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  • Permit Activity.
    • PA – 26 permits; Greene County has a big week. Potter gets its first permit in a long time.
    • OH –3 permits; Chesapeake is the sole E&P this week.
  • The 2013 Northeast Oil & Gas Awards Finalists are announced

    With an unprecedented number of entries received for the Northeast region in the Oil & Gas Awards this year, the organizers are pleased to announce the finalist companies selected by the judges as best in class for the Northeast region.

    The Oil & Gas Awards will be holding the “Conference for Excellence” during the day of the gala dinner. The Conference for Excellence will provide a fantastic opportunity for selected finalists to speak on matters important to their business and to the industry. Professionals attending the conference will have further opportunity to network with other finalists and listen to the wide variety of keynote speeches from leaders in the market. There will also be the chance to contribute to panel debates on key topics. Should you wish to attend the conference and dinner, click on the link below.


  • Please join us on March 21, 2014 at the Fairmont Hotel in Pittsburgh for the Gas and Preservation Partnership (GAPP) Summit: Honoring Our History- Fueling Our Future, featuring a keynote address from Rio Tinto about their experience developing and delivering cultural heritage standards. Learn more and register today:

    GAPP is collaboration between the energy industry and the historic preservation community to advance energy exploration while protecting historic and cultural sites. GAPP is developing voluntary practices with the industry that more effectively manage risk. GAPP's board includes representatives from Shell, Southwestern Energy, the Society for American Archaeology, and others.

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    Free Oil and Gas Safety WorkshopHosted by Cintas, Bulwark and

    At the workshop, you will learn:

    • What OSHA looks for when conducting a flash fire safety inspection
    • What you need to protect your employees
    • How to build a Managed FRC Program
    • Make plans to attend today! Learn more and register at

  • PSU DuBois Marcellus Seminar

    The Shale Gas Industry: Working and Succeeding in this Expanding Energy Paradigm


    Penn State DuBois Continuing Education, 1 College Place, DuBois, PA 15801
    LIMITED SPACE! Contact Shelly Luchini at (814) 375-4715 or email smc200@ to reserve your spot


Latest facts and a rumor from the Marcellus and Utica Shale


  • BP may be sticking around. BP’s drilling activity is on hold while it works out a deal with the union on building a pipeline for its wells in Northeast OH. It seemed that BP was leaving the Utica and possibly could buy an E&P company in the Marcellus. Stay tuned for more. (RUMOR)
  • Shell cuts are coming. Royal Dutch Shell said it will cut its spending by a fifth and permanent staff and contractors in its U.S. onshore and gas exploration business by 30 percent as the company struggles to profit from the shale boom.

    Shell is selling more than 700,000 acres of U.S. shale assets.
  • Look for Gastar to be drilling in WV. Gastar Exploration Inc. stated that it now has a total of 210 Marcellus Shale drilling locations identified for future development in Marshall and Wetzel Counties, West Virginia.
  • Drilling in both the Marcellus and Utica from the same well pad. Magnum Hunter is planning to drill into rock from the Utica and Marcellus plays on the same well pad in Ohio. That means wells just feet apart will capture dry gas from Utica shale and oil and natural gas liquids from Marcellus shale. Magnum Hunter Resources Corp.’s first Utica dry gas well on its Stalder well pad in Monroe County.
  • Will Belmont County, OH be the next hot county? Belmont County still may be in the early phases of the Utica shale rush, but Gulfport Energy, Antero Resources, Rice Energy, Hess Corp., XTO Energy and others now have applied for 80 drilling wells from the Ohio Department of Natural Resources.

    With drillers naming wells "Big Foot," "Blue Thunder" and "Monster," there are now 19 wells producing natural gas from the Utica formation across Belmont County. Successful wells are leading companies to spend hundreds of millions of dollars to acquire leases throughout the county, as Rice Energy alone paid out $100 million to landowners last year in a single week.
  • Maybe they will be drilling with start in Wayne and Pike Counties in PA. The new executive director of the Delaware River Basin Commission, in place of Collier, will be Steven J. Tambini, currently vice president of operations at Pennsylvania American Water. Steve has been a water guy for over 30 years with lots of experience in water supply engineering and water resource planning. He will take over on August 1st.

    The Marcellus Shale Coalition says they’re looking forward to working with him to craft common sense regulations that will allow shale drilling in places like Wayne and Pike County, PA.
  • Devon’s and Crosstex become EnLink Midstream - The combination of Devon’s and Crosstex’s extensive midstream systems provides EnLink Midstream with diversification and scale, along with an enhanced liquids-oriented growth profile. These assets are located in many of North America’s premier oil and gas regions, including the Barnett, Permian Basin, Cana and Arkoma Woodford, Eagle Ford, Haynesville, Gulf Coast, Utica and Marcellus Shale. EnLink Midstream has approximately 7,300 miles of gathering and transportation pipelines, 12 processing plants with 3.3 billion cubic feet per day of net processing capacity, six fractionators with 180,000 barrels per day of net fractionation capacity, as well as barge and rail terminals, product storage facilities, brine disposal wells and an extensive crude oil trucking fleet.
  • Low cost Nat Gas driving energy projects in OH. Three new projects demonstrate what low-cost energy can mean for the state:
    • In Carroll County, Carroll County Energy LLC plans to build an $800 million, 700-megawatt natural gas-fired power plant, which will produce enough electricity to power 700,000 homes. The project will create 500 construction jobs and will employ 25 to 30 workers when completed. The plant is scheduled to be in operation by May 2017.
    • In Cleveland, NRG Energy, Inc. is converting its old 753-megawatt power plant to run on natural gas in order to meet more stringent regulatory standards set forth by the federal government. NRG received approval this week by the Ohio Public Utilities Commission to build a 20-mile, 24- or 30-inch pipeline to provide natural gas for the converted plant. David Gaier, a spokesman for NRG Energy, said “the company hopes to begin construction of the pipeline in the spring or summer of 2015 and to complete the conversion of the plant in May 2016.”
    • In southwest Ohio in Butler County, near Cincinnati, NTE Energy LLC plans to build a base load $500 million natural gas-fired power plant in Middletown. The 500-megawatt power plant is scheduled to begin construction midway through 2015 and open in 2018.

      All three of these projects signify an increasing shift toward more natural gas-fired power plants in the years to come — as well as significant new investments that will lead to more jobs and greater economic opportunity. Lower natural gas prices coupled with the vast environmental benefits of using clean burning natural gas means building these plants is essentially a no-brainer – a win-win for the economy and the environment alike. Thankfully, Ohio has the resources to fuel the state back to prosperity.
  • Noble Energy lands in Pittsburgh. The Houston-based driller is settling into headquarters across the street from Range Resources Corp., the largest landholder among shale drillers in Western Pennsylvania, and Consol Energy Inc., the oldest local company working the Marcellus shale.

    The six-story building in Cecil's Southpointe development that Noble will lease sits among a cluster of peers and service contractors, with easy interstate access to its well sites in Washington County and West Virginia.
  • Earthquake in Mahoning County, OH. There were tremors in Mahoning County this week and of course, all drilling stopped. Whatever happened to acts of nature?

Rig Count

  • Baker Hughes Rigs count for the March 7th reporting week.
    • PA Marcellus 52 rigs – up
    • PA Utica 1 rigs – unchanged
    • Ohio Utica 41 – up 1
    • WV Marcellus 25 – down 2

PA Permits for March 6, to March 13 2014

County Township E&P Company
1. Bradford Asylum Chesapeake
2. Bradford Sheshequin Chesapeake
3. Greene Center Alpha Shale Res.
4. Greene Center CONSOL
5. Greene Center CONSOL
6. Greene Center CONSOL
7. Greene Center CONSOL
8. Greene Center CONSOL
9. Greene Center CONSOL
10. Greene Center CONSOL
11. Greene Center CONSOL
12. Greene Center CONSOL
13. Greene Center CONSOL
14. Greene Center CONSOL
15. Greene Center CONSOL
16. Greene Center CONSOL
17. Greene Dunkard Chevron
18. Greene Morris EQT
19. Lycoming McNett Chief
20. Lycoming McNett Chief
21. Lycoming Pine Range
22. Potter Abbott Tenaska
23. Sullivan Fox Chief
24. Susquehanna Auburn Chesapeake
25. Susquehanna Lenox Southwestern
26. Wyoming Braintrim Chesapeake

OH Permits – week ending March 8, 2014

County Township E&P Companies

1. Harrison Monroe Chesapeake
2. Harrison Monroe Chesapeake
3. Harrison Monroe Chesapeake

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