits Higher Than Expected In 2013

Dec 17, 2013

2013 ends with more than twice as many shale drilling permits issued for the Utica Shale play than first expected, encouraging news for Ohio backers of natural gas exploration and production.

Earlier this year, the Ohio Department of Natural Resources projected 525 permits for shale drilling.  That would’ve been a modest increase from 2012’s total of 376, but now in its most recent report, the state DNR shows 1015 permits issued to 30 companies since 2009, operating in much of eastern Ohio. 

Ohio officials are advising oil and gas companies to share information on the toxic chemicals they use with local authorities, including first responders.

The Columbus Dispatch reports that Ohio notified companies this month that federal disclosure law trumps a 2001 state law requiring only that the information be filed with the Ohio Department of Natural Resources.

An important study on possible health impacts of natural gas drilling is still looking for additional funding.

Geisinger Health System spokeswoman Amanda O'Rourke said Wednesday the $1 million grant that was announced in February 2012 remains the only funding for a project that was projected to cost at least $25 million.

Geisinger plans to look at health histories of hundreds of thousands of patients who live near Marcellus Shale gas wells in Pennsylvania. Geisinger is based in Danville.

A newspaper reports that injection drilling in Ohio hasn't met the initial expectations of state officials this year.

The Columbus Dispatch reports that Ohio Department of Natural Resources officials had told state legislators in March that as many as 250 of the natural-gas and oil wells would be drilled in eastern Ohio Utica shale by the end of the year.

But state records show that only 165 wells have been completed, with 22 more being drilled.

Energy and transportation experts are heading to Columbus to discuss ways to encourage production of compressed natural gas vehicles and develop low-emission natural gas fuels.

A summit hosted by America's Natural Gas Alliance will be held Tuesday at Ohio State University. It will be patterned after an energy summit convened by Republican Gov. John Kasich last year.

The governor's office and Public Utilities Commission of Ohio are coordinating the event.

The U.S. Forest Service says the shale drilling technique for natural gas known as hydraulic fracturing can take place in a national forest in southeast Ohio.

The Forest Service released its report Monday after a study of a land and resource management plan drafted in 2006 for the Wayne National Forest.

Forest Supervisor Anne Carey says that plan can adequately address any damage and risks to the forest from the gas extraction method also known as fracking.

She also says a new environmental impact study is not needed.

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.