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

EPA finds no health concern in first Dimock, Pa., water well samples

Mar 16, 2012

Initial results from samples of the first 11 of 60 water wells in Dimock, Pa., did not show contamination levels that could present a health concern, the US Environmental Protection Agency’s Region 3 office in Philadelphia said on Mar. 15.

Shell eyes Marcellus petrochemical site

Mar 15, 2012

Shell Chemical LP is studying land near Monaca, Penn., for the petrochemical complex it is considering to use ethane from natural gas produced from the Marcellus shale (OGJ Online, June 6, 2011).

Ohio oil association questions governor's proposed tax changes

Mar 14, 2012

Ohio Gov. John Kasich’s proposed changes to his state’s oil and natural gas severance tax to help finance a planned $1 billion state income tax cut by 2015 has prompted the Ohio Oil & Gas Association to issue a statement outlining industry’s questions and concerns.

Spectra announces Marcellus-to-Georgia natural gas pipeline

Mar 6, 2012

Spectra Energy Corp. is holding a nonbinding open season for its 230-mile Renaissance Gas Transmission project, a new pipeline system linking Marcellus, Utica, and Appalachian shale natural gas production to markets in Georgia, Alabama, and Tennessee.

UGI Inergy to jointly develop Marcellus shale gas line

Mar 6, 2012

Inergy Midstream LP, UGI Energy Services Inc., and Capitol Energy Ventures Corp., a subsidiary of WGL Holdings Inc., plan to jointly market and develop a new interstate natural gas pipeline known as the Commonwealth Pipeline.

Watching Government: Remote wellsite activity

Feb 27, 2012

A West Virginia University research associate professor has developed a technology to remotely monitor Marcellus shale natural gas wells with help from a research partnership supported by the US Department of Energy's National Energy Technology Laboratory.

Enerplus adding Marcellus production, reserves

Feb 24, 2012

Enerplus Corp., Calgary, will spend $190 million in the Marcellus shale region in 2012, about 80% of which it will allocate to nonoperated interests in northeastern Pennsylvania.

Williams to build Marcellus shale gas line, establish supply hub

Feb 21, 2012

Williams Partners LP has entered into a joint venture with Cabot Oil & Gas Corp. to build the 120-mile Constitution Pipeline, connecting Williams Partners’ natural gas gathering system in Susquehanna County, Pa., to the Iroquois Gas Transmission and Tennessee Gas Pipeline systems in Schoharie County, NY.

More processing, fractionation planned for Marcellus, Utica shales

Feb 1, 2012

MarkWest Energy Partners LP, Denver, will add more than 600 MMcfd of processing capacity for the Marcellus and Utica shales, as well as 140,000 b/d of fractionation, the company reported.

Cabot questions EPA plans to test water wells in Pennsylvania

Jan 27, 2012

Cabot Oil & Gas Corp. has offered to meet with US Environmental Protection Agency representatives to discuss the EPA’s plans to test the water wells of some homes in Dimock, Pa., a township within the Marcellus shale play where Cabot has done hydraulic fracturing.

EQT presses Marcellus, phases out Huron drilling

Jan 26, 2012

EQT Corp., Pittsburgh, has reported yearend 2011 reserves of 5.365 tcf equivalent compared with 5.22 tcfe a year earlier as it emphasizes Marcellus shale drilling and phases out Huron operations during 2012.

Chesapeake Midstream Partners to buy Marcellus shale gathering lines

Dec 29, 2011

Chesapeake Midstream Partners LP (CMP) agreed to acquire Appalachia Midstream Services LLC (AMS), a Chesapeake Energy Corp. subsidiary, for $865 million. The transaction provides CMP with a 47% stake in 200 miles of gathering pipelines in the Marcellus shale in Pennsylvania.

Williams to buy gathering system in Marcellus shale

Dec 28, 2011

Williams Partners LP, Tulsa, reported it will acquire the Laser Northeast Gathering System and other midstream businesses from Delphi Midstream Partners LLC, a unit of American Securities LLC, and management, for about $750 million.

Crestwood to build Marcellus natural gas gathering system

Dec 20, 2011

Crestwood Midstream Partners LP signed a memorandum of understanding with Mountaineer Keystone LLC (MK) to build a 42-mile, 16-in. OD Tygart Valley Pipeline natural gas gathering system, serving MK’s Marcellus shale development program in Northeast West Virginia.

IEA: Ethylene, propylene producers having mixed 2011

Dec 14, 2011

During this year’s first half, ethylene and propylene producers in countries that comprise the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development enjoyed good margins, supported by strong demand, according to the latest monthly Oil Market Report, released by the International Energy Agency. In second-half 2011, however, those margins have weakened.

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