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

Study estimates impacts if Delaware River basin fracing bans were lifted

Aug 12, 2015

Up to 4,000 more natural gas wells on 500-1,000 well pads within the Delaware River basin could be drilled if hydraulic fracturing moratoriums there and in New York state were lifted, a CNA Corp. report estimated on Aug. 11.

EIA: US shale oil output to drop 93,000 b/d in September

Aug 10, 2015

Crude oil production in September from seven major US shale plays is expected to decline 93,000 b/d to 5.27 million b/d, according to the US Energy Information Administration’s latest Drilling Productivity Report (DPR). EIA previously projected 91,000-b/d declines for both July and August.

BHI: Boosted by another gain in oil rigs, total US rig count rises 10 units

Aug 7, 2015

The overall US drilling rig count gained 10 units during the week ended Aug. 7 to reach a total of 884 rigs working, according to data from Baker Hughes Inc. A total of 27 units has now gradually come online since the week ended June 19.

Yankowsky named executive VP, COO of Magnum Hunter

Aug 7, 2015

Magnum Hunter Resources Corp. has appointed Keith Yankowsky as executive vice-president and chief operating officer, effective Sept. 1. He will report directly to Gary C. Evans, chairman and chief executive officer.

Second-quarter net losses abound for US E&P firms

Aug 7, 2015

Reports of second-quarter losses continued this week for US exploration and production firms, following suit as both ConocoPhillips and Hess Corp. published net losses a week ago.

PwC: Midstream boosts 2Q M&A activity in US oil, gas industry

Aug 5, 2015

The US oil and gas industry experienced an uptick in second-quarter mergers and acquisitions compared with the first quarter, facilitated by heightened interest in midstream deals, according to a quarterly report of announced US transactions with value greater than $50 million.

BHI: Overall US rig count drops slightly, but oil rigs continue rise

Jul 31, 2015

A week after jumping by its highest margin since April 2014, the overall US drilling rig count lost 2 units during the week ended July 31 to settle at 874, according to data from Baker Hughes Inc.

EQT reports high IP from Utica dry gas well

Jul 24, 2015

EQT Corp., Pittsburgh, said a deep, dry gas Utica well averaged 72.9 MMcfd with an average flowing casing pressure of 8,641 psi during a 24-hr deliverability test. The well was completed using a 18-stage fracturing job and a 3,221-ft lateral.

BHI: US rig count falls 6 units to 857

Jul 17, 2015

The US drilling rig count fell 6 units to reach 857 during the week ended July 17, essentially cancelling out the last 3 weeks’ worth of gains, according to data from Baker Hughes Inc.

WPX Energy to buy privately held RKI E&P in $2.35 billion deal

Jul 15, 2015

WPX Energy Inc. agreed to buy privately held RKI Exploration & Production LLC of Oklahoma City for $2.35 billion in a move intended to help WPX produce more oil as the Tulsa independent shifts its focus from natural gas to oil.

MPLX, MarkWest to merge in $15.8 billion deal

Jul 13, 2015

MPLX LP, a Findlay, Ohio-based master limited partnership (MLP) formed by Marathon Petroleum Corp. in 2012, and Denver-based MarkWest Energy Partners LP have agreed to a unit-for-unit merger deal in which MarkWest will become a wholly owned subsidiary of MPLX. The deal, valued at $15.8 billion in stock and cash excluding debt, is expected to close in the fourth quarter.

American Energy to spin off, rename another unit

Jun 25, 2015

American Energy–Midstream LLC, a unit of Oklahoma City-based American Energy Partners LP (AEP), is transitioning to a standalone company and will change its name to Traverse Midstream Partners LLC. The moves will be effective July 1.

State approves Shell’s plan for US Appalachian ethylene plant

Jun 23, 2015

Pennsylvania’s Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) has approved a permit allowing Royal Dutch Shell PLC subsidiary Shell Chemical LP to proceed with its plan to build a petrochemical complex in Beaver County, Pa., that will produce ethylene and polyethylene (PE) from Marcellus shale ethane.

Study: Pennsylvania gas severance tax would reduce Marcellus horizontal drilling

Jun 12, 2015

A proposed natural gas severance tax in Pennsylvania would have negative economic consecutives, reducing the number of horizontal gas wells drilled and increasing job losses, said a Natural Resource Economics Inc., study released by the Associated Petroleum Industries of Pennsylvania (API-PA).

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