EOG, Chesapeake Marcellus Operations Largely Unaffected by Sandy

Two exploration and production companies report that their operations in Pennsylvania's Marcellus shale were largely unaffected by Hurricane Sandy.

Houston-based EOG Resources told Rigzone Wednesday that normal operations have resumed after EOG ceased drilling operations in the Marcellus for 24 hours due to Hurricane Sandy, which pounded the U.S. East Coast and parts of the Midwest with flooding, winds and winter storm conditions.

EOG did not shut in production during the storm, the company said in an email statement.

"As is the case during any severe weather event, the company has appropriate plans in place to protect its employees, the environment and the communities in which it operates," a company spokesperson said.

"The company appreciates the diligence with which its employees prepared for this storm and extends its thoughts and prayers to the thousands of people who are dealing with the aftermath of this widespread natural disaster," according to a company statement.

A company spokesperson for Chesapeake subsidiary Chesapeake Appalachia LLC confirmed Wednesday that the company had experienced "minimal impact" to its drilling, completion and production operations in the Marcellus region due to Sandy.

The National Weather Service reported Wednesday that the remnants of Sandy continue to weaken, with gale warnings in effect for portion of the Great Lakes, flood watches and warnings in effect across northern New England and flood watches remaining in effect for portions of the northern Mid-Atlantic states. Winter storm warnings and winter weather advisories remain in effect along the central Appalachians.


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