Production of Marcellus Shale natural gas in Pennsylvania rose again in the second half of 2011, slightly exceeding projections.
The state reported Friday that drillers produced the equivalent of 1.66 billion cubic feet of gas per day from July to December.
That's up from about 1.19 billion cubic feet per day in the previous six months.
That translates into a yearly average of about 1.42 billion cubic feet per day. That's up slightly from previous industry projections of 1.3 billion for 2011.
The data also showed that the industry is recycling more of the drilling wastewater, and sending less to municipal or industrial treatment plants. That's in response to pressure from state officials. The amount of waste injected deep underground nearly tripled.
Ohio's governor plans to join in announcements of the expansions of two businesses based in the Cincinnati area.
Gov. John Kasich has stops Tuesday in suburban Loveland and in downtown Cincinnati.
In the first, he'll be at Bioformix, a company that makes and distributes environmentally sensitive adhesives, coatings, sealants and ink.
Later, Kasich will be with Kao (kow) USA and Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber officials to discuss expansion of the beauty products maker's Cincinnati base. Kao USA is a unit of Tokyo-based Kao Corp., making such brands as Jergens and Curel lotions and Ban deodorants.
General Electric's aviation unit plans to open a plant in Dayton next year. The Dayton Daily News reports that two other plants in Mississippi and Alabama will be open next year, which will create over 400 new jobs at all three locations.
The company says it's part of a $580 million investment in its aviation business over the next five years. GE also says it will hire 12,000 new workers over the next several years, including 5,00 veterans, as part of its expansion.