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Royal Dutch Shell's final investment decision to construct a $4 billion ethane cracker plant near Monaca, Pa., is likely to send economic reverberations throughout the entire region - and officials say they're prepared for what they believe is coming. "All of us are on Cloud Nine," exclaimed Linda Nitch, executive director of the Lawrence County Economic Development Corp. "This changes the whole ball game." Lawrence County, just across the Ohio line in western Pennsylvania, borders Beaver County to the north where Shell has begun infrastructure and preparation work for the project in Potter Township. The site is on the Ohio River where Horsehead Industries' zinc production plant once operated - about 15 miles south of the Lawrence County line and connected directly by Interstate 376.

API Upstream and Industry Operations Director Erik Milito touted the environmental benefits of hydraulic fracturing in a conference call with reporters today. "Hydraulic fracturing has allowed us to drill our way to reduced GHG emissions, reduced criteria pollutants, reduced reliance on imported energy, and lower gasoline prices," said Milito. "This American story is as real as the science is sound."
May was a slow month for the Ohio Department of Natural Resources when it came to the number of Utica shale permits - just 16 were issued. The number is low when you compare it to May 2015, when more than 40 permits were issued for drilling in the Utica shale in Ohio. The May 2016 permits were issued in Belmont and Monroe counties.
The need for more takeaway capacity out of the Marcellus and Utica shales has become a common refrain, but with a long list of projects on tap the Northeast could be headed for a pipeline overbuild, according to RBN Energy LLC President Rusty Braziel.
Data intelligence company PointLogic reported that natural gas supplies were flat at 79.6 Bcf (billion cubic feet) per day during the week ending June 1, 2016-compared to the previous week. Natural gas supplies were 0.5% less than the same period in 2015. Net imports from Canada came in at 6 Bcf per day for the same period.
The Ohio Environmental Protection Agency will hold five public information sessions about preliminary air permits for seven compressor stations along the planned Rover Pipeline across northern Ohio. The stations are planned in Wayne, Carroll, Crawford, Defiance, Harrison, Monroe and Noble counties.
Ohio is continuing to rewrite the record book for liquid drilling wastes being injected into underground rock formations: The 2015 injection total keeps ­growing. That's because additional fees are being paid in 2016 by waste haulers to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources' Division of Oil and Gas Resource Management.