Reducing the ‘Drag’ Delivers Oil, Gas Faster, Says PwC

Master integrated planning in the shale natural gas and liquids markets reduces working capital and makes the end-to-end process more consistent and predictable, according to an analysis by PwC.

April 1, 2013

Texas Production, Blacker and Wetter Still

Well permitting in Texas during January was up sharply from a year ago, as were well completions. December crude oil production was also up sharply compared with a year ago, but natural gas production slipped, according to the latest figures from the Railroad Commission of Texas (RRC).

February 28, 2013

Industry Groups Jockey for Advantage in LNG Export Fight

The battle between companies that stand to benefit from liquefied natural gas (LNG) exports and those that benefit from the low price and abundance of natural gas in the United States is intensifying. Chemical giant Dow Chemical Co. left the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) over an export dispute, while Huntsman Corp. joined America’s Energy Advantage, a coalition opposed to LNG exports.

January 24, 2013
Haynesville, Barnett Natural Gas Output Exceeds Analyst Estimates

Haynesville, Barnett Natural Gas Output Exceeds Analyst Estimates

U.S. natural gas prices may well go higher over the next 18 months to two years, but a few things could stand in their way, including stronger-than-forecast dry gas output from unconventional plays, including the Haynesville and Barnett shales, Credit Suisse analysts said Wednesday.

October 26, 2012

New York Municipalities Take Stand to Allow Fracking

Several municipalities in the Southern Tier of New York have adopted nonbinding resolutions that take a stand that would allow high-volume hydraulic fracturing (fracking), a position that dovetails with an assertion by state officials that the drilling stimulation practice, if eventually approved by regulators, only would be permitted in communities that allowed it.

May 22, 2012

ExxonMobil Adds 1.8 Billion Boe to Proved Reserves

ExxonMobil Corp. added 1.8 billion boe to its proved reserves base in 2011, replacing 107% of natural gas and production, the company said last week. Proved reserves now stand at 24.9 billion boe, weighted 51% to natural gas and 49% to liquids.

February 27, 2012

Industry Wants Texas Court to Revisit Eminent Domain Decision

The Texas Supreme Court may soon decide on a request to revisit a 2011 opinion on the use of eminent domain that some industry representatives say could stymie the efforts of companies trying to build oil and gas pipelines to service growing production in the state’s shale plays.

February 14, 2012

Morgantown Tables Frack Ban Again to Make ‘Political Statement’

For the second time since its ordinance banning hydraulic fracturing was ruled illegal, the Morgantown City Council voted to table a decision to repeal the ban in order to make a “political statement” against the West Virginia state government.

December 29, 2011

Williams to Spin Off E&P Business by Year’s End

Weakness in the equity markets has forced Williams to revamp a plan that will create two stand-alone publicly traded companies from its exploration and production (E&P) business and natural gas pipeline unit, the Tulsa -based company said Tuesday.

October 19, 2011

West Virginia DEP Enacts Emergency Rule on Permitting

The West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) filed an emergency rule regarding Marcellus Shale drilling on Monday, following through on Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin’s executive order from July mandating regulatory changes.

August 24, 2011
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