Columbus Day Holiday – MDN is Off Today

It’s Columbus Day! MDN will not publish our regular list of stories today–but have no fear, we will be back tomorrow (Tuesday) with a full lineup. Today we bring you (a) information about the annual Northeast Oil & Gas Awards, being held in March 2019 (with a special offer for those interested in entering the awards); and (b) our list of events you may be interested in attending.

Take a moment today to celebrate the world’s most famous Italian–the guy who started it all, the guy who discovered the Americas and what would one day become the greatest country on earth: The United States of America!

MDN Milestone: Over 17,000 Posts!

It’s not often we toot our own horn here at MDN. We recently hit a milestone and thought you may want to know about it. A few weeks ago MDN passed the 17,000 mark, as in there are now more than 17,000 posts here on the MDN website. Whew. That’s a lot of writing! We’d like to take a moment to thank YOU, our faithful readers. It is by your ongoing support that we are able to continue the MDN blog/news service.

How do you access all those articles? Two ways: (1) You can search our article database by enter keywords in the search box on the upper right. (2) Visit the Article Index page. Every time we post a new article, we tag it with one or more category names, to make it easy to locate articles on that particular topic (or geography). We have tags for each county we write about. We have tags for each main issue we write about. We even have a tag for stories that contain royalty and lease bonus payment details! It’s a long page, scroll all the way down, and locate a topic you’re interested in.

Again, our humble thanks, and please celebrate this milestone with us! You’re a part of it.

FREE Audio: MDN Top 5 Stories for Week of September 3, 2018

Below is an audio recording (“podcast”) featuring the Top 5 stories most read over the past week on MDN. Just click on the green button to listen. Below the recording is a list of the Top 5 with links to click to read the full stories (available only for subscribers). This list is meant as a way for folks to quickly catch up on the most essential news of the week–“essential” as determined by MDN’s audience of readers. Enjoy!


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MDN on Vacation Weds, Aug 22 – Fri, Aug 24

MDN editor Jim Willis is taking a rare few days off this week, beginning Wednesday and running through Friday. No new MDN stories will be published on those days.

We will return next Monday, August 27th and catch you up on all the news!

FREE Audio: MDN Top 5 Stories for Week of August 13, 2018

Below is an audio recording (“podcast”) featuring the Top 5 stories most read over the past week on MDN. Just click on the green button to listen. Below the recording is a list of the Top 5 with links to click to read the full stories (available only for subscribers). This list is meant as a way for folks to quickly catch up on the most essential news of the week–“essential” as determined by MDN’s audience of readers. Enjoy!


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FREE Audio: MDN Top 5 Stories for Week of August 6, 2018

Below is an audio recording (“podcast”) featuring the Top 5 stories most read over the past week on MDN. Just click on the green button to listen. Below the recording is a list of the Top 5 with links to click to read the full stories (available only for subscribers). This list is meant as a way for folks to quickly catch up on the most essential news of the week–“essential” as determined by MDN’s audience of readers. Enjoy!


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FREE Audio: MDN Top 5 Stories for Week of July 30, 2018

Below is an audio recording (“podcast”) featuring the Top 5 stories most read over the past week on MDN. Just click on the green button to listen. Below the recording is a list of the Top 5 with links to click to read the full stories (available only for subscribers). This list is meant as a way for folks to quickly catch up on the most essential news of the week–“essential” as determined by MDN’s audience of readers. Enjoy!


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FREE Audio: MDN Top 5 Stories for Week of July 23, 2018

Below is an audio recording (“podcast”) featuring the Top 5 stories most read over the past week on MDN. Just click on the green button to listen. Below the recording is a list of the Top 5 with links to click to read the full stories (available only for subscribers). This list is meant as a way for folks to quickly catch up on the most essential news of the week–“essential” as determined by MDN’s audience of readers. Enjoy!


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FREE Audio: MDN Top 5 Stories for Week of July 16, 2018

Below is an audio recording (“podcast”) featuring the Top 5 stories most read over the past week on MDN. Just click on the green button to listen. Below the recording is a list of the Top 5 with links to click to read the full stories (available only for subscribers). This list is meant as a way for folks to quickly catch up on the most essential news of the week–“essential” as determined by MDN’s audience of readers. Enjoy!


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FREE Audio: MDN Top 5 Stories for Week of July 9, 2018

MDN is taking a rare vacation today, Friday the 13th. Instead of posting new stories today, we are bringing you a recent addition to the site, our “Top 5” podcast–an audio recording featuring the Top 5 stories most read over the past week on MDN. Just click on the green button to listen. Below the recording is a list of the Top 5 stories complete with links to click to read them. This list is meant as a way for folks to quickly catch up on the most essential news of the week–“essential” as determined by MDN’s audience of sharp readers. Enjoy!

#5 – Anti-Fossil Fuel CA, NY, MA Scramble to Avoid Electric Blackouts

#4 – Appalachia Resist! OH “Camp” Trains Children to be Eco-Jihadists

#3 – Oil & Gas Workers Make Highest Average Paychecks in U.S.

#2 – Top 25 Producing Gas & Oil Wells in Ohio Utica for 1Q18

#1 – Where is Production Increasing (& Decreasing) in Marcellus/Utica?

FREE Audio: MDN Top 5 Stories for Week of July 2, 2018

Below is an audio recording (“podcast”) featuring the Top 5 stories most read over the past week on MDN. Just click on the green button to listen. Below the recording is a list of the Top 5 with links to click to read the full stories (available only for subscribers). This list is meant as a way for folks to quickly catch up on the most essential news of the week–“essential” as determined by MDN’s audience of readers. Enjoy!


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FREE Audio: MDN Top 5 Stories for Week of June 25, 2018

Below is an audio recording (“podcast”) featuring the Top 5 stories most read over the past week on MDN. Just click on the green button to listen. Below the recording is a list of the Top 5 with links to click to read the full stories (available only for subscribers). This list is meant as a way for folks to quickly catch up on the most essential news of the week–“essential” as determined by MDN’s audience of readers. Enjoy!


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FREE Audio: MDN Top 5 Stories for Week of June 18, 2018

MDN is testing a new feature and would appreciate your feedback. Below is an audio recording (“podcast”) featuring the Top 5 stories most read over the past week on MDN–from Friday, June 15th to Thursday, June 21st. We don’t include Friday’s (today’s) stories in the mix as they’ve only been available for a few hours when this episode was recorded. Just click on the green button to listen.

Below the recording is a list of the Top 5 with links to click to read the full stories (available only for paying subscribers). Please let us know what you think of the recording. Good idea? Waste of time? Does Jim speak too slow/too fast. Etc. All feedback–positive and negative–gratefully accepted. Send an email to: [email protected]

This list is meant as a way for folks to quickly catch up on the most essential news of the week–“essential” as determined by MDN’s audience of readers. We hope you enjoy it!


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FREE Audio: MDN Top 5 Stories for Week of June 11, 2018

MDN is testing a new feature and would appreciate your feedback. Below is an audio recording (“podcast”) featuring the Top 5 stories most read over the past week on MDN–from Friday, June 8th to Thursday, June 14th. We don’t include Friday’s (today’s) stories in the mix as they’ve only been available for a few hours when this episode was recorded. Just click on the green button to listen.

Below the recording is a list of the Top 5 with links to click to read the full stories (available only for paying subscribers). Please let us know what you think of the recording. Good idea? Waste of time? Does Jim speak too slow/too fast. Etc. All feedback–positive and negative–gratefully accepted. Send an email to: [email protected]

This list is meant as a way for folks to quickly catch up on the most essential news of the week–“essential” as determined by MDN’s audience of readers. We hope you enjoy it!


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MDN M-U Upstream Almanac 2018 – Who’s Drilling Where & How Much?

MDN is very excited to announce the publication of the Marcellus & Utica Shale Upstream Almanac 2018. The Almanac is a deep dive into the numbers, designed to answer the questions: “Who’s drilling where and how much?” and, “What are the trends? Is drilling going up, down, or maintaining?” It has taken us nearly one year to research and produce this 397-page report. Using data from the Pennsylvania Dept. of Environmental Protection, Ohio Dept. of Natural Resources, and West Virginia Dept. of Environmental Protection, MDN has produced the only report of its kind, looking year by year at (1) how many Marcellus/Utica wells were spud (drilled or begun to be drilled), (2) how many wells are actually producing, (3) how many permits have been issued for new shale wells, (4) how much production was generated for methane, oil and NGLs. This information is available year by year for 2011-2017–not only by each individual county where there was any kind of M-U activity, but also by individual driller. We even show detailed data down to the town level. Because we analyze the data year by year using charts to map the data, important trends become obvious. If Marcellus/Utica drilling activity is important to you, the Almanac is THE critical tool that will help answer many of the questions you have…
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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 issued the weekly calendar of events.

– Jim Willis, Editor