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Marcellus Shale in Wireline Logs
April 7, 2014 | USGS

USGS has published: “Characterization of the Marcellus Shale Based on Computer-Assisted Correlation of Wireline Logs in Virginia and West Virginia“.

North Carolina Companies Want Marcellus Gas
April 3, 2014 | The Mercury News

An article in The Mercury News explains why companies in North Carolina want Marcellus Shale gas enough that they are willing to invest in a pipeline.

Severance Tax on the Marcellus Shale?
March 29, 2014 | National Public Radio

The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania does not have a severance tax that would collect revenue from oil and natural gas production. Although other taxes are levied on energy companies the state has one of the lowest effective tax rates on drilling in the United States.

Drilling Productivity in Shale Plays
March 25, 2014 | Energy Information Administration

“The productivity of oil and natural gas wells is steadily increasing in many basins across the United States because of the increasing precision and efficiency of horizontal drilling and hydraulic fracturing in oil and natural gas extraction.”

The Fight Over LNG Exports?
March 23, 2014 | Bloomberg

Some environmentalists and some politicians do not favor quick approvals of export terminals on the U.S. eastern coast with the intent of supplying natural gas to Russia’s current customers.

Shell Studies Dumping Marcellus Investment??
March 20, 2014 | Pittsburgh Post Gazette

Royal Dutch Shell does not seem to be happy with the return that the are getting from their investment in about a million acres of Marcellus Shale…. they have a lot of dry gas.

Earthquakes Cause ODNR to Halt Drilling
March 16, 2014 | Columbus Dispatch

On Monday, March 10th two small earthquakes in eastern Ohio (M2.6 and M3.0) prompted the Ohio Department of Natural Resources to halt operations at seven nearby gas wells. Industry responded that hundreds of wells have been drilled in the Utica Shale using hydraulic fracturing and horizontal drilling without incident.

Related: Utica Shale well density

Natural Gas Well Productivity is Up!
March 16, 2014 | Energy Information Administration

The Energy Information Administration has published a chart showing new-well gas productivity gains for the major shale plays. Improving technology is enabling a higher yield per new well.

Chevron Shuts Down Seven Marcellus Wells
March 11, 2014 | Natural Gas Intel

Chevron has ceased operations at seven Marcellus Shale wells in Pennsylvania after an explosion at one of their wells killed one worker and produced a fire that burned out-of-control for several days.

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.

Natural Gas is the Top Home Heating Fuel in Pennsylvania
February 27, 2014 | Energy Information Administration

“Natural gas (38 percent) provides heat to more Pennsylvania homes than any other fuel, but electricity (29 percent), fuel oil (20 percent), and propane (9 percent) are also widely used in the state.” Quoted from the Energy Information Administration.

However, even though Pennsylvania is a major producer of natural gas, homeowners there pay a price that is significantly above the national average.

Where Are the Most Productive Marcellus Shale Gas Wells?
February 25, 2014 |

An article in reports that the most productive gas wells in the Marcellus Shale are located in Susquehanna County, Pennsylvania and were drilled by Cabot Oil & Gas.

Impatient Landowners Sue New York
February 18, 2014 |

Some owners of property above the Marcellus and Utica Shales in in New York are tired of waiting for their state to allow the development of their natural gas resource.

Reversing the Flow of Natural Gas?
February 6, 2014 | Forbes

For over 1/2 century the flow of natural gas in the eastern United States has been from producing areas in the south to consuming areas in the north. Now that the Marcellus Shale is producing tremendous amounts of natural gas and production in the Haynesville is falling, the direction of flow may be about to change.

Volume of Wastewater Per MCF
February 2, 2014 |

Wells producing natural gas from the Marcellus Shale are producing only about 1/3 the amount of wastewater per unit of natural gas produced as conventional natural gas wells.

Rising Productivity from Marcellus Shale Gas Wells
January 28, 2014 | Energy Information Administration

The January 2014 Drilling Productivity Report from the Energy Information Administration shows how the productivity of newly-drilled natural gas wells in the Marcellus Shale is rising at a rapid rate. Most of this rise can be attributed to improved technology.

Rising Production from the Marcellus Shale
January 14, 2014 | Energy Information Administration

The Energy Information Administration’s Drilling Productivity Report for January includes a graph that shows the steadily rising production from the Marcellus Shale.

Why Natural Gas Prices in Pennsylvania are High
December 29, 2013 | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Pennsylvania has become the #2 state in the nation for natural gas production but consumers in the state still pay above average prices for natural gas. An article in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette explores some of the factors that determine the price of natural gas to the consumer.

New Well Gas Production Per Rig
December 22, 2013 | Energy Information Administration

The Energy Information Administration has published a graph that shows how the average new-well gas production per rig in the Marcellus Shale has been climbing rapidly over the past few years. This increase can be attributed to improved technology. Traditionally a growth in the number of rigs in a field could be used as a predictor of increased production. Recently production has increased even with the number of rigs falling. More information.

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.

Production Declines in Natural Gas Wells
November 24, 2013 |

Lots of property owners who signed a lease in one of the natural gas shale plays are now receiving monthly or quarterly royalty payments. Many of these people were pleasantly surprised with the size of their first royalty check — but then shocked to see the size of subsequent checks fall rapidly. What’s happening?

More Landscape Disturbance Maps Over the Marcellus
November 24, 2013 | USGS

“Landscape change in Pennsylvania’s Sullivan, Wyoming, Armstrong and Indiana counties resulting from construction of well pads, new roads and pipelines for natural gas and coalbed methane exploration is being documented by the United States Geological Survey.” Quoted from the USGS announcement.

What Shale Drillers Are Planning for 2014
November 21, 2013 | Farm and Dairy

This article on contains a few summary sentences for several shale drilling companies in the Marcellus and Utica area.

Two Ethane Crackers in the Marcellus Utica?
November 20, 2013 | BizJournals

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 and Utica Shales 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.

Shale Sweet Spots and Production Declines
November 6, 2013 | USA Today

Some people think that a few “sweet spots” are supporting most of the production in the oil and gas shale plays. They point to the huge annual production declines and speculate that the “shale boom” will not last very long.

Tight Oil and Gas Drilling Productivity Report
October 27, 2013 | Energy Information Administration

The Energy Information Administration has initiated a monthly “Drilling Productivity Report” for tight oil and gas that will report on activity in the Bakken, Eagle Ford, Marcellus, Haynesville, Niobrara and Permian Basin areas.

Growth in Bakken and Eagle Ford Oil Production
October 24, 2013 | FuelFix

Oil production from the Bakken Formation rose 26,000 barrels per day in September, while Eagle Ford production rose by 24,000 barrels. The increase for Permian Basin, Haynesville, Marcellus, and Niobrara combined was 12,000 barrels per day.

Most Marcellus Shale Wells Are Already Profitable
October 9, 2013 |

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.

Pennsylvania Utilities Switching to Marcellus Shale Gas
October 1, 2013 | The Times Tribuine

Pennsylvania natural gas utilities who just a few years ago were sourcing their gas from Canada and a diversity of other sources are now getting most of their gas from Marcellus Shale sources – usually at a cost savings to customers.

Marcellus Shale Production PowerPoint
September 16, 2013 | Penn State Extension

The Penn State Marcellus Center for Outreach and Research has released a PowerPoint presentation that shows the growth in active wells, reported production, online wells, percent producing wells and condensate production in Pennsylvania. If you are interested in the Marcellus Shale there is a lot more information in this presentation.

Natural Gas and the Endangered Species List?
September 15, 2013 | National Public Radio

Natural gas drillers in Pennsylvania are supporting proposed legislation that would revise how the state’s endangered species list is managed.

Fourth LNG Export Facility Authorized
September 15, 2013 | Reuters

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?

Naturally Occurring Methane in Household Water Wells
August 30, 2013 | United States Geological Survey

USGS tested twenty household water wells in Sullivan County, Pennsylvania for methane. Seven of the wells contained detectable amounts of dissolved methane and two wells were considered to have an “elevated” methane content. None of the wells tested were located near currently producing natural gas wells.

Putting a Throttle on Natural Gas Production?
August 20, 2013 | WESA FM

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 depressed prices.

Drilling Impact Fees vs Severance Taxes
August 9, 2013 |

An article on explores the differences between impact fees and severance taxes on natural gas producers working in Pennsylvania’s Marcellus Shale.

The Appalachian Triple Gas Play
July 30, 2013 | Marcellus Drilling News

A few companies are now finding success in the Upper Devonian Shale, an organic-rich rock unit above the Marcellus Shale and Utica Formation.

Pumping CO2 into Marcellus Shale Wells?
July 11, 2013 | Penn State

Penn State researchers are studying whether it would be possible and make economic sense to capture carbon dioxide produced at large point sources and pump it into existing natural gas wells to enhance natural gas production.

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.

Methane Sources in Pennsylvania Ground Water
June 25, 2013 | National Ground Water Association

“The findings of a new study in the journal Groundwater®​ suggest that methane concentrations in Susquehanna County water wells in Pennsylvania can be explained without the migration of Marcellus shale gas due to hydraulic fracturing.” Quoted from the publication press release.

Business Opportunities from the Marcellus Shale
June 24, 2013 | The Times Tribune

An article in The Times Tribune describes how companies in northeastern and central Pennsylvania have expanded to offer services to Marcellus Shale drilling and pipeline companies.

More Landscape Disturbance Publications from USGS
June 21, 2013 | USGS

“Landscape change in Pennsylvania’s Somerset and Westmoreland counties resulting from construction of well pads, new roads and pipelines for natural gas and coalbed methane exploration is being documented to help determine the potential consequences for ecosystems and wildlife, according to a new U.S. Geological Survey report.” Quoted from the USGS publication announcement.

Landscape Consequences of Natural Gas Extraction
June 16, 2013 | USGS

USGS has published: “Landscape Consequences of Natural Gas Extraction in Fayette and Lycoming Counties, Pennsylvania, 2004–2010″ as an open file report.

PA Supreme Court on Who Owns Shale Gas
May 5, 2013 |

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court decided not to overturn over 100 years of property transactions in a case involving the ownership of natural gas produced from the Marcellus Shale. Shale gas is not to be treated differently from natural gas produced from a conventional reservoir.

Landscape Disturbance and Shale Gas Extraction
April 25, 2013 | USGS

The United States Geological Survey has published: “Landscape Consequences of Natural Gas Extraction in Allegheny and Susquehanna Counties, Pennsylvania, 2004–2010″. This document explains metrics used to assess the disturbance caused by drilling pads, access roads, pipelines and other gas related activities.

Foreign Investments in US Shale
April 18, 2013 | Energy Information Administration

Since 2008, foreign companies have entered into 21 joint ventures with U.S. acreage holders and operators, investing more than $26 billion in tight oil and shale gas plays.

Marcellus Shale Impact Fees Website
April 10, 2013 | Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission

The State of Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission has a new website that reveals information about the source and distribution of Marcellus Shale drilling impact fees.

PA Gas Production Up 69 Percent on Less Drilling
March 26, 2013 | Energy Information Administration

“Natural gas production in Pennsylvania averaged 6.1 Bcf/d in 2012, up from 3.6 Bcf/d in 2011, according to Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection data released in February 2013. This 69% increase came in spite of a significant drop in the number of new natural gas wells started during the year.” Quoted from the Energy Information Administration’s Today in Energy.

Marcellus Shale Impact on Pennsylvania Waterways
March 17, 2013 |

A study published in the Proceedings of the National Academies of Sciences reports that chemical spills associated with Marcellus Shale drilling have not significantly impacted Pennsylvania waterways.

10BCF per Day from the Marcellus Shale in 2013?
March 14, 2013 | Seeking Alpha

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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