Category: Hydraulic fracturing

Top Five Energy Stories of 2014

This year the news has been full of good news and bad news for U.S. energy consumers. Major policy decisions (or lack thereof), changes in technology and emerging market forces have all played a role in influencing this year’s cheers and jeers in U.S. energy news. #1: The Energy Revolution Leads to Lower Gas Prices […]  More »

Oil patch towns looking to catch up with demands

Williston Mayor Howard Klug says his city needs to “spend some big dollars out there” because it is four years behind on projects.  More »

NY farmers lament lost opportunity for gas riches

While environmental groups are doing a victory dance over New York’s decision to ban fracking, farmers such as apple grower David Johnson are grieving for dashed hopes and dreams.  More »

How oil’s decline could spatter North Dakota

North Dakota’s petroleum industry could see a big tax cut if crude continues to slide, and if that happens, it means the state will be missing out on billions of dollars.  More »

Oil crash exposes new risks for U.S. shale drillers

West Texas Intermediate crude, the U.S. benchmark, dropped about 50 percent since June amid a worldwide glut.  More »

Exxon Mobil shows why U.S. oil output rises as prices plunge

Oil companies, while trimming 2015 budgets to cope with the lowest crude prices in five years, are also shifting their focus to their most-prolific, lowest-cost fields.  More »

Cuomo gets kudos, scorn for New York fracking ban

Residents statewide remain almost evenly split on the issue, and the divisions are clear, pollsters said Thursday.  More »

Nature defends natural gas story over EIA objections

A Nature article from early December questioning how long the North American natural gas boom could really last earned stinging letters this week from the EIA and University of Texas researchers.  More »

Texas lawmaker seeks to protect urban drilling

State Rep. Phil King filed a pair of bills this week, cities seeking to ban fracking would need to gain approval from the state attorney general, pay the state to study the financial impact and reimburse the state for any lost tax revenue.  More »

Colorado drillers warn of closures with fines

An attorney for the Colorado Oil and Gas Association industry group told regulators penalties should be waived for minor infractions.  More »

New York health department says ‘no’ to fracking

Dr. Howard Zucker unveiled his findings as part of Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s cabinet meeting early Wednesday afternoon.  More »

Commentary: actions speak louder than words on oil prices

FuelFix.com Voices blogger Matt Smith takes a look a prices. His starting premise: “With soooooooo much talk swirling about the current oil price drop, I feel compelled to focus less on the rhetoric and more on the data. So the vibe of this post lands somewhere inbetwixt Elvis Presley’s ‘a little less conversation, a little more action’ and one of my bosses favorite phrases: ‘In God we trust, all others must bring data’.”  More »

U.S. Production > OPEC Influence

The U.S. energy revolution has dramatically impacted the extent to which the OPEC oil cartel can influence the global oil marketplace, fundamentally shifting the geopolitics of energy. Truly, from a U.S. perspective, this is one of the greatest stories of the 21st century. Massive amounts of domestic oil and natural gas production, coupled with increasing […]  More »

North Dakota oil town suspends booze licenses

Commissioners also suspended the strip clubs’ licenses in 2013 for excessive calls for disorderly behavior.  More »

Sage grouse scares off BLM oil, gas bidders in Nevada

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is expected to decide early next year whether to grant a petition by conservationists to list the bird as threatened or endangered.  More »
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