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

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.

EQT converts rig to run on LNG from Marcellus gas

Jul 6, 2012

EQT Corp., Pittsburgh, has launched a pilot program in which it has converted a diesel rotary rig to run on natural gas liquefied from local Marcellus gas production.

Williams lets contract for West Virginia gas plant

Jul 2, 2012

Williams Partners, Tulsa, has let a contract to Exterran Holdings, Houston, for the design, fabrication, and installation of two gas processing plants in West Virginia.

National Fuel starts Lycoming gas gathering system

Jun 14, 2012

National Fuel Gas Midstream Corp., Williamsville, NY, placed in service the Trout Run gathering system in Lycoming County, Pa., with initial production from four wells operated by NFG unit Seneca Resources Corp.

New York may ease ban on high-volume fracturing

Jun 14, 2012

New York may soon relax a ban on high-volume hydraulic fracturing in certain areas of the state, a press report.

Penn Virginia to expand Marcellus gas gathering system

May 23, 2012

Penn Virginia Resource Partners will begin building natural gas pipeline extensions in the Marcellus shale in Pennsylvania, providing an outlet for producers to link to El Paso Corp.'s Tennessee Gas Pipeline and Williams Cos.’ Transcontinental pipeline for shipment to markets in the US Northeast.

Ultra further cuts spending, boosts production

May 3, 2012

The board of Ultra Petroleum Corp., Houston, has approved a further $100 million reduction in the previously approved $925 million capital budget for 2012 in light of continued deterioration in natural gas prices, but the company still expects its production to increase on the year.

PVR buys Chief Gathering, Marcellus trunkline project

Apr 16, 2012

Penn Virginia Resource Partners LP has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Chief Gathering LLC for $1 billion.

PVR buys Chief Gathering, Marcellus gas trunkline project

Apr 10, 2012

Penn Virginia Resource Partners LP has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Chief Gathering LLC for $1 billion.

Cabot restores Marcellus shale gas production after fire

Apr 9, 2012

Cabot Oil & Gas Corp. has restored its Marcellus shale production in Susquehanna County, Pa., to predisruption levels following restart of the Lathrop Compressor Station, which was damaged by a Mar. 29 fire (OGJ Online, Apr. 3, 2012).

XTO Energy to anchor NiSource Marcellus gas gathering system

Apr 5, 2012

NiSource Gas Transmission & Storage's Midstream Services confirmed ExxonMobil Corp. subsidiary XTO Energy Inc. as the anchor producer of its Western Pennsylvania natural gas pipeline project, Big Pine Gathering System.

Cabot restores partial Marcellus gas production after fire

Apr 3, 2012

Cabot Oil & Gas Corp. has restored some natural gas production following a Mar. 29 fire at the Lathrop compressor station in Pennsylvania’s Marcellus shale play.

BP to lease in Ohio Utica/Point Pleasant shale

Mar 27, 2012

BP North America has signed an agreement to lease 84,000 acres in Trumbull County, Ohio, 30-40 miles east of Cleveland, for future oil and gas production in the Utica/Point Pleasant shale formation.

Williams Partners to buy Caiman Eastern Midstream

Mar 20, 2012

Williams Partners LP agreed to acquire Caiman Energy’s wholly owned subsidiary Caiman Eastern Midstream LLC for $2.5 billion in a move that will provide Williams Partners with assets in the natural gas liquids-rich portion of the Marcellus shale.

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.

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