November 8, 2012
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The American Shale Boom
Just a few years ago, industry experts said the U.S. was running out of oil and natural gas, as conventional production continued to decline. Then came the shale boom, which revitalized the industry and brought economic benefits felt across the country. This API SmartBrief Special Report takes a closer look on the impact shale plays have today.

A second special report, coming Dec. 8, will focus on one of the hottest plays in the U.S. -- the Marcellus Shale.
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  Developing Shale Oil and Gas 
  • The effects of U.S. shale gas are global
    The shale gas boom has provided cost advantages for the U.S. petrochemical and manufacturing sectors, as well as helped shake up global economics, according to this analysis. "The coming generation of Americans and its leaders may be privileged to witness a remarkable resurgence of the American economy and industry, led by its energy sector, but spreading to the rest of the manufacturing sector and beyond," according to a Citigroup report released this year. Australian Financial Review (10/18)
  • All U.S. will benefit from oil, gas drilling boom, study finds
    All 50 U.S. states are expected to benefit from the oil and natural gas drilling boom, which already has generated jobs in producing states, according to a report commissioned by the American Clean Skies Foundation. Drilling is expected to back turbine manufacturing, sand mining and other activities outside of drilling, the report found. "This report helps us put a face on the large economic stimulus that shale gas production has provided for America," said Gregory Staple, CEO of ACSF. (11/1)
  • Report: Revitalized chemical industry expected from shale
    The abundance of U.S. shale natural gas is expected to reduce expenses and increase domestic production for the chemicals industry, according to a report by PricewaterhouseCoopers. "Not only could the abundance of [natural gas liquids] help drive reduced pricing for derivative products, it could also potentially drive domestic re-shoring activity and possibly bring about a favorable shift in the U.S. balance of trade as ethylene capacity comes online," said Anthony J. Scamuffa, head of U.S. chemicals at PwC. (10/9), Platts (10/9)
  • Eagle Ford Shale is touted as a premier U.S. play
    The Eagle Ford Shale in Texas is emerging as one of the premier unconventional plays in the U.S., experts said during a conference in San Antonio. The Eagle Ford began as a natural gas play, but weak prices for the commodity prompted drillers to focus on more profitable crude oil and natural gas liquids. "This is just an amazing oil story in the middle of what started as a gas play," said Mark Sooby, Bank of America Merrill Lynch's managing director of energy investment banking. San Antonio Express-News (10/15)
  • Barnett Shale issues serve as lessons for Eagle Ford drillers
    Energy companies operating in the Eagle Ford Shale formation in South Texas and the Texas Railroad Commission have learned from the mistakes associated with exploration in the Barnett Shale in North Texas. According to the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, there were just 45 Eagle Ford drilling-related complaints for the fiscal year that concluded Aug. 31, compared with 329 for the Barnett Shale. The perception that the industry is free to do as it pleases isn't true, said Railroad Commissioner David Porter. San Antonio Express-News (10/9)
  • Gulf Coast petrochemical industry expands because of shale
    Dow Chemical's planned ethylene production site at its Texas complex and Chevron Phillips Chemical's $5 billion project in the state are part of $15 billion in planned expansion along the Gulf Coast amid the nation's shale-gas boom. "We started watching a few years ago. We went from, 'Gosh, is this something real?' to convincing ourselves this is here to stay," said Mark Lashier, executive vice president of olefins and polyolefins at Chevron Phillips Chemical. Houston Chronicle (10/31)
  • Continental is bullish about Okla. shale oil discovery
    Continental Resources expects a shale oil find in the South Central Oklahoma Oil Province to add about 1.8 billion barrels of crude oil equivalent to its reserves. Since 2010, the company has been purchasing leases in the region and now owns about 170,600 acres. Continental has spent $9 million for each well drilled in the area so far. Tulsa World (Okla.) (10/10)
  • Gulfport Energy operates top-producing Utica Shale well
    Gulfport Energy's Shugert 1-1H well is the top-producing well in Ohio's Utica Shale formation, data from the company showed. The well tested at a rate of 20 million cubic feet of natural gas per day initially, and it peaked at 4,913 barrels of oil equivalents per day. Gulfport expects the well to reach full production early in December. Akron Beacon Journal (Ohio) (10/10)
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  Spotlight on Policy 
  • Industry group warns against fracking ban in Md.
    Maryland won't enjoy the economic benefits of the natural gas drilling boom if it clears a ban on hydraulic fracturing, industry representatives said. State Delegate Heather Mizeur seeks to reintroduce legislation that would freeze drilling permits while environmental studies are conducted on fracking. "I think the people who would author a ban or a moratorium on this process would have to explain to a lot of people in the state why they voted against them getting jobs," said Steve Everley, a spokesman for Energy in Depth. The Washington Times (11/1)
  • N.C.'s next governor supports hydraulic fracturing
    North Carolina Governor-elect Pat McCrory, a Republican, said he supported hydraulic fracturing during his campaign. He said he believes fracking and offshore energy exploration in the state can be performed without harming the environment. "It's time to quit sitting on the sidelines and borrow policies that have already been in place by Democratic and Republican governors across the nation, implement those in North Carolina and let the private sector determine whether or not there is natural gas underneath our precious ground here," McCrory said. His opponent, Democrat Walter Dalton, had said he was open to all energy options, but he had safety concerns with fracking. Shale Reporter/The Associated Press (11/1)
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