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

Sumitomo considering US Marcellus shale purchase

Feb 2, 2010

Japan’s Sumitomo Corp., which last year bought a stake in Carrizo Oil & Gas’ Barnett shale acreage in Texas, now says it may also purchase stakes in the US firm’s Marcellus shale gas field blocks in Appalachia.

New York Herkimer sand gas play to expand

Feb 15, 2010 Norse Energy Corp. ASA, Oslo, has identified 300 locations on seismic that could be prospective for gas in fractured Silurian Herkimer sandstone in central New York state.

MARKET WATCH: Crude price jumps above $77/bbl

Feb 17, 2010

Crude made a “gold medal” rebound Feb. 16, jumping 4%—“the most in 4 months”—in the New York market as the US dollar plummeted against the euro, said analysts in the Houston office of Raymond James & Associates Inc.

El Paso unit expands Marcellus pipeline presence

Feb 18, 2010

Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co., a wholly owned unit of El Paso Corp., Houston, executed binding, 20-year term agreements with Chesapeake Energy Marketing Inc. and StatOil Natural Gas LLC for 100% capacity on its Northeast Upgrade Project in the Marcellus shale.

Natural gas prominent in governors' energy strategies

Feb 22, 2010 Jobs and the economy have dominated a number of US governors' State of the State (SOTS) and budget addresses so far in 2010, and will be prominent issues as the National Governors Association holds its winter meeting Feb. 20-22 in Washington, DC. Direct references to oil and gas have been few and far between, but have been significant when they have occurred.

Marcellus E&P, transportation programs ramp up

Mar 1, 2010 Focus on the Appalachian basin Marcellus shale gas play deepens.

Chesapeake cements position in six onshore US gas plays

Mar 1, 2010 The Texas Panhandle and Oklahoma Granite Wash plays are Chesapeake's highest and second highest rate-of-return plays due to high oil and natural gas liquids content.


Mar 1, 2010

EXCO-BG ramps up Haynesville gas output

Mar 1, 2010 EXCO Resources Inc. has hiked gross production to 340 MMcfd in its Haynesville shale 50-50 joint venture with BG Group PLC and has begun horizontal drilling in the Marcellus shale.

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Mar 1, 2010

Williams solicits Marcellus shippers for Transco expansion

Mar 5, 2010

A unit of Williams Partners LP has initiated a binding open season Mar. 4-26 for expansion of its Transco natural gas pipeline, providing incremental firm gas transportation capacity from the Marcellus shale to markets in New York and New Jersey.

CERAWeek: Commitment to gas most obvious climate measure

Mar 11, 2010

A stronger commitment to natural gas as a source of energy is the fastest, easiest way to reduce global greenhouse gas emissions, according to Statoil Chief Executive Officer Helge Lund, who spoke Mar. 10 at CERAWeek in Houston.

Buckeye, others pursue Marcellus NGL system growth

Mar 11, 2010

Buckeye Partners LP and Nova Chemicals Corp. last month signed a memorandum of understanding regarding evaluation and development of a mixed natural gas liquids pipeline running 400 miles from the Marcellus basin in Pennsylvania to the refining and petrochemical complex in the Sarnia-Lambton area of Ontario, Canada.

Northeast Natural acquires Marcellus acreage

Mar 12, 2010

Northeast Natural Energy LLC, Charleston, W.Va., closed the acquisition of 11,657 net acres in the core of the Marcellus shale and associated shallow conventional oil and gas wells from Nytis Exploration Co. LLC and Nytis Exploration of Pennsylvania LLC, both private firms.

'Flexible factory' steadies unconventional gas work

Mar 15, 2010 Enhancing operational flexibility of the factory approach to unconventional-gas drilling programs can help operators lower the risk of inefficient use of capital, which some have encountered with costly results.
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