Archive for June 22nd, 2012

Aither Chemicals Still Trying for a Cracker Plant in WV

Will West Virginia ever get its own ethane cracker plant? It will if Aither Chemicals, based in South Charleston, WV has any say in the matter. MDN has been following the Aither story for some time. Aither Chemicals, a spin-off/subsidiary of Mid-Atlantic Technology, Research & Innovation Center, was established to build and operate ethane cracker […]

EIA Map of Shale Plays in 48 Lower U.S. States

MDN came across this handy map from the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) showing the shale plays across all of the 48 lower U.S. states. Print it out and keep it handy for when you read the news, which each day seems to bring a new story about shale gas drilling and hydraulic fracturing. This […]

Chesapeake Energy’s Board Changes, Archie Dunham New Chairman

You certainly can’t miss the news in the mainstream media that Chesapeake Energy has appointed five new board members and has “stripped” CEO Aubrey McClendon of his chairmanship (“stripped” even though weeks ago McClendon announced he would voluntarily step down from the role of chairman when a new chairman was found, such are the vagaries […]

Gulfport Drills Longest Horizontal Utica Wells to Date

Gulfport Energy reports it has just completed drilling the two longest horizontal Utica Shale wells—ever. The horizontal portion for one of the wells, located in Harrison County, Ohio, went over 1.5 miles. Here’s the particulars:

What’s the Reason Natural Gas Prices are So Low?

Why are natural gas prices at historically low prices? According to gas pricing experts, you can sum it up in a single word: Marcellus.

New Deal Brings Midwest Sand to Marcellus/Other Shale Areas

Sand is a key ingredient in the hydraulic fracturing process. A special kind of sand, referred to as crystalline sand, is injected into cracks made during fracturing and stays in the cracks, propping them open so the gas can continue to come out (which is why it’s called a “proppant”). More sand will be on […]

CNBC Special Report on Natural Gas and Shale Fracking

A CNBC “special report” asks the question: Who’s Winning the Natural Gas Game? The special report is actually a series of articles they’ve posted looking at various aspects of natural gas, including the controversy over the hydraulic fracturing of shale gas. Part of the special report includes a poll. The poll itself, although an unscientific […]

Marcellus & Utica Shale Story Links: Fri, Jun 22, 2012

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

Wildlife Federation Sounds Alarm on Fracking in OH, MI

Sadly, we have to add the National Wildlife Federation to the list of rabid anti-drilling groups. In fact, a check of the NWF website shows they’ve drunken so deeply from the anti-everything pool they’re beyond redemption. The latest “wild” charge they’re making (pun intended) is that natural gas drilling, specifically fracking in Ohio and Michigan, […]


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