Ohio Issues First Permits to Drill Under Wayne National Forest

This is a momentous occasion, nearly 13 years in the making. The Ohio Dept. of Natural Resources (ODNR) issued permits on June 28 to drill two Utica Shale wells in Monroe County. Both wells begin on privately owned land, but then travel under sections of Wayne National Forest (WNF). As near as we can tell, these are the first two such wells to pass under WNF land. Below we tell you exactly where they’re located, and which company received the permits to drill them.
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Wayne National Forest 2nd Lease Auction – List of Winners

Last week the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) auctioned off a second round of properties located in Wayne National Forest (WNF), in Ohio (see 2nd Wayne Natl Forest Lease Sale Hauls in $5.2M, Double Expectations). The first such auction was for 719 acres (see BLM Auction Leases 17 Parcels, 719 Acres in OH Wayne Natl Forest). The winners of the 17 parcels in the first auction were Eclipse Resources, Flat Rock Development, Gulfport Energy and Petrogas. This most recent (and second) auction was for 20 parcels totaling 1,180 acres. The winners this time were Eclipse Resources, Flat Rock Development, and private investor Philip White. In fact, this second auction was pretty much the Eclipse Resources show. Eclipse paid $3.5 million and took 987 of the 1,180 acres…
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OH Wayne National Forest – List of Auction Winners

As we previously noted, last week the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) proceeded with an online auction for BLM-controlled land in Ohio’s Wayne National Forest (see BLM Auction Leases 17 Parcels, 719 Acres in OH Wayne Natl Forest). The BLM plan was to auction 33 parcels totaling 1,600 acres. As it turns out, only 17 parcels totaling 719 acres actually got auctioned. At the last minute the BLM withdrew 881 acres (16 parcels) because there are remaining issues with ownership title of the mineral rights. Who purchased and how much? Just four drillers won the bids, which totaled $1.7 million. Three of the four have active drilling programs in the Utica Shale. Here is who won, and how much they paid (by parcel)…
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Paid Dakota Protesters Begin Siege of Ohio’s Wayne National Forest

It’s happened, just as we predicted. Paid, out-of-state protesters have arrived in Ohio, as they did in North Dakota, with the intent to block plans to begin fracking on land in Wayne National Forest. The Bureau of Land Management will conduct an auction tomorrow for 1,600 acres of land in WNF (see BLM Launches Auction to Lease Wayne National Forest for Fracking). The protesters in Ohio come from the same source that backed the criminals who have invaded North Dakota (see Police Remove Pipeline Protesting THUGS from Private Land in ND). They pretend to fly under the banner of Native Americans–but it’s nothing of the sort. These are paid protesters, backed with money from Big Green organizations, attempting to gin up support to block all fossil fuel development across the country. Right now there’s only a handful, according to their own press release. It’s important to stop this cancer now, before it grows in Ohio has it has in North Dakota…
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BLM Launches Auction to Lease Wayne National Forest for Fracking

auctionIt’s been 10 looooooong years, but finally the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has just posted a lease sale auction for 33 parcels in Ohio’s Wayne National Forest (WNF). Although there are some 18,000 acres under consideration for leasing by the BLM in WNF, this first batch amounts to about 1,600 acres–most of it in Monroe County, OH. Monroe is a prime location for Utica Shale drilling. WNF is the only national forest in Ohio and portions of it are found in Athens, Gallia, Hocking, Jackson, Monroe, Morgan, Noble, Lawrence, Perry, Scioto, Vinton, and Washington counties. WNF is a “patchwork” of public land scattered among private land. Some 60% of the mineral rights below WNF are privately owned. Those mineral rights owners have been denied the use of their property rights for a decade. The BLM controls drilling on federally-protected lands like WNF. Last November the BLM held a series of hearings about finally beginning to drill in WNF. With this auction, it appears that not only will public land get leased, but drilling on private land in WNF can go forward as well…
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Another Baby Step in Fracking Ohio’s Wayne National Forest

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Wayne National Forest – click for larger image

Wayne National Forest (WNF) is the only national forest in Ohio and portions of it are found in Athens, Gallia, Hocking, Jackson, Monroe, Morgan, Noble, Lawrence, Perry, Scioto, Vinton, and Washington counties. WNF is a “patchwork” of public land scattered among private land. Some 60% of the mineral rights below WNF are privately owned. Those mineral rights owners have been denied the use of their property rights going on a decade. The federal Bureau of Land Management (BLM) controls drilling on federally-protected lands like WNF. Last November the BLM held a series of hearings about finally beginning to drill in WNF. In January we told you that the BLM is working on a draft Environmental Assessment for drilling in WNF (see Small Progress with Drilling in Ohio’s Wayne National Forest). The BLM is ready to share the draft EA and wants public input–which means we now take another baby step toward drilling in WNF. As we previously pointed out in January, the BLM has decided to wait on pursuing drilling in the “Athens Unit” until 2017. However, the BLM is taking the next step in the “Marietta Unit” now. The draft EA is for the Marietta Unit (full copy of the draft EA embedded below)…
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Small Progress with Drilling in Ohio’s Wayne National Forest

There’s been some progress on the now nearly 10-year delay in drilling in the Wayne National Forest (WNF) in Ohio. WNF is the only national forest in Ohio and portions of it are found in Athens, Gallia, Hocking, Jackson, Monroe, Morgan, Noble, Lawrence, Perry, Scioto, Vinton, and Washington counties. WNF is a “patchwork” of public land scattered among private land. Some 60% of the mineral rights below WNF are privately owned. Those mineral rights owners have been denied the use of their property rights going on a decade. It’s a travesty. The federal Bureau of Land Management (BLM) controls drilling on federally-protected lands like WNF. Last November the BLM held a series of hearings about finally beginning to drill in WNF. The hearing held in Marietta (Washington County) was civil and orderly, with landowners respectfully asking questions and getting answers (see Overwhelming Support for Wayne Natl Forest Drilling @ BLM Mtg). The hearing held in Athens, OH, a hotbed of lefty lunatics, got out of control when they didn’t have a microphone to throw up on (see Anti-Frackers Out of Control at Athens Mtg on Wayne Natl Forest). Athens antis can breathe easy. The BLM has decided to wait on pursuing drilling in the “Athens Unit” until 2017. However, the BLM is taking the next step in the “Marietta Unit” now…
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9 Years Later Fracking Set to Begin in Ohio’s Wayne National Forest

Wayne National Forest (WNF) is the only national forest in Ohio and portions of it are found in Athens, Gallia, Hocking, Jackson, Monroe, Morgan, Noble, Lawrence, Perry, Scioto, Vinton, and Washington counties. WNF is a “patchwork” of public land scattered among private land. Some 60% of the mineral rights below WNF are privately owned. Back in 2012 MDN told you that the U.S Forest Service, after holding up drilling in WNF since 2006, had cleared the way to allow fracking to begin (see Fracking Coming to Wayne National Forest in SE OH). Then any potential fracking came to a screeching halt because it was delayed by yet another federal agency–the Bureau of Land Management (BLM). Since 2012 the BLM has moved like a snail, but finally (finally!) the BLM has scheduled public scoping hearings for Nov. 17, 18 and 19. Things are moving once again. Once the hearings are done, there will no reason not to move forward with plans to drill (and frack!) in the WNF…
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Shale Energy Stories of Interest: Fri, Feb 14, 2020

MARCELLUS/UTICA REGION: ODNR issues two shale drilling permits; School finances study by Penn State doesn’t pass smell test; Rep. Ocasio-Cortez, Soto bill to ban hydraulic fracturing to devastate working families, jeopardize Pa. union jobs; OTHER U.S. REGIONS: New Shintech ethane cracker in Louisiana starts up; NATIONAL: Why natural-gas prices may sink further after hitting 2016 lows; U.S. natural gas consumption has both winter and summer peaks; Oil boom feels more like a bust in Texas shale patch; Stages per frac crew increases by 26% across shale plays; Drill, baby, drill: oil and natural gas production on federal land passes 1 billion barrels; Landi Renzo launching natural gas option for Ford 7.3-liter; US energy dominance: the case for unbridled optimism; INTERNATIONAL: IEA calls for ‘grand coalition’ to bridge energy, climate gap.
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78% of Southeast Ohio Voters Support Utica Shale Drilling

The Ohio Oil and Gas Energy Education Program (OOGEEP), a nonprofit energy education and public outreach organization, recently commissioned a poll of Ohio voters in eight eastern counties–in the Ohio Valley area. The counties surveyed include those with the most active Utica Shale drilling in the state. The poll asked residents’ about their views on shale drilling and its related activities. Some 88% said the natural gas and oil industry is important to their community, and 78% support natural gas and oil development in the Ohio Valley area.
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Another 655 Acres in Ohio Wayne Natl Forest Auctioned for $1.3M

The federal Bureau of Land Management (BLM) recently announced the winners of Utica Shale mineral rights for 14 parcels of land, adding up to ~655 acres, located in Wayne National Forest (WNF). The 14 properties netted the government $1.326 million and all 14 were purchased by two (possibly more) Utica Shale drillers. Average price per acre paid across the entire lot: $2,024. Who did the leasing? You have to be a subscriber to find out. 🙂
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BLM Auctions 75 Acres in OH’s Wayne Natl Forest for $209/Acre

Last week the Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) Eastern States Office ran another oil and gas lease auction for federal land on the eastern side of the country. Up for auction was 2,456 acres in Ohio, Michigan and Mississippi. Only half of the property listed for auction actually brought bids and sold. Of the 2,456 acres offered, a piddly 75 acres, in two parcels, was located in Ohio’s Wayne National Forest (WNF)–in Monroe County. That is, 3% of all the acreage in the BLM sale was in the Ohio Utica–and yet that 3% brought in 69% of the revenue from the sale: $15,720 total. However, the amount paid per acre for the WNF parcels seems to be small–just $209 per acre. So who picked up the 75 acres for a song?
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Energy Stories of Interest: Wed, Nov 14, 2018

The “best of the rest”–stories that caught MDN’s eye that you may be interested in reading: Paid to protest: Lifting the curtain on Keep Wayne Wild, LLC; McCormick: WV should pitch energy jobs to veterans; Prometheus, Summit open Lebanon, Missouri LNG facility; Massachusetts lawmakers schedule 2 hearings natural gas disaster issues; Natural gas: The $4 dam is breaking for the bears; How much could coal generation stem gas price upside in a cold winter?; And just like that, everybody stopped talking about $100 oil; Oil plunges over 8% as Trump faces off with Saudi Arabia, Russia over production; Structure of fossil-fuel source rocks is finally decoded; IEA says gas to overtake coal in energy mix by 2030; New global emissions rules boost LNG as shipping fuel; First U.S. LNG cargo since 10 percent tariff enacted arrives in China.
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Energy Stories of Interest: Thu, Sep 13, 2018

The “best of the rest”–stories that caught MDN’s eye that you may be interested in reading: Lifting the curtain on the group blocking shale development in the Wayne National Forest; Congress, require BLM to respect the rights of private landowners; Unfazed by pipeline explosion destroying Beaver County house, nearby township removes setback ordinance; Dog days are over, Part 3 – What happened to the northeast gas takeaway constraints?; Idiot New Yorkers continue to oppose Albany natgas microgrid; Hurricane Florence expected to dampen natural gas demand in US Southeast; Billionaire mega-donor Tom Steyer picks favorite AG hopefuls; more global warming cases possible; Why natural gas — not renewable energy — has been the biggest disruptor in energy markets.
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BLM Panders to Radicals, Cancels OH Wayne Natl Forest Auctions

Wayne National Forest

One step forward and two steps back. That’s the modus operandi of the federal Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and the DC swamp dwellers who run it. After 10 long years, BLM finally began to auction a small amount of acreage in Wayne National Forest (WNF) in 2016 (see BLM Launches Auction to Lease Wayne National Forest for Fracking). WNF is a “patchwork” of public land scattered among private land. Some 60% of the mineral rights below WNF are privately owned. Those mineral rights owners have been denied the use of their property rights for over a decade. BLM controls drilling on federally-protected lands like WNF. BLM eventually conducted four (we think it’s four) auctions with under 2,000 acres total. And yet BLM still refuses to let drilling commence (see BLM Blocks Eclipse from Completing Utica Well in Wayne Natl Forest). On August 7 BLM announced another auction, for a piddly 75 acres. A radical Big Green group (far far out of the mainstream) called the Center for Biological Diversity protested the auction, and on August 28 BLM canceled the auction “while an appeal is under consideration.” That’s all it takes. Throw some Big Green money at eager radical lawyers, and everything stops. That’s all the excuse BLM needs. Who the heck in the Trump Administration is in charge of BLM? And why is this happening during Trump’s watch??…
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