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Permit Activity.  

  • PA – 11 permits; SW PA still active; Chevron focusing on Fayette County
  • OH –13 permits; activity is picking up; it’s all Gulfport, Chesapeake and Antero


Expo/Event activity

  • Alternative Fuel Conference

    • The first‐ever Tri‐State Alternative Fueling Expo & Conference will be held February 19 and 20, 2014 at the Monroeville Convention Center in Monroeville, PA. The event will tie together two vital regional industries: the natural gas industry with the growing alternative fuels trade.
  • This will be the best expo to learn the latest developments with alternative fuels.  It’s a market that is developing quickly and it’s under the radar for most companies.  If you are interested in alternative fuels, I encourage you to go.

    http://alternativefuelingexpo.com/


  • The 2013 Northeast Oil & Gas Awards Finalists are announced

    With an unprecedented number of entries received for the Northeast region in the Oil & Gas Awards this year, the organizers are pleased to announce the finalist companies selected by the judges as best in class for the Northeast region.

    The Oil & Gas Awards will be holding the “Conference for Excellence” during the day of the gala dinner. The Conference for Excellence will provide a fantastic opportunity for selected finalists to speak on matters important to their business and to the industry. Professionals attending the conference will have further opportunity to network with other finalists and listen to the wide variety of keynote speeches from leaders in the market. There will also be the chance to contribute to panel debates on key topics. Should you wish to attend the conference and dinner, click on the link below.

    LINK: http://www.oilandgasawards.com/2013-finalists/

Latest facts and a rumor from the Marcellus and Utica Shale

  • Cracker plant coming to WV.  A petrochemical complex in the Mountain State is closer to becoming a reality.

    Appalachian Shale Cracker Enterprise purchased the SABIC Plastic Innovations plant located at 9226 DuPont Road in Wood County for roughly $11 million.

    The complex, which would be known as Ascent -- Appalachian Shale Cracker Enterprise -- would include an ethane cracker plant, three polyethylene plants and associated infrastructure for water treatment and co-generation.
  • Blue Racer signing big deals.  Blue Racer Midstream has entered into long-term agreements with many of the Utica Shale’s leading natural gas producers. Blue Racer will provide comprehensive, integrated midstream services for production from liquids-rich Utica shale acreage in Monroe, Noble, Guernsey, Belmont, Harrison and Carroll counties in Ohio.

    Hess, CONSOL, PDC Energy Inc. and Eclipse Resources all signed recent deals with Blue Racer. These dedications build on previous commitments to Blue Racer from other prominent producers, including Chesapeake Energy, TOTAL Gas & Power North America, Rex Energy Corporation and EnerVest. All have made long-term dedications  to Blue Racer for services including natural gas gathering, compression, treating, processing and transportation; condensate handling; and the fractionation, storage, transportation and marketing of natural gas liquids
  • Natrium Plant to reopen at double its size.  High demand for Utica and Marcellus shale ethane, propane, butane and other natural gas liquids is driving Blue Racer Midstream to double the size of its Marshall County processing plant along the Ohio River.

    The facility, which recently reopened after it closed in the aftermath of a Sept. 21 fire, will grow its processing capacity from 200 million cubic feet per day to 400 million cubic feet per day. Blue Racer also plans to soon begin shipping NGL via river barge, which company officials said will supplement their current modes of rail, truck and pipeline transportation.

    With the expansion set for a spring completion, Blue Racer will process gas for Chesapeake Energy, Total North America, Eclipse Resources, Hess Corp., Consol Energy, EnerVest, Rex Energy and PDC Energy.
  • EXCO Resources?? What has happened to EXCO?  It has no active rigs in the Marcellus.  It must be waiting for the new CEO to provide a new direction for its Marcellus activities. (RUMOR)

    We’ll keep you posted once we hear anything.
  • Antero’s activity in the Marcellus and Utica – Antero is currently operating 15 drilling rigs in the Marcellus Shale play. The Company has 63 gross (60 net) horizontal wells either in the process of drilling, completing or waiting on completion in the Marcellus. Antero currently has two dedicated frac crews working in West Virginia along with three spot frac crews. The Company plans to increase to seven frac crews for portions of the year to accommodate the additional inventory from increased rig activity, drilling productivity and the transition to SSL completions. The increased frac crew activity will also allow the Company to fill increasing takeaway capacity.

    Antero is currently operating 5 drilling rigs in the Utica Shale play. The Company has 18 gross (13 net) horizontal wells either in the process of drilling, completing, waiting on completion or waiting on pipeline or compression, including the three wells described earlier in the release. Antero currently has two spot frac crews working in Ohio, and is adding a 3rd crew which will run during various periods throughout the year to accommodate its increased drilling activity.
  • Shell not leaving Northern PA.  We had heard rumors about Shell pulling out of on land drilling in North America.  It appears that operations in Northern PA will continue at a low activity for the time being while corporate budgets are finalized.  It’s expected that Shell activity will pick up later in the year.  (Rumor)
  • New management at Williams Northeast operations.  Williams and Williams Partners today announced the realignment of executive leadership responsibilities designed to further enhance their operating and commercial capabilities.

    The realignment results in new leaders for the Northeast Gathering & Processing operating area and Williams' Corporate Strategic Development function. As a result, the following changes will become effective immediately:

    -- Jim Scheel, 49, will serve as senior vice president of the Northeast Gathering & Processing operating area, with responsibility for gathering and processing business in the Marcellus and Utica shale regions. 

    -- Frank Billings, 51, will serve as senior vice president of Corporate Strategic Development, with responsibility for enterprise-level business development and customer relationship management. Billings most recently led the Northeast Gathering & Processing operating area.

    Both Scheel and Billings will continue to report to Alan Armstrong, president and chief executive officer of Williams and chief executive officer of the general partner of Williams Partners.
  • McClendon pays top dollar.  AEP is supposedly buying leases in Guernsey County, OH and is paying an unheard of $12,500 per acre. (RUMOR)
  • Hess reveals plans for Utica in 2014.  Hess Corp. plans to increase its spending in the Utica shale play by almost $100 million this year.

    Hess intends to lay out $550 million to drill 35 wells in Ohio this year, up from $455 million last year.

    The New York-based company is increasing spending as it appraises and develops the Utica’s wet gas area, the company said in a statement announcing its 2014 exploratory budget.

    Overall, Hess plans $5.8 billion in capital expenditures in 2014. Almost half of that will go toward developing the Bakken oil fields in North Dakota and other unconventional shale resources such as the Utica play.

    Earlier this month the company filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission to spin off its well-known retail gasoline store business, Hess Express. 

    We commented when reporting a couple of weeks that these funds would probably go into drilling and it is.

    The company is making the transition from oil-and-gas marketing to oil-and-gas drilling.

    Hess has permits for 46 Utica wells, according to the most recent data from the Ohio Department of Natural Resources.
  • NiSource Midstream moving into PA.  NiSource Midstream is looking for offices in Canonsburg, PA.  (RUMOR)

Rig Count

  • Baker Hughes Rigs count for the January 24th reporting week.

    • PA Marcellus 53 rigs – unchanged
    • PA Utica 2 rigs – down 1
    • Ohio Utica 36 rigs – unchanged
    • WV Marcellus 33 rigs – down 1


PA Permits for January 23, to January 30, 2014

       County                 Township             E&P Company

1.    Armstrong            North Buffalo        MDS Energy
2.    Fayette                Franklin                Chevron
3.    Fayette                Franklin                Chevron
4.    Fayette                Franklin                Chevron
5.    Fayette                Franklin                Chevron
6.    Fayette                Washington          Chevron
7.    Greene                Greene                 Energy Corp of Am
8.    Greene                Greene                 Energy Corp of Am
9.    Greene                Greene                 Energy Corp of Am
10.    Greene              Greene                 Energy Corp of Am
11.    Washington       Mt. Pleasant         Range

OH Permits – week ending January 25, 2014

       County            Township                E&P Companies

1.    Belmont           Somerset                Gulfport
2.    Belmont           Somerset                Gulfport
3.    Belmont           Somerset                Gulfport
4.    Carroll              Lee                         Chesapeake
5.    Carroll              Lee                         Chesapeake
6.    Carroll              Lee                         Chesapeake
7.    Harrison           North                      Chesapeake
8.    Harrison           North                      Chesapeake
9.    Harrison           North                      Chesapeake
10.    Harrison         Moorefield               Gulfport
11.    Harrison         Moorefield               Gulfport
12.    Noble              Seneca                   Antero
13.    Noble              Seneca                   Antero


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