MDN Launches 2014 Marcellus/Utica Databook – 3rd Year!

Marcellus and Utica Shale Databook - 2014 EditionMarcellus Drilling News is today launching the third series of our Marcellus and Utica Shale Databook! The 2014 edition of the Databook, Volume 1, officially launches today. Never in our wildest dreams did we think back in 2012 that the Databook would become so popular. We’ve now published two complete series–the 2012 and 2013 series (3 volumes each, or six volumes total) and today begins the third series–for 2014. The heart and soul of the Databook is a series of maps–one for every county where permits for drilling have been issued–throughout Pennsylvania, West Virginia and Ohio. The “secret sauce” for the Databook is to visually, through maps and charts (87 of them in this edition), show you who is drilling right now or soon will be–and where they are drilling…
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Guest Article: Decline Curves Demystified – Chris Acker

Chris AckerAck is back! MDN is pleased to bring you another guest post from our very good friend Chris Acker. Chris is a geological engineer with an MBA. He grew up in the oil fields of Venezuela where his father, a petroleum engineer, was a drilling contractor for all the major players, onshore and off. Chris’ interest in energy economics and policy found him working for Exxon, Petroleum Industry Research Associates and Petroleos de Venezuela. He bought a parcel of land in the PA countryside twenty-five years ago and later semi-retired to work on antique pianos (see www.PianoGrands.com). A few years ago, it was established that Chris’ property in Susquehanna County sits atop one of the Marcellus shale’s most prolific areas. He is now happily engaged once again in energy economics, with emphasis, naturally, on gas. In this post Chris gives us the lowdown on what every landowner with a well sooner or later wants to know: How fast will production from my well peter out? It’s called a “decline curve” and Chris gives us a great understanding of the fundamentals…
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CONSOL Energy Pulls Out of Northeastern Ohio

Yet more evidence that drillers are abandoning northern Ohio. CONSOL Energy has opted to not renew a lease at the Columbiana County Port Authority’s industrial park in Leetonia. CONSOL leased 10,000 square feet at the industrial park in March 2012 for $252,199 per year. That’s a half million bucks for two years. Now gone. Why? Leaky roof? Bad neighbors? Nope. CONSOL loved the facility. They said the decision to not renew was because…
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Rumor Mill: EQT May be Leaving Guernsey County, OH

Buzz buzz buzz… The rumor mill is chattering in southeast Ohio–and the rumor going around is that EQT is leaving town. Indeed, has the company already left? An enterprising Ohio reporter fired off an email to EQT asking them to confirm or deny. And the reporter got an answer, from none other than Steve Schlotterbeck, executive vice president and president, Exploration and Production for EQT Corp. What did Schlotterbeck say?…
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Virginia Reviews Fracking Regs with Eye to Allow Shale Drilling

This Wednesday the Virginia Department of Mines, Minerals and Energy (DMME) will have a first meeting to look at the state’s existing rules on fracking. A panel of state officials, a representative from the drilling industry, and “others” (environmentalist wackos?) will assemble in Richmond to review the regulations on the books now, and make recommendations on things to change in anticipation of drillers who have expressed an interest in drilling in some of Virginia’s shale plays. No, the shale drillers are interested in is not the Marcellus (found along the western fringes), but instead is the Taylorsville Basin, located south and east of Fredericksburg, VA (see Virginia Inches Closer to Shale Drilling in Taylorsville Basin)…
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WV DEP Launches New Website to Assist with Storage Tank Law

As MDN previously reported, the coal industry accident in West Virginia where a chemical tank leaked, temporarily polluting the drinking water for 300,000 WV residents not only affected the coal industry, but the natural gas drilling industry too. In the closing hours of the most recent WV legislative session, lawmakers passed a new storage tank law that affects gas drillers (see Impact of WV’s New Chemical Tank Law on Marcellus Drillers). The WV Dept. of Environmental Protection has just launched a new website to assist drillers and others affected by the new law…
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Hess Wins Case Against One OH Landowner, Settles with Others

Last October MDN told you about a court case that Hess lost in a lower Ohio court. Hess promised to “vigorously challenge” the decision and appeal it to a higher court (see Hess Will Challenge OH Court Decision to End Lease). The crux of the case: Hess purchased leases from Mason Dixon Energy and didn’t live up to the terms of the lease–they didn’t drill within five years and didn’t make an extra payment–then tried to make up for it at the last minute with payments to extend the leases. Three landowners won that original case, but on appeal, Hess has won against one of the landowners and it appears Hess is ready to settle with the other 300 or so landowners in the area that are affected…
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Range Update on MarkWest Houston Processing Plant Outage

MDN has been following the story of the lightening strike at the MarkWest Chartiers gas processing plant in Washington County, PA last week that closed the plant (see Lightening Strike at MarkWest Chartiers Plant Causes Evacuation and MarkWest Update on Still-Closed PA Plant After Lightening Strike). The plant is still closed and so Range Resources, one of the primary customers of the plant, issued a statement…
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Unique Product/Service for Marcellus? Pitch it @ SI Tech Showcase

Recently the Ben Franklin Shale Gas Innovation & Commercialization Center (SGICC) awarded four $25,000 prizes to companies or people they believe have unique products and services that will benefit the Marcellus Shale industry (see Shale Innovation Winners of $100K in Prize Money Named). Each year the SGICC also sponsors a Technology Showcase which it runs the day before the Shale Insight event begins–in tandem with the event (one of the best such events in the Marcellus/Utica). MDN editor Jim Willis attended the Technology Showcase last year and thought it was speed dating meets Wall Street. As the SGICC describes it, they want those with applications and technologies ready for “field testing” to make 8-minute pitches to describe their product or service. If you have a new product, are looking for funding or a partner to get it launched, and want to present at this year’s Technology Showcase, the deadline to apply is July 25th…
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Innovative Solar Powered Access Control Gate for Well Pads

Quick–for those lucky enough to have visited an active drill site in the Marcellus or Utica (or really, any active shale drilling site anywhere), what’s the first thing you notice? Think back to when you arrived. Before you’re even allowed onto the drill pad, the first thing you encounter is a security guard who exits a small security shack to find out who the heck you are and what the heck you want. The guards we’ve met have been very pleasant. They’ll record your name and license plate number, and hand you a hard hat–to be worn at ALL times that you’re visiting the drill site. Safety first and always! We’re certainly not out to fire security guards, but a Colorado company has invented a pretty ingenious gate/barrier (think the gates that come down at railroad crossings) that is battery operated, recharged on solar power, and even has an intercom–all of it totally unattended. No security guard. Punch in a keycode or a keycard, the gate goes up, person goes through…
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