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

INGAA’s incoming chairman lists main 2013-14 priorities

Oct 10, 2013

Finding innovative ways to increase pipeline access to new tight gas deposits, further improving pipeline safety and integrity, and working to advance gas and electric integration will be three of the top 2013-14 priorities for US interstate natural gas pipeline operators, the incoming chairman of their national trade association said on Oct. 9.

NETL: Cleaning flowback water for reuse yields multiple benefits

Oct 1, 2013

The contribution to the US energy supply from unconventional natural gas sources, such as shale, is increasing dramatically due in large part to advanced hydraulic fracturing.

First commercial North American GTL plant planned

Sep 27, 2013

What may be the first commercial small-scale gas-to-liquids (GTL) plant in North America has been announced by Pinto Energy LLC, Houston, to be built near Ashtabula, Ohio, on Lake Erie, northeast of Cleveland.

Spectra Energy to add up to 7.3-bcfd pipeline capacity by 2017

Sep 26, 2013

Spectra Energy has more than 3.3 bcfd of US natural gas pipeline expansions under way, with another 4 bcfd of capacity in development.

PwC US: Eagle Ford, Marcellus most active shale plays for 2Q M&A

Aug 7, 2013

Transactions involving unconventional oil and gas assets remained a key driver for deal activity in the second quarter, and midstream shale assets values beat upstream shale deal total for a second consecutive quarter, PwC reported in an analysis of industry’s merger and acquisition activity.

WoodMac: US unconventional plays will help reduce imports from abroad

Jul 31, 2013

Unconventional oil and gas plays will continue to drive US and Canadian production for years, with the Bakken formation in North Dakota and Montana along with the South Texas Eagle Ford shale play accounting for much of the tight oil production increase, said analysts with Wood Mackenzie Ltd.

NETL continues fracturing study; report due by yearend

Jul 22, 2013

A US Department of Energy study continues to monitor for any signs of groundwater contamination stemming from hydraulic fracturing on the Marcellus shale formation in Pennsylvania, but it’s too early to draw any conclusion, the National Energy Technology Laboratory said in a July 19 statement.

Corbett asks commission to lift moratorium on gas drilling

Jul 11, 2013

Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett has asked the Delaware River Basin Commission (DRBC) to remove a 3-year moratorium on natural gas drilling from the Marcellus shale.

Ohio: Magnum Hunter spuds on Monroe County 18-well pad

Jul 2, 2013

Magnum Hunter Resources Corp., Houston, has spudded the first well on its Stalder pad in eastern Monroe County, Ohio.

Summit Midstream Partners to buy Marcellus gathering assets

Jun 5, 2013

Summit Midstream Partners LP agreed to buy certain gas gathering assets from MarkWest Energy Partners LP in Doddridge County, W.Va., for $210 million.

Cabot using Marcellus field gas to fracture wells

May 20, 2013

Cabot Oil & Gas Corp. said it is using natural gas from the Marcellus shale in Susquehanna County, Pa., to fracture wells via dual-fuel technology in a process that can displace as much as 70% of the diesel fuel traditionally used to operate hydraulic fracturing equipment.

Crosstex to invest in Utica shale compression, condensate stabilization

May 9, 2013

Dallas-based Crosstex Energy companies Crosstex Energy LP and Crosstex Energy Inc. have announced that Crosstex Energy Inc. will invest about $25 million in a third natural gas compression and condensate stabilization plant in the Ohio River Valley.

PwC analyzes first-quarter US unconventional deals

May 6, 2013

Mergers and acquisitions involving unconventional assets contributed to increased number of deals and total deal value during the first quarter 2013 compared with the same period last year, PwC US reported.

Pennsylvania's historic transformation continues

May 1, 2013

Given the demanding schedules oil and gas professionals must maintain, it is easy to lose sight of the positive progress the industry continues to make—and what these collective efforts, aimed at safely producing clean-burning domestic natural gas, mean for the Northeastern US and the country as a whole.

New York Marcellus development still faces hurdles

May 1, 2013

ALBANY, NY—Marcellus Shale production reached 7 bcfd, surpassing the Haynesville to become the largest gas producing play in the US, according to a recent report from IHS.

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