The Herald, Sharon, Pa.

March 5, 2014

Business briefs from March 5, 2014


Herald staff

- — Mastrian giving talk on Big Data in Health Care

SHARON – Penn State Shenango will continue its 2013-14 Faculty Lecture Series with Dr. Kathy Mastrian, associate professor and program coordinator for nursing, who will speak at 7 p.m. March 20 in Sharon Hall room 105. Mastrian’s topic is: “Big Data in Health Care: What is it? Why is It Important?’’ The event is free.

Mastrian, a leader and expert in nursing informatics, received her doctorate in medical sociology from Kent (Ohio) State University. She has written two books on the subject, “Nursing Informatics and the Foundation of Knowledge” and “Teaching with Technology: Tools for the Knowledge Age.’’

Info: 724-983-2825.

‘Boomtown’ meeting set for Mercer Library

MERCER – Mercer Area Library hosts a Mercer Chamber of Commerce “Boomtown’’ meeting at 6:30 p.m. March 19.

The topic is “7 1/2 Keys to Big Success in a Small Town.’’

Reservations: 724-662-4185 or mercerchamber@zoominternet.net

Halcon to suspend drilling in greater region

WESTERN PENNSYLVANIA, EASTERN OHIO – Natural gas and oil driller Halcon Resources Corp. said it plans to suspend drilling in northeastern Ohio and northwestern Pennsylvania to concentrate on its land holdings in Texas and North Dakota.

The suspension, effective this year, is due to Utica shale results that “haven’t been too wonderful’’ in the region, Floyd C. Wilson, Halcon’s president and CEO, said in a conference call with analysts last week. He added that Utica, for the time being, isn’t going to be part of the company’s spending this year and that Halcon wasn’t going to drill any more wells near the underperforming ones.

Halcon holds 19 drilling permits in Mercer County and has drilled at least three wells in the county, according to the state Department of Environmental Protection. The company has leaseholds on 143,000 acres in Ohio and Pennsylvania.