Marcellus & Utica Shale Newsroom

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

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

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