Marcellus shale defies doomsayers; productivity gains drive output higher yet again

The impact of the Marcellus shale formation on US natural gas supply is difficult to overstate. The speed and volume of its development is astonishing, and continues to defy analysts who predict an imminent decline in production In 2007, Marcellus supplied only 2% of domestic supply in the US. By the end of 2013 it…


Why there won’t be a Middle Eastern fracking hero any time soon

Two insightful recent books tell the story of the shale gas revolution – Gregory Zuckerman’s The Frackers and Russell Gold’s The Boom. Both view it from the vantage of the stubborn entrepreneurs who persisted against industry consensus to make hydraulic fracturing of shales work, such as George Mitchell of Mitchell Energy and Aubrey McClendon of…


More US companies push to export condensate from shale

Houston-based BHP Billiton Petroleum hopes to export the light oil called condensate from the Eagle Ford Shale. President Rod Skaufel said last week in San Antonio that the company is among those applying to the US Commerce Department for an export permit. Eagle Ford operator Pioneer Natural Resources and the midstream company Enterprise Products Partners…


US study on what’s in shale fracking fluids raises some red flags

A new study on the contents of the fluids involved in the hydraulic fracturing process raises concerns about several ingredients, but also acknowledges that fracking fluids do contain many nontoxic and food-grade materials, as the industry asserts. The scientists presenting the work National Meeting & Exposition of the American Chemical Society (ACS) say that out…


New proposed $2.75bn pipelines to deliver more Marcellus shale gas to US East Coast, Gulf, Midwest

A consortium of New Jersey and Pennsylvania utilities wants to develop a 105-mile pipeline to deliver low-cost Marcellus Shale natural gas to East Coast customers, easing bottlenecks that caused price spikes last winter. The PennEast Pipeline Company has announced plans to build a $1 billion, 30-inch-diameter pipeline from Luzerne County to the Trenton area. Utilities…