Maryland Gas

Exporting LNG from Cove Point MD?

The Cove Point LNG terminal was built to IMPORT liquefied natural gas. Now the owners want to convert it into a plant that will export LNG. Related: What is LNG? [1] [1] More at New York Times.

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] [1] More at Reuters.

Geologic Map of Western Maryland

"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.

Marcellus Shale Organic Thickness Map

Ohio DNR has publised a regional organic-thickness map of the Marcellus Shale with additional organic-rich beds in the Hamilton Group. The map covers areas in Ohio, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Maryland and New York. More at Ohio DNR.

Marcellus Shale Slowdown

An article in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette explores the slowdown in natural gas drilling experienced in most parts of the Marcellus Shale region. The drillers are not the only ones feeling the drop in activity. More at Pittsburgh Post Gazette.

Oil and Gas in US Mesozoic Basins

The United States Geological Survey has published Fact Sheet 2012–3075... Assessment of Undiscovered Oil and Gas Resources of the East Coast Mesozoic Basins of the Piedmont, Blue Ridge Thrust Belt, Atlantic Coastal Plain, and New England Provinces, 2011. More at USGS.

Maryland Natural Gas Severance Tax?

The Maryland House approved a bill that would create a 7.5% severance tax on "all natural gas, natural gas liquids, and other fluid hydrocarbons, not defined as oil, which are produced from a natural reservoir." More at Maryland House Bill 907.

This Marcellus Pipeline Goes South

A $1 billion pipeline has been proposed that will deliver Marcellus Shale gas from northern Pennsylvania to markets in Philadelphia, Baltimore and Washington, DC. More at

Maryland: Marcellus Shale Severance Tax

Maryland's Marcellus Shale Safe Drilling Commission released a study that recommends a state severance tax on natural gas produced from the Marcellus Shale. More at

Delaware River Basin Commission: Natural Gas Drilling Regulations

The Delaware River Basin Commission will vote on a new set of rules for natural gas drilling within the basin. If they are approved a moratorium on drilling in the basin will be lifted. More at

How Natural Gas is Taxed in 19 Different States

The Marshall University Center for Business and Economic Research has prepared: Taxation of Natural Gas: A Comparative Analysis. This publication reviews the many methods of taxing natural gas 19 different states. You might be surprised at how many ... More at Marshall University Center for Business and Economic Research.

Exporting Marcellus Shale LNG from Maryland?

Dominion Resources is seeking permission to condense natural gas produced from the Marcellus Shale into LNG (liquefied natural gas) for export from their Cove Point facility at Lusby, Maryland. More at

USGS and EIA Marcellus Estimates Use Different Metrics

The United States Geological Survey and the Energy Information Administration have published significantly different estimates of the amount of natural gas contained in the Marcellus Shale. An article in reports that the estimate metrics are very different.

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Shell: A Natural Gas Cracker Plant for the Marcellus Shale

Shell plans to build a world-scale ethylene chemical plant in the Appalachian area that will process ethane from Marcellus Shale natural gas into products for the chemical industry.

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Disagreements over the Amount of Gas in the Marcellus Shale

The United States Geological Survey estimates that there are about 84 trillion cubic feet of natural gas in the Marcellus Shale. Estimates from the Department of Energy put the amount of gas at 410 trillion cubic feet.

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2011 Assessment of Marcellus Shale Gas Resources

"The Marcellus Shale contains about 84 trillion cubic feet of undiscovered, technically recoverable natural gas and 3.4 billion barrels of undiscovered, technically recoverable natural gas liquids according to a new assessment by the U. S. Geological Survey." Quoted from the USGS news release. More at USGS.

Marcellus Shale Development Will Require Thousands of Miles of Pipelines

About three billion cubic feet of natural gas is being produced every day from the Marcellus Shale, an amount that is expected to grow significantly as more wells are drilled. Moving that gas to market will require thousands of miles of new pipelines,... More at Business Week.

How Much Gas in the Utica Shale?

The Utica Shale has a larger geographic extent than both the Marcellus Shale of the Appalachian Basin and the Barnett Shale of Texas. It is also has a much larger total volume. Will its gas producing potential exceed that of the Marcellus and Barnett. An article on the Seeking Alpha blog explores this question.

“Triple Play” in the Appalachian Basin

John Pinkerton, CEO of Range Resources, explains the “Triple Play” in natural gas that can be had in parts of Pennsylvania, New York, Ohio and West Virginia. Shale gas can be produced from the Upper Devonian Shale, the Marcellus Shale, and the Utica Shale – all from a single drill pad. More in the Star-Telegram Blogs.

Two Year Marcellus Shale Drilling Delay in Maryland?

The Baltimore Sun has an article reporting that Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley’s administration wants to delay Marcellus Shale drilling in Western Maryland for two years – which is needed for a study of drilling risks.

More Local Governments Try to Ban Natural Gas Activity

Local governments are starting to ban natural gas drilling within their areas of jurisdiction. Here’s another example from Maryland. Some people believe this is a “protection” and others believe it is a “taking”… but it will probably produce horizontal drilling on the outskirts of town. More at

Utica Shale: The Natural Gas Giant Beneath the Marcellus

Utica ShaleA rock layer below the Marcellus Shale could prove to be another incredible source of natural gas. The Utica Shale is thicker, more geographically extensive and has already proven its ability to support commercial production.

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