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S HALE P L A Y Energy companies counting on shale/9 Yellow Creek trustees cool to proposed agreement/21 COMPLIMENTARY — TAKE ONE • EXPLORING LOCAL GAS AND DRILLING OPPORTUNITIES • Thursday, February 14, 2013 INSIDE KENSINGTON Marathon’s plan is a step closer to reality EAST LIVERPOOL, Ohio — Marathon Petroleum Corp.’s planned expansion in Wellsville is one major step closer to becoming a reality following action taken last month by the Columbiana County Port Page 3 Authority/P Lawmakers urge expanded use of region’s natural gas NORTH JACKSON, Ohio — Using an analogy from the sports world, Tim Harrington, the regional president for BP North America Gas, explained the company’s presence in the Mahoning Valley and where it stands on the development of Pages 12-13 oil and natural gas/P Photo by Patti Schaeffer Three molecular sieve towers and the vast steel pipe rack begin to fill the crane-littered skyline at the M3 Midstream LLC gas processing plant in Kensington. Gas processing plant taking shape Shale Play 1500 Main St. Wheeling WV 26003 By KATIE SCHWENDEMAN S h al e P l ay KENSINGTON, Ohio — On a hill between Ohio 644 and Tunnel Hill Road, people from as far away as New Zealand are coming together to build Columbiana County’s first natural gas processing plant, and the surrounding area is already reaping the benefits. Baron John, a New Zealand native who came to the states by way of Australia, plans to make Minerva his home as he digs his heels into the three-phase, $400 million project that will continue over the coming years. Other workers at the 170-acre site are also planning to stay long-term, he said. John is the M3 Midstream LLC construction coordinator of the project. Once completed, the plant will serve as a collection and compression site for the natural gas from Utica Shale wells being drilled in eastern Ohio. M3 is an independent midstream energy company, also know as Momentum, and has partnered with Chesapeake Energy and Enervest on the processing plant. The company will extract natural gas liquids from the gas that is transported into the plant from other areas of the county through the 20-inch-wide inlet pipelines. The gas will then enter a 160-foot-tall cryogenic tower where temperatures will be dropped to minus 150 degrees. What’s left at the top is “pure gas,” John said. Impurities will be “cut” from the gas through that process and then tranported across Carroll County to a $500 million shale gas storage and transfer hub in Harrison County also operated by Momentum. • P le a s e s e e PLANT, page 4 Report: Not enough room in Ohio disposal wells By ASHLEY NEWMAN Sh a l e P l a y WARREN, Ohio — A report published last month by Kent State and Duke universities raises concerns that an influx of wastewater in Ohio may overwhelm the state’s underground disposal — Julian Boggs, an advocate for Environment Ohio wells. According to the study, fracking waste generated in Ohio has increased 570 percent since Out-of-state wastewater dis- year with complete records avail2004, and there is speculation the numbers will continue to increase posal is also cited as a cause for able, the study states that 12.8 million barrels of wastewater as new wells are approved across concern by the group. Using 2011 as the most recent were injected into Ohio’s underthe state. “ “Ohio is fast becoming a dumping ground for Pennsylvania’s fracking waste in addition to its own.” PRSRT STD US POSTAGE PAID WHEELING, WV PERMIT NO. 856 ground wells, with more than half coming from Pennsylvania or West Virginia. “Ohio is fast becoming a dumping ground for Pennsylvania’s fracking waste in addition to its own,” Julian Boggs, an advocate for Environment Ohio, said. “Industry and policymakers seem to have no credible plan for what to do with all this waste, and how to keep Pennsylvania’s trash out of our backyard.” • P le a s e s e e REPORT, page 6

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