Industry Briefs

Energy patch communications services provider Texas Energy Network LLC (TEN) has purchased from Verizon Wireless lower 700 MHz A and B block wireless spectrum in the Eagle Ford Shale region of South Texas. The wireless spectrum encompasses 28 counties and will allow TEN to offer service over the entire Eagle Ford Shale play, the company said. “…[I]t will allow us to provide a much needed service to our customers who have been requesting improved communications services in the oilfield for some time,” said TEN CEO Gregory M. Casey. “We intend to build-out our wireless coverage of the Eagle Ford shale region with a 4G LTE network as soon as possible to bring high-speed bandwidth to the region.” The company is currently building a network in the Permian Basin as well. Separately, communications provider ERF Wireless said in April it hired a contractor to build out two high-speed wireless broadband networks in two separate areas of the Permian Basin region adjacent to existing ERF Wireless networks. In addition, ERF Wireless is using its own crews to construct three new networks that are near the extensive terrestrial wireless network system already owned and operated by ERF Wireless in Texas, New Mexico and Oklahoma. ERF is active in the Eagle Ford as well (see Shale Daily, Jan. 13, 2011).

May 30, 2012

Keystone XL Re-Application to Feds Two Months Away

The promised re-application of a newly split two-part Keystone XL oil pipeline project to the U.S. State Department is still six to eight weeks away, a Calgary, Alberta-based spokesperson for TransCanada Corp. told NGI’s Shale Daily.

March 20, 2012

IHS CERAWeek: Shale Stimulating U.S. Economy

The shale gas industry contributed $76.8 billion to U.S. gross domestic product (GDP) and supported more than 600,000 jobs in 2010, but that’s just the tip of the iceberg, according to a report issued Wednesday by the World Economic Forum (WEF) at IHS CERAWeek 2012 in Houston.

March 8, 2012

Susquehanna Supply Hub Readied by Williams

Williams is seeing “a lot of demand for increased growth” in the Northeast and is ready “to take advantage” with a bevy of major infrastructure expansion projects, CEO Alan Armstrong told investors on Thursday.

February 27, 2012

Deutsche Cuts 2012 Gas Price Forecast Another 75 Cents

Because natural gas demand still is being hurt by weak U.S. gross domestic product (GDP) growth, industrial output and “uncommonly warm weather,” Deutsche Bank on Friday reduced its gas price forecast for the second time in less than a month.

January 9, 2012

Cabot: Marcellus Constraint Not Pinching Production

The third quarter production of Cabot Oil & Gas Corp. has not been affected by “recent operational challenges and the logistics of moving gas in northeast Pennsylvania,” the company said Friday.

September 19, 2011

Environmentalist: No Trust Without Transparency

The Environmental Defense Fund’s (EDF) Mark Brownstein held up an oil and gas company’s magazine advertisement touting “responsible” energy development. “The point is, I don’t really know if it’s true. In fact, no one really knows if it’s true,” said EDF’s energy program deputy director.

June 17, 2011

Freeze on Marcellus Permits Approved by Maryland House

The Maryland House of Delegates has approved a bill that would freeze the permitting of Marcellus Shale drilling until 2013 while state agencies review the results of various studies into Marcellus development and hydraulic fracturing (hydrofracking), including a major study being performed by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (see Shale Daily, Feb. 24).

March 25, 2011

Industry Briefs

Clean Energy Fuels Corp.’s BAF Technologies Inc. unit expanded its compressed natural gas (CNG) product line to include Ford vehicles equipped with the BAF proprietary bi-fuel CNG systems. The new line is to be available this May, including bi-fuel Ford E-250/350 vans and F-250/350 trucks. BAF also announced that it was the first CNG vehicle upfitter in the nation to be named a Ford-qualified vehicle modifier for gaseous fuels. The pickup trucks will be available in both 10 and 20 gasoline gallon-equivalent natural gas fueling packages.

March 9, 2011

Futures Fall Below $4 to End Week

Adding to the week’s trend of back-and-forth trading — a product of a directionless market — October natural gas futures probed lower values on Friday and closed at $3.881, down 13.8 cents from Thursday’s finish and 14.3 cents below the previous week’s close.

September 27, 2010