Marcellus Shale

North Carolina Companies Want Marcellus Gas

An article in The Mercury News explains why companies in North Carolina want Marcellus Shale gas enough that they are willing to invest in a pipeline.

More at The Mercury News.

Severance Tax on the Marcellus Shale?

The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania does not have a severance tax that would collect revenue from oil and natural gas production. Although other taxes are levied on energy companies the state has one of the lowest effective tax rates on drilling in the U…

More at National Public Radio.

The Fight Over LNG Exports?

Some environmentalists and some politicians do not favor quick approvals of export terminals on the U.S. eastern coast with the intent of supplying natural gas to Russia’s current customers.

More at Bloomberg.

Shell Studies Dumping Marcellus Investment??

Royal Dutch Shell does not seem to be happy with the return that the are getting from their investment in about a million acres of Marcellus Shale…. they have a lot of dry gas.

More at Pittsburgh Post Gazette.

Earthquakes Cause ODNR to Halt Drilling

On Monday, March 10th two small earthquakes in eastern Ohio (M2.6 and M3.0) prompted the Ohio Department of Natural Resources to halt operations at seven nearby gas wells. Industry responded that hundreds of wells have been drilled in the Utica Shale [1] using hydraulic fracturing [2] and horizontal drilling [3] without incident.

Related: Utica Shale well density [4]


More at Columbus Dispatch.

Chevron Shuts Down Seven Marcellus Wells

Chevron has ceased operations at seven Marcellus Shale [1] wells in Pennsylvania after an explosion at one of their wells killed one worker and produced a fire that burned out-of-control for several days.


More at Natural Gas Intel.

Tapping the Utica ahd the Marcellus from a Single Drill Pad?

A company in Ohio plans to drill wells into both the Marcellus Shale [1] and the Utica Shale [2] from a single drill pad in Ohio. The expect dry gas production from the deeper Utica and liquids production from the Marcellus.

Related: Horizontal Well Density in the Utica Shale [3].


More at BizJournals.

The Shale Boom is Just Starting

Ryan Lance, CEO of ConocoPhillips believes that the “shale boom” in the United States is just getting started, with several decades ahead.

More at Denver BizJournal.

Natural Gas is the Top Home Heating Fuel in Pennsylvania

“Natural gas (38 percent) provides heat to more Pennsylvania homes than any other fuel, but electricity (29 percent), fuel oil (20 percent), and propane (9 percent) are also widely used in the state.” Quoted from the Energy Information Administration.

However, even though Pennsylvania is a major producer of natural gas, homeowners there pay a price that is significantly above the national average [1].


More at Energy Information Administration.

Where Are the Most Productive Marcellus Shale Gas Wells?

An article in reports that the most productive gas wells in the Marcellus Shale [1] are located in Susquehanna County, Pennsylvania and were drilled by Cabot Oil & Gas.


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Impatient Landowners Sue New York

Some owners of property above the Marcellus [1] and Utica Shales [2] in in New York are tired of waiting for their state to allow the development of their natural gas resource.


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Reversing the Flow of Natural Gas?

For over 1/2 century the flow of natural gas in the eastern United States has been from producing areas in the south to consuming areas in the north. Now that the Marcellus Shale is producing tremendous amounts of natural gas and production in the Hay…

More at Forbes.

Volume of Wastewater Per MCF

Wells producing natural gas from the Marcellus Shale are producing only about 1/3 the amount of wastewater per unit of natural gas produced as conventional natural gas wells.

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Rising Productivity from Marcellus Shale Gas Wells

The January 2014 Drilling Productivity Report from the Energy Information Administration shows how the productivity of newly-drilled natural gas wells in the Marcellus Shale is rising at a rapid rate. Most of this rise can be attributed to improved te…

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Rising Production from the Marcellus Shale

The Energy Information Administration’s Drilling Productivity Report for January includes a graph that shows the steadily rising production from the Marcellus Shale.

More at Energy Information Administration.

Why Natural Gas Prices in Pennsylvania are High

Pennsylvania has become the #2 state in the nation for natural gas production but consumers in the state still pay above average prices for natural gas. An article in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette explores some of the factors that determine the price of…

More at Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

New Well Gas Production Per Rig

The Energy Information Administration has published a graph that shows how the average new-well gas production per rig in the Marcellus Shale has been climbing rapidly over the past few years. This increase can be attributed to improved technology. Traditionally a growth in the number of rigs in a field could be used as a predictor of increased production. Recently production has increased even with the number of rigs falling. More information. [1]


More at Energy Information Administration.

Drilling Efficiency in the Marcellus Shale

The Scranton Times-Tribune has an article in which an experienced driller describes how efficiency improvements have cut the amount of time required to drill a horizontal well.

More at The Scranton Times-Tribune.

Production Declines in Natural Gas Wells

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?

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More Landscape Disturbance Maps Over the Marcellus

“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.

Two Ethane Crackers in the Marcellus Utica?

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 [1] and Utica Shales [2] 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.


More at BizJournals.

Shale Sweet Spots and Production Declines

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.

Most Marcellus Shale Wells Are Already Profitable

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.

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Pennsylvania Utilities Switching to Marcellus Shale Gas

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.

Marcellus Shale Production PowerPoint

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 and the Endangered Species List?

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.

Fourth LNG Export Facility Authorized

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.

Related: What is LNG? [1]


More at Reuters.

Naturally Occurring Methane in Household Water Wells

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.

Marcellus Production is Up 50 Percent

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.

Putting a Throttle on Natural Gas Production?

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.

Drilling Impact Fees vs Severance Taxes

An article on explores the differences between impact fees and severance taxes on natural gas producers working in Pennsylvania’s Marcellus Shale.

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The Appalachian Triple Gas Play

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.

Pumping CO2 into Marcellus Shale Wells?

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.

Natural Gas Under the Pittsburgh Airport

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.

Methane Sources in Pennsylvania Ground Water

“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.

Business Opportunities from the Marcellus Shale

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.

More Landscape Disturbance Publications from USGS

“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.

Landscape Consequences of Natural Gas Extraction

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.

PA Supreme Court on Who Owns Shale Gas

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…

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Landscape Disturbance and Shale Gas Extraction

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.