EIA: Marcellus Continues to Break Records – Passes 15 Bcf/d Level

record breakingThe U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) ran an article in their Today in Energy online publication yesterday stating the Marcellus Shale region produced, for the first time ever, more than 15 billion cubic feet of natural gas per day (Bcf/d) in July. The Marcellus, located in Pennsylvania and West Virginia, now accounts for a staggering 40% all U.S. shale gas production. Compare that to just four short years ago, in 2010, when the Marcellus produced 2 Bcf/d. The Marcellus is, without a doubt, the most productive shale play for natural gas in the world…
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Spectra Energy Launches Open Season on 4 Marcellus/Utica Pipelines

MDN friend Tom Knox from Columbus Business First has done some expert sleuthing and found that Spectra Energy has recently launched open seasons for four new or expanded natural gas pipelines that crisscross the Utica and Marcellus region. All four open seasons end later this month. If Spectra gets signed contracts and if all four pipeline projects are approved by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, the four projects together represent an additional 3.5 billion cubic feet per day of additional takeaway capacity in the Marcellus/Utica. Here’s a run down of the four projects, taken from Spectra’s website:
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Aubrey McClendon’s Money Makes Purchase of Buffalo Bills Possible

Two months ago MDN brought you the announcement that Aubrey McClendon’s American Energy Partners had cut a deal with East Resources to purchase 27,000 Utica Shale acres and 48,000 Marcellus Shale acres for $1.75 billion (see McClendon Buys 48K WV Marcellus Acres, 27K More OH Utica Acres). East was founded in 1983 by Terry Pegula. He sold most of East’s acreage and assets to Shell in 2010 for $4.7 billion. Pegula purchased the Buffalo Sabres NHL hockey team and with the potential sale to McClendon, would be the front runner to purchase the Buffalo Bills team, now for sale after the death of its previous owner Ralph Wilson. We believe MDN was the first to declare Aubrey was enabling the purchase the purchase of the Bills (see Fascinating Connection Between NFL & Marcellus/Utica). Yesterday Aubrey announced he was true to his word and the deal is now done and dusted–in the books. Pegula and Donald Trump have both been given permission to go to the next round in their bids to buy the Bills…
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Makovsky Survey: 57% in U.S. Think Fracking a Top 3 Enviro Issue

Makovsky, a public relations firm with offices in New York City and Washington, DC, on Monday released the results of a new survey they conducted nationwide on public attitudes about the issue of fracking (full copy of the survey results embedded below). We’ll analyze the survey itself and how it was conducted in a moment. However, the bombshell finding of the survey is that 57% of U.S. consumers believe that the issue of fracking is “one of the three most important environmental issues of today.” Another bombshell: in the U.S., “71% of people say they hear about fracking every week.” Some 41% hear about fracking through Internet news (MDN anyone?). And 38% hear about fracking via social media like Twitter and Facebook…
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Carrizo 2Q14: Drills 9 Marcellus Wells, Buys More Utica Acreage

Carrizo Oil & Gas is a big energy company, but has relatively small operations in both the Utica and Marcellus Shales. Lately they’ve been focusing their efforts on “oily” shale plays, like the Eagle Ford in Texas (they spent 78% of their drilling budget on the Eagle Ford last quarter). However, Carrizo does maintain a steady program in both the Marcellus and Utica. Yesterday Carrizo released their second quarter 2014 financial and operational update. Below we’ve pulled out those areas that touch on their operations in the northeast…
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Endeavour 2Q14: Completes 3rd PA Marcellus Well of the Year

Endeavour International, a driller with operations in both the North Sea (off-shore) and the U.S. (on-shore) issued their second quarter 2014 update yesterday. Does the Endeavour name sound familiar? Three years ago MDN told you about Endeavour’s deal to buy 50,000 Marcellus Shale acres, a pipeline and three working Marcellus wells, all located in McKean and Potter counties in Pennsylvania (see Endeavour International Buys Lease for Additional 50K Marcellus Acres & Local Pipeline in PA from SM Energy). Five months later Endeavour backed out of the deal and 2 1/2 years of litigation ensued, finally settling in April of this year (see Endeavour & SM Energy Settle Lawsuit over PA Marcellus Properties). Endeavour still owns 27,200 gross Marcellus acres in Elk, Cameron, Clarion, Jefferson and Clearfield counties, and in 2Q14 they successfully completed their third frack job…
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