One injection well in Trumbull County has been cleared of causing earthquakes, but a second injection well remains under investigation, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources.
Both wells were shut down in August after a 2.1 earthquake occurred.
The shallower well only goes down about a half mile and it is unlikely that it caused the quake, the state said on Thursday.
The second well is deeper. It remains shut down.To read more or comment...
From Gastar Exploration on Thursday:
Gastar intends to use the net proceeds from the offering to repay all of the outstanding borrowings under its revolving credit facility, to fund its drilling and development program and for general corporate purposes. Gastar expects the offering to close on
From Bloomberg News:
By David Voreacos and Alex Nussbaum
James Henrikson and Doug Carlile dreamed of getting rich off the North Dakota oil boom. Now federal prosecutors have accused Henrikson of hiring a masked gunman to kill Carlile in his kitchen in Spokane, Washington, last December.
Henrikson, 35, orchestrated the murder of Carlile, his partner in a hydraulic fracturing or fracking venture, according to an indictment unsealed Sept. 17. Henrikson, a felon with drug and weapons arrests, also is charged with arranging the murder of a trucker who vanished in 2012. He faces the death penalty or life in prison.To read more or comment...
From the American Petroleum Institute today:
WASHINGTON, September 19, 2014 ─ American Petroleum Institute President & CEO Jack Gerard once again urged President Obama to finally approve the Keystone XL pipeline, noting that six years ago today the initial application for the project was submitted to the State Department.
“How many more anniversaries of KXL delays will American workers have to endure,” said Gerard. “President Obama continues to stand in the way of the tens of thousands of jobs this pipeline would create. Refining more Canadian oil at American refineries is a no brainer. Or it certainly should be, whether you look at the project’s benefits or the administration’s own studies. It will help displace oil from unstable parts of the world while enhancing our national and economic security. Americans overwhelmingly support building the Keystone XL pipeline.
“Leadership on sound energy policy is sorely needed in Washington. If after six years and five federal reviews, the White House refuses to take charge to secure our energy future, then Congress must act. Voters have embraced the North American energy boom and it’s about time their elected officials listen up.
“The KXL political gridlock will be part of the president’s legacy on how not to conduct infrastructure assessments, on how not to bring about job creation, on how not to secure ties with your top ally and trading partner, and certainly on how not to set sound foreign policy signals toward a strong and vibrant energy and national security state. Americans need to know their government can make a decision that is in the country’s best interest.”
API represents all segments of America’s oil and natural gas industry. Its more than 600 members produce, process, and distribute most of the nation’s energy. The industry also supports 9.8 million U.S. jobs and 8 percent of the U.S. economy.
From the U.S. Energy Information Administration today:
Russia was the world's largest producer of crude oil (including lease condensate) and the world's second-largest producer of dry natural gas in 2013. In 2013, production of crude oil and lease condensate grew by 1.3%, and production of dry natural gas grew by 2.1%. Most of Russia's crude oil and natural gas production occurs in West Siberia, a part of central Russia that stretches from the northern border of Kazakhstan to the Arctic Ocean. However, new technologies, growing Asian markets, and Western sanctions have the potential to shift the regional balance of Russian oil and natural gas production in the long term.To read more or comment...
From the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection on Thursday:
PITTSBURGH -- The Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) today announced it has signed a wide-ranging consent order and agreement with Range Resources for violations at six of its Washington County impoundments.
The consent order requires the company to pay a $4.15 million fine, the largest against an oil and gas operator in the state’s shale drilling era, close five impoundments and upgrade two other impoundments to meet heightened “next generation” standards currently under development at DEP.
“This action reaffirms the administration’s unwavering commitment to protecting Pennsylvania’s soil and water resources,” DEP Secretary E. Christopher Abruzzo said. “This landmark consent order establishes a new, higher benchmark for companies to meet when designing future impoundments, which is an environmental win for Pennsylvania.”To read more or comment...
From the Associated Press:
Environmental and citizen groups are urging West Virginia Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin to rethink leasing land under the Ohio River for oil and natural gas drilling.
In a letter Wednesday, Ohio and West Virginia groups expressed concerns that the state won’t sufficiently safeguard against releases that could harm water supplies.
Groups said more than 5 million people use the Ohio for drinking water.To read more or comment...
From Bloomberg News on Wednesday:
By Mark Shenk
U.S. crude production climbed to the highest level in more than 28 years last week as the shale boom moved the country closer to energy independence.
Output rose 248,000 barrels a day to 8.838 million, the most since March 1986, according to Energy Information Administration data. The combination of horizontal drilling and hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, has unlocked supplies from shale formations in the central U.S., including the Bakken in North Dakota and the Eagle Ford in Texas.To read more or comment...
From Kinder Morgan on Wednesday:
TGP Also Filed Northeast Energy Direct Project NEPA Pre-Filing Application with the
From Noble Energy:
The common units being offered in the offering represent a 29.4% limited partner interest in
A Pittsburgh-based shale center has certified its first driller for meeting all 15 voluntary performance standards.
Chevron Appalachia completed a rigorous review to earn full certification from the Center for Sustainable Shale Development and its third-party review.
The center, controversial in some circles, made the announcement on Thursday.
It is an unusual collaboration between environmental organizations and energy companies to encourage responsible development of shale drilling in the Appalachian region including Ohio, Pennsylvania and West Virginia.To read more or comment...
From a press release today:
PITTSBURGH, Pa., September 18, 2014 – The Center for Sustainable Shale Development (CSSD), a collaborative between environmental organizations and energy companies to encourage prudent and responsible development of shale gas resources in the Appalachian region, announced today that it has certified Chevron Appalachia (Chevron) as the first company to successfully complete the Center’s rigorous evaluation and verification process. Chevron has earned full CSSD certification against all 15 of the Center’s Performance Standards that serve as the foundation for CSSD’s recently-established independent third-party evaluation and verification program. These standards center on operational performance as part of the producer’s environmental stewardship and continuous improvement processes.
“The awarding of certification recognizes hundreds of hours of diligent and careful work on the part of many at Chevron, but also, countless others from environmental organizations, philanthropic foundations and other energy companies who dedicated so much to define a process for setting and verifying voluntary and uncompromisingly high performance expectations in shale gas development,” said Susan LeGros, CSSD President and Executive Director. “This achievement is a beginning, not only for this company, but also in the larger effort to demonstrate that through collaboration, a strong commitment to prudent and responsible practices, and a long-term view of environmental stewardship, we can build on what we have begun with the inception of CSSD.”To read more or comment...
From Operations Technology Development today:
Duke Energy Joins OTD
Des Plaines, IL – 9/17/14
Cooperative research in the natural gas industry is demonstrating its ability to meet the needs of energy customers, boost the benefits of natural gas as an energy source, and identify emerging needs and solutions. Operations Technology Development, NFP (OTD) is at the forefront of collaborative technology development and demonstration for natural gas distribution utilities, leveraging members’ resources and capabilities to address growing issues like aging infrastructure, new pipeline integrity regulations, climate change, environmental impacts, and alternative sources of supply.To read more or comment...
From Bloomberg News today:
By Jim Snyder, Jim Polson and Bradley Olson
Sept. 17 (Bloomberg) -- A study that blamed natural gas drilling for water pollution in two states has spurred calls for stricter regulations to keep wells from leaking methane into aquifers.
The study backed the oil and gas industry in one respect: It discounted hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, as the source for harmful methane in water. Some environmentalists contend that by blasting rock with a mixture of water, chemicals and sand, producers can force the gas into drinking water near the surface.To read more or comment...
From a press release on Tuesday
BAKERSFIELD, Calif., Sept. 16, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- As oil
companies inject underground massive amounts of salt water in the San
Joaquin Valley, a consortium of law firms throughout California filed aTo read more or comment...
From Magnum Hunter Resources on Tuesday:
Agreement Relates to Two Separate Investments by Morgan Stanley Infrastructure
HOUSTON, TX--(Marketwired - Sep 16, 2014) - Magnum Hunter Resources Corporation (
From last week:
Chesapeake Energy Corp. must face a felony racketeering charge plus charges of using false pretenses in its land-leasing practices in the state of Michigan in 2010.
No trial date has been set.
The ruling came Sept. 8 from a Michigan judge.To read more or comment...
The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has opened its review of the Ohio Valley Connector Project in southern Ohio and northern West Virginia.
The pipeline project would extend from Carrington in Ohio's Monroe County to the southeast into West Virginia's Wetzel, Marshall and Marion counties.
The federal agency will prepare what's called an environmental assessment on the pipeline that is pioposed by Pittsburgh-based EQT Energy.
It had confirmed its plan for the pipeline project last July.To read more or comment...
From health-eco group Food and Water Watch today:To read more or comment...
From SNL Energy:
Scheduled intraday 2 receipt capacity at the Markwest/REX Seneca Noble point on the Rockies Express Pipeline quickly ramped up to near 100% maximum capacity since flows began at the end of June, marking the beginning of westward flows on the Rockies Express Pipeline.
The first east-end natural gas volumes began flowing into the Rockies Express Pipeline LLC system earlier this year, and quickly ramped up and maintained flows near maximum capacity this summer, according to an analysis of operational capacity data.To read more or comment...
Ohio has approved 1,499 Utica shale permits, as of Sept. 13.
Of that total, 1,076 Utica wells have been drilled with 565 Utica wells in production, says the Ohio Department of Natural Resources.
Ohio has 41 drilling rigs at work.
Eleven new permits were approved: two in Belmont County, one in Carroll County, four in Monroe County and four in Washington County.To read more or comment...
A 5.3 magnitude earthquake on the Colorado-New Mexico border in 2011 was likely triggered by injection wells for drilling wastes, says a new study released today.
The August quake near Segundo has been linked to two nearby inhection wells, said co-author Artur McGarr, a geologist with the U.S. Geological Survey.
Click here to read the full story from the Wall Street Journal.To read more or comment...
From Gastar Exploration on Monday:
2015 Capital Budget
Gastar's Board of Directors has approved a 2015 capital budget of approximately
From GreenHunter Resources today:
The majority of this new oilfield brine water injection capacity at the Mills Hunter Facility has already been committed to several large E&P companies active in the region, secured through long term take-or-pay agreements.To read more or comment...
From Spectra Energy today:
HOUSTON, BOSTON and HARTFORD, Conn – Spectra Energy Corp (NYSE: SE), Spectra Energy Partners (NYSE:SEP) and Northeast Utilities (NYSE: NU) today announced details of the Access Northeast project, designed to reliably meet growing demand for natural gas in New England while providing environmental and economic benefits to the region. This project will help deliver increased, guaranteed daily supplies of natural gas to consumers, as well as enhanced service on peak days for strategic natural gas-fueled electric generation plants, to address New England’s reliability concerns and reduce costs paid by the region’s electric and gas consumers.
The gas pipeline expansion project will enhance the Algonquin and Maritimes pipeline systems, using existing routes to minimize effects on communities, landowners and the environment. The project will be scalable to meet growing needs by expanding access to clean, abundant and affordable natural gas, and will be capable of reliably delivering in excess of one billion cubic feet of natural gas per day to serve the region's most efficient power plants and meet increasing demand from heating customers.
“Spectra Energy is excited to offer this unique solution with Northeast Utilities, one that calls for collaboration and cooperation with key New England natural gas providers in order to customize a scalable project around existing assets,” said Greg Ebel, Spectra Energy’s chairman, chief executive officer and president. “We’ve had a very positive response from natural gas asset holders as the region comes together for a solution. This is another step in our commitment to improving power system reliability, reducing electric costs to make the region more economically competitive, and protecting New England’s quality of life by minimizing environmental and community impacts.”To read more or comment...
From the Energy and Minerals Group:
Statoil, GE and Ferus Natural Gas Fuels Expanding Flare Gas Solution in Bakken
NEW YORK—September 10, 2014—A joint venture of GE (NYSE: GE) and Ferus Natural Gas Fuels (Ferus NGF), along with Statoil, a leader in the oil and gas exploration and production industry, today announced the planned expansion of a pilot project to capture flare gas and use it to power up to six of Statoil’s drill rigs and one frac fleet in North Dakota. The expansion is the first step by Statoil to move into full commercial adoption of the GE and Ferus NGF joint venture’s Last Mile™ Fueling Solution (Last Mile), which is expected to reduce emissions, and provide cost-savings and logistics solutions for the company’s Bakken oilfield operations.
Statoil’s Last Mile pilot project has been in place for approximately eight months near Watford City, North Dakota. During this time, it has been capturing natural gas that would otherwise be flared, and has used it instead to assist power for its oil and gas operations. The company anticipates this new commercial expansion will increase its flare gas capture to between 3 and up to 5 million standard cubic feet per day (scfd) by the end of 2014, equating to GHG emissions reductions of between 120,000 and up to 200,000 metric tons per year, or the equivalent of removing between 25,000 up to 45,000 cars from the road.To read more or comment...
From the Associated Press:
By SETH BORENSTEIN
WASHINGTON (AP) — The drilling procedure called fracking didn’t cause much-publicized cases of tainted groundwater in areas of Pennsylvania and Texas, a new study finds. Instead, it blames the contamination on problems in pipes and seals in natural gas wells.
After looking at dozens of cases of suspected contamination, the scientists focused on eight hydraulically fractured wells in those states, where they chemically linked the tainted water to the gas wells. They then used chemical analysis to figure out when in the process of gas extraction methane leaked into groundwater.To read more or comment...
Landowners concerned about the growing number of natural gas and liquids pipelines crossing northern Ohio from the Utica shale are holding an organizational meeting in Medina County on Thursday, Sept. 18.
The meeting will begin at 6 p.m. at the Medina County Library’s main branch, 210 S. Broadway St., Medina.
For more information, call 330-334-8107.To read more or comment...
From the Athens County Fracking Action Network today:To read more or comment...
From the U.S. Energy Information Administration today:
The Powder River Basin, well known for its abundant coal supply, is experiencing a turnaround in oil production. Production has rebounded from a low of 38,000 barrels per day (bbl/d) in 2009 to 78,000 bbl/d during first-quarter 2014. Although U.S. oil production growth is occurring primarily in the Bakken, Eagle Ford, and Permian Basins, the Powder River Basin is among other regions of the country that have also benefitted from the application of horizontal drilling and hydraulic fracturing.To read more or comment...
From Rex Energy today:
From Chesapeake Energy Corp. president and CEO Doug Lawler at the Barclays CEO Energy Power Conference on Sept. 3 in comments on the Utica shale.
"That continues to be an exciting core focus area for us. It's one of our strong emerging plays. We have introduced the idea of returning to the oil window in the Utica, and that's only made possible because of the cost leadership that Chsapeake has demonstrated, the coninuous improvement that we have, we have had a few tests where we have more than 500 barrels of oil in IP, we will continue to be testing this area. It's an exciting time. We also know that applying some of the experience and expertise from other parts of our porfolio to this area, the continued improvements in cost could potentially result in another growth area for additional oil here. So I really like the Utica and this oil potential that we have..
"Looking at the wet gas area. We're seeing outstanding performance there as well. When we look at our drilling times, there is a significant improvement there, also when you look at our CapEx and our cost per foot it's basically half of what it was in 2013. And you see the rate of return with those improvements in the capital efficiency drastically improved to approximately 45 percent at present."
Later, he added:"And so in some cases here like in Utica we're actually putting money back into those programs so that we can improve the returns getting up to that 45 percent as noted in the previous slide as a result of this plugging and plowing the money back in from saving into better completion in it to accomplish better EURs."To read more or comment...
The (Wall Street) Cheat Sheet news site looks at conflicting academic studies on the health consequences of fracking.
Cheat Sheet: "Two academic studies of the health dangers of hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, have produced different conclusions.
"One, conducted by Yale University, said people living near fracking sites report increased health problems.
"The other, by Penn State University, says fracking water stays underground, far below the groundwater supplies that people use for drinking, and poses no threat.To read more or comment...
Mark Bruce has a new hat to wear.
He is the new communication director for the Ohio Oil and Gas Energy Education Program based in Granville.
Previously, he was the main spokesman for the Ohio Department of Natural Resources' Division of Oil and Gas Resources Management.
OOGEEPis a statewide oil and gas energy education and public outreach program funded completely by Ohio’s oil and gas producers through an assessment on the production of all crude oil and natural gas in Ohio. OOGEEP provides workshops and materials to teachers, students and firefighters.To read more or comment...
From the U.S. Energy Information Administration on Friday:
Republished September 12, 2014, 10:20 a.m., the end date on the second graph was corrected.
Storage injections have continued to outpace the five-year (2009-13) average this summer, with inventories as of September 5 at 2,801 billion cubic feet (Bcf), according to data from the Weekly Natural Gas Storage Report (WNGSR). The winter of 2013-14 led to a large drawdown in inventories, with stocks ending March 2014 almost 1 trillion cubic feet (Tcf) lower than the five-year average and at their lowest end-March level since 2003. Relatively higher weekly net injections into storage reduced that deficit to 463 Bcf as of September 5.To read more or comment...
From the U.S. Department of Energy earlier this week:
WASHINGTON – The Energy Department announced today that it has issued the final authorization to Cameron LNG, LLC (Cameron) and Carib Energy LLC (Carib) to export domestically produced liquefied natural gas (LNG) to countries that do not have a Free Trade Agreement (FTA) with the United States. The Cameron LNG Terminal in Cameron Parish, Louisiana is authorized to export LNG up to the equivalent of 1.7 billion standard cubic feet per day (Bcf/d) of natural gas for a period of 20 years. Carib is authorized to export LNG up to the equivalent of 0.04 Bcf/d of natural gas for a period of 20 years from the proposed liquefaction facility in Martin County, Florida using approved ISO LNG containers. Following the recent announcement of the procedural change, the Department evaluated the Carib and Cameron applications after they completed the environmental review required by the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA).
The development of U.S. natural gas resources is having a transformative impact on the U.S. energy landscape, helping to improve our energy security while spurring economic development and job creation around the country. This increase in domestic natural gas production is expected to continue, with the Energy Information Administration forecasting a record production rate of 74.56 Bcf/d in 2014.
Federal law generally requires approval of natural gas exports to countries that have an FTA with the United States. For countries that do not have an FTA with the United States, the Natural Gas Act directs the Department of Energy to grant export authorizations unless the Department finds that the proposed exports “will not be consistent with the public interest.”To read more or comment...
Washington County residents living near Marcellus shale gas drilling sites reported having significantly more health problems, including upper-respiratory illnesses and skin rashes, than those living farther away, according to a study released earlier this week by Yale University researchers.
The study, which randomly surveyed 492 people in 180 households with private water wells, found 39 percent reported upper-respiratory symptoms if they lived within a kilometer, or a little more than half a mile, from a well site, compared to 18 percent who reported such symptoms and lived more than a mile away, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported.
Click here to read the full story.
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Aubrey McClendon of American Energy Partners once called the Utica shale the biggest thing to hit Ohio since the plow.
More recently, McClendon has called the Utica shale "extraordinary."
McClendon is not alone. Royal Dutch Shell is bullish on the Utica shale, too.
It is pleased with initial results from deep and more expensive Utica shale wells in north-central Pennsylvania, says the Motley Fool blog.To read more or comment...
From the U.S. Energy Information Administration earlier this week:
Release Date: September 8, 2014 | Next Release: October 14, 2014 | full report
Report data (aggregated by region)To read more or comment...
The Utica Shale Academy in Jefferson County has 43 students enrolled and more expected, according to the Morning Journal.
The charter school is operated by the Southern Local School District in Salineville.
School officials are partnering with oil-gas drillers to give students a job edge after they graduate.
Click here to read the latest story.To read more or comment...
Ohio-based FMSA Holdings has filed with the federal Securities and Exchange Commission for its initial public stock offering, a move that could produce $1 billion, according to some estimates.
The company, based in Chesterland east of Cleveland, specializes in fracking sands.
It was founded in 1986 and had $1.6 billion in sales for the year ending June 30, 2014.
Click here for more details.To read more or comment...
Friend Jim Willis of The Marcellus Drilling News (subscription required) has posted two maps of Ohio's Utica shale.
The maps came from the Ohio Department of Natural Resources and show Utica shale drilling as of Sept. 6, 2014, and earlier from Dec. 6, 2013.
There appears to be more drilling activiity in the southern part of the play: Belmont, Guernsey and Monroe counties.
Click below to see the two maps:To read more or comment...
From Enlink Midstream, based in Dallas and a player in the Utioca shale:
DALLAS--(BUSINESS WIRE)--EnLink Midstream, LLC (NYSE: ENLC) (the General Partner) and EnLink Midstream Partners, LP (NYSE: ENLK) (the Master Limited Partnership) announced today that Alaina K. Brooks has been selected to succeed Joe A. Davis as Senior Vice President, General Counsel, and Secretary, pending approval by the boards of directors. Mr. Davis is resigning following nine years of service to EnLink Midstream (formerly known as Crosstex Energy).
“We are excited for the opportunity this role represents for both Alaina and EnLink”
Ms. Brooks has served in several legal roles within EnLink Midstream since joining the company in 2008, most recently as Deputy General Counsel. In her new role, she will serve on EnLink Midstream’s Senior Leadership Team, as well as lead the company’s legal and regulatory functions. Before joining the company in 2008, Ms. Brooks practiced law at Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP and Baker Botts L.L.P., where she counseled clients on matters of complex commercial litigation, risk management, and taxation. She is a Certified Public Accountant and holds a Juris Doctor degree from Duke University School of Law and Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees in accounting from Oklahoma State University.To read more or comment...
Energy Transfer Partners is making changes to the route of its $4.3 billion Rover Pipeline.
The 590-mile line, announced previously, must be modified because of unspecified environmental concerns, the company said.
It will carry 3.25 billion cubic feet per day of natural gas from the Utica shale in eastern Ohio to Michigan and Ontario,
The original route passed through Stark and Wayne counties.To read more or comment...
From Esmark Inc. earlier this week:
Yorkville Energy Services Terminal To Provide Rail, Truck And Ohio River Barge Access To Companies Engaged in Oil & Gas Exploration and Production
PITTSBURGH--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Esmark, Inc., a diversified holding company with interests in steel manufacturing and distribution, oil and gas exploration and production and real estate services, today announced that it is converting the former Ohio Cold Rolling Company steel finishing mill in Yorkville, Ohio into a tri-modal industrial services terminal to support companies engaged in oil and gas exploration and production in the Marcellus and Utica Shale Plays.
“The significant upstream, midstream and downstream expansion, coupled with the resources required for horizontal drilling in the region, provide a strategic opportunity for the terminal and we believe our tri-modal platforms and services infrastructure will be in great demand”To read more or comment...
Utica shale oil and natural gas production continues to increase, the latest Energy Information Administration report shows.
Utica shale region oil production has increased from 40,000 barrels a day to an estimated 43,000 barrels a day from September to October, according to the report.
Over that same period, natural gas production is up an estimated 77 million cubic feet per day.
EIA: "Total natural gas production in the Utica Region, which includes production from the Utica and Point Pleasant formations as well as legacy production from conventional reservoirs, has increased from 155 million cubic feet per day (MMcf/d) in January 2012 to an estimated 1.5 billion cubic feet per day (Bcf/d) in October 2014."To read more or comment...
The Brookings Institution favors the United States exporting fracked crude oil and natural gas.
The research group said:in a new report that "Lifting the ban on crude oil exports from the United States will boost U.S. economic growth, wages, employment, trade and overall welfare."
" ... increasing crude oil exports in any fashion will have positive economic effects both in the United States and in the world oil market. At the same time, world energy security will be enhanced by increasing the diversification of oil supply available globally, while also increasing U.S. energy security. Lifting the ban generates paramount foreign policy benefits, increases U.S. GDP and welfare and reduces unemployment."
Read the whole thing here.To read more or comment...
From Gastar Exploration on Monday:
HOUSTON, Sept. 8, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Gastar Exploration Inc. ("Gastar") (NYSE MKT: GST) is pleased to provide an operational update on recent well results and activity in the Utica/Point Pleasant play in West Virginia and in the Hunton Limestone play in north-central Oklahoma.
The Simms U-5H well in Marshall County, West Virginia, Gastar's first Utica/Point Pleasant well, produced at an initial 48-hour gross sales rate of 29.4 MMcf/d of natural gas on a 30/64ths choke with approximately 6,700 psi of flowing casing pressure. The well lateral length is 4,447 feet and was completed with 25 hydraulic fracturing stages that used approximately 10.6 million pounds of sand proppant. Gastar has a 50% working interest ("WI") in the Simms U-5H well (43.2% net revenue interest ("NRI").To read more or comment...
From the U.S. Energy Information Administration today:
In the first six months of 2014, 4,350 megawatts (MW) of new utility-scale generating capacity came online, according to preliminary data from the U.S. Energy Information Administration's Electric Power Monthly. Natural gas plants, almost all combined-cycle plants, made up more than half of the additions, while solar plants contributed more than a quarter and wind plants around one-sixth.To read more or comment...
From the Associated Press:
By JULIE CARR SMYTH,Associated Press
COLUMBUS, Ohio — An Ohio man who uses a biblical reference and a statement against “poisoned waters” in billboards opposing the disposal of gas-drilling wastewater says the messages will come down Tuesday.
Michael Boals, of Coshocton east of Columbus, told The Associated Press the billboards’ owners were ending his three-month verbal agreement after two months unless he agreed to change the text.To read more or comment...
From the Ohio Department of Natural Resources today:
COLUMBUS, OH – During the second quarter of 2014, Ohio’s horizontal shale wells produced 2,467,283 barrels of oil and 88,673,741 Mcf (88 billion cubic feet) of natural gas, according to figures released today by the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR).
The report lists 562 wells, 504 of which reported production results. Fifty-eight wells reported no production as they are waiting on pipeline infrastructure. Of the 504 wells reporting production results:
The highest producing oil well was the Antero Resources “Myron” well in Noble County at 78,309 barrels of oil in 91 days of production. The highest producing natural gas well was the Hall Drilling “Hercher North” well in Monroe County at 1.4 billion cubic feet during 91 days of production.To read more or comment...
The Ohio Department of Natural Resources has ordered the shut down of two injection wells in Trumbull County, in the wake of a 2.1 earthquake last Sunday.
The order affects the American Water Management Services wells off state Route 169 north of Niles.
Click here to read the full story.
To read more or comment...
To provide from one billion to in excess of two billion cubic feet per day of Marcellus and Utica natural gas to Transco markets
Williams (NYSE: WMB) has announced that it is initiating an open season from September 3 to September 29, 2014 for the Western Marcellus Pipeline Project, an expansion of the Transco interstate pipeline to provide incremental firm natural gas transportation capacity to growing markets in the Mid-Atlantic and southeastern United States by late 2018. Transco is a wholly owned subsidiary of Williams Partners, L.P. (NYSE: WPZ), of which Williams owns controlling interests and is the general partner.
The Western Marcellus Pipeline Project is being designed to provide from one billion to in excess of two billion cubic feet per day of new natural gas transportation capacity from receipt points in the Western Marcellus and Utica supply areas to points as far south as Transco's Zone 3 compressor station 65 in Mississippi and as far north as the proposed Zone 6 River Road point in Pennsylvania. The project would connect Williams' Ohio Valley Midstream processing and gathering system in northern West Virginia with the Transco pipeline, the largest volume pipeline system in the United States.To read more or comment...
From Kinder Morgan on Thursday:
UTOPIA Project Would Provide Long-Term Solutions for Takeaway Capacity
From Bloomberg News today:
By Matthew Monks and Joe Carroll
Aubrey McClendon, the U.S. shale gas pioneer fired from Chesapeake Energy Corp. (CHK) last year, plans to take public the exploration companies he has formed since.
McClendon, who has raised about $10 billion to acquire gas fields in the past 16 months, told a conference in Dallas yesterday that he intends to start a collection of companies that each specialize in a single U.S. shale region.To read more or comment...
From the U.S. Energy Information Administration:
Last Updated: September 4, 2014
Over the past decade, the combination of horizontal drilling and hydraulic fracturing has provided access to large volumes of oil and natural gas that were previously uneconomic to produce from low permeability geological formations composed of shale, sandstone, and carbonate (e.g., limestone).
Shale is a fine-grained sedimentary rock that forms from the compaction of silt and clay-size mineral particles. Black shale contains organic material that can generate oil and natural gas, and that can also trap the generated oil and natural gas within its pores.To read more or comment...
From Frackfree Mahoning Valley on Wednesday:To read more or comment...
From the Energy & Mineral law Foundation on Wednesday:
PITTSBURGH, PA, September 3, 2014 2014 – The law firm of Babst Calland is pleased to acknowledge the appointment of Kevin K. Douglass, shareholder and litigation attorney, as president of the Energy & Mineral Law Foundation (EMLF), a national nonprofit educational organization which fosters the study of the laws and regulations related to natural resource development and energy use. The appointment was effective July 1, 2014.
In his capacity as Board President, Douglass will work closely with the foundation’s executive committee and executive director in implementing its three-year strategic plan, as well as assisting with program planning and governance. He is a senior attorney with Babst Calland and has more than 25 years of experience litigating complex commercial matters in a variety of forums, including federal, state and bankruptcy courts. He is admitted to practice in both Pennsylvania and West Virginia, as well as in the United States District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania and the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit.To read more or comment...
From Bloomberg News on Wednesday:
By Joe Carroll
Royal Dutch Shell Plc’s natural gas discoveries near the Pennsylvania-New York border indicate that the Utica shale formation extends hundreds of miles farther east than originally thought.
Two gas finds in Tioga County, Pennsylvania, announced today by Europe’s largest oil company are more than 300 miles (483 kilometers) away from the epicenter of Utica shale drilling in Monroe County, Ohio. Shell, which has been selling gas assets in other parts of the U.S. to focus on its highest-profit prospects, said it owns drilling rights across about 430,000 acres in the discovery zone, an area five times the size of Philadelphia.To read more or comment...
From Eclipse Resources on Wednesday:
STATE COLLEGE, Pa.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Eclipse Resources Corporation (“Eclipse Resources” or the “Company”) (NYSE: ECR) is pleased to announce the commencement of production at two of the Company’s pad locations consisting of a total of 7 Utica Shale wells at a total combined rate of 52.6 MMcf/d of natural gas and 1.8 MBbl/d of condensate.
The Shroyer well pad in Eastern Monroe County, Ohio is currently producing into sales at a combined rate of 42.5 MMcf/d with average casing pressure of 6,545 psi. Based on composition analysis, the gas being produced is approximately 1,034 BTU gas. The Shroyer pad consists of two Utica Shale wells in the Company’s Dry Gas type curve area with average lateral lengths of 7,819 feet. The wells have been flowing into sales for approximately 10 and 20 days. The flowing pressures on both wells to date have exhibited shallow pressure declines. The company believes this likely indicates a strong reservoir and effective completion.
The second well pad is the Company’s Mizer pad in Central Harrison County, Ohio. The Mizer pad consists of 5 Utica Shale wells, which are currently producing into sales at a combined rate of 10.1 MMcf/d of natural gas and approximately 1,800 Bbl/d of condensate (176 Bbl/MMcf of condensate yield) with average tubing pressure of 2,534 psi. The wells were put into production equipment early to minimize flow back time. As water rates continue to decline and the Mizer wells clean up, Eclipse Resources expects the production rates to further increase.To read more or comment...
Ohio has approved 1,474 Utica shale permits, as of Aug. 30.
Ohio has 1,059 drilled Utica wells and 554 Utica wells that are producing, the Ohio Department of Natural Resources says.
Ohio has 45 rigs at work.
A total of 17 new permits have been approved: four in Belmont County, three in Carroll County and 10 in Harrison County.To read more or comment...
By Mark Drajem
Sept. 2 (Bloomberg) -- The Environmental Protection Agency is considering rules that would force oil and gas producers to cut methane emissions, its chief said, stepping up efforts to curb the most potent greenhouse gas linked to climate change.
Gina McCarthy, the EPA administrator, told investors at a New York forum today the agency will decide this year whether to issue regulations mandating emission cuts, or to rely only on voluntary steps.
"We are looking at what are the most cost-effective regulatory and-or voluntary efforts that can take a chunk out of methane in the system," McCarthy said. "It’s not just for climate, but for air quality" reasons, she said.To read more or comment...
Royal Dutch Shell Plc. reports two successful Utica shale wells in north-central Pennsylvania.
The natural gas-producing wells were both in Tioga County.
That is about 100 miles northeast of the nearest Utica well in western Pennsylvania.
The Utica shale in Pennsylvania is deeper than the Marcellus shale and more costly to drill.To read more or comment...
Billionaire investor George Soros has made a huge bet on developing Argentina's shale energy resources, writes James Stafford at the RealClearEnergy web site.
RealClearEnergy: "George Soros has doubled his stake in YPF SA, the state-owned oil company in Argentina, which sits atop some of the world’s largest shale oil and gas resources, and is about to get even larger following a new discovery over the last couple of weeks of a second key shale play.
"Argentina holds an estimated 27 billion barrels of technically recoverable oil and 802 trillion cubic feet of technically recoverable shale gas, much of it located in the Vaca Muerta, an enormous shale formation in the Neuquen basin -- the second-largest shale gas deposit and the fourth-largest shale oil deposit in the world.
"... Soros’ move suggests that his firm is not focusing on the short-term problems facing Argentina, but believes that the geological fundamentals are more important. By increasing his stake in YPF, he is betting that Argentina is sitting on some lucrative plays that could be bigger than the Eagleford or Bakken in the United States."To read more or comment...
From the U.S. EPA on Tuesday:
Trans Energy Inc. to Restore Streams and Wetland Damaged By Natural Gas Extraction Activities in West VirginiaTo read more or comment...
From GlobalData on Tuesday:
LONDON, UK (GlobalData), 2 September 2014 - The Flanagan South and Seaway Twin Pipeline startups will begin transporting incremental volumes of heavy sour and light sweet crude oil to Gulf Coast refineries in the third quarter of 2014, putting downward pressure on US crude prices and displacing imports, says an analyst with research and consulting firm GlobalData.
Carmine Rositano, GlobalData’s Managing Analyst covering Downstream Oil & Gas, states that Enbridge is near completion of its $2.6 billion Flanagan South Pipeline. This project will connect to the company’s existing main Canadian export pipeline in Illinois and move approximately 600 thousand barrels per day (mbd) of Canadian and North Dakota crude oil from Illinois to Cushing, Oklahoma.To read more or comment...
From Bloomberg News on Tuesday:
By Randall Hackley
A new analysis shows 38 percent of the world’s shale resources in places such as China, Mexico and South Africa face high to extremely high water stress or arid conditions, according to the World Resources Institute.
Water availability shortcomings could potentially limit shale resource development in every continent except Antarctica, the Washington-based WRI research group said today in a report released at the World Water Week event in Stockholm.To read more or comment...
The Ohio Department of Natural Resources in investigating a small earthquake on Sunday in Trumbull County.
The quake measured a 2.1, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.
No damages and no injuries were reported.
The quake occurred close to injection wells where drilling wastes are being disposed.To read more or comment...
Phillip Keevert is the lo0ne paid fireman in Ohio's Monroe County.
He was deeply involved in a June 28 well pad fire near Clarington.
Thyat fire and how it was handled showed some of the problems with how Ohio deals with such problems, reports the Columbus Dispatch.
Click here to read the story by reporter Laura Arenschield.To read more or comment...
Texas-based Hilcorp. Energy Co. has withdrawn its request for forced pooling in western Pennsylvania.
The request had been filed and was making its way through the Pennsylvania permitting process.
Three landowners in Lawrence and Mercer counties had refused to sign leases. Drilling could have been permitted under state law, despite landowners refusing to sign leases.
Click here to read the full story that came out late last week from the New Castle News.To read more or comment...
From the U.S. Energy Information Administration:
For the past four years, North Dakota oil producers have flared, or burned into the atmosphere, a third of the natural gas that has come up the wellbore with the oil, as they produced increasingly large volumes of light sweet crude oil.
The huge and rising volumes of this highly desirable oil have helped change the nation's oil import balance and have become a driving force in changing domestic pipelines, oil-train operations, and refining.
Now, the state's principal energy regulator, the North Dakota Industrial Commission (NDIC), is seeking to reduce the volume of flared gas to 10% of production by 2020, even if it means cutting back oil production. The NDIC's order said it will "consider amending… field rules to restrict oil production and/or impose such provisions as deemed appropriate to reduce the amount of flared gas."To read more or comment...
The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection is starting to investigate a discrepancies in how much drilling waste companies produce and how much they report to the state agency.
EQT Corp. said it produced 21 tons of drilling wastes in 2013.
Six landfills in southwest Pennsylvania said the company generated 95,000 tons of drilling wastes in that year, and that figure is correct, the staqte said.
Click here to read the full story from the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.To read more or comment...
From EQT Corp., NextEra today:
PITTSBURGH--(BUSINESS WIRE)--EQT Corporation (NYSE: EQT) and NextEra US Gas Assets, LLC, an indirect, wholly owned subsidiary of NextEra Energy, Inc (NYSE: NEE) today announced the formation of a joint venture, Mountain Valley Pipeline, LLC, that will construct and own the Mountain Valley Pipeline. The joint venture also announced the launch of a binding open season for the Mountain Valley Pipeline. The companies also announced EQT Corporation, through one or more of its affiliates, including EQT Midstream Partners, LP (NYSE: EQM), will operate the pipeline and own a majority interest in the joint venture.
With a vast supply of natural gas from Marcellus and Utica shale production, the Mountain Valley Pipeline is expected to provide at least two billion cubic feet per day of firm transmission capacity to demand markets in the Mid- and South Atlantic regions of the United States. Subject to FERC approval, the estimated 330-mile Mountain Valley Pipeline will connect the existing Equitrans transmission system in West Virginia, to Transcontinental Gas Pipeline Company’s (Transco) Zone 5 compressor station 165 in Virginia – a highly marketable trading area for the southeast region. To-date, the joint venture has received firm capacity commitments that total 1.5 Bcf per day. The pipeline is expected to be in-service during the fourth quarter 2018.
“As we move into a binding open season, securing the 1.5 Bcf per day of firm capacity confirms we have an economically viable project. Marcellus and Utica producers will have cost-effective access to the growing demand for natural gas for use by local distribution companies, manufacturers, and power generation facilities,” stated Randy Crawford, senior vice president, EQT Corporation; and chief operating officer, EQT Midstream Partners.To read more or comment...
From Dominion, Duke Energy, Piedmont Natural Gas, AGL Resources today:
Four comanies form joint venture to own proposed $5 billion Atlantic Coast Pipeline from West Virginia to North Carolina and Virginia:
It would move up to 1.5 billion cubic feet per day pipeline would bring 1.5 billion cubic feet of natural gas per day to North Carolina and Virginia
The partnership, called Atlantic Coast Pipeline LLC, will own the pipeline initially proposed by Dominion as the Southeast Reliability Project. It is designed in part to meet the needs identified in requests for proposals last April by Duke Energy and Piedmont, and in June by Virginia Power Services Energy. It would deliver natural gas supplies to growing markets for additional customers in Virginia and North Carolina. The pipeline would provide a new route for direct access to the burgeoning production in the Marcellus and Utica shale basins of West Virginia, Pennsylvania and Ohio.To read more or comment...
A modern technology and a very familiar sandstone may hold new riches for Ohioans.
Horizontal drilling is being used in Stark County by one Texas-based drilling company to access natural gas and oil in the Clinton sandstone and to boost production.
EnerVest Ltd., based in Houston, has quietly drilled seven miniaturized horizontal wells in the sandstone that has been heavily drilled in the past.
Clinton sandstone is found under 25 counties in eastern Ohio including those in the Akron-Canton-Cleveland area.To read more or comment...
NEW PHILADELPHIA: Landowners in eastern Ohio have cashed in on drilling on Ohio’s Utica shale.
But no one has benefitted financially as much as the Muskingum Watershed Conservancy District, Ohio’s No. 1 beneficiary of drilling.
The public agency that stretches from Akron south to the Ohio River is flush with cash after getting $171 million in bonuses from drillers for signing leases at four of its reservoirs: Clendening in Harrison County, Leesville in Carroll County, Seneca in Guernsey and Noble counties and Piedmont in Belmont and Harrison counties.
Those leases cover 23,665 acres with an additional 414 acres of leases pending.To read more or comment...
From GlobalData last week:
China or Canada the Likeliest Trade Partner as Venezuela Seeks $10 Billion Sale of Citgo Petroleum Corporation, says GlobalData Analyst
LONDON, UK (GlobalData), 27 August 2014 - A Chinese company with both the capital and ambition to strategically expand its influence is the most likely suitor for Citgo Petroleum Corporation (CITGO), which state-owned Petróleos de Venezuela, S. A. (PDVSA) is looking to sell for at least $10 billion, with a Canadian bid also possible, says an analyst with research and consulting firm GlobalData.
Carmine Rositano, GlobalData’s Managing Analyst covering Downstream Oil & Gas, states that Chinese companies, such as Sinopec and China National Offshore Oil Corporation, have already invested billions of dollars in Canadian oil sands projects and could use their equity production to supply heavy sour crude oil to the CITGO refineries.To read more or comment...
Chesapeake Energy Corp,the Oklahoma-based firm is the No. 1 driller in Ohio.
Rig Count Interactive Map by Baker Hughes, an energy services company.
Shale Sheet Fracking, a Youngstown Vindicator blog.
The Ohio Environmental Council, a statewide eco-group based in Columbus.
Earthjustice, a national eco-group.
People's Oil and Gas Collaborative-Ohio, a grass-roots group in Northeast Ohio.
Concerned Citizens of Medina County, a grass-roots group.
No Frack Ohio, a Columbus-based grass-roots group.
Fracking: Gas Drilling's Environmental Threat by ProPublica, an online journalism site.
Pipeline, blog from Pittsburgh Post-Gazette on Marcellus shale drilling.
Allegheny Front, environmental public radio for Western Pennsylvania.