Fracking dealt another setback by Quebec report

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Quebec’s environmental bureau has dealt a setback to companies that want to use hydraulic fracturing techniques to develop the province’s promising shale gas deposits, saying it appears the economic benefits would not outweigh the environmental costs.

Bans on fracking up for vote in Utica Shale

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In this fall’s midterm races, hydraulic fracturing enjoys political support from many conservatives and liberals. President Barack Obama often touts it as a reason for new found energy independence. Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett, a Republican, and Tom Wolf, his Democratic challenger, have generally disagreed only on how to tax it.

Shell Finds Stretch Utica Shale Boundary Many Miles East

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Royal Dutch Shell Plc (RDSA) ‘s natural gas discoveries near the Pennsylvania-New York border indicate that the Utica shale formation extends hundreds of miles farther east than originally thought. Two gas finds in Tioga County, Pennsylvania, announced today by Europe’s largest oil company are more than 300 miles (483 kilometers) away from the epicenter of Utica shale drilling in Monroe County, Ohio.


In Rare Effort, Ohio Scientist to Test Water Before Fracking Soars

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As the shale gas boom was making its way into Ohio in 2012, University of Cincinnati scientist Amy Townsend-Small began testing private water wells in Carroll County, the epicenter of the Utica Shale. Her project, which includes samples of more than 100 wells, is one of the few sustained efforts in the nation to evaluate drinking water quality before, during and after gas drilling.

Is the Utica shale another Bakken in the making

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The March 2014 edition of the Bakken Breakout included a story about the Marcellus formation (“Giant Marcellus shale coming of age”), a Bakken-like tight shale that underlies much of Pennsylvania and parts of adjacent states. The Marcellus is currently the nation’s most prolific natural gas producer and now ranks second in the world after the Pars/North Dome field in Iran.

Utica shale play smaller than thought but production is staggering

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COLUMBUS – The “sweet spot” in Ohio’s Utica shale is turning out to be much smaller than once believed, a veteran state geologist has concluded. But the production so far from that small area has pushed companies that build gas processing plants into a construction frenzy in an effort to handle the billions cubic feet of gas being produced, according to an executive from a leading “midstream” company building in Ohio.