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If you are a steady reader of Facts & Rumors, hopefully you will see that we are trying to provide you the latest permit and drilling information as well as industry information that will impact the direction of drilling in the Marcellus and Utica Shale.


This week we have a couple new twists.  First, we want your perception of direction of the industry.  Please send me an email with your opinion on one of five directions for the Marcellus and Utica Shale region over the next 12 to 18 months.

  1. Increased drilling
  2. Decreased drilling
  3. Increase in midstream activities
  4. Increase in infrastructure
  5. Not much change

Send me an email with your opinion.

We will report the results throughout the month of August.

Word on the Street

Second, we have perspective on what is happening from Rob Beecham, Director of Business Development at Kelchner.

After a slight lull in activity the past few months, things are beginning to heat up for Ohio’s Utica Play. ODNR reports that there are 40 drilling rigs now in Ohio and total wells permitted is approaching 300. We have noticed numerous E & P firms starting to put bid packages out for pricing. It seems that many of the “Leaseholders” are finally showing up to drill!

Midstream activity has jumped in the last 90 days with several billion dollars of projects announced and several projects already under way. Looks like 2013 is shaping up to be a banner year for Ohio.

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The latest facts and a rumor from the Marcellus and Utica Shale

  • The latest stats for Utica Shale drilling in the three-county region of Muskingum, Guernsey and Noble in Ohio: Guernsey County now has 12 permits, 2 of which are already producing natural gas. Muskingum County has 3 permits. And Noble County has 12 permits, 7 of which are currently being drilled.
  • Pennsylvania's Commonwealth Court struck down the sections of a new gas drilling law that sharply limited local zoning of Marcellus Shale operations on Thursday. The 4-3 decision found that a portion of the sweeping revisions of the state's gas law, known as Act 13, infringed on municipalities' due process rights by forcing them to allow incompatible land uses - drill rigs and wastewater pits - in zones they had isolated from industrial activity. The law required municipalities to allow all oil and gas operations in all zoning districts, including residential ones.
  • Governor Tom Corbett Friday announced that the state has appealed to the state Supreme Court yesterday's Commonwealth Court split decision which set aside key provisions of the state's new Marcellus Shale law.

We will monitor this issue closely to see what the impact will be if any.

  • On Tuesday, as another round of record heat continued pounding the mid-Atlantic region, the Susquehanna River Basin suspended 64 water withdrawal permits, the majority of these suspensions in Marcellus shale gas drillers. As the Susquehanna River and its tributaries now face continued low waterlevels, the suspensions were issued to 33 companies in total of which 27 were issued to shale gas drillers. Among them, Chesapeake Appalachia LLC, Talisman Energy, Chevron Appalachia, EXCO, XTO Energy, Cabot Oil & Gas and other drillers.
  • Baker Hughes Rigs count for the July 27 reporting week. Not much happened this week. All rig counts remained unchanged.
    • PA Marcellus 73 rigs – unchanged from the previous week
    • PA Utica 5 rigs – unchanged
    • Ohio Utica 18 rigs – unchanged
    • WV Marcellus 24 rigs – unchanged

With all this activity, call us to give your business a presence on well sites.

Joe Barone 610.764.1232
Vera Anderson 570.337.7149


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