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.


Marcellus Shale News

Paleogeomorphic mapping applied in Stagecoach gas field, N.Y.

Dec 22, 1997 New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (Nyserda) and the author were partners on an 11 month demonstration project using Pyron Consulting's paleogeomorphic mapping technique to evaluate and identify stratigraphic traps in New York's Appalachian basin.

Area Drilling

May 28, 2007

Area Drilling

Jul 16, 2007

Area Drilling

Aug 27, 2007

US shale gas surge stimulating< construction of processing plants

Jan 5, 2009 Rising production of natural gas will stimulate construction of gas processing plants in the US this year.

US gives gas extra attention as output grows from shales

Jan 5, 2009 US natural gas, particularly shale gas, will receive increasing attention in 2009 because crude oil is becoming increasingly difficult and expensive to find and produce.

CNX Gas drills record Marcellus shale well

Jan 19, 2009 Pittsburgh-based CNX Gas Corp., an exploration and production company that has drilled hundreds of coalbed-methane wells in the Appalachian basin, drilled its first horizontal Marcellus shale wells in Pennsylvania in 2008.

OGJ Newsletter

Jan 26, 2009

OGJ Newsletter

Feb 2, 2009

Seneca third largest Marcellus shale player

Feb 2, 2009 Seneca Resources Corp., third largest acreage holder in the Devonian Marcellus shale gas play, plans to emerge as an operator of record this year even as it continues a joint venture with EOG Resources Inc., Houston.

Equation aids early estimation of gas field production potential

Feb 9, 2009 Natural gas is the world’s fastest growing fossil energy source, contributing 287 bcfd or roughly 50 million b/d of oil equivalent oil.

Global LNG supply on rise; project costs falling

Feb 23, 2009 Global LNG supply by 2013 will jump as nearly 100 million tonnes/year (tpy) of liquefaction projects currently near start-up or under construction come on line.

Watching Government: Pennsylvania eyes severance tax

Feb 23, 2009 If anyone wonders whether the general economic recession will affect the oil and gas industry, they need look at Pennsylvania where Gov. Edward G. Rendell proposed a natural gas severance tax on Feb. 4 in his annual budget message.

Chesapeake unconventional gas stake deep

Mar 2, 2009 Chesapeake Energy Corp., Oklahoma City, reported an 11% increase in proved reserves to 12.1 tcf of gas equivalent in 2008 and detailed the depth of the company’s commitment to US unconventional gas.

State governors evaluate energy’s role in economic strategies

Mar 9, 2009 US governors brought a wider than usual range of energy ideas to the 2009 winter meeting of the National Governors Association Feb. 21-23 in Washington as they grappled with a deepening recession.
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