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  • Permit Activity. 
    • PA – 35 permits; permitting is picking up again in PA; Lycoming, Susquehanna and Washington Counties has the most permits
    • OH – 14 permits; Carroll County was very active; BP received its first permit in Trumbull County
  • Oil and Gas Seminar in Columbus, OH on September 12th  with Gulfport Energy and Caiman Energy; contact me for details
  • Expo activity.

Latest facts and a rumor from the Marcellus and Utica Shale

  • WV Update.  Last week, there was significant pick up in rigs in WV.  We have learned that Harrison County is where the increased rigs are.  Antero has 6 rigs in Harrison County and we’ve heard that Noble Energy also has rigs there.  As we learn more, we’ll share it with you.

  • Anadarko drilling activity picking up.  Anadarko will be bringing 4 rigs into Northern PA.  (Rumor)

  •  Antero update.  Antero is its quarterly results showed that it has 18 rigs in the Appalachian basin – 15 rigs in the Marcellus all drilling in Northern WV and 3 rigs in the Utica southern Ohio.  The Company plans to add a fourth drilling rig in the third quarter of 2013 and a fifth rig in the fourth quarter of 2013.

  • Shell cracker plant “very likely” On a recent conference call with analysts following the release of the company’s earnings, Horsehead Corp. CEO Jim Hensler said it is “very likely” Shell Chemical LP will exercise the land-option agreement the company has to purchase the Monaca facility. Back in March 2012, Shell announced the Beaver County site was its preferred site for a potential Appalachian ethane cracker; however a final decision has yet to be made. At the end of June, the company extended Shell’s option agreement to the end of this year.

    More enticement for Shell -- A deal to entice Shell Co. to build its proposed ethane cracker plant in Potter Township took a small step forward Thursday when the Beaver County Commissioners approved the creation of a 325-acre tax-exempt zone.

  • Seneca may increase rigs in the Marcellus. National Fuel, which currently has three drilling rigs operating in the Marcellus region, may consider expanding its drilling program if it appears commodity prices will be high enough to merit the investment.

  • Blue Racer Update.  Blue Racer Midstream, LLC announced that the company is now the owner and operator of the Natrium Natural Gas Processing and Fractionation Plant. Strategically located in the rich-gas region of the Utica Shale, the Natrium facility sits along the Ohio River in Marshall County, West Virginia. Natrium currently serves production from both the Marcellus and Utica Shale plays. Future expansions to the plant's capacity are underway in response to the critical need for processing services in the Utica Shale.

    With cryogenic processing capacity of 200 million cubic feet per day (MMcf/d) already online, Natrium is the first large-scale processing plant to serve rich-gas production in the Utica Shale. Blue Racer has already started construction of a second 200 MMcf/d cryogenic processing plant. Natrium II will bring the facility's total processing capacity to 400 MMcf/d by the end of the first quarter of 2014. Current liquids fractionation capacity at Natrium is 36,000 barrels per day (Bbls/d). Blue Racer has initiated plans to increase fractionation capacity to at least 59,000 Bbls/d as drilling activity in the Utica expands. Additions to processing and fractionation capacity at the Natrium site will occur as producer needs for midstream services increase.  For more information on the Blue Racer project attend the Columbus, OH event with Gulfport Energy.

  • PDC in the Utica.  The company plans to use the net proceeds from the offering to fund a portion of an expanded capital expenditure program for the remainder of 2013 and 2014, including the addition of a fourth drilling rig in the Wattenberg Field and/or a second rig in the Utica Shale, and for general corporate purposes. The company may also use a portion of the proceeds to acquire additional Utica Shale acreage.

Rig Count

  • Baker Hughes Rigs count for the August 9 reporting week. 
    • PA Marcellus 49 rigs – unchanged
    • PA Utica 2 rigs – unchanged
    • Ohio Utica 35 rigs – unchanged
    • WV Marcellus 38 rigs  – unchanged

PA Permits for August 9 to August 15, 2013

    County              Township       E&P Company

1. Allegheny           Indiana           Range
2. Armstrong          Rayburn          Snyder Bros.
3. Bradford             Pike                Chesapeake
4. Bradford             Wilmont          Chesapeake
5. Forest                 Howe              Shell
6. Greene               Gilmore            Vantage Energy
7. Greene               Springhill          Chesapeake
8. Lycoming            Cogan House   Range
9. Lycoming            Cogan House   Range
10. Lycoming          Cogan House   Range
11. Lycoming          Cogan House   Range
12. Lycoming          Cogan House   Range
13. Lycoming          Cogan House   Range
14. Lycoming          Cogan House   Range
15. Lycoming          Cogan House   Range
16. Lycoming          Cogan House   Range
17. Lycoming          Gamble             Inflection Energy
18. Susquehanna   Auburn             Chesapeake
19. Susquehanna   New Milford      Southwestern
20. Susquehanna   New Milford      Southwestern
21. Susquehanna   New Milford      Southwestern
22. Susquehanna   New Milford      Southwestern
23. Susquehanna   New Milford      Southwestern
24. Tioga                Sullivan             Shell
25. Washington      Amwell              EQT
26. Washington      Cross Creek      Range
27. Washington      Cross Creek      Range
28. Washington      Robinson           Range
29. Washington      Somerset          Range
30. Washington      Somerset          Rice
31. Washington      Somerset          Rice
32. Washington      Somerset          Rice
33. Wyoming          Meshoppen       Chesapeake
34. Wyoming          Meshoppen       Chesapeake
35. Wyoming          Meshoppen       Chesapeake

OH Permits – week ending August 10, 2013

    County       Township    E&P Companies

1. Carroll         Lee             Chesapeake
2. Carroll         Lee             Chesapeake
3. Carroll         Lee             Chesapeake
4. Carroll         Augusta      Chesapeake
5. Carroll         Augusta      Chesapeake
6. Carroll         Augusta      Chesapeake
7. Guernsey    Oxford         Chesapeake
8. Guernsey    Wills            PDC
9. Guernsey    Wills            PDC
10. Harrison    Rumley        Chesapeake
11. Harrison    Rumley        Chesapeake
12. Noble        Seneca        Antero
13. Trumbull    Vernon        Brammer Energy
14. Trumbull    Johnston     BP 

OH July Permits


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