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With this newsletter, we want to update you on the permitting activity in PA and OH.  Also,

PA Marcellus/Utica Shale Permits – July 2012

Total Permits for the Month of July – 109

  1. Tioga    21
  2. Lycoming  16
  3. Clearfield  14
  4. Washington   11
  5. Susquehanna 11
  6. Westmoreland  5
  7. Somerset   5
  8. Bradford   4
  9. Centre   3
  10. Armstrong     2

The July total of 109 is a big drop off from the June total of 158.  The reduction in permits could be caused by price, water shortages from the drought and the PA Commonwealth Court ruling that returns jurisdiction for drilling to the local municipalities. 

Drilling will continue in those counties which have experienced strong drilling already.  Clearfield has not seen much drilling, but it should with these permit levels.

OH Utica Shale Permits – July 2012

Total Permits for the Month of July – 31

  1. Carroll          13
  2. Harrison     7
  3. Columbiana  3
  4. Guernsey  3
  5. Portage  3
  6. Jefferson  1
  7. Stark   1

The focus in Carroll and Harrison counties continue.  The permits for Portage go somewhat under everyone’s radar.

Survey Update

The feedback we are getting is decreased drilling, increase in midstream and infrastructure.
Please take a minute and 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.

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

Marcellus Shale is #1

The Marcellus Shale is about to become the most productive natural gas field in the United States, according to new data from energy industry analysts and the federal government.

Though serious drilling began only five years ago, the sheer volume of Marcellus production suggests that in some ways there's no going back, even as New York debates whether to allow drilling in its portion of the shale, which also lies under large parts of Pennsylvania, West Virginia, and Ohio.

  • Noteworthy Permits and wells
    • Devon Energy will drive five more Utica Shale wells by year end, but says the first two wells were disappointing.


  • The Marcellus Drilling News reports that MarkWest has signed a deal with XTO Energy to extend MarkWest's natural gas liquids-gathering pipeline in Butler County, Pa., to XTO's processing plant.  XTO is a wholly owned subsidiary of Exxon Mobil.  The deal will give MarkWest the right to fractionate and market natural gas liquids from XTO.


  • Baker Hughes Rigs count for the August 3 reporting week. Not much happened this week.  All rig counts remained unchanged.
    • PA Marcellus 70 rigs – down three from the previous week; could be caused by water restrictions due to the drought
    • PA Utica 5 rigs – unchanged
    • Ohio Utica 18 rigs – unchanged
    • WV Marcellus 25 rigs – up one

Call us to give your business a strong presence on the well site, on the pipeline and on the road.

Joe Barone 610.764.1232
Vera Anderson 570.337.7149


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