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Jamison Cocklin

Jamison Cocklin joined the staff of NGI in November 2013. Prior to that he worked as business and energy reporter at the Youngstown Vindicator, covering the regional economy and the Utica Shale play. He also served as a city reporter at the Bangor Daily News and did freelance work for the Associated Press. He has a bachelor's degree in journalism and political science from the University of Maine.

Kinder Morgan Builds Transport Business With $962M Acquisition

Billing it as a strategic move that will better position it to meet rising demand for the transport of refined petroleum products, Kinder Morgan Energy Partners LP (KMP) has struck a deal to acquire two maritime shipping companies for $962 million in cash.

December 24, 2013

ODNR Updates Pipeline Standards; Wastewater Regs Nearly Complete

The Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) has updated its pipeline standard and construction specifications, and its work to finalize draft regulations on rules for wastewater recycling is nearly complete.Shale gas development continues to accelerate in the state and as a result midstream companies plan to spend about $40 billion on infrastructure projects over the next three to five years in Ohio, West Virginia and Pennsylvania, according to one analysis by Marcellus Drilling News (see Shale Daily, Oct. 25). At the same time, increasing volumes of fracking waste, mostly trucked in from out of state, and a desire from operators to recycle more of that waste for reuse found state legislators approving the use of wastewater storage impoundments over the summer, leading ODNR to craft new rules for the temporary pits and recycling facilities (see Shale Daily, Oct. 11).Ohio’s pipeline standards were last updated in 2009. The standards provide guidelines and recommendations to help rural landowners and farmers restore soil productivity and agricultural drainage after the installation of pipelines.The standards are not a mandatory requirement, but instead they offer a technical resource that midstream companies, landowners and farmers can use to minimize the impacts of pipeline construction on Ohio’s soil and water resources. The updates to the state’s standards were announced on Friday. In October, ODNR also said it was working on new rules that would govern large football field-sized wastewater impoundments. The pits have been employed by operators in other parts of the Appalachian Basin, primarily as a source of water in dry areas, or as a tool to reduce truck traffic and reuse the water in a closed-loop system.ODNR had said it hoped to complete those rules by the end of the year, but only draft regulations have been completed to date. Before the rule change, Ohio regulations permitted the use of lined impoundments for the temporary storage of freshwater for drilling, but allowed wastewater to only be stored in above ground covered steel tanks. Starting in January, Ohio will begin permitting the wastewater impoundments.The proposed rules call for plastic liners and monitors that could detect leaks and help protect groundwater and storage tanks would get ledges to contain spills.More wastewater recycling plants are planned for the state as well, and early proposals would call for their placement far away from streams and parts of the state prone to flooding.Last year, Ohio injected 14.2 million barrels of waste in underground wells.

December 24, 2013
Chu Tapped to Help Start-up with EOR Efforts

Chu Tapped to Help Start-up with EOR Efforts

Former U.S. Secretary of Energy Steven Chu has joined the board of a fledgling Canadian company looking to break into the U.S energy market with a carbon capture technology it claims has the ability to boost enhanced oil recovery (EOR) in basins across the country.

December 24, 2013

Cabot Raises Production Guidance on Additional Takeaway Capacity

With additional transport capacity added this quarter and with Marcellus gas flowing readily from its wells in Pennsylvania, Cabot Oil & Gas Corp. adjusted its 2013 production growth guidance from a low of 44% to the 50-55% range on Thursday.

December 20, 2013
Pennsylvania High Court Deals ‘Blow’ to Oil, Gas Industry

Pennsylvania High Court Deals ‘Blow’ to Oil, Gas Industry

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court’s decision to overturn a foundational provision of the state’s most comprehensive oil and gas legislation has put a rather large question mark over just how the new regulatory framework could hinder future Marcellus Shale development, leaving the industry scrambling for answers.

December 20, 2013

Chesapeake Ordered to Pay $3.2M Fine in West Virginia

In one of the largest fees ever assessed by the federal government for violating the Clean Water Act, both the U.S. Department of Justice and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) said Thursday that Chesapeake Appalachia LLC, a subsidiary of onshore oil and gas giant Chesapeake Energy, would pay a civil penalty of $3.2 million for violations that occurred in West Virginia.

December 20, 2013

Cold Weather Delays Some Magnum Appalachian Production

Magnum Hunter Resources Corp. said it was encouraged by early well results in the Appalachian Basin, where it continues to focus on accelerating drilling. Inclement weather, coupled with heavy liquids volume and a bevy of infrastructure activity in the region has delayed midstream construction in Ohio and West Virginia.

December 20, 2013

PA Supreme Court Favors Home Rule, Spreads Uncertainty in Marcellus

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court’s decision to overturn a foundational provision of the state’s most comprehensive oil and gas legislation has put a rather large question mark over just how the new regulatory framework could hinder future Marcellus Shale development, leaving the industry scrambling for answers.

December 20, 2013

Witnesses Called in XTO Marcellus Spill Case

State prosecutors called six witnesses to the stand on Wednesday in a preliminary hearing at the trial court-level on the unprecedented criminal charges brought against XTO Energy Inc. in September by Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane, who maintains that the company should be held liable for a 2010 wastewater spill at one of its drilling sites in the state.

December 19, 2013
Consol to Employ Electric Engines For Pittsburgh Airport Drilling

Consol to Employ Electric Engines For Pittsburgh Airport Drilling

Billing its plan to drill 45 Marcellus wells at the Pittsburgh International Airport (PIT) a “flagship endeavor,” Consol Energy Inc. outlined plans on Tuesday to use electric engines to power both its vertical and horizontal drilling rigs in order to comply with federal environmental guidelines.

December 18, 2013