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Marcellus Shale Field - Natural Gas Formation Location
Marcellus Shale Formation West Virginia

The Marcellus Shale is located in the following West Virginia counties:  WV:  Hancock, Brooke, Marshall, Wetzel, Marion, Monongalia, Harrison, Lewis, Doddridge, Tyler, Richie, Wood, Wirt, Calhoun, Clay, Jackson, Boone, Webster, Gilmer, Braxton, Fayette, Logan, Pleasants, Roane, Kanawha.  Looking for a Job in the Marcellus Shale?  View Here

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The Marcellus Shale, located in West Virginia, is a large natural gas field in the form of shale rock.  This shale is located deep below the earth's surface and when fractured, can produce a large amount of Natural Gas.

West Virginia is one of several states that is home to the Marcellus Shale.  ( From the West Virginia State Website ): West Virginia is the only net exporter of natural gas east of the Mississippi River. The West Virginia Geological and Economic Survey has identified about 7,500 wells producing 1.9 million barrels of oil and about 40,500 wells producing 191.6 billion cubic feet of natural gas.  Also: Natural gas is produced in 49 out of West Virginia's 55 counties, through approximately 40,500 wells throughout the state. West Virginia is the largest producer of oil and natural gas east of the Mississippi River. The state ranks 33rd in the nation for oil production and 11th for natural gas production.

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West Virginia Mineral Rights - Marcellus Shale

The Marcellus Shale has been a hot spot for landowners living in West Virginia.  Some homeowners who own their land have been approached by oil & gas companies and asked to lease their mineral rights.  Owners not only receive a mineral rights bonus, they also receive royalty payments from natural gas extracted from the Marcellus Shale.  Although natural gas prices have fallen in 2009, mineral rights activity is still happening but at a lower amount.  There seems to be less landbrokers from a year ago.

Mineral Rights Leasing: Wood County, WV - as of late 2008 - $100-$200 per acre ( up to $1000 ) and Royalty Payments of of atleast 16.66%.  Right of Way ( ROW ) Pipelines on the property were going for atleast $10 per foot.

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West Virginia Marcellus Shale - By County

Gastar Exploration (GSX) - Marshall County, In Marshall County, West Virginia, we currently have two drilling rigs working in our Marcellus West area. By year-end 2011, we expect to have nine horizontal Marcellus wells on sales and 10 horizontal Marcellus wells drilled and awaiting completion. All of our Marcellus Shale wells drilled in Marshall County are part of our joint venture with Atinum Partners Co, Ltd. (the "Atinum Joint Venture"). After all drilling and completion costs have been incurred, our working interest in these wells will range from 40% to 50%.

On our Marcellus East position in Preston County, West Virginia, we have drilled one horizontal well to test this acreage, which is 100% owned by Gastar. In August 2011, we completed the Hickory Ridge 2H horizontal Marcellus well, a 2,500-foot lateral completed with a 10-stage fracture stimulation, and we are currently flowing back completion fluids. First sales from the Hickory Ridge 2H are anticipated by year end. Our focus for the remainder of 2011 and through 2012 in the Marcellus East acquisition area is to perform a 3-D seismic survey over a portion of the acreage, with no additional wells currently planned during that time frame.

CNX Gas ( CXG )- CNX Gas has acreage in the following West Virginia Counties - Marshall, Monongalia ( Morgantown ), Marion, Harrison, Barbour, Doddridge, Lewis, Gilmer - over 30,000 acres in these WV counties.

Range Resources ( RRC ) - Range Resources has acreage in Northern West Virginia in the following counties:  Monongalia, Preston, Wetzel, Marshall.

Equitable Resources ( EQT ) - Equitable Resources has acreage in the the following WV counties:  Positive results on a horizontal well drilled in Doddridge County - Vertical Wells were drilled in Doddridge, Lewis, Gilmer, Richie, Wetzel counties.