Barnett Shale

Vantage Energy to Take Another Crack at IPO

Two years after it withdrew a $400 million offering, Marcellus and Barnett shale-focused Vantage Energy Inc. has refiled with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission to take the company public, snapping a dry spell for exploration and production companies looking to raise big money in market debuts. Read More

Total to Take Over Barnett From Chesapeake in Preemptive Strike

French oil major Total SA has exercised its preferential rights to leapfrog over a prospective buyer and become sole owner and operator of the Barnett Shale leasehold it has co-owned with Chesapeake Energy Corp. since 2009. Meanwhile, Chesapeake is boosting its annual production growth target -- even with the Barnett sale -- and forecasting cash flow neutrality in 2018. Read More

EPA Blames Injection Wells For North Texas Quakes

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has told Texas regulators that "there is a significant possibility that North Texas earthquake activity is associated with [energy industry] disposal wells." The assertion is part of a report on the state's underground injection control (UIC) program sent to the Railroad Commission of Texas (RRC) last week. Read More