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Marcellus/Utica De-Bottlenecking on the Horizon, Barclays Says

Marcellus/Utica De-Bottlenecking on the Horizon, Barclays Says

The opening of the Mariner West I ethane pipeline and new processing plants should provide some relief to current wet gas constraints in the Marcellus and Utica shales, and the plays should be largely de-bottlenecked by the end of next year, according to analysts at Barclays.

July 29, 2013

Marcellus/Utica De-Bottlenecking on Horizon, Barclays Says

The opening of the Mariner West I ethane pipeline and new processing plants should provide some relief to current wet gas constraints in the Marcellus and Utica shales, and the plays should be largely de-bottlenecked by the end of next year, according to analysts at Barclays.

July 29, 2013
Appalachian Production Crying Out for Interstate Connections

Appalachian Production Crying Out for Interstate Connections

Production in the Marcellus Shale over the past few years “has been nothing short of epic,” and it is straining infrastructure to the point that the Appalachian region is in need of larger interstate connections, said Genscape Inc. senior natural gas analyst Andy Krebs.

July 10, 2013

Industry Brief

Pacific Gas and Electric Co. (PG&E) late last Friday filed its second annual report to state regulators summarizing its progress on current and future work aimed at improving its natural gas system’s safety as mandated by a state law (SB 705) passed in 2011 in response to the 2010 San Bruno transmission pipeline failure. Under its pipeline safety enhancement plan, PG&E told the California Public Utilities Commission that it has strength-tested 456 miles of its 6,750-mile gas transmission pipeline system. The utility said its has installed 76 automated shutoff valves on critical parts of the system while validating the safe operating pressure for the entire system. In addition, the utility said it is pursuing an internationally recognized gas safety certification for its system called “Publicly Available Specification (PAS) 55”; it also has established an employee-led company wide, grassroots safety committee to promote safe work habits, best practices and open communications; and it has a new Corrective Action Program to collect and act on gas system issues and ideas though a central internal company processing center. In addition, PG&E said its ongoing gas safety plan overall has been reviewed by several outside parties and includes input from employees at all levels of the PG&E gas operations organization.

July 2, 2013

RRC’s Smitherman Seeking Attorney General Post

Railroad Commission of Texas (RRC) Chairman Barry Smitherman plans to run for Texas attorney general (AG) next year, but only if current AG and fellow conservative Greg Abbott does not seek re-election.

June 26, 2013

RRC’s Smitherman Wants to Be Texas Attorney General

Railroad Commission of Texas (RRC) Chairman Barry Smitherman plans to run for Texas attorney general (AG) next year, but only if current AG and fellow conservative Greg Abbott does not seek re-election. An AG’s office headed by Smitherman would be pro-drilling and a staunch opponent of federal Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regulation.

June 26, 2013

Tom Ward Out at SandRidge

SandRidge Energy Inc. Tom Ward, who founded the company in 2006 and has been its only chairman and CEO, was ousted by the board on Wednesday and replaced by current President James Bennett.

June 20, 2013

Chesapeake Shareholders Reelect Board, Reject Declassification

Chesapeake Energy Corp. shareholders reelected the company’s board of directors, but rejected separate proposals to implement proxy access, reincorporate in Delaware and declassify the board, the last of which would have made it easier to replace the entire board in one fell swoop.

June 18, 2013

Energy Independence in Sight, Says Chesapeake’s Dunham

With the “right kind of leadership” and regulatory environment, the United States could be just 10 years from achieving energy independence, Chesapeake Energy Corp.’s nonexecutive Chairman Archie Dunham said Friday.

June 17, 2013

Atlas Buying Raton, Black Warrior, Arkoma Basin Assets

Atlas Energy LP (ATLS) exploration and production (E&P) subsidiary Atlas Resource Partners LP (ARP) is buying 466 Bcf of natural gas proved reserves in the Raton (New Mexico) and Black Warrior (Alabama) basins from EP Energy E&P Co. LP (EP Energy), a unit of EP Energy LLC, for $733 million.

June 11, 2013
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