Utica Shale

Utica Shale Description ImageThe Utica shale formation is one of the newest natural gas discoveries in North America. It is located in New York state and the Canadian province of Quebec, along the St. Lawrence River Valley. Some geologists have suggested the gas-bearing formation extends as far south as Pennsylvania. The other major shale formation in this area is the better-known Marcellus shale.

Estimates of natural gas deposits in the formation range from a low of about 2 trillion cubic feet (tcf) to a high of 60 to 70 tcf. At this time, most companies active in the Utica shale are drilling exploratory wells on the Canadian side of the border because the state of New York has been reluctant to grant drilling permits to date. Some production rates have tested up to 1 million cubic feet per day.

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Utica Shale News

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.

Stone drills successful Utica exploration well

Dec 10, 2014

Stone Energy Corp., Lafayette, La., reported that its Pribble 6HU well in Wetzel County, W.Va., flowed from a 3,605-ft lateral at 30 MMcfd during the last 24 hr of a 5-day test.

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.

BHI: Gains in Utica, Ohio headline latest US rig count

Nov 14, 2014

The US drilling rig count was up 3 units to reach 1,928 rigs working during the week ended Nov. 14, with notable gains in Ohio and more specifically the Utica basin, Baker Hughes Inc. reported.

Bakken, deepwater Gulf of Mexico to boost Hess’s production

Nov 11, 2014

Hess Corp. plans to increase its production growth rate forecast by 6-10%/year during 2013-18, assuming $90-100/bbl Brent, anchored by production in the Bakken shale and deepwater Gulf of Mexico, the company said Nov. 10 during an investor presentation in Houston.

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.

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.

ETP’s Rover gas line reaches full 3.25 bcfd subscribed capacity

Oct 31, 2014

Energy Transfer Partners LP has fully subscribed its Rover pipeline to transport 3.25 bcfd of natural gas through 15- and 20-year fee-based contracts.

BHI: US rig count makes gains in Kansas, modest rise overall

Oct 31, 2014

The US drilling rig count edged up 2 units to reach 1,929 rigs working during the week ended Oct. 31, Baker Hughes Inc. reported.

PwC: US oil, gas transaction value hits 10-year high in 3Q

Oct 29, 2014

Driven by a rise in billion-dollar deals, midstream activity, and interest in upstream shale plays from foreign buyers, mergers and acquisitions in the US oil and gas industry reached the highest levels in the past decade during the third quarter, according to a quarterly report from PwC US Energy Practice.

Williams Partners, Access Midstream Partners to merge

Oct 27, 2014

Williams Partners LP and Access Midstream Partners LP, both owned by Williams Cos., Tulsa, have agreed to merge. Williams in June purchased the remaining 50% general partner interest that it didn’t previously hold in Access Midstream, giving way to the merger proposal.

Antero production surpasses 1 bcfed

Oct 16, 2014

Antero Resources has surpassed 1 bcfd of net gas-equivalent (bcfed) production from the Marcellus and Utica shales and secured the gas processing and pipeline capacity needed to meet aggressive production growth targets.

Shell expands leasehold position in Marcellus, Utica

Oct 16, 2014

Royal Dutch Shell PLC has signed two separate deals that will enable it to exit its positions in the Haynesville shale and Pinedale field in exchange for $2.1 billion in cash and additional acreage in the Utica and Marcellus shales in Pennsylvania.

Southwestern Energy to acquire Marcellus, Utica assets for $5.375 billion

Oct 16, 2014

Southwestern Energy Co., Houston, has agreed to acquire assets in the southern Marcellus shale and a portion of the eastern Utica shale in West Virginia from Chesapeake Energy Corp., Oklahoma City, for 5.375 billion.

BHI: Permian drives gains in weekly, yearly US rig count

Oct 10, 2014

The US drilling rig count gained 8 units to reach 1,930 rigs working during the week ended Oct. 10, driven in large part by growth in the Permian basin, Baker Hughes Inc. reported.

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