Aubrey McClendon’s announced retirement from Chesapeake Energy Corp., the company he helped to found and then grow into an unconventional natural gas behemoth, may end one point of controversy for the debt-ridden operator, but it won’t solve many of the financial problems ahead, pundits said last week.
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Even with the big retreat by operators in U.S. onshore natural gas plays, domestic output will continue to grow “for the foreseeable future,” according to Raymond James & Associates Inc. energy team.
States increasingly will push for more disclosure of the hydraulic fracturing process.
Norway’s Statoil ASA on Wednesday said it has snapped up another 70,000 net acres in liquids-rich areas of the Marcellus Shale for $590 million in cash. The portfolio additions, which give the producer full or joint partnership in close to 750,000 net acres in the play, are spread across West Virginia and Ohio.
ZaZa Energy Corp. said Tuesday it has hit a snag with its Stingray well in the Eaglebine play that will limit initial production. However, the setback is temporary, and the company intends to continue Eaglebine drilling while it high grades its Eagle Ford acreage.
An official with Range Resources Corp. said he believes the federal government will eventually allow the export of liquefied natural gas (LNG) but cautioned that the industry shouldn’t be complacent and just assume exports will be approved.
Surging shale oil reserves in the United States led BP plc to apparently secure permission, and Royal Dutch Shell plc to apply, for export licenses to ship U.S. crude oil supplies to Canada and possibly elsewhere.
Continental Resources Inc. has launched a growth plan to triple production and proved reserves between now and the end of 2017, largely from its leading Bakken Shale position, but also with gains from other onshore holdings, including a discovery in the southwest corner of Oklahoma.
To reduce the amount of drilling waste that has to be transported to landfills and to provide a renewable solution, Chesapeake Energy Corp. has begun an innovative recycling project with TWMA Ltd. in the Eagle Ford Shale.