WorldOil U.S. output builds on OPEC cutbacks, gas rides LNG expansion Shale operators are increasing U.S. crude production in response to oil prices that are, so far, trending more favorably this year, due largely to decisions by OPEC and Russia to curb production. ShaleTech: Marcellus/Utica Shales Record laterals help feed new pipelines, plants New report finds Marcellus shale development unrelated to Pennsylvania mortality rates Mortality rates in the six Pennsylvania counties with the most Marcellus Shale development have declined or remained stable since shale production began in the region, according to a new Energy In Depth-commissioned report. The findings directly refute accusations from anti-energy groups that the fracing boom is a threat to public health. EIA: Appalachia drives growth in U.S. natural gas production since 2012 Shale gas production in the Appalachia region has increased rapidly since 2012, driving an overall increase in U.S. natural gas production. Asian investor steps into America's shale gas market A relentless flow of natural gas from America’s shale basins is drawing bears to the market—and that’s music to the ears of at least one Asia-backed investor. Flaring alternative acts as portable produced-water management tool A new design addresses two of the most common concerns in unconventional plays. EIA: Pennsylvania’s natural gas production reaches new high Pennsylvania’s natural gas production reached a new high of 15 Bcfd in October 2017, an increase of 25% from year-ago levels and an increase of 80% from January 2013. Kalnin Ventures becomes leading player in the Marcellus with $210-million acquisition Kalnin Ventures LLC has announced that an affiliate of its BKV Oil and Gas Capital Partners, LP fund, has entered into purchase and sale agreements with respect to the Fund’s fifth acquisition of assets in just over two years in the northeast portion of the Marcellus shale. Cubility signs distribution agreement for solids control technologies in U.S., Canada Cubility AS, a provider of solids control solutions that improve drilling efficiency, solids control and HSE around the drilling process, has announced two exclusive distribution partnerships with Calgary-based New Tech Solids Inc and Houston-based Stage 3 Separation. Profit-hungry traders prowl local gas hubs as margins erode Profit has become so much harder to come by in the huge U.S. market for natural gas that some traders are buying and selling in lesser-known local pipeline hubs, where bigger risks offer the promise of better rewards.