Marcellus

Marcellus Shale ImageThe Marcellus shale play runs through northern Appalachia, primarily in Pennsylvania, West Virginia, New York, and Ohio. It is part of the Devonian black shale and the thickness of the gas-producing rock is as much as 900 feet. The formation runs an estimated 600 miles north to south, and is estimated to hold as much as 500 trillion cubic feet of natural gas, about 50 tcf of which is recoverable using current technology. It is one of the richest gas fields in North America.

The proximity to customers in Eastern urban centers is what makes the Marcellus so desirable. Fort Worth-based Range Resources was one of the early players in the Marcellus and still has a huge position in the play. Norway’s Statoil has signed a joint venture with Chesapeake Energy to work together in the Marcellus, and other US and foreign companies also are involved in drilling and infrastructure development.

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Marcellus Shale News

Watching Government: Missing in Marcellus debate

Oct 1, 2012

At the heart of the Marcellus shale natural gas development debate in Pennsylvania lies a basic question that John H. Quigley feels hasn't been satisfactorily answered: Does gas drilling make people sick?

Firms reach deal for first ethane shipment from Marcellus

Sep 27, 2012

Ineos Europe AG, Switzerland, has agreed to ship ethane out of the Marcellus area in western Pennsylvania to Europe through the Sunoco Logistics LP-operated Mariner East pipeline for use in Ineos’s European crackers.

Seneca updates on Marcellus, Utica, California, Kansas

Sep 27, 2012

Seneca Resources Corp. has provided an update of its Marcellus and Utica shale play activity and a farmout from Chevron USA Inc. in California.

Federal judge dismisses NY state lawsuit on water, fracturing

Sep 26, 2012

A federal judge in Brooklyn dismissed a lawsuit filed by New York Atty. Gen. Eric T. Schneiderman seeking a court-ordered comprehensive environmental analysis before the Delaware River Basin Commission (DRBC) issues anticipated regulations that would cover hydraulic fracturing in the watershed.

MSC issues best practices for water supply survey

Sep 3, 2012

The Marcellus Shale Coalition (MSC) released a recommended practice for surveying water supplies before drilling, marking the third in a series of MSC recommended practices aimed at reinforcing the coalition's guiding principles to "continuously improve our practices and seek transparency."

Marcellus Shale Coalitions issues best practices for water supply survey

Aug 28, 2012

The Marcellus Shale Coalition (MSC) released a recommended practice for surveying water supplies before drilling, marking the third in a series of MSC recommended practices aimed at reinforcing the coalition’s guiding principles to “continuously improve our practices and seek transparency.”

Rex probing Utica shale, other Devonian formations

Aug 24, 2012

Rex Energy Corp., State College, Pa., is pursuing liquids potential of several Devonian-age formations in Ohio and Pennsylvania, including the Utica shale, Upper Devonian Burkett shale, and the Upper Devonian Rhinestreet shale.

Court favors townships over state in Pa. lawsuit on zoning, shale drilling

Jul 30, 2012

The Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania ruled that the state cannot restrict local governments from using zoning laws to regulate oil and gas drilling. Gov. Tom Corbett’s administration plans to appeal the ruling to the Pennsylvania Supreme Court.

Midstream drives M&A

Jul 30, 2012

Upstream shale transactions have driven US oil and gas merger and acquisition activity for the last 2 years, but PwC US reports investors shifted their attention toward the midstream this year.

Seneca-EOG Marcellus joint venture to cut activity

Jul 26, 2012

EOG Resources Inc., which has earned a 50% working interest in 34,000 gross acres contributed by Seneca Resources Corp. to a Marcellus shale joint venture, has notified Seneca that it does not expect to meet the minimum drilling target for calendar 2012 specified in the JV, Seneca said.

OOGA: Severance tax hike could hinder Ohio shale investments

Jul 23, 2012

Ohio's oil and gas producers believe Gov. John Kasich's proposal to increase the severance tax could discourage future investments in the state's emerging Utica and Marcellus shale plays, said members of the Ohio Oil & Gas Association.

OOGA: Severance tax hike would hinder Ohio shale investments

Jul 16, 2012

Ohio’s oil and gas producers believe Gov. John Kasich’s proposal to increase the severance tax could discourage future investments in the state’s emerging Utica and Marcellus shale plays, said members of the Ohio Oil & Gas Association.

Fitch: Marcellus shale giving boost to US midstream firms

Jul 16, 2012

Anticipated growth in Marcellus shale natural gas production likely will mean more long-term business for US midstream companies, Fitch Ratings said in a recent report in which analysts forecast Marcellus production during the next 5 years will grow to more than 10 bcfd from the current 4 bcfd.

Fitch: Marcellus shale giving boost to US midstream firms

Jul 10, 2012

Anticipated growth in Marcellus shale natural gas production likely will mean more long-term business for US midstream companies, Fitch Ratings said in a recent report in which analysts forecast Marcellus production during the next 5 years will grow to more than 10 bcfd from the current 4 bcfd.

Watching Government: Sieminski lists EIA's challenges

Jul 9, 2012

Adam Sieminski, as usual, didn't mince words. Days after becoming the US Energy Information Administration's new administrator, he said that these dynamic times have created new challenges for the federal energy data compiling and forecasting agency to address.

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