2012 US Lower 48 Northeast year in review

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Report summary

The Marcellus Shale became the top-producing unconventional gas play in the world in 2012, surpassing 7 bcfd to double its production from the year before. Increased well recoveries kept production strong despite a decline in rig activity, as operators moved rigs from the dry-gas Northeast Marcellus to the liquids-rich southwest and emerging Utica Shale. Utica development truly began to take off as well, with the number of well permits quadrupling from 2011 and operators drilling nearly,

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  • Executive summary
    • Development shifts to the Utica Shale
    • Utica garners billions in investment during 2012
    • Utica Shale continues to drive M&A activity
    • Regulation tightened during 2012
    • Minimal activity in the Michigan and Illinois basins
  • What’s next for 2013?

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  • New processing plants in the Utica
  • Select Northeast M&A deals


  • Marcellus rig count falls while Utica rig count rises
  • Production surges ahead in the Northeast Marcellus
  • Nearly 200 wells have been drilled in the Utica Shale since development
  • Infrastructure commitments in the Utica and Marcellus

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