Marcellus Information Sources

BPM May 11, 2011
Leading Articles of Interest
Title Web Site Remarks / Highlights
     
"Fracking-The Great Shale Gas Rush" by Business Week dated March 2011 Click Here A relatively short but interesting commentary on the shale gas rush.
"Great Shale Gas Rush" Special Report by National Geographic dated October 2010 Click Here Incredible collection of articles and demonstrations found at National Geographic web site.  Maybe the best way to get started.
"It's Official: 'Age of Shale' Has Arrived" by The Wall Street Journal dated October 2011 Click Here A look at the impact of shale gas on the United States through national revitalization of energy independence, the economy, and businesses. The article reports figures of the total value of U.S. oil and gas deals as being over $292 billion in the last two years alone. By looking at business profiles and statements by analysts, it is clear to see that shale gas and shale energy is "rocking the U.S. energy industry to its core," as well as new life into the economic environment.
"Financing in the Marcellus" by Pat McCune, President of Community Bank dated Spring 2012 Click Here for PDF These articles focus on how to finance your small business and take advantage of the incredible opportunities available because of the Marcellus Shale boom: how local businesses can leverage the considerable resources available; organizations throughout the Pittsburgh region helping businesses capitalize on the energy boom; local loan programs dedicated to Marcellus small business growth; and considering pros and cons before leasing.
"Special Report: Natural Gas" by The Economist dated July 2012 Click Here A leading, global publication reviews the natural gas phenomenon that has begun a dramatic shift in energy, policy, economies, and the environment both domestically and around the world. The hallmark articles in this report are “An unconventional bonanza” which takes a broad look at shale gas play development, “America’s bounty,” focusing on America’s resources and shifting energy sector, and “Landscape with well,” providing a sound perspective on the impacts of the drilling process.
"Understanding the Marcellus Shale Supply Chain" by University of Pittsburgh dated May 2012 Click Here for PDF The report was commissioned by a local nonprofit that works with small and mid-sized manufacturers on competitiveness. The authors suggest a variety of avenues for potential suppliers including: Partnering with larger Tier 1 and Tier 2 suppliers to gain industry experience. Concentrating on health, safety and environmental requirements. Get the certifications needed to fit into a larger company’s diversity supplier network. Flexibility and responsiveness since the energy market is 24/7/365 and needs can shift rapidly. Network, since getting a foot in the door many times is based on who you know.
"An Overview of the Utica Shale" by Stifel Nicolaus dated December 2011 Click Here for PDF An industry investment update swarming with information on the Utica Shale, another Devonian layer of shale strata located a few thousand feet below the Marcellus. The report highlights key investment strategies, the background of the Utica Shale, and current industry activity. Prominent figures include horizontal rig counts rising from 4 currently to a projected 30 by YE 2012, permitting increasing from 20 in May 2011 to over 500 by YE12, and an estimated drilling of 350 wells in 2013. What is perhaps most attractive is the Marcellus infrastructure being already in place by the time a Utica boom may occur.
“Marcellus Shale Workforce Needs Assessment” by Southwestern Pa Oil & Gas Industry Partnership dated Summer 2010

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The Pa Department of Labor and Industry funded a study to determine the projected jobs required by the Marcellus boom in the five county area around Allegheny County.  Study concludes that by 2014 the Marcellus will generate over 10,000 jobs in the five county area
"The Future of Natural Gas" by Massachusetts institute of Technology dated 2010 Click Here MIT examines the role of natural gas as a fuel for the future and concludes that natural gas use will dramatically increase, especially for production of electricity
“Marcellus Shale: From Rocks to Pipes” by Morgan Stanley dated May 2010 Click Here A release explaining the Marcellus to investors and recommending various companies in which to invest; found on Community Bank Royalty Services web site
"Economic Impacts of Marcellus Shale in Pennsylvania: Employment and Income in 2009" by Timothy W. Kelsey et al., Penn State dated August 2011 Click Here This study finds strong numbers purporting the economic influences the Marcellus drilling industry has had on Pennsylvania. Among its findings are figures showing the addition of 24k jobs, the generation of $3.1 billion in economic activity, percentages of landowners living in Pennsylvania versus public sector and out-of-state. Also, the study discovers 55% of lease proceeds and about 66% or royalty payments in the year they are received are invested or saved. And one-third of local businesses in Bradford and Washington counties report increased sales due to natural gas development.
“An Emerging Giant” July 2009 by Dr. Tim Considine of Penn State Click Here First comprehensive study of the potential impact of the Marcellus, predicting production in Pa. by 2020 of 4 Billion Cu Ft per Day, generating 175,000 jobs and $13.5 Billion in value added; find at the Community Bank Royalty Services web site
“The Economic Impact of the Marcellus” by Professor Tim Considine of Penn State dated July 2010 Click Here Dr. Considine issued this report to the American Petroleum Institute.  He concludes that by 2020, over the states of Pa, NY, and W Va., the industry will drill 3,200 wells, producing $9,500,000,000 in natural gas, employing 184,000 people, and generating over $16,000,000,000 in value.  In Pa., in 2009, he estimates that the economic impact is over $7,000,000,000

“The Pennsylvania Marcellus Natural Gas Industry: Status, Economic Impact, and Future Potential” by Professor Tim Considine of Penn State dated July 2011

 

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A new study conducted by researchers at The Pennsylvania State University outlines further development and research into the Marcellus production and industry in Pennsylvania. The study shows historic levels of production with wells turning out 3.5 billion cubic feet (Bcf) of natural gas per day. 2015 could see the Pennsylvania Marcellus produce more than 12 Bcf per day, second only to Texas in natural gas production. Marcellus gas production could expand to 17.5 Bcf per day by 2020, making the Marcellus the single largest producing gas field in the United States, with a projected production of 6.39 Trillion cubic feet annually. The study also finds that during 2010 alone, Marcellus industry increased Pennsylvania’s economic activity by $11.2 billion and supported nearly 140,000 jobs. And just in 2010, natural gas companies paid over $1.6 billion in lease and bonus payments to Pennsylvania landowners.
Pennsylvania Governor’s Marcellus Shale Advisory Commission Report dated July 2011

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The Pennsylvania Governor's Marcellus Shale Advisory Commission’s final report containing recommendations to develop a comprehensive, strategic proposal for the responsible and environmentally sound development of Marcellus Shale.
“Shale Gas Will Rock the World” by The Wall Street Journal dated May 2010 Click Here Article remarks that there are a quadrillion cu ft of recoverable gas in North America, enough to power our nation for 45 years
"Exxon Predicts Gas Use Will Surpass Coal’s" by The Wall Street Journal dated January 2011 Click Here Wall Street Journal article January 27, 2011
"This Rock Could Power the World" by Time Magazine dated April 2011 Click Here Article describes the growing revolution in unconventional gas plays world wide.
"MSC Member Companies Invest $411 Million in Local, State Roads" by Marcellus Shale Coalition dated June 2011 Click Here An article discussing the contribution of the Marcellus industry to the state and local roadways. As of 2011, over the past 3 years there has been $411 million put into road infrastructure with 21% local and 79% state. The article also contains a brief description of industry regulations concerning roads specifically leaving them in better condition than when they started.

"By The Numbers: The Mighty Marcellus Continues to Fuel Job Creation" by Marcellus Shale Coalition dated May 2011

 

Click Here An article with data showing the rate of Marcellus job creation. According to the article, the employment is up 1300% in the North Tier. Statistics show the number of new hires is nearly double in 2011Q1 as compared to 2010Q1. This job sector is the fastest growing in Pennsylvania. The article does a nice job of outlining the numbers of employment and compensation, specifically the 48,000 jobs created, 71% of which are held  by Pennsylvania residents.

"Just The Facts: Marcellus Has Generated “More Than $1 Billion in State Taxes Since 2006” by Marcellus Shale Coalition dated May 2011

Click Here An article detailing Pennsylvania tax revenue concerning Marcellus operations, both direct and ancillary. The article excerpts news releases from major networks and government agencies alike. Through the information provided, the article shows that Marcellus operations have contributed more than $1 billion in state taxes since 2006.
"Issue Alert: USA Today Analysis: Marcellus Jobs Grow As US Workforce Hits 30-Year Low" by Marcellus Shale Coalition dated April 2011 Click Here An article outlining Marcellus-related job growth in Pennsylvania despite nation-wide growing unemployment that is surpassing a 30 year low. In 2010 only 45.4% of Americans had jobs, yet Pennsylvania job growth in Marcellus-related industries is growing at rates of 4%. Also collected in the article are accounts of job creation bringing new life to communities.


 

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Industry / Government Web Sites
Title Web Site Remarks / Highlights
American Gas Association  www.aga.org The American Gas Association, founded in 1918, represents 199 local energy companies that deliver clean natural gas throughout the United States. There are more than 70 million residential, commercial and industrial natural gas customers in the U.S., of which 91 percent — more than 64 million customers — receive their gas from AGA members. Today, natural gas meets almost one-fourth of the United States' energy needs. This is a big energy industry trade association with the companion web site.
Amerrica's Natural Gas Alliance www.anga.us America's Natural Gas Alliance exists to promote the economic, environmental and national security benefits of greater use of clean, abundant, domestic natural gas.  It represents 30 of North America's largest independent natural gas exploration and production companies and the leading developers of the shale plays now transforming the clean energy landscape.  As the nation make decisions about our clean energy future, ANGA seeks to inform and engage all stakeholders about the opportunities presented by greater use of this clean energy resource-improving air quality, adding jobs to our economy and enhancing our energy security.  Through ANGA, the natural gas community is standing together to promote the benefits of natural gas to a wide range of audiences, including electric power utilities, non-governmental organizations, federal and state policymakers and regulators, as well as the consumers and communities who will be the ultimate beneficiaries of this new age of natural gas abundance.

American Petroleum Institute

& API's Energy Tomorrow

www.api.org

energytomorrow.org

This is the web site for the national trade association for the natural gas industry.  It boasts 400 + corporate members and is an advocacy group
Department of Energy www.energy.gov The mission of the Department of Energy is to ensure America's security and prosperity by addressing its energy, environmental, and nuclear challenges through transformative science and technology solutions. This is a big diverse web site that considers energy policy on a global scale.
Environmental Protection Agency www.epa.gov         Federal government site.
Institute for Energy Research www.instituteforenergyresearch.org The Institute for Energy Research (IER) is a not-for-profit organization that conducts intensive research and analysis on the functions, operations, and government regulation of global energy markets. IER maintains that freely-functioning energy markets provide the most efficient and effective solutions to today’s global energy and environmental challenges and, as such, are critical to the well-being of individuals and society. Founded in 1989 from a predecessor organization, IER is a public foundation under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code and is funded entirely by tax deductible contributions from individuals, foundations and corporations. No financial support is sought for or accepted from government sources.  This web site comments on a variety of topics concerning gas and all other types of energy.
Interstate Natural Gas Association of America www.ingaa.org The Interstate Natural Gas Association of America (INGAA) is the North American association representing interstate and interprovincial natural gas pipeline companies.  INGAA speaks for the companies that own and operate those lines.  This site includes information on INGAA activities as well as the natural gas pipeline industry.
Natural Gas Supply Association www.ngsa.org Established in 1965, NGSA encourages the use of natural gas within a balanced national energy policy, and promotes the benefits of competitive markets to ensure reliable and efficient transportation and delivery of natural gas and to increase the supply of natural gas to U.S. customers. NGSA’s members produce approximately one-third of the U.S. natural gas supply.
Natural Gas Vehicle Association www.ngcv.org NGVA is a national trade association dedicated to the development of a growing and sustainable American market for vehicles powered by natural gas or hydrogen.
US Energy Information Administration
 

www.eia.gov

Click Here - Shale Page
 

The U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) collects, analyzes, and disseminates independent and impartial energy information to promote sound policymaking, efficient markets, and public understanding of energy and its interaction with the economy and the environment.
 


 

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Organizations Involved in the Marcellus
Title Web Site Remarks / Highlights
Allegheny Conference on Community Development www.alleghenyconference.org The most prominent of the Pittsburgh based, business oriented think tanks and promotion groups. Contains the Greater Pittsburgh Chamber of Commerce, the Pittsburg Regional Alliance, and the Pennsylvania Economy League. At the center of every important economic issue affecting southwestern Pennsylvania and the Marcellus. Top shelf people.
Community Bank www.communitybank.tv Local independent commercial bank in the heart of the Marcellus that maintains a web page devoted to local business news and the Marcellus. Heavily involved in local economic development efforts. Community Bank’s “Business Alliance” web page contains a blog on local economic activity, especially the Marcellus, and a calendar of business oriented events, again emphasizing the Marcellus. Also contains a web page for “Community Bank Royalty Services”, which is devoted to Marcellus landowners.
Energy Alliance of Southwestern Pennsylvania www.energyalliancegreaterpittsburgh.org The Energy Alliance of Greater Pittsburgh is a joint initiative of Innovation Works and the Allegheny Conference on Community Development to create a strategic partnership of traditional and alternative energy companies, global leaders in material science and intelligent building technologies, academic, corporate and government researchers, and supply-chain providers
Fayette Chamber of Commerce www.fayettechamber.com A very active chamber serving Fayette County, scene of much coal and gas activity.  Involved in the TriCounty Oil & Gas Expo
Fay-Penn www.faypenn.org Fay-Penn is Fayette County’s private economic development council. They help businesses locate in Fayette County and promote economic development. Best place to learn about the Marcellus in Fayette County.
Independent  PetroleumAssociation of America (IPAA) www.ipaa.org IPAA is a national trade association headquartered in Washington, D.C. It serves as an informed voice for the exploration and production segment of the industry, and advocates its members' views before the U.S. Congress, the Administration and federal agencies. IPAA provides economic and statistical information about the domestic exploration and production industry. IPAA also develops investment symposia and other opportunities for its members.
Marcellus Shale Coalition www.marcelluscoalition.org A newer Pittsburgh based organization of larger companies involved in the Marcellus. Largely an advocacy group.
Marcellus ShaleNET www.shalenet.org Marcellus ShaleNET is a coalition between Westmoreland County Community College (lead agency) and Pennsylvania College of Technology, West Virginia Northern Community College, Eastern Gateway Community College in Ohio, and Broome Community College in New York.  Its mission is to design a comprehensive recruitment, training, placement, and retention program for occupations in the natural gas drilling industry. With WCCC serving as the western hub and Penn College serving as the eastern hub, ShaleNET brings Workforce Investment Boards, their One Stops, industry, and training providers together to build a Marcellus-wide industry-recognized uniform training and certification program. This effort is funded by a three-year, $4.9 million grant from the United States Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration.
Marcellus Education & Training Center www.msetc.org Marcellus Shale Education & Training Center (MSETC) is a collaboration between Pennsylvania College of Technology and Penn State Cooperative extension to provide a wide variety of resources to the community and the oil-and-gas industry. It features a variety of educational courses for jobs in the gas extraction industry.
National Organization of Royalty Owners www.naro-us.org The National Association of Royalty Owners remains the only national organization promoting the rights, responsibilities and the definitions of citizens who own the natural resources in our country.
Nemacolin Energy Institute www.neienergy.org/home.htm The Nemacolin Energy Institute focus is to facilitate an understanding of the facts about alternative energy sources including the critical role natural gas from Marcellus Shale can play in moving America to energy independence.  Nemacolin Woodlands in Fayette County is the venue for several Marcellus related events.
PA Department of Environmental Protection www.depweb.state.pa.us The DEP has lots of good information including maps of permits and drilling sites.
PA DEP: Bureau of Oil and Gas Management Click Here The DEP’s Bureau of Oil and Gas Management webpage outlining resources and information about local/regional chapters. This is geared towards Pennsylvania residents and directly tied into the activity in the Marcellus Shale.
PA DEP: Marcellus Shale Click Here DEP’s Marcellus Shale webpage bringing together citizens’ frequently asked questions and Pennsylvania commentary on the Marcellus Shale activity.
PA DCNR: Marcellus Shale Research Click Here A geologically focused site with resources for maps, rock information, organizations, and more. There is a section for frequently asked questions and also maps illustrating drilling activity in Pennsylvania.
Pa Independent Oil & Gas Association www.pioga.org This is the Pa. trade association for the gas industry.  A great source of information on what is happening in the energy field.
Pennsylvania Landowners’ Association (PLA) www.palandowners.org The Pennsylvania Landowners’ Association (PLA) is committed to environmentally sound land use practices and conservation of our natural resources and believes that private stewardship of land promotes a healthy environment.
Penn State Marcellus Center for Outreach and Research www.marcellus.psu.edu The Marcellus Center for Outreach and Research (MCOR) is Penn State's education and research initiative on unconventional gas plays. It serves state agencies, elected and appointed officials, communities, landowners, industry, environmental groups and other stakeholders. It is committed to expanding research capabilities on technical aspects of developing this resource and to providing science-based programming while protecting the Commonwealth's water resources, forests and transportation infrastructure.  Lots of webinars and instruction on the Marcellus.
Pittsburgh Geological Society www.pittsburghgeologicalsociety.org The official Pittsburgh Geological Society Website.  PGS is a non-profit organization set up to promote, and to disseminate information about, the geological sciences in western Pennsylvania
Southpointe CEO Associaton www.southpointe-ceo.org Networking and Best Practices Group headquartered in and devoted to Southpointe, a huge mixed use park in Washington County that has turned into the epicenter of companies coming into the Marcellus. Attractive to companies trying to network with the gas industry.
TriCounty Oil & Gas Expo www.tricountyoilandgasexpo.com Grassroots network of community volunteers dedicated to education and networking about the Marcellus. Has held several “Gas Expo” trade shows in Greene and Washington Counties to introduce the local business community and the gas industry. Has held job fairs and “summits” regarding landowner education and workforce development. Thousands of people have attended these Gas Expos. More Gas Expos planned, including Fayette County.
University of Pittsburgh Institute for Entrepreneurial Excellence www.entrepreneur.pitt.edu Pitt has become heavily involved in the Marcellus, especially through their “PantherlabWorks” Institute. PantherlabWorks mission is to diligently pursue sustainability initiatives, emerging technological advances and Marcellus Shale synergistic opportunities for the benefit of entrepreneurs, small business, and economic growth for the region.
Washington County Chamber of Commerce www.washcochamber.com Big prominent chamber for Washington County, Pa., the heart of the Marcellus; Over 1,000 members, many of them involved in the Marcellus. The best way to quickly get plugged into the Marcellus. This chamber is the administrative arm of the Washington County Energy Partners
Washington County Energy Partners www.energycapitalonline.com This is a new consortium of two dozen economic development agencies, elected officials, and businesses interested in promoting economic development Branded Washington County as the “Energy Capital of the East”. Pursues various marketing initiatives designed to attract the energy industry to Washington County.


 

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Informational Web Sites / Newsletters
Title Web Site Remarks / Highlights
CNBC's Who's Winning the Natural Gas Game?

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A webpage of a leading, worldwide news agency devoted to providing serious articles about the natural gas boom. The site covers all major and current issues related to the natural gas industry including business, economic, the big picture, and even more categories. There is also a section for links to more news stories and trends.
Energy in Depth

www.energyindepth.org

A site dedicated to finding and developing the oil and gas resources our nation needs to keep our economy moving. They work with local partners to ensure they are involved in the production process, and share in the benefits of domestic energy production. Also a strong site for industry news.
FracTracker www.fractracker.org Busy web site with blogs and a Marcellus event calendar. Environmental emphasis.
Geology.com www.geology.com Loads of information about the industry and its infrastructure. International in scope but seems to have highlighted the Marcellus.
Go Marcellus www.gomarcellusshale.com Web site devoted to landowners
Keystone Energy Forum

www.keystoneenergyforum.com

The Keystone Energy Forum is a group of concerned citizens and partners committed to improving the public's understanding of, and support for, the many opportunities presented by the Marcellus Shale natural gas reserves here in Pennsylvania. Their goal is to educate fellow Pennsylvanians to ensure elected officials are creating sound policies which promote a strong economy and energy security. A daily news page is among the many gorgeous features of this website.
Marcellus Drilling News www.marcellusdrilling.com Marcellus Drilling News is an online resource and news service specifically for landowners who live in the Marcellus Shale region of the eastern United States. This news service strives to provide landowners with timely information they can use to become informed, make decisions, and monitor developments throughout the Marcellus Shale region.
Marcellus Institute www.marcellusinstitute.com Membership newsletter that compiles all press coverage each week on the Marcellus and emails it to you. Very informative
Marcellus Shale Formation Information Site www.marcellusshaleinformation.com Interesting collection of information about the Marcellus including many maps and a bookstore containing books about oil and gas drilling and development
Marcellusshales.com www.marcellusshales.com A homegrown web site with much information about the Marcellus.
Marcellus-shale.us www.marcellus-shale.us This Marcellus Shale gas drilling website is dedicated to providing photos, facts, opinions, stories and news about the Marcellus Shale gas play that you won't see other places. You'll find extensive photos of gas drilling sites, pipeline construction, well sites and compressor stations. News, facts and opinions about hydraulic fracturing.
Natural Gas Forum For Landowners www.pagaslease.com This is an interactive site designed especially to educate landowners
NGI’s Shale Daily www.shaledaily.com Natural Gas Intelligence now has a web site devoted to shale. It contains plenty of links and gas prices and rig counts. Good stuff.
Natural Gas Industry Today www.naturalgas.einnews.com EIN is a big respected news service with publications on numerous energy topics.
Naturalgas.org www.naturalgas.org Naturalgas.org is presented as an educational website covering a variety of topics related to the natural gas industry. The purpose of this website is to provide visitors with a comprehensive information source for topics related to natural gas, and present an unbiased learning tool for students, teachers, industry, media, and government. Site contains good explanation of all aspects of the natural gas industry.
Oilshalegas.com www.oilshalegas.com Wide ranging web site about shale plays with a section devoted to the Marcellus; blogs and commentary
OpenEnergyInfo www.en.openei.org OpenEI hopes to become the world’s first open-data source for energy information--specifically analyses on renewable energy and energy efficiency. The platform is a Wiki, similar to Wikipedia’s Wiki, which many users are already familiar with. Users can view, edit, and add data, – and download data for free.
PIOGA News Clips Weekly email to registrants As a member service, each Friday PIOGA provides a roundup of articles of significance to Pennsylvania’s oil and gas industry that have appeared in newspapers within the region during the past week
Pittsburgh Post Gazette http://shale.sites.post-gazette.com The Pittsburgh Post Gazette has a web site devoted to Marcellus news. The new site pulls recent stories they’ve run in the newspaper, along with some neat interactive features, like a map showing where drilling permits have been issued in the greater Pittsburgh area by county and local municipality.
Power of Pittsburgh www.powerofpittsburgh.com A website which houses a database of energy-related job openings and connections to regional training programs as well as an energy related news links for coal, natural gas, nuclear, green, and more.
Shaleblog www.shaleblog.com Another hugely busy web site loaded with information. Has section on the Marcellus and the Utica
The Marcellus Shale www.themarcellusshale.com This site is dedicated to informing the public about news, events, updates, and other matters regarding the Marcellus Shale, specifically the portion of the shale located in Western Pennsylvania.
Today's Energy Solutions www.onlinetes.com This is a site that contains global energy news and issues while also addressing news pertinent to Southwest Pennsylvania, Marcellus, and shale gas.
wikimarcellus www.wikimarcellus.com Online encyclopedia describing the Marcellus
Your Oil & Gas News www.youroilandgasnews.com This is a news publication for all types of industries and they have a site devoted to oil and gas. All types of information about the industry world wide.


 

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