The Secret of Rice Energy’s Success with the Utica Bigfoot Well

secret to successRice Energy’s young CEO Dan Rice IV addressed the DUG East conference last week in Pittsburgh. Dan said while he can’t categorically say that Rice drills faster/cheaper/better wells than the competition, he did offer up his company’s secret to success in drilling the single most productive well (so far) to be drilled in the Utica. And it was their very first Utica well!

And what, exactly, is that secret?…
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Shell Takes a Few More Baby Steps Toward PA Ethane Cracker Plant

A small bit of progress to report on the Shell ethane cracker plant planned for Monaca (Beaver County), PA. According to comments made by Shell Chemicals Executive Vice President Graham van’t Hoff at the American Chemistry Council’s Annual Meeting last week in Colorado, Shell has made a few more baby steps toward making the cracker plant a reality–but they still aren’t committed to it just yet. Here’s the steps recently taken…
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PA’s Anti-Drilling AG Charges Minuteman with Enviro Crimes

It only took PA’s anti-drilling Attorney General, Kathleen Kane, 13 months to investigate Minuteman Environmental Services for alleged crimes against the environment. MDN told you about a raid on Minuteman’s headquarters in May 2013 by the PA Attorney General’s office, along with agents from the PA DEP, FBI and IRS (see Shale Environmental Services Company Raided by PA AG’s Office). At the time Kane would not say why they were raided–what the alleged charges were. Last week she finally charged not only CEO Brain Bolus, but even his father and mother (wow is Kane vicious)…
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Anti-Drilling Protesters Shut Down OH Injection Well – 1 Arrested

old hippie laneTwo protesters from the lawless (and radical) Appalachian Resist! organization in Athens County, OH blocked trucks from entering a law-abiding injection well transfer station last week, effectively shutting down the K&H injection well in that area for most of one day. Lawless protester 42 year-old Crissa Cummings and lawless protester 71 year-old Peggy Gish (old hippies?) prove that stupid is no respecter of age. Cummings chained herself to a fence and was arrested. Gish was slapped on the wrist and sent home to make tea and cookies for the grandkids (but should have been jailed). Here’s how the lawless Appalachian Resist! reported it, followed by an adult analysis of what really happened…
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Michigan AG (Unbelievably) Files More Charges Against Chesapeake

Dang if the Attorney General Bill Schuette from Michigan isn’t determined to shake down Chesapeake Energy for a boatload of money. Apparently Schuette’s political future rests on being able to get something out of Chesapeake, who so far has been unwilling to bend over and take it. We’re referring, of course, to Michigan’s use of illegally obtained emails that allegedly show some sort of collusion between Chesapeake and Encana to obtain state land leases for drilling at a low price. AG Schuette has filed yet more charges in the case. The feds investigated and found nothing (see Feds Clear Chesapeake & Encana in Collusion Case, Michigan Next?). Usually a state will go along with a finding by the federal Justice Department. But not Schuette from Michigan. He has his heart set on grabbing a few hundred million from the “deep pockets” of oil and gas companies…
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WV Reporter’s Dictation from Anti-Drilling Senator is Radioactive

We’ve come to expect reporters from the mainstream media to lie and endlessly repeat debunked myths in an effort to throw as much “stuff” against the proverbial wall to see what will stick, and to confuse readers. But it’s not often a reporter from a smaller West Virginia newspaper turns in an “article” so completely wrong it’s breathtaking, as John Sheely from the Martinsburg Journal News has just done. But then Sheely was just “reporting” (cheerleading? snookered by?) the load of bull being offered by WV Senator Donald Cookman (D-Hamshire)…
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OH Schools Save $60M, PA Schools Save $45.5M Last Year from Shale

The American Petroleum Institute released a new study at the end of May titled, “The Unconventional Energy Revolution: Estimated Energy Savings for Public School Districts and State and Local Governments” (full copy embedded below). The study shows school districts and government offices have saved a boatload of money thanks to the ongoing shale revolution. BIG money. To further drive the point home and make it understandable, the API has released a number of press releases breaking down the numbers state by state. For example, the study says schools in Ohio saved $60 million on their utility bills last year thanks to shale, and Pennsylvania schools saved $45.5 million on utility bills last year thanks to shale…
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Chesapeake Dumps More Assets: Crude Truck Fleet & 200 Employees

Chesapeake continues to sell off bits and pieces of the company, in order to raise capital, reduce debt, and make boss man Carl Icahn even more rich than he already is. The latest thing to go is a fleet of trucks used to haul crude oil, ANOTHER 200 employees gone (along with the trucks), and a contract with the company buying both, which happens to be Rose Rock Midstream…
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Discussion over Geological Layers has Real Consequences in PA

There’s a controversy brewing in Pennsylvania–over how to define what’s conventional and what’s unconventional in oil and gas drilling. It may sound like a boring exercise in obscure geological speak because it involves concepts like the Elk formation. The theological equivalent of “how many angels can dance on the head of a pin?” However, the outcome of this argument/controversy has the power to change the economics of drilling in PA and will impact drillers, landowners, and the state government (i.e. tax revenue). It’s a big deal and the outcome is vitally important…
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