Category: Hydraulic fracturing

C&J Energy starts 30-day search for alternative buyers

C&J Energy Services has hired Morgan Stanley investment bankers to launch its court-ordered effort to solicit offers to potential buyers of the company, the Houston oil field service firm said Wednesday.  More »

Commentary: The shakeout in US shale

My favorite quote by H.L. Mencken is ‘a cynic is a man who, when he smells flowers, looks around for a coffin‘. A bit morose, I know, but this appeals to the contrarian in me. My second favorite is überly-applicable to US shale oil break-evens: ‘For every complex problem there is an answer that is […]  More »

Goldman says OPEC in dilemma as output cut seen helping U.S.

While the slide in prices into a bear market increases the chances of a reduction, trimming output by more than 500,000 barrels a day would mean further cuts are needed starting 2016 as higher prices prompt more U.S. drilling.  More »

Shale drillers keep output high despite oil price decline

Companies said they expect to pump more from their prime properties while cutting back in their least productive prospects.  More »

Boulder County drilling moratorium up for vote

The moratorium is set to end on Jan. 1, 2015 and commissioners are meeting Thursday to decide whether to continue it or change it.  More »

Residents’ lawsuit targets Illinois fracking rules

Among the allegations is that Illinois’ natural resources regulator didn’t consider scientific studies in its first rules notice, denying the public a chance to address the specific information the agency relied upon to draft the rules.  More »

Openness, honesty needed from the oil & gas industry to address climate change

I love working in this industry: the people are great and I really like working with and around all the technology it implements. That said, I do care about the environment, so I hope the industry will join me in furthering efforts to produce energy in a safe, ethical, and environmentally conscious way.  More »

In Denton fracking ban, scenes from the campus campaign

In the post-campaign campaign, opponents of the Denton hydraulic fracturing ban say the results were tilted by college students who have no permanent stake in the city. Here are scenes from the electioneering on campus at the University of North Texas, taken by a student. .  More »

In Denton, a vote ends very little

The measure has already drawn two formidable legal challenges, one from the Texas General Land Office and the other from the Texas Oil & Gas Association.  More »

Photos: Amid shale oil boom, “man camps” still growing

Life has changed quickly for the small towns at the center of the shale oil boom  More »

Texas Railroad Commission to continue drill permits in Denton

The chairwoman of a state agency that regulates oil and gas in Texas says she’s disappointed that Denton residents passed a measure to ban further hydraulic fracturing.  More »

Illinois lawmakers approve fracking rules

A number of key details were not disclosed, including how the state plans to fund the hiring of new workers to oversee the practice.  More »

Texas leads nation in oil field job growth

The resurgence in domestic drilling made possible by new techniques like hydraulic fracturing and horizontal drilling has created thousands of new jobs since the recession, and nowhere is that more evident than the Lone Star State.  More »

Fracking ban passes in 2 of 3 California counties

Only voters in Santa Barbara County said “No” to a prohibition on the drilling technique.  More »

After fracking ban, a long fight ahead

The Texas Oil and Gas Association filed its challenge in federal court on Wednesday morning, arguing that the city has no right to override state policy favoring subterranean mineral extraction.  More »
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