Gulfport Energy Corp.'s natural gas production surged in the second quarter of 2017 due to increased drilling in Ohio and development of recently purchased assets in Oklahoma, reports The Oklahoman. The Oklahoma City newspaper says Gulfport’s second-quarter gas production jumped 56% compared to the same period in 2016 and was 22% higher than in the first quarter of 2017. "In the Utica Shale [in Ohio], the Gulfport team continues to make great strides in the field, marking the second quarter as the most active from a tie-in line perspective the company has experienced since entering the play in 2011," CEO Michael G. Moore said in a statement For more, read the full story.

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) has issued a favorable final Environmental Impact Statement for Columbia Gas Transmission’s Mountaineer XPress pipeline project, reports Gas Compression magazine. The news site says Columbia Gas is seeking FERC authorization to construct and operate a natural gas transmission pipeline and ancillary facilities in West Virginia. The project includes 165 miles of new pipelines and three compressor stations. For more, read the full story.

Akron-based oil and natural gas producer Pin Oak Energy Partners has acquired 10 wells in eastern Ohio and northwestern Pennsylvania, as well as 7,700 acres of leases, 22 miles of pipelines and an office in Hermitage, Pennsylvania from an undisclosed seller, reports the Pittsburgh Business Times. Pin Oak, which has 363 wells in the Utica shale play, did not disclose the purchase price for the acquisition, according to the newspaper. For more, read the full story.

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) can get back to approving natural gas pipelines and other infrastructure projects now that the U.S. Senate has moved to fill two of the four vacancies on the five-member commission, Bloomberg reports. The news service says the Senate recently confirmed the nominations of FERC Commissioners Robert Powelson, former chairman of the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission, and Neil Chatterjee, a senior aide to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. With their appointments, the commission regains the quorum it has lacked for six months to approve liquefied natural gas export terminals, natural gas pipelines and other energy-related projects. For more, read the full story.

Eclipse Resources has signed an agreement with Sequel Energy Group to establish a joint venture to drill in southeastern Ohio’s Utica shale play, reports the Youngstown Business Journal. The newspaper says Sequel has committed up to $325 million to fund its portion of two drilling programs that include 34 existing wells and others to be developed through the end of 2018.

Consol Energy Inc. plans to add another drilling rig in 2018, boosting the company’s projections for natural gas production next year by 30 billion cubic feet, reports the Pittsburgh Business Times. The newspaper says Consol has been operating two rigs, one in western Pennsylvania and the other in Monroe County, Ohio. The company did not disclose where the third rig will be deployed in those shale plays. For more, read the full story.

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports a broad coalition of Pennsylvania business groups oppose a revenue plan passed by the state Senate that they say “disproportionately relies on taxing energy consumers and producers" to narrow the state’s $2.2 billion budget shortfall. The newspaper says business, energy and manufacturing trade groups believe a proposed severance tax on natural gas production in the Marcellus and Utica shale formations and new or higher taxes for electricity and natural gas users would jeopardize Pennsylvania’s chances for attracting or retaining industry because of its low energy costs. The Senate proposal still needs to be approved by a majority of House members. For more, read the full story.

EQT Corp.’s board of directors will work on a plan in 2018 that could include splitting or selling a part of the Pittsburgh-based company “already poised to become the country’s biggest independently owned natural gas company with the expected acquisition of Rice Energy later this year,” reports the Pittsburgh Business Times. The newspaper says the plan could include splitting EQT as well as divesting a portion of EQT Midstream Partners and EQT General Partners, two master limited partnerships started by EQT that are publicly traded. For more, read the full story.

Work on pipelines that will move natural gas from the Marcellus and Utica shale plays continues in nearly every corner of the Upper Ohio Valley, with billions of dollars of projects in some stage of development, reports the Times Leader in Martins Ferry, Ohio. The newspaper says the projects, ranging from ones in the permitting process to those under construction, include the Atlantic Coast, Atlantic Sunrise, Leach XPress, Nexus, Rover, Mountain Valley and Mountaineer Xpress pipelines. For more, read the full story.

A charter amendment aimed at banning hydraulic fracturing in Youngstown, Ohio could be kept off the city’s November 7 ballot by the Mahoning County Board of Elections because of a conflict with state law, reports the Youngstown Vindicator. The newspaper says Ohio Governor John Kasich signed a bill in January 2017 that included an amendment giving more discretion to county elections boards to invalidate local charter proposals that conflict with state law or the state constitution. The ballot proposal in Youngstown, rejected six previous times by voters, would require the city to ban hydraulic fracturing and any activity related to it, according to the Vindicator, even though state law gives jurisdiction over oil and natural gas operations to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources. For more, read the full story.