PA Marcellus Gas Production Up 2%, Wells Drilled Down 18% in 3Q

Yesterday Pennsylvania’s Independent Fiscal Office (IFO) released its latest quarterly Natural Gas Production Report–for July through September 2020 (full copy below). The report shows natgas production in PA rose 2.0% compared to the same period last year, which is the lowest increase on record since the shale revolution began. The number of new wells spud (drilled) in 3Q20 was 111, down 18% over 3Q19.
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LANL Invents Clever Way to Sniff Out Fugitive Methane Leaks

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Researchers with the Dept. of Energy’s (DOE) Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) in New Mexico continue to make big oil and gas industry breakthroughs. Two weeks ago we told you about LANL’s breakthrough discovery about pressures used when fracking in the Marcellus (see DOE Marcellus Research Finds High Frack Pressure Keeps Gas Trapped). A different group of LANL researchers have discovered a way to sniff out fugitive methane, perhaps cutting emissions up to 90%.
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Enverus U.S. Rig Count Up by 3 Last Wk, M-U Holds Steady at 33

The Enverus U.S. rig count rose by 3 to 382 over the past week. Prior to that, the count rose by 20, 11, 11, and 13 for each of the four weeks prior, respectively. That’s up 58 rigs over the past five weeks! The Marcellus and Utica each remained constant last week (same as the week before), not adding and not dropping. The Marcellus stands at 27 rigs, and the Utica at 6.
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NETL Creates New Initiative to Promote Uses for Marcellus/Utica Gas

The Dept. of Energy’s National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL) is actually five laboratories, including locations in Pittsburgh, PA, and Morgantown, WV. The current director is West Virginian Dr. Brian J. Anderson (great guy!). NETL recently published a notice on its website to talk about the “generational opportunity” to leverage the superabundance of natural gas in the Marcellus/Utica. NETL, says Anderson, is on the case and has a new initiative to leverage M-U gas.
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Ernest Moniz: New England’s Zero Emissions Goal Requires NatGas

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One of the things Ernest “Hair” Moniz (former Secretary of Energy under Barack Hussein Obama) did after leaving the government was to found a nonprofit clean energy think tank called The Energy Futures Initiative (EFI). EFI along with Energy and Environmental Economics (E3) has just released a report (below) which says, in part, natural gas will be needed to provide reliable energy supplies in New England, despite the region’s religious quest to “decarbonize.” This will not go down well with Bidenistas, especially if old Joe taps Moniz as his Secretary of Energy (as is being rumored).
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DPR: All Shale Plays, Incl. M-U, Continue Big Drop in Production

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Yesterday our favorite government agency, the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA), published our favorite monthly report, the Drilling Productivity Report (DPR). The latest DPR, which shows estimates for oil and gas production from the seven largest shale plays in the U.S., shows a drop in shale gas production across every single play, including the Marcellus/Utica, coming next month in December. The M-U is forecast to drop another 133 million cubic feet per day (MMcf/d) from production levels in November.
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DOE Marcellus Research Finds High Frack Pressure Keeps Gas Trapped

Here’s a little known fact: Fracking for natural gas in shale only extracts about 20% of the methane gas that’s trapped in shale rock, meaning (of course) that 80% of the gas gets left behind. Researchers with the Dept. of Energy’s (DOE) Los Alamos National Laboratory have made what we consider an astonishing breakthrough discovery: Too much pressure used during fracking actually locks some of the methane away tighter in the shale, instead of loosening it. In a published paper revealing their results (full copy below), researchers recommend a range of pressures to use to optimize (increase) recovery rates for methane in the Marcellus.
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Rystad Predicts Shale Gas Production to Hit 123 Bcf/d by 2030

Rystad Energy, headquartered in Norway, is an independent energy research and business intelligence company providing data, tools, analytics and consultancy services to the global energy industry. Rystad’s latest emailed newsletter contains a forecast for North American shale oil and gas production and capital investments, with the focus on the key contributing shale plays (including the Marcellus and the Utica). It is a fascinating forecast that shows a big increase coming in both shale oil and shale gas production between now and 2030.
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New Way to Store and Use Methane at Moderate Temps & Pressures

Methane (CH4) is one of the most abundant, naturally-occurring organic compounds on Planet Earth. And yet loony leftists claim it’s a pollutant and killing the planet. Go figure. We’ve always been fans of using methane as a fuel substitute for gasoline. But let’s face it, storing it in high-pressure tanks (CNG) or liquefying it and storing it at minus 260 degrees (LNG), is not an ideal way to use it in moving vehicles. It’s not handy or easy and takes special tanks. Researchers may just have found a solution for that problem.
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Harvard Study Finds No Threat of Radioactivity from Fracking

A newly published paper by researchers with Harvard University tried its best to make a connection between fracking and high levels of radiation–and failed. You won’t know that by reading biased media accounts of the study nor by reading comments from so-called experts reporting on the findings. But when you read the study itself (below), the inescapable conclusion is that Harvard researchers didn’t prove a darned thing, other than there’s no real threat to human (or animal) health from air emissions coming from fracked oil and gas wells.
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Enverus US Rig Count Leaps Up 13, Marcellus Rigs Up by 4

The Enverus U.S. rig count rose by 13 to 336 over the past week, after having slid backward the week before (see Rig Count Slides Backward by 3, Marcellus Lost 2 Rigs Last Week). The best news? The Marcellus region gained four active rigs, two in the dry gas northeast region, and two in the wet gas southwest region. The Ohio Utica Shale maintained its seven active rigs.
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Marcellus/Utica Sees Biggest Decrease in Nov. NatGas Production

Strange times. It’s not the kind of thing you want to be known for typically–that your shale region will lead the way among all shale regions across the country in *reducing* production in the coming month. Yet that’s what the latest Drilling Productivity Report from the U.S. Energy Information Administration (released yesterday) shows–and most folks in the Marcellus/Utica region will be happy about it.
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IEA World Energy Outlook 2020: The Long Road Out of COVID

Each year the International Energy Agency (IEA) issues a special World Energy Outlook report. The 2020 edition was released this morning. Of course, the pandemic and energy demand destruction resulting from the pandemic is front and center in this report. The report forecasts global energy demand will drop by 5% in 2020, energy-related CO2 emissions by 7%, and energy investment by 18%. When will things turn around?
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