Natural Gas-Derived Liquids Eyed for Transportation Fuel Use

While normally associated with the chemicals and petrochemical industries, a number of small, niche players want to take liquids derived from natural gas and compete in the alternative transportation fuels space. The reinvigorated natural gas transportation fuel buzz has brought back methanol, introduced dimethyl ether (DME) and found potential room for bio-based fuels from natural gas.

May 18, 2012

eCorp, New York Landowners Group Scrap Drilling Agreement

eCorp International LLC and a property owners organization in New York have decided to scrap a “complex” plan to create a company indirectly owned by the landowners and will return to the drawing board, delaying the possibility of bringing waterless hydraulic fracturing (fracking) to the Empire State.

May 4, 2012

Industry Brief

The expansion of Boardwalk Field Services LLC’s Eagle Ford Shale gathering system and construction of an associated cryogenic gas processing plant is on schedule, as is work on the Boardwalk Pipeline Partners LP (BPP) subsidiary’s $90 million Marcellus Shale gathering system project, according to company officials. “We expect that a portion of our Marcellus gathering line will go into service in the very near future, and additional portions of the gathering line will go into service over the next 12 to 24 months,” BPP CEO Stan Horten said during a conference call with financial analysts. Boardwalk is adding about 55 miles of 20- and 24-inch gathering pipeline to its existing 340-mile South Texas gathering system (see Shale Daily, Feb. 7). Once complete, the combined pipeline system will have the capability to move more than 300 MMcf/d of liquids-rich gas from Karnes and Dewitt counties in the heart of the Eagle Ford play. The Marcellus gathering system in northeastern Pennsylvania is designed to connect Southwestern Energy Co. wells in the region to Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co.’s (TGP) Line 300 (see Shale Daily, Oct. 11, 2011). BPP’s 1Q2012 operating revenues were $312.9 million, a 1% increase from $311 million during 1Q2011, and the Houston-based partnership’s net income was $92.6 million, a 12% increase from $83 million a year ago.

May 3, 2012

EPA Sets 2015 as Date to Capture Fracking Gas Emissions

In its final rule to eliminate harmful air pollution from oil and natural gas production announced Wednesday, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) granted the industry a “reasonable” time to meet its requirements, extending the deadline for full compliance from 60 days to two and a half years.

April 19, 2012

Turtle Bayou Gas Storage Rehearing Bid Denied

FERC on Wednesday upheld a prior order rejecting Turtle Bayou Gas Storage Co. LLC’s bid to build a salt dome gas storage facility and associated pipeline facilities northeast of Houston.

April 13, 2012

North Dakota to Study Power Needs for Shale Gas Production

A study of the electricity needs in the oil/natural gas patch was funded Monday by the North Dakota Industrial Commission for upcoming work to be overseen by the state’s power transmission authority. Separately, the commission also authorized paying for another study of future natural gas growth in the state.

March 22, 2012

Chesapeake Curtails Gas, Targets Utica, Eagle Ford

Chesapeake Energy Corp., the second largest natural gas producer in the United States, has shut in 1 Bcf/d gross through October, CEO Aubrey McClendon told investors on Wednesday.

February 23, 2012

SM Energy Disputes Termination of Marcellus Deal

SM Energy Co. intends “to pursue any and all legal remedies” arising from Endeavour International Corp.’s decision to terminate agreements to buy a 42,000-acre leasehold and associated pipeline assets in McKean and Potter counties in northern Pennsylvania, the Denver-based company said.

December 19, 2011

Perryville Storage Project Approved by FERC

FERC last Tuesday gave Perryville Gas Storage LLC the go-ahead to expand its proposed salt dome storage facility and associated facilities, which are under construction in the Crowville Salt Dome in northeast Louisiana.

December 5, 2011

Colorado Springs Puts Six-Month Hold on Drilling

The nine-member city council in Colorado’s second largest city, Colorado Springs (pop. 416,000), voted unanimously Wednesday to invoke a 60-day moratorium on oil and gas drilling within the city limits. The action was taken in an emergency meeting scheduled to look at exploration and production (E&P) activity.

December 2, 2011