Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Greene County, PA - Marcellus Shale Update

By Andrea:

Consol Energy Inc. (CNX) recently release an update on the Marcellus Shale in Greene County, Pennsylvania:

Consol Energy Inc. (CNX), the leading diversified fuel producer in the Appalachian Basin, reported total coal production of 14.7 million tons for the quarter ended September 30, 2010. Included in the total was 1.3 million tons of low-vol coal produced by the company's Buchanan Mine.

CONSOL's Gas Division achieved record quarterly production of 35.8 Bcf for the quarter ended September 30, 2010. This was 44% higher than the 24.8 Bcf produced in last year's September quarter, and 12% higher than the 31.9 Bcf produced in the quarter ended June 30, 2010.

The Gas Division began the quarter with one horizontal rig running in Greene County, Pennsylvania and ended the quarter with three horizontal rigs operating. The original horizontal rig left its base in Greene County, in order to drill in nearby Belmont County, Ohio. Beginning at a depth of 8,450 feet, the rig encountered 200 feet of Utica Shale. The vertical well, un-stimulated, flowed 1.5 MMCF of gas in a 24-hour period.

CONSOL Energy has over 70,000 acres in and around the discovery well in Belmont County. "While most of our delineation efforts are focused on the Marcellus Shale," commented J. Brett Harvey, Chairman and CEO, "our vast acreage holdings include other zones that warrant testing, including the Utica Shale. As a result of this discovery, we will shift some of our exploration capital to this shale in 2011."

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