Links for 11/11/14: Shale Court Decisions Galore, Chevron Scaling Back, and More

Star Beacon:  Fracking on Hold in Ashtabula County   -   "The future of drilling in Ashtabula County shale deposits is on hold because of basic economics, according to area political leaders keeping an eye on the issue that could eventually bring dollars into the area. The controversial process known as fracking — horizontal drilling with high-powered water being pumped into shale deposits and oil and other petroleum residue then collected — has gotten a..."

ShaleOhio:  Judge says bankruptcy trustee may sell debtors’ oil and gas mineral rights   -   "An Ohio federal bankruptcy judge recently granted a bankruptcy trustee’s motion seeking to sell a debtor couple’s oil and gas mineral rights on grounds that the rights are property of the bankruptcy estate and not protected under homestead exemption provisions. The case, In Re: Helen Way, et. al, No. 12-60209, N.D. Ohio Bkcy.; 2014 Bankr., involves..."

Natural Gas Now:  Fracking Election News Mostly Good   -   "The political advertisements, after barraging us with increasing intensity leading up to Tuesday have now mercifully ended, giving us a respite until maneuvering for the next elections resumes after the holidays. There’s a lot of crowing going on among our fractivist friends about a couple of results, but, overall, the fractivist cause..."

The Intelligencer/Wheeling News-Register:  Marcellus Drilling Increasing in Ohio   -   "The way Shawn Bennett sees it, oil and natural gas producers working in Eastern Ohio have a great economic opportunity to drill into both the Utica and Marcellus shale formations via the same pad.  “It can be very economical because you can drill Utica wells for dry gas and Marcellus wells for wet gas on the same pad,” said Bennett, senior vice president of the Ohio Oil & Gas Association.  “And more wells mean for royalties,” he added.  Generally, Ohio..."

Energy & Environmental Law Blog:  OH: Recent Decision - Strahler v. Alliance Petroleum Corp.   -   "A recent decision from the Common Pleas Court of Washington County, Strahler v. Alliance Petroleum Corp. (Oct. 17, 2014), addresses two interesting issues concerning oil and gas leases.  In Strahler, the defendant-lessees were the current owners of..."

Gas & Oil:  Project to Provide Housing for Gas, Oil Workers in Byesville   -   "The development corporation that purchased the former Pomegranate property on the northwest side of town will be building apartments to serve as housing for workers of the gas and oil industry, Byesville officials said Wednesday. The developer has formed a limited liability corporation for the..."

Water Online:  Researchers: Produced Water is "Not as Bad As We Thought"   -   "A new study of fracking wastewater yielded results that experts found surprising. As study author Andrew Barron put it, the results indicate that frac water "was not quite as bad as we thought," Inside Climate News..."

American Thinker:  Stop That Fracking Pipeline!   -   "My small farm is nearly in the path of a new pipeline that will carry huge tonnages of shale gas from West Virginia to the Mid-Atlantic states. My neighbors mostly hate the idea. Many farms have hostile signs saying “No Pipeline!” or..."

Pittsburgh Business Times:  Chevron Undertakes Restructuring of its Appalachia Unit   -   "Chevron Corp. is restructuring its Moon Township-based Appalachia/Michigan business unit. In a statement, the company said it is undertaking the restructuring to "become more efficient and effective to support the long-term growth it plans for development of the Marcellus and Utica..."

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