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DOE Slashes Gas Estimate for Marcellus Shale

Source : Charleston Gazette
By Ken Ward Jr., January 23, 2012

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Federal government analysts on Monday slashed their estimate of the natural gas reserves in the Marcellus Shale formation, and at least one major producer announced plans to cut in half its expenditures on new gas leases in the wake of dropping prices.

The U.S. Department of Energy cut its estimate of the Marcellus reserves from 410 trillion cubic feet of natural gas to 141 trillion cubic feet, citing better production information that emerges as drilling operations in the region mature and the exclusion of data from the pre-shale area.

“Drilling in the Marcellus accelerated rapidly in 2010 and 2011, so that there is far more information available today than a year ago,” said the DOE’s Energy Information Administration.

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Chesapeake energy CEO on WV: “literacy issues” “low level of intelligence” (via the Charleston Gazette)

Quoting from their site:

First, he [Aubrey McClendon, CEO of Chesapeake Energy – the same company that destroyed a streambed with a waterfall in it while they ran an ad with a photo of a pristine waterfall implying they were environmentally friendly] blamed our judicial system for a decision that went against the company.

He excused the hiring of out-of-state workers by intimating that West Virginia workers have “literacy issues” and can’t pass the drug screenings.

Then he insulted the many people concerned about issues associated with horizontal drilling, stating that they had “a low level of intelligence about the issue.” It is difficult to imagine why Chesapeake even wants to operate in a state for which its leaders have such obvious contempt.

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http://wvgazette.com/Opinion/201102161028

W.Va. Studying Link Between Earthquakes and Wells

Source : Charleston Daily Mail

FRAMETOWN, W.Va. (AP) — Eight small earthquakes in central West Virginia since April have Chesapeake Energy and the state Department of Environmental Protection discussing the possibility of seismic monitoring near a disposal well for gas-drilling fluids.

Oklahoma-based Chesapeake has injected more than 10.6 million gallons of brine and hydraulic fracturing fluid into the well since March 2009. The underground injection site in the Frametown area has been a permitted disposal well since 2008.

Some geologists suspect high pressure and wastewater have lubricated old fault lines, allowing them to slip and trigger small earthquakes. Chesapeake isn’t so sure, but it has agreed to reduce the volume of fluid it’s injecting.

Gene Smith, compliance manager for the DEP, said no link has been proven, and no seismic events have been reported at 70 similar disposal wells around West Virginia. Still, he said, the state will investigate.

“We’re looking at the mechanics of the well, the geology of the area and the events that have been happening in the area, to see, from a scientific level, if what’s taking place could cause earthquakes,” Smith said.

Since April 4, Braxton County has been shaken by eight small earthquakes registering between 2.2 and 3.4 on the Richter scale. No major damage was reported.

Drilling companies are producing wastewater as they rush to tap the Marcellus shale field, a rich natural gas reserve that underlies Ohio, West Virginia, Pennsylvania and New York. The gas is locked in tightly compacted rock a mile underground, and freeing it requires unconventional horizontal drilling technologies and vast amounts of water.

The DEP says many companies are recycling much of their water, but some is also pumped back into storage wells.

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