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

Restore GWPC, Stronger's federal funding, shale gas panel urges

Nov 23, 2011

US Congress should promptly restore federal funding for the Ground Water Protection Council (GWPC) and the State Review of Oil & Natural Gas Environmental Regulations (Stronger), the US Energy Secretary Advisory Board’s Shale Gas Subcommittee urged on Nov. 21.

FERC reports on Marcellus shale gas transportation projects

Nov 14, 2011

Four projects to transport Marcellus shale gas went into service during October as two more were announced, the US Federal Energy Regulatory Commission said on Nov. 14 as its energy projects office released its latest monthly update.

Talisman sharpens North American shales focus

Nov 2, 2011

Talisman Energy Inc., Calgary, said 80% of its $629 million of capital spending in the quarter ended Sept. 30 was related to shale activities in North America.

UGI plans Marcellus natural gas link to Transco

Oct 21, 2011

UGI Corp. subsidiary UGI Energy Services Inc. plans to invest about $150 million to link Marcellus shale natural gas production areas in Susquehanna and Wyoming Counties, Pa., with multiple Pennsylvania and interstate markets by extending its Auburn Gathering System 30 miles from its terminus in Wyoming County, Pa., to Luzerne County, Pa.

EPA to develop unconventional gas production wastewater rules

Oct 21, 2011

The US Environmental Protection Agency announced that it will develop standards for handling wastewater generated during coalbed methane and shale gas production. No comprehensive set of national standards exists for such activities, and EPA will begin the process of developing a proposal with input from producers, public health officials, and other stakeholders, the agency said.

API asks USFS to reject horizontal drilling ban in Virginia

Oct 18, 2011

The US Forest Service may be trying to make an arbitrary and unnecessary change in federal energy policies through its forest management process if it decides to prohibit horizontal drilling in the George Washington National Forest in western Virginia, the American Petroleum Institute warned on Oct. 17.

API: State regulations, industry standards ensure safe fracturing

Oct 13, 2011

The American Petroleum Institute periodically briefs and trains state officials and regulators to help them better understand hydraulic fracturing and its importance to shale oil and natural gas development, API executives said during an Oct. 13 conference call with reporters.

Dominion seeks permission to export LNG from Cove Point

Oct 11, 2011

Dominion Resources Inc., Richmond, Va., has asked the US Department of Energy for permission to use its Cove Point, Md., LNG import terminal as an export facility as well.

Marcellus operators sign processing, transportation agreements

Oct 6, 2011

Units of Magnum Hunter Resources Corp., Houston, have agreed to provide new processing and transportation services for Marcellus shale gas production in northwestern West Virginia, Magnum Hunter reported.

Pennsylvania governor proposes Marcellus shale policy

Oct 5, 2011

Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett proposed legislation and state policy related to drilling and development of Marcellus shale natural gas, including increasing the gas well setback distance from private water wells and public water systems.

Shale gas subcommittee says states regulate effectively

Oct 4, 2011

State regulators effectively regulate the oil and gas industry, members of a shale gas subcommittee told the US Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources during an Oct. 4 hearing in which senators questioned subcommittee members on the need for federal regulations on hydraulic fracturing.

Veresen, Enbridge to build Tioga Lateral natural gas pipeline

Sep 27, 2011

Veresen Inc. and Enbridge Inc., joint owners of Alliance Pipeline, will build a 120-MMcfd natural gas pipeline lateral and associated facilities to connect production from the Hess Tioga field processing plant in the Bakken region of North Dakota to the Alliance mainline near Sherwood, ND.

Court ruling clouds ownership of Marcellus gas

Sep 16, 2011

A ruling by the Superior Court of Pennsylvania has introduced uncertainty into the ownership of natural gas in the Marcellus shale in the state.

Deloitte: Rising demand making shale gas dominant US source

Sep 14, 2011

Growing demand will push North American natural gas prices higher, spurring producers to increase activity and eventually make shale gas the dominant US supply component, a new analysis by Deloitte’s Center for Energy Solutions predicted.

Range Resources nails first ethane sales contract for Marcellus shale

Sep 12, 2011

Range Resources Corp., Fort Worth, has executed the first ethane sales contract for its Marcellus shale gas in southwestern Pennsylvania.

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