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First responders trained on unique hazards

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Judges convene to talk about oil & gas cases

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State setting drilling standards

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Tour points out safety of injection wells

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Understanding the ‘Pugh Clause’

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ODNR says Utica Shale numbers strong

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Cryogenic facility opening soon

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Chesapeake, Exelon most friendly to veterans

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Ribbon cut for new oil and gas land lab at Zane State College in Cambridge

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Continued development revealing potential

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Bulldozer donated for training

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Utica boom still in infancy

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‘Historic era’ for Ohio oil production

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Cash is key to future growth

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MWCD establishes guidelines for water sales

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Judie Perkowski / Dix Communications

Christine L. Pratt / Dix Communications Dave O’Brien / Dix Communications

Judie Perkowski / Dix Communications Don Gadd / Landman

Michael Neilson / Dix Communications Laurie Huffman / Dix Communications

Norm Shade/ President, ACI Services

Jessica Denton / Dix Communications Davis J. Wigham / Attorney

Mark Kovac / Dix Communications

Davis Schallanberger / CPA

Kimberly Lewis / Dix Communications

G.C. Dix II Southern Zone GCDixII@dixcom.com David Dix Northern Zone DEDix@dixcom.com

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Alliance focusing on gas & oil development

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Barnesville council mulls ways to invest $7M

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‘Exciting time’ in the gas & oil business

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o one wants to see an emergency situation at a well site. And, while safety is at a premium during the drilling and hydraulic fracturing process, there are new dangers on the scene with which first responders in this part of the country are not familiar. For that reason, the Stark County Local Emergency PlanLaurie Huffman ning Committee has put a training Dix Communications program together for firefighters that can also be adapted to serve law enforcement, EMTs and public officials. The program, called “Response to Oil and Gas Well Incidents Including Horizontal Drilling and Hydraulic Fracturing,” was recently developed and has already been used to train more than 100 firefighters in the area, including those in Canton, Jackson Township, Massillon, Osnaburg Township, and Hartville. Efforts are being made now to bring the training to Alliance and Washington, Lexington and Marlboro townships as well. “We teach how to handle the toxic or poisonous gases that could be emitted at the well sites,” said Don McDonald, director of the Stark County Local Emergency Planning Commission. “Some of these can put a person out of commission with only one whiff. They have to be monitored all the time. Also, wet gas is an extremely volatile product when it comes out of the ground, and we have explosives inside pipes sitting on the scene that are used in the underground fracturing process, which adds to the threat at the well sites. Firefighters may be on the scene for another problem to be addressed that is not related to the well at all, such as a diesel fuel fire or a fire in a mobile home used for an office. But, local first responders have to be trained to realize they cannot handle a situation like this by themselves. They will need to work with technical support groups to manage the scene. In Northeast Ohio, Boots ‘N Coots is the main resource. They are well control specialists and there are less than 100 of these people in the entire world. Boots ‘N Coots have been put on retainer by Chesapeake and the other oil and gas companies in the area. They also go all around the world to give advise to fire chiefs.” In addition to these dangers, firefighters also have to have a

Review Photo/Kevin Graff Don McDonald, director of the Stark County Local Emergency Planning Commission, displays a PowerPoint slide show used in training first responders for safety in the gas and oil industry.

plan in place on how to obtain the amount of water that would be needed to mitigate a pressure blow out, which McDonald said can be anywhere from 3000 to 6000 gallons per minute. “You will see a 90-foot gas well derrick swallowed in flames during a blowout,” McDonald explained. “Massillon Fire Department Chief Tom Burgasser and I have been developing this program for over a year,” said McDonald, who is also a retired Jackson Township firefighter. “Because LEPC is a government agency, we are not bi- Don McDonald ased at all on the topic of horizontal drilling. It is simply a fact. There are nine wells in Stark County in some part of the process of development. So, it’s here. And, because of that, certain training is needed to reduce the vulnerability of the firefighters, EMT’s, law enforcement agencies, and all the public safety workers that are involved. We’ve programmed this training so it can be adapted to any of those venues.”

“You will see a 90-foot gas well derrick swallowed in flames during a blowout.”


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olding court under the auspices of the Ohio Judicial Conference and hosted by the Guernsey County Common Pleas Court, Judge David A. Ellwood welcomed 10 Common Pleas Court judges to the recent Shale Oil and Gas Roundtable meeting at the Guernsey County Courthouse in Cambridge. Judie Perkowski Ellwood initiated the roundDix Communications table meeting after contacting judges who preside over a county engaged in oil and gas activity, asking for input about the development of any new court practices initiated because of the expanding presence of the gas and oil industry in their communities.

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gal education (over a specified period of time) relating to what judges do — either by the law or court cases — to share information about how we are dealing with the demand of cases coming before the court,” said Ellwood. “We [Guernsey County] created a gas and oil case docket last year (July of 2012) because of the number of cases coming before the court. We currently have 37 cases relating to the oil and gas industry at some stage in the process.” Because Ellwood instituted an ambitious Case Management Plan to expedite cases in a timely manner, the judges have referred to his court docket as the “Rocket Docket.” Continued on pg. 24

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lthough not fully in place, the rules and regulations governing shale development in Ohio are taking shape. James Zehringer, director of the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, spoke at the annual meeting of the Eastern Ohio Development Alliance about how the state is working to set Christine L. Pratt standards for drilling. Dix Communications “Oil and gas can be prosperous, and not at the expense of the environment,” he said. “The focus of the ODNR is to create regulations based on science, not emotion or politics.” By watching what other states have done, both right and wrong, he said they’ve learned how to best approach the issue. Among the key lessons was the need to have regulations and inspectors and taxes in place early. Pennsylvania was not ready, he said. “They did not have the inspectors with the right training in place.” Ohio now has more

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njection wells that take the waste products of oil and gas Dave O’Brien drilling and pump it into the Dix Communications earth at depths of several thousand are a safe, effective and well-regulated means of disposing of such material, according to an Ohio oil and gas trade association and well owners.

To give the media a better handle on the matter of injection wells, members of the Ohio Oil and Gas Association recently gave a guided tour of a well in Windham Township, Portage County. Penny Seipel, vice president of public affairs for OOGA, said the group want to take the “confusion and mysticism” out of injection wells, which she said are stringently regulated by state officials. Well owner/operator David Ballentine owns six operational injection wells and has a permit for a seventh through his company, B&B Oilfield Service, Inc. He also transports drilling waste under the name Northeast Ohio Oilfield Service Inc. In business for the past 25 years, he said he employs up to 22 people at any one time — including his wife, one of his two daughters and his son — at his shop on S.R. 88 in Portage County’s Freedom Township. Ballentine’s well, located on privately-owned property on S.R. 303, is a former oil and gas well that descends to a depth of 3,900 feet. It ceased production in 1985 and was plugged in 1986, he said. Earthen dams prevent spillage from large brown holding tanks hooked to pumps that inject the wastewater deep into the earth. Automatic “murphy” switches measure fluid levels and pressure and can shut down the injection process if

David Hill, vice president of the Ohio Oil and Gas Association, stands in front of holding tanks serving a Class II oil and gas wastewater injection well on S.R. 303 in Windham Township on May 8.

Well owner/operator David Ballentine describes the process by which his fleet of wastewater trucks delivers brine and unloads it into the holding tanks in the background during a tour of his well site on S.R. 303 in Windham Township, Portage County, on May 8.

a problem arises, Ballentine said. Leased from the landowners on a yearly basis, the well is monitored electronically for changes in pressure that could signal a problem. Technology contained in an app on Ballentine’s smartphone and a website allows him to check on all his wells anytime he wants, he said. His trucks are limited to 10 trips per day to the well, only between the hours of 7 a.m. and 5 p.m., and on average deposit 250 barrels of waste per day into the well. No waste produced outside of Ohio is injected into the well, Ballentine said, and the only waste injected is brine from the drilling process — basically, salt water. David Hill, OOGA vice president and the owner of several injection wells in Guernsey County, said pressure monitoring allows well owners and Ohio Department of Natural Resources officials to monitor for signs of danger in Ohio’s 179 injection wells. A geologist and member of OOGA’s Underground Injection Control work group, Hill said it is nearly impossible for such waste water to rise close enough to the surface to mix with the water table or surface soil. ODNR regulators utilize a hydrostatic pressure formula to determine if a well is near capacity, Hill said. If a well does exceed the pre-determined pressure, low or high, it is automatically shut down, he said. While regulators are required to visit every well at least once every eight or nine weeks, “in practice they are there every week,” Hill said. State regulators can revoke a permit anytime for cause, he said, and also won’t let drillers drill in areas prone to seismic activity. He called a series of earthquakes in the Youngstown area in 2011 that were linked by the state to a series of injection wells in the area “an unfortunate incident.” “As a geologist, I don’t think I could replicate those conditions,” Hill said, adding that “there is not enough hydraulic


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horsepower on the face of the Earth to create a crack” that could force wastewater thousands of feet up the well and through six layers of steel tubing and concrete surrounding the well head at the surface. Pressure sensors would also give well operators notice before that happened, he said. More than 11 million barrels of waste were injected into the ground in Ohio in 2011, according to Hill. That’s less than onehalf of one percent of all the water injected into the ground in the United States, he said. “There is not one instance where a Class II injection well has contaminated groundwater,” Hill said. Hill said Ohio laws on Class II injection wells like the WindContinued on pg. 12

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“SAFETY OF INJECTION WELLS” from pg. 11 ham Township well are “at least as stringent” as federal environmental protection laws. The 144,000 Class II injection wells in the United States are safe enough to be located close to agricultural and residential property, and may only accept waste from oil and gas production. That means high volumes of water, with low toxicity, he said. Hill said he believes some of the fear and unease about injection wells among the public comes from a lack of information. He said a reading of Ohio Senate Bill 315, passed in 2012, “would demystify a lot of the process” for the public. “Often times, it’s easy to fear the unknown,” he said. Additional sources on Class II injection wells: U.S. EPA website,

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“It is the medium and heavy duty trucks that will spur development throughout the company ... Fleets are driving the market,” said Mrowzinski. But, according to three panel members who are heavily involved in the CNG industry and commented on their experiences, the switch to CNG to fuel their fleets of trucks is well worth the investment. l Chuck Diehl, manager of a 400-plus vehicle fleet for Smith -Dairy in Orrville, said “we need to change the public’s perceprtion of CNG. We have to look at it as an advanced fuel, not an alternative fuel ... We need to move on, we have a great sopportunity to change our [the public’s] attitude about CNG.” Smith Dairy Trucking’s 2012 CNG project led to one of eOhio’s first public CNG heavy truck fuel sites and Smith’s denployment of their first CNG tractors. , “Because of the technology, that seems to be changing every emonth, the company plans to be diesel independent by 2030,” esaid Diehl. “We built our own fuel site without any government funding. Come on out ... talk to our people and see for -yourself.” - Keith Walker of Kimble Recycling & Disposal (the former eAce Disposal), said in 2011 Kimble built their first private lCNG fueling station and purchased 36 residential front-lead srefuse trucks, 100 percent powered by CNG. In 2012, they re-placed almost 400,000 gallons of diesel fuel with natural gas. g “We have 70 trucks, which is 30 percent of our fleet, powered 100 percent by CNG,” he said. We also have plans to add

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CNG fueling infrastructure to switch our entire fleet. And, we also did not apply for any government funding, because we didn’t want to wait, we wanted to get started building our fuel site immediately,” said Walker. If you need help or information about developing vehicle and/or fuel station projects, Andrew Conley, director of the Clean Fuels Ohio Program, said he has worked with hundreds of fleets across Ohio to develop fleet emissions and efficiency analyses, draft proposals for funding and created educational programs for workshops, fuel and technology training and resources. “CFO’s Ohio Green Fleets program engages hundreds of fleets in workshops, meeting and seminars. Fifty-five certified Ohio Green Continued on pg. 24 Over a million homes... one address CutlerHomes.com

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Understanding the ‘Pugh Clause’

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hough I tend to write about a lot of issues revolving around contracts in the oil and gas business, I don’t think any issue has come up more than the Pugh Clause. I have taken the liberty to cite directly from an oil and gas index and a lease, as this is an important topic not only to those who drill wells but to the Don Gadd landowner as well. Landman As I have stated before, it is very important to negotiate what you want in your lease, and most importantly, get approvals where you can. A recent example had me meeting with a very nice landowner in Akron to just chat about her existing lease. The company was about to drill their land in a unit (units usually comprise more than one landowner and leases). Their original lease was around 300 acres, but what they contributed to the unit

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Production (a term referring to the lease now being held by a well and in production). They would no longer be able to leasef the property or receive any additional rental monies on thei i land as long as it was HBP. Of course the landowner was upset as they were some of theo first to lease and had not received the huge paid up amounts being paid now. They only had a little over a year to go and their Primary Term (the amount of time negotiated to hold the lease unless and until the lease was drilled) would run out. Instead, they will be a very small part of a unit while having a rather large tract. Doesn’t seem fair, but it is a reality. I can’t blame the company as it is in its best interest to drill and include as many leases as possible to limit the amount of bonus or rental due in the future or lose a lease right in the middle of where it may be drilling a lot of wells. It’s business and you don’t stay in business too long letting things slip away. Tough terms for the landowner to hear, but just the same, that’s why I keep reminding everyone to negotiate what you want

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before you sign. Sad thing in this, the landowner’s elderly parents and aunt signed the lease. Looked like big money at time. This landowner basically inherited a lease that wasn’t in their best interest. However, she is a bright woman and has educated herself quite well on the pitfalls of leasing. I think she appreciated my frank and honest assessment of here lease and tried to implement some of my suggestions even though the company rejected them later. As for me, I like the Pugh Clause and have seen it in many forms over the years. I will point out some of the differences in the next article. Just remember, look for it, talk about it, and if you have a lot of land at stake, insist upon it. Both the landowner and company will be better off for it.

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ODNR says Utica Shale numbers strong

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he Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) conventional wells.  said Utica shale oil and gas production has increased 93 Additionally, during 2012, these 87 Utica wells produced: percent for oil and 80 percent for gas since 2011. Ad• 12 percent of Ohio’s total oil production ditionally, producing wells have gone from two to 87. At this • 16 percent of Ohio’s total gas production for 2012.  rate of growth, ODNR expects Utica shale well production to One of ODNR’s primary focuses is to protect Ohio’s citizens exceed the yearly output of all of Ohio’s nearly 51,000 existing and natural resources through responsible regulation of the oil conventional wells by as early as 2015. Utica wells represent and gas industry while still encouraging industry growth. The less than one percent of all producing oil and gas wells in Ohio. Ohio General Assembly is considering legislation that would “The production from these initial require well owners to report producUtica wells make a compelling state“The production from these initial Utica tion quarterly as opposed to annualment about the staggering amount of ly. Ohio law currently requires well wells make a compelling statement owners to submit yearly production oil and gas resources Ohio’s shale appears to contain,” said ODNR Direc- about the staggering amount of oil and results by March 31. More frequent tor James Zehringer. “As more data is gas resources Ohio’s shale appears to reporting will allow ODNR to better understand Ohio’s shale play, and collected and analyzed, ODNR will contain.” continue to report it and continue - James Zehringer therefore, provide even more effective and comprehensive regulation of its careful regulation of this rapidly this growing industry. growing and economically vital inProduction results for all Utica wells are available in spreaddustry.” sheet form at: http://oilandgas.ohiodnr.gov/production/. When comparing horizontal wells to conventional wells, the The goal of the ODNR is to ensure a balance between wise 2012 Utica shale production averages indicate: use and protection of natural resources for the benefit of all. A single Utica well produced as much oil as 312 convenVisit the ODNR website at ohiodnr.gov. tional wells A single Utica well produced as much natural gas as 448

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Chesapeake, Exelon among the 2013 companies most friendly to veterans

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ilitary Times EDGE has announced its staff surLaurie Huffman veyed more than 1,000 Dix Communications major companies and top government contractors with a detailed questionnaire about their recruiting and hiring policies, social recognition for veterans and pay and benefits for reservists. The magazine looked for companies that didn’t just talk about how much they support the military, but had in place tangible policies and programs to help veterans get in the door and feel welcome once inside. Chesapeake Energy Corp was listed among the companies doing the most for veterans in 2013. Chesapeake ranked in 21st place out of total of 53 companies noted for the number of 2012 hirees, with Exelon Corp. following in 40th place. Chesapeake was reported to have hired 11,880 individuals total with nine percent of those being veterans, and in 2012, a total of 3,960, with two percent of those being veterans. Exelon hired 26,000, with nine percent being veterans, and in 2012, the company hired 1,718 people, with 11 percent of those being veterans.

Chesapeake was also listed among those companies with the most benefits for active reservists, as was Exelon Corp., with the companies again ranked in the 21st and 40th place, respectively. Benefits included military spouse policies, medical insurance, life insurance, pay raises, retirement contributions, sick days and vacation days, and whether or not reservists receive their full pay of the full difference between their military and civilian pay, among others. Exelon Energy, based out of Columbus, markets electricity to customers in Illinois, Pennsylvania, and Ohio and natural gas to customers in Illinois, Michigan, and Ohio. Chesapeake Energy is the leading leaseholder in eastern Ohio’s Utica Shale, which produces liquids-rich natural gas.

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Ribbon cut for new oil and gas land laboratory at Zane State College in Cambridge

The Zane State College OGET Land Laboratory ribbon cutting ceremony was held recently at the Cambridge campus. Shown are, l to r, student Devon McGrath; Cambridge Mayor Tom Orr; College President Dr. Paul Brown; Lynne Sprague; Dan Durfee; College Provost Dr. Chad Brown; Campus Dean Mike Whitson; Robert Stonerock; Paul Palsly and student Stephanie Jones. The simulated oil field created by the land lab is comprised of several stations, including an 18-foot-deep simulated well with a pump jack and a two-barrel storage tank battery — one corrosion protected and one not, so students can witness the effects of corrosion. The land lab will provide Oil and Gas Program students with hands-on learning opportunities as they explore what it is like to work in an oil field.

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This is not to say the procedure is cutting corners, it is just a more manageable approach to resolving issues, where everyone is on the same page and everyone is expected to follow the rules. “The one issue that particularly stands out in oil and gas cases coming before the court would be the complexity and variety of the number of issues raised by these cases,” said Ellwood. “Initially, the cases were landowner cases often attempting to recover severed mineral rights or to void older oil and gas leases. The cases now pending before the court have become more complicated and are involving the oil and gas producing companies with issues such as unitization/pooling agreements. There is not one case or issue that is emblematic of the legal process today. The overriding issue with the oil and gas cases coming before the Court is to have a case management plan or procedure in place so the case can be ‘timely’ processed, heard and decided by the court.” Ellwood said the consensus of the roundtable meeting with the judges was that they are all facing similar issues with the oil and gas boom in eastern Ohio. “We are planning another roundtable at a later date. We like to place the judges together as it is a situation where we often learn as much by talking to a peer — a similar judge — as we do from reading the cases,” he said.

dumping oil contaminated waste in a public waterway. “We’re not going to have bad players take down the industry. While we can’t stop all illegal activity, we can respond to it and do it quickly, taking swift and strong action when violations occur,” he said. Of taxing, he said, “Our income taxes are too high and our severance tax is too low.” Even the proposed 4 percent severance tax is significantly lower than other states, making weak the argument an increase would drive companies out of the Ohio. “Oil and gas is a valuable natural resource, and we don’t believe in giving away,” he said. He said the state is also trying to look out for the land owner. “We’re asking that (ownership of mineral rights) be recorded at the (county) recorder’s office. And, if there’s a well on that property, ODNR wants to know where the well is.”

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Continued development gradually revealing Utica Shale potential

Utica Shale production is expected to increase rapidly as new gas gathering and processing facilities. This new compression facility – built outside of Carrollton, Ohio as part of the Utica East Ohio Buckeye project – utilizes natural gas compressors provided by MidCon Compression, an operating unit of Chesapeake Energy Corp. Ten identical 1775 horsepower gas engines drive reciprocating compressors to compress gas from the Utica Shale and move it through a pipeline to new processing facilities in Eastern Ohio.

from Columbiana and Carroll Counties in the north and extending through three other counties to Noble County to the south. Interestingly, Noble County is the site of the very first commercial oil well drilled in Ohio in 1860. Leases, exploration and drilling operations have expanded steadily, but most wells are just starting to be put into production as investments in infrastructure expansions have lagged drilling. As of early April the ODNR reported only about 81 Utica wells were producing, with 189 more drilled, but not producing because gathering systems and processing plants were not yet in place to handle the gas and liquids. The ODNR report listed 303 more wells permitted or in various stages of completion. Chesapeake Energy Corp., by far Ohio’s most active driller and largest leaseholder with more than one million acres, continues to

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maintain an enormous growth outlook in the Utica Shale area. With 14 drilling rigs operating, Chesapeake expects to more than quadruple its Ohio oil and gas production by the end of 2013. At least 23 other companies have been actively drilling in the Utica, led by Gulfport, Anadarko, Antero, CNX, Devon, Enervest, HG Energy and RE Gas Resources. In February Chesapeake projected that the estimated ultimate recovery (EUR) in its core area of Carroll and surrounding counties will average 5 to 10 billion cubic feet (bcf) of equivalents (combined natural gas, natural gas liquids, and oil) per well over its lifetime. Those estimates are significantly higher Continued on pg. 32 Ron Braucher, Owner

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As pipeline and processing facilities are completed in 2014 and 2015, thus reducing the infrastructure bottleneck, an even greater rate of Utica development should be expected in years to come. Indeed, this Shale play could continue for at least 20 years. Other current unknowns that could extend this play are 1) developments in technology that could open up even more recoverable reserves and 2) the duration of production of each Utica Shale well and how much production will decline as each well is produced. Given the known quantities of estimated returns using current technology, we are at the very early stages of the Utica Shale boom. Using a baseball analogy, if this were a nine inning game, we are still listening to the Star Spangled Banner and the umpire has not even yelled “play ball.” This Utica boom will likely be an interesting, prosperous and exciting game that should play out for decades to come.

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“CONTINUED DEVELOPMENT” from pg. 26 than what has been reported from wells drilled in the shallower Marcellus shale in Pennsylvania. Chesapeake and Range Resources have both reported EURs from the Marcellus as high as 4.2 bcf of equivalents per well. The U.S. Geological Survey reports that the average Marcellus well has an EUR of 1.1 bcf of equivalents. Marcellus wells in Pennsylvania tend to produce mostly natural gas, with small volumes of liquids. For the first three months of 2013, Chesapeake reported Utica net production of 60 million cubic feet of natural gas equivalent per day (mmcfd). Although that is less than its earlier estimate of 75 mmcfd, Chesapeake still forecasts a much

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higher production rate of 330 mmcfd by year end as more processing facilities come on line. As of the end of March, Chesapeake reported 249 wells drilled in the Utica play, with 66 producing, another 86 waiting on connection to pipelines and 97 in various stages of completion. In the first three months of 2013, 13 Chesapeake wells began producing for the first time. Overall, production information from Utica Shale wells is still somewhat limited, but several companies area reporting exceptional initial production rates. Chesapeake reported that its Cain well in Jefferson County tested at 1,540 barrels of oil equivalents per day (boepd), including 6.7 mmcfd of natural gas and 425 bpd of natural gas liquids (NGLs). Its Walters well in Carroll County reported 1,140 boepd, including 3.6

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mmcfd of natural gas, 315 bpd of oil, and 220 bpd of NGLs. Its Houyouse well in Carroll County came in even better at 1,730 boepd, including 5.4 mmcfd of gas, 525 bpd of oil, and 305 bpd of NGLs. Even better was its Coe well in Carroll County, which was reported at 2,225 boepd, with about one-third being liquids. Rex Energy Corp. announced initial production results from its first Ohio Utica Shale well, Brace #1H, located in Carroll County, at 1,094 boepd composed of 43% NGLs, 31% gas and 26% condensate. Ohio’s biggest well to date is Gulfport Energy’s Shugert well in Belmont County. It tested late last year at an amazing 7,482 boepd, including 28.5 mmcfd of natural gas, 300 bpd of oil and 2,907 bpd of NGLs. Its 9,020 ft. deep Stutzman well in Belmont County reported 4,060 boepd, including 21 mmcfd of natural gas and 945 bpd of NGLs. And its 7,806 ft. deep Clay well in Harrison County was reported at 2,226 boepd, including 5.9 mmcfd of natural gas and 761 bpd of NGLs. Shale wells tend to produce at very high rates initially and then decline rapidly to a lower rate that is sustained for many years. It will therefore be several years before the true potential of the Utica is validated. As infrastructure for gathering and processing more gas is completed over the next couple of years, east-central Ohio‘s Utica play is expected to show rapid increases in production of natural gas, oil and NGLs.

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“... We believe Ohio is now at the beginning of a historic era of oil and gas production,” said Jim Zehringer, director of the Ohio Department of Natural Resources. And state officials are projecting that oil and gas produced from horizontal wells could outpace conventional vertical wells within three years, with about 1,000 of the new wells expected to be in production by 2015. Zehringer said the state is seeing “the beginning of a historic era of oil and gas production.” He added, “The production from these initial Utica wells makes a compelling statement about the staggering amount of oil and gas resources Ohio shale may contain. ... We believe that we are on the onset of a new boom.” Carroll County, called by some the epicenter of the state’s fracking activities, led in the number of wells in production in 2012, with 41. Guernsey County had six, Columbiana and Noble counties had five, and Stark and Tuscarawas counties had two. Mahon-

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ing, Portage, Wayne and Ashland were among counties with single horizontal wells. A total of a dozen companies had wells in production; more than 50 belonged to Chesapeake Exploration LLC. A single Utica well is producing as much oil as 312 conventional wells and as much natural gas as 448 conventional wells. Additionally, the fracked wells accounted for 12 percent and 16 percent, respectively, of the state’s total oil and gas production in 2012, though the number of conventional wells (nearly 51,000) far outpaced horizontal ones. “Utica shale production is skyrocketing,” Zehringer said. “These wells make up only two-tenths of 1 percent of all the wells in Ohio, yet last year they produced 12 percent of the oil and 16 percent of the natural gas in Ohio.” He added later, “... That’s a lot of home heated, a lot of water warmed, a lot of gasoline refined for Ohio families.” Among other information included in Thursday’s report: • Twenty-seven companies have sought state permits for horizontal wells. Only four have not yet begun to drill, said Rick Simmers, chief of ODNR’s Division of Oil and Gas Resource Management. • More than 688,000 barrels (nearly 2.9 million gallons) of wastewater brine has been produced from fracking activities for wells in production. Most of that likely was disposed of via injection wells, though Simmers said companies are recycling more of the fluid for reuse in future fracking activities.

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• Though 87 wells were reported to be in production in 2012, not all of those are active. Seventy-four wells were in production for less than six months, and 32 had less than a month of production. Three wells were actually plugged after being tested. And more wells have gone into production during the current year that are not included in the 2012 report, Simmers said. • At any given time, 30-32 rigs are involved drilling new wells in the state. The time involved to dig each well has decreased from about 30 or more days at the start of the Utica activities to 17-20 days now, Simmers said. • A total of 660 permits, good for up to two years, have been issued to date, with more than 300 horizontal wells already drilled. State officials expect drilling and production to increase as facilities and infrastructure are completed to process the oil and gas produced from the Utica formation.

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policy containing upgraded guidelines for the short-term sales of water from the lakes of the Muskingum Watershed Conservancy District that includes provisions for supplies for the oil and gas industry has been approved and will go into effect immediately. Members of the MWCD Kimberly Lewis Board of Directors approved Dix Communications the “Short-Term Water Supply” policy that also limits sales of water for the oil and gas industry to firms that are working in areas near individual MWCD lakes during a meeting May 17 at New Philadelphia. The policy also states that public drinking water supplies remain the priority for withdrawals from the MWCD lakes and that supplying the oil and gas industry must be balanced among the many other multiple benefits of the lakes, including recreation, flood-storage capacity and ensuring acceptable downstream flows. “It has never been the intent nor the goal of the MWCD that its surface-water lakes serve as the sole or a primary source of water for the entire oil and gas industry in Eastern Ohio,” said Sean D. Logan, MWCD’s chief of conservation. “This policy provides very straight-forward guidelines for how requests for sales of water for oil and gas production will be managed by the MWCD.” The 10 permanent MWCD lakes (Atwood, Beach City, Charles Mill, Clendening, Leesville, Piedmont, Pleasant Hill, Seneca, Tappan and Wills Creek lakes) were constructed in the 1930s as part of the flood-reduction system of reservoirs and dams in the Muskingum River Watershed, and for conservation

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s landowner advocates, we have noticed an unusual trend in recent months. Some “shallow” producers have been hastily drilling shallow wells, and then doing nothing to produce from these wells. Some background. From 2000 until 2010, before the “shale” boom arrived in force, local and Ethan Vessels regional producers were signing Marietta Attorney leases with landowners much as they had in the previous hundred years. Of course, by signing, the landowners relinquished the rights to the oil and gas on the property to the lessee (the producer who leased those rights). As with virtually all leases, the leases contain a definite “primary” term, usually one to five years. Then, there is an indefinite “secondary” term that holds the lease open so long as gas or oil is produced. Put differ-

ently, if gas or oil is not produced by the end of the primary term, the lease expires. Curiously, a few of these local and regional producers did nothing with these leases during the last decade. No drilling. No producing. Nothing. Alas, with only weeks remaining until the leases expired, these producers hastily drilled shallow holes on these properties. Yet, they failed to produce the wells. The wells are not fractured. They are not hooked up.They are capped. Why? We feel certain that their only purpose is to avoid letting the leases expire. These wells are “shams” in our opinion. These are not “wells” designed to extract to gas, but to provide the illusion that the producer has complied with the lease. The shallow producer’s purpose, of course, is to re-sell those gas rights to a company that will drill and extract from the Utica shale—while keeping the up-front bonus and excess royalties for itself. It is cheating the landowners, in our opinion. Is this legal? We don’t think so. Under Ohio law, the lessee of an oil & gas lease has a duty to exercise “due diligence” during the primary

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“CASH IS KEY” from pg. 36 ness to know when it needs to expand or contract. Understanding cash flows affords the business the ability to know how it can finance those plans. Putting all of this information into a comprehensive financial plan allows a business to be more than just a business – it becomes an investment. Owners should treat their business as an asset, working to increase its value in order to fund future goals and desires. As the Utica Play continues to develop, it will bring many opportunities for entrepreneurs who are willing to take risks and work hard. Those who will experience success are those who look and plan for the future – and who have enough cash in the bank to take advantage of opportunities as they arise. “MWCD ESTABLISHES GUIDELINES” from pg. 38 ments for any purpose. Other terms and conditions that will be included in agreements for short-term water sales to the oil-and-gas industry include: No withdrawals of water can occur during the months of February, March and April unless waived by the MWCD. Withdrawals can occur during the specific periods of the months of May, June and July; the months of August, September and October; and the months of November, December and January.

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Each of the specified periods results in a new agreement that must be developed, with subsequent renewal agreements for the next period not needing specific approval by the board of directors. Agreements for renewals beyond 12 consecutive months must be approved by the board of directors. The MWCD also will approve of potential sites where water will be withdrawn from the lakes, and consult with other agencies and partners, such as the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, as necessary, the policy states. “WHAT IS THIS WELL?” from pg. 40 efforts made to produce the well; and the level of any production (if any). Disclaimer. As with all articles on legal issues, this article is intended for educational and informational purposes. The reader should not rely on this article as a substitute for actual legal advice regarding his or her particular case. You should consult an attorney regarding the specifics of your situation. Ethan Vessels is an attorney in Marietta, Ohio with the firm of Fields, Dehmlow & Vessels, LLC. His firm is actively representing landowners throughout East and Southeast Ohio regarding oil & gas lease forfeiture actions, lease disputes, and other oil & gas matters. Visit www.fieldsdehmlow.com for more information.

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he United States is the largest consumer of petroleum in the world, importing more than $8 million barrels of oil each day. Americans rely on oil for everyday tasks like filling their gas tanks and heating their homes. So the importance of crude oil cannot be understated. Brian Hill Ohio, especially the eastern State Representative part of the state, has a tremendous opportunity for producing oil and natural gas, which can supplement some of our consumption needs. But I have long believed that the United States should do more to develop its potential for oil extraction and production, both to move towards energy independence and create jobs. Construction of the TransCanada Keystone XL Pipeline

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he instructor of Marlington High School’s Gas & Oil Technology course will retire at the end of the school year, but the program will continue as is. Bob Givens, who helped design and launch the model program within the Stark County high school, said the district has posted his position and has received at least a couple of applications already. “The school took a big risk in starting the program, especially since there was no budget for it. But it’s worked out really well,” said Givens. “So, the school officials said they will keep it going. “Several teachers have applied for the job, so there are people who are interested. Plus, all the information and contacts I have on my computer, on tests, and videos, has been gathered and included in PowerPoint presentations that will be passed down to the new instructor as well.” Givens said the program took off much quicker than he anticipated. “Networking has been the key, and between news stories and the people we know in the industry, we’ve had a lot of help getting it started,” Givens added. The two-year course, the first offered in any high school in Ohio, is offered to juniors and seniors. There are 10 juniors and 10 seniors scheduled to complete the program this year, and Givens said there are jobs available for all who want them.

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However, some of the positions involve traveling one to two hours each way, and the students elected to try to find jobs closer to home. The possibility exists, as two seniors have already secured positions within the field, and two more have been shadowing workers at Whipstock, a Canton-based gas services company. Some of the seniors are still interviewing and some are trying to decide whether they wish to continue gas and oil studies at the college level. Givens said the course curriculum has been sent to Marietta for use by a group of educators who are hoping to get a similar program going in southeast Ohio. The consortium includes Gary Williams of Washington State Community College and the new superintendent of the Ohio State Department of Education, Richard Ross. In fact, a meeting has been called for later this month at Marlington with the two men and other officials from the state and the gas and oil industry. “Even after I retire, I will continue to volunteer my services to help with these efforts,” Givens said.


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n employee-owned business in Zanesville, Producers Services Corporation, has seen growth in recent years due to the increase in gas and oil drilling in the region. Jim Rose has been involved in the gas and oil industry since he graduated from Marietta College in 1976 with a bachelor’s degree in petroleum engineering. He met his wife of 35 years, Annie, who graduated the same year from Marietta majoring in art and mathematics. After graduation Rose went to work for Dowell, the Gas & Oil Division of Dow Chemical in Midland, Mich. where he was employed for eight years. But, when a chance to work for a company in Ohio arose, he jumped at the offer and began working for Producers Service Corporation in 1984 as vice president of sales, never giving a second thought to becoming one of its owners. The couple moved to Zanesville and lived there until 1994

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“GAS & OIL DEVELOPMENT” from pg. 42 service. “We are the second generation, we are instilling that same work ethic and involvement in community service into the third generation — our children,” he said. The Knellinger brothers also received a commendation signed by Gov. John Kasich and Lt. Gov. Mary Taylor. Cambridge Mayor Tom Orr congratulated the Knellingers on their “much deserved” award and said, “the Knellinger family has always been associated with helping others whenever and wherever they can. Their work ethic and generosity epitomize the kind of people who could make any business community successful. We are very proud they call Cambridge their home.” Other 2013 Excellence Award recipients were Pioneer Pipe, Inc., Washington County, Manufacturing Excellence Award; Historic Fort Steuben, Jefferson County for Tourism Excellence Award; and the C.A. Joseph Co., Jefferson County, for Emerging Business Excellence Award. Belmont College Foundation received the Don Myers Legacy Fund award of $1,000 from the Foundation for Appalachia Ohio. Cara Dingus Brook, president and CEO of the FAO, presented the check.

Norm Blanchard, executive director of the Cambridge/Guernsey County Community Improvement Corp., third from l, presents Bill Knellinger, l, and Larry Knellinger, second from l, owners/operators of Cambridge Packaging, with the 2013 Small Business Excellence Award at the Eastern Ohio Development Alliance meeting at the Carlisle Inn in Walnut Creek on Friday. After Blanchard is EODA President Tracy Drake and Jack Partridge, president of Columbia Gas in Columbus.

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Councilman Brad Hudson felt council needed to act soon to take advantage of interest earnings on the money, while Economic Development Director Bill Knox urged caution. “You have millions of tax payer dollars. You have been prudent to date. This needs to be as open and transparent of a process as possible, not only with the firms but with the public too,” Knox said.

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PARCEL #3: Approx. 80 acres with lake. PARCEL #4: Approx. 95 acres rolling wooded land. PARCEL #5: Approx. 68 acres with woods & pastures. PARCEL #6: Approx. 37.3 acres just south of Parcel #1. PARCEL #7: Approx. 40 acres woods & fields. PARCEL #8: Approx. 30.8 acres with old two story log cabin in need of major restoration. NOTE: Walk these parcels at your convenience. Arial maps on Kiko website. TRACTORS - TRAILERS - EQUIPMENT - TOOLS: JD 6400 MFWD tractor w/JD 640 loader - JD 2550 diesel tractor w/loader - Case 580K Construction King backhoe - JD 450E dozer w/winch - 1997 Featherlite alum. stock trailer, gooseneck, 20 ft. - Gooseneck 20 ft. flatbed trailer - JD 15 ft. batwing rotary mower - assorted shop tools. ELK HANDLING FACILITIES - MOUNTS - BINS: (2) Elk handling facilities w/ steel gates & pens to be removed - (2) Reid squeeze chutes - Semen tank - s.s. tables (2) lg. Elk head mounts - Elk antler sheds - (2) grain bins (one is Brock) - Piebald full body deer mount - etc. VEHICLES - ATV’S: 1990 Range Rover 4 X 4, 4 door - 2003 F-350 XL Super Duty flatbed truck - JD 625 gator - Honda 4 wheeler - Pug 4 X 4 articulate utility vehicle JD 825 Gator. NOTE: Possibly once in a lifetime opportunity! SALE ORDER: 11:00AM small tools, 12 NOON Real Estate followed by large equipment. AUCTIONEER/REALTOR: Matthew P. Kiko, AARE, 330-327-9617 - mattkiko@ kikocompany.com REAL ESTATE BY ORDER OF: Gary & Mary Ann McBride CHATTELS - AUCTION BY ORDER OF: Wild ‘N Wooly Acres, Inc. KIKO Auctioneers 2722 Fulton Dr. NW, Canton, OH. 44718 (330) 455-9357 www.kikoauctions.com

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Ohio Gov. John Kasich (fifth from left) is shown at a ribbon-cutting ceremony May 7 for Exterran’s new 65,000-square-foot fabrication facility in Youngstown. Also included are, from left: Matt Sucy and Chris Werner of Exterran; David Mustine, JobsOhio; Youngstown Mayor Chuck Sammarone; Kasich; Brad Childers, President and CEO, Exterran; Tom Humphries, Regional Chamber; Tom Waltermire, Team Northeast Ohio, and Rob Rice and Daniel Schlanger of Exterran.

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core employees and have recently added a second, large, highrate high-pressure shale crew to service the growing needs of the Appalacian Basin, in both the Marcellus and Utica shale plays. * An Employee Stock Ownership Plan is governed by federal pension laws. There are clear requirements to ensure that there can be no preferred classes of participants in an ESOP; all employees must be treated proportionally the same.

owned company, and we were paying our bills on time. We ran into a slump in 1995 and 1996, but we were determined to keep the business on track. Slowly, things started picking up, and in August of 1999 we paid off the bank loan. The following October we shut the business down for four days and took all employees and their wives to the Bahamas for a mortgage burning ceremony. “In 2004 we were named the ESOP of the Year. We had 20 employees, and by 2007 we had 30. We now have 100 employees from Caldwell, Logan and Killbuck area,” said Rose, who is optimistic about the future. “We are very busy with conventional wells in Ohio and West Virginia ... We are ready to meet the demands of this highly specialized industry.” The Roses’ have two children, a son, James, who lives in Indiana and works for the Chicago Tribune; and Julia, who lives and works in Columbus at the Wexner Ohio State University Medical Center. According to the company’s website, Producers Service Corporation has worked with numerous companies in Ohio, Pennsylvania and West Virginia, providing pressure pumping services, such as oil and gas well fracturing, acidizing services, water transfer and pumping, high pressure pumping and skilled technical advice. The company has maintained the expertise of its original

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are in school. Kent State University’s geology department has seen a huge jump in numbers of enrollment for geology majors — in fact, it has doubled in the past four years. Daniel Holm, professor and chair of the geology department, can’t pinpoint what sparked the increase in interest, but said that some of it could be credited to the booming business. “We serve our students well and broadly,” said Holm. “We have seen an increase in majors in the last three or four years, which may be in part with the increase of oil and gas exploration but it’s always hard to know what’s driving it.” Even with the increase, there has been no change in curriculum in KSU’s geology department. Holm stated that they don’t plan on changing any part of it because of the growth. “There have been many of our students being hired by oil and gas companies right when they graduate,” said Holm. “A lot of us touch on things that are happening with the expansion in Ohio, but we don’t go in depth with the extraction in Ohio. Companies are interested in the basic topics that our geology

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“Someone will send an email at 2 in the morning and if we don’t respond right away, we’ll get another email in 20 minutes asking if something is wrong.” One time, when the company picked up a new customer, Kirk Miller sent an email asking if the drilling rig would be shut down over the July 4th holiday. He received a simple reply: “24. 7. 365.” “I got the message,” Kirk Miller said. Business has been good lately because there is a lot of drilling east of Interstate 77, Jack Miller said. Within the past four years, there was increased activity in states surrounding Ohio that contributed, too. “It’s been very good for us,” Jack Miller said. “We can see a lot of strong activity for the next three to five years.” The company has seen a lot of changes in the industry over the past five decades. The primary thing the company does is sell steel pipe. It also threads pipe in three states. But, as Kirk Miller said, “We do everything.”

or more than half of a century, the Ken Miller Supply Co. has served the needs of the gas and oil industry. The third generation of the family-run business is now leading the company, with Kirk Miller and Lindy Chandler serving as co-chief executive officers. Bobby Warren Ken and Lois Miller startDix Communications ed the company in 1959 in Wooster and later relocated operations to Blachleyville Road, Wooster. It has grown from a single location to 11 stores in five states: Ohio, Pennsylvania, Kentucky, West Virginia and Virginia. Past CEO Jack Miller said the company has been successful because “we go to work every day.” And when he says “every day,” he means it. Kirk Miller recently spent about half of the Memorial Day weekend at the Wooster location because the drilling rigs do not take days off. “We’re on call seven days a week now,” Kirk Miller said.

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hen he recently addressed local leaders, politicians and members of the oil and gas industry, the president of Ohio’s largest gas utility outlined a variety of ongoing and upcoming programs. Jack Partridge, president of Columbia Gas/NiSource, spoke at the annual meeting of the Eastern Ohio Development Alliance. “It’s an exciting time to be in the gas business. Gas is good. The state is blessed with a number of resources beyond gas, including coal,” said Partridge. “It’s a wonderful time to promote growth and economic development in Ohio. What a different world it is now versus a few years ago.” The industry is experiencing decade-low natural gas prices, and the company is well entrenched in customer-friendly programs. Work has started on a $2 billion project to replace portions of its pipeline system across the state. Over 25 years, the company anticipates replacing 4,000 miles of aging steel pipes with longer-lasting plastic, he said. The new system provides for increased pressure and “paves the way for residential growth and job creation.” Also begun is a five-year program upgrading the way it reads meters by installing a radio-based Automated Meter Reading System. It will replace bimonthly estimated readings with an actual monthly reading from a vehicle. “It’s accurate, efficient and customer friendly,” he said. Moving into the area of shale play, Partridge said, “We are in an up cycle. New shale discoveries are good for producers and communities. But, until (the gas) gets to distributors, it has not it’s full potential.” Columbia Gas of Ohio and NiSource, he said, are “helping to reduce infrastructure bottlenecks.” Shale is “such a game changer. We think this is one of the most profound events that has

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“WE GO TO WORK EVERY DAY” from pg. 63 In addition to supplying quality tubular products and services for the oil and gas industry, it sells production equipment and provides repair services. When Ken Miller Supply began, it was supplying frac tanks for those drilling in the Clinton formation, which is a shallow formation. “The Utica used to be a big pain to drill through,” Kirk Miller said. Because of science and technology, producers have found an efficient way to drill into the Utica, which has resulted in new equipment and rigs. So, where a string of pipe used to be around 3,000 feet, it is now 18,000 feet, he added. Companies like Miller Supply now face greater liability and greater risk. “There’s a fear factor,” Kirk Miller said. “A 13-inch pipe weighs about 2,000 pounds. The stuff weighs twice as; the equipment was designed for smaller pipe. It changed the dynamic.” Science and technology could possibly change the dynamic again in this area. Right now, producers are focused on drilling in Eastern Ohio because that is where the “low-hanging fruit is,” Jack Miller said. “Drilling could come west when science and technology learns how to extract oil from our shale. We need to find ways to get it out of the shale.” The family’s heritage is showcased at the Ken Miller Supply Museum, a private oil, gas, car and truck museum in near Shreve. For more information, call (330) 496-4024 or (330) 378-2121.

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s the keynote speaker for the recent Ohio Natural Gas Vehicle Partnership seminar, Dr. Paul Brown, president of Zane State College, site of the event, said he was “very proud and very excited about energy. We are on the brink of making history. We are becoming the ‘energy college’ in this area. “In addition to the oil and gas technology programs, there are many certification and training programs in ancillary industries, such as science, mechanical/civil/construction and electrical engineering, environmental and business paralegal courses.” Brown said his vision of these diverse training sectors can be used to create a hi-tech corridor that focuses on our greatest assets, adamantly stating, “we must merge business and academia to be successful.” “We have an energy calling card to attract business. We can use energy as the foundation of the corridor. We have a strong energy sector emerging, in addition to manufacturing, which is an added advantage in the creation of the corridor,” said Brown. “We need education leading the way with research and development. We have access to one of the country’s greatest interstate connections — I-70 and I-77 — and we have airports. With these fundamental assets we can transform Appalachia. The goal is to turn the vision into a plan and invite all who want to be part of the energy revolution. Energy will lead the way. “We are in exactly the right place at the right time.” The second statement refers to a ranking in 2007 when Zane Stare College was ranked 9th in the nation based on graduation rates and student satisfaction. That source is Washington Monthly magazine, Sept 2007. The event, was a cooperative initiative sponsored by the college and Clean Fuels Ohio, “a statewide non-profit organization dedicated to promoting the use of cleaner, domestic fuels and efficient vehicles to the transportation industry, government, and the general public,” said Dr. Jerrold Hutton of Clean Fuels Ohio, and moderator of a panel of invited speakers. Clean Fuels Ohio purpose if to educate and advise, leverages funding, improve air quality and energy security and recognize leaders through Ohio NGV Partnerships, networking, conferences, workshops, webinars, and technology expos. “We are currently tracking and mapping compressed natural gas and liquid natural gas and renewable natural gas development, an alternative fuel station locator, policy education and outreach,” said Hutton. Panel members included: • Bill McGlinchey of AFV International, said, “Ohio is in the heart of natural gas development ...Kudos to Zane State for offering training relating to natural gas.” • John Magill of the Ohio Board of Regents, said steps have

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been taken by the Regents to transfer credits between educational institutions to build consistency between universities. “We must be responsive to the people in the oil and gas industry,” he said. • Denny McCann of the Ohio Fire Marshall’s Office, said, “We are very involved in the oil and gas business. Our primary responsibility is to save lives, contain fires or gas leaks. There are standards for the fuel source, but not the dispensing of natural gas, even though there are companies who have natural gas vehicles and their own fueling stations.” McCann said to install a CNG fueling station, the only regulation is to comply with the building code, There is no permit required, although discretionary permits are issued by the fire department relative to the Ohio Revised Code, Section 2208, Compressed Natural Gas motor fuel dispensing facilities. All of the speakers voiced their concerns regarding the lack of standards or regulations for dispensing compressed natural gas and for fueling stations. There are currently two CNG fueling stations for fleets in Zanesville. For more information about Zane State’s certification and degree programs related to gas and oil, contact Paul LaPrise at Zane State College, (740) 588-1219, or email plaprise@zanestate.edu.

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