Marcellus Lease Involving Freshwater Impoundment Upheld

Chevron U.S.A. Inc.’s lease with a Marcellus Shale landowner in Fayette County, PA, allows the producer to construct an 11-acre freshwater impoundment to assist in drilling for natural gas, the Pennsylvania Superior Court has ruled.

July 17, 2013

Ohio Accepted More Wastewater in 2012, But Now On Decline

Injection wells in Ohio handled more wastewater from oil and gas drilling in 2012, especially from out-of-state sources in the Marcellus and Utica shales, but they are on pace to handle less of the material in 2013.

July 3, 2013

Ohio Oil & Gas Commission Upholds Shutdown of D&L Injection Wells

A decision by the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) that D&L Energy Inc. cannot keep its injection well permits and must properly dispose stored material has been upheld by the Ohio Oil and Gas Commission.

June 28, 2013
Marcellus Gas Wells — Dry or Wet — Competing with Bakken Economics

Marcellus Gas Wells — Dry or Wet — Competing with Bakken Economics

Given current commodity prices, natural gas wells drilled in the Marcellus Shale — wet or dry — compete favorably with marginal Bakken Shale oil wells, but that’s the only gas play in the U.S. onshore that today can compete with Bakken oil well economics, according to an analysis by Barclays Capital.

June 27, 2013

Williams Assessing Geismar Olefins Plant Damage

Williams Partners has begun taking stock of the damage at its Geismar, LA, olefins plant caused by an explosion and fire on June 13 that killed two workers and injured more than 70 others.

June 25, 2013

No Injuries Reported in FGT Louisiana Explosion

An explosion early Tuesday morning on the Florida Gas Transmission (FGT) pipeline in Washington Parish, LA, 80 miles north of New Orleans destroyed a mobile home and caused the evacuation of 55 area residents. Gas supplies moving on the west-to-east pipeline were rerouted, operator Energy Transfer Partners said. No injuries were reported

June 19, 2013

D&L Energy CEO Faces Charge Over Ohio Dumping

Authorities have charged D&L Energy Inc. CEO Ben Lupo with one count of violating the federal Clean Water Act (CWA) after allegedly ordering an employee to dump oilfield waste into a storm drain that empties into the Mahoning River near Youngstown, OH.

February 19, 2013

Enviros Go to the Well Again on Range Case

A group of environmental organizations has written to the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Region 6 administrator alleging that politics and not science caused the agency to drop a water contamination case against Range Resources Corp. and calling for a resumption of legal action.

February 13, 2013

Ohio Permanently Revokes Two Companies’ Permits After Dumping

The Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) has permanently revoked the operating permits for two companies, D&L Energy Inc. and Hardrock Excavating LLC, after employees were seen dumping oilfield waste into a storm drain in Youngstown that empties into the Mahoning River.

February 11, 2013

Columbia Gas of Massachusetts Employee Shuts Off Gas Main, Orders Evacuation

“Human error” by a utility employee caused an explosion on the Columbia Gas Co. of Massachusetts system that rocked Springfield, MA, Friday night, damaging 42 homes and businesses and sending 18 people, mostly first responders, to area hospitals, said state Fire Marshall Stephen Coan and the Massachusetts’ Department of Public Utilities (DPU) Sunday. But the head of the company said the worker followed proper procedure.

November 27, 2012
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