Mud Serves as Multipurpose Tool in $100B Shale Industry

Trib Live By Katelyn Ferral Mud makes it all possible. The $100 billion industry arising from the so-called shale boom — gas drilling that some consider a revolution and others lament as an environmental tragedy — hinges on the lubricating, cooling, cleaning, balancing and communicative powers of drilling mud. “Every component on that rig has […]

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Chevron laying off 162 workers from Moon-based unit

Trib Live By David Conti Chevron Corp.’s decision to cut 162 jobs from its Appalachian natural gas exploration unit in Moon represents the first major layoffs to hit Marcellus shale operations since prices began falling last year. The layoffs will affect up to 23 percent of the 700 people working for the company in Pennsylvania, […]

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Utica Pipeline Could Send Ohio Gas To Gulf Coast

Nasdaq By Nick Cunningham A proposed pipeline in Ohio just received federal approval, which could connect shale gas from the Utica basin to the Gulf of Mexico. Eastern Ohio is home to the Utica shale, which is thought to hold around 38 trillion cubic feet of natural gas. Whereas the Marcellus shale has been the […]

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Shale gas activity reignites

By Sharon Corderman After a quiet lull, activity surrounding natural gas exploration and production is picking up in Potter and Tioga counties. And, once again, the excitement is over a shale formation, this time the Utica shale. Located a few thousand feet below the Marcellus shale, which caused a leasing frenzy in Pennsylvania a number […]

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Gas Flare to Light Up Part of Washington County

Power Source By Don Hopey A massive, noisy natural gas flare will be visible next week in western Washington County, illuminating the first well that Range Resources Inc. drilled into the Utica Shale formation in five years. The flaring, an increasingly rare event in the Marcellus Shale gas play, is scheduled to begin Dec. 7 […]

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Arkansas is the Fourth-Largest Natural Gas Producer in the U.S.

City Wire By Wesley Brown As the nation’s shale gas inventories touched an all-time high in 2013, Arkansas is now the fourth-largest shale gas producer in the U.S. behind only Texas, Louisiana and Pennsylvania, the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) announced in a new report released on Tuesday. According to the EIA’s “Natural Gas Annual” […]

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Most Economic Basins at Today’s Oil/Gas Prices

Oil and Gas 360 In October, OAG360 examined the internal rate of return (IRR) in two of America’s key shale basins – the Eagle Ford (EF) and Bakken. EnerCom’s analysis showed the Eagle Ford is more economic than its rival basin by a handful of percentage points, no matter the price. Oil prices for West […]

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Waterless Fracking Comes to Tuscarawas County

Inde Online By Jon Baker A Canadian company that specializes in waterless fracking is putting its technology to use in the Utica Shale play in Tuscarawas County. Besides saving water, the new technology has the potential to give energy companies access to the oil trapped deep underground in the Utica play. GasFrac Energy Services uses […]

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