36,000 Shale Wells and Counting

There are roughly 36,000 shale wells in the five major shale basins in the United States that have produced nearly 23 Tcf of natural gas and 682 million barrels of oil and condensate, according to a tally gleaned from state regulatory records by Powell Shale Digest, a weekly newsletter specializing in North American shale news and research.

August 16, 2012

Magnum Hunter to Test Potential of Pearsall Shale

Magnum Hunter Resources Corp. Wednesday said it plans to test for the first time the potential of the deep Pearsall Shale formation in South Texas after agreeing to pay $2.35 million to buy an additional 1,885 net mineral acres in Atascosa County.

August 9, 2012

Industry Brief

After 15 years working to build a market for natural gas in transportation, Seal Beach, CA-based Clean Energy Fuels Corp. has released a public listing of major fleet operators using natural gas vehicles (NGV) in a resources document it is calling “The Road to Natural Gas.” It is a listing of trucking companies, refuse haulers, fleet operators, airports, municipalities and other organizations that have signed new or expanded agreements with Clean Energy to provide transportation fuel and other services for their vehicles and fleets. According to the NGV fuel and infrastructure provider the report contains “only information which has not been previously announced, including recently completed stations on Clean Energy’s designated America’s Natural Gas Highway with a partner, Pilot Flying J, and at other interstate locations. Clean Energy’s report includes new customers that it expects to ultimately use hundreds of thousands of gallons of natural gas fuel every month, according to CEO Andrew Littlefair who added that his company so far this year is exceeding its own internal plans for its core refuse, airport and transit markets. “There are natural gas engines now available for more vehicle classes; the U.S. has an abundant supply of cheap natural gas, and there is a greater understanding of the economic and environmental benefits of using natural gas as a transportation fuel,” Littlefair said.

August 3, 2012

Crestwood Pays $90M for Devon Midstream Properties

Crestwood Midstream Partners LP late Monday agreed to pay $90 million to buy some of Devon Energy Corp.’s midstream assets in the Barnett Shale and to process the producer’s natural gas output from 20,500 dedicated acres, now estimated at 95 MMcf/d, over a 20-year period.

July 25, 2012

Williams Engages the Public in Constitution Pipeline Plans

It’s all about engaging the right kind of public participation and Williams has been working on that, launching a series of open house meetings along the route of its proposed 121-mile Constitution Pipeline from northeastern Pennsylvania into the heart of New York State near Albany.

July 23, 2012

Ohio EPA Overstepped Authority in Wastewater Case, Says Commission

Patriot Water Treatment LLC of Warren, OH, is back in business after the Ohio Environmental Review Appeals Commission (ERAC) on Tuesday ruled that the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency (OEPA) had overstepped its regulatory authority when it pulled the private operator’s permit to deliver natural gas drilling wastewater to the City of Warren for treatment.

July 6, 2012

Shell to Test Mackenzie Valley’s Canol Shale in Farmout

Canadian junior producer MGM Energy Corp. on Thursday clinched a farm-out agreement in the Mackenzie Valley’s Canol Shale with a subsidiary of Royal Dutch Shell plc. Financial terms were not disclosed.

July 2, 2012

Cabot Forms Pearsall Shale JV with Osaka Gas Unit

Cabot Oil & Gas has struck an agreement with a U.S. unit of Osaka Gas Co. Ltd. for the sale of a 35% nonoperated working interest in the Pearsall Shale in 50,000 net acres leased by the company in Atascosa, Frio, La Salle and Zavala counties in Texas for $250 million.

June 25, 2012

New York Possibly Open to Fracking in Southern Tier

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s administration is reportedly working on a plan to allow horizontal drilling using high-volume hydraulic fracturing (fracking) in five counties in the Southern Tier of the state, but only in localities that support the practice.

June 18, 2012

New York Governor Will Reportedly Allow Fracking in Five Counties

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s administration is reportedly working on a plan to allow hydraulic fracturing (fracking) in five counties along the Pennsylvania border in the Marcellus Shale, but only in localities that support the practice.

June 14, 2012
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