Gastar Exploration Announces Marcellus Shale Production Temporarily Interrupted due to Rupture of Third Party-Operated Pipeline
HOUSTON, April 7, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Gastar Exploration Inc. (NYSE MKT: GST) announced today that its production in Marshall County, West Virginia has been shut-in since early Saturday morning due to the rupture of a pipeline operated by Williams Partners. Gastar hopes to restart production, which currently represents approximately two-thirds of its average daily production, as early as Tuesday night.
On Saturday morning Williams experienced a rupture and fire in a 12-inch gas pipeline several miles north of Gastar's operated properties in Marshall County. Williams is inspecting the scope of damage to their system and is working with Gastar personnel to determine how to expedite resumption of operations.
Williams has stated that it expects to re-route Gastar's gas production to a larger pipeline it owns and operates south of our acreage that feeds the Ft. Beeler station. Gastar plans to collect produced condensate in temporary storage on an existing Marcellus pad and truck it to sales. The two companies expect to operate in this temporary mode an estimated two weeks, depending on the progress of repairs on Williams' ruptured pipeline.
About Gastar Exploration
Gastar Exploration Inc. is an independent energy company engaged in the exploration, development and production of oil, natural gas, condensate and natural gas liquids in the United States. Gastar's principal business activities include the identification, acquisition, and subsequent exploration and development of oil and natural gas properties with an emphasis on unconventional reserves such as shale resource plays. Gastar is currently pursuing the development of liquids-rich natural gas in the Marcellus Shale in West Virginia and is also in the early stages of exploring and developing the Utica Shale in West Virginia and Hunton Limestone horizontal oil play in Oklahoma. For more information, visit Gastar's website at www.gastar.com.
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Gastar Exploration Inc.
J. Russell Porter, Chief Executive Officer
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