In 1859, Colonel Edwin Drake discovered the first producing oil well near Titusville, in the Oil Creek valley of northwestern Pennsylvania. This was the start of the "oil rush" that continued through the 1860s in various parts of the Appalachian region. The heritage of shallow oil producing sands and conventional gas resources in Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Ohio and New York continues to this day.
Over 150 years later, with the tapping of unconventional natural gas resources, known as the Marcellus and Utica Shales, it appears that hydrocarbon discoveries have made a full circle back to the region.
The technology for extracting and developing oil and gas resources has significantly changed since Drake's discovery. In addition, environmental sensitivity and awareness are heightened thanks to strict governmental regulations and the environmental stewardship of the exploration and production (E&P) companies that are extracting hydrocarbons from shale formations at depths greater than 7,000 feet below the ground.
Moody has been involved in various aspects of oil/gas exploration and development for over 30 years. Here is a summary of work performed for the oil and gas industry: