Lots of property owners who signed a lease in one of the natural gas shale plays are now receiving monthly or quarterly royalty payments. Many of these people were pleasantly surprised with the size of their first royalty check — but then shocked to see the size of subsequent checks fall rapidly. What’s happening?More at Geology.com.
“Landscape change in Pennsylvania’s Sullivan, Wyoming, Armstrong and Indiana counties resulting from construction of well pads, new roads and pipelines for natural gas and coalbed methane exploration is being documented by the United States Geological Survey.” Quoted from the USGS announcement.More at USGS.
Nearly two years ago Shell was interested in building an ethane cracker in western Pennsylvania to process the liquids-rich gas being produced from the Marcellus  and Utica Shales  in the Ohio River Valley. Now Odebrecht and Braskem Americas is talking about building a cracker in the northern West Virginia panhandle and some believe that puts the Shell project in jeopardy.
Some people think that a few “sweet spots” are supporting most of the production in the oil and gas shale plays. They point to the huge annual production declines and speculate that the “shale boom” will not last very long.More at USA Today.
Even though the average horizontal natural gas well drilled into the Marcellus Shale had a cost of about $5 million, approximately 78% of them have produced enough gas to become profitable.More at PennLive.com.
Pennsylvania natural gas utilities who just a few years ago were sourcing their gas from Canada and a diversity of other sources are now getting most of their gas from Marcellus Shale sources – usually at a cost savings to customers.More at The Times Tribuine.
The Penn State Marcellus Center for Outreach and Research has released a PowerPoint presentation that shows the growth in active wells, reported production, online wells, percent producing wells and condensate production in Pennsylvania. If you are in…More at Penn State Extension.
Natural gas drillers in Pennsylvania are supporting proposed legislation that would revise how the state’s endangered species list is managed.More at National Public Radio.
The Department of Energy has authorized a fourth LNG export facility. The Dominion Resources Cove Point terminal in Maryland now has a conditional permit for LNG exports, which will most likely be produced using natural gas from the Marcellus Shale.
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 http://geology.com/articles/lng-liquefied-natural-gas/More at Reuters.
USGS tested twenty household water wells in Sullivan County, Pennsylvania for methane. Seven of the wells contained detectable amounts of dissolved methane and two wells were considered to have an “elevated” methane content. None of the wells tested were located near currently producing natural gas wells.More at United States Geological Survey.
Production from the Marcellus Shale in Pennsylvania and West Virginia is 50% higher than last year at this time. Even with that production surge there could still be over 1000 wells “waiting on pipeline”.More at Washington Post.
Reports of rapidly rising natural gas production from the Marcellus, Utica and other shale formations, even while thousands of completed wells are waiting on pipeline, has some experts predicting a slowdown in drilling activity in anticipation of depre…More at WESA FM.
An article on Law.com explores the differences between impact fees and severance taxes on natural gas producers working in Pennsylvania’s Marcellus Shale.More at Law.com.
A few companies are now finding success in the Upper Devonian Shale, an organic-rich rock unit above the Marcellus Shale and Utica Formation.More at Marcellus Drilling News.
Penn State researchers are studying whether it would be possible and make economic sense to capture carbon dioxide produced at large point sources and pump it into existing natural gas wells to enhance natural gas production.More at Penn State.
The Allegheny County Airport Authority leased 9000 acres of Marcellus Shale drilling rights to Consol Energy. Longer lateral drilling may yield more than the $500 million in expected royalties.More at Shale Reporter.
“The findings of a new study in the journal Groundwater® suggest that methane concentrations in Susquehanna County water wells in Pennsylvania can be explained without the migration of Marcellus shale gas due to hydraulic fracturing.” Quoted from the publication press release.More at National Ground Water Association.
An article in The Times Tribune describes how companies in northeastern and central Pennsylvania have expanded to offer services to Marcellus Shale drilling and pipeline companies.More at The Times Tribune.
“Landscape change in Pennsylvania’s Somerset and Westmoreland counties resulting from construction of well pads, new roads and pipelines for natural gas and coalbed methane exploration is being documented to help determine the potential consequences for ecosystems and wildlife, according to a new U.S. Geological Survey report.” Quoted from the USGS publication announcement.More at USGS.
USGS has published: “Landscape Consequences of Natural Gas Extraction in Fayette and Lycoming Counties, Pennsylvania, 2004–2010″ as an open file report.More at USGS.
The Pennsylvania Supreme Court decided not to overturn over 100 years of property transactions in a case involving the ownership of natural gas produced from the Marcellus Shale. Shale gas is not to be treated differently from natural gas produced fro…More at Mondaq.com.
The United States Geological Survey has published: “Landscape Consequences of Natural Gas Extraction in Allegheny and Susquehanna Counties, Pennsylvania, 2004–2010″. This document explains metrics used to assess the disturbance caused by drilling pads, access roads, pipelines and other gas related activities.More at USGS.
Since 2008, foreign companies have entered into 21 joint ventures with U.S. acreage holders and operators, investing more than $26 billion in tight oil and shale gas plays.More at Energy Information Administration.
“Natural gas production in Pennsylvania averaged 6.1 Bcf/d in 2012, up from 3.6 Bcf/d in 2011, according to Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection data released in February 2013. This 69% increase came in spite of a significant drop in the number of new natural gas wells started during the year.” Quoted from the Energy Information Administration’s Today in Energy.More at Energy Information Administration.
Rising production from the Marcellus Shale could push the rock unit over the 10 billion cubic feet per day production milestone in 2013.More at Seeking Alpha.
An article at the Akron Beacon Journal Online summarizes content related to economic activity attributed to the Marcellus Shale from the latest Federal Reserve Beige Book.More at Akron Beacon Journal (Ohio.com).
“Drill cuttings and other materials associated with oil and gas have occasionally triggered radiation monitors at landfills. DEP’s data indicates that less than half a percent of all drill cuttings produced by the Marcellus Shale industry in 2012 that were disposed of in landfills triggered radiation monitors. The cuttings did not contain levels of radioactivity that would be harmful to the public, and they were safely disposed of in the landfills.” Quoted from the DEP announcement.More at Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection.
An article on the Ohio.com website reports that Chesapeake Energy has three wells in West Virginia that yield hundreds of barrels of oil per day from the Marcellus Shale. They are in the state’s northern panhandle.More at Ohio.com.
Consol Energy has reached an agreement that will allow it for drill for natural gas on 9,000 acres of land at the Pittsburgh International Airport. This isn’t the first time airport property has been drilled for natural gas. In 2006 land surrounding the Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport was part of a drilling deal.More at Centre Daily Times.
Some experts believe that the pace of drilling and hiring in the Marcellus Shale natural gas play will slow during 2013. This will be a response to a lack of pipeline capacity and production capacity that either exceeds or is unavailable to new consum…More at Washington Post.
This Ohio Department of Natural Resources document summarizes the potential sources of water for hydraulic fracturing in the Utica Shale and Marcellus Shale of eastern Ohio. Also included are basic regulations and the contact/regulatory authority for…More at Ohio Department of Natural Resources.
“The “Geological Map of Garrett, Allegany and western Washington Counties in Maryland” is the first comprehensive geologic map of the region published in more than 50 years. [...] As residential, commercial and recreational development increases in the western portion of the State, and with the potential for the Marcellus Shale to serve as a natural gas resource, the updated map will provide necessary information on the geologic factors that affect and guide decisions about the wise use of the landscape and natural resources.” Quoted from the MGS press release.More at Maryland Geological Survey.
For the past several years New York state government has not allowed hydraulic fracturing of the Marcellus Shale so Chesapeake Energy didn’t drill their leases. Chesapeake tried to use force majeure to keep their leases from expiring but a federal judge ruled against them.More at Ohio.com.
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You own property over a natural gas storage field that has been operated for decades. There is a shale unit below the storage field that could produce natural gas. Who controls that gas?
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Activity in the Marcellus Shale play has been an enormous boost to rail traffic. The railroad is hauling frac sand, water, chemicals, pipe, crane mats, natural gas liquids and more.More at Triblive.com.
Since January 2010, most of the increase in the dry shale gas production in the United States has been generated by the Marcellus Shale and the Haynesville Formation.More at Energy Information Administration.
USGS has published a report titled: Dissolved Methane in New York Groundwater. The study includes data collection to document the natural occurrence of methane in New York Aquifers.More at USGS.
Some homeowners in Pennsylvania have been surprised to learn that they can not refinance their homes when their property has been leased to a company planning to drill for Marcellus Shale gas.More at Philly.com.