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

El Paso plans one-rig Wolfcamp shale oil program into 2011

Nov 15, 2010 El Paso Corp. plans to spud a well during November in its Wolfcamp shale oil acreage in West Texas as part of a one-rig program focused on finding the optimal lateral length and completion method before the company ramps up Wolfcamp drilling activity during 2011.

Chevron to buy Atlas, gain Marcellus foothold

Nov 9, 2010

Chevron Corp. has agreed to acquire Atlas Energy, a Pittsburgh independent producer with a major land position in the Marcellus shale gas play, for $3.2 billion cash plus assumption of debt of $1.1 billion.

Slide seen in Cherokee basin coalbed methane output

Nov 1, 2010 Coalbed methane production from the Cherokee basin in southeast Kansas and northeast Oklahoma appears to be dropping from peaks in 2008 in Kansas and 2006 in Oklahoma.

US PROPANE: MIDYEAR 2010: Mont Belvieu prices remain soft; ethane bites into feedstock demand

Nov 1, 2010 During spring and summer 2010, three trends dominated propane markets in North America.

Rendell halts further leasing in Pennsylvania state forests

Nov 1, 2010

Analysts to FERC: US gas market in good shape

Nov 1, 2010 The US natural gas market is in good shape, with production at levels not seen in more than 35 years, moderate prices, and storage about 90% full with about 3 weeks left in the usual injection period, US Federal Energy Regulatory Commission staff analysts told the commission on Oct. 21.

Spectra joins El Paso in Marcellus ethane pipeline

Oct 28, 2010

El Paso Corp. subsidiary El Paso Midstream Group Inc. and Spectra Energy Corp. signed a memorandum of understanding to develop jointly the proposed Marcellus Ethane Pipeline System project previously announced by El Paso.

US gas market is in good shape, FERC analysts tell commission

Oct 27, 2010

The US natural gas market is in good shape, with production at levels not seen in more than 35 years, moderate prices, and storage about 90% full with about 3 weeks left in the usual injection period, US Federal Energy Regulatory Commission staff analysts told the commission on Oct. 21.

Speakers say road work emerging issue in Marcellus development

Oct 25, 2010 Speakers at the 2010 Marcellus Summit continued to emphasize the importance of steady and open communications will all interested parties as the conference at Penn State University moved into its second and final day.

Fruitland to Barnett to…

Oct 25, 2010 Have all of the large shale gas and oil fields in the US been found, as one chief executive officer claimed in mid-October?

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Oct 18, 2010

Pennsylvania Marcellus rules protect environment, official says

Oct 18, 2010

The Marcellus shale represents an amazing opportunity for Pennsylvania, and the state's government has responded by enacting what probably are the nation's toughest regulations covering well casing and cement, hydraulic fracturing fluid ingredient disclosures, and pressure tests before any well is drilled, a state environmental official said on Oct. 7.

Regulators voice concerns at Marcellus shale conference

Oct 18, 2010

Producers and government officials should anticipate potential problems with shale gas development and be prepared to respond to them, participants on two panels said Oct. 11 at the 2010 Marcellus Summit in State College, Pa.

Speakers say road work emerging issue in Marcellus development

Oct 13, 2010

Speakers at the 2010 Marcellus Summit continued to emphasize the importance of steady and open communications will all interested parties as the conference at Penn State University moved into its second and final day.

NGLs are major part of Marcellus potential, says executive

Oct 13, 2010

Natural gas liquids can play a significant part in the Marcellus shale's development, but only if government regulators, community leaders, and producers work together, said an official from a company that has successfully marketed NGLs in Appalachia.

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