OH Natgas Production Doubles from 2012 to 2013 Thx to the Utica

daily doubleYesterday the Ohio Dept. of Natural Resources (ODNR) released production numbers for 2013 and the numbers were truly impressive. ODNR says all oil and gas wells (conventional and unconventional/shale) in Ohio produced 8 million barrels of oil and 171 billion cubic feet of gas in 2013. Compared to 2012, Ohio’s total oil production increased by 62% and natural gas production increased by 97%. The increase in natural gas is due almost entirely to the Utica Shale…
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Ohio Utica’s Top 10 Gas Wells & Top 10 Oil Wells 1Q14

The Ohio Dept. of Natural Resources not only released 2013 full year oil and gas production figures yesterday, they also released first quarter 2014 production figures. For 1Q14 the state’s Utica wells produced almost 2 million barrels of oil and 67 billion cubic feet of natural gas from 418 operating wells (out of 476 completed wells). Below MDN has assmebled the Top 10 natural gas producing wells for 1Q14, the top 10 oil wells, and stats by county and by driller. It paints a fascinating picture…
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Chains & Old Ladies: Kinky Protest Talk in Lancaster County, PA

We’ve pointed out the hardened anti-drillers who oppose the Williams Atlantic Sunrise Pipeline project in Lebanon County, PA only number around 50 people–out of a population of 133,568 residents in that fine county (see Lebanon County Anti-Pipeline Meeting Yields a Surprise). When denied a public forum to spew and spout, they sit on the floor and behave like babies (see Williams’ Smart Open House in Lebanon County Confounds Antis). And when they still can’t get their way, they bring in lawyers (see Lebanon PA Anti-Drillers Plot Ordinance Against Williams Pipeline). In neighboring Lancaster County, they have a small anti-pipeline contingent too–but interestingly they were able to get 75 anti-drillers to turn out for a protest last weekend–a full 50% more than Lenanon County has been able to muster…
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MWCD Reinvesting $300M of Utica Shale Revenue over Next 10 Yrs

The Muskingum Watershed Conservancy District (MWCD) covers more than 8,000 square miles of rivers, reservoirs and creeks that drain into the Muskingum River. It is the largest wholly contained watershed in the state of Ohio, covering about 20% of the state. MWCD owns 54,000 acres of land. Early in the Utica Shale boom in Ohio the MWCD was scared off from participating (see Muskingum Watershed Reverses Decision to Sell Water to Drillers). But it wasn’t long before the MWCD board found their resolve and started to not only sell water for Utica fracking, they started leasing land like crazy (see Antero Pays $15K/Acre, 20% Royalties for MWCD Piedmont Lake Lease). All of those water sales and leases for drilling are now paying off for MWCD rate payers and indeed for all Ohioans…
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Why is Guernsey County Recorder’s Office Still Busy 4 Yrs Later?

MDN has long pointed out an early tip for where drilling is likely to happen is when the county recorder’s (or clerk’s) office gets really busy with landmen and abstractors researching deeds. Sometimes the traffic jam in those small offices can even turn contentious (see Patience Gone: OH County Recorder Threatens to Sue for More Space). The county recorder’s office in Guernsey County, OH was one such place where activity was at a fevered pitch. Drilling is happening in Guernsey–in a big way. However, the recorder’s office, four years later, still hasn’t slowed down–even though almost all property has been bought or leased. Why?…
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PA Rep’s Economic Illiteracy On Display re Severance Tax

stupid is as stupid doesWe have to wonder, is PA State Rep. Rosita C. Youngblood (Democrat from Philadelphia) actually brain dead? At a minimum she’s an economic ignoramus, understanding 0% about economics and business and what it takes to make a successful business. Youngblood had the temerity (stupidity?) to write an editorial for the Philadelphia Weekly Press in which she says casinos in the state are taxed 55% of all money that passes through their hands, and therefore a measly 5% (or even 10%) severance tax on shale drilling is peanuts. Uh, Ms. Youngblood, have you ever heard of the concept of risk in business? Or profit?… Continue reading

OH Dem Gov Candidate Tries to Outdo “Foreigner Hunter” Kasich

This is interesting. We didn’t even know there is a governor’s race in Ohio this year. The OH race is probably not newsworthy because the Democrat running against John Kasich doesn’t stand a prayer of a chance. Most polls we checked have Kasich trouncing his opponent–Cuyahoga County Executive Ed FitzGerald–by at least 10 points. However, what’s interesting and noteworthy is that FitzGerald is trying to out-foreigner hunter the foreigner hunter himself, Gov. Kasich. You may recall MDN labeled Kasich “the foreigner hunter” back in 2012 after he started his jingoistic talk labeling out-of-state experts who work on some of Ohio’s drilling rigs and in the Ohio Utica Shale as “foreigners” (see OH Gov. Kasich Continues Trash Talk Out-of-State Workers). Such talk is unbecoming a governor and unbecoming a supposed conservative–and we continue to point it out. Well it seems Democrat FitzGerald is even more extreme than Kasich…
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Gates Mills, OH Mayor Faces Uphill Battle in Proposed Land Trust

In February MDN reported that an Ohio community near Cleveland had concocted a plan to restrict drilling in their neighborhood by getting residents to sign a restrictive land trust (see Cleveland Suburb’s Socialist Model for Restricting Utica Drilling). As it turns out, MDN was a bit off base in our analysis (yes, we admit when we’re wrong!). The mayor of Gates Mills, Shawn Riley, contacted MDN to set the record straight–something we haven’t had a chance to do, until now…
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Obama EPA Targets Landfill Fugitive Methane, Compost Piles Next?

compost pileA word of warning to all of you anti-drillers who are “back to the land” types–Obama’s EPA is coming for you next. Your own environmental extremism will soon turn around and bite you on the backside. The rogue federal Environmental Protection Agency, since 2009, has targeted fracking and the oil and industry any which way it can, attempting to usurp state regulation (see Rogue Obama EPA Goes on Methane Witch Hunt). We’ve now moved beyond the oil and gas industry. The EPA announced on Tuesday they’re now targeting landfills for methane leakage in their never-ending quest to stop mythical global warming. So we ask: How long will it be before that precious compost pile in your backyard is regulated by the feds?…
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