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  • Permit Activity. 
    • PA – 12 permits; Lycoming County picking up
    • OH – 13 permits; Chevron may be moving beyond test wells; new E&P Companies – Atlas Noble and Hall
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  • Expo activity.
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Latest facts and a rumor from the Marcellus and Utica Shale

  • More pipelines in OH.  Hess has hired PVR to build and operate the 45-mile pipeline, plus other facilities. The project should be ready by the end of next year, the paper reported.

    “PVR is pleased to announce this strategic expansion of our midstream business into the Utica Shale and we welcome the opportunity to serve Hess Corp., a world-class energy provider,” PVR CEO Bill Shea said.
  • Seneca and EQT in Elk County, PA.  Marcellus Shale gas drilling has returned to the Elk State Forest, according to Jeanne M. Wambaugh, district forester.

    This past March, Seneca Resources began the process of drilling for natural gas from the Marcellus Shale layer in the East Branch Dam area of the Elk State Forest. Seneca, Wambaugh said, has plans to drill multiple wells on at least a half-dozen pads and to also develop the associated infrastructure, such as pipelines, compressors and meter stations to safely transport this gas to the market.

    In the Hicks Run area, Wambaugh said that EQT has been active in preparing for a couple of Marcellus Shale wells and a pipeline project on State Game Lands. 
  • Japan looking for PA natural gas. Energy-hungry countries such as Japan are looking to Pennsylvania, which is producing more natural gas than expected from the Marcellus Shale.

    While it was once considered a source of energy for other states, drilling companies in Pennsylvania are now planning to export the fossil fuel.
  • Western PA natural gas going to Phila.  Sunoco Logistics Partners LP’s Mariner East pipeline is still on schedule to begin operations next year, according to a Bloomberg report.

    The pipeline will transport propane and ethane from the Marcellus Shale formation in western Pennsylvania to the site of a former Sunoco Inc. refinery in Marcus Hook, Pa., where it will be processed, stored and shipped to “domestic and waterborne markets,” according to Sunoco Logistics’ website.

    The pipeline, which has a capacity of about 70,000 barrels a day, is scheduled to be delivering propane by the second half of next year and ethane and propane by the middle of 2015.
  • Shout out to a member.  Great article about Alberts Spray Solutions L.L.C.  Congratulations, Seth.
  • Consol busy at the airport.  Consol Energy plans to start drilling 47 Marcellus Shale wells on the Pittsburgh International Airport property by July, according to the agreement with the Allegheny County Airport Authority.
  • More info on Antero’s aggressive plans.  Antero plans to spend $1.95 billion this year to frack wells and produce natural gas in Ohio's Utica Shale and West Virginia's Marcellus Shale. According to the company's recent operations report, it paid an average of $11.5 million to drill and frack each of its eastern Ohio wells.

    Antero has signed the village of Barnesville to a drilling contract, along with many individual landowners in the community. The deals call for Antero to pay $5,700 per acre to lease the land and 20 percent of production royalties once the gas starts pumping. The company is also paying the Barnesville Exempted Village School District more than $400,000 in lease payments for the rights to extract gas from school property.
  • Cracker plant coming to WV.  West Virginia, and especially Wood County, remains in the running for an ethane cracker plant as the governor told business leaders the state will remain a leader in natural gas production.

    Cam Huffman, president of the Wood County Development Authority, said he was in meetings recently with the company looking to build the $3 billion facility, but a decision has not been made.

    A cracker plant converts ethane, a byproduct from Marcellus Shale and Utica Shale natural gas, into the widely used ethylene, a key component for the plastics industry.
  • Six SE OH Counties seeing lots of activity.  Chesapeake Energy, the No. 1 driller in Ohio, staked out early and extensive claims in Carroll and surrounding counties: Columbiana, Portage and Stark. Today the Oklahoma-based energy giant, the No. 2 producer of natural gas in the United States, has a total of 503 permits in eastern Ohio. That’s nearly 59 percent of the statewide total.

    But the interest from drillers is shifting and extending to the south in a big way: into Harrison, Belmont, Monroe, Guernsey and Noble counties. Those five counties have become the drilling hot spot in eastern Ohio.

    Of Ohio’s 2013 Utica shale permits, 48.2 percent have been issued to energy companies interested in those five counties, and that is not Chesapeake’s stronghold, according to a Beacon Journal review of state data.

    Harrison County leads the way with 124 permits since 2010, followed by Noble County with 62, according to information from the Ohio Department of Natural Resources’ Division of Oil & Gas Resources Management.

    Belmont County has 45 permits. Monroe County has 33, and Guernsey County has 50.

    Washington County — even farther south — has an additional seven permits.

Rig Count

  • Baker Hughes Rigs count for the August 30 reporting week.
    • PA Marcellus 49 rigs – down 2
    • PA Utica 1 rig – unchanged
    • Ohio Utica 34 rigs – unchanged
    • WV Marcellus 36 rigs  – unchanged

PA Permits for August 30 to September 5, 2013

    County               Township        E&P Company

1. Lycoming            Cogan House   Anadarko
2. Lycoming            Cogan House   Anadarko
3. Lycoming            Cogan House   Anadarko
4. Lycoming            Cogan House   Anadarko
5. Lycoming            Cogan House   Anadarko
6. Lycoming            Cogan House   Anadarko
7. Lycoming            Cogan House   Anadarko
8. Lycoming            Cogan House   Anadarko
9. Lycoming            Cogan House   Anadarko
10. Susquehanna   Franklin            WPX Energy
11. Susquehanna   Jackson            Southwestern
12. Susquehanna   Silver Lake       WPX Energy

 OH Permits – week ending August 30, 2013

    County          Township    E&P Companies

1. Carroll              Lee           Chesapeake
2. Carroll              Lee           Chesapeake
3. Carroll              Lee           Chesapeake
4. Carroll              Lee           Chesapeake
5. Columbiana      Unity         Atlas Noble
6. Columbiana      Unity         Atlas Noble
7. Columbiana      Unity         Atlas Noble
8. Harrison           Freeport    Chevron
9. Harrison           Freeport    Chevron
10. Harrison         Freeport    Chevron
11. Monroe          Bethel        Hall
12. Monroe          Bethel        Hall
13. Tuscarawas   Clay           Enervest

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