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Rig Count Higher In Ohio

June 13, 2013

WHEELING — In hopes of extracting oil and wet forms of natural gas, drillers now have more rigs working in Ohio’s Utica Shale than in West Virginia’s Marcellus Shale....

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Jun-14-13 7:00 AM

A story out today, June 14, concerning Ohio, in the Beaver County, PA, Times: "Report: Radioactive Waste From Fracking Plagues Ohio", by Rachel Morgan, says that "Radioactive waste unearthed by hydraulic fracturing is becoming a serious problem in Ohio, a new report claims". It says that nearly all transport of frack waste is violating federal law regarding warnings signs about the radioactivity, etc. The report makes note of the 2011 US Geologic Survey report concerning the Radium content of shale frack flowback the Wheeling Water Warriors brought to the attention of city council; and, the article suggests, that, when the extent of the radioactivity contamination becomes more widely known, criminal investigations could follow into why and how the facts of it were covered up for so long.

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Jun-14-13 8:22 AM

how many square miles of property in ohio compared to wv.?

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Jun-14-13 8:28 AM

Ohio 44,000+ sq. mi., WV 24,000+ sq.mi. Why do you ask?

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Jun-14-13 8:58 AM

Fresh water is the life blood of our world, and nothing, absolutely nothing, can be permitted that threatens to contaminate this life giving resource.

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Jun-14-13 9:33 AM

how many square miles does one well recover gas from?

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Jun-14-13 1:08 PM

This is a direct result of the ineptitude of the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection. Their permitting process is straight out of the stone age. At times, it has taken me four months or more to get approval for a simple core drilling permit for a 300 ft sampling hole. I could only imagine the wait for a gas well. Maybe if you applied for the permit today, you could start drilling by 2050.

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Jun-14-13 8:31 PM

mike: about one sq. mile. the shale seems run N to SE. The Utica has more oil. But the OC pads thus far seem to have a lot also. The oil income offsets the low methane prices making Utica more profitable right now. However expect a real pickup in Ohio County soon.

The export of methane is unfolding. Expect much higher methane prices soon. Could double. The OV LNG will depart Baltimore for Asia.

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Jun-14-13 10:16 PM

mike; 1 sq mile=640 acres. This is considered one drilling field/unit. But they could go larger now. laterals can go a mile or more now.

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Jun-14-13 10:45 PM

"Rig Count Higher In Ohio" anybody else expected this article to be a story about democratic party election practices ?

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Jun-16-13 8:15 AM

hefner I agree. being a fisherman I have seen and dealt with this. fish are not where they once were. minnows are far and few and the glaze/film over the water in local streams is gross. I have no studies to back me...just my love of catch and release.

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