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Potential oil window is last gasp for Utica Shale

August 20, 2014 |  Comments (2)

Change to fracking process may help companies to open the oil portion of the Utica Shale

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March 27, 2014

It isn't earth shaking news that no one's happy with Ben Lupo. Louie b. Free calls for harsher punishments while Todd Franko and Mark Sweetwood discuss the current constraints.



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EPA drastically underestimates methane released at drilling sites

May 01, 2014 |  Comments (5)

Using a plane equipped to measure greenhouse gas emissions in the air, scientists found that drilling activities at seven well pads in the Marcellus shale formation emitted 34 grams of methane per second, on average. The Environmental Protection Agency has estimated that such drilling releases between 0.04 grams and 0.30 grams of methane per second.


Halliburton posts $622M in 1st-qtr net income

May 01, 2014 |  Comments (0)

Earnings and revenue topped expectations and Halliburton reversed course after a loss a year ago, when results were hurt by charges related to the huge 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill.


New book on fracking illuminates pros, cons

May 01, 2014 |  Comments (0)

In “The Boom: How Fracking Ignited the American Energy Revolution and Changed the World,” Russell Gold brings new clarity to a subject awash in hype from all sides.


Opponents take aim at ODNR

May 01, 2014 |  Comments (0)

Fracking opponents criticized the Ohio Department of Natural Resources for not providing more information from an investigation that found a “probable” connection between the drilling practice and a rash of Earthquakes in Poland Township.


How significant is ODNR’s announcement linking fracking to the Poland earthquakes, and how

May 01, 2014 |  Comments (0)

How significant is ODNR’s announcement linking fracking to the Poland earthquakes, and how does the


National energy boom blurs political battle lines

May 01, 2014 |  Comments (0)

Democrats are split between environmentalists and business and labor groups, while some deeply conservative areas are allying with conservationists against fracking. The issue cuts across party lines..


Ohio gains $18.7 billion in shale investment

May 01, 2014 |  Comments (0)

With 30 projects specific to Columbiana, Mahoning and Trumbull counties, the Valley is home to nearly 29 percent of all Ohio projects and 18 percent of the total investment, with at least $3.4 billion spent here, according to the report.


Trying to combat growing drug trade in oil patch

May 01, 2014 |  Comments (0)

The oil boom in the Bakken shale fields has touched off an explosion of growth and wealth on this remote wind-swept prairie, but the bonanza suddenly flourishing here has also brought with it a dark side: a growing drug trade.


An update on lawmaker action and other activities at the Ohio Statehouse related to horizontal

May 01, 2014 |  Comments (0)

An update on lawmaker action and other activities at the Ohio Statehouse related to horizontal


Report weighs costs, benefits of fracking

May 01, 2014 |  Comments (0)

Carroll County's experience highlights both the pros and cons of shale development


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