May 2020, Vol. 247, No. 5


New Year Greets Marcellus/Utica Shale With New, Unexpected Challenges

By Richard Nemec, Contributing Editor   Earlier pipeline construction through farmland in southern Lancaster County, Pa. In the early weeks of the coronavirus (COVID-19) onslaught, Mike Chadsey, communication director for the Ohio Oil and Gas Association (OOGA), was trying to figure out how his world had flipped so completely in such a short time. At year-end 2019 and during the first days of the new year, the vaunted Utica shale play was still experiencing increased production, and rig counts were holding steady. Projections for a supply glut-driven global slowdown were not causing major worries among OOGA’s members. Then came the g

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