West Virginia Gas

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.

[1] http://geology.com/articles/marcellus-shale.shtml
[2] http://geology.com/articles/utica-shale/

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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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The Impact of Shale Gas on the Coal Industry

The natural gas from shale boom and regulations that restrict greenhouse gas emissions from power plants have severely damaged the coal industry and its employees.

More at CBS News.

Natural Gas Liquids and the Marcellus Shale

Penn State Extension has a recorded webinar and PowerPoint presentation that explains natural gas liquids as they relate to the Marcellus Shale and related economic development.

Related: What is the Marcellus Shale? [1]

[1] http://geology.com/articles/marcellus-shale.shtml

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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…

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Landslide Damages Natural Gas Pipeline

A landslide in Wetzel County, West Virginia damaged a natural gas pipeline causing a leak of wet natural gas. No injuries were reported.

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Increased West Virginia and Southern Pennsylvania Gas Production

Natural gas production in northern West Virginia and southwestern Pennsylvania is up, partly in response to infrastructure improvements that have improved takeaway capacity.

More at Energy Information Administration.

Gas from the Upper Devonian

Most of the drilling in western Pennsylvania, Ohio and West Virginia has targeted the Marcellus Shale and the Utica Shale. Most of these wells penetrate the Upper Devonian, which also has the potential of producing natural gas. Now a few companies ar…

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10BCF per Day from the Marcellus Shale in 2013?

Rising production from the Marcellus Shale could push the rock unit over the 10 billion cubic feet per day production milestone in 2013.

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Oil from the Marcellus in West Virginia

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.

Marcellus Slowdown in 2013?

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.

Sissonville, WV: Gas Line Explosion

A natural gas pipeline explosion near Sissonville, West Virginia (about five miles north of Charleston on Route 77) destroyed homes and disrupted interstate traffic. Fortunately no one was seriously injured.

More at West Virginia Gazette.

Sandy Did Not Disrupt Marcellus Activity

Several companies involved in Marcellus Shale drilling and production report that they were not significantly disrupted by Hurricane Sandy.

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Dry Shale Gas Production Growth

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.

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.

State Governments Want Natural Gas Vehicles

Twenty-two states are soliciting bids for natural gas vehicles that will be used in state government auto pools.

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No Premium for Appalachian Natural Gas

Spreads between Appalachian Index natural gas in southwest Pennsylvania — and the Henry Hub in the Gulf Coast are changing due mainly to growth in Marcellus production. Appalachian Index gas has historically been priced about $0.25 per MMBtu above He…

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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.

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Appalachian Basin Cross Section

“Geologic cross section C–C′ is the third in a series of cross sections constructed by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) to document and improve understanding of the geologic framework and petroleum systems of the Appalachian basin.” Quoted from the USGS publication release.

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$4.7 Billion from Marcellus Gas?

An AP article reports that drillers produced about $4.7 billion worth of natural gas from the Marcellus Shale in Pennsylvania and West Virginia during 2011.

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Geography of Marcellus Drilling in West Virginia

An article on TheIntelligencer.net website explains how the geography of natural gas drilling in West Virginia is shifting from the dry gas areas that consists of most of the state to a few counties in the northern panhandle where wells yield natural g…

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Appalachian Natural Gas Targets for 2012

An article on the Platts.com website summarizes the 2012 drilling plans of Range Resources, EQT Production and Consol Energy.

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Marcellus Shale in 2012

An article on the Boston.com website explores possible developments related to the Marcellus Shale in 2012. A new lease environment, geographic shifts in activity, price directions and more.

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Pennsylvania Natural Gas Production is UP

The Energy Information Administration has a brief article on the rapid increase in natural gas production that has occurred in the northeastern United States since 2004. The largest gains were in northeastern Pennsylvania, southwestern Pennsylvania an…

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Natural Gas Horizontal Wells Control Act

The West Virginia legislature passed a bill known as the “Natural Gas Horizontal Wells Control Act [1]” by a vote of 92-5 in the House of Delegates and by a vote of 33-0 in the Senate. It addresses reclamation, fees that will generate millions in revenue, disclosure to surface owners, hydraulic fracturing chemicals, and much more. A summary [2] can be read on the MarketWatch website.

[1] http://www.legis.state.wv.us/Bill_Status/bills_text.cfm?billdoc=hb401%20eng.htm&yr=2011&sesstype=4X&i=401
[2] http://www.marketwatch.com/story/marcellus-bill-passes-west-virginia-legislature-in-landslide-ngis-shale-daily-reports-2011-12-14

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Refinery for Utica Shale Crude Oil

Marathon Petroleum is preparing to refine oil produced from the Utica Shale of eastern Ohio and western Pennslyvania. The Ohio Department of Natural Resources estimates that the Utica Shale could yield between 1.3 and 5.5 billion barrels of crude.

More at West Virginia Business Journal.

Local Workers for Natural Gas Drilling?

In many parts of the Marcellus Shale gas play local residents are disappointed to see so many workers from over a thousand miles away getting high-paying jobs while local unemployment rates are very high. Letters similar to this one have been publishe…

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Hunting Safely in Natural Gas Country

The Marcellus Shale Coalition website has an article that provides safety advice for people who will be hunting in areas where natural gas drilling is taking place.

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Utica Shale Gas Boom in Eastern Ohio

Natural gas companies have drilled a number of highly successful wells into the Utica Shale of eastern Ohio. Now, drilling, permitting, and acquisition activity is starting to boom.

More at Geology.com.

Natural Gas Leases in Conflict with Mortgages

Thousands of people across the United States have signed leases that give energy companies the right to drill on their land. However, many of these properties have mortgages that prohibit the property owner from entering into a mineral lease.

More at New York Times.

Government Revenue from the Marcellus Shale

State and local governments have either been collecting revenues from Marcellus Shale activities or wishing that they were collecting revenues. An article on Platts.com explores some of the ways that state and local governments are generating revenues.

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Who Will Get the Marcellus and Utica Shale Ethane?

Parts of the Marcellus Shale and Utica Shale contain worthy amounts of ethane which is a valuable feedstock for the plastics industry. Will it be shipped by pipeline to distant manufacturers or will local manufacturing industries develop?

More at Reuters.

Marcellus Shale: Separating Spin from Fact?

An Associated Press article examines how people who favor and oppose Marcellus Shale natural gas development have very different perceptions of problems and opportunities.

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Natural Gas Potential of the Upper Devonian Shale

A sequence of rocks above the Marcellus Shale, known as the “Upper Devonian Shales” might hold significant amounts of recoverable natural gas and natural gas liquids. From top to bottom the Upper Devonian Shales, Marcellus Shale and Utica Shale are the “stacked plays of the Appalachians”.

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Utica Shale Speculation?

Although data is only available for 16 wells drilled into a Utica Shale resource that has a geographic extent of 170,000 square miles, that is not stopping oil and gas companies from spending billions of dollars on acreage.

More at Wall Street Journal.

Natural Gas as a Chemical Industry Feedstock

An article in the Charleston Daily Mail explains how Marcellus Shale gas can be used as a source of energy and as a feedstock in the chemical manufacturing industry and how these might benefit the West Virginia economy.

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Who Has the Power to Regulate Hydraulic Fracturing?

Communities in New York, Pennsylvania and West Virginia have passed bans on hydraulic fracturing within their political boundaries. In some instances these bans have been overturned because the power to regulate of oil and gas drilling belongs to Stat…

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Who Knows the Potential of the Utica Shale?

With just a small number of wells drilled into the Utica Shale using current technology, the potential of that rock unit remains unclear. However, a number of companies are placing big bets on the Utica – especially in Ohio.

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Shell: An Ethylene Cracker Plant for the Marcellus Shale

Shell Oil Company is interested in developing a large-scale ethylene cracker plant somewhere over the Marcellus Shale of Pennsylvania, West Virginia or Ohio. The plant would process natural gas liquids into a variety of chemical products.

More at Pittsburgh Live.