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Utica shale gas processors boost capacity
David-Besse completes $600 million upgrade; Elyria health officials distribute anti-overdose drug

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  • David-Besse completes $600 million upgrade
  • Elyria health officials distribute anti-overdose drug
  • Black bear visits downtown Youngstown 
  • Utility assistance deadline extended 
  • Utica shale gas processors boost capacity
    Houston-based EV Energy Partner announced plans today to expand its operations in eastern Ohio.

    EV is part owner of the Utica East Ohio natural gas-processing complex which includes pipelines and processing plants in three Ohio counties.

    The company plans to boost production 20 percent to 1 billion cubic feet per day of natural gas.

    According to the company’s press release the added capacity is needed to accommodate growing production from Chesapeake Energy and other shale drillers.

    The Utica East Ohio expansion includes 50 miles of new pipes lines over a 145,000-acre area serving three processing plants surrounding Carroll County.

    David-Besse completes $600 million upgrade
    A $600 million upgrade to the Davis-Besse nuclear power plant east of Toledo has wrapped up.

    The plant owned by Akron-based First Energy has been closed for repairs since the first of February.

    The upgrades included the installation of two new steam generators.

    The plant is expected to begin power generation again over the next few days.

    About 30% of FirstEnergy’s power generation comes from its four nuclear units in Ohio and Pennsylvania. 

    Elyria health officials distribute anti-overdose drug
    Health officials in a northeast Ohio city are giving away the drug naloxone to be administered to people who overdose on heroin or painkillers.

    The Elyria Chronicle-Telegram reports that seven people have received the free kits thus far in Elyria.

    University Hospitals provided the kits, which normally cost $30.

    Increasing numbers Ohioans are dying from heroin-related overdoses.

    A new state law effective this year allows people to administer the drug, known commercially as Narcan, without fear of being prosecuted.

    They must call 911 immediately before or after giving the antidote.

    Black bear visits downtown Youngstown
    Wildlife officials are hopeful a young black bear that took a Mother's Day stroll near downtown Youngstown is back in the woods.

    The Youngstown Vindicator reports that employees at a hospital just north of downtown spotted the bear Sunday morning. Youngstown police notified the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, which sent rangers to coax the bear out of town.

    Youngstown State University Police sent out an alert telling people to stay indoors.

    A state wildlife technician said today that rangers harassed the bear to move along.

    Wildlife officers think it's a young male forced away by its mother.

    Utility assistance deadline extended
    A utility assistance program has extended the deadline for AEP Ohio customers to apply for financial help to pay this winter's high heating bills.

    The application deadline for the Ohio Neighbor to Neighbor utility assistance program is now May 30.

    It offers one-time assistance to families facing electric service termination with a grant applied to their AEP Ohio account.

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