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  • 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 Bakken, Eagle Ford, Marcellus, Fayetteville, Woodford, Niobrara, Haynesville, 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

    Foreign buyers prop up M&A activity as private equity pauses during 1Q13

    May 1, 2013

    PwC US notes that first-quarter deal volume and value increased year over year, and shale deals comprised 46% of total deal volume.

    Southwestern Energy acquires Marcellus shale properties from Chesapeake

    Apr 29, 2013

    Southwestern Energy Co. (NYSE: SWN) has agreed to acquire natural gas properties located in Pennsylvania prospective for the Marcellus Shale from Chesapeake Energy Corp. (NYSE: CHK) and its partners for approximately $93 million.

     

    PA Supreme Court determines Marcellus shale gas is covered by Dunham Rule

    Apr 25, 2013

    Yesterday, the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania reaffirmed the "Dunham Rule" as to Marcellus Shale natural gas. 

    Marcellus bringing jobs to Pennsylvania

    Apr 11, 2013

    Recent pipeline and processing infrastructure in the Marcellus area has increased not only natural gas production in Pennsylvania, but the job scene, as well.

    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.

    ConocoPhillips CEO on shale boom: We've only scratched the surface

    Technology innovation has expanded the world’s energy resource base and the oil and gas industry will continue to working to supply that growth, said ConocoPhillips (NYSE:COP) chairman and CEO Ryan Lance.

    ©2014 Michael Stravato. Provided courtesy of the James A. Baker III Institute for Public Policy, Rice University.

    Read the full article here. 


    US tight oil production averaged 3.22 day MMbbl/d in 4Q13, according to US EIA estimates. This level was enough to push overall crude oil production in the US to an average of 7.84 MMbbl/d, more than 10% of total world production, up from 9% in the fourth quarter of 2012. Read more here

    Can the shale gas rBart Willigers, Palantir Solutions Ltd. evolution currently taking place in the US be repeated elsewhere? Although significant volumes of unconventional gas deposits are present in Poland, France, Germany, Hungary, Sweden, Turkey, and the UK, shale gas developments are running many years behind their counterparts in the US. Skeptics have pointed out that differences in geology, taxes, public acceptance, environmental regulations and other factors in Europe vs. the US make for a tougher environment in which to develop unconventional resources. 

    Read the article by Bart J. A. Willigers of Palantir Solutions Ltd. here

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