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

BHI: US rig count plunges 29 units to lowest total since May 2002

Oct 2, 2015

In a shift reminiscent of the freefall that occurred earlier this year, the overall US drilling rig count plunged 29 units during the week ended Oct. 2 to a total of 809, the lowest since May 3, 2002, according to data from Baker Hughes Inc.

Study estimates impacts if DRB, New York fracing bans were lifted

Sep 28, 2015

A nonpartisan analysis group estimates up to 4,000 more Marcellus natural gas wells on 500-1,000 pads could be drilled in the Delaware River Basin (DRB) if hydraulic fracturing moratoriums were lifted.

Marcellus Briefs

Sep 28, 2015

Monitoring finds no harm to Marcellus water

Sep 28, 2015

The Susquehanna River Basin Commission (SRBC) said Marcellus shale development has not harmed water quality based on findings from its third report on water-quality conditions in select watersheds within SRBC.

BHI: US rig count falls for fourth straight week

Sep 18, 2015

The overall US drilling rig count lost 6 units during the week ended Sept. 18 in a fourth straight week of declines, according to data from Baker Hughes Inc. The new total of 842 is the lowest since the first week of January 2003.

KMI extends open season for $4-billion UMTP project

Sep 15, 2015

Kinder Morgan Inc. has extended its binding open season to continue seeking commitments for the proposed $4-billion Utica Marcellus Texas Pipeline (UMTP) project. Originally scheduled to end Sept. 15, the open season will now end Dec. 15.

EIA: US shale oil output to drop 80,000 b/d in October

Sep 14, 2015

Crude oil production in October from seven major US shale plays is expected to drop 80,000 b/d to 5.21 million b/d, according to the US Energy Information Administration’s latest Drilling Productivity Report (DPR). That’s less than projected declines for each of the previous 4 months.

Thai operator lets second FEED for proposed US ethylene complex

Sep 9, 2015

PTT Global Chemical (PTTGC), Thailand’s integrated petrochemical and refining company, has let a contract to a consortium led by Bechtel Enterprises Holdings Inc. to perform front-end services related to construction of the company’s proposed petrochemical complex in Belmont County, Ohio.

PTT Global Chemical lets contract for Ohio ethylene complex

Sep 4, 2015

PTT Global Chemical (PTTGC), Thailand’s integrated petrochemical and refining company, has let a contract to a team led by Fluor Corp. for front-end services related to construction of the company’s proposed petrochemical complex in Belmont County, Ohio.

Warren Resources tests Upper Marcellus wells

Aug 18, 2015

Warren Resources Inc., New York, reported that two of its Upper Marcellus wells have been flowing back for 2 weeks, currently producing a combined 17 MMcfd with 3% of flowback load recovered.

Study estimates impacts if Delaware River basin fracing bans were lifted

Aug 17, 2015

Up to 4,000 more natural gas wells on 500-1,000 well pads within the Delaware River basin could be drilled if hydraulic fracturing moratoriums there and in New York state were lifted, a CNA Corp. report estimated on Aug. 11.

PwC: Midstream boosts 2Q M&A activity in oil, gas industry

Aug 17, 2015

The US oil and gas industry experienced an uptick in second-quarter mergers and acquisitions compared with the first quarter, facilitated by heightened interest in midstream deals, according to a quarterly report of announced US transactions with value greater than $50 million.

Addressing shale risks

Aug 17, 2015

Risks associated with shale development and production garner much negative publicity, and industry response has been uneven depending upon operator size, although continuous improvement efforts are under way, said a report from Harvard Business School and the Boston Consulting Group.

BHI: US oil rig count continues rise, but overall count unchanged

Aug 14, 2015

The overall US drilling rig count sat unchanged during the week ended Aug. 14, remaining at 884 rigs working, according to data from Baker Hughes Inc. Oil-directed rigs, however, continued their warm streak—albeit modestly—with a 2-unit gain.

Pennsylvania’s DEP issues draft final revisions to well site rules

Aug 13, 2015

Pennsylvania’s Department of Environmental Protection (PDEP) released draft final revisions to its oil and gas well protection standards. The state agency decided not to include provisions for noise mitigation and centralized storage tanks for wastewater in the final regulations following the latest round of public comments, it said.

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