WPX Gives MDN an Update on Their 2014 Marcellus Plans

Yesterday MDN brought you the news that WPX Energy seemed to be waving good-bye to the Marcellus, based on our observation that they will not do any new drilling in the Marcellus in 2014 (see WPX Energy Abandoning the Marcellus? Sure Looks That Way). Upon posting that story, WPX official Susan Oliver contacted MDN to provide some perspective and background. MDN concludes that we had most of our analysis right, but we may have left the wrong impression by using the word “Abandoning” in our headline. We want to clear this up right here and now, at the beginning of this update: WPX Energy is not leaving the Marcellus. That is, the 100 or so wells they’ve already drilled here in the Marcellus will continue to be WPX wells. We thank the company for making that clarification and apologize to landowners if we gave you a bit of shock.

However, WPX is, as we noted yesterday, not doing any new drilling in the Marcellus–at least in 2014 and likely beyond. That part of yesterday’s story was correct. As Susan told us, the change we see reflected in their 2014 budget and drilling plan is that the company is shifting from drilling to production in the Marcellus. As for their new drilling program in 2014, they owe it to their stockholders to drill new wells in more oily shale plays–places where they will make more money, quite frankly. And you can’t fault them for that…

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