Marcellus & Utica Shale Newsroom

Welcome! A Message from Scott Rotruck

Spilman Marcellus News 05 Jun 2015 | 3:00 PM

Welcome! I am Scott Rotruck, Director of Energy & Transportation Services at Spilman Thomas & Battle. I am excited to serve as the new editor of this blog – focusing on the energy sector broadly, but with an immediate focus on … Continue reading

What’s the Latest News Regarding the Marcellus and Utica Shales?

Spilman Marcellus News 31 Mar 2015 | 2:18 PM

The March issue of Spilman’s e-newsletter The Shale Play Today is now available. Articles and updates include: the latest on West Virginia’s Aboveground Storage Act, how much Utica Shale production is up, the role U.S. LNG may play in a reduction … Continue reading

Downturn In Prices Affecting Everyone, Except Pipeline Builders

Spilman Marcellus News 18 Mar 2015 | 12:44 PM

Even with the spending cuts being put in place by oil and gas companies, pipeline builders are weathering the storm. According to Frank Nieto, senior editor of Midstream Business and a Marcellus Shale researcher, “Pipelines are kind of like owning … Continue reading

EnLink Midstream Partners’ CEO Sees Marcellus and Utica as “The Best”

Spilman Marcellus News 10 Mar 2015 | 1:27 PM

At the recent Hart Energy Marcellus-Utica Midstream Conference, EnLink Midstream Partners’ CEO Barry Davis said the Marcellus and Utica Shales are positioned for significant growth – despite the recent downturn in prices. Davis said they are focusing on the best … Continue reading

Pennsylvania Shale Gas Sets Another Record

Spilman Marcellus News 03 Mar 2015 | 2:07 PM

In the second half of 2014, Pennsylvania gas drillers produced more than two trillion cubic feet of gas. This record-setting production of four trillion cubic feet of gas for all of 2014 is 30 percent higher than 2013. These astounding … Continue reading

Now is the WOTUS of Our Discontent…..

Spilman Marcellus News 24 Feb 2015 | 2:42 PM

As published in IOGA of West Virginia newsletter, January 2015 By John C. (Max) Wilkinson Counsel Vice Chair of the Environmental Practice Group Spilman Thomas & Battle, PLLC “Waters of the United States” or “WOTUS” in the esoteric taxonomy of … Continue reading

Methane Emissions from Fracking Are Decreasing

Spilman Marcellus News 17 Feb 2015 | 1:56 PM

The University of Texas has published a study that shows methane emissions from natural gas production, including fracking, are less than previously thought – 10 percent lower than a 2013 study found. Since a small number of sites account for … Continue reading

Washington County and 59 Million Cubic Feet Per Day – Success in the Utica

Spilman Marcellus News 10 Feb 2015 | 2:08 PM

Range Resources has a project in Washington County, Pennsylvania that is producing 59 million cubic feet of natural gas per day. This project is producing significantly more than the previous record-setting well in Tyler County – producing 46 million cubic … Continue reading

Pennsylvania Finds Little Threat From Naturally Occurring Radiation

Spilman Marcellus News 02 Feb 2015 | 2:19 PM

Following a two-year study by the Department of Environmental Protection, it has been determined that naturally occurring radioactive material (“NORM”) poses little threat to workers and the public. The state also weighed in that the industry should study wastewater spills … Continue reading

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

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