Shale Gas: An Opportunity Wrapped in a Dilemma

Low prices have made dry gas from shales a producers’ problem and an end-user’s dream. But interests at both ends of the market do agree that the right gas price — the equilibrium price — would make shale gas a boon for the country.

August 27, 2012

Noble Continues Noncore Sales, Ramps up Denver-Julesburg

Noble Energy Inc. has agreed to sell oil and natural gas properties in Kansas, including about 250 producing wells on approximately 14,000 net acres, to an affiliate of Citation Oil & Gas Corp. for $140 million as part of an ongoing divestiture plan, the Houston-based company said Monday.

August 14, 2012

DCP Midstream Pays $63M for Crossroads Processing Plant

DCP Midstream Partners has moved to increase its market position in East Texas, agreeing to pay Penn Virginia Resource Partners LP (PVR) approximately $63 million for the Crossroads processing plant and associated gathering system in Harrison County, TX, the two companies said.

June 21, 2012

INGAA Launches Gas-Power Task Force

With increasing demand for natural gas by power generators on the horizon and some in the energy industry lamenting a lack of coordination between gas and power interests, the Interstate Natural Gas Association of America (INGAA) has established a board-level task force to tackle issues related to growing power demand for gas.

June 14, 2012

Matador Resources Ramping Up in Eagle Ford

Matador Resources Co. is moving forward with its plan to target the wet gas and oil-prone Eagle Ford Shale of South Texas this year while ramping down development of its dry gas Haynesville Shale acreage in North Louisiana, the Dallas-based company said Tuesday.

May 17, 2012

Industry Brief

Management of Australia’s Eureka Energy Ltd., which has acreage in the Eagle Ford Shale of South Texas, told shareholders they should reject an unsolicited offer from Aurora Oil and Gas Ltd., also of Australia and an Eagle Ford player. “The board considers the offer to be opportunistic and designed to solicit shareholders to sell their shares at a time when the company’s strategic direction and underlying potential is still emerging,” said Eureka Acting Managing Director Bill Bloking. Aurora has made an A$107 (US$111.7 million) unsolicited offer for Eureka. Aurora said the unconditional, all-cash offer represents “an attractive premium” (36.4% to Eureka’s previous closing price) and gives Eureka shareholders the opportunity to “crystallize immediate and certain value for their shares.” The acquisition would build Aurora’s “already strong presence in the Sugarkane Field, growing its portfolio of Eagle Ford interests” in line with its strategy, said Aurora CEO Jon Stewart (see Shale Daily, May 1).

May 8, 2012

Keystone Bill Sent to Nebraska Governor

Opponents of TransCanada Corp.’s proposed Keystone XL oil pipeline accused Nebraska legislators Wednesday of bowing to the Alberta-based pipeline company’s interests after the lawmakers solidly approved legislation 44-5 to allow the pipeline to traverse the state.

April 13, 2012

Louisiana Weighing Lawsuit Abuse Legislation

Louisiana oil and natural gas interests are rallying support for legislation intended to put the brakes on runaway liability awards for environmental damage in the state. SB 443 is currently in the state Senate Judiciary Committee A, and Louisiana Oil & Gas Association (LOGA) Chairman Don Briggs is hoping the industry will step up to support it.

April 12, 2012

Bakken Shale Latest Target for Breitling Oil and Gas

The Bakken Shale and underlying Three Forks formation in North Dakota are the latest targets for independent exploration and production company Breitling Oil and Gas Corp., which in 2011 reported progress in oil and gas projects in its focus areas in Texas, Oklahoma and Louisiana.

January 3, 2012

Industry Briefs

Magnum Hunter Resources Corp. is raising its production guidance for this year and next year based upon better-than-expected well results, according to the Houston-based company. Magnum Hunter is currently producing 12,500 boe/d, compared to its 10,000 boe/d guidance for the year. The company expects to close out 2012 producing 14,500 boe/d, up from its previous projection of 13,000 boe/d. Magnum Hunter operates in the Marcellus, Eagle Ford and Bakken shales. “We are very fortunate to have three resource plays within our portfolio that are now ‘hitting on all cylinders’ and providing an increase in our overall production levels well above expectations,” said CEO Gary C. Evans. “This is especially rewarding when our management team has been able to achieve these milestones while also staying within our original capital budget plan.”

December 28, 2011