The Marcellus Shale was named by James Hall in 1839 due to its distinctive surface outcrop being near the village of Marcellus, New York. This gas trend encompasses more than 104,000 square miles, covering most of the Appalachian Basin in the eastern part of the country. It stretches across Pennsylvania, West Virginia, southeastern Ohio, upstate New York, Virginia, and Maryland.
As a result of George P. Mitchell’s horizontal drilling and fracturing techniques in the Barnett Shale in the 1980s and 1990s, this “tight” gas reservoir has also turned into a productive play. Royalty Clearinghouse is seeking acquisition opportunities in this important play.