‘Human Experience Factor’ Playing Big Role in Drilling Efficiencies

U.S. onshore horizontal drilling has improved steadily across every category, in part because of improvements in technology, but the “human experience factor” appears to be playing a substantial role as well in moving well times and depth curves to the left, according to an analysis by Tudor, Pickering, Holt & Co. (TPH).

January 23, 2013

Shale Breakthroughs Created ‘A Changed Energy Game’

The election may have left the balance of power in Washington basically unchanged, but the lame duck Congress, which convened this week, may turn out to be not so lame, and the outlook for natural gas interests on Capitol Hill is good, according to Regina Hopper, CEO of America’s Natural Gas Alliance (ANGA).

November 16, 2012
Alberta’s Natural Gas, Oil Shale Potential Said to Be Colossal

Alberta’s Natural Gas, Oil Shale Potential Said to Be Colossal

After more than a century of production from conventional pools, astronomical volumes still await the new methods of extracting natural gas and oil from Alberta’s shale, according to provincial earth scientists.

November 9, 2012
Unconventionals Are a Huge U.S. Job Creator, Says IHS

Unconventionals Are a Huge U.S. Job Creator, Says IHS

The U.S. energy outlook is “fundamentally changed” because of the revolution in unconventional natural gas and oil production, generating strong job creation, economic growth and government revenues, IHS Inc. said Tuesday.

October 24, 2012
New York DEC Chief: Frack Study Health Experts Not Contracted

New York DEC Chief: Frack Study Health Experts Not Contracted

A panel of outside experts that will help conduct a health impact analysis of high-volume hydraulic fracturing (HVHF) in New York are not yet under contract, Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Commissioner Joseph Martens said Friday.

October 23, 2012
Colorado Considers Drilling Setback Rule Changes

Colorado Considers Drilling Setback Rule Changes

The Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission (COGCC) is considering three new setback zones for drilling based on the distance from a wellhead or production facility to the nearest occupied building.

September 28, 2012

API: Quarterly U.S. Gas Well Completions Drop 24%

U.S. natural gas well completions plunged by an estimated 24% from April through June, while oil well completions continued to steadily rise, according to the latest statistics from the American Petroleum Institute (API).

July 18, 2012

Flaring Easing as North Dakota E&P Issue

With rig counts, prices and liquids all moving up, the incidence of natural gas flaring in the Bakken Shale play is expected to continue to decline throughout this year, the head of the North Dakota Petroleum Council, Ron Ness, told NGI’s Shale Daily Wednesday, responding to questions about a report on the state’s record-setting oil/gas operations from the state Department of Mineral Resources (DMR).

June 8, 2012

Chesapeake Claims ‘Unprecedented Negative Media,’ Then Pulls Statement

A new investor presentation posted early Tuesday by Chesapeake Energy Corp. included a full-page statement by the company with the headline, “It’s been a tough five weeks, but better days ahead.” By Tuesday afternoon, the statement, originally the second page of the 32-page presentation, had been deleted with no explanation by the company.

May 23, 2012

Outlook: Northwest Gas Demand to Grow; Power Gen Driver

Even with a continuing slow recovery in the regional economy, natural gas demand is expected to grow steadily at just under 1% annually during the next 10 years, with gas used for power generation expected to lead the growth, according to the 2012 Gas Outlook released Saturday by the Northwest Gas Association (NWGA).

May 15, 2012