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Cairn Energy Announces Second Senegal Oil Find

BBC News - Scotland Business

Oil and gas explorer Cairn Energy has announced a second oil discovery off Senegal in West Africa. This is Cairn's second discovery off the coast of Senegal in the past few weeks. The Edinburgh-based company described the find as "significant", adding that the oil was of high quality.

2014 Pipeline Roundup: Moving Marcellus and Utica Production to New Markets

Dave Messersmith

The industry has done great things with drilling efficiency for unconventional shale plays. This can be seen at the rig count has gone down as the number of wells has increased. Companies are now focusing more on improved and efficient production through well planning...

Improving Well Production in Unconventional Shale Development

Penn State

The industry has done great things with drilling efficiency for unconventional shale plays. This can be seen at the rig count has gone down as the number of wells has increased. Companies are now focusing more on improved and efficient production through well planning...

The Tuscaloosa Marine Shale Play

Penn State

The Marcellus shale has been quoted as the largest unconventional natural gas reservoir in the nation. New stories about the Utica, the Bakken, and the Eagle Ford soon joined the ranks . The Tuscaloosa Marine Shale play is a rising star in the list of unconventional plays in the US.

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Pennsylvania Production, Consumption and Well Inventory

Penn State

The recent unconventional production report from the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection certainly illustrated the massive amount of natural gas being produced from a relatively small number of unconventional wells.

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2014 Unconventional Well Production Data

Penn State

DEP released the most current data for unconventional wells in Pennsylvania and once again the production figures have shown a dramatic increase.

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Residual Hydraulic Fracturing Water not a Risk to Groundwater

Patricia Craig

UNVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Hydraulic fracturing (fracking or hydrofracturing) raises many concerns about potential environmental impacts, especially water contamination. Currently, data show that the majority of water injected into wells stays underground, triggering fears that it might find its way into groundwater. New research by a team of scientists should help allay those fears.

East Allegheny Approves Lease for Marcellus Shale Exploration, Drilling on District Land

Anne Cloonan

The East Allegheny school board on Monday night voted unanimously to approve a lease agreement that will allow EQT Production Company to do Marcellus Shale drilling on district land. District Solicitor Daniel Beisler said the company will work for six months to find possible drilling sites on district parcels. EQT representatives will look at 170.28 acres in fourteen different tracts to see if the school district owns the mineral rights under those properties...

Acid Mine Drainage: Could it be used for fracking?

Daniel Moore

A new treatment plant, which formally kicked off operations last week in Clinton Township near Sarver, collects contaminated drainage from Fawn Mine Number 91, a defunct mine now owned by ArcelorMittal Pristine Resources, Inc. It removes the iron and sulfate and churns out water clean enough to be used for industrial purposes, said Carolyn Kotsol, CEO of Winner Water Services, Inc...

Proposed 550-mile Pipeline to take Marcellus, Utica Gas to the Southeast

Stephanie Ritenbaugh

Richmond, Va.-based energy company Dominion has submitted a request asking the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to begin its environmental review of a proposed $4.5 billion to $5 billion, 550-mile natural gas pipeline. The Atlantic Coast Pipeline would bring 1.5 billion cubic feet of natural gas from the Marcellus and Utica shale plays to North Carolina and Virginia...

Range Resources Record Natural Gas Production

Stephanie Ritenbaugh

... Overall, Range noted that drilling technology is continuing to evolve and new techniques are being developed to drill wells more efficiently. In addition, the company is advancing its drilling program in the Utica/Point Pleasant formation, which lies beneath the Marcellus, in southwestern Pennsylvania...

Jessup Natural Gas Plant

Brendan Gibbons

Jessup may soon be home to one of the state’s largest natural gas power plants. Chicago-based Invenergy LLC plans to place its Lackawanna Energy Center on 80 acres bounded by Valley View Drive and Sunnyside Road, according to a permit application the company filed with the state Department of Environmental Protection...

Economists push for crude exports

Jennifer A. Dlouhy

WASHINGTON — Free-market economists are launching an initiative to tout the promise of crude exports on Thursday, buttressing separate campaigns by oil companies and their allies on Capitol Hill.

Siemens's Dresser Deal Has Shades of Shell

Thao Hua

Siemens lost out to General Electric GE -0.06% for Alstom's ALO.FR -1.44% gas-turbine business earlier this year, but has now snagged Dresser, a leading supplier of equipment including compressors and gas turbines used to exploit shale resources.

Alcoa Makes Push for Lighter Drill Pipe

Anya Litvak

Alcoa’s oil and gas division, based in Texas, has started marketing aluminum drill pipe, and has found some takers in the Marcellus and Utica shales...

U.S. Henry Hub Natgas Pipeline Blast Affects 'Minimal' Production

Scott DiSavino / Reuters

Chevron Corp said Monday a blast on a natural gas gathering pipeline into the Henry Hub supply hub in Louisiana on Saturday that killed one worker interrupted "minimal gas production.”

US Boosts 2015 Oil Forecast As Shale Powers Push To 10 MMbpd

Reporting: Catherine Ngai;

Editing: David Gregorio

NEW YORK - The U.S. government on Tuesday jacked up its forecast for oil production next year by 250,000 barrels per day (bpd) as the boom in shale oil drilling continues to confound expectations of slower growth.

Tomblin Names River Drilling Price

Casey Junkins

MOUNDSVILLE- Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin believes leasing several miles worth of mineral rights located beneath the Ohio River for Marcellus and Utica shale drilling for at least a 20 percent share of the royalties will provide the state a financial windfall without disturbing the environment.

North Atlantic Drilling orders BOP control systems from GE

02/03/2014 Staff

FLORENCE, Italy — North Atlantic Drilling has agreed to purchase two next-generation GE Oil & Gas SeaONYX BOP control systems to upgrade control spreads on board its semisubmersible West Venture and drillship West Navigator.

How Does Blowout Control Work?

If not properly monitored, changes in pressure that can occur while the well is being drilled can cause combustible hydrocarbons to flow unchecked and at high pressures and flow rates. If this flow of hydrocarbons is not stopped in time, the hydrocarbons can ignite into a deadly firestorm called a blowout.

Cameron Awarded Order for Blowout Preventer

04/16/2014 Staff

HOUSTON — Cameron (NYSE:CAM) has received an order from Freeport–McMoRan Oil & Gas to supply a 25,000–psi blowout preventer stack and 25,000–psi manifold.

Aftermath of PA Act 13 Ruling: Widespread Uncertainty

Jamison Cocklin

As a clearer picture emerges from the Pennsylvania Supreme Court's recent ruling that struck down key provisions of the state's most comprehensive oil and gas legislation, the court's decision is likely to have repercussions for a decade or more, sources say, with the impact extending across the spectrum and touching more than just the pace of the industry's operations in the Marcellus Shale.

Natural Gas as a Transportation Fuel

David T. Messersmith, Extension Educator, Penn State EXTENSION

A look at the benefits, challenges and options of natural gas for transportation. And a look at how natural gas is priced and how market changes affects pricing.

Initial Findings of the Department of Energy’s Study on Groundwater Contamination from Hydraulic Fracturing

Penn State University

Governmental preliminary research indicates no groundwater contamination from one well’s analysis.