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

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.

Shell eyes Marcellus petrochemical site

Mar 15, 2012

Shell Chemical LP is studying land near Monaca, Penn., for the petrochemical complex it is considering to use ethane from natural gas produced from the Marcellus shale (OGJ Online, June 6, 2011).

Ohio oil association questions governor's proposed tax changes

Mar 14, 2012

Ohio Gov. John Kasich’s proposed changes to his state’s oil and natural gas severance tax to help finance a planned $1 billion state income tax cut by 2015 has prompted the Ohio Oil & Gas Association to issue a statement outlining industry’s questions and concerns.

Spectra announces Marcellus-to-Georgia natural gas pipeline

Mar 6, 2012

Spectra Energy Corp. is holding a nonbinding open season for its 230-mile Renaissance Gas Transmission project, a new pipeline system linking Marcellus, Utica, and Appalachian shale natural gas production to markets in Georgia, Alabama, and Tennessee.

UGI Inergy to jointly develop Marcellus shale gas line

Mar 6, 2012

Inergy Midstream LP, UGI Energy Services Inc., and Capitol Energy Ventures Corp., a subsidiary of WGL Holdings Inc., plan to jointly market and develop a new interstate natural gas pipeline known as the Commonwealth Pipeline.

Watching Government: Remote wellsite activity

Feb 27, 2012

A West Virginia University research associate professor has developed a technology to remotely monitor Marcellus shale natural gas wells with help from a research partnership supported by the US Department of Energy's National Energy Technology Laboratory.

Enerplus adding Marcellus production, reserves

Feb 24, 2012

Enerplus Corp., Calgary, will spend $190 million in the Marcellus shale region in 2012, about 80% of which it will allocate to nonoperated interests in northeastern Pennsylvania.

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