Unconventional Oil & Gas

Shale plays first come to mind when one considers unconventional resources. These unconventional resource plays may yield natural gas, gas condensates, and crude oil. Some of the more noteworthy shale plays in North America include the Barnett, Haynesville, Marcellus, Eagle Ford, Fayetteville, Woodford, Bakken, Niobrara, Horn River, and Utica formations. Tight gas, coalbed methane, oil sands, and heavy oil are non-shale unconventional resources.

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Marcellus

Marcellus Shale ImageThe Marcellus shale play runs through northern Appalachia, primarily in Pennsylvania, West Virginia, New York, and Ohio. It is part of the Devonian black shale and the thickness of the gas-producing rock is as much as 900 feet. The formation runs an estimated 600 miles north to south, and is estimated to hold as much as 500 trillion cubic feet of natural gas, about 50 tcf of which is recoverable using current technology. It is one of the richest gas fields in North America.

The proximity to customers in Eastern urban centers is what makes the Marcellus so desirable. Fort Worth-based Range Resources was one of the early players in the Marcellus and still has a huge position in the play. Norway’s Statoil has signed a joint venture with Chesapeake Energy to work together in the Marcellus, and other US and foreign companies also are involved in drilling and infrastructure development.

Marcellus

Marcellus Shale News

Environmentalists, oil companies finding ways to work together

Apr 10, 2013

The Pittsburgh-based Center for Sustainable Shale Development is attracting lots of attention these days. The Center is intended to be a way in which environmental groups, foundations, and major oil and gas companies could work together to support common-sense measures to protect air and water from pollution in the Appalachian region.

 

Shale gas pipelines growing rapidly around Marcellus

Apr 10, 2013

The abundance of shale gas and the resulting transportation needs have pushed investment in new gas transmission pipelines, and over half of the country’s newest lines are in the Northeast, where producers are looking to ship Marcellus shale gas to market, the US Energy Information Administration (EIA) reported.

Aon, Chesapeake, Anadarko awarded for corporate social responsibility initiatives

Apr 1, 2013

On a grand scale, the oil and gas industry is of great importance to the North American economy and plays an instrumental role in national energy security.

New NGL hub for Utica and Marcellus

Apr 1, 2013

The Utica shale formation spans an area from Ohio to Pennsylvania, into New York, across the Canadian border, and into two Great Lakes (Erie and Ontario).

Slagel joins Steptoe & Johnson

Mar 26, 2013

Gary E. Slagel has joined Steptoe & Johnson PLLC’s office in Canonsburg, PA. as Government Affairs Specialist to the firm. 

EIA: PA natural gas production rose 69% in 2012 despite reduced drilling activity

Mar 21, 2013

Natural gas production in Pennsylvania averaged 6.1 billion cubic feet per day (Bcf/d) in 2012, up from 3.6 Bcf/d in 2011, according to Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) data released in February 2013.

Marcellus surpasses Haynesville as largest US natural gas producing play, says IHS

Mar 18, 2013

Recent pipeline expansions have helped the Marcellus shale play reach a production rate above 7 billion cubic feet (BCF)/day; surpassing the Haynesville shale to become the largest gas producing play in the US, according to a new IHS (NYSE: IHS) report.

Controversial journalist McAleer to premier documentary film 'FrackNation' in Philadelphia in response to 'Gasland'

Mar 14, 2013

Journalist and documentarian Phelim McAleer will be on hand for the Philadelphia premiere of his documentary film, “FrackNation,” on Wednesday, April 10, at the Bryn Mawr Film Institute.

Williams, Boardwalk to pursue joint development of NGL pipeline system to transport Marcellus, Utica mixed NGLs

Mar 6, 2013

Energy infrastructure company Williams and midstream master limited partnership Boardwalk Pipeline Partners LP  have executed a letter of intent to form a joint venture that would develop a pipeline project to transport natural gas liquids from the  Marcellus and Utica shale plays to the expanding petrochemical and export complex on the US Gulf Coast, as well as the developing petrochemical market in the Northeast US.

Marcellus and Utica get new NGL hub

Mar 1, 2013

Members of the oil and gas community generally recognize the Marcellus shale as the largest and most economic natural gas shale play in the continental United States.

UGI and Tenaska Resources to jointly develop Marcellus shale resources

Jan 14, 2013

UGI Corporation [NYSE: UGI] announced Jan. 14 that it has entered into agreements with Tenaska Resources LLC, a natural gas exploration and production affiliate of independent energy company Tenaska, to jointly develop gas resources in the Marcellus Shale region in north-central Pennsylvania.

John M. Selser is new chairman of Gastar Exploration

Jan 4, 2013

Gastar Exploration Ltd. [NYSE MKT: GST] has named John M. Selser as chairman of its board of directors. He replaces Floyd Price who has resigned from Gastar’s board.

Crestwood Marcellus Midstream completes acquisition of natural gas compression, dehydration assets

Jan 2, 2013

Crestwood Marcellus Midstream LLC has completed the acquisition of natural gas compression and dehydration assets from Enerven Compression LLC (Enerven) for $95 million.

West Virginia's Trans Energy now on Marcellus radar screen

Jan 1, 2013

JV with Republic Energy of Dallas has helped Trans Energy create a large footprint in northwestern West Virginia.

Whoville, the big new NGL hub in Marcellus, Utica? (aka, Houville)

Dec 14, 2012

Houville is the center of an emerging Marcellus/Utica based NGL hub soon to take its place among the largest in North America.  

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