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First dusting
First dusting "Mother Nature is, if anything, subtle! Like a white Fremont Peak, in August. As if to say—it’s coming!" – Dave Bell. Click on this link to see more of Dave’s scenic photos of the area: Dave Bell Photo Gallery Photo by Dave Ball.
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Slap Happy Arnold Brokling sent in photos he took of a beaver enjoying a swim on a nearby lake. "Slap happy that the sun is finally out - at least for a while!" Photo by Arnold Brokling.
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Pinedale Planning & Zoning to revisit crematorium request Aug. 26th
2015 tourism grant applications due August 30th
Sublette County Conservation District wins Agriculture Award
Sublette County Rural Health Care District 2013-2014 Annual Report available
Pinedale Airport 3rd Annual 2014 Fly-In Sept. 6
Sublette Co Commissioners meeting agenda – Aug. 26, 2014
PAC construction update
Town of Pinedale makes staff changes
Volunteers sought for work day at New Fork River recreation site Sept. 6
Starting anew
Sublette County Rural Health Clinic Open Houses Aug. 28
Late Summer Fishing Report for Pinedale area (2014)
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August 28: Sublette County Rural Health Open House event - The Pinedale Open House is from 8:30AM to 10AM with the Informational Presentations and Q&A at 9AM. The Marbleton Clinic Open House is from 11:30AM to 1PM with Informational Presentations/Q&A starting at Noon. More info at
Sept 3: Fall Expo At Sublette BOCES - 3:30-6:30PM, 665 N Tyler Ave in Pinedale. Free food, raffle prizes and more. Come see what is happening in Sublette County this fall! To reserve a table please visit BOCES website at:, and click on the Forms tab to complete the Fall EXPO Table Reserve Form
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Wyoming now sells lottery tickets.
Wyoming now sells lottery tickets.
Wyoming Lottery begins (posted 8/25/14)
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WyoLotto, the Wyoming Lottery, began selling tickets on Sunday, August 24th.

Wyomingites can now participate in the multi-state Powerball and Mega Millions, along with smaller dollar winning games, with the hopes of winning millions of dollars. WyoLotto reported they had $198,612 in lottery sales on first day, $1,000 in sales per minute on Monday.

Prizes under $600 can be claimed at any WyoLotto retailer. Prizes over $600 must be claimed at the Wyoming Lottery headquarters in Cheyenne.

Wyoming Lottery net revenues are distributed by the state to Wyoming’s cities, towns and counties and deposited into the state’s Permanent Land Fund’s Common School Account. Except for operating expenses and winner payouts, all of the money the Wyoming Lottery takes in goes back to the state of Wyoming.

The first drawing for Mega Million will be on Tuesday, August 26th with an estimated $15 million jackpot. Purchasers must be 18 years of age or older to buy a lottery ticket.

Lottery retailers receive 6% of their net sales for selling lottery tickets, redeeming lottery prizes, and other activities required by the Wyoming Lottery Corporation. Lottery retailers get an additional 1% for all tickets validated on the lottery terminal and within their establishment.

The Wyoming Lottery was created when House Bill 77 was passed in Wyoming’s 2013 legislative session. The Lottery operates as a private business and does not employ state employees or use state tax money. The Wyoming Lottery Corporation consists of a nine-member Board of Directors appointed by the Governor. Operations are managed by a board-appointed CEO and a support staff.

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New regulations for upland game bird hunters (posted 8/25/14)
For Blue and Ruffed Grouse
Wyoming Game & Fish
With the September 1 opener for upland game right around the corner, bird hunters are alerted there are some significant changes in the hunting regulations for this fall.

Beginning September 1 the combined daily bag limit and possession limit for blue and ruffed grouse has been eliminated and upland game bird hunters will be allowed to take a daily bag limit of three blue grouse and a daily bag limit of three ruffed grouse. The possession limit for each species will be nine.

Now that hunters are allowed to take separate daily bag limits of blue grouse, ruffed grouse, chukar partridge, gray (Hungarian) partridge or sharp-tailed grouse, hunters will need to retain evidence of species on all game birds in their possession while in the field. The new regulation states that, excluding pheasants, one fully-feathered wing shall remain naturally attached to the carcass of ANY upland game bird in the field and during transportation. Hunters have always had to retain evidence of sex and species on each pheasant harvested by having the feathered head, feathered wing or foot naturally attached to the carcass of a pheasant while in the field and during transportation.

"There are no wild pheasant hunting in southwest Wyoming, but hunters do have the opportunity to hunt blue and ruffed grouse, as well as chukar partridge, gray partridge and sage grouse," Green River Wildlife Management Coordinator Mark Zornes said. "The new law requires that hunters keep one fully-feathered wing naturally attached to the bird carcass in the field and during transportation for identification purposes. This is a change from previous years and we just want game bird hunters to be aware of the new regulation."

Sage grouse hunters are reminded that Game and Fish biologists collect wing information each year from harvested birds. Sage grouse hunters are asked to place one wing from each harvested sage grouse in wing barrels for data collection. So, remember to leave one wing attached to the carcass and please put the other wing in the barrel.

The statewide hunting season for blue and ruffed grouse opens September 1 and closes November 30, 2014. For chukar and gray (Hungarian) partridge the statewide season opens October 1, 2014 and closes January 31, 2015. The sage grouse season in Hunt area 1 opens September 20 and ends on September 30.

If hunters have any questions regarding the upland game bird regulations they are encouraged to contact their local game warden, wildlife biologist, or the Green River Game and Fish Regional Office at 307-875-3223.

Boaters reminded of Aquatic Invasive Species requirements (posted 8/25/14)
Wyoming Game & Fish
In an effort to keep Wyoming waters free from harmful aquatic invasive species (AIS) such as zebra and quagga mussels, the Wyoming Game and Fish Department has created a program, including regulations, to prevent these species from entering the state on watercraft. To fund the program, all watercraft users, with a few exceptions, are required to purchase an AIS decal before boating on Wyoming waters. Exceptions include inflatable boats 10 feet or less, paddleboards or similar water toys. Wyoming Game and Fish personnel report encountering a number of boaters without their AIS decal in recent weeks. The decal can be purchased online on the Game and Fish website at:

Furthermore, Wyoming state regulations require that any watercraft transported into Wyoming from March 1 through November 30 must undergo a mandatory inspection by an authorized inspector prior to launching in any water of the state. Any watercraft that has been in a water infested with zebra or quagga mussels within the past 30 days is required to undergo a mandatory inspection by an authorized inspector prior to launching year-round.

"AIS boat inspection stations are being operated at several locations including ports of entry, border locations, and boat ramps," said Chris Wight, Game and Fish AIS supervisor for the Jackson Region. "We try to make everyone’s stop a brief one, but all watercraft must stop as it is required by law."

For people wanting to launch watercraft in northwest Wyoming, there will be permanent inspection stations at the Port of Entry in Alpine near the junction of US-89 and US-26, and at the rest area in Thayne along US-89. There will be additional check stations operating on a rotating basis. These include the Sleeping Indian turnout on US-89 just north of Jackson in Grand Teton National Park as well as major boat ramps on Jackson Lake.

Check stations for Sublette County will include the access road to Fremont Lake as well as the major boat ramps on New Fork, Boulder, Half Moon and Willow Lakes. Information on inspection stations, including location, dates and hours of operation, may be found online at: or by calling 1-877-WGFD-AIS.

Wight said most AIS inspection stations will be staffed seven days a week and will be open most daylight hours. For those boaters planning to go out of state after boating on Wyoming waters, and plan to return before a Game and Fish inspection station is open, you may do the following:

• You may stop by any AIS inspection station on your way off the water to have your boat inspected. A wire seal will be placed on your boat to connect it to the trailer and you will be provided with a paper receipt to document your inspection. You may launch on any Wyoming water at any time; just remember to remove the seal before you launch and keep the broken seal and receipt in your possession while on the water.

• If you do not get your boat inspected and a seal attached prior to leaving Wyoming, your watercraft must be inspected each time you enter the state. The inspection is not good for the entire season or trip. If you travel with your boat out of state, it must be inspected before you launch each time. Several other western states have also implemented AIS inspection programs. Many of these state inspections are valid in place of a Wyoming inspection. Inspections performed by Colorado, Utah, Oregon, Idaho and Montana that issue boaters a seal and receipt are accepted in Wyoming.

• Private certified inspectors may conduct watercraft inspections on their own watercraft, as well as provide these services to others. It is at the private inspector’s discretion whether to provide these services for free or for a fee. The hours of operation, addresses, and contact information for Wyoming AIS-certified locations will be available at:

• You may receive an AIS inspection and have your boat sealed at a Game and Fish certified location. Certified inspection locations will be posted and updated regularly at

• If you are transporting any watercraft (motor boats, rafts, drift boats, kayaks, etc.) you must stop at any open AIS inspection station you encounter. When inspection stations are open, signs will direct vehicles transporting watercraft to the location. Even if you have a seal on your boat, you must stop in at the check station so the inspector can verify that the seal and your receipt match.

Wight said there are many ways invasive mussels could end up in Wyoming waters. Boaters who practice "drain, clean, and dry" will help keep invasive species out of Wyoming. "Invasive mussels can attach to boats as juveniles or adults and larvae can be transported in water in the bilge, live well, or motor of a boat," Wight said. "These larvae can infest new waters if watercraft owners do not drain, clean, and dry their watercraft before launching.

It is recommended that all water be drained from boats including the motor, bilge, live well, and ballast areas. In addition, all mud, plants, and debris should be cleaned from boats and trailers. The plants can be invasive and both mud and plants can harbor other AIS.

Finally, all watercraft should be dried after every use. It is recommended to dry for at least 5 days in the hot summer, 18 days in the spring or fall, or 3 days in the winter when temperatures are freezing.

"The bottom line is boaters should always expect to have their watercraft inspected, so make sure to purchase the AIS decal and drain, clean, and dry all watercraft ahead of time," said Wight. "This program is relatively young and we all continue to learn together in order to prevent these invasive species from entering Wyoming waters."

For more information, it is recommended to visit the Game and Fish website at: or call the statewide toll free number (877-WGFD-AIS, 877-943-3247) to help answer any questions you might have.

Free entry to National Parks Aug. 25th (posted 8/24/14)
The National Park Service (NPS) turns 98 on Monday, August 25. To celebrate, admission to Yellowstone, Grand Teton, and all national parks is free that day. Camping and other fees will not be waived.

The NPS is waiving entrance fees on 9 days in 2014 as a way to encourage people to get outdoors and enjoy the remarkable landscapes and historical and cultural sites national parks have to offer.

Other fee free dates still to come this year are National Public Lands Day on September 27 and Veterans Day, November 11.

A seven-day pass to Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks is normally $25 for a private, non-commercial vehicle.

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Photo by Linda Weiford, WSU News
The grizzly bear moves a box under the treat in order to use it as a footstool for higher reach. Photo by Linda Weiford, WSU News
Grizzly Bears use tools? (posted 8/24/14)
Washington State University
In a first-ever study, researchers at Washington State University are examining whether grizzly bears make and use tools. And while it’s too soon to reach a broad scientific conclusion, at least one female bear is demonstrating that, yes, she definitely can.

Information gleaned from the study can be used to help wildlife managers better solve grizzly-related challenges and problems, according to researchers, and also assist zookeepers in keeping captive bears mentally and physically stimulated.

The study, being conducted at WSU’s Bear Research Education and Conservation Center, is documenting eight grizzlies faced with the challenge of getting their claws into a dangling food snack that’s too high to reach. No training is involved. The researchers are chronicling innate learning behavior.

"While it’s generally accepted that grizzly bears are intelligent creatures, until now no scientific research had been conducted on their problem-solving skills," said WSU veterinary biologist Lynne Nelson, who is overseeing the study.

In WSU’s controlled setting, eight brown bears—three males and five females—are being tested separately and are at various phases of the experiment, said Nelson. To date, a 9-year-old grizzly named Kio has sailed through each phase, essentially nailing the hypothesis that the species is capable of tool use.

Here’s how the study works: Inside the grizzly bears’ play area, a donut is hung on a string from a wire, too high for the animals to reach. First, each bear is tested to see if it will stand on a sawed-off tree stump to reach up and get the donut down. Once this is mastered, researchers move the stump away from the hanging donut and place it on its side.

Here’s where things get challenging. The bear must move the stump until it is positioned underneath the donut and then flip the stump over into a makeshift footstool.

All of which Kio mastered early on: "She manipulates an inanimate object in several steps to help her achieve a goal, which in this case is to obtain food," said Nelson. "This fits the definition of tool use."

The other grizzlies are in the process of figuring out the feat, she explained, which confirms what the center’s scientists have long suspected about the keen brain power of bears. Frequently, Nelson and her colleagues witness grizzlies doing remarkable things, including using a single claw in a key-like manner to try to open locks.

Why should humans scientifically assess tool use among America’s greatest predators?

"If grizzly bears are capable of using tools to interact with their environment, that’s important for us to know because it provides a fuller picture of how they think," said WSU veterinary student Alex Waroff, who designed the study and who, with Nelson, tests the bears five mornings a week.

"By better understanding their cognitive abilities, we can help reduce encounters that can turn deadly for bears and humans alike," he said.

Such understanding also could shed light on whether the species is capable of manipulating its environment when faced with changes in the wild, such as shifts in habitat conditions or declining food sources, he explained.

As Nelson points out, most of the center’s grizzly bears were deemed "problem bears" in the wild and were brought to WSU as an alternative to being shot and killed.

"Grizzlies are smart foragers and they’ll work hard to get at food – which, as we’re seeing, can include some pretty sophisticated strategies," she said.

The glazed donuts, donated by a local grocery store, are used to entice the bears for the study and aren’t part of their normal diet, said Nelson.

"Yes, they like sweets – just like humans," she said. "But we’re careful to restrict their intake."

The study is expected to be completed this fall.

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Meeting on Oil & Gas servicing Aug. 28th (posted 8/23/14)
Meeting in Casper, Wyoming to update standards
Wyoming Department of Workforce Services
CASPER – The Wyoming Department of Workforce Services (DWS) division of Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) will hold a public meeting regarding draft rules for Oil and Gas Special Servicing on Thursday, August 28, 2014, at Casper College. OSHA is seeking input on the draft prior to the formal rule promulgation process.

This will be the final meeting to receive public input for the Wyoming OSHA Oil and Gas Special Servicing rules before the rules undergo the formal promulgation process and public comment period.

There is no cost to participate.

WHAT: The meeting will address updating standards cited in the rules, changes within the industry which would justify a rule revision, the inclusion of hazards related to work in the industry - including silica and combining all common rules relating to oil and gas.

WHERE: Casper College, Wold Physical Science Center, Wheeler Auditorium, Room PS 103 (125 College Drive)

WHEN: Thursday, August 28, 2014, at 9 a.m.

WHO: The meeting is open to the public.

2014 Primary Election results - Sublette County, Wyoming (posted 8/19/14)
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8 Precincts
4,592 registered voters
2,592 votes cast
56.45% Voter turnout
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County Commissioner
Joel Bousman (R) - 1,122
John LaBuda (R) - 884
Andy Nelson (R) - 1,316
Courtney Skinner (D) - 93
Douglas Vickrey (R) - 979

County Clerk
(all Republican)
Michelle Hosler -713
EJ Koppenhafer - 429
Mary Lankford - 868
Holly Roberts - 409

Roxanna Jensen - 1,271
Delta McCormick - 1,106

Jeness Saxton - 2,158

Clerk of District Court
Janet Montgomery - 2,098

Curt Covill - 1,350
Eric Marincic - 1,018

Stephen Haskell - 1,196
Dave Lankford - 990
Andrew "Mac" Mackenzie - 221

Clayton Kainer - 1,932

1-1 Pinedale Precinct Committeemen (3)
Bob Rule - 265
Dexter Smith - 323
William Twitchell - 317

1-1 Pinedale Precinct Committeewomen (3)
Pam Murdock - 327
Karen Rule - 241
Lois Twitchell - 296

1-3 Pinedale West Precinct Committeemen (3)
Duke Edwards - 187
Dean Loftus - 210
Don Moritsch - 158
Darrell Walker - 255
Ralph "Ed" Wood - 307

1-3 Pinedale West Precinct Committeewomen (2)
Debbie Vickrey - 431
Verna Walker - 347

1-4 Boulder Precinct Committeemen (2)
Walt Bousman - 216
Bruce Eaton - 136

1-4 Boulder Precinct Committeewomen (2)
Kelly Eaton - 222

2-1 Big Piney Precinct Committeemen (3)
Claude Arthur - 236
Bob Brackett - 270
Lee Shafer - 315

2-1 Big Piney Precinct Committeewomen (3)
Jackie Arthur - 271
Jacqueline Murray - 218
Donna Shafer - 313

2-2 Marbleton Precinct Committeemen (1)
Donese "Tex" Williams - 179

2-2 Marbleton Committeewomen (1)
Valerie Williams - 170

4-1 Cora Precinct Committeemen (1)
Eric Marincic - 142

4-1 Cora Precinct Committeewomen (1)
Colleen M. Martin - 146

4-2 Daniel Precinct Committeemen (1)
Frederick Pape - 156

4-2 Daniel Precinct Committeewomen (1)
Michelle Pape - 150

5-1 Bondurant Precinct Committeewomen (1)
Marti L. Seipp - 59

Shell, Ultra Petroleum
Shell sells Pinedale gas field assets to Ultra Petroleum (posted 8/14/14)
In joint news releases today (Thursday, August 14, 2014), Ultra Petroleum and Shell SWEPI announced a purchase exchange and sale agreement for Ultra to acquire 100% of Shell’s Pinedale oil and gas field properties. The sale includes an exchange where Shell will acquire 155,000 net acres of Ultra assets in the Marcellus and Utica Shale areas in Pennsylvania and receive a cash payment of $925 million from Ultra. Ultra will take over operation of Shell’s Pinedale assets in Wyoming including associated gathering and processing contracts, subject to closing. See related news releases below for more details.

Ultra Petroleum Announces Pinedale Acquisition

Ultra Petroleum Corp media release

HOUSTON, August 14, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Ultra Petroleum Corp. (NYSE: UPL) announced today that the company has signed a purchase and sale agreement to acquire all Pinedale field properties from SWEPI, LP, an affiliate of Royal Dutch Shell, plc ("Shell") in exchange for a portion of Ultra's Marcellus Shale properties and cash consideration of $925.0 million. Ultra Petroleum expects to finance the acquisition through the issuance of new debt at the subsidiary and parent level. The transaction is expected to close in the third quarter with an effective date of April 1, 2014.

About Ultra Petroleum
Ultra Petroleum Corp. is an independent energy company engaged in domestic natural gas and crude oil exploration, development and production. The company is listed on the New York Stock Exchange and trades under the ticker symbol "UPL". Additional information on the company is available at

Shell divests U.S. onshore gas assets in Pinedale and Haynesville, adds acreage in Marcellus and Utica

Shell media release, August 14, 2014

Royal Dutch Shell plc ("Shell") announces today two separate transactions whereby the company will exit its Pinedale and Haynesville onshore gas assets in exchange for approximately $2.1 billion of cash, plus additional acreage in the Marcellus and Utica Shale areas in Pennsylvania.

In one agreement with Ultra Petroleum, Shell will acquire 155,000 net acres in the Marcellus and Utica Shale areas in Pennsylvania and receive a cash payment of $0.925 billion from Ultra in exchange for 100 percent of Shell’s Pinedale asset in Wyoming, including associated gathering and processing contracts, subject to closing.

In a separate agreement with Vine Oil & Gas LP and its partner Blackstone, Shell has agreed to sell 100 percent of its Haynesville asset in Louisiana, including associated field facilities and infrastructure for $1.2 billion in cash, subject to closing.

"We continue to restructure and focus our North America shale oil and gas portfolio to deliver the most value in the longer term. With this announcement we are adding highly attractive exploration acreage, where we have impressive well results in the Utica, and divesting our more mature, Pinedale and Haynesville dry gas positions," said Marvin Odum, Shell’s Upstream Americas Director.

The Shell net production from Pinedale in the second quarter 2014 was 190 million standard cubic feet per day (mmscf/d) of dry gas (32 thousand barrels of oil equivalent per day (kboe/d)). During the first half of 2014, Ultra’s net production from the assets Shell is acquiring in Pennsylvania averaged 109 mmscf/d (19 kboe/d).

"We first entered the Pinedale Anticline in 2001, and I am proud of our operational excellence, community engagement, and leadership in responsible energy development over that time," said Odum.

Shell’s Pinedale asset (which includes 19,000 net acres of leasehold interest, 1,108 gross wells and associated facilities, and an average of 0.7 percent overriding royalty interest in 11,500 acres) will be exchanged for cash and Ultra’s 100 percent interest in the Marshlands area (63,000 net acres) as well as its entire interest (92,000 net acres) in the Tioga Area of Mutual Interest (AMI), an unincorporated joint venture with Shell. After completion of this transaction, Shell will have a 100 percent interest in the Tioga AMI. The agreement is effective 1 April 2014, and is expected to close this year.

Shell’s Haynesville asset includes 107,000 net acres in north Louisiana. The transaction includes 418 producing wells, 193 of them operated by Shell. As of 1 July 2014, the gross production from the Haynesville asset was approximately 700 mmscf/d of dry gas, with Shell’s net working interest share at approximately 250 mmscf/d (43 kboe/d). The agreement is effective 1 July 2014, and is expected to close in the fourth quarter of this year.

"We very much appreciate the support we have had in north Louisiana, and we will continue to operate in the state, as we have for decades, through our downstream, retail, midstream, and New Orleans-based deep-water operations," said Odum.

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Shell reshuffles US shale assets in two major deals

Oil & Gas Journal, August 14, 2014

Royal Dutch Shell PLC has agreed to two separate transactions in which it will exit its Pinedale and Haynesville onshore gas assets in exchange for $2.1 billion in cash and acreage in the Marcellus and Utica shale regions.

In one deal, Shell will sell its 107,000 net acres in the Haynesville of North Louisiana, along with associated field facilities and infrastructure, to Blackstone affiliates Blackstone Energy Partners and Vine Oil & Gas LP, Dallas, for $1.2 billion in cash.

Vine, formed by Blackstone earlier this year, is an exploration and production company targeting US shale and led by Eric Marsh, a former executive vice-president of Encana.

The transaction encompasses 418 producing wells, 193 of which are Shell-operated. Gross production from Shell’s assets, as of July 1, totaled 700 MMscfd of dry gas, with the company’s net working interest share totaling 250 MMscfd.

The agreement is effective July 1 and expected to close in the fourth quarter. Shell says it will continue to operate in Louisiana through its downstream, retail, midstream, and New Orleans-based deepwater operations.

In another deal, Shell will acquire 155,000 net acres in the Marcellus and Utica areas of Pennsylvania and receive a cash payment of $925 million from Ultra Petroleum Corp., Houston, in exchange for Shell’s 19,000 net acres of leasehold interest in Pinedale, Wyoming, including associated gathering and processing contracts. The Pinedale assets encompass 1,108 gross wells and associated facilities, and an average of 0.7% overriding royalty interest in 11,500 acres. Shell’s second-quarter net production from Pinedale totaled 190 MMscfd of dry gas. Ultra’s first-half net production from the Marcellus and Utica assets averaged 109 MMscfd.

Shell will receive 63,000 net acres in the Marshlands area as well as 92,000 net acres in the Tioga area of mutual interest (AMI), an unincorporated joint venture with Ultra, giving Shell 100% interest in Tioga AMI.

The agreement is effective Apr. 1 and expected to close this year.

Ultra says the deal with Shell will increase its net proved reserves by 1.8 tcfe and expand company-operated production to 82% from 62%.

Shell’s recent shale activity
Marin Odum, Shell Upstream Americas director, meanwhile explained the deals from his company’s perspective: "With this announcement we are adding highly attractive exploration acreage, where we have impressive well results in the Utica, and divesting our more mature, Pinedale and Haynesville dry gas positions."

Shell has recently been involved in a flurry of deal activity relating to its shale assets.

In June, company affiliate East Resources Inc. and an unnamed private company sold 48,000 net acres in the Marcellus and 27,000 net acres in the Utica to units of start-up American Energy Partners LP. The transactions totaled $1.75 billion.

Notably, East Resources was acquired in 2010 by Shell for $4.7 billion during Shell’s large-scale venture into US unconventional oil and gas.

In May, the company sold 100% working interest in 106,000 net acres in the Eagle Ford to Sanchez Energy for $639 million.

Two months earlier, Shell divested its acreage position in the Mississippi Lime in Kansas, its Utica position in Ohio, and a portion of its acreage in the Sandwash Niobrara basins in Colorado.

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