Policymakers Weigh Marcellus Commission Recommendations

The Marcellus Shale Advisory Commission (MSAC) released its final report on Friday and now Pennsylvania policymakers in the executive and legislative branches must decide which recommendations to keep, which to change and which to toss.

July 25, 2011

Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission to Issue Gas Leases

The Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission has taken steps to lease the rights to drill for natural gas in the 43,000 acres of waterways that run through the Marcellus Shale region and to grant licenses for access to water.

July 14, 2011

EXCO Gives Up On Sale

The EXCO Resources Inc. board of directors is ending its bid to sell the company.

July 11, 2011

Pennsylvania Considering Disclosure Law

Inspired by pioneering legislation in Texas, a Pennsylvania state lawmaker is proposing a bill that would require Marcellus Shale operators to disclose all the chemicals used in hydraulic fracturing (hydrofracking) operations.

July 6, 2011

Landowners Suing Range Resources Over Well Water

The couple at the center of state and federal investigations of alleged water well contamination by gas drilling activities in North Texas has filed suit against Range Resources Corp. and others, seeking damages of $4.5 million plus $2 million for mental anguish, attorney fees, as well as trebling of damages under the Texas Business and Commercial Code.

June 27, 2011

Industry Briefs

Eagle Ford Gathering LLC, a joint venture (JV) of Kinder Morgan Energy Partners LP and Copano Energy LLC, has made a long-term agreement with Williams Partners LP to process Eagle Ford Shale production at Williams Partners’ Markham processing plant in Matagorda County, TX. The JV will construct a seven-mile, 20-inch diameter lateral to connect its previously announced crossover pipeline project to the Markham plant and install 3,400 hp of compression at a cost of about $27 million. The agreement will initially provide Eagle Ford Gathering with 100 MMcf/d of processing capacity at the Markham plant, with an option to increase capacity to up to 200 MMcf/d. “The new agreement augments the previously announced agreement with Formosa Hydrocarbons Co., [see Shale Daily, Feb. 7] resulting in up to 375 MMcf/d of total processing capacity through the crossover project,” said Duane Kokinda, president of Kinder Morgan’s intrastate pipeline group.

June 17, 2011


Thomas S. Liberatore has joined Eclipse Resources as a partner, executive vice president and COO, the State College, PA-based oil and gas company said. Liberatore, who resigned as vice president of Cabot Oil & Gas Corp.’s East region following a restructuring there two years ago (see Daily GPI, June 1, 2009), is a member of the American Association of Petroleum Geologists and the Appalachian Geological Society, has served on the board of directors of the West Virginia Oil and Natural Gas Association and is a past president of the Independent Oil & Gas Association of West Virginia. Additionally, Brian Panetta, who was previously a geologist with Waco Oil & Gas and a senior geologist for Chesapeake Energy Corp., has joined Eclipse as vice president of geology. Eclipse focuses on the acquisition, exploration and development of unconventional oil and natural gas properties in the Appalachian Basin, including the Marcellus Shale, Utica Shale and Upper Devonian shales.

June 3, 2011

Inflection Energy Tries Again in New York’s Broome County

Denver-based Inflection Energy has leased 3,000 additional acres in Broome County, NY, in the midst of the Marcellus Shale, bringing the total under its control in the state to approximately 15,000 acres. The county is located on the border with Pennsylvania, where the privately held exploration and production company holds more than 6,000 acres.

May 31, 2011

Pennsylvania Kicks Gathering Project Back to ALJ

Laser Northeast Gathering Co. LLC’s wait to learn whether it can construct a gas gathering pipeline with “public utility” status in the heart of Pennsylvania’s Marcellus Shale country was extended late last week when the Pennsylvania Public Utilities Commission (PUC) voted to remand the case to an administrative law judge (ALJ).

May 23, 2011

Bentek: Demand Shortage Could Stall Shale Production

Limited demand for natural gas could keep 9 Bcf/d of production from shale plays off the market over the next four years, a Bentek Energy LLC executivetold an audience in Pittsburgh on Tuesday.

May 20, 2011