Marcellus & Utica Shale Newsroom

Enforcing a “Fair Day’s Pay” – What Can You Do in the Face of This Initiative?

Spilman Marcellus News 22 Jan 2015 | 2:45 PM

The Department of Labor (“DOL”) announced in late 2012 it was launching a multi-year wage and hour enforcement initiative on Marcellus Shale contractors operating in Pennsylvania and West Virginia. Following that announcement, DOL has issued several reports about the success … Continue reading

Legal Authority Disagreements and Fracking Bans – Complicating Issues

Spilman Marcellus News 19 Jan 2015 | 2:41 PM

Local authorities and their fracking bans are posing complicated legal issues when it comes to regulation at the state level. With the Ohio Supreme Court about to enter the fray, many await to see the outcome and the effects. In … Continue reading

Why Cracker Plants? The Plastics and Tech Sectors Know

Spilman Marcellus News 12 Jan 2015 | 2:57 PM

Many are questioning whether the number of proposed ethane cracker plants planned for Pennsylvania, Ohio and West Virginia make sense for the region. As the TribLive explains, “With as many as four ethane crackers in various states of planning above … Continue reading

Recession? What Recession? How the Gas Industry Saved the Labor Force

Spilman Marcellus News 06 Jan 2015 | 3:13 PM

According to a recent study by the University of Illinois, Marcellus development operations raised spending for construction and maintenance in 2012-2013. This spending lifted the entire labor workforce. According to Robert Bruno, University of Illinois labor expert and professor, more … Continue reading

1,000 More Miles of Pipeline Planned to Help Move Marcellus and Utica Shale Gas

Spilman Marcellus News 16 Dec 2014 | 1:51 PM

Several regions plan to add significant amounts of pipeline to move the large amount of natural gas and natural gas liquids coming from the Marcellus and Utica Shales. As it stands right now, there is not enough pipeline to move … Continue reading

West Virginia’s Utica Shale Producing the Largest Well – Ever

Spilman Marcellus News 10 Dec 2014 | 2:43 PM

Magnum Hunter Resources Corp. has announced their well in Tyler County, West Virginia is the largest in the Utica Shale to date – and one of the biggest in the United States. Gary Evans, CEO of Magnum Resources, had predicted … Continue reading

Is Another Pennsylvania Cracker Plant Almost a Done Deal?

Spilman Marcellus News 02 Dec 2014 | 2:07 PM

Shell Chemicals is expected to build an ethane cracker plant in Beaver County, Pennsylvania. The $2.5 billion refinery would employ 400 people and up to 10,000 construction workers. The plant would convert ethane from Marcellus Shale into ethylene, necessary for the … Continue reading

Marcellus Shale Surpasses Louisiana as the Most Active Place for Trading U.S. Natural Gas

Spilman Marcellus News 25 Nov 2014 | 3:26 PM

For more than 25 years, the Henry Hub area in southern Louisiana has been the most active place for trading the nation’s natural gas. However, the Marcellus Shale has now surpassed the Henry Hub. Henry Hub trading was down 70 percent … Continue reading

Pennsylvania, Ohio and West Virginia Can Support Several Large Cracker Plants

Spilman Marcellus News 19 Nov 2014 | 6:10 PM

At the recent Utica Summit II, Cleveland State University economist Iryna Lendel stated that the three states’ shale is producing large amounts of liquid ethane — enough to support a multitude of processing plants. To date, at least four of … Continue reading

First Long-Term Comprehensive Field Study of Natural Gas Underway

Spilman Marcellus News 14 Nov 2014 | 2:36 PM

West Virginia University, along with other researchers such as The Ohio State University and industrial partners have engaged with the U.S. Department of Energy (“DOE”) in a five-year, $11 million agreement to create and manage the Marcellus Shale Energy and … Continue reading

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