Gastar Top Brass Discusses 1Q14 Results, Drilling Program in WV

Gastar is a sizable driller mostly concentrating on the Marcellus Shale in West Virginia. Gastar has begun to target the Utica layer as well. Yesterday Gastar’s top brass held their quarterly analyst call to discuss the company’s financial and operating performance. We’ve gone through the transcript and lifted out areas specifically dealing with the Marcellus and Utica Shale and have shared those below. You sometimes learn quite a bit from the prepared remarks–but you usually learn a lot with the Q&A that follows the prepared remarks.

In the prepared remarks we learn that Gastar is planning to move the focus of their WV drilling south–to Wetzel County–beginning in the third quarter of this year. They’ll drill two Marcellus and one Utica well first. Gastar’s CEO hastens to add that their drilling program is still intact in Marshall County with 10 wells planned for the second half of 2014. The Q&A gets into the nitty gritty of where and when pipelines will be run, how much it costs Gastar to drill a Utica well, and more…

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