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Shale Market Approaching ‘Guillotine Moment’

Shale Market Approaching ‘Guillotine Moment’

The torrent of natural gas production coming out of North America’s shale plays reminds Jim Duncan, chief analyst and commodity market strategist at ConocoPhillips Gas & Power, of the opening lines of “A Tale of Two Cities,” Charles Dickens’ epic novel of the French Revolution.

April 19, 2013
Williams’ Marcellus Revisions Could Change Infrastructure Plans

Williams’ Marcellus Revisions Could Change Infrastructure Plans

The Marcellus Shale’s natural gas volumes are continuing to flow higher, but significant revisions in growth expectations by pipeline giant Williams Partners Ltd. (WPZ) has led one analyst to question whether the “excellent adventure” to establish a major natural gas hub is turning into a “bogus journey.”

February 25, 2013

Alaska Taking Public Comments on Proposed Frack Rules

Regulators in Alaska are proposing a comprehensive set of rules to govern hydraulic fracturing (fracking) in the state, and will accept public comments on the proposals through early February, when a public hearing is also scheduled.

January 3, 2013

Talisman Slashes Capex 25% on Weak Natural Gas Prices

Talisman Energy Inc.’s North American production from ongoing operations experienced a healthy increase in 3Q2012, but weak natural gas prices have the company and its new CEO, Hal N. Kvisle, trimming capital expenses (capex) as part of a plan to run a more streamlined operation in 2013.

November 1, 2012

West Virginia Gives Farmers a Break, Declines to Assess Wellpads

The West Virginia Department of Revenue (DOR) has decided not to assign assessed value to oil and natural gas wellpad sites in the state, heeding the advice of a special committee of county assessors that doing so would pose a hardship to farmers who own surface, but not mineral, rights to their land.

October 26, 2012

Auctions Seen as Storage Capacity Marketing Tool

Noting that the cost of storage is probably three times cheaper today than five years ago, an energy trading firm executive made a pitch for a new marketing process for gas storage capacity at the LDC Gas Forum Midcontinent conference Tuesday in Chicago.

September 17, 2012

Natural Gas Storage Capacity Up 3% in 2011

With dry gas supplies ballooning, it’s probably a good thing that the industry grew demonstrated peak working capacity in underground storage caverns last year, according to the Energy Information Administration (EIA). From April 2011 to April 2012, Lower 48 state capacity increased 3%, or 136 Bcf, to 4,239 Bcf, according to a new EIA report.

September 17, 2012

EIA: Gas Storage Capacity Grew 3% Last Year with More to Come

With dry gas supplies ballooning, it’s probably a good thing that the industry grew demonstrated peak working capacity in underground storage caverns last year, according to the Energy Information Administration (EIA). From April 2011 to April 2012, Lower 48 state capacity increased 3%, or 136 Bcf, to 4,239 Bcf, according to a new EIA report.

September 13, 2012

IHS CERAWeek: Shale Boom Spurs U.S. Chemicals Industry

The expanding U.S. supply of natural gas is providing a win-win for chemicals producers, their suppliers and customers. It’s “an unbelievable opportunity,” Jim Teague, COO of Enterprise Products Partners, told an industry audience in Houston.

March 12, 2012

ExxonMobil Swivels to North American Liquids

What does the largest North American natural gas producer do when prices aren’t going its way? Move rigs to liquids plays, ExxonMobil investor relations chief David Rosenthal said Tuesday.

February 1, 2012
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