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.

Marcellus

Marcellus Shale News

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.

Williams to build Marcellus shale gas line, establish supply hub

Feb 21, 2012

Williams Partners LP has entered into a joint venture with Cabot Oil & Gas Corp. to build the 120-mile Constitution Pipeline, connecting Williams Partners’ natural gas gathering system in Susquehanna County, Pa., to the Iroquois Gas Transmission and Tennessee Gas Pipeline systems in Schoharie County, NY.

More processing, fractionation planned for Marcellus, Utica shales

Feb 1, 2012

MarkWest Energy Partners LP, Denver, will add more than 600 MMcfd of processing capacity for the Marcellus and Utica shales, as well as 140,000 b/d of fractionation, the company reported.

Cabot questions EPA plans to test water wells in Pennsylvania

Jan 27, 2012

Cabot Oil & Gas Corp. has offered to meet with US Environmental Protection Agency representatives to discuss the EPA’s plans to test the water wells of some homes in Dimock, Pa., a township within the Marcellus shale play where Cabot has done hydraulic fracturing.

EQT presses Marcellus, phases out Huron drilling

Jan 26, 2012

EQT Corp., Pittsburgh, has reported yearend 2011 reserves of 5.365 tcf equivalent compared with 5.22 tcfe a year earlier as it emphasizes Marcellus shale drilling and phases out Huron operations during 2012.

Chesapeake Midstream Partners to buy Marcellus shale gathering lines

Dec 29, 2011

Chesapeake Midstream Partners LP (CMP) agreed to acquire Appalachia Midstream Services LLC (AMS), a Chesapeake Energy Corp. subsidiary, for $865 million. The transaction provides CMP with a 47% stake in 200 miles of gathering pipelines in the Marcellus shale in Pennsylvania.

Williams to buy gathering system in Marcellus shale

Dec 28, 2011

Williams Partners LP, Tulsa, reported it will acquire the Laser Northeast Gathering System and other midstream businesses from Delphi Midstream Partners LLC, a unit of American Securities LLC, and management, for about $750 million.

Crestwood to build Marcellus natural gas gathering system

Dec 20, 2011

Crestwood Midstream Partners LP signed a memorandum of understanding with Mountaineer Keystone LLC (MK) to build a 42-mile, 16-in. OD Tygart Valley Pipeline natural gas gathering system, serving MK’s Marcellus shale development program in Northeast West Virginia.

IEA: Ethylene, propylene producers having mixed 2011

Dec 14, 2011

During this year’s first half, ethylene and propylene producers in countries that comprise the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development enjoyed good margins, supported by strong demand, according to the latest monthly Oil Market Report, released by the International Energy Agency. In second-half 2011, however, those margins have weakened.

West Virginia: Magnum Hunter, Stone eye Marcellus

Dec 12, 2011

Magnum Hunter Resources Corp. and Stone Energy Corp. signed joint development and joint operating agreements covering an existing mineral leasehold position owned by both companies in Wetzel County, W.Va.

API's Gerard responds to Markey's job estimate questions

Dec 2, 2011

American Petroleum Institute Pres. Jack N. Gerard disputed US Rep. Edward J. Markey’s (D-Mass.) allegations that API’s job growth estimates from more oil and gas activity are overblown.

Restore GWPC, Stronger's federal funding, shale gas panel urges

Nov 23, 2011

US Congress should promptly restore federal funding for the Ground Water Protection Council (GWPC) and the State Review of Oil & Natural Gas Environmental Regulations (Stronger), the US Energy Secretary Advisory Board’s Shale Gas Subcommittee urged on Nov. 21.

FERC reports on Marcellus shale gas transportation projects

Nov 14, 2011

Four projects to transport Marcellus shale gas went into service during October as two more were announced, the US Federal Energy Regulatory Commission said on Nov. 14 as its energy projects office released its latest monthly update.

Talisman sharpens North American shales focus

Nov 2, 2011

Talisman Energy Inc., Calgary, said 80% of its $629 million of capital spending in the quarter ended Sept. 30 was related to shale activities in North America.

UGI plans Marcellus natural gas link to Transco

Oct 21, 2011

UGI Corp. subsidiary UGI Energy Services Inc. plans to invest about $150 million to link Marcellus shale natural gas production areas in Susquehanna and Wyoming Counties, Pa., with multiple Pennsylvania and interstate markets by extending its Auburn Gathering System 30 miles from its terminus in Wyoming County, Pa., to Luzerne County, Pa.

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