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

Severance tax would backfire, Pennsylvania association leaders warn

Dec 17, 2014

Enacting a severance tax aimed at Pennsylvania’s unconventional natural gas activity would substantially harm the commonwealth beyond the industry itself, three oil and gas trade association officials warned.

New York state moves to ban hydraulic fracturing

Dec 17, 2014

High-volume hydraulic fracturing will be banned in the state of New York, Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s administration announced Dec. 17, citing health risks and concerns about possible contamination of air and water. The state has had a temporary moratorium on fracturing in the Marcellus shale for years.

EIA: US proved oil, gas reserves continue to climb

Dec 15, 2014

US proved reserves of oil and natural gas have increased by 9% and 10%, respectively, according a recent report from the US Energy Information Administration.

US Forest Service takes no stance on fracturing in national forest

Dec 12, 2014

The US Forest Service has dropped a proposal that would have banned hydraulic fracturing in the George Washington National Forest.

Southwestern makes $5.4 billion bet on Marcellus

Dec 12, 2014

Southwestern Energy Co. is purchasing Appalachian assets from Chesapeake Energy Corp. in a deal that more than doubles its leasehold in the Marcellus shale and grants it a foothold in an area of the play that is also prospective for the emerging Utica shale.

Study links methane contamination in water wells to poor well construction-not fracing-in Marcellus

Dec 12, 2014

A new study found that fugitive gas contamination at eight clusters of water wells in the Marcellus and Barnett shale regions might be linked to well integrity issues but not hydraulic fracturing.

Watching Government: Did Maryland go too far?

Dec 8, 2014

Maryland finally proposed a strategy to regulate unconventional natural gas exploration and production on Nov. 25. The question quickly moved from what was taking so long to whether it went too far.

US proved oil, gas reserves continue to climb

Dec 4, 2014

US proved reserves of oil and natural gas have increased by 9% and 10%, respectively, according to the US Energy Information Administration. The 3.1-billion bbl increase in proved oil reserves in 2013 marks the fifth consecutive jump, EIA said in a recent report. Proved oil reserves reached 36.5 billion bbl in 2013, up from 33.4 billion bbl in EIA’s report in 2012.

Southwestern continues Marcellus expansion

Dec 3, 2014

Southwestern Energy Co., Houston, has signed an agreement to purchase oil and gas assets, including 46,700 net acres, in northeast Pennsylvania from WPX Energy Inc., Tulsa, for $300 million.

Outgoing Maryland governor moving ahead on fracing regulations

Dec 2, 2014

Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley plans to propose regulations that would allow hydraulic fracturing in western Maryland provided that natural gas companies adhere to certain restrictions to limit the risks of water contamination and air pollution.

ANGA president calls for sharper focus on gas transportation issues

Nov 17, 2014

America’s Natural Gas Alliance Pres. Martin J. Durbin called for a stronger focus on transportation as he outlined issues that the US gas industry faces following the 2014 midterm elections and heading into 2015.

Bear Head LNG applies for NEB export license

Nov 7, 2014

Bear Head LNG Corp., a wholly owned subsidiary of Liquefied Natural Gas Ltd. (LNGL), filed an application with Canada’s National Energy Board (NEB) to export as much as 12 million tonnes/year (tpy) of LNG. The application also seeks a license to import as much as 503 bcf/year of natural gas from the US.

Sunoco Logistics to move ahead with Mariner East 2 NGL pipeline

Nov 7, 2014

Sunoco Logistics Partners LP, Philadelphia, reported receiving sufficient binding commitments from shippers to move ahead with its Sunoco Pipeline LP subsidiary’s $2.5-billion investment in the Mariner East 2 natural gas liquids pipeline project.

Shell inks deal for US Appalachian petrochemical project location

Nov 7, 2014

Shell Chemical LP, a subsidiary of Royal Dutch Shell PLC, is moving forward with plans to purchase land near Monaca, Pa., for a proposed petrochemical complex that would process ethane from natural gas produced from the Marcellus shale.

GCA: Falling oil price to have uneven effect on US unconventional plays

Nov 4, 2014

Falling oil prices will have an uneven effect across US unconventional plays based on the qualities of reservoirs within any given play, Gaffney Cline & Associates (GCA) said in a recent report, noting there exists a complex relationship between the pace of shale production and falling futures prices for light, sweet crude oil.

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