Ohio Utica O&G Production in 2Q19: Oil Jumps 29%, Gas Up 11%

9/5/19 NOTE: ODNR’s original percentages were incorrectly calculated. A day after releasing the wrong numbers, ODNR fixed the wrong numbers in their 2Q19 update. Frankly, we should have noticed the original error, and didn’t. The raw production numbers were right there before our eyes, yet we simply relied on ODNR’s incorrect percentages and drew the wrong conclusions. See below for the corrected numbers.
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Researchers Discover Low-Cost Way to Find New Shale Gas in PA

Penn State researchers mapped decline curve data on an interactive map (Credit: Penn State, click for larger version)

Penn State researchers say they’ve found a better, lower cost way to identify potential high yield areas for Marcellus Shale gas extraction. How? By using well production data taken from more than 5,600 existing wells, and only for wells with at least two years of production logs, the researchers created decline curves. They then extrapolated those curves to the entire PA Marcellus region and say they can predict, with a pretty high degree of accuracy, the amount of gas that would be extracted if a new well were drilled in a given location. How cool is that?!
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Transco Pipe Expansion in NJ Now Online Serving Extra 1M Homes

A brief pause to enjoy an unqualified victory over the wackadoodles at the litigious New Jersey Chapter of the Sierra Club. Williams has just placed into service its Rivervale South to Market Project in New Jersey, now flowing enough fracked Pennsylvania Marcellus Shale gas to service an extra 1 million homes in the northeastern U.S. The Clubbers opposed the project and ultimately couldn’t do a thing to stop it.
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Mariner East Pipe Witch Hunt Continues; PA DEP Defends Employees

In the American legal system those accused of wrongdoing, including those afraid of being entrapped by so-called law enforcement (like the Chester County, PA District Attorney Tom Hogan) are entitled to legal representation–to protect themselves from the abuses of people like DA Hogan. Yet when they do so, avail themselves of legal representation, Hogan gets bent out of shape. Could it be he *has no case* and wants to bully people into admitting to things they are not guilty of? Or force them to falsely testify to things the prosecutor wants to hear?
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MarkWest Continues to Expand NGL Infrastructure in the Wet M-U

Our friends at RBN Energy recently launched a new mini-series of blog posts delving into Marcellus/Utica gas processing and fractionation in the wet gas region–meaning southwest PA, eastern OH, and the northern panhandle of WV. We previously brought you part 1 of that series (see Overview of Gas Processing & Fractionation in M-U Wet Gas Region). Today we have part 2, which takes a close look at MPLX (i.e. MarkWest Energy) and the key role their processing plants play in allowing NGL production in the M-U to continue growing.
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Green County, PA Embraces Shale Energy in Rebranding Effort

Greene County, PA, located in the far southwestern corner of the state, last night unveiled a new marketing/rebranding initiative called “Greene County, a Powerful Place.” Greene is making a play to attract investment from the natural gas industry’s downstream (manufacturing) sector. It is a full-throated endorsement of the Marcellus/Utica shale industry and the petrochemical industry that goes hand-in-hand with shale.
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Connecting the (Corrupt) Dots Between DRBC and Dela. Riverkeeper

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A Washington Examiner op-ed column by Kevin Mooney points out the political corruption with the DRBC’s proposed fracking ban and says “the jig is about up.” The column, using information provided by MDN friend Tom Shepstone, connects the dots between the Delaware Basin River Commission (DRBC), a quasi-governmental agency, and the anti-drilling non-profit Delaware Riverkeeper. Tom points out the DRBC “has stacked almost all its committees with representatives of the Delaware Riverkeeper, a special interest anti-gas advocacy group that sued it over gas drilling issues.”
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Shale Energy Stories of Interest: Wed, Sep 4, 2019

MARCELLUS/UTICA REGION: Williams PA-NY Constitution natgas pipe could enter service in 2021; ODNR issues 15 permits in Utica-Point Pleasant shale; Neighbors: Natural gas producer taking right approach; Tenaska amends financing for natural gas-fueled power plant in Pennsylvania; Local teachers “empowered” thanks to natural gas and oil industry; OTHER U.S. REGIONS: Freeport LNG ships first commissioning cargo; Cheniere takes over Corpus Christi LNG Train 2 control; Energy Transfer, Shell want five-year extension for Lake Charles LNG; NATIONAL: Downhole Technology and Resource Well Completion Technologies combine; To lower residential energy costs, waive goodbye to the Jones Act; Senators scrutinize U.S.-China ethane supply deals; Confessions of an anthropogenic global warming fatalist; INTERNATIONAL: Geopolitics in a liberalizing LNG market: A primer.
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