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 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…
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…
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,
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
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 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 is taking a rare vacation day today, Friday, August 7. We will be back on Monday to catch you up on all the latest news.
Last week MDN editor Jim Willis had the pleasure and honor of being the inaugural interviewee for a brand new podcast launched by CompressorTech2 (CT2) magazine. In case you didn’t know, for nearly two years Jim has written (continues to write) a monthly column for CT2 called Shale Play-by-Play, covering news highlights from all of the major shale plays in the U.S. (not just the M-U).
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.
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.
As we have in previous years, MDN will not publish today (Friday) in observance of Good Friday and the Easter holiday. We hope you enjoy this blessed time of year!
– Jim Willis, Editor
MDN Editor Jim Willis had the pleasure of being interviewed on The Crude Life podcast last week. Jason Spiess, an award-winning multimedia journalist, hosts several radio shows in addition to the podcast. The podcast/radio shows focus mainly on the Bakken Shale (where Jason lives and works), but he also branches out to talk with those in other plays. This isn’t Jim’s first time appearing on The Crude Life (see MDN Editor Jim Willis Interviewed on “The Crude Life” Podcast). Last week Jim talked with Jason about the 1-2 punch of the supply shock and demand shock on the marketplace–from the coronavirus to Russia to Saudi Arabia to OPEC. The interview discusses whether pipelines are considered essential or not with states shutting down worksites and offices.
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 issued the weekly calendar of events.
– Jim Willis, Editor
Last Thursday MDN editor Jim Willis had the pleasure of pre-recording an appearance on the radio program Shale Gas News, co-hosted by Jim’s friend Bill desRosiers (from Cabot Oil & Gas). We have the recorded segment below. In the interview, Jim offers up the main “threats” that he sees for the Marcellus/Utica (indeed all shale drilling) in 2020.
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!