Unconventional Rig Count Continues to Show Gas-to-Oil Migration

With the natural gas price slump now being measured in terms of years instead of months, producers continue to pull rigs from dry gas unconventional plays to pursue oil targets, according to NGI’s Shale Daily Unconventional Rig Count.

August 6, 2012

Pioneer Drilling: Market Softening; West Texas, Bakken Bright Spots

Lower prices for oil and natural gas liquids have led to softening in drilling services markets and caused Pioneer Drilling Co. to dial down its operations guidance for the second quarter, the company said Monday. However, the Permian Basin of West Texas and the Bakken Shale offer some bright spots.

June 26, 2012

Ohio Mulls Water Sales, Leasing Land to Operators

Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) regulators are considering plans to sell water to operators to use for horizontal drilling and hydraulic fracturing (fracking), as well as possibly lease land in portions of the Marcellus and Utica shales.

June 20, 2012

Gensler: CFTC, SEC Close to Completing Swap Rule

The Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) and the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) are close to issuing a final rule further defining the terms “swap” and “securities-based swap,” which would trigger a rule establishing limits on speculative positions in the futures and swaps markets, the CFTC chief told Senate members last week.

May 28, 2012

BP Puts GOM Fields Up for Sale

BP plc, still coming to terms with the devastating Macondo well blowout two years ago, said Tuesday it is selling one Gulf of Mexico (GOM) field and stakes in four others.

May 2, 2012

EPA Says 20 More Water Wells in Dimock Tested Safe

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced Friday that 20 water wells in Dimock Township, PA — collectively its second round of water quality testing — did not reveal any signs of contamination from natural gas drilling.

April 10, 2012

ConocoPhillips, India’s ONGC Sign Shale, Offshore Agreement

India’s state-owned Oil and Natural Gas Corp. Ltd. (ONGC) announced Friday that it has signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with ConocoPhillips to explore and develop shale and deepwater resources in India and North America.

April 3, 2012

Chemical Industry Has Shale Faith, Fears

Chemical industry executives are believers in the North American shale gas miracle, and they’re investing accordingly. But there’s still time to blow it with bad policies and regulation, speakers at a Houston industry conference said.

March 29, 2012

Norse’s $37M Deal Helps Maintain New York Optimism

Hopeful that it is seeing the final months of a moratorium on high-volume hydraulic fracturing (HVHF) tick away in New York, Norse Energy Corp. ASA — a company that, like many others, has suffered through years of uncertainty at the hands of the delay — is positioning itself to hit the ground running in the Marcellus and Utica shales.

March 19, 2012

‘Epa-Dimock’ Over? Testing Finds No Contamination from Drilling

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) said Thursday initial test results of water samples taken from 11 households in the Carter Road/Meshoppen Creek Road area of Dimock Township, PA, do not indicate any levels of contamination from natural gas drilling.

March 19, 2012