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  • Permit Activity.  
    • PA –26 permits in 11 counties to 13 different E&P companies
    • OH –27 permits; Chesapeake and Gulfport leading the permitting activity
  • Expo/Industry events for the next few months:    
    • PIOGA’s 2014 Pig Roast July 22 – 23, 2014
    • PA Energy Games September 6, 2014    
    • The Fourth Annual West Virginia Oil & Gas Expo October 1, 2014
    • Flash-Fire-Workshop October 8th Pro Football Hall of Fame, Canton, OH
    • Shale Gas Symposium, October 8th Agri-Plex Expo Center, Allentown, PA
    • Midstream PA 2014, November 18TH, Penn State

Latest facts and a rumor from the Marcellus and Utica Shale

  • Where are the rigs? Eclipse Resources and Rice Energy are looking for rigs.  (RUMOR)
  • Exxon’s building its own cracker.  ExxonMobil Chemical announced construction has begun on a multi-billion dollar ethane cracker at its Baytown, Texas complex, along with associated product facilities in nearby Mont Belvieu.


The steam cracker’s ethane capacity will be 1.5 million tons per year (MMTY) and provide ethylene feedstock for downstream chemical processing, including processing at two new 650,000-ton/yr. polyethylene lines at the company’s Mont Belvieu plastics plant.

“The project is made possible in large part by abundant, affordable supplies of US natural gas for energy and chemical feedstock,” said Steve Pryor, President, ExxonMobil Chemical, in a statement.

“Shale development has provided U.S. chemical producers a double benefit as an energy source and as a key raw material to make plastics and other essential products, creating jobs and economic activity across the value chain.”

  • Government allows exporting U.S. oil.  The US Commerce Department has given the go-ahead to several companies to export crude oil, a big policy change essentially ending a ban in place for the last four decades. At question is whether the end of the ban will mean higher prices at the pump.

    Ultra-light oil, often referred to as 'condensate' by the energy industry, will be cleared to be exported abroad, according to a private ruling by the federal government impacting Pioneer Natural Resources Co. and Enterprise Product Partners LP, The Wall Street Journal reported.
  • PA gas production – change to monthly reporting.  A bill in the PA state House of Representatives aims to change that by requiring companies that operate Marcellus Shale and other unconventional wells to report their gas production monthly rather than only twice a year.

    House Bill 2278, a minor redraft of a bill proposed in September, was introduced in late May by state Rep. Tina Pickett, R-Towanda.
  • Chesapeake selling leases to Rice Energy in Greene, County PA. (RUMOR)

  • Japan accelerates LNG investing.  State owned Japan Oil, Gas and Metals National Corp (JOGMEC) could accelerate investment in energy resources, especially LNG assets, to ensure stable supplies in Japanese domestic market, reports news agency Reuters.

    Imports of LNG have been rising following shutdown of Japanese nuclear reactors in the wake of the Fukushima crisis. In 2013, Japan imported record 87.5 million tons of LNG.

    JOGMEC was created in 2004 when the former Japan National Oil Corporation merged with the former Metal Mining Agency of Japan. The institution directly invests in or provides financial guarantees for about 50 oil and gas projects worth a total of more than 1 trillion yen ($9.8 billion), including shale gas in North America.
  • Range announces deals to move the gas.  Range Resources Corp. is lining up deals to ship natural gas and ethane it’s pulling from the Marcellus shale to export terminals and proposed petrochemical plants.

    The Fort Worth-based energy company, which has a large presence in Pennsylvania, announced Thursday it signed several agreements involving planned pipeline projects, terminals and ethane crackers. The agreements would last between five and 20 years.

    The projects include:

    - Energy Transfer Partners’ Rover Pipeline, which is expected to connect the Marcellus and Utica shale fields in Pennsylvania, Ohio and West Virginia with Canada and the Gulf Coast by 2017

    - The Sabine Pass LNG terminal in Cameron Parish, LA, where Cheniere Energy Inc. is building a liquefaction plant

    - An unnamed, planned liquefied natural gas terminal

    - A proposed petrochemical plant that an affiliate of Sasol Ltd. might build near Lake Charles, LA.The Ascent ethane cracker that Odebrecht proposes to build in Parkersburg, WV
    “The Rover pipeline provides Range flexibility in selling natural gas to high demand markets in Canada and the Gulf Coast, while the LNG and ethane supply agreements further diversify and strengthen our customer base with industry leading companies,” Range CEO Jeff Ventura said in an announcement.
  • Moxie wants to build third Nat Gas power plant in PA.  Moxie Energy wants to build a natural gas power plant along Route 11 in Salem Township, a few miles away from the PPL nuclear power plant, according to the state Department of Environmental Protection.

    The company is in the early stages of planning the 900-megawatt power plant which is being called the “Moxie Freedom Project.”

    The project is designed to use locally-produced natural gas from Marcellus Shale to produce electricity to sell back to the grid. The plant would connect to the existing Transco pipeline.

    Moxie Energy has been involved with building similar facilities in Lycoming and Bradford counties, areas rich in natural gas from Marcellus Shale.

Rig Count

  • Baker Hughes Rigs count for the June20th reporting week.  
  • PA
    • Marcellus 55 rigs – down 2
    • Utica 2 rigs – unchanged    
  • Ohio
    • Utica 40 – up 2
  • WV
    • Marcellus 25 – down 1
  • TX
    • Eagle Ford – 215 up 2
      Permian Basin – 478 down 2
  • NM
    • Permian Basin – 85 down 1
  • ND
    • Williston – 170 up 1
  • MT
    • Williston – 5 unchanged
  • CO
    • Niobrara – 55 up 2
  • TOTAL U.S. Rig Count 1858 up 4

PA Permits for June 12 to June 19, 2014

       County               Township           E&P Company
1.    Armstrong           South Buffalo       XTO
2.    Bradford              Litchfield             Chesapeake
3.    Bradford              Litchfield             Chesapeake
4.    Greene               Gray                   Rice
5.    Greene               Gray                   Rice
6.    Greene               Gray                   Rice
7.    Greene               Gray                   Rice
8.    Greene               Whiteley             Energy Corp of Am.
9.    Greene               Whiteley             Energy Corp of Am.
10.    Greene             Whiteley             Energy Corp of Am.
11.    Greene             Whiteley             Energy Corp of Am.
12.    Jefferson          Washington         EQT
13.    Lawrence         Mahoning            Hilcorp
14.    Lycoming         Eldred                Inflection
15.    Lycoming         Eldred                Inflection
16.    Mercer             Greene               Halcon
17.    Sullivan            Elkland               Chesapeake
18.    Sullivan            Elkland               Chief
19.    Sullivan            Elkland               Chief
20.    Sullivan            Elkland               Chief
21.    Sullivan            Shrewsbury         Exco Resources
22.    Susquehanna   Liberty                WPX
23.    Susquehanna   Liberty                WPX
24.    Washington     Smith                  Range
25.    Wyoming        Forkston              Southwestern
26.    Wyoming        Windham             Chesapeake

OH Permits – week ending June 21, 2014

       County              Township            E&P Companies

1.    Belmont             Washington         Gulfport
2.    Belmont             Washington         Gulfport
3.    Belmont             Washington         Gulfport
4.    Belmont             Washington         Gulfport
5.    Belmont             Washington         Gulfport
6.    Belmont             Washington         Gulfport
7.    Carroll                August               Chesapeake
8.    Carroll                August               Chesapeake
9.    Carroll                August               Chesapeake
10.    Guernsey         Washington        Carrizo
11.    Guernsey         Oxford                Eclipse
12.    Guernsey         Oxford                Eclipse
13.    Guernsey         Oxford                Eclipse
14.    Harrison           Stock                 Chesapeake
15.    Harrison           Stock                 Chesapeake
16.    Harrison           Stock                 Chesapeake
17.    Harrison           Stock                 Chesapeake
18.    Harrison           Stock                 Chesapeake
19.    Harrison           Stock                 Chesapeake
20.    Harrison           Stock                 Chesapeake
21.    Harrison           Stock                 Chesapeake
22.    Monroe            Adams               Gulfport
23.    Monroe            Adams               Gulfport
24.    Monroe            Adams               Gulfport
25.    Monroe            Adams               Gulfport
26.    Monroe            Adams               Gulfport
27.    Monroe            Adams               Gulfport

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