Syngas from Hydrogen Eyed in Europe

With a strong natural gas pipeline/storage infrastructure but limits on supply sources, Europe is putting more research and development into making synthetic methane from hydrogen, which some energy stakeholders think will be the future means of beefing up natural gas supplies. A number of large utilities are partnering with researchers in Germany who think this has commercial possibilities.

October 26, 2011

Pennsylvania Assisting Federal Probe of Wells in State Forests

The Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) is assisting an investigation by the federal National Park Service (NPS) to determine whether any Marcellus Shale natural gas wells on state forest land were improperly approved by the state.

September 28, 2011

McClendon Values Utica Shale at $500 Billion

The Utica Shale could be worth $500 billion, and the “biggest thing economically to hit Ohio, since maybe the plow,” Chesapeake Energy Corp. CEO Aubrey McClendon told an audience in Ohio on Wednesday.

September 22, 2011

Driller Sues City Over Fracking Ban

Northeast Natural Energy (NNE) has filed suit in circuit court against the City of Morgantown, WV, to prevent the city from enforcing its new ordinance banning hydraulic fracturing (fracking).

June 28, 2011

EIA Production Forecast Reflects Shales’ Contribution

The promise of continued production growth from unconventional gas plays — shales in particular — has been repeated yet again in the Energy Information Administration’s (EIA) latest production forecast. While the overall gas-directed rig count has fallen, the number of rigs targeting unconventional plays (gas and oil) has increased from last year.

June 8, 2011

Leading Pennsylvania Marcellus Operators Join Collaborative

Object Reservoir Inc., a services company providing complex reservoir modeling in unconventional gas plays, is rapidly expanding its Collaborative Exploitation Project (CEP) for the Marcellus Shale in northeast Pennsylvania and is looking into starting up a similar effort in the southwestern part of the state.

January 10, 2011

North Dakota’s Bakken Shale Delivering — and Then Some

North Dakota’s oil patch accounted for less than 1% of total U.S. crude oil production three years ago, but today the state is pumping close to 6% of total crude output, thanks to the formidable Bakken-Three Forks shale region, the state’s Department of Mineral Resources (DMR) is reporting.

January 5, 2011

Gas Drilling Rules to be Unveiled for Delaware Watershed

Marcellus Shale operators — and drilling opponents — waiting for the Delaware River Basin Commission (DRBC) to issue proposed natural gas development rules should get their wish Thursday morning, officials said.

December 9, 2010

Ziff: Tighter Global Gas Supply in Decade’s Second Half

Global gas prices could get a lift around 2014 when demand recovers and the delay of liquefied natural gas (LNG) liquefaction projects limits the amount of LNG available, according to Ziff Energy Group.

January 8, 2010

Transportation Notes

Florida Gas Transmission did not extend an Overage Alert Day beyond Monday.

December 23, 2009