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The Weekly US Oil & Gas Update: 08 October 2013

Contributor: Todd Erickson
Posted: 10/07/2013
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Rig Counts - select states with key plays

Select states

This Week

Change from last week

3 months ago

One year ago

Alaska

7

-2

8

6

Arkansas

11

0

14

16

California onshore

40

+2

39

37

Colorado

70

0

66

62

Kansas

28

-1

28

30

Montana

12

0

10

24

N. Louisiana

25

+1

23

25

New Mexico

73

-1

78

86

North Dakota

171

0

177

178

Ohio

34

-1

33

22

Oklahoma

171

+5

174

190

Pennsylvania

54

+2

53

66

Texas

830

+5

835

868

Utah

29

0

32

37

West Virginia

34

0

25

27

Wyoming

49

0

49

50

Total US

1756

+12

1757

1837

Total Canada land

357

-28

212

371

Oil & Gas Prices - Bloomberg/EIA

This Morning

12 weeks ago

1 year ago

Crude Oil - USD/bbl

WTI

103.3

103.03

89.43

Brent

109.39

109.05

112.60

Natural Gas - USD/mmbtu

NYMEX

3.61

3.52

3.19

General News

More oil formations in North Dakota's Bakken area

Everyone in the industry, and many outside, know about North Dakota's Bakken formation, the most prolific oil producer in the US since Prudhoe Bay. You may also know that total reserves for the area have increased dramatically over the last two years as the potential for the Three Forks formation, which lies right below the Bakken, has been realized. Now, two more formations in the same area are being actively explored, the Pronghorn and the Tyler. Oxy and Whiting have both recently been targeting the Pronghorn, which was previously called the Sannish and once thought part of the Three forks. A 2009 core from an Anschutz well has shown that it is separate from the Three Forks, with some areas up to 43 feet thick. Oxy will be drilling three horizontal wells in the formation, and expects EUR's around 319,000 from each; a bit less than a typical Bakken or Three Forks well. Whiting's Pronghorn wells from its Lewis and Clark project came in with 24 hour IP's of 1,098 and 1,348, quite a bit more promising. Read more about the Pronghorn here. Marathon will be the first to try horizontal drilling and completions in the Tyler formation, in an area just south of Dickinson. The Tyler is not new, but this will be the first unconventional application to the formation, and Marathon expects EUR's totaling 1.6 million barrels from its four Tyler wells. Article about the Tyler here.

Unconventional Oil & Gas News

Marcellus development in PA more than breaking even

According to calculations by Terry Engelder, a professor of geosciences at Penn State, the Marcellus has already paid back 78% of its costs to drill. Good economics considering a large number of wells are not even hooked up to pipelines and producing yet. Engelder based his numbers on the total cost to drill all the wells in the state, compared to the total amount of gas sold, less royalty payments. His macro calculation shows the economics are pretty good, despite naysayers claiming that decline rates would make the development uneconomic and unsustainable. Excellent interactive map at the end of this article shows the number of wells by county in PA. Article here

Many Eagle Ford roads going back to gravel from pavement due to lack of funding

Dewitt County, in the heart of Texas' Eagle Ford formation, generates millions for the state in severance taxes. But very little of that makes its way back to the County to pay for the boom's impact. "Not one dollar of [severance tax] has been focused on paying for the damages," says Dewitt County Judge Daryl Fowler, claiming "damages to our roads to the tune of hundreds of millions of dollars." Will all the oilfield traffic,the County's paved roads aren't holding up, and with no funds to repair, the County is going back to gravel, which is cheaper and easier to maintain. Not everyone agrees with the strategy; "The bottom line is this: converting these roads from pavement to gravel is a step backwards," said Durrell Johnson, local resident at a recent hearing. Article here

Environment and Safety News

OSHA forms alliance with Association of Energy Service Companies

The Association (AESC) is a trade organization who's members include oil & gas professionals and field workers. According to OSHA, its goals for the alliance is to promote understanding of workplace safety and health and the rights and responsibilities of workers and employers by increasing access to material and knowledge. Under the initiative, the AESC will work with member companies to help develop workplace safety goals. Article here.

Mergers and Acquisitions News

Forest Oil to sell Texas panhandle assets for $1 billion

The sale to Templar Energy LLC, a private E&P company, will enable Forest to pay down debt and focus on its Eagle Ford holdings. Article here

Emerson Process Safety buys Enardo

The acquistion of Tulsa-based Enardo increases Emerson's footprint into the tank vapor controls market. Enardo had $65 million in sales and employs 140 workers. Emerson is a worldwide company with $24 billion in sales. Article here

Contributor: Todd Erickson