In this week's news, the Army Corps of Engineers has approved permits for the Dakota Access Pipeline and Consol Energy announces that it will resume drilling in the Utica and Marcellus Shale plays

The Army Corps of Engineers has approved nearly all permits to build the Dakota Access Pipeline, the Associated Press reported on July 27. Construction has already begun in all four states along its path — North Dakota, South Dakota, Iowa and Illinois.

The $3.4 billion, 1,134-mile-long pipeline is being built by Energy Transfer.

The Corps’ documents outline conservation measures the company must undertake at sites where certain bat and fish species might be affected. The company also must provide wetland mitigation when natural wetlands are disturbed and must allow American Indian tribal monitors to observe work.

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Consol to Resume Drilling in Utica, Marcellus Shales

Consol Energy announced July 26 that it will resume drilling next month in Ohio’s Utica Shale play.

The company, based near Pittsburgh, will restart two horizontal drilling rigs to drill eight Utica wells in Monroe County, Ohio, and two Marcellus Shale wells in Washington County, Pennsylvania.

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Consol paused drilling new wells last year, as it and other companies in the industry, reacted to dropping crude oil prices.

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