Gastar CEO Porter Outlines Brighter Future in WV Marcellus/Utica

J. Russell Porter, president and CEO of Gastar Exploration, presented at the Johnson Rice 2013 Energy Conference yesterday in New Orleans. Last year at this time Gastar was facing a major lawsuit and a dark future. Porter points out in his opening remarks that the $120 million lawsuit against them was settled this past year–for $1 million–and the future today is much brighter. Gastar concentrates in two shale plays: the Hunton Limestone Oil play (in Oklahoma and Texas), and the Marcellus (in West Virginia). The company has concentrated their efforts on the Marcellus for the past couple of years.

Below are Porter’s comments concerning the Marcellus/Utica, giving us insight into where Gastar is now, and where they hope to go, along with the PowerPoint presentation he used during his talk. Slides #10-#16 are related to the Marcellus/Utica. What caught our eye: During the second half of next year (2H14) Gastar plans to drill its first Utica well–in WV, not Ohio…

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