Utica Shale

Southwestern Drills First Ohio Utica Well after Montage Acquisition

Southwestern Drills First Ohio Utica Well after Montage Acquisition

Appalachian pure-play Southwestern Energy Co. plans to keep year/year production and spending flat in 2021 even as it assumes a larger asset base and entry into Ohio with its acquisition of Montage Resources Corp. The exploration and production company laid out its vision for the year last week, joining peers in announcing a plan aimed…

March 3, 2021
Equitrans Cuts Guidance as Appalachian Producers Continue to Hunker Down

Equitrans Cuts Guidance as Appalachian Producers Continue to Hunker Down

Equitrans Midstream Corp. has significantly cut its 2021 financial forecast as Appalachian natural gas producers continue to curb spending and output. Equitrans, the third largest natural gas gatherer in the United States with operations in Ohio, Pennsylvania and West Virginia, this month cut its net income guidance for next year to $540-610 million. That’s down…

December 24, 2020
MVP Clears Major Permitting Hurdle as Forest Service Completes Supplemental Review

MVP Clears Major Permitting Hurdle as Forest Service Completes Supplemental Review

The U.S. Forest Service (USFS) has finalized a supplemental environmental review of the Mountain Valley Pipeline (MVP), a key step in resolving a permitting setback that has prevented construction on a small portion of the project routed through the Jefferson National Forest. Late last week, the USFS released a final supplemental environmental impact statement for…

December 14, 2020
FERC Nixes Rehearing of MVP Southgate Natural Gas Expansion, with One Dissent

FERC Nixes Rehearing of MVP Southgate Natural Gas Expansion, with One Dissent

FERC on Thursday turned back a rehearing on a 2-1 vote regarding its prior approval for Appalachian natural gas takeaway Mountain Valley Pipeline LLC (MVP) to extend the system. The environmental impacts for the Southgate extension are acceptable, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission ruled in its regular meeting. Chairman Neil Chatterjee and James P. Danly…

September 17, 2020
Pennsylvania Orders Mariner East Reroute, Cites ‘Careless’ Actions by Sunoco

Pennsylvania Orders Mariner East Reroute, Cites ‘Careless’ Actions by Sunoco

Citing adverse impacts at a horizontal directional drill (HDD) site in southeastern Pennsylvania, the state’s Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) has ordered Sunoco Pipeline LP to reroute part of its Mariner East (ME) system. Sunoco will need to “take all steps necessary, including the submission of appropriate applications and supporting materials for permit amendments,” to…

September 14, 2020
Ohio’s Utica Shale Natural Gas, Oil Output Continued Slump in Second Quarter

Ohio’s Utica Shale Natural Gas, Oil Output Continued Slump in Second Quarter

Ohio’s unconventional oil and natural gas production again declined in the second quarter as shut-ins and low commodity prices persisted, according to recent data from the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR).  Unconventional natural gas production, driven almost entirely by volumes from the Utica Shale, was down 7% year/year to 569.4 Bcf. Volumes also fell…

September 3, 2020
Range Resources Aiming for Net Zero Emissions in Lower 48 by 2025

Range Resources Aiming for Net Zero Emissions in Lower 48 by 2025

Lower 48 independent Range Resources Corp. on Wednesday unveiled an emissions goal of net zero greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 2025. The Fort Worth, TX-based exploration and production (E&P) company said in its 2020 Corporate Sustainability Report it has reduced absolute GHG emissions by 47% since 2017. It also has recycled 147% of produced water…

August 27, 2020
Sunoco Challenging Mariner East HDD Stoppage in Southeast PA

Sunoco Challenging Mariner East HDD Stoppage in Southeast PA

Sunoco Pipeline LP is challenging a recent directive from state regulators to suspend work on a horizontal directional drill (HDD) in Chester County, PA, needed to complete parts of its embattled Mariner East pipeline system. A prolonged construction stoppage at the site in West Whiteland Township, dubbed HDD 360, creates “a significant risk of adverse…

August 25, 2020
MVP Commits to Appalachian Trail Conservation, Complementing Natural Gas Pipe Development

MVP Commits to Appalachian Trail Conservation, Complementing Natural Gas Pipe Development

Mountain Valley Pipeline LLC, developer of the contentious 2 million Dth/d, 300-mile natural gas conduit, plans to donate up to $19.5 million for conservation efforts in Virginia and West Virginia, where the unfinished pipeline is routed. The commitment is part of an agreement between the developer and conservation groups the Appalachian Trail Conservancy (ATC) and…

August 19, 2020
Mariner East Again Contending with Drilling Fluid Spills in Pennsylvania

Mariner East Again Contending with Drilling Fluid Spills in Pennsylvania

The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) has responded to several reports of fluid discharges at construction sites for the Mariner East pipeline system in Chester County, including a confirmed spill at a state park. The agency said Sunoco Pipeline LP reported an inadvertent return on Monday in Marsh Creek State Park in Upper Uwchlan…

August 13, 2020
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