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Processing plant built near Scio continues to expand

Govs. John Kasich of Ohio, Tom Wolf of Pennsylvania, and Jim Justice of West Virginia have renewed the Tri-State Shale Coalition Agreement for four more years. 

The agreement was first reached in 2015. It commits the states to working together on development of the region’s shale resources. That includes presenting a unified front for attracting investment in what is now marketed as “The Shale Crescent.”

Helicopter view of the Belmont County well explosion for
The Ohio State Highway Patrol Aviation Section

Just over a month ago, an explosion at a Utica shale drilling site in Southeast Ohio's Belmont County forced evacuation of nearby homes. It took nearly three weeks to cap the well. Investigators are now sorting out what happened, and how to keep it from happening somewhere else.

Eastern Ohio has 2,317 shale wells, and 495 more permitted for drilling. 

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Here are your morning headlines for Friday, Feb. 23:

Drillling rig in northeast Ohio
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Ohio’s oil and gas drilling boom started in 2010, peaked in 2013 and has been fading since then.  Now there are signs it may be picking up again. 

Larry Hecht runs Pier-48 on the Ohio River.  It’s an intermodal terminal for loading and off-loading barges.

At the height of the shale boom it got 25 bulk shipments of drilling supplies like barite a month. Then came the bust, and that traffic stopped.

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Activity in Ohio’s Utica Shale play has been slowly increasing in 2017 as long-term infrastructure projects, like pipelines and processing plants, have come on line.

Facilities to process production from Utica shale wells, and pipes to move it to customers, have been under construction for years. 

Shawn Bennett of the Ohio Oil and Gas Association says those are now mostly in place or will be soon. And he says that has a two-fold value.