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'Switch' documentary worth a look

I recently attended a screening of the film Switch - created by an alum from the University of Michigan (GO BLUE!!) regarding the energy challenge we face today.  It did an excellent job of setting…Continue

Started Jul 18, 2012

Good article on US shale gas and Chesapeake

For those of you who haven't seen this:…Continue

Started May 18, 2012

I've signed with a company, now where's my money??! Some background info

Hi all,This is a common thread around here and I wanted to give a little bit of information on what is going on behind the scenes.I am not a land or title guy (actually I'm a geologist) but I've…Continue

Started Apr 18, 2012

Link to "A Conversation with an Environmentalist Oil Industry Worker"
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Hey all-an interesting interview and worth a read:…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Area Man Apr 17, 2012.

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Area Man replied to Charles Randolph's discussion 'Tioga SWEPI Stacked Pays'
"To the original post, which document are all these formations listed?  I'd be keen to take a look!  Can someone provide a link?   Cheers, -AreaMan"
Mar 5
Area Man replied to al raptoria's discussion 'wet gas versus "oil only"'
"It's not the price, it's the pressure and rate.  The oil window is updip/more shallow then wet gas, thus you have less pressure support.  Compounding the issue, oil is a heavier molecule and larger so it doesn't travel as…"
Oct 8, 2013
Area Man replied to kdj's discussion 'Cheney Exemption'
"Mark is correct - completions activity and frac water is regulated at a state level, not federal and thus the federal Clean Water Act doesn't specifically apply. Cheers! -AreaMan"
Aug 14, 2013
Area Man replied to Bella's discussion 'Natural Gas Prices are PATHETIC'
"Unfortunately there's more to it than just waiting out the low price environment. Many companies have commitments that they need to meet, whether to various stakeholders or shareholders.  Many have invested large sums of cash and recouping…"
Jul 29, 2013
Area Man replied to Linda Masters's discussion 'James well (Route 62 Mercer, PA) has a flare.'
"WSe"
Jun 5, 2013
Area Man replied to James Young's discussion 'Do well drillers ever extend horizontals after they were developed?'
"I won't get in to this too much since it's out of my realm (I just tell the drillers what I want and it magically happens) BUT from the discussions I've had with our guys, kicking off a lateral from an existing well isn't as easy…"
Apr 22, 2013
Area Man replied to James Young's discussion 'Do well drillers ever extend horizontals after they were developed?'
"I think "black oil" is more to distinguish between condensate/natural gas liquids (NGLs) then to describe the oil itself.  I'll refrain from going too much more in depth though, because I honestly don't know.  I…"
Apr 19, 2013
Area Man replied to James Young's discussion 'Do well drillers ever extend horizontals after they were developed?'
"Sorry for the delay, I only check periodically throughout the day.   In any case, I'm not sure steam flood would be a great solution out here - you're more thinking of a high viscosity hydrocarbon/oil like tar sands.  The issue…"
Apr 19, 2013
Area Man replied to James Young's discussion 'Do well drillers ever extend horizontals after they were developed?'
"Agree with everything JS says here.  There's not much point in drilling a horizontal well without the INTENTION to frac it.  It may be down the road some time and not immediately, but I've not really come across an instance of…"
Apr 19, 2013
Area Man replied to James Young's discussion 'Do well drillers ever extend horizontals after they were developed?'
"Somewhat, but you could accomplish the same with a well that is drilled toe-up (the toe is the final point in the well, toe-up meaning the well is drilled up-dip so it finishes higher than where the lateral landed).  In this case, your…"
Apr 19, 2013
Area Man replied to James Young's discussion 'Do well drillers ever extend horizontals after they were developed?'
"I'll try to hit both.  Quick answer, no wells are not re-entered to drill additionally (post frac) and while we have the technology to hit another wellbore, there isn't really a reason to do it.   To the OP - there are a number…"
Apr 18, 2013
Area Man replied to Billy Park Whyde's discussion 'Technology'
"Its a fine idea, and is definitely done (some CHK wells were energized using Co2 or Ar I believe).  The big issue is cost - do you justify the cost with the added production?   -AreaMan"
Mar 18, 2013
Area Man replied to tom's discussion 'Will Utics gas in Tioga county Pa be wet?'
"Somewhat independent, except in this case the hydrocarbon maturity is tied to the geologic history of the shale. If they were able to migrate, the maturity could be different than the reservoir where there are today. Otherwise, maturity is a…"
Mar 7, 2013
Area Man replied to tom's discussion 'Will Utics gas in Tioga county Pa be wet?'
"You are correct about trapping mechanisms... but wrong setting.  In a conventional system, faults, salt, shales, and structure are of critical importance for trapping a mobile hydrocarbon in place.  However, in the unconventional…"
Mar 7, 2013
Area Man replied to tom's discussion 'Will Utics gas in Tioga county Pa be wet?'
"Faults can have many different effects on development.  They are associated with more natural fractures which can increase rate/flow.  Or, the crushed-up fine particles within a fault zone can reduce production.  Faults can siphon off…"
Mar 7, 2013
Area Man replied to The Hiker's discussion 'Depletion "Type Curves" from company websites show a dramatic drop in production after one year'
""Why don't you kids get out of the sandbox or take it off line?  I don't enjoy reading the insulting public conversation and I'm sure others don't either.   Grow up.  Start another discussion if you…"
Mar 1, 2013

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What is your role in the Marcellus?
Gas Professional
Which state(s) are you following?
Pennsylvania, Ohio
What shale plays do you follow?
All Shale Plays

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At 1:59pm on February 9, 2012, Deborah Kittner Johnson said…

Geologists are quite in demand these days. I accept your offer.

 
 
 

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