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Report Sees Hurdles Ahead for Pennsylvania NGVs, Despite Strength of Marcellus

Even with the huge Marcellus Shale, the high cost of natural gas vehicles and a lack of infrastructure to fuel the vehicles may deter growth in the state, according to the Allegheny Conference on Community Development.

May 10, 2012

Record Domestic Onshore Gas Output in January, Says EIA

It may take some time before fewer drilling rigs and curtailed output make a dent in domestic onshore natural gas production. Dry gas production skyrocketed 11.6% in January from a year earlier to 2,047 Bcf gross, the Energy Information Administration (EIA) said.

April 16, 2012

Judge Delays Part of Pennsylvania Impact Fee

As the clock was winding down for counties to sign on to the Pennsylvania Marcellus Shale impact fee, also known as Act 13, a Commonwealth Court judge pushed back the start date for portions of the law to give local governments more time to adopt its standardized zoning measures.

April 12, 2012

Seneca Curtails Marcellus Output, Delays Well Completions

Seneca Resources Corp., the exploration and production (E&P) arm of National Fuel Gas Co., has curtailed some Marcellus Shale production, is delaying some well completion activities there and possibly may not participate in some joint venture wells with partner EOG Resources Inc. because of low natural gas prices, the company said Monday.

March 27, 2012

Utah Governor’s 10-Year Energy Plan Seeks Independence

Utah is looking for fewer roadblocks from the U.S. government to allow it to achieve its own brand of “energy independence,” Gov. Gary Herbert said Wednesday night in his state of the state address emphasizing his state’s growing economy, which has lowered unemployment to 6%.

January 30, 2012

Canadian Drilling Forecast Slashed

A total of 13,350 wells are expected to be drilled across Canada in 2012, 1,750 (11.6%) fewer than previously forecast but still 4% more than the 12,917 wells drilled in 2011, according to the Petroleum Services Association of Canada (PSAC).

January 30, 2012

Industry Seeks Balance on Pennsylvania Impact Fee, Regulations

As Pennsylvania legislators continue to work out a compromise on natural gas drilling impact fee legislation, the Marcellus Shale Coalition (MSC) on Friday urged leaders in Harrisburg “to avoid the temptation of crafting policy in a vacuum and instead design a fee and regulatory structure that not only provides heightened safeguards to the public, but also a competitive investment climate.”

January 23, 2012

Cornell Researchers Maintain Shale Gas Unsuitable as Bridge Fuel

In a paper released Thursday, researchers from Cornell University firmly stood by an earlier claim that shale gas has a larger greenhouse gas (GHG) footprint than conventional gas and oil or coal, and thus would be an unsuitable bridge fuel.

January 20, 2012

GasMart 2011: Technology Pinpoints Sweetest Sweet Spot

New and continuously improving drilling technologies have handed producers the keys to unlock more onshore natural gas and oil reserves with fewer wells and at a lower cost, but today’s innovations have only scratched the rock’s surface, a Schlumberger Ltd. executive said recently.

May 23, 2011

GasMart 2011: Finding the Sweetest Sweet Spot Through Drilling Technology

New and continuously improving drilling technologies have handed producers the keys to unlock more onshore natural gas and oil reserves with fewer wells and at a lower cost, but today’s innovations have only scratched the rock’s surface, a Schlumberger Ltd. executive said recently.

May 23, 2011