December 6, 2012
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The American Shale Boom: The Marcellus
The Marcellus Shale wasn't the first unconventional formation to start production in the U.S., but it has become one of the hottest. It spans across several states, each with its own drilling policies and regulations. The Marcellus Shale is being watched by the rest of the U.S., and the world, as an indicator of what shale production could bring. This API SmartBrief Special Report focuses on what's going on with the Marcellus today.
  Marcellus Production 
  • EIA notes sharp increase in Oct. Marcellus Shale production
    Daily production from the Marcellus Shale formation totaled 6.8 billion cubic feet of natural gas in October, which represents a 72% increase from the same period last year, according to the Energy Information Administration. The output increase comes despite a decline in active rigs in play, the report stated. There were 88 active Marcellus rigs in October after figures dropped by 53 over the past year, Baker Hughes said. Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (11/28)
  • Pa. driving U.S. petrochemical, manufacturing renaissance
    Pennsylvania is a "sweet spot" in the U.S. natural gas boom, with petrochemicals, manufacturing and energy independence all likely to be driven by the state's energy exploration, write Mike Krancer, Pennsylvania's environmental chief, and Patrick Henderson, a state energy adviser. Reports suggest "the potential natural gas liquids recoverable from the Marcellus are proportionally higher than any other shale gas formation. This is terrific news for Pennsylvania, validating Royal Dutch Shell's announcement that it is exploring the construction of an ethane cracker facility in Beaver County," they write. The Patriot-News (Harrisburg, Pa.) (11/27)
 
  • Lack of infrastructure could hold back Marcellus production
    Insufficient pipeline infrastructure is expected to reduce Marcellus Shale production from 2.3 billion cubic feet per day to 1.3 billion cubic feet per day, according to a report from FBR Capital Markets. New infrastructure linked to the formation's northern segment isn't expected until next year's fourth quarter, the report stated. United Press International (11/30)
  • Marcellus firms convert rigs to operate on natural gas
    EQT and other producers in the Marcellus Shale formation have started to convert their drilling rigs to run on natural gas, which is cleaner and cheaper than diesel. A natural gas-powered rig releases up to 30% less carbon dioxide compared with diesel-powered units. "We want to be a leader in reducing the environmental impacts related to drilling," said Steve Schlotterbeck, president of exploration and production at EQT. The Philadelphia Inquirer (11/26)
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  Spotlight on Policy 
  • "Regulatory certainty" needed for Pa. drilling, official says
    Pennsylvania is on its way to becoming an "American energy superpower" with its Marcellus Shale natural gas reserves, said Michael Krancer, secretary of the state's Department of Environmental Protection. The state needs to amend its policies to help sustain the drilling industry's competitiveness, Krancer said. "We need regulatory certainty, we need regulatory reform, and we need a fair and predictable time for permitting," he said. Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (11/16)
  • Industry groups hope Obama will focus on domestic energy
    Industry groups have concerns but are optimistic about improving domestic oil and natural gas production during President Barack Obama's second term. "I hope that going forward, we take the opportunity to use all of our energy sources in this country and we get to the place we've all talked about for decades -- and that is energy [independence]," said Corky DeMarco, executive director of the West Virginia Oil and Natural Gas Association. "Natural gas is revitalizing our nation's manufacturing base and giving our nation a more competitive position in the global economy," said Marcellus Shale Coalition President Kathryn Klaber. The State Journal (Charleston, W.Va.) (11/8)
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