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  • New film comes to defense of fracking

    02/11/2012 6:35:05 AM PST · by thackney · 11 replies
    Fuel Fix ^ | February 10, 2012 | Puneet Kollipara
    Makers of an upcoming documentary that seeks to counter the anti-hydraulic fracturing film “Gasland” have raised over $36,000 through crowdsourcing in a matter of a few days. The creators of the new documentary called “FrackNation” hope to dispel what they view as inaccuracies in the Oscar-nominated film “Gasland” and give more voice to those who live in the communities that are benefiting economically from natural gas drilling. Phelim McAleer, formerly a journalist with The Economist and Financial Times, is teaming up with his wife Ann McElhinney, a fellow former journalist, in making the film. The Irish couple in the past...
  • Officials Return From Western Gas Fields ‘Invigorated’

    02/04/2012 8:58:39 PM PST · by greenwill · 18 replies · 1+ views
    Rocket-Courier ^ | 01/19/2012 | RICK HIDUK
    Participants in a recent shale gas energy conference held in Hobbs, New Mexico, referred to a whirlwind trip to Lea County, NM, as “exhausting” but “enlightening.” Bradford County Commissioners Doug McLinko, Mark Smith, and Daryl Miller, Susquehanna County Commissioner Mary Ann Warren and Pennsylvania state Rep. Tina Pickett were among local elected officials to partake in discussions and serve as guests on informative panels.
  • Commissioners visit New Mexico for natural gas conference

    01/30/2012 8:59:55 AM PST · by greenwill · 1 replies
    THe Daily Review ^ | 01/21/12 | JAMES LOEWENSTEIN
    TOWANDA - While Bradford County has experienced extensive gas drilling for a few years, what will it be like after the drilling has gone on for decades? The three Bradford County commissioners and other local officials had a chance to get a sense of what could happen when they traveled last week to participate in a two-day conference in Lea County, N.M.
  • Drilling could help plug abandoned oil wells

    01/17/2012 5:17:42 AM PST · by thackney · 4 replies
    AP via Fuel Fix ^ | January 17, 2012 | TIMOTHY PUKO
    Almost all of the 20 homeowners in Belmar pay to run a water chlorination system to replace what was free well water from an Allegheny River aquifer. In the 1980s, an oil driller polluted the water, in part, they believe, by dumping waste brine into abandoned oil wells that could date to the 1800s, when Edwin L. Drake set off the boom by tapping his famous well in Titusville. Today the latest gas-drilling rush in the Marcellus shale may bring an opportunity to plug many of those old wells, but it also brings the risk that old wells could create...
  • Pa. chief to EPA: Let science be guide in Dimock

    01/11/2012 9:15:07 AM PST · by thackney · 10 replies
    Fuel Fix ^ | January 11, 2012 | Associated Press
    Pennsylvania’s environmental chief said the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has only a “rudimentary” understanding of the contamination in Dimock, the northeastern Pennsylvania village where residential water wells were fouled by a gas driller. Taking a poke at his federal counterpart, which recently launched an investigation in Dimock, Environmental Secretary Michael Krancer wrote that “EPA is really at the very early stages of its learning curve with respect to Dimock and EPA’s understanding of the technical facts and (the state’s) enforcement history with respect to Dimock is rudimentary.” Krancer urged Shawn Garvin, the agency’s regional administrator in Philadelphia, to allow the...
  • Natural gas production drives price down

    01/11/2012 5:23:25 AM PST · by thackney · 23 replies
    Fuel Fix ^ | January 10, 2012 | Emily Pickrell
    Increased production of natural gas has driven prices to their lowest in the last decade, with the average annual price dropping about 9 percent from 2010 to 20 11, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration. The average annual price of natural gas fell from $4.37 per million British thermal units in 2010 to $3.98 in 2011 — the lowest annual average since 2002 – a result of a mild winter and ramped up shale gas production in the Eagle Ford and Marcellus Shales, the EIA said. Gas futures contracts fell from $4.65 at the beginning of the year to...
  • Energy Conference Focuses On Shale Gas Hot-Button Issues

    01/10/2012 9:19:37 PM PST · by greenwill · 1 replies · 2+ views
    New Mexico Tech ^ | 01/10/2012 | Thomas Guengerich/
    SOCORRO, N.M. January 10, 2012 – As oil companies deploy hundreds of wells in northeast Pennsylvania to tap into the lucrative “shale gas” deposits, many are weighing the environmental impacts, the economic outlook and the regulatory climate related to the latest bonanza in domestic natural gas production.
  • Fidel Castro says world marching into abyss with shale gas

    01/05/2012 9:18:36 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 22 replies
    Reuters ^ | Thu Jan 5, 2012 11:45pm EST | Reporting by Jeff Franks; Editing by Eric Beech
    Former Cuban leader Fidel Castro said on Thursday the world was on an "inexorable march toward the abyss," which he blamed in part on the discovery and exploitation of vast reserves of so-called "shale gas" around the world. Shale gas is natural gas locked in rock formations that in the past decade has been found in great abundance around the world and is now considered a top source of future energy. Castro, 85, wrote in one of his occasional columns published in Cuban state media that "numerous dangers threaten us, but two of them—nuclear war and climate change—are decisive and...
  • Opinion: Fracking fears mostly unfounded

    01/04/2012 6:52:40 AM PST · by thackney · 24 replies
    Fuel Fix ^ | January 4, 2012 | Dr. Stephen Holditch
    As recently as 2001, the production of gas naturally occurring deep inside shale rock provided less than two percent of total U.S. natural gas production. Today, it is approaching 30 percent. As late as 2007, it was commonly assumed that the United States would be importing large amounts of liquefied natural gas from the Middle East and other areas. Today, almost overnight in natural-resource years, we are not only self-sufficient in natural gas, we have enough natural gas for the rest of this century on the basis of current demand. This same horizontal drilling and hydraulic fracturing technology is now...
  • Enterprise to build pipeline from Pennsylvania to Texas {Ethane}

    01/03/2012 2:08:01 PM PST · by thackney · 46 replies
    Fuel Fix ^ | January 3, 2012 | Ronnie Crocker
    A proposed pipeline project that could transport up to 190,000 barrels of ethane from Appalachian shale fields to the Texas Gulf Coast has secured enough customers to move forward, Enterprise Products Partners announced today. The Houston company, which revealed two months ago that it had lined up its first long-term contract to use the pipeline, now says it has enough in place to make the project financially feasible. The 1,230-mile line is expected to be running in early 2014, taking advantage of the increased production of natural gas liquids and their lower price relative to oil-based liquids. “The willingness of...
  • Shale Gas & Conventional Gas: From Pennsylvania to New Mexico

    12/27/2011 4:55:21 PM PST · by greenwill · 2 replies · 1+ views
    Fuel Fix ^ | 12/20/11 | Daniel Fine
    "The purpose of this conference is to bring together shale gas and conventional gas producing counties to discuss the opportunities and challenges of the regulations, economics and energy security surrounding this natural resource," says conference co-organizer, Lisa Hardison, President and CEO of the Economic Development Corporation of Lea County.
  • Benefits of Shale Gas Outweigh Risks According to Deloitte Survey

    12/15/2011 8:05:20 AM PST · by thackney · 7 replies
    Rig Zone ^ | December 15, 2011 | Deloitte
    A majority of Americans think developing natural gas by tapping shale formations offers greater rewards than it does risks, including those associated with hydraulic fracturing, according to a survey conducted by the Deloitte Center for Energy Solutions. Moreover, 8 in 10 respondents link natural gas with job creation and economic revival. Specifically, 83 percent of respondents agree that natural gas development can stimulate job growth in the United States , while 79 percent believe the development of natural gas resources can help revitalize the economies of the states and communities where shale gas is located. Further, the survey indicates that...
  • Shale gas production is waiting to prove Obama can’t kill the American spirit

    12/07/2011 12:02:26 PM PST · by jmaroneps37 · 3 replies
    coachisright.com ^ | DECEMBER 7TH, 2011 | Kevin “Coach” Collins
    Our nation was, is and always will be the most exceptional country on earth because of its abundant natural resources and the uniquely driving force of the American spirit. The current occupant of the White House and his collection of fringe thinkers don’t understand this, but we have no time to let them get up to speed about America’s greatness. We have to save America ourselves. We are once again reminded of our ability to grow and thrive by a new report on the exciting prospects of using our vast stores of natural gas as the fuel to stoke America’s...
  • Shale gas production is waiting to prove Obama can't kill the American spirit

    12/07/2011 11:05:42 AM PST · by Oldpuppymax · 1 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 12/07/2011 | Kevin "Coach" Collins
    Our nation was, is and always will be the most exceptional country on earth because of its abundant natural resources and the uniquely driving force of the American spirit. The current occupant of the White House and his collection of fringe thinkers don’t understand this, but we have no time to let them get up to speed about America’s greatness. We have to save America ourselves. We are once again reminded of our ability to grow and thrive by a new report on the exciting prospects of using our vast stores of natural gas as the fuel to stoke America’s...
  • Natural gas boom projected to fuel job growth

    12/06/2011 5:27:41 AM PST · by thackney · 26 replies
    Fuel Fix ^ | December 6, 2011 | Jennifer A. Dlouhy
    A nationwide boom in natural gas production is set to fuel nearly 900,000 jobs and add roughly $1,000 to annual household budgets by 2015, according to a new industry study released today. The boom in shale gas production nationwide – exemplified by modern-day drilling boom towns that have sprung up in Pennsylvania, North Texas and western states – is a bright spot in the U.S. economy, said the study’s lead author, John Larson, vice president of IHS Global Insight, an energy research firm based in suburban Denver. “Shale is really proving to be a very big job creator. It really...
  • Mining of Shale Gas Makes Sense

    11/29/2011 5:35:27 AM PST · by thackney · 16 replies
    U.S. News & World Report ^ | November 29, 2011 | Gregg Laskoski
    Our nation is just 235 years old. And since 1950 the U.S. population has more than doubled from 151.3 million to 311.8 million. Over the same period, every U.S. president has advocated energy autonomy and the need to free ourselves from a petroleum-based economy powered by Middle Eastern oil. Energy diversification with reliable nuclear energy, natural gas, coal, and any other viable and proven sources simultaneously serves these long-held economic and security aspirations. But how do we make aspirations something more than wishful thinking? Advances in drilling and fracking are "transforming America's energy landscape" according to a (June 25) editorial...
  • No Evidence of Groundwater Contamination From Fracking

    11/29/2011 5:28:54 AM PST · by thackney · 56 replies
    U.S. News & World Report ^ | November 29, 2011 | Daniel Simmons
    While controversy over hydraulic fracturing is new, the practice itself is not. Since 1947, hydraulic fracturing has been used to extract more than 7 billion barrels of oil and 600 trillion feet of natural gas from deep underground shale formations. The recent combination of fracturing technology with directional drilling—meaning six to eight horizontal wells drilled from only one well pad—can produce the same volume as 16 vertical wells. This has decreased the surface impact of drilling operations while growing our domestic reserves substantially. In 2007, prior to the application of directional drilling, the U.S. natural gas resources that could be...
  • Environmental groups rally against fracking in Delaware River Watershed

    11/23/2011 8:20:55 AM PST · by Impala64ssa · 37 replies
    WEST TRENTON, NJ – On the day the Delaware River Basin Commission had planned a special meeting to vote on whether or not to allow hydraulic fracturing to mine natural gas in the river watershed, environmental group leaders held a “Don’t Drill the Delaware” rally outside what was to be the meeting venue in West Trenton, New Jersey. The meeting was abruptly postponed last week with the DRBC only saying it needed more time to consider the issues. No new date has been set. Environmentalists believe it was because Delaware Governor Markell said his state wouldn’t vote for it and...
  • Analysts predict shale gas demand and prices will go up

    11/23/2011 5:04:15 AM PST · by thackney · 31 replies
    Fuel Fix ^ | November 23, 2011 | Jennifer A. Dlouhy
    Energy companies will harvest an increasing amount of natural gas from dense shale rock formations nationwide, with as much as 50 percent of the U.S. production coming from those sources by 2030, Deloitte analysts predicted Tuesday. But, they cautioned, concerns about the environmental risks of natural gas extraction could threaten that surge. “There’s so many wells being drilled and in so many parts of the country that it’s an enormous challenge with the public,” said Peter Robertson, an independent senior adviser who focuses on oil and gas issues for Deloitte LLP. “Every little slip gets enormously magnified.” Environmentalists and some...
  • Musings: Could Marcellus Shale Growth Be Sidelined By Legalities

    11/09/2011 5:36:27 AM PST · by thackney · 9 replies
    Parks Paton Hoepfl & Brown via Rig Zone ^ | November 08, 2011 | G. Allen Brooks
    It has recently come to our attention that a lawsuit in Pennsylvania over the ownership of Marcellus shale gas rights could put many leases in jeopardy and slow the development of this huge natural gas resource. The case is John E. and Mary Josephine Butler v. Charles Powers Estate et al, filed in the Superior Court of Pennsylvania. The Butlers are relying on previous rulings that established ownership of oil or gas doesn't change hands unless it's specified in a deed. In opposition, the Powers' heirs argue that the deed gave them the right to other minerals such as coal,...
  • Shale Gas Revolution

    11/04/2011 11:09:22 AM PDT · by neverdem · 24 replies
    NY Times ^ | November 3, 2011 | DAVID BROOKS
    The United States is a country that has received many blessings, and once upon a time you could assume that Americans would come together to take advantage of them. But you can no... --snip-- The shale gas revolution challenges the coal industry, renders new nuclear plants uneconomic and changes the economics for the renewable energy companies, which are now much further from viability... --snip-- These problems are real, but not insurmountable. An exhaustive study from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology concluded, “With 20,000 shale wells drilled in the last 10 years, the environmental record of shale-gas development is for the...
  • Shale Gas Revolution (America has a super abundance of natural gas, the cleanest fossil fuel)

    11/04/2011 6:42:14 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 26 replies · 1+ views
    New York Times ^ | 11/04/2011 | David Brooks
    The United States is a country that has received many blessings, and once upon a time you could assume that Americans would come together to take advantage of them. But you can no longer make that assumption. The country is more divided and more clogged by special interests. Now we groan to absorb even the most wondrous gifts. A few years ago, a business genius named George P. Mitchell helped offer such a gift. As Daniel Yergin writes in “The Quest,” his gripping history of energy innovation, Mitchell fought through waves of skepticism and opposition to extract natural gas from...
  • Shale Gas a Major Contributor in Reducing Greenhouse Gas Emissions -API

    10/21/2011 7:30:23 AM PDT · by thackney · 6 replies
    Rig Zone ^ | October 21, 2011 | Barbara Saunders
    Natural gas from shale formations represented a walloping $37 billion of the overall $108 billion that the petroleum industry invested in technologies to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions between 2000 and 2010, according to a new report released by the American Petroleum Institute (API) on October 20. This $108 billion also comprised nearly half of the total estimated $225 invested by all private industry combined and the federal government in GHG-reducing technologies, noted Kyle Isakower, VP of Regulatory and Economic Policy for API. The new report showed a major uptick in such investments from the 2008 study due to the...
  • Natural Gas Project Brings New Life To PA's Rust Belt Economy

    10/14/2011 7:34:43 AM PDT · by 92nina · 3 replies
    ATR ^ | 2011-10-13 | Marshall Bornemann
    Mining has, without question, seen the most growth out of any industry as of late. Pennsylvania is fortunate for being located in the wake of the oil-and-gas rich Marcellus Shale formation. In the next few years (by 2015), that wake will provide more than 12 billion cubic feet of gas per day. This boom in natural gas drilling is giving manufactures reason to hire new workers. Youngstown, Ohio, is a great example of what seemed to, for years, be a depressed town until natural gas drilling became a new means for work and economic prosperity. Employment has more than doubled...
  • Rick Perry’s energy plan revives ‘Drill, baby, drill’

    10/14/2011 6:17:30 AM PDT · by thackney · 15 replies
    Fuel Fix ^ | October 14, 2011 | Jennifer A. Dlouhy
    Gov. Rick Perry is set to unveil an energy plan for the country today that he says will unleash 1.2 million jobs while unlocking America’s oil, gas and coal resources. “We’re sitting on a treasure trove of energy in this country,” Perry said on CNBC’s “The Kudlow Report” Thursday night. “There’s 300 years worth of reserves underneath the land of America, and that’s how we’re going to get America working again.” Perry is set to reveal more details during an 11:30 a.m. Central event at a steel plant in West Mifflin, Pa. But the Republican presidential hopeful has already made...
  • Dominion seeks exports of Marcellus Shale gas

    10/10/2011 5:36:43 AM PDT · by thackney · 7 replies
    Fuel Fix ^ | October 10, 2011 | Associated Press
    An energy company is seeking federal approval to allow exports of liquefied natural gas from the booming Appalachian drilling industry, saying that the nation’s natural gas supply is outpacing demand. Richmond, Va.-based Dominion Resources Inc. announced last week that it has applied to the Department of Energy to allow 1 billion cubic feet per day to be exported through a terminal it owns in Maryland. The application, filed Sept. 1, seeks permission for the exports of liquefied natural gas to any country with which the United States does not prohibit trade, the company said. The terminal, Dominion Cove Point on...
  • Stiffer rules looming on shale drilling

    10/06/2011 7:31:42 AM PDT · by thackney · 22 replies
    Houston Chronicle via Fuel Fix ^ | October 6, 2011 | Jennifer A. Dlouhy and Tom Fowler
    Regulators moved on two tracks Wednesday to stiffen standards for natural gas drilling and force companies to shed more light on the chemicals used in the process. Interior Secretary Ken Salazar told reporters that the federal government is poised to advance new requirements on shale gas extraction from public lands as soon as next month. Meanwhile, during a public hearing in Austin, speakers told Texas regulators what kind of disclosure requirements should be imposed on gas drillers. The Texas Railroad Commission is developing specific requirements under a new Texas law mandating that companies reveal the chemicals used to hydraulically fracture...
  • France Cancels Shale Gas Exploration Permits on Non-Fracturing Commitment

    10/04/2011 5:58:23 AM PDT · by thackney · 4 replies
    Dow Jones via Rig Zone ^ | October 03, 2011 | Geraldine Amiel
    The French government has cancelled three exclusive shale gas exploration permits as the holders didn't commit not to use a hydraulic fracturing process, energy minister Eric Besson and environmental minister Nathalie Kosciusko-Morizet said Monday in a joint statement. The three permits--Nant and Villeneuve-de-Berg, held by U.S.-based Schuepbach Energy LLC, and Montelimar, held by Total--represent all of France's identified potential shale gas fields. The French government banned hydraulic fracturing in May this year due to concerns about the technique's impact on the environment
  • Buckeye State goes big for oil and gas

    09/27/2011 9:36:41 AM PDT · by thackney · 18 replies
    Fuel Fix ^ | September 27, 2011 | Tom Fowler
    As a kid I always thought the pump jack in my Uncle Charlie’s backyard in Akron, Ohio was a little out of place. Sure, Akron was the center of the tire-making universe for a time, and Uncle Charlie was a chemist for one of the biggest firms. But when I thought of the oil wells, I thought of dry, hot Texas, not green, cool Ohio. Now it looks like Ohio is shaping up to be the Next Big Thing in oil and gas. Earlier this month Hess Corp. made two purchases of Utica acreage worth more than $1.2 billion. ExxonMobil...
  • Natural Gas from Louisiana's Haynesville Shale Will Be Used for Drop-in Vehicle Fuels

    09/26/2011 10:42:31 AM PDT · by thackney · 33 replies
    Green Technology World ^ | September 21, 2011 | Cheryl Kaften
    Carbon Sciences Inc., the developer of a breakthrough technology to make gasoline and other transportation fuels from natural gas and carbon dioxide, announced on September 21 that recent plans for a major project in Louisiana “confirm that a gas-to-liquids strategy is [America’s] best approach for energy independence.” Johannesburg, South African energy and chemicals group Sasol said earlier this month that it has chosen the southwestern region of the State of Louisiana as the site for the first-ever U.S. plant to produce GTL transportation fuels and other products. Sasol Managing Director of New Business Development Ernst Oberholster commented, “We believe Sasol’s...
  • Utica Could Transform Ohio Rust Belt into Diamond Belt

    09/26/2011 7:01:48 AM PDT · by thackney · 30 replies
    Rig Zone ^ | September 23, 2011 | Karen Boman
    Chesapeake Energy and other oil and gas companies are setting their sights on the untapped potential of eastern Ohio's Utica shale play, which could significantly bolster the state's economy through the creation of oil and gas jobs, said industry officials on Wednesday at the 21st Century Energy & Economic Summit at Ohio State University in Columbus. Ohio was home to some of the nation's earliest oil and gas activity, with over 8.5 Tcf of gas and 1.14 billion barrels of oil produced since 1860. Until recently, oil and gas exploration and production has been primarily focused on sandstone and limestone...
  • Remote Wyoming site could help shape fracking’s future

    09/26/2011 5:12:07 AM PDT · by thackney · 8 replies
    Fuel Fix ^ | September 26, 2011 | Brett Clanton
    Natural gas development in the U.S. will depend not only on what happens in Washington and in statehouses across the country. It could be shaped in part by what happens in a big antelope-dotted field south of this remote valley town. Here, Shell Oil Co. and others are taking steps – some required and others voluntary – that soon may be the norm for reducing the environmental impact of gas drilling and the extraction process called hydraulic fracturing, or fracking. Shell, for instance, now recycles more than half the water it uses in fracturing local wells, reducing the need for...
  • USGS Ups The Ante On Shale

    08/25/2011 4:42:13 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 21 replies
    IBD Editorials ^ | August 25, 2011 | Staff
    Power: Despite efforts in the media and Congress to shut it down through fear and falsehoods, a new estimate of America's most promising energy source portends even more gas, oil — and jobs. The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) announced Tuesday that the Marcellus Shale formation that straddles the northeastern United States may hold a staggering 84 trillion cubic feet (tcf) of recoverable natural gas, up significantly from the last official government estimate of 2 tcf made in 2002. The USGS said the estimate came from new information about the gas-rich formation underlying New York, Pennsylvania, Ohio and West Virginia, and...
  • Geologists Sharply Cut Estimate of Shale Gas at the Marcellus Shale

    08/25/2011 10:50:07 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 54 replies
    New York Times ^ | 08/25/2011 | Ian Urbina
    WASHINGTON — Federal geologists published new estimates this week for the amount of natural gas that exists in a giant rock formation known as the Marcellus Shale, which stretches from New York to Virginia. The shale formation has about 84 trillion cubic feet of undiscovered, technically recoverable natural gas, according to the report from the United States Geological Survey. This is drastically lower than the 410 trillion cubic feet that was published earlier this year by the federal Energy Information Administration. As a result, the Energy Information Administration, which is responsible for quantifying oil and gas supplies, has said it...
  • USGS Boosts Marcellus Estimates

    08/24/2011 8:05:47 AM PDT · by thackney · 33 replies · 1+ views
    Fuel Fix ^ | August 23, 2011 | U.S. Geological Survey
    The Marcellus Shale contains about 84 trillion cubic feet of undiscovered, technically recoverable natural gas and 3.4 billion barrels of undiscovered, technically recoverable natural gas liquids according to a new assessment by the U. S. Geological Survey (USGS). These gas estimates are significantly more than the last USGS assessment of the Marcellus Shale in the Appalachian Basin in 2002, which estimated a mean of about 2 trillion cubic feet of gas (TCF) and 0.01 billion barrels of natural gas liquids. The increase in undiscovered, technically recoverable resource is due to new geologic information and engineering data, as technological developments in...
  • Musings: The Value Of Shale Gas Is In The Eye Of The Beholder

    08/17/2011 5:14:47 AM PDT · by thackney · 7 replies
    Parks Paton Hoepfl & Brown via Rig zone ^ | August 16, 2011 | G. Allen Brooks|
    In late July, Chesapeake Energy announced positive second quarter 2011 results. In the release, the company stressed the significance of its stake in the Utica shale formation in eastern Ohio, the next hot play in the shale revolution underway in this country. The company stated the following: "Based on its proprietary geoscientific, petrophysical and engineering research during the past two years and the results of six horizontal and nine vertical wells it has drilled, Chesapeake believes that its industry-leading 1.25 million net leasehold acres in the Utica Shale play could be worth $15 - $20 billion in increased value to...
  • Big, new pipelines on tap for Marcellus Shale

    08/15/2011 7:09:06 AM PDT · by thackney · 25 replies
    Fuel Fix ^ | August 15, 2011 | Associated Press
    ... means hundreds of new miles of pipeline as part of a larger, traditional cross-country network that already extends through Pennsylvania and its neighboring states, as well as dozens of new or upgraded compression stations to force more gas through the buried pipes. ... Combined, more than a dozen projects proposed or already under construction would have the capacity to move an additional 4 billion cubic feet of natural gas a day — one-third of what analysts for Colorado-based Bentek Energy say is the average daily demand in the northeastern United States. ... about 3 billion cubic feet (bcf) per...
  • Innovators make a business of friendlier fracturing

    08/15/2011 7:04:58 AM PDT · by thackney · 1 replies
    Fuel Fix ^ | August 15, 2011 | Simone Sebastian
    Flotek Industries has a solution to the debate that surrounds hydraulic fracturing: turn the oil fields into orange groves. Or, at least, make them smell like citrus orchards. The Houston oil field supplier says it has patented a hydraulic fracturing fluid that replaces traditional chemicals with extract from orange peels, turning the conventional mixture of water and toxins into a sweet-smelling blend. Hydraulic fracturing, a process for freeing oil and natural gas from dense underground rock that is fueling a boom in natural gas production, has drawn criticism for injecting potentially hazardous substances into the earth. The process typically flushes...
  • Don’t fear the frac… but watch out for bad cement jobs, old wells, says study

    08/11/2011 5:19:13 AM PDT · by thackney · 11 replies
    Fuel Fix ^ | August 10, 2011 | Tom Fowler
    The hydraulic fracturing technology driving a nationwide natural gas boom isn’t inherently dangerous to water supplies as some critics say, but the natural gas drilling industry should act immediately to cut air emissions and protect water supplies, says a Department of Energy-backed panel. In a report released today, Energy Secretary Steven Chu’s Shale Gas Advisory Board says natural gas has great potential to meet a growing segment of the country’s energy demands, but there are some immediate environmental concerns that should be addressed. This includes cutting emissions of air pollutants, such as ozone precursors and methane, at drilling sites; creating...
  • Musings: Gas Shale Debate May Be Moving to Next Higher Stage

    08/02/2011 1:46:42 PM PDT · by thackney · 14 replies
    Parks Paton Hoepfl & Brown via Rig Zone ^ | August 02, 2011 | G. Allen Brooks
    For the past 18-24 months, the debate about the economic performance of the gas shale revolution has been ongoing deep in the industry's trenches. Questions were originally raised by geologist Art Berman about the performance of natural gas shale wells writing in a column in an industry trade magazine, World Oil. The columns bothered certain managements of producers who were totally committed to gas shale developments. As additional critical columns appeared using acceptable industry data analysis of the results of producing gas shale wells, these unhappy producers voiced their criticism to the publisher of World Oil. The pressure on Mr....
  • Pittsburgh council OKs drilling ban referendum

    08/02/2011 5:32:55 AM PDT · by thackney · 7 replies
    Fuel Fix ^ | August 2, 2011 | Associated Press
    The Pittsburgh City Council has approved legislation to let voters in November consider making a ban on natural gas drilling part of the western Pennsylvania city’s home-rule charter. But Mayor Luke Ravenstahl could block that plan by sitting on the measure for the next 10 days.
  • NY Times natural gas fiasco continues

    08/01/2011 1:15:22 PM PDT · by Hojczyk · 15 replies
    hot Air ^ | august 1,2011 | JAZZ SHAW
    You may recall that last month Tina blew the whistle on some really shabby reporting coming from the New York Times on the potential of natural gas production – particularly the emerging technology for shale gas. They raised suspicions about it being anything from an unwise investment to a “Ponzi scheme.” The inherent bias in the article was nothing short of staggering. But if the sloppy reporting looked bad up front, the Gray Lady’s own public editor, Arthur Brisbane, has been keeping up with the investigation and found that their source material was anything but solid. He digs into a...
  • Report: Formosa Plastics plans new Texas chemical plant

    08/01/2011 4:58:17 AM PDT · by thackney · 32 replies
    Fuel Fix ^ | August 1, 2011 | Simone Sebastian
    Chemical Week reported today that Formosa Plastics is planning to build a $1.5 billion chemical plant at its Point Comfort, Texas, complex. The trade publication reported that Formosa Plastics Chairman Li Chih-tsun said that the ethylene plant would be completed in 2015. He said the unit would be located at the Point Comfort site to take advantage of the abundant natural gas available from the shale formation in South Texas. Called ethylene crackers, these plants convert the ethane in natural gas into ethylene, an early step in the creation of plastics used in many everyday consumer products. Formosa Plastics is...
  • Study: U.S. shale gas counters Russian, Iranian energy influence

    07/20/2011 10:10:14 AM PDT · by thackney · 5 replies
    Fuel Fix ^ | July 20, 2011 | Tom Fowler
    The natural gas boom in the U.S. has already started to weaken Russia’s influence on European energy supplies and could counter Iran’s influence as an energy supplier, according to a study released by the Baker Institute at Rice University. The study, Shale Gas and U.S. National Security, says the expansion of the U.S. natural gas supply due to increased drilling in shale formations will have an impact on global supply for years to come as the need for the U.S. to import the gas in the form of liquefied natural gas, or LNG, will be limited for at least 20...
  • EIA officials stand by natural gas predictions

    07/20/2011 5:40:48 AM PDT · by thackney · 14 replies
    Fuel Fix ^ | July 19, 2011 | Jennifer Dlouhy
    The U.S. may have a 100-year supply of natural gas locked underground, but how much of it gets extracted hinges on what the federal government does to promote the fuel, energy experts told a Senate panel today. For instance, Congress could drive demand for natural gas by encouraging utilities to retire coal-fired power plants and creating new tax incentives for alternative vehicles that run on the fuel. Proposed environmental laws putting a price on carbon dioxide emissions and other “regulatory changes could increase the use of natural gas in the electric power sector,” said Howard Gruenspecht, acting administrator of the...
  • Shale and its Discontents - The New York Times still doesn’t get the shale revolution.

    07/15/2011 8:05:23 AM PDT · by neverdem · 20 replies
    NATIONAL REVIEW ONLINE ^ | July 15, 2011 | Robert Bryce
    Shale and its DiscontentsThe New York Times still doesn't get the shale revolution. The shale-gas (and shale-oil) revolution is the single most important development in the North American energy sector since the discovery of the East Texas Field in 1930. But you won’t get that story by reading the New York Times. Instead, two recent articles by Ian Urbina, the Times’ designated reporter on shale development, claim that the shale business is overhyped. On Sunday, June 25, the paper ran a front-page story that relied largely on anonymous sources who used phrases such as “giant Ponzi schemes,” “inherently unprofitable,” and “an...
  • Reality Check for the Natural Gas Boom: A Look at the NYT Shale Gas E-Mails

    06/29/2011 9:34:22 AM PDT · by arthurus · 15 replies
    oilprice.com ^ | 29 June 2011 | Dave Summers
    If I can re-iterate some of the concerns, they begin with the cost of the drilling and completion operation. Both parts of this are expensive, the initial cost to drill a vertical well, and then turn it horizontal and run it out thousands of feet within the shale costs millions of dollars, as then does the subsequent series of events that includes fracturing the horizontal well a number (perhaps 30) times and using expensive suspension fluids to force small particles into those cracks so as to prop them open and allow gas to migrate from the rock into the well....
  • Insiders Sound an Alarm Amid a Natural Gas Rush (NY Times - 'Shale = ENRON')

    06/26/2011 7:51:42 AM PDT · by Titus-Maximus · 20 replies
    The NY Times ^ | 6/26/11 | Ian Urbina
    Natural gas companies have been placing enormous bets on the wells they are drilling, saying they will deliver big profits and provide a vast new source of energy for the United States. But the gas may not be as easy and cheap to extract from shale formations deep underground as the companies are saying, according to hundreds of industry e-mails and internal documents and an analysis of data from thousands of wells. In the e-mails, energy executives, industry lawyers, state geologists and market analysts voice skepticism about lofty forecasts and question whether companies are intentionally, and even illegally, overstating the...
  • Analysis: Shale Boom, Independents Drive U.S. Reserves, Capital Spending

    06/15/2011 8:13:45 AM PDT · by thackney · 1+ views
    Rig Zone ^ | June 15, 2011 | Karen Boman|
    U.S. shale oil and gas drilling boom boosted U.S. oil and gas reserve growth to a five-year high in 2010, while upstream spending more than doubled from 2009 to 2010 largely due to producers' acquisitions of shale properties, according to Ernst & Young's fourth annual U.S. E&P Benchmark Study. The survey of the 50 largest oil and gas companies by end-of-year reserves found that end-of-year oil reserves grew 11 percent from 16.1 billion barrels in 2009 to 17.8 billion barrels in 2010, and natural gas reserve grew 12 percent from 156.2 Tcf in 2009 to 174.3 Tcf in 2010, the...
  • Hydraulic Fracturing - A look at the future of natural gas extraction

    06/14/2011 10:45:38 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 11 replies
    Michigan Science ^ | 6/14/2011 | Russ Harding
    THERE IS AN ongoing debate regarding the preferred sources of fuel needed to meet America’s future electricity needs. The United States has been dubbed the “Saudi Arabia of coal” due to its extensive coal reserves, and approximately 60 percent of the electricity generated in Michigan comes from coal-fired power plants. Coal has increasingly come under attack from environmental groups, however, because they believe emissions from coal-fired power plants contribute to global warming. If less coal is used in the future to provide electricity, that energy must be replaced in order to provide reliable sources of electricity necessary to power America’s...