Marcellus & Utica Shale Newsroom

Latest The Shale Play Today E-Newsletter is Now Available

Spilman Marcellus News 22 Oct 2015 | 6:32 PM

In case you missed it, our fall issue of The Shale Play Today was just published. Scott Rotruck, Director of Energy & Transportation Services, delves into a paradigm shift -hydraulic fracturing, shale development and energy abundance. As Scott explains, “As is … Continue reading

Hydraulic Fracturing a Continuing Innovative Disruptive Technology – Eliciting a Wide Range of Citizen Response and Potential Regulatory Outcomes

Spilman Marcellus News 03 Aug 2015 | 3:55 PM

Several years back, the U.S. Congress urged the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (“EPA”) to study the relationship between hydraulic fracturing and drinking water. I have read the “draft” report, as well as many commentaries. It must be underscored that it … Continue reading

Northeast Natural Energy, LLC – Making History for the Future of Energy

Spilman Marcellus News 14 Jul 2015 | 1:52 PM

Entrepreneurs are a special breed. The good ones have that special blend of vision, timing and risk tolerance most others lack. The really good ones find a way to use their special talents to make their communities a better place … Continue reading

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

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