Chevron Corp. has put another 11,588 noncore net acres up for sale in central Pennsylvania. The properties include six producing wells and are located in Clearfield and Cambria counties in the center of the state. This is an area removed from the play's hotspots in the southwest and northeast. The company is accepting bids until May 21, according to a post on the online auction service EnergyNet. In February, Chevron began marketing 17,000 gross acres in Bedford, Blair and Cambria counties in the same area (see Shale Daily, Feb. 3). The sale comes as Chevron's Appalachian division is undergoing a restructuring. The company said earlier this year that it would lay off 162 employees in Pennsylvania (see Shale Daily, Jan. 23).
Lightning was being blamed for a well fire that erupted in Barnett Shale town Denton, TX, Thursday night. The fire was extinguished early Friday and there were no injuries. The group Frack Free Denton sent an email to members telling them about the fire and lobbying them to vote in the upcoming city council election for candidates who oppose drilling within the city limits. "As we move into the upcoming city council election on Saturday, this event highlights how important it is to have people in office who understand that gas wells don't belong in our neighborhoods," the group said in an email Friday morning. The Texas legislature recently adopted a measure that effectively kills a ban on hydraulic fracturing that was adopted by Denton voters late last year (see Shale Daily, May 4).
The Natural Gas Supply Association (NGSA) and the Center for Liquefied Natural Gas (CLNG) said Thursday that they intend to merge. NGSA represents integrated and independent companies that supply natural gas, encouraging the use of gas within a balanced national energy policy and promoting the benefits of competitive markets. CLNG is a trade association of LNG producers, shippers, terminal operators and developers, and energy trade associations. Following the combination, both organizations will retain their brands, a CLNG spokesperson said.