All Stakeholders in Pavillion Water Well Testing Fracas to Join in Retest

Wyoming Gov. Matt Mead, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), community representatives and Indian tribes will collaborate on the retesting of two water wells near hydraulic fracturing (fracking) operations near Pavillion, WY, which were the subject of a controversial EPA report last December (see Shale Daily, Dec. 21, 2011).

March 12, 2012

Unconventionals Lift ExxonMobil’s Proved Reserves

Boosted by unconventional natural gas and oil, particularly from North America, ExxonMobil Corp. added 1.8 billion boe to its proved reserves base in 2011, replacing 107% of natural gas and production, the company said Thursday.

February 27, 2012

New Export, Power Generation Markets Targeted By Major Pipeline Operators

With the wave of new shale gas supplies flooding the U.S. market and pushing prices to nearly 10-year lows, the natural gas industry is actively searching out new markets and customers to increase demand, panelists told an audience at the Pennsylvania Independent Oil & Gas Association’s Winter Meeting in Champion, PA, on Tuesday.

February 9, 2012

Consol’s Marcellus-Weighted 3P Reserves Jump 41%

Appalachian Basin producer Consol Energy Inc. said Monday its estimated proved, probable and possible (3P) reserves totaled 20.2 Tcf at the end of 2011, which was 41% higher than in 2010.

February 7, 2012

Gasland Director Rousted from House Fracking Hearing

A contentious House committee hearing over an Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) report on possible natural gas contamination of well water started off with the ejection from the hearing room of Josh Fox, director of the controversial film Gasland.

February 2, 2012

Alaska In-State Gasline Backer Touts Cheaper Fuel

Cheaper heat, lower prices for electricity and cleaner air all could be possible for residents of Fairbanks, AK, and rural areas with greater reliance on natural gas, according to a newly released report.

December 9, 2011

Shale to Help British Columbia Capture Canada’s Gas Producing Crown

British Columbia will eclipse Alberta as Canada’s top gas producing province by tapping prolific shale deposits, the National Energy Board said.

November 28, 2011

Industry Brief

The chair of the Railroad Commission of Texas has directed commission staff to look into its existing rules on water recycling in the oil and gas patch. “If we need to streamline our old rules and make amendments where necessary to encourage companies to expand their recycling activities, then that is what we will do,” said Chair Elizabeth Ames Jones. “…[W]e must maintain that hydraulic fracturing can continue to benefit Texas by allowing companies to manage water use and conserve when possible as it relates to this process of energy production.”

November 28, 2011

Coalition Seeks Implementation of SEAB Recommendations

A coalition of environmental groups has called on the Obama administration to issue an executive order directing the government to adopt as soon as possible the Secretary of Energy Advisory Board (SEAB) subcommittee on shale gas production’s recommendations that apply to federal agencies.

November 21, 2011

Transportation Notes

Due to a possible leak, ANR has shut in the offshore Garden Banks 426 receipt point until further notice.

November 16, 2011