Full scale reversal opens Marcellus/Utica natural gas floodgates to the US West

Tallgrass Energy’s Rockies Express Pipeline (REX) opened the floodgates for Marcellus/Utica producers this Saturday, August 1, bringing online its Zone 3 East-to-West (E2W) expansion capacity. The expansion tripled westbound design capacity to a full 1.8 Bcf/d from the Marcellus/Utica producing region to delivery points in Ohio, Indiana and Illinois. Potentially this additional takeaway capacity eases…

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Huge productivity gains see Marcellus, Utica deliver 85% of shale gas growth since 2012

Increased productivity of natural gas wells in the Marcellus and Utica Shale basins is responsible for 85% of increased natural gas production in the U.S. since 2012, according to the Energy Information Administration (EIA). Natural gas from shale basins is now responsible for 56% of U.S. dry natural gas production. Collectively, shale production from the…

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Study estimates Utica shale holds gigantic amount of recoverable gas

The amount of natural gas trapped in the Utica shale might rival what drillers hope to extract from its more famous neighbour the Marcellus, a group of geologists have concluded. “It’s comparable to the highest number I’ve seen for the Marcellus,” said Doug Patchen, head of the Appalachian Oil and Natural Gas Research Consortium at…

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Pennsylvania shale formations other than Marcellus drawing industry attention

The Marcellus Shale put Pennsylvania on the map as a gas-producing state, but other rock layers have the potential to keep it there far into the future. Drillers have sought unconventional well permits for 12 geological formations other than the Marcellus, according to state records compiled and organized by MarcellusGas.org. The state Department of Environmental…

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Utica shale gas midstream giant MarkWest keeps growing while others cut back

MarkWest Energy Partners has 18 projects under construction in the three-state Appalachian region in the U.S. that makes up the Utica and Marcellus shale plays. While oil and gas drillers are reining in activity in Ohio, West Virginia and Pennsylvania, the Denver-based natural gas midstream company is ramping up activity. Drillers have taken a step…

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Columbia Pipeline Group plans expansion in Marcellus and Utica shale gas plays

Columbia Pipeline Group plans to spend billions of dollars in building and upgrading infrastructure in the Marcellus and Utica shale plays to connect natural gas supply to demand. The company, a spinoff from its Indiana parent company NiSource, which is one of the largest utility companies in the U.S., will handle natural gas infrastructure for…

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