MDN Off Today – President’s Day Holiday

Believe it or not, today is a New York Stock Exchange holiday (i.e. bank) holiday. MDN rarely takes a day off, so we tend to track with those holidays observed by the NYSE. Have no fear, we are monitoring the news and if anything earth-shattering happens, we’ll bring you the latest.  Otherwise, look for full-strength MDN to return tomorrow. In the meantime, we have updated the calendar of events.

– Jim Willis, Editor

MDN Off for MLK Day – Jan 18, 2021

Dear MDN Reader:

Since it is a stock exchange holiday, and to honor the memory of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., MDN is taking today off, Monday, Jan. 20. We are sending along an updated calendar of events relevant to the Marcellus/Utica for the next 90 days. Full strength MDN will return Tuesday!

Merry Christmas 2020 & Happy New Year 2021 from MDN

We wish you a Merry Christmas..and a Happy New Year! MDN will take off (i.e. no new stories posted) between Dec. 24 and New Year’s Day in observance of the holiday season. Don’t worry, we’ll still keep an eye on the news and if anything earth-shattering happens, we’ll post about it. However, our intent is to take a break from writing for an entire week. We will see you again on Monday, January 4th.

A brief note to thank you, our loyal readers, from the bottom of our heart. Thank you for subscribing and resubscribing year after year. We take our responsibility seriously to bring you the news–in context–throughout the year. We look forward to a better 2021 with eager anticipation for what it will bring in the Marcellus/Utica.

Top 10 Most-Read Stories on MDN for 2020

Below is a list of the top 10 most-read stories from 2020 on the MDN website. It is cliche now to say it, but we’ll say it anyway: We can’t wait for 2020 to be over and to put it behind us. We’ve made this article free and open to the public. Feel free to share the link with others who may be interested in a recap of the M-U industry for 2020! We’ve appended a postscript to each summary to update you on any key developments since that story was first published.
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MDN Off Thanksgiving, Black Friday

Each year Marcellus Drilling News takes Thanksgiving and the day after off to rest and relax with family. We will be sure to keep an eye on the news and if there is anything earth-shattering, we will bring you that news. Otherwise, we’ll see you next Monday. Have a great Thanksgiving! – Jim Willis, Editor

MDN Off Today for Veteran’s Day & Jim’s COVID-19 Update

MDN will not publish today, Veteran’s Day. We thank our veterans for their service and sacrifice.

An update on me and my wife’s COVID-19 diagnosis. I’m happy to report we are both 100% recovered. Neither of us required hospitalization. Thank you, from the bottom of my heart, for the many emails of well-wishes and for your prayers during our illness. Your prayers helped! It took about three weeks from first symptoms to full recovery for both of us.

Here’s my experience with COVID…
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Brief Update on COVID-19 Diagnosis & Progress

A huge “thank you” for the hundreds and hundreds of well wishes and prayers for my wife and myself following our COVID-19 diagnosis. I am completely humbled and moved by your kind words of encouragement. I’m happy to report we have both turned a corner. This disease is long and tough and at least for us, there is no quick resolution. We still have coughs, periodic fever, etc., but the symptoms are lessening. We feel better. I suspect it will be at least another week before we will see the end of our symptoms…
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A Personal Message from MDN Editor Jim Willis About COVID-19

Dear MDN Reader,

I’m writing to let you know that I (Jim Willis, editor) received a positive COVID-19 diagnosis this weekend after being tested on Friday, Oct. 9. My wife also tested positive. The county where we live, Broome County, NY, has experienced a dramatic spike in new cases over the past week.

My intent is to continue with my daily Monday through Friday publishing of Marcellus Drilling News. It will help to keep my mind off this disease to get up and “go to work” each day. Fortunately, I work from a home office.

So far our symptoms are mild, but the pathology is, according to our doctor, that symptoms sometimes worsen beginning in the second week. My first symptoms began last Tuesday. If symptoms become severe enough, I may not publish for a period of days. This note is so you know why–in case there are no new stories. I ask for your understanding and patience. And if you are a praying person, may I also humbly ask you to pray for my wife and me?

Your faithful partner in shale energy,
Jim Willis

Long Labor Day Weekend

MDN is taking today (Friday, Sept. 4) off and stringing it with the Monday Labor Day holiday for a four-day weekend. We’ll be back next Tuesday to catch you up on all the latest Marcellus/Utica news. Stay safe and stay healthy. – Jim Willis, Editor

MDN Stories Slightly Delayed Today, Aug 27

We always aim to have stories posted by noon each day. Due to an unforeseen circumstance, MDN stories are slightly delayed today. Look for them by mid-afternoon. An email will be sent with headlines as soon as stories are posted. Stay tuned!

MDN Off Today, Friday, Aug. 21

MDN is taking today off. For a couple of reasons. One is a vacation day. The other is that we recently (overnight) updated the site to the latest version of WordPress, the software we use to run the site. Unfortunately, the update has broken an important feature on MDN–the ability to embed PDF documents. You will notice that PDFs are currently not embedding but linking to files instead. We are working with our web team on a fix. We will let you know when it’s fixed. This issue is now fixed. – Jim Willis

MDN New Feature: Weekly Permits Issued for PA, OH, WV

MDN is floating a potential new feature. We’d like your feedback. Below are lists of new shale drilling permits issued for the past four weeks for each state: Pennsylvania, Ohio, and West Virginia. Permits issued are a strong indicator of future drilling activity. Typically it is a matter of weeks to perhaps a month or two after a new permit is issued when a driller begins work on a new well. Permits are one of the best ways of predicting future drilling activity.
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MDN Website Passes 20,000th Post!

MDN editor Jim Willis isn’t much into tooting his own horn. But, well, this is kind of slow news day, so we’ll toot. Marcellus Drilling News began as a hobby and side project in January 2009. Little did Jim know that it would grow to become his full-time job and in April 2020, the blog/news site would surpass having 20,000 posts. That milestone was reached last week.
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