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

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.

Williams gets FERC approval for Transco natural gas pipeline expansion

Sep 2, 2011

Williams Partners LP received US Federal Energy Regulatory Commission approval for its proposal to expand its Transco natural gas pipeline by 225 MMcfd to serve the Southeast US.

Epsilon, partners to build Marcellus shale gas gathering system

Aug 31, 2011

Epsilon Energy Ltd. and its Marcellus shale partners, Chesapeake Energy Corp. and Statoil USA Onshore Properties Inc., are to construct a 400-MMcfd natural gas gathering system to service both the three-party farmout area they share and additional producers.

Naysayers abuse Marcellus shale resource numbers

Aug 26, 2011

After scientists in the US government increased their estimate of the exploratory potential of natural gas from the Marcellus shale, naysayers called the report a portentous climb-down.

NJ governor rejects permanent frac prohibition

Aug 25, 2011

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie conditionally vetoed a bill prohibiting hydraulic fracturing in natural gas activities in the state, but imposed a 1-year ban so the state’s Department of Environmental Protection can study the matter more fully.

West Virginia issues emergency horizontal drilling rule

Aug 24, 2011

The West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection has issued an emergency rule to increase regulatory oversight of unconventional natural gas drilling.

USGS sees 84 tcf, 3.4 billion bbl in Marcellus

Aug 23, 2011

The Middle Devonian Marcellus shale in the US Appalachian basin contains 84 tcf of gas and 3.4 billion bbl of natural gas liquids, the US Geological Survey said Aug. 23.

Noble Energy, Consol form Marcellus joint venture

Aug 18, 2011

Noble Energy Inc. agreed to form a joint venture partnership with Consol Energy Inc. for the development of Marcellus shale assets in southwest Pennsylvania and northwest West Virginia.

Stay Connected