BP’s natural-gas efforts fuel Valley reps’ optimism

Published: 1/26/13 @ 12:01



U.S. Reps. Tim Ryan, a Democrat, and Bill Johnson, a Republican, don’t agree on a lot of issues, but both are supportive of BP’s natural-gas exploration operations in the Mahoning Valley.

The two congressmen met Friday with BP officials at the gas giant’s Ohio headquarters on Mahoning Avenue in North Jackson to talk about the company’s plans and tour the facility.

The company plans to start drilling its first wet natural-gas test well in Trumbull County in April.

It’s very early in the process, said Tim Harrington, regional president of BP North America Gas, who was among company officials who met privately with Ryan and Johnson.

“We’re kind of on the second hole on an 18-hole golf course,” Harrington said.

BP will spend two years evaluating whether this area is ideal for shale drilling, he said.

Ryan, of Niles, D-13th, said natural-gas drilling provides a great opportunity for the Mahoning Valley.

Johnson, of Marietta, R-6th, agreed, saying the area hasn’t seen the potential for such economic prosperity “since the steel mills came here years and years ago.”

The two are among 109 members of Congress to sign a letter to Energy Secretary Steven Chu urging him to approve natural-gas export permits to countries that don’t have free-trade agreements with the United States.

“We can either import oil or export gas,” Ryan said.

Johnson added: “America has an opportunity here to be the lead in natural-gas exports. You’ve got other countries in other regions of the world that are already doing this.”

Drilling would provide opportunities to grow the area’s economy, create jobs and help make the country energy-independent, Johnson and Ryan said.

“Let’s export it and create jobs here,” Ryan said.

BP is leasing oil and gas rights in eight Ohio counties, including Mahoning, Trumbull and Columbiana. The company’s first local purchase was 84,000 acres in Trumbull County for $330 million with a group of property owners.


Posted by danikytn (anonymous) on January 26, 2013 at 9:50 a.m.

Tim Ryan looks like hes been hanging out under the bridges!

Posted by RoddAC (anonymous) on January 26, 2013 at 9:53 a.m.

ATTENTION POSTERS! Please ignore anyone who begins their posting with "YukTown." They will, or soon should be, moving soon.

Posted by JoeFromHubbard (anonymous) on January 26, 2013 at 10:38 a.m.

There are only two things that could ruin the development of the gas industry here in the Valley: Fracophobics and government.

Posted by James_S (anonymous) on January 26, 2013 at 10:39 a.m.

Frick and Frack say


But in the meantime our prices at the pump and gas meters will continue to rise. They want us to depend on windmills and solar panels for energy while the countries that receive OUR exported oil and gas will use it to their benefit or turn around and sell it back to us for $$$PROFIT$$$ and we pay the price while the select few get richer- like Mr. Frick and Mr. Frack here.

Don't believe them.

They're both hand-in-hand on this AND AMNESTY for illegals AND for raising the debt limit AND GLOBALIZATION.

Both are loyal servants to not "we the people" but to their masters who own them.

"Don't be fooled..."

Posted by redeye1 (anonymous) on January 26, 2013 at 2:04 p.m.

How about this , Before we allow them to export our Natural gas . We get our NG prices set so low that we in this country benefit from it. Like the OPEC nations where they only pay .$0.39 a gallon for their gas. Say we set the price at $1.00 per thousand feet of useage and take away all the BS charges that are attached to our NG bills such as transportation charges, pipie line use fees and most of all the taxes on our NG. What about that congressmen?