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Shale gas production and high decline rates

By Jim Mackinnon Published: September 3, 2013

Shale energy production decline rates get analyzed by Michael Lynch at Forbes.com.

Lynch: "In the case of decline rates, the fear has been that offsetting the falling production in existing reserves would make it difficult to increase production to meet rising demand.  Some call this the ‘Red Queen’ issue, running faster and faster just to stay in place.

"Only a handful of reports have analyzed decline rates in detail, most notably the International Energy Agency’s 2008 World Energy Report, which showed a gradual rise in decline rates over the course of decades.  Why rising decline rates suddenly had a major impact in the last decade is left unexplained.

"But decline rates are only one variable determining production levels, the other being additional drilling.  Production is the result of the natural decline rate and offsetting investment, such as infill drilling, water or gas injection, and many other techniques."

Read the full column here.

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Utica and Marcellus shale web sites

Ohio Department of Natural Resources' Division of Oil and Gas Resources Management State agency Web site.

ODNR Division of Oil and Gas Resources Management. State drilling permits. List is updated weekly.

ODNR Division of Geological Survey.

Ohio Environmental Protection Agency.

Ohio State University Extension.

Ohio Farm Bureau.

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Utica Shale, a compilation of Utica shale activities.

Landman Report Card, a site that looks at companies involved in gas and oil leases.FracFocus, a compilation of chemicals used in fracking individual wells as reported voluntarily by some drillers.

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Rig Count Interactive Map by Baker Hughes, an energy services company.

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National Geographic's The Great Shale Rush.

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Buckeye Forest Council.

Earthjustice, a national eco-group.

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No Frack Ohio, a Columbus-based grass-roots group.

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Penn State Marcellus Center.

Pipeline, blog from Pittsburgh Post-Gazette on Marcellus shale drilling.

Allegheny Front, environmental public radio for Western Pennsylvania.