Tapping the Utica ahd the Marcellus from a Single Drill Pad?|
March 11, 2014 | BizJournals
A company in Ohio plans to drill wells into both the Marcellus Shale and the Utica Shale 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.
The Shale Boom is Just Starting|
March 2, 2014 | Denver BizJournal
Ryan Lance, CEO of ConocoPhillips believes that the “shale boom” in the United States is just getting started, with several decades ahead.
Fracking in the George Washington National Forest?|
January 30, 2014 | Los Angeles Times
An article in the Los Angeles Times reports that many people are concerned about the Forest Service’s plans to allow fracking for natural gas in the George Washington National Forest.
How to Get Local Support for Fracking?|
January 26, 2014 | American Chemical Society
In the UK, Prime Minister David Cameron wants to win local governments over to hydraulic fracturing. To do that he wants to permit “local governments to keep 100% of the business taxes, some $3 million annually, generated from each well drilled.” Quote from the Chemical & Engineering News.
New York Energy Plan Silent on Hydraulic Fracturing|
January 12, 2014 | StarGazette.com
Although New York’s state government calls for an expanded use of natural gas for clean energy reasons, it does not address hydraulic fracturing – the currently banned process that could greatly accelerate gas production in the state.
Horizontal Well Density in the Utica Shale of Ohio|
January 1, 2014 | Geology.com
We plotted a Google map showing the horizontal legs for Utica Shale wells drilled in eastern Ohio before late November 2013 and were really surprised by the geographic pattern and density of drilling in some areas.
How Do They Steer the Horizontal Drill?|
December 26, 2013 | USGS
USGS has an interesting release (linking to an Oilfield Review article) that provides some insight on how drillers are able to steer a horizontal well. These wells can travel horizontally for two miles or more and they must stay in the formation and not drift laterally. The technology employed might surprise you.
Drilling Efficiency in the Marcellus Shale|
December 22, 2013 | The Scranton Times-Tribune
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.
Colorado Voters Ban Fracking and Industry Responds|
December 5, 2013 | Bloomberg
The cities of Fort Collins and Lafayette, Colorado asked voters if they wanted to ban hydraulic fracturing for oil and natural gas within the city jurisdiction. The votes resulted in bans, now the Colorado Oil and Gas Association is trying to get the bans overturned.
The Frac Sand Boom|
December 3, 2013 | Peak Oil News
The demand for frac sand has been growing rapidly for the past several years as oil and natural gas companies are using it for hydraulic fracturing in shale formations.
Related: What is Frac Sand?
Recycling Hydraulic Fracturing Water|
November 13, 2013 | FuelFix.com
The Texas drought caused many drillers to reevaluate their sources of water. Many of them are now processing their water to remove dissolved and suspended materials and reusing it to fracture their next well.
Natural Gas Flaring from Space|
October 30, 2013 | Geology.com
We have posted views of Earth from NASA’s Suomi satellite that show night illumination and natural gas flaring for oil industry sites in the Bakken Formation, Eagle Ford Shale, Alaska North Slope, United States Gulf, Mexican Gulf, Venezuela Orinoco Field, Brazil offshore basins, North Sea, North Africa onshore, west Africa offshore, and Persian Gulf.
Stacked Pay Zones in the Eagle Ford Oil Play|
September 25, 2013 | Geology.com
Texas drillers are having great success tapping the rock units above and below the Eagle Ford Shale.
Horizontal drilling through the Buda Lime and Austin Chalk with hydraulic fracturing has brought in wells yielding over 1000 barrels of oil per day.
The stacked production zones in a single location provide enormous economic savings. Oil can be produced from multiple rock units using the same drill pad, access roads and oil collection systems.
Methane Losses During Hydraulic Fracturing|
September 18, 2013 | New York Times
“Drilling for shale gas through hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, appears to cause smaller leaks of the greenhouse gas methane than the federal government had estimated, and considerably smaller than some critics of shale gas had feared.” Quoted from the New York Times article.
Impact of Shale Plays on the US Economy|
September 11, 2013 | BizJournals.com
A BizJournals interview with Rayola Dougher, senior economic advisor at the American Petroleum Institute, explores the impact of United States shale plays on the US economy, the transportation industry, the price of oil and more.
Related: What is Shale Gas?
Fracking Does Not Cause Earthquakes|
September 10, 2013 | NewsOK.com
Human activity associated with natural gas production has been shown to cause earthquakes, an example is the disposal of waste liquids in high volume injection wells. So far there has not been a connection between human-induced earthquakes and the hydraulic fracturing process – yet many people make that association.
Related: What is Hydraulic Fracturing?
US Oil Production Highest Since the 1980s|
September 6, 2013 | FuelFix
Hydraulic fracturing in new shale plays has pushed United States oil production to its highest levels since the 1980s.
If natural gas liquids, lease condensate and other liquids are added, current numbers are even more impressive when compared to the past. (See chart below)
Related: Oil Production from the Eagle Ford Shale
Hydraulic Fracturing in Michigan|
September 6, 2013 | University of Michigan
University of Michigan researchers today released seven technical reports that together form the most comprehensive Michigan-focused resource on hydraulic fracturing.
Related: What is Hydraulic Fracturing?
Acidizing the Monterey Shale?|
August 29, 2013 | FuelFix.com
The practice of using strong acids to stimulate production from oil and natural gas wells has been used for decades. It is currently being explored as a method for stimulating wells in California’s Monterey Shale, which could contain over 15 billion barrels of oil.
The Future of Shale Gas|
August 7, 2013 | Energy Information Administration
“The availability of large quantities of shale gas should enable the United States to consume a predominantly domestic supply of gas for many years and produce more natural gas than it consumes.” Quoted from the Energy Information Administration press release.
Highest Turnover Rate Companies|
August 1, 2013 | Slate
Slate has a report listing the 20 large United States companies with the highest turnover rates. Many of them are tech companies (that surprisingly includes Google at #3. A few oil and gas companies are on the list.
July 28, 2013 | Jackson School of Geoscience on Geology.com
We normally do not report obituaries. George Mitchel, pioneer of producing natural gas and oil from tight shale formations passed away at the age of 94. Here is an article about his work from 2008 by Marc Airhart, Jackson School of Geosciences.
Natural Gas Under the Pittsburgh Airport|
July 8, 2013 | Shale Reporter
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.
Frac Sand Production Triples|
July 7, 2013 | Geology.com
Between 2009 and 2012 the amount of sand produced for hydraulic fracturing in the United States tripled. The average 2012 price was $54.83. Most production is done in the mid-west where the sand grains have not been damaged by tectonic forces.
Testing Water Wells Near Natural Gas Wells|
May 1, 2013 | National Ground Water Association
The National Ground Water Association has published an information guide for people who have private water supply wells located near oil and natural gas drilling. They explain the types of water quality concerns that might be present and explain the options of water well testing.