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Additional Rules Could Impose on Energy

Posted by on May 16, 2012 in Blog | 33 comments

Further disclosure rules were put through the Ohio Senate yesterday. Read about it here.

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Chesapeake, Exxon, Chevron and Marathon

Posted by on May 8, 2012 in Blog | 20 comments

The Dispatch reports today that the Ohio Ethics Commission has issued a warning to Robert Chase, who sits on the Ohio Oil and Gas Commission. Chase has vast experience in the oil and gas industry, and heads the Department of Petroleum and Geology at Marietta College. The reasons for his appointment are clear: he knows the industry back and forth, which qualifies him for the position. He also has a pretty thorough list of clients in the industry, including those listed in the title of this post. Do you think Chase should have to recuse himself?...

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Keystone XL Pipeline

Posted by on Apr 19, 2012 in Blog | 42 comments

Whether or not the Keystone XL project, which would pipe oil from Alberta Canada down to Texas for processing, will be able to affect the cost of gasoline at the pump or not, the project is good for America. It’s an old fashioned job creator, both in the near term (construction) and the long (upkeep and processing). The Republican House included language pressing the issue in its transportation bill, which will now go over to the Democrat-controlled Senate. The Senate will likely stifle the bill. We shouldn’t let that happen....

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Oil & Gas – Opportunity to React

Posted by on Apr 16, 2012 in Blog | 60 comments

In an article today in The Plain Dealer, data from a new study is cited that correlates small earthquakes to horizontal fracking in the eastern part of Ohio. As we know, there is a tremendous opportunity to extract these valuable resources, and oil & gas companies realize that there is a growth potential that is unmatched in these shale deposits. As we continue to tap into these wells, the opportunity for process improvements will be significant. The oil & gas industry takes efficiencies very seriously, and they will pursue economies...

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Ohio drilling & midstream

Posted by on Apr 10, 2012 in Blog | 49 comments

Our state’s permits have yet to be tapped, but work is in progress and will move forward. This is because of the oil and gas industry’s efforts to ensure that our drilling and midstream capabilities align to create efficiencies and economies of scale. The eastern border of our state is abuzz with activity, as extraction of Utica and Marcellus shale drilling is pursued by companies from El Paso to Kinder Morgan and more. Ohio has embraced the industry to date – some criticize that the relationship is too cozy – but if we...

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Chesapeake: Ohio’s Wells High Yield

Posted by on Apr 3, 2012 in Blog | 76 comments

Five wells in eastern Ohio produced  2.6 billion cubic feet of natural gas in 2011, according to Chesapeake Energy. This is a much higher production rate than was originally expected for the Utica Shale formation, and good news for Ohio, as much of the formation sits under the eastern side of our state. The report shows a Harrison County well producing 1.5 billion cubic feet of natural gas, which accounts for 2 percent of the state’s entire natural gas production — 300 times the daily production of the average vertical well. This...

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Portman Sees Value in Keystone XL

Posted by on Mar 20, 2012 in Blog | 40 comments

Citing the benefit to consumers at the pump, as well as to feeder companies in the oil and gas industry, Senator Portman visited Solidstate, a Columbus-based company yesterday to discuss the pipeline project. Keystone XL, a pipeline that would pipe oil from Alberta, Canada down to Texas for refining, has become an environmental as well as political issue, with both sides working to coalesce around an approach that creates jobs, economic growth, and protects the environment in the areas where the pipeline would run. Senator Portman is hopeful...

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Ohio Needs to Get Out the Vote

Posted by on Mar 12, 2012 in Blog | 25 comments

More data than the results have come in about the Ohio Republican Primary: despite better than average, and colorful, campaign activity, Ohio republicans, and those in most other states, didn’t turn out to vote, according to the Columbus Dispatch. In large part, despite an arena-like feel to the campaign, most states are reporting lower-than-average voter turnout in this primary season.  This is surprising and unwelcome news. The primary is one thing – if the trend remains in November we’ll be looking at more of the same...

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Spotlight: Ohio

Posted by on Mar 6, 2012 in Blog | 33 comments

In a telling circumstance, our state is yet again the focal point of a major election, and don’t expect it stop with Super Tuesday. Somehow the primary has lingered this long, and with Romney and Santorum in a dead heat, the frontrunner (Romney, in case you were wondering) hopes to deal a decisive, big state blow to the upstart candidate in Ohio. Having lost Michigan, Ohio represents a big opportunity for the Romney campaign, and everyone knows it. Most major media have decamped somewhere around the Ohio Statehouse, with Brett Baier of...

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GOP Hold on House Ironclad

Posted by on Jan 24, 2012 in Blog | 44 comments

House Speaker John Boehner, in a recent interview with, has asserted that redistriciting has given Republicans “a very strong foundation for the decade.” Speaker Boehner also saluted the incoming class, saying ““I think our freshman members are doing a good job preparing themselves for the upcoming election. I would also note that redistricting across the country has helped those freshman members and others in tough seats who will now have better seats.” With redistricting in Ohio, we’ve seen an effort...

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