Archive for January 4th, 2012

Teamsters Marcellus Pipeline Workers Walk Out on Strike

Some 200 hundred Teamsters union members working on Marcellus Shale gas pipeline construction have walked out on strike in Pennsylvania and West Virginia, and the strike could grow to more than 700 workers in the near future, according to a Teamsters press release (see below). At issue is a contract up for renewal with the […]

China Makes $2.2B Investment in U.S. Shale, Including Utica

The Chinese government, through state-controlled Sinopec, yesterday signed a deal with Devon Energy to buy into five prospective new exploration areas in the U.S. One of those areas is the Ohio Utica Shale, where Devon has increased it’s position to 235,000 net acres. With a $2.2 billion cash infusion coming from Sinopec, Devon will have […]

Will New PA Drilling Law/Impact Fee Pass in 2012?

Although the Pennsylvania House, Senate and governorship are all controlled by Republicans (for the first time in many years), they have not yet agreed on new legislation that puts stricter environmental controls in place over shale gas drilling in the state. The pending legislation, introduced last year after Gov. Tom Corbett appointed an advisory commission […]

New Ethane Pipeline from Marcellus/Utica to TX Now Official

In October 2011, Enterprise Products Partners announced they were considering building a 1,230 mile pipeline to transport ethane from the Marcellus and Utica Shale regions in Pennsylvania, West Virginia and Ohio to the U.S. Gulf Coast (see this MDN story). Shortly after the announcement, Chesapeake Energy signed on to be the first customer for the […]

Williams Gives Birth to WPX Energy

In February of last year, Williams, one of the 10 largest natural gas producers in the U.S., announced that it would split the company and spin out the exploration & production (E&P) business into a new company (see this MDN story). True to their word, the split is now complete, and yesterday WPX Energy, the […]

Marcellus & Utica Shale Story Links: Wed, Jan 4, 2012

The “best of the rest” – stories that caught MDN’s eye that you may be interested in reading:


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