The Ohio Valley received yet more good economic news recently when it was announced that Bidell Gas Compression, a subsidiary of Canadian firm Total Energy Services Inc., would locate its U.S. headquarters in Weirton, with plans to eventually create close to 130 new jobs.
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The natural gas rig running at the Rice Energy site along state Route 9 south of St. Clairsville is one of 20 now grinding into the Buckeye State’s Utica shale, nearly double the 11 that were working in Ohio at this time last year.
However, industry officials and those working on their behalf fear the number of active rigs will fall again, unless the U.S. Senate votes to repeal the Bureau of Land Management’s venting and flaring rule for methane, which was approved under former President Barack Obama.
This 3-minute video briefly explains the process of hydraulic fracturing.