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Andrew S. Dix Northern/ Southern Zone


Housing subject to law of supply & demand


It all comes down to infrastructure


From the Statehouse


Drilling Down


Industry impacts housing market

Ray Booth Southern Zone


Bluegrass Pipeline projected to come through area

Rob Todor Southern Zone


Oil well tour targets jobs


It’s still location, location, location


Harrison Hub plant to open soon


Local coalition marks third year


Study: fracking chemicals didn’t spread


Phil Brown’s Legacy


Industry creating job opportunities


Company helps with ‘operation blue’


A look at affordable housing


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Fracking technology evolves


Gas & Oil activity concerns Stark Health Dept.


Allstate Peterbilt Group expanding to fill need


A look at the Utica supply chain


Representation helps landowners benefit


Be bullish about economy


Plant gains momentum


Gas & Oil program at Zane State


How will the budget impact industry?


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Housing subject to law of supply and demand Rod Johnson, Dix Communications


hen it comes to local housing for oil and gas workers, the law of supply and demand is definitely in effect in the Cambridge and Guernsey County areas. In a recent interview, Cambridge Board of Realtors President Peggy Parry pointed to the influx of “pipeliners” to the area as a boon to area motels and those who have rental properties. “We really have seen little to no activity with the local or regional housing market as it relates to the oil and gas industry,” she noted. “Early on, there were investors who bought acreage, but that has died away to almost nothing now, since property owners are holding on to their land in anticipation of dollars from granting drilling rights. “All of our local motels have profited greatly as well as individuals with properties to rent. If persons are buying property, it is usually with an eye to renting to oil and gas people. There are inexpensive houses everywhere.” Parry and other realtors have been told that there may be about a 10-year window for area drilling. Thus, the influx of “out-of-staters” needing lodging should remain constant during that time. “While there are inexpensive houses everywhere,” Parry continued, “there are still not enough in the eastern Ohio area to fulfill the demand because so many workers are coming to our area.” Many local realtors have been contacted by oil and gas companies seeking lodging for employees. Area motels are nearly full. They and private owners appear to be making a “killing” by hiking the monthly rental rates. Parry reported hearing of some rentals going for $2000/month and up. She also has heard of many oil and gas workers being unable to afford rent because it is so high. Overall, the number of homes sold across Ohio rose 15.5 percent in June, as the market posted year-over-year gains in activity for the 24th consecutive month, according to the Ohio Association of Realtors. “Over the past two years the Ohio housing market – monthby-month – has made slow, steady and consistent progress in its effort to recover from the economic challenges wrought by the recession,” said Thomas J. Williams, president of the Association. “Attaining 24 consecutive months of gains in sales activity – our longest stretch in uninterrupted growth in 16

“While there are inexpensive houses everywhere, there are still not enough in the eastern Ohio area to fulfill the demand because so many workers are coming to our area.”

- Peggy Parry

years of tracking Ohio home sales – is a clear indicator of growing consumer confidence and a renewed appreciation that housing is a solid, long-term investment.” Sales through the first six months of 2013 reached 61,297, a 15.8 percent increase from the 52,932 sales posted during the same period a year ago. The average sales price (January through June) this year is $139,649, a 6.4 percent increase from the $131,199 mark set during the period a year ago. Total dollar volume this year is nearly $8.6 billion, a 23.3 percent increase from the six-month mark of a year ago of $6.9 billion. “Sales activity during the second quarter increased 17.4 percent from the level posted last year… our eighth consecutive quarterly gain,” Williams said. “We’re also experiencing widespread sales increases across Ohio, with 17 of the 20 markets we track showing improvement so far in 2013…a significant indication that the recovery of the housing market is occurring across our diverse markets – from our largest locales to our smaller, rural markets.” Sales in June reached 13,019; a 15.5 percent increase from the 11,267 sales posted during the month in 2012, and reached the best mark since 2007. The average sales price of $161,498 is a 7 percent increase from the $150,992 average price posted in June 2012.

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t was standing room only when State Rep. Andy Thompson, R-Marietta, began his threecounty economic development tour in Carrollton July 12. Representatives from the Ohio Rail Development Commission, U.S. Dept. of Agriculture, OMEGA, Jobs Ohio, OhiRail, Ohio Coal Assn., Ohio Oil & Gas Assn., Ohio Dept. of Transportation, and the Governor’s Office of Appalachia attended the event, along with business leaders from Columbia Gas, Carroll Electric Cooperative, American Electric Power, and local elected officials. The event was hosted by Willbros Construction, LLC, in the building located at 32 W. Main St., Carrollton, which is being renovated into office space for approximately 15 Willbros staff. With his district at the heart of the Utica Shale region, Thompson asked to be apprised of the county’s strengths, weaknesses and priorities, saying, “The goal is to help us learn what we need to know about what is going on in Carroll County.” Thompson heard the statistics: 279 permits issued and 52 of the 102 producing wells located in the county; sales tax receipts up 12 percent over 2012; a recent traffic count showing the number of vehicles passing through the village increasing from an average of around 1,500 per day to, on the day of the latest count, 1,500 in a 45-minute period. County Engineer Brian Wise noted that energy companies have spent $40 million on infrastructure improvements, an amount equal to about 70 times his annual budget of $600,000. As many changes as the county has already seen, still more are likely to come. Predictions are that what has happened so far is only the tip of the iceberg, and if that is true, then the county is

still underprepared in some areas. One issue is workforce readiness. Kate Offenberger, director of the Dept. of Jobs and Family Services noted that Connections (which is being “rebranded” as Ohio Means Jobs Carroll) will fill job orders for any employ- State Rep. Andy Thompson, R-Marietta ers; however, finding workers with the skills necessary to fill available jobs can be difficult. Terry Bull, Vice President Northeast Regions for Willbros, said his company has 775 employees, many of them welders, working on pipeline projects in the county, half “from the region” – Ohio, Pennsylvania and nearby states. Bull, a former Rotary and Chamber of Commerce president, asked about the availability of welding programs in local schools and described P.I.E., a Partnership in Education program developed in his hometown to introduce students in the eighth grade to job opportunities in the local economy and the education that would prepare them, saying “it took everybody” – school administrators, employers and parents – to make the program a success. A huge issue is infrastructure. Carrollton’s Mayor Frank Leghart is already concerned about the toll that increased truck traffic will have on state routes running through the village and was told that ODOT has been working to identify logistical needs throughout the region, in order to best target available resources. While an uptick in rail traffic is easing some of the stresses on highways, an OhiRail official commented that if “we had waited


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for government help, we’d have never got off the ground.” He said the company borrowed the money needed for development. Ralph Castellucci, superintendent of Carroll County Environmental Services, said the county is “fortunate enough to have excess capacity for treatment” but does not have the infrastructure in place to expand, nor does it have the estimated $16 million needed to undertake the Northern Corridor project that would extend water and sewer service and open 6,000 acres for development. And “if $16 million magically appeared?” Joy Pageant of the Governor’s Office of Appalachia asked,” it would take 18 to 24 months to complete the project, Castellucci replied. In the meantime, Economic Development Director Aaron Dodds said he’d had four calls “within the last week” from companies that are “rail dependent” and the county had “lost a company with 38 employees to Oklahoma,” because of a lack of water and sewer service in the Northern Corridor. Dodds continued, saying that other “quality of life improvements,” such as retail outlets, are interested but are stymied by the lack of suitable sites with water and sewer service. Summarizing the theme, Thompson said that “upfront investments” will pay dividends in the long run. “If we can get it right here, everything will do better downstream.”

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n update on lawmaker action and other activities at the Ohio Statehouse related to horizontal hydraulic fracturing: • Penalties: On June 19, state Sens. Joe Schiavoni (D-Boardman) and Frank LaRose (R-Copley) offered sponsor testimony on legislation to increase criminal penalties and license revocations for individuals caught illegally dumping brine and other oilfield waste. “The number of intentional incidents we have seen thus far this year are unacceptable, and we need to do more as a legislature to prevent additional issues in the future,” Schiavoni told the Senate’s Energy and Natural Resources Committee. “It is my hope that we can work expeditiously to move this bipartisan legislation in a timely manner as we continue to see growth in the oil and gas industry.” • Four Bills: State Rep. Bob Hagan (D-Youngstown) offered sponsor testimony on four separate bills on June 25 related to horizontal hydraulic fracturing. One would ban injection wells used to dispose of brine and oilfield waste. Another would enable communities to set their own

standards for the location and operation of wells. Hagan also continued to push for increased taxes on oil and gas produced via horizontal hydraulic fracturing, with a portion of the proceeds going to the communities affected by the activities. “From the city of Cincinnati banning injection wells, up through Yellow Springs, Canton, Youngstown and even Medina township in the Speaker’s backyard, local governments are responding to their constituents’ concerns, calling for the return of local control and in some instances passing ordinances and resolutions even though they are trumped by state law,” he said. • Disclosure: An environmental group threatened further legal action against the state if it didn’t step up chemical disclosure requirements for companies involved in fracking. On June 26, Teresa Mills from the Center for Health, Environment and Justice presented a letter from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency backing up her position and noting the shortcomings of Ohio’s disclosure laws. “State law should not block regular citizens from obtaining full access to information about chemicals that is guaranteed by federal environmental laws,” Mills said. “By petitioning the U.S. EPA, we have taken the steps to ensure that Ohio laws are not used as a means to hide facts about chemicals in our communities. Ohio citizens have the right to know the truth about chemi-







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cals in our environment.” • Gubernatorial Challenger: Democratic gubernatorial hopeful Ed FitzGerald told reporters on June 28 that he did not support provisions included in the $62 billion biennial budget passed by lawmakers. But he said he did not yet have an opinion on whether the state should increase rates on oil and gas produced via fracking, saying instead that state officials should work with affected communities and the industry to negotiate a solution acceptable to both sides. • Housing Issues: A series of reports released on June 28 by the Ohio Housing Finance Agency’s Office of Affordable Housing Research and Strategic Planning found increasing rent prices and other pressure on affordable housing options for communities with increased oil and gas drilling activities. “As this industry expands in eastern Ohio, we anticipate that additional housing shortages will take place throughout the region, with smaller communities being affected the most,” said Robin Stewart from Ohio University’s Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Affairs. “Additional analysis will help develop a regional strategy that ensures affordable housing options remain available for the area’s most vulnerable citizens.” “The good news is that most places with shale energy development are able to address housing needs for the middle class without too much disruption, though there appears to be some issues for some lower income households as the boom begins,”

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added Mark Partridge from OSU’s Department of Agricultural, Environment and Development Economics. • Signed: Gov. John Kasich signed the much-debated biennial budget on June 30, hours before the start of the new fiscal year. The two-year spending plan includes a number of fracking-related provisions, including increased monitoring and handling requirements for technologically enhanced naturally occurring radioactive material, more frequent production reports from oil and gas companies drilling horizontally into eastern Ohio’s shale formations and country-of-origin disclosures for steel pipe used in wells.

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hile there was an oil boom in Ohio in the 1960s, very few injection wells existed for disposal of oil and gas fluids. At that time, most of the waste was disposed of in evaporation pits, which led to groundwater contamination, according to Tom Tomastik, a geologist for the Ohio Department of Natural Resources Division of Oil and Gas Resources Management, who recently gave a talk on the topic at Wingfoot State Park, in Portage County. In 1983, the U.S. EPA established rules for the proper handling of oil and gas waste fluids, which caused the number of injection wells to increase, and in 1986, evaporation pits were eliminated altogether, Tomastik said. As the oil and gas industry began booming in this part of the country, so did the need for a place to store the waste. In 2012, Ohio reportedly accepted 13,990,846 barrels of brine and liquid oilfield waste, and of that amount, 8,050,074 barrels came from out of state. Among the Class II Injection Wells, which are the only type that accept oil and gas waste fluids, there are several types: Class II Saltwater Injection Wells, Class II Enhanced Oil Recovery Wells, and Class II Annular Disposal Wells. Tomastik indicated 98 percent of the oil field fluids in Ohio are injected into Class II Saltwater Injection Wells. There are currently 212 of these types of wells in Ohio, with 181 in operation. Federal law requires Ohio to take oil field fluids from other states as well. That has always been the case, he said, but the numbers are now increasing dramatically. “The Marcellus Play in Pennsylvania increased the volume of injection wells there, and the governor of the state eventually stopped allowing them due to pollution found in the state’s streams. So, the waste was sent to Ohio, and the percentage of out of state wells jumped here from 39 percent to 54 percent in 2010 because of that fact,” Tomastik said. The average Class II Injection Well is about 4,000 feet deep. The most common injection wells consist of three metal tanks set in a row that contain concrete walls and floors. Permit applications for Class II Injection Wells are reviewed by the ODNR, which takes into account all the wells in the area. The agency is looking for any oth-

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he growth in the gas and oil industry has had an increase on other things too — including real estate. While most of the boom is happening in the southern area of the state, it’s starting to have an effect on counties in the northeast part of Ohio. Jack Kohl, the broker and owner of Jack Kohl Realty in Ravenna, has noticed an increase in commercial properties in Portage County. “We’ve leased to several oil and gas drilling companies … Both drillers and people who make pipelines,” said Kohl. A company from Louisiana, Six C Fabrication Inc., recently purchased the former Delphi plastics plant located in Rootstown. They will be manufacturing piping and steel structural equipment for the industry working the Utica Shale gas play. The 33-acre site, which has 222,000 square feet of building, was bought for $1.25 million in February. While they have started small, they intend to eventually have up to 300 employees. This is the largest increase with real estate Kohl has seen. He anticipates that it will continue to grow, and more locations will put down roots in Portage County. “I think you will see it as it develops. As those come on line, and if they’re successful, they’ll continue to grow. It’s so early in the process, it hasn’t really started yet,” said Kohl. Portage County had 15 horizontal drilling sites as of late June, putting it in ninth place for drilling activity in the state. Dottie Dupuy, president of the Portage County Association of Realtors and a managing broker for Howard Hanna in Aurora, has noticed that her realtors are focusing more on educating themselves, along with homeowners, about the changes that this boom has created. “It has raised the consciousness of people owning land about the potential value because they’ve read about it so much,” said Dupuy. “We have to be a lot more aware and conscious that minerals and oil are an important commodity in Portage County right now.” There has been an increase in education for realtors to learn how to deal with the issues that the industry brings up, from whether it’s a large company buying a piece of commercial real estate to a family learning their land is rich with minerals and oil. “I think we’re prime for increased activity and that’s why the raised awareness to the potentials,” said Dupuy. While the education was always available for the realtors, it wasn’t always attended as much as it is now. Dupuy say that is increase in education is greatly needed, and will continue to be

needed. Barb Kachenko, team leader of the Kachenko Group with Remax Haven in Twinsburg has noticed a large growth in the market. “In May, sales increased by 11.6 percent and the median price by 10.8 percent. May was the fourth month in a row that homes sales and prices have risen higher than previous months,” she said. “As home prices rise, homeowners gain positive equity. With a brighter financial outlook, many more feel comfortable selling their homes and the inventory shortage should be greatly reduced.” “2013 has been a strong year so far in Portage, Summit and Geauga and Cuyahoga counties, the areas I service,” said Kachenko. “We anticipate that we will finish at the best year ever since 2007, with high hopes that this will continue.” Even though the Wayne County and Wooster area isn’t seeing a large increase in drilling in their area as Portage, they are still seeing a small amount of increase. “Overall we’ve seen more activity, but more of it in the eastern part of the state,” such as Stark and Tuscarawas counties, said Dennis Drennan, regional manager at Howard Hanna, who oversees 11 Howard Hanna offices from Wooster, north to Strongsville, east to Canton and Stow. In the eastern and southeastern portions of the state, Drennan called it “Ohio’s Saudi Arabia,” but with a caveat. “We have seen more people wanting to rent … and maybe see how this all plays out,” Drennan said. “This is absolutely in its beginning stages though.” Drennan said it appears to him that the increased activity can be attributed to workers on “the front end” of the oil and gas boom on temporary assignment, and “obviously there would have to be some permanent people” in the state as well. Then he expects to see increased real estate activity “indefinitely.” Roger Kamp, president of the Wayne-Holmes Association of Realtors, said the real boom seen in Wayne County and Wooster was focused on land values. “We’re not seeing as much now as a year ago, but there are still people calling,” about vacant land available in the area, Kamp said. The big question he said was if mineral rights will transfer, and that has led to many (some out-of-towners) calling for available land and driving up values. As far as home values, Drennan said while “numbers are up substantially,” a rise in home values is still lagging and will continue to do so for a year or two, he estimated. Steven Huszai, staff writer for The Daily Record, contributed to this article.

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he board of directors for Williams and Boardwalk Pipeline Partners, LP, has voted to approve the company’s Bluegrass Pipeline project, which projects to come directly through Columbiana, Carroll, Harrison, Guernsey, Noble and Monroe counties and through portions of several other counties in the region. On a preliminary map, the project shows two pipelines starting along the Ohio-Pennsylvania border, merging in Noble County, on its way to joining an existing pipeline in Hardinsburg, Ky., that will help take the gas liquids to the U.S. Gulf Coast in Louisiana. Williams is engaged in development work on the proposed natural-gas-liquids pipeline, which has a targeted in-service date of late 2015. The Bluegrass Pipeline will connect supply from the Marcellus and Utica shale-gas areas in the U.S. Northeast to growing petrochemical and export markets in the U.S. Gulf Coast. The pipeline also will connect NGL supply with the developing petrochemical market in the U.S. Northeast. On its website, Williams and Boardwalk Pipeline Partners, LP had previously announced they had formalized key joint-venture agreements tied to the proposed Bluegrass Pipeline and related fractionation, storage and export projects. Phase one of the project will provide producers with 200,000 barrels per day of mixed NGL take-away capacity in Ohio, West Virginia and Pennsylvania. Phase two will increase capacity to 400,000 barrels per day to meet market demand, primarily by adding additional liquids pumping capacity. The pipeline will deliver mixed NGLs from these producing areas to new fractionation and storage facilities, providing connectivity to petrochemical facilities and product pipelines along the coasts of Louisiana and Texas. The Bluegrass Pipeline includes construction of a new NGL pipeline from producing areas in Ohio, West Virginia and Pennsylvania to an interconnect with Boardwalk’s Texas Gas Transmission, LLC system (Texas Gas) in Hardinsburg, Ky. From that point to Eunice, La., a portion of Texas Gas would be converted from natural gas service to NGL service. The joint venture also will include constructing a new large-scale fractionation plant and expanding natural gas liquids storage facilities in Louisiana and constructing a new pipeline connect-

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ing these facilities to the converted Texas Gas line in the Eunice, La., area. Williams and Boardwalk also are exploring development of a new export liquefied petroleum gas terminal and related facilities on the Gulf Coast to provide customers access to international markets. By combining new construction with an existing pipeline, Williams and Boardwalk believe that the Bluegrass Pipeline should be placed into service and begin serving customers sooner than other options. Williams and Boardwalk are engaged in comprehensive project development planning including permitting, public consultation and right-of-way acquisition. Williams and Boardwalk expect that the planned project should be placed into service in late 2015, assuming all necessary conditions are met. Completion of this project is subject to all necessary or required approvals, elections, and actions, as well as execution of formal customer commitments. Williams is one of the leading energy infrastructure companies in North America. It owns interests in or operates 15,000 miles of interstate gas pipelines, 1,000 miles of NGL transportation pipelines, and more than 10,000 miles of oil and gas gathering pipelines. The company’s facilities have daily gas processing capacity of 6.6 billion cubic feet of natural gas, NGL production of more than 200,000 barrels per day and domestic olefins production capacity of 1.35 billion pounds of ethylene and 90 million pounds of propylene per year. Williams owns approximately 68 percent of Williams Partners L.P, one of the largest diversified energy master limited partnerships. Williams Partners owns most of Williams’ interstate gas pipeline and domestic midstream assets. Williams also owns Canadian operations and certain domestic olefins pipelines assets, as well as a significant investment in Access Midstream Partners, L.P. , a midstream natural gas services provider. The company’s headquarters is in Tulsa, Okla. For more information, visit, where the company routinely posts information.

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he signs start popping up along a road called Righteous Ridge, not too far away Waterford, an unincorporated community along the Muskingum River in southeastern Ohio. There’s no room for interpretation on their meaning. “No Oilfield Traffic” shouts one in all capital letters. Another, “All Oilfield Traffic,” includes an arrow pointing the way to one of Washington County’s first fracking sites, a horizontal well that was midway through its initial drilling one day last month when a group of schoolteachers stopped by for a tour. Follow the winding road (at 15 mph if you’re behind the wheel of some oilfield equipment, so reads another sign) and you’ll pass houses and trailers and cornfields and eventually come to a hill topped by a drilling rig. According to state records, PDC Energy Inc. snagged the permit for the site, named “Neill 1-H,” in late May. It’s one of 750-plus horizontal permits on the Ohio Department of Natural Resources’ cumulative permit list. A total of 374 or so of that total have been drilled to date. Less than a month after gaining the state’s approval to move forward, drillers were more than a mile into the ground near Waterford. “I think it’s that way, I’m not positive,” Jeff Salen, director of U.S. drilling operations for PDC Energy, joked as he pointed away from the rig, indicating the direction that a lateral leg would go, once drillers are far into the ground vertically and make their horizontal turn. He’s not really confused. Drilling is a high-tech business that relies on directional tools to bore miles into the ground. On this day, Cedrick St. Julian, a Louisiana man, was preparing specialty drilling equipment at the site. What looks like a stack of pipe is actually precision equip-

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ment that St. Julian and others can track and steer as it goes deeper into the earth. “He knows within 3 feet exactly where he is, and we’re down 15,000 feet,” Salen said. Drilling Stage The tall rig stands out at present, but the site won’t look anything like this once the well is completed. Rhonda Reda, executive director of the Ohio Oil and Gas Energy Education Program, said the rig will be taken away, and what’s left will be about the size of an average dining room, with a hole that starts out at a little more than two feet and shrinks as it gets deeper into the ground to about 5.5 inches. Drilling such a well isn’t cheap. Salen said it can cost $8 million-plus to dig and prepare each one - “probably $75,000$100,000 a day” at ever rig. And not all end up in production. Once drilled and fracked, PDC will test the Washington County well to determine its potential production. If the engineers are satisfied, they may come back and build two more wells off of the same pad. “They don’t know economically how these wells are going to do,” Salen said. “... If it’s not economical to produce, I may not be back.” The process takes months. After drilling is done, the site will be fracked, with swimming pools of fresh water and chemicals

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pumped into shale formations deep underground. St. Julian holds a degree in petroleum engineering from Louisiana State University. Many fracking-related jobs require specialty training and advanced education. That’s part of the reason the industry has relied on out-of-state workers for drilling jobs. Workers get used to their crews, and they travel with them from state to state and site to site, Salen said. But there are jobs for Ohioans, too. There are 20-30 people at the Waterford site at any given time, working 12-hour shifts, round-the-lock. There are also diesel mechanics and water haulers and any number of subcontractors. “There’s local kids that come out here and have an opportunity to go to work...” Salen said. “On any given day, there’s 50-60 different groups of people out here.” Pipes There was a big stack of orange-capped pipe on the lot at Ken Miller Supply Inc. in Marietta one day last month. Over the screech of cutting equipment, manager Scott Craycraft explained that in years past, it would take weeks to sell it all. Asked how long the current stack would last, Craycraft replied, “Tomorrow morning. And then there’s another going out Saturday.” The company has locations in five states, with several sites in Ohio, including Wooster and Marietta. They provide pipe and equipment to Ohio’s growing shale oilfields to carry oil and gas from the formation to market. “We wouldn’t find the oil and gas in the ground if you stuck our nose in it,” Craycraft joked. “That’s not our side. We don’t know a shale rock from a pet rock. ... But once it is found, that’s where we set in.” Miller Inc.’s yard is filled with pipe and gas production units and sand traps, all used in horizontal drilling into Marcellus and Utica shale. The company cuts grooves into steel casing used in oil and gas wells, with couplings threading long sections together. There’s a well in West Virginia that includes more than 18,000

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Top Left: At Miller Supply Inc. in Marietta, pipes used in oil and gas wells are shaved and prepared for couplings. Top Right: Cedrick St. Julian talks about some of the specialty equipment used to bore deep into the earth into eastern Ohio’s shale formations. What looks like pipe is actually high-tech drilling tools that can be steered with precision from the surface. Bottom: Huge containers of pipe shavings are recycled into more pipe.

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“OIL WELL TOUR” from pg. 17 feet of Miller casing. Another customer is considering one pad with 16 different directional wells reaching out in all directions. It can take seven or eight truckloads of pipe for each fracked well. Half a dozen years ago, that pipe was harder to get, much of it coming into Miller’s Marietta location by barge on the Ohio River, often from other countries. Today, domestic steel is outpacing imports, Craycraft said. “There’s pipe here from Youngstown, there’s pipe here from Cincinnati,” he said, adding, “It’s high dollar, very good jobs for people.” Training and Jobs Robert Chase is chairman of the petroleum engineering and geology department at Marietta College, one of about 18 such programs in the country. There are 400 students enrolled currently, and “We’ve had over 400 students apply to get into the program apply to get into the program the last two years,” Chase said. The school accepts about 90 a year. The benefits of holding a degree are obvious - sample job opportunities with starting salaries averaging $100,000-plus a year and signing bonuses of $15,000-$20,000. “The jobs are phenomenal,” Chase said, noting that 39 of 42 graduates this year had jobs walking out the door. “We had 33 companies on campus recruiting those students this year.” That’s part of the reason the Ohio Oil and Gas Energy Educa-

tion Program took a busload of several dozen middle school teachers to oil and gas sites in the Marietta area one day last month, providing them with classroom experiments and curriculum ideas to get students thinking about careers at earlier ages. “Just imagine if you can engage them and start thinking about their futures and their opportunities,” said Charlie Dixon, work force and safety administrator at the Ohio Oil and Gas Energy Education Program. Vicky Wilson, a middle school science teacher from Austintown who is working on a master’s degree in environmental science, said the tour proved helpful, providing practical ways to help youngsters understand the career potential in Ohio’s oilfields. “There’s welders and there’s truckers and there’s diesel mechanics,” added Ed Laubacher, who teaches at Lake High School in North Canton. Laubacher also wants his students to weigh the pros and cons of fracking. “There’s so many myths about this,” he said.

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new gas fractionation, or separation, plant is being constructed in Scio, located in Harrison County. The plant, known in the industry as the Harrison Hub, is a sister to a gas processing plant planned to open this month in Kennsington, in Columbiana County. Both plants are being built as part of a $900 million investment by Utica East Ohio, a partnership consisting of 3M Midstream, Access Midstream, and EV Energy Partners. The Kensington plant was begun first, and it is due to become operational this month, after being completed in its first phase. Joe Giles, vice president of operations at the two sites, has stated construction is underway at the Scio plant as well, but it will continue on for one or two more years, even after the facilities are operational, as the massive plants are expanded. The Kensington plant will process the gas, and it will be separated at the fractionation plant in Scio. The construction phase alone has brought about 350 workers to Kensington and hundreds more to Scio. “Harrison Hub, to open this summer as well, will take natural gas liquids released from Kensington and fractionate it into three main components, propane, mutane, and natural gas,” said Giles. “We’ve already filled positions, and, as a whole, we’ve hired about 45 people at the two plants, with about 60 percent of those being from Ohio. We are very pleased with the Ohio skill set. The coal mines, refineries, and different industrial work here have built good skills.”

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elcoming community and business leaders to the monthly Guernsey Energy Coalition meeting at the Southgate Hotel in Cambridge, Jo Sexton, president of the Cambridge Area Chamber of Commerce and moderator of the meeting, said, “Today marks the start of the Coalition’s third year of sponsoring meetings specifically to introduce representatives of a multitude of businesses associated with the oil and gas industry, who offer information about their company and its function relative to the Utica Shale Play.” Thursday’s meeting with representatives of an environmental laboratory answered questions and concerns of attendees about air, water and soil contamination and/or degradation from gas and oil development in eastern and southeastern Ohio. Guest speakers from Pace Analytical, Inc., a recent addition to the Cambridge business community, has expanded its operation to the Utica Shale region by opening an office on Southgate Parkway. The business provides analytical services, including environmental testing and sampling. Paul Melillo, sales manager for Pace, presented an overview of the company and its core business of environmental services: Analytical testing, field services and speciality services. “Pace has a nationwide network of labs that perform testing on air, water and soil matrices from routine organic an inorganic

methods. Field services include testing of anything associated with waste water, ground water, air/stack sampling, of both routine and complex sampling situations,” he said. “Specialty services include air toxins, dioxin/furan, low -level PCBs, microbiology, radio chemistry, aquatic toxicity, low-level mercury, sediment and tissue analysis. Our job is to provide analytical data from samples from our customers.” Analytical data needed and requested from the gas and oil industry, in addition to background and baseline water quality studies: Investigate soils and muds, drill cuttings and waste disposal, potable water

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An aerial view of a massive gas separation plant being built in Scio as a sister to the plant opening this month in Kensingon. Both are part of a partnership called Utica East Ohio.

Shale noun A dense rock formed over millions of years from ancient sediments of decaying, organic material. Although geologists have known about the energy-potential of shale rock for generations, only within the past decade have these resources been considered economical to produce, thanks in large part to the advances in horizontal drilling and the application of the 60-year-old technology of hydraulic fracturing. Shale is known as a “source rock” because it is the source of oil and gas deposits that are contained in sandstone and carbonate formations from which oil and gas are normally produced.


Giles commented these are good, long-term projects that are not going away, and more jobs will continue to be created as the plants continue to grow. “People always think they have to move around to work in the oil and gas field,” Giles said. “But, that’s not true. People can build an entire career here and have a wellcompensated career. Or, they can choose to move to different locations so they can rise into management, the same way I did. I’ve moved 16 times during the course of my career, and the first plant I ever worked in during the 1970s is still in operation. So, they are designed to operate for a very long time and people can stay put, if that’s what they want.” Giles has lived in Ohio for one year now, and has also resided in East and West Texas and Oklahoma. “We’ll be here for a long time now, though,” he said. “We’ll end up spending up to $1.5 billion to build the plants. That kind of capital infusion will take a long while to pay out.” Construction of a third sister plant will start later this year. This plant, to be situated in Leesville, within Carroll County, will be another gas processing site slated to be up and running by June of 2014.


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cedure, technical definitions, the company’s quality guarantee and legislation affecting the industry. “We don’t tell you what to do, we only give you the results of the tests,” he said. Chris Demko, account executive for Pace in charge of the Cambridge office, said Pace’s experienced project managers “can assist with regulatory knowledge, pre-planning of projects, and with the needs of simple to multi-facted analytical sampling programs, and provide clients the level of service necessary for them to succeed in their business.” Pace was founded in 1978 and is the second largest company of its kind in the U.S., which now includes a nationwide network of analytical laboratories. Corporate headquarters is in Minneapolis, Minn. The company employs more than 1,400 people. The company’s laboratories utilize the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), American Society for Testing and Materials Standard Methods (ASTM), National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) and other accepted test procedures and methods in accordance with both federal and state regulations. For more information about the company Google Pace Analytical, Inc. The local Pace Analytical office is at 645 Southgate Parkway, Cambridge.

sources, waste water disposal, ambient air monitoring, flowback frack water, sludge, spills and emergency response samples. Melillo said time is of the essence when transporting samples from the field to the laboratory for analysis. “The five keys steps are sample collection, sampling preservation, transporting the cooler (sample container) to the lab, receipt by the lab and analysis and reporting,” he said. “The most important step is sample collection. The results of any analysis are no better than the sample on which it is performed. “Another factor is cross contamination prevention, which can be avoided by collecting each sample with clean tools and equipment and placing it in containers specific to the sample and analysis required,” he said. Pace is not a source of sampling for individual consumers. Its customers are oil and gas producers or environmental consultants. They are akin to wholesalers, not retailers. Dennis Leeke, general manager of Pace’s Pittsburgh laboratory, said documentation is the most important element in collecting, producing, and verifying analytical data. Individuals should contact an environmental consultant to collect samples. “Documentation must be accurate and precise, so people know what we are doing and how we are doing it,” said Leeke, who also talked about the company’s quality assurance program components, the company’s accreditation and certifications, company mandated training for all employees, auditing pro-

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landmark federal study on hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, shows no evidence that chemicals from the natural gas drilling process moved up to contaminate drinking water aquifers at a western Pennsylvania drilling site, the Department of Energy told The Associated Press in mid-July. After a year of monitoring, the researchers found that the chemical-laced fluids used to free gas trapped deep below the surface stayed thousands of feet below the shallower areas that supply drinking water, geologist Richard Hammack said. Although the results are preliminary — the study is still ongoing — they are a boost to a natural gas industry that has fought complaints from environmental groups and property owners who call fracking dangerous. Drilling fluids tagged with unique markers were injected more than 8,000 feet below the surface, but were not detected in a monitoring zone 3,000 feet higher. That means the potentially dangerous substances stayed about a mile away from drinking water supplies. “This is good news,” said Duke University scientist Rob Jackson, who was not involved with the study. He called it a “useful and important approach” to monitoring fracking, but cautioned that the single study doesn’t prove that fracking can’t pollute, since geology and industry practices vary widely in Pennsylvania and across the nation. The boom in gas drilling has led to tens of thousands of new wells being drilled in recent years, many in the Marcellus Shale formation that lies under parts of Pennsylvania, New York, Ohio and West Virginia. That’s led to major economic benefits but also fears that the chemicals used in the drilling process could spread to water supplies. The mix of chemicals varies by company and region, and while some are openly listed the industry has complained that

disclosing special formulas could violate trade secrets. Some of the chemicals are toxic and could cause health problems in significant doses, so the lack of full transparency has worried landowners and public health experts. The study done by the National Energy Technology Laboratory in Pittsburgh marked the first time that a drilling company let government scientists inject special tracers into the fracking fluid and then continue regular monitoring to see whether it spread toward drinking water sources. The research is being done at a drilling site in Greene County, which is southwest of Pittsburgh and adjacent to West Virginia. Eight new Marcellus Shale horizontal wells were monitored seismically and one was injected with four different man-made tracers at different stages of the fracking process, which involves setting off small explosions to break the rock apart. The scientists also monitored a separate series of older gas wells that are about 3,000 feet above the Marcellus to see if the fracking fluid reached up to them. The industry and many state and federal regulators have long contended that fracking itself won’t contaminate surface drinking water because of the extreme depth of the gas wells. Most are more than a mile underground, while drinking water aquifers are usually within 500 to 1000 feet of the surface. Kathryn Klaber, the CEO of the industry-led Marcellus Shale Coalition, called the study “great news.” “It’s important that we continue to seek partnerships that can study these issues, and inform the public of the findings,”

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Klaber said. While the lack of contamination is encouraging, Jackson said he wondered whether the unidentified drilling company might have consciously or unconsciously taken extra care with the research site, since it was being watched. He also noted that other aspects of the drilling process can cause pollution, such as poor well construction, surface spills of chemicals, and wastewater. Jackson and his colleagues at Duke have done numerous studies over the last few years that looked at whether gas drilling is contaminating nearby drinking water, with mixed results. None of them have found chemical contamination but they did find evidence that natural gas escaped from some wells near the surface and polluted drinking water in northeastern Pennsylvania. Scott Anderson, a drilling expert with the Environment Defense Fund, said the results sound very interesting. “Very few people think that fracking at significant depths routinely leads to water contamination. But the jury is still out on what the odds are that this might happen in special situations,” Anderson said. One finding surprised the researchers: Seismic monitoring determined one hydraulic fracture traveled 1,800 feet out from the well bore; most traveled just a few hundred feet. That’s significant because some environmental groups have questioned whether the fractures could go all the way to the surface. The researchers believe that fracture may have hit naturally occurring faults, and that’s something both industry and regula-

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One such fellow just passed away this week and I would be ren the hustle and bustle and big money of the curmiss not to mention him as I have not met a soul either in or out of rent oil and gas gold rush, it is easy to forget all the business that had a bad word to say of him. Besides creating the activity of the past and those that made the jobs for his small community and making sure to stay busy so no smaller “booms” happen. With the exception of some one got laid off, he was an active contributor to his adopted town. scallywags and foreign carpetbaggers most of the oil Didn’t have to ask twice where Phil Brown lived, everyone seemed and gas guys were home grown Appalachian boys. Growing up as a to know him. second or third generation oil and gas people in the small patch that I am speaking of Phillip H. Brown of Lowell, Ohio. A fellow I eked out a living supplying gas regionally or working on rigs, pumps, met many years ago and grew quite fond of over the years as he etc. to make a living. turned in a great mentor on life, fellowship, and treating people I wouldn’t speak highly of all of them, as I have met more than right. He was first introduced to the oil and gas business around his my share of grifters and people who would step on anyone’s neck home place in Rinard Mills in eastern Washington Co. Not much for to make sure their pockets were books (as he told me) he really got lined first. But, there were many working the service rigs and Didn’t have to ask twice where Phil into honorable men in this industry, he worked long and hard at it until and I have learned more than just Brown lived, everyone seemed to he had a successful business built the business from them. I learned up that landed him in Lowell, Ohio know him. about life, humor, and heard some where he would spend the rest of stories that would bring tears to his life. your eyes from laughing so hard. They were genuine human beings But, to end it there would be an injustice to old Phil. My personal that loved life, enjoyed what they did, and made a living at what they story is that I was just about out of the business and moving to North liked doing best: Oil and gas. Carolina (literally my clothes were in the car) when I got a call from



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Phil to go to work for him on a project. I had just returned from Kentucky and Tennessee after a two year stint in the wilderness called the Daniel Boone Forest and working oil and gas in Ohio was the last thing I wanted to do. Well, Phil, in his homespun paternal way convinced me that I would be better off working for him than leaving town. A little bit of humor, a cut of chaw, and buying my lunch sealed the deal. Phil had a way about him. Over the years I have heard stories from many who experienced the same “convincing” or help from Phil. He literally picked people up who were on the seat of their pants and made them go again. His passions outside of work were his woodworking shop in which he excelled (even though he only had three fingers on one hand from an early accident), his community, and the Masonic Lodge. He loved collecting old muzzle loaders and had several that were made locally. In retirement, as in his business life, he kept busy, building a beautiful cabin home north of town and keeping his family around him, especially his lovely wife, Pauline, who, more than any of us, got to experience this wonderful man’s many different charms and attributes. I will miss this old friend of mine, and the industry will miss a good man who influenced others in a positive manner by his charm, wit, and ability to get along. I just hope St. Pete is ready for him, as I am sure Phil will have him laughing so hard with some of his stories no one will get through the pearly gates for a while. Goodbye old friend, you have laid your trowel down. A job well done.

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ith increased interest in fracking in Ohio, people are exploring job opportunities in industries related to the oil and gas fields. Welding is one such industry, and Fortis College in Ravenna has seen an increase in interest its welding technology program due to the job possibilities. “Basically yes, we are seeing an increase in interest in welding from a community standpoint because there are more jobs because of the fracking and oil and gas industry,” said Sonya Hartburg, campus president. Vicki Young, welding technology department chair at Fortis, said the welding program and the school as a whole has seen an increase in students interested in the field due to interest in fracking industry as well as the natural gas, shipping, trailor and manufacturing industries. “We literally started with three people, and now we have close to 70 in four years,” Young said. Students who complete the 15-month program are certified in various positions of welding, with one of the highest being a 6G. Young said the G stands for groove, which is something that has been worked on by a machine and created a bevel below the surface of the weld, and if a person can do a 6, which is a pipe inclined at a 45 degree angle, it’s assumed that he or she can do all the lower positions of welding as well. They can use these different levels of welding for jobs, like pipe welding for the fracking industry. “If you’re just talking about the fracking industry, which like I said involves pipe welding, I mean we certainly have students here that are 6G and 5G welders” Young said. “There are different positions in the welding field. One being flat. Two being horizontal. Three being vertical, up or down. And four being overhead. But when you get to the higher numbers, that’s when you’re more closely or more actually affiliated with the pipe welding industry.” Once welders get enough experience, they can also become inspectors and supervisors or open their own company. Young said she thinks the field grow more in the next few years because a lot of people are coming back to Ohio for the job opportunities related to skilled trades. She said one reason for that is because the jobs are here right now. “Welding has always been here to stay, but the influx for the demand of workers is just astonishing,” she said. “It just really is. I mean there are welding schools that are opening up as we speak because the need is there.” Truck driving has also seen an increase in interest during the past year but more from people in Pennsylvania rather than Ohio. TDDS Technical Institute in Lake Milton hasn’t seen a large influx of truck drivers interested in the oil and gas industry yet, and school director Gary Lopuchovsky said this is because Ohio is cau-

tiously moving into fracking and doesn’t have many running wells. “We did about a year ago. We did get a bigger influx of people who wanted to get into the oil and shale, the fracking-type thing,” he said. “There was a local platform that they had just across from the outlets in Grove City, and I know that we did train several people that went over.” The influx he saw is based on wells in Pennsylvania because it’s worked with fracking more than Ohio, Lopuchovsky said, but he thinks that truck driving jobs created by fracking will be more local jobs and a lot of people interested want to stay locally. He said he thinks that there will be another influx in the next six to 12 months based on when the state decides how to tax the industries and, once the refinery in Columbiana runs, how the refineries set themselves up here. “It comes down to where the wells are and how many people they’re going to need, what kind of truck driving they’re going to need,” he said. “We have a diesel mechanics class here too, so the industry really likes to look at both our diesel mechanics and our truck drivers, which when you go through our diesel tech program, you get our truck driving program also. And these guys can not only work on the platforms, they can also drive trucks.”


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s part of the company’s 20th anniversary celebration in 2009, Chesapeake Energy issued a challenge via its H.E.L.P. Initiative (Helping Energize Local Progress) for employees to complete 20,000 hours of community service in five weeks. By the end of the five weeks, Chesapeake volunteers had donated more than 26,000 hours to 575 organizations in more than 70 communities across the country. That success led to the formation of Operation Blue in 2010. Operation Blue is now an annual campaign during which Chesapeake employees serve the needs in their communities. In 2012, 6,045 Operation Blue participants gave more than 38,000 volunteer hours across the country. On June 12, approximately 20 Operation Blue participants, who work for Chesapeake in Carroll County, volunteered on Habitat for Humanity’s Lincoln Avenue project in Carrollton. Aimee Belden, community relations coordinator for the company, said Operation Blue participants will devote an additional three days to the project this summer. Working alongside the Chesapeake employees installing siding and shingling roofs were approximately 15 volunteers from Habitat Care-aVanners. France Moriarty explained the group, which has no formal organiza-

tion or schedule, includes “retired RV-ers” who assist on Habitat projects as they travel the country. Moriarty and her husband, both natives of south central Florida, have care-a-vanned since their retirement in 2002. She said volunteers on the Carrollton project included people from Texas and Pennsylvania the Moriartys had worked with in Oregon. “You never know who you’ll meet,” she said. Chuck Evans, site supervisor for Habitat for Humanity, said the three homes will be finished in August and ready for occupancy following a dedication ceremony in September. For two days in June, Hodges Trucking employees spruced up Ann Green Park.


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OU’s Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Affairs, examined the ongoing impacts of shale development on rental housing availability and cost, along with its impacts on homelessness. The data collection gathered information on the early impacts of horizontal shale development and the availability and affordability of rental housing in multiple counties impacted by shale oil development. The data collection is intended to assist OHFA in selecting Ohio communities to monitor long-term. OU’s researchers studied Carroll County where the demand for affordable housing has significantly risen as a result of recent drilling activity and an increased number of drilling permits. The influx of workers, limited availability of affordable housing in the county for residents, and housing per diems provided to temporary workers have enabled rental market prices to climb and other factors have led to a strain on the existing housing infrastructure. Most shale workers have been able to obtain housing in single home rental units, local hotels, campgrounds or other temporary

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n Ohio and other parts of the U.S., new technology is leading to the development of more oil and natural gas from previously inaccessible shale deposits deep underground. This is raising the requirement for more highly-skilled oil and gas workers. At the same time, energy companies are losing some of their most experienced employees to retirements as the workforce ages. This trend is forecast to continue for the next 10 years. Stemming this brain-drain via on-the-job training of high school graduates is no longer a workable employee replacement strategy. Rapid advances in energy exploration, production and regulation require that entry-level employees be technically-qualified, and that their skills be continually advanced throughout their employment. Recruitment and training are ongoing urgent priorities for development of the necessary workforce. Many oil and gas companies have expanded their internal training capabilities, and third party training providers fill in some of the gaps. But increasingly, regional college energy technology training programs are responding to the urgent demand for entry level skilled technicians. Demand for these college programs is high, and many are stretched to capacity as energy companies face the challenge of expanding their operations using the most advanced technology and employees that are ‘boots on the ground’ ready. In traditional oil and gas production regions of the country, colleges have been evolving their worker training programs for many

This compressed air meter run is one of the new training systems at the new land lab being developed for the Oil & Gas Engineering Technology program based the expanding Cambridge, Ohio campus of Zane State College. A 1-year Natural Gas Compression Certificate program has been added for the fall 2013 semester and a 2-year program will soon be available to provide compressor technicians for the Utica Shale.

years. Institutions such as Oklahoma State University’s Institute of Technology and San Juan (New Mexico) College’s School of Energy have led the way for more than a decade. Newer programs have sprung up at Panola (Texas) College and at Western Wyoming Community College, and they have continually grown with the development of shale and tight sands petroleum plays in the southwestern U.S. and Rocky Mountains states. But now, with the Marcellus and Utica Shale plays ramping up development, at least three regional colleges - Lackawanna (Pennsylvania) College, Zane State (Ohio) College, and Stark State (Ohio) College - are responding to the “local” need for technology ready oil and gas workers in Ohio, Pennsylvania and West Virginia. Lackawanna College began its Petroleum and Natural Gas Technology (PNGT) program during the summer of 2009. Operating from a new training center in New Milford, Pennsylvania, the college offers 2-year degree programs based on petroleum engineering and associated technologies. A compression certification program was introduced in 2011. Lackawanna College’s PNGT program prepares students for

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careers in the up-, mid- and downstream segments of the oil and natural gas industry. Instruction covers the full spectrum of oil and natural gas geology, drilling, completion, production, processing equipment and principles, and basic legal plus OSHA safety requirements and computer skills necessary for technician-level positions. The program includes hands-on teaching with field equipment and a summer internship with 10 weeks of field experience. Enrollment numbers have been climbing every year, and 50 new PNGT degree students are enrolled for the upcoming fall semester. Program administrators indicated that they want to build up the program to eventually expand out nationally and take in students from all over the country. The program has expanded a lot this year and the college has decided to turn the New Milford center into a school strictly for PNGT and other training related to the industry. Zane State College, with campuses in Zanesville and Cambridge Ohio, revived its petroleum program two years ago with the development of the Utica and Marcellus Shale in this area. The first 12 students graduated in May 2013 from the college’s Oil & Gas Engineering Technology (OGET) program. With a broad based curriculum, the program has supplemented its standard course offerings with the approved compression station operator training curriculum of the Eastern Gas Compression Roundtable (EGCR). The EGCR is an association of energy companies and suppliers that organizes and sponsors an annual technical conference in May that includes in-depth training for hundreds of gas compression industry workers. In May OGET professors Paul Paslay and Robert Stonerock com-

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pleted the EGCR training track at the annual EGCR conference in Pittsburgh. In the last 2 years, 14 Zane State students have completed the training. “Two of our recent graduates that attended last year constructed a small meter testing facility for our land lab. EGCR whetted their appetite and now they’ve created a legacy for future classes,” said Stonerock. Zane State’s land lab is the first of its kind in Ohio. The meter run is a representation of some of the gas meters that the students could encounter at a working well site. Compressed air is used to demonstrate their operation. The lab also has a closed loop system that pumps mineral oil from underground storage directly into a set of storage tanks about 100 ft. (30.5 m) away. Future plans include the addition of a working natural gas compressor package. “EGCR’s entry level training will be offered again this year for college credit as part of both our 1-year Natural Gas Compression Certificate and as part of our 2-year degree program,” added Paslay. A class of 40 students is enrolled for the fall program, as the college hurries to complete a major new addition to the Cambridge campus, where the petroleum program is based. Stark State College, located in North Canton, Ohio, indicates that it offers the training that is most in-demand by oil and gas companies or their suppliers. Stark State provides a wide range of credit and noncredit training, with new programs continu-

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as and oil drilling has already sent the Stark County Health Department into a tail spin once, and Paul DePasquale, director of environmental health, said he doesn’t think the county has seen anything yet. “There has been a huge impact in our department from the oil and gas industry, specifically with methane that has been found in the water during baseline testing prior to drilling,” said DePasquale. “These tests are to protect homeowners as well as the companies, because if high levels of methane are found in the water now, it can’t be blamed on the drilling later.” DePasquale said the oil and gas companies are not in full production yet, so, there is a huge concern about what the production phase will look like. “Until production kicks in, I don’t think we can know what to expect,” he said. In order to get a permit to drill an oil and gas well, the Ohio Department of Natural Resources requires any water well within a 1,500-foot radius around that location be tested first.

Some companies, like Chesapeake Energy, are doubling that to 3,000 feet, just to be safe. The companies hire a consultant to do the testing, and that’s what’s driving the methane alarms. Methane has always been in Ohio. But, in the past, it was found only sporadically. According to an independent study Chesapeake conducted, about 24 percent of the people’s wells that were tested prior to drilling had various levels of methane present. The lead agency for the exploration of oil and gas is the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, which determines whether methane gas is attributed to the oil and gas, or if it is naturally occurring. To the county health department it doesn’t matter where the methane is originating from, because if it is found, their agency has to mitigate it under the rules provided by The Ohio Department of Health. The Stark County Health Department has only a unit manager and 2-3 three staff members to handle all the methane gas issues. A committee was formed by the health department to address the problem, and one thing it did was help push the state to create a guidance document that clearly defines at which methane levels certain types of mitigation efforts should be utilized. “If it’s dissolved in your water, when you turn on your spigot, it is released in to your home. In the basement, where the air is not well ventilated, methane has the potential of exploding or causing asphyxiation. It’s a colorless, odorless gas, and without the testing, you would not know you had it in your water or well,” DePasquale explained. There are several methods of removing the gas, depending how high the levels are. Remedies range from work on the water pump, at a cost of around $350, to installing a spray aeration system estimated at between $3,000 to $5,000. All mitigation efforts have to be monitored by the county health department. “We felt the strain for a while, but it has died down now. But, it will kick up again once gas and oil production actually begins,” DePasquale assured. In response to a letter outlining the health department’s conContinued on pg. 74

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ogistics service providers who are active in the Utica shale supply chain will be featured at the 16th annual Northeast Ohio Logistics Conference and Golf Open, on Monday, Aug. 12, at Firestone Country Club in Akron. The event is hosted by the Northeast Ohio Trade & Economic Consortium (NEOTEC) and the Cleveland-Cuyahoga County Port Authority. The agenda includes presentations by area logistics experts from various modes of transportation who currently serve the Utica shale industry, followed by a panel discussion with Q&A. After the morning conference, there will be an afternoon golf scramble on Firestone’s North course and an evening dinner and awards program. “Following a successful conference last year on the growing Utica shale industry, we are pleased to co-host this event again with NEOTEC to delve deeper into the opportunities and challenges that logistics service providers in the area are experiencing,” said David Gutheil, vice president of maritime and logistics for the Port Authority. “This will be a valuable educational and networking opportunity for anyone interested in the shale energy industry.” Topics include “Utica: From production wells to automobiles,” “Trucking to support the Utica and Marcellus shale plays,” and

“Safety first: An environmental and logistics perspective.” The conference presenters are Chris Cotter and Shane Farolino, partners with the transportation law group and environmental/energy/health & safety division of Roetzel & Andress LPA; Jonathan Chastek, assistant vice president of business development for Wheeling & Lake Erie Railway Company; Doug Allen, executive vice president of Kenan Advantage Group (KAG); and Nick De La Garza, refining planning and economics supervisor at Marathon Petroleum Company’s Ohio Refining Division. The morning conference program begins at 7:45 a.m. with continental breakfast and concludes with a buffet lunch from 11:45 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The afternoon golf session, a four-person scramble format on Firestone’s North course, begins at 1 p.m., and is followed by an evening buffet dinner, refreshments, prizes and golf awards presentation at 6 p.m. Registration costs are $275 per person for the entire day, or $125 per person


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few dozen property owners packed the Canaan Township fire station recently to hear how to protect their land and receive more money for easements needed for a pipeline project that will cut across Wayne County. William Goldman and Mike Braunstein, attorneys from Columbus, talked about the Allegheny Access pipeline project that will transport refined petroleum products from the Midwest to eastern Ohio and Western Pennsylvania. When the project was announced in September, Sunoco Logistics Partners CEO Michael J. Hennigan said it would “give refiners and marketers in the Midwest convenient and cost-effective access to eastern Ohio and western Pennsylvania markets, including Pittsburgh.” It is expected to have the ability to transport 85,000 barrels a day initially, with the ability to increase the capacity to 110,000 barrels per day. The project is slated to begin around the beginning of October, but Goldman and Braunstein said they do not think it will happen. Sunoco expects the pipeline to be operational in the first half of 2014. The attorneys and some property owners said land agents have been making high-pressure pitches to get people to sign updated lease agreements for $3 a linear foot. Many property owners had signed easements in 1942 allowing Standard Oil to build a pipeline, Goldman said. He does not think those easements allow for a second pipeline to be built, but if it does, then there needs to be just compensation. Goldman also wants protections for the landowners written into the agreements.

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Columbus-area attorneys Michael Braunstein (left) and William Goldman (seated) talk about some of the options property owners have in dealing the Allegheny Access pipeline project that will cut across northern Wayne County and transport refined petroleum products. The attorneys met with the property owners at the Canaan Township fire station on Burbank Road.

The wording now appears to make the property owners responsible if something happens to the pipeline. The offer of $3 per linear foot, which is actually 75 square feet because Sunoco is seeking a 50-foot easement and a 25foot temporary easement for equipment, is too low, Braunstein and Goldman said. “We’re confident we can get appropriate compensation,” Goldman said. “Whether it is us or another attorney, you need to be represented.” “They cannot rely on 1942 prices; they have to pay current prices,” Braunstein said. He noted a pipeline on a piece of property can cause damage in several ways. What if a farmer cannot cross the easement with equipment, what if trees have to be removed, what if the property is less attractive because of the existence of a pipeline. “The pipeline could diminish the value of your property,” Braunstein said. Both attorneys said the pipeline is going to be built, and they could not stop it. Their goal is to maximize the protection of property and compensation. While the two have negotiated substantial settlements in the past, property owners should not think this will be a windfall. But, the final price could be much more substantial than the $3 being offered.

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ight months ago the fields of a Kensington farm “looked like a golf course,” but now it is 170 acres of hustle and bustle as welders, pipemen, concrete crews and electricians finish the first phase of the Utica East Ohio Midstream‘s cryogenic processing plant. Located on top of rolling hills in Columbiana County, a stone’s throw from Carroll County on state Route 644, the cryogenic plant is one of three plants being built in Ohio’s Utica shale region in a joint venture between M3 Midstream (“Momentum”), Access Midstream Partners and EV Energy Partners. The other plants are located in Scio, known as the Harrison Hub, and Leesville. M3 Midstream’s website stated, “The Utica East Ohio system provides customers with rich gas gathering, cryogenic processing, fractionation, NGL (natural gas liquids) storage, rail loading and multiple gas and NGL redelivery options.” “Each plant specializes in a different phase of the gas production process,” said Baron John, construction coordinator with M3 Midstream. “It is uncommon to build a plant from the ground up,” he said of the Kensington site. “We usually build additions and do rebuilds (renovations). To build a new system from scratch is a unique experience for all of us.” The project is no small undertaking. John has up to 600 workers at any given day working 24 hours a day, seven days a week. That number will decrease to as low as 300 as phase one is completed and the second and third phases begin over the next couple of years. “Manpower at the construction end is heavy,” he explained. “There are more people during the leasing and construction process. It is light when it comes to operation.”

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L: A collaboration between M3 Midstream, Access Midstream Partners and EV Energy Partners has created the Uitca East Ohio Midstream, which is building three plants in the Utica Shale region. One plant is this cryogenic plant in Kensington. C Top: Crews work on pipelines that will feed the Utica East Ohio Midstream’s Kensington cryogenic plant. C Bottom: Crews work on the flare stack which will be used to burn off gas to relieve pressure at Utica East Ohio Midstream’s Kensington cryogenic plant. R: Baron John, construction coordinator with M3 Midstream, stands in front of the processing plant still under construction at the cryogenic plant in Kensington.

Once completed, John said two people will be able to run the plant with a support staff of 30. “There will be an additional 10 people in the background monitoring the shipping and supplying,” he explained. “We try to employ local whenever possible,” he said, estimating one-third of the employees are local. “The pipe work and structural steel are built off-site. We use a lot of local contracts. We try to use more local contractors as we find their talents.” John noted phase one, which includes the processing plant, is nearly complete and phase two, which involves the construction of additional inlet and measuring system is just beginning. Phase three will also involve the addition of inlet and measuring system. “The cryogenic plant, simply put, we take wet natural gas and dry it out and the liquids are distilled to get different grades,” he explained. Using a low-temperature process, the dry natural gas is separated from methane, butane, propane and other gases. John noted, “The three plants do it (in phases) because build-

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Two men work on the pipe that leads to the flare stack at the Utica East Ohio Midstream’s cryogenic plant.

ing a plant at its full capacity would take too long to get the product on the market. This way we can begin processing the gas faster and get it to the market as the play field expands.” Therefore the cryogenic plant will go online once phase one is completed. John said the company strives to be environmentally safe and manage any run-off. “We have environmental staff on site. A machine can’t drop oil without them noticing,” he said. “We try to be good neighbors.” “The pipelines from both sides of the plant will undergo high-pressure water tests. They will not feed natural gas into the pipes until they are sure it is safe,” he explained. There are two ambulances on site at all times and a medical helicopter on call. “We are part of the local 9-1-1 network in case ours are needed to respond elsewhere.” Pointing to the metal bases that outline a future structure, John said, “The screw piles are giant steel screws that lock into the ground. It is stronger than concrete.” The plant will also have a flare stack “to burn off gas if the plant has to shut down. If there is



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ealizing the importance of motivating the next generation of college graduates to consider technical studies related to the gas and oil industry, Harry Schurr, general manager of Utica Operations/Hess JV (Joint Venture) for Consol Energy (CNX), recently talked to freshmen enrolled in Zane State College’s gas and oil engineering class about the future of gas and oil development in Ohio. Schurr joined Consol Energy in 2008 with 28 years of industry experience. He is a registered professional engineer (Texas) and holds a U.S. patent. “This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, a turning point in the industry ... The Marcellus and Utica Shale Plays are the biggest oil and gas discovery in the world. You are the future of what’s going on,” said Schurr. Schurr gave an overview of Consol’s development in the Marcellus and Utica Shale, an explanation of industry terminology and the potential for employment in the gas an oil industry. Consol Energy, based in Pittsburgh, is a coal and natural gas producer in Ohio, West Virginia, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Kentucky and Utah. The company was founded in 1860, and has more than 9,000 employees. The company operates 12 coal mining operations in four states and reports probable coal reserves of 4.5 billion tons, its natural gas division has joined the ranks of top producers in the Marcellus Shale, in addition to active involvement in the exploration of the Utica Shale. “We can give you both — coal and natural gas — There is a bright future for both,”said Schurr. “We are heavily invested in the Utica and Marcellus Shale. We have 200,000 acres in Ohio’s Utica Shale in a joint venture with Hess Corp. and 628,000 acres in the Marcellus Shale in a joint venture with Noble Energy. “Current drilling activity is in Tuscarawas, Mahoning, Noble and Portage counties,” he said. “We are the only company that has operations in coal mining and shale drilling.” Consol Energy drilled 10 wells in the Marcellus and four wells in the Utica Shale Plays, and plans to drill 11 new wells in Noble County in 2013. Schurr explained the difference between dry gas and wet gas; what is natural gas and its uses; fracturing fluids, spill containment, the phases of operations from well layout and site construction to production and completions process. And, of course, hydraulic fracturing, which is used to complete the drilling phase of the well. “Fracking enables us to tap into natural gas rich shale deposits. It allows natural gas trapped deep in the earth to be released and captured for energy use in homes, businesses and as an

Standing in front of the pump jack, which will become an integral part of the soon-to-be-built Zane State oil/gas lab on the college’s Cambridge campus, from l to r, front row: Harry Schurr, general manager, Consol Utica Operations/Hess JV; Robert “Bob” Stonerock, instructor, Zane State Oil and Gas Engineering Technology program; Andrew Marczewski, Gas/Oil program student; Jerry Watson, advisor/consultant, Zane State Oil and Gas Engineering Technology; Back row, Gas/Oil program students Zac Christensen, Nathan Mideck, Ethan Shriver, Austin Evelind and Nick Kuthy.

alternative fuel for transportation,” he said. “Among the company’s core values: safety, compliance, continuous improvement, production and cost, safety is Job One,” said Schurr. “We are committed to working completely injury-free. Our Absolute ZERO safety effort sets zero accidents as the only acceptable result.” Potential for employment in the industry that require more than a high school education include, but is not limited to: petroleum geology, petroleum engineering, mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, management, administration, public relations, accounting, legal and communications. And, even though Consol recruits at technical schools, they are looking for people interested in a career in the coal industry, not in gas and oil. “We use service companies for different areas of operation in the gas and oil industry. So, qualified personnel would be working for a company that provides one of many services needed by Consol for the drilling process,” said Schurr. “Our end goal is continue our 150-year history of being a good neighbor and boosting regional economy to seize a once-in-ageneration opportunity.”

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How will the budget impact industry? David Shallengerger, CPA Earlier in July Ohio Governor John Kasich signed Ohio’s new budget bill into law. The provision to raise the oil and gas severance tax was removed from the bill in its final version. However, changing the severance tax on the oil and gas industry is a topic that many observers of Ohio politics expect not to go away quietly. Overall, the bill delivers a $2.7 billion tax cut to Ohio businesses and individuals over the next three years. The tax cut was made possible by offsetting revenue raisers and efficiency changes. However, there are sections of the budget that have positive and negative effects on businesses and individuals. One of the more popular changes was the reductions made to the personal income tax. A personal income tax cut of 10 percent will be phased in over the next three years. There will be an 8.5 percent reduction this year. In 2014 there will be an additional 0.5 percent reduction, with a final 1 percent reduction taking place in 2015. Additionally on the personal income tax side, small businesses could qualify for a 50 percent deduction from income up to $125,000 (based on an income of $250,000). To be eligible, business income must be reported on a personal income tax return.


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f you spend a little bit of time with the oil-and-gas industry, you quickly learn that everything is about the “stream.” Upstream, midstream and downstream are all descriptions that insiders use to describe their particular business in relation to the production and distribution of oil and gas. James Ladlee, associate director of Penn State Marcellus Center and director of special initiatives at the Shale Training and Education Center, has provided some simple definitions. Upstream is anything before the wellhead. This includes leasing, drilling, completion, and road and pad construction, he said. Midstream is “wellhead to city gate or other high-demand user,” Ladlee noted. “Basically, you are looking at processing, storing or transportation of natural gas and oil.” Downstream “usually looks at refining, chemical manufacturing, fertilizer plants or distribution after transportation or storage,” he said. “I suspect you will find some company-to-company varia-

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s demand for qualified workers in the gas and oil industry shifts into high gear, schools, colleges and universities around the state have expanded, or designed new and/or improved programs in a myriad of occupations, relating to gas and oil, to meet the needs of students eager to enhance their chances for a lucrative career. Approximately 80 percent of occupations the industry is soliciting require formal training or education. A list of colleges, universities and career centers offering certifications, programs or degrees has been compiled by the Ohio Oil & Gas Energy Education Program. The following institutions offer classes in the 22 eastern Ohio counties where the GAS&OIL magazine is available. The listing is a general description and is not inclusive. American Professional Truck Driving School, Gnadenhutten; Equipment operator for cementing, coiled tubing, fracturing and acidization, logging services, service tools and truck driver. Belmont College, St. Clairsville; Automation, electrical/instrumental technician, electronics and engineering technician, facilities engineer, field engineer (cased-hole),

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wo teachers in the Mogadore Local School District in Portage County recently attended a two-day teacher workshop hosted by the Ohio Oil and Gas Energy Education Program to learn how to engage and connect students to the energy industry through science education. Marti Edgerly and Amy Wilson, teachers at O.H. Somers Elementary School, attended the workshop June 19 and 20 at Marietta College in Marietta, Ohio. “OOGEEP established the teacher workshops to help teachers promote how science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) play into energy education and eventually into the workforce for young students who may consider careers in the oil and gas industry,” said Rhonda Reda, executive director of OOGEEP. “Ohio has a long history of drilling and producing oil and gas. Recent technologies have enabled the industry to explore and drill in many geological formations around the state.” The teachers learned all aspects of energy production from formation to exploration, drilling to producing and processing to refining. They also engaged in hands-on experiments and internet activities. The final day of the workshop included a tour of the PDC Ener-

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rogress continues at the Chesapeake Energy field office under construction in Louisville (Stark County). The site will house Chesapeake’s multiple-floor field office headquarters, plus a garage for repairing vehicles and equipment and another building to house Chesapeake’s affiliate oil field services companies. The site, a formerly city-owned industrial park, was chosen partly due to the fact that there is room to grow, so the community can expect to see continued expansion at the location. Another reason the park was chosen was that it also has a railroad line running along the western border and Chesapeake plans to construct a railroad loop on the site off that line so railroad cars filled with sand, used in hydraulic fracturing, can be unloaded and the sand placed in trucks for transport to drill sites. The field office building, a five-story structure, is currently being erected, and when the last piece of steel was recently set in place an informal American flag raising ceremony was held by the trade union officials. Workers and union officials invited Louisville City Manager Tom Ault and Louisville city council members to help mark the occasion. Four of the five total council members were present, including Guy Guidone, Rick Guiley, Tom McAlister, and Cheryle Casar. Mayor Pat Fallot, a voting member of council, was unable to attend. Construction will continue at the location throughout the summer and fall, with the field office slated for completion by the end of the year or early in 2014. A road leading into the field office site off State Route 44 has been completed along with a bridge crossing over a portion of

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aving for retirement is a necessary step, regardless of where you are in your life. At Advantage Wealth Partners, we understand the changing environment faced by individual investors. Our goal is to provide you with the necessary information to keep you invested in your financial future. In the past, a typical portfolio may have contained 60 percent stocks and 40 percent bonds, where higher interest rates provided a generous monthly income for a retiree from the bond portion of the portfolio. In order to find a higher yield in today’s low return environment, investors are turning to alternative investments with the hope of higher yield. Alternative investments are a way of diversifying your portfolio in a more challenging market. Unfortunately, these new methods can result in new risks, most of which many investors have not faced in several years. The last time we experienced a rise in interest rates was in 1994. Ask anyone who was holding a U.S. treasury bond during that time period and they can elaborate on the painful experience. Alternative investments are fairly new for most investors and much more complex than traditional stocks and bonds. For retirees, the need for income will continue to grow in order to offset the effects of inflation in coming years. A person who retires at age 70 has the potential to live up to 90 or even 100 years old. Funding 30 nonworking years will require more attention to be given to the income producing investments in a portfolio. The market will continue to remain unpredictable. Focusing on how you can derive an income from your capital base can help calm your fears in the changing market. At Advantage Wealth Partners, we are committed to evaluating and addressing the fears associated with investment concerns. You may reach us at 740/435-4847 or visit us at 814 Wheeling Ave., Cambridge, OH 43725. Investing involves risk including loss of principal. Bonds are subject to market and interest rate risk if sold prior to maturity. Bond values will decline as interest rates rise and bonds are subject to availability and change in price. Alternative investments may not be suitable for all investors and should be considered as an investment for the risk capital portion of the investor’s portfolio. The strategies employed in the management of alternative investments may accelerate the velocity of potential losses. There is no guarantee that a diversified portfolio will enhance overall returns or outperform a non-diversified portfolio. Diver-

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