Daily Archives: August 7, 2017

Upstate New York Dying as Antis Hold Up Pipelines

Richard Downey Unatego Area Landowners Association           As the debate continues over the DEC approving natural gas pipelines, the people in Upstate New York are being squeezed out and forced to move. Last week’s Monticello DEC hearing on a 7.8 mile Millennium Pipeline loop with a compressor station and upgrades drew the…

Chesapeake 2Q17: “Rambo” Marcellus Well Produces Record 61 MMcf/d

Chesapeake Energy reported second quarter 2017 results last week. As is typical, the company hosted a conference call with analysts to discuss those results. However, Chesapeake CEO Doug “the ax” Lawler had some rather exciting news about the Marcellus to report–late breaking news. In recent weeks Chesapeake has brought online an experimental well drilled in…

ET Says Accident or Anti Sabotage Caused Diesel in Rover Mud Leaks

Rover Pipeline is Energy Transfer’s $3.7 billion, 711-mile Marcellus/Utica natural gas pipeline that will run from PA, WV and eastern OH through OH into Michigan and eventually into Canada. On April 13, Rover workers experienced an “inadvertent return” of “horizontal directional drilling fluid”. That is, they sprung a leak and spilled nearly 2 million gallons…

WV Shale Well Initial Production Rates Jump 20% in One Year

Of the three Marcellus/Utica producing states–Pennsylvania, Ohio and West Virginia–only WV reports well production on an annual basis. Not frequent enough! In July WV published production numbers for 2016. The exciting news is that on average, initial production (IP) of Marcellus/Utica shale wells surged 20% over 2015. IP is the amount of gas (or oil…

Eclipse Res. 2Q17: $325M JV to Keep Drilling, Wants More Acreage

Last week Eclipse Resources, a Marcellus/Utica pure play driller headquartered in State College, PA that drills mostly in Ohio, released their second quarter 2017 update. Eclipse has been on a roll, drilling a series of longest-ever onshore lateral wells–in the world. It began last year when Eclipse drilled what they call their first “super lateral”…

Rice Energy 2Q17: Sale to EQT on Track, Record High Production

Last week Rice Energy turned in their second quarter 2017 update. The company reports during 2Q17 they turned to sales 18 net Marcellus wells with an average lateral length of 9,200 feet and 7 net operated Utica wells with an average lateral length of 10,500 feet. 2Q17 development costs per lateral foot were under budget…

PA Enviro Judge Lets Sunoco Restart ME2 Drilling 16 of 55 Locations

On July 25th, a Pennsylvania state environmental judge issued an order blocking all underground horizontal directional drilling (HDD) work being done across the state to install the Mariner East 2 (ME2) pipeline (see PA Enviro Judge Puts 2-Week Pause on ME2 Pipeline Drilling). The order stopped drilling at some 55 different locations where ME2 must…

Why the PA House Must Reject 1-Sided Budget/Tax Deal from Senate

We’ve noticed a meme, largely started by an Associated Press article endlessly repeated and published in dozens of news outlets across Pennsylvania, that the recent budget deal (with a severance tax) passed by the traitorous Republican-controlled PA Senate “jams a shale tax and industry permits into unhappy package” that now sits before a House that…

Calendar of Marcellus/Utica Events for Aug 7 – Nov 6

Events related (or of interest) to the Marcellus and Utica Shale, primarily pro-drilling events. To have your event included (or if you are aware of a worthy event you believe should be on this page), please send the details and/or a link to have it included to the calendar@marcellusdrilling.com email address. Thank you! Ohio Aug 7-8 | Ohio Oil & Gas Association Summer Meeting | Zanesville, OH…

Marcellus & Utica Shale Story Links: Mon, Aug 7, 2017

The “best of the rest” – stories that caught MDN’s eye that you may be interested in reading. In today’s lineup: Earthworks uses fossil fuels to travel from California to Ohio for a stop fossil fuels rally with 15 people; next BLM Wayne National Forest auction set for Sept.; 9 natgas facts you should know; what’s missing from…

Shale Gas News – August 5, 2017

Bill desRosiers External Affairs Coordinator, Cabot Oil & Gas   The Shale Gas News, heard every Saturday at 10 AM on 94.3 FM and 1510 AM, talked about virtual pipelines, air quality, New York City and much more last week. Every Saturday Rusty Fender and I host a morning radio show to discuss all things natural…

Taxes and Regulation: The Twin Banes of Natural Gas Development

Daniel B. Markind, Esq. Weir and Partners, LLP   Natural gas development isn’t easy. Politicians want to tax it and regulate it. The pols are now in a bind, though, and offering to trade one for the other. Pennsylvania’s House of Representatives continues to struggle with the funding plan needed to balance the $32,000,000,000 state…

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