Daily Archives: June 1, 2017

Alpha Natural Resources Sells 120 Gas Wells in WV

On Tuesday Alpha Natural Resources (ANR) announced it was divesting “substantially all of the assets” in two different operations in West Virginia, one of those being a natural gas operation with “120 producing natural gas wells in five counties.” Which got us digging. We recalled that ANR went bankrupt last year and ended up selling…

Application Filed to Drill/Frack 1st Shale Well in Illinois

Technically, this is not a Marcellus/Utica story, but it is (and should be) of interest to those of us who concentrate on the Appalachian region. The very first application has been filed in Illinois for a permit to drill and frack a shale well. Woolsey Operating Co., headquartered in Kansas, has filed a high volume…

PA DEP Green Lights Wastewater Injection Well in Clearfield County

Here’s one that flew mostly under the radar. The Pennsylvania Dept. of Environmental Protection (DEP) has just granted final approval for the state’s ninth wastewater injection well to begin operation. The DEP approved Sammy-Mar, LLC’s Povlik #1 injection well, located in Huston Township, Clearfield County, more than two years after the federal Environmental Protection Agency…

WV Supreme Court: Non-Participating Rights Owner Can’t Stop Lease

Just yesterday we told you about an important court case that had gone to the West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals (see WV Rights/Pooling Case May have Big Impact on Shale Industry). In brief, the case was appealed from a lower court where a judge found that a “non-participating” mineral rights owner, someone who owned…

Cardinal Midstream Forms New Co. Targeting Utica, Other Plays

Cardinal Midstream is a tough company to pin down–where, exactly, do they have midstream (pipeline/processing plant) operations? The last time we wrote about the company was in 2014 when a third of the company was sold to two South Korean companies for $612 million (see Total, EVEP Sell Interest in Cardinal Midstream to S Koreans…

PA Hearing Board Reduces EQT Fine from $4.5M to $1.1M

In October 2014, the Pennsylvania Dept. of Environmental Protection (DEP) fined Marcellus driller EQT a whopping $4.53 million for a leaky wastewater impoundment in Tioga County, PA (see PA DEP Levies Biggest Fine Ever, $4.5M Against EQT). While EQT did not say there wasn’t a problem with leaks at the site, they did say the…

Report: Utica Investment has Injected $50 Billion into Ohio!

A comprehensive study by Cleveland State University researchers shows just how mind-blowing the economic investment in Ohio has been from the Utica Shale. The just-published study, titled “Shale Investment Dashboard in Ohio” (full copy below), finds that between upstream ($39 billion), midstream ($8 billion) and downstream ($3 billion), all related to the Utica Shale, there…

New USGS Study: Fracking Does Not Contaminate Water Wells

The U.S. Geological Survey has just done us all a big favor. USGS decided to do some in-the-field research to see if there’s any truth to the wild claims of anti-drillers that fracking somehow leaks up through a mile or more of solid rock to pollute water wells. We’ve heard that bogus claim for years–since…

Trump Decision on Leaving Obama Paris Climate Treaty Due Today

If you live by the sword, you die by the sword. Put another way, if you commit your country to a “treaty” without getting Senate ratification (an illegal act, which Obama did with the so-called Paris climate treaty), then your successor can uncommit. And that, dear reader, is what we earnestly hope President Trump announces…

New England Will Have To Choose Between Heat and Power

Jim Willis Editor & Publisher, Marcellus Drilling News (MDN) … …  Political correctness on energy and opposition to pipelines has now lead to a situation for New England where it will have to choose between heat and power. There is a coming shortage of natural gas to fire electric power plants in wintertime in New England. So…

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