Category: Natural gas

Water resources a problem for energy extration worldwide, report finds

According to the analysis by the World Resources Institute, 38 percent of the earth’s shale gas and tight oil resources are in areas that are either arid or under high levels of water stress already _ a scenario that does not mesh with the high water demands of today’s extraction techniques.  More »

Researchers at work on using liquid nitrogen instead of water in fracturing

Petroleum engineers in Colorado are working on a process called cryogenic fracturing, which replaces water with searing cold liquid nitrogen or liquid carbon dioxide.  More »

Colorado finds itself an earthquake lab amid gas boom

In an area peppered with wells pulling energy resources from below ground — and many pumping wastewater from the process back into it through injection wells — an old question resurfaced: Could the same geological tinkering that has revved a formidable economic engine also trigger potentially damaging earthquakes?  More »

Study finds more arsenic in north Texas water wells near drilling

In the study, University of Texas at Arlington biochemists measured 100 wells across the Barnett Shale, believed to hold one of the largest natural gas reserves in the U.S., and compared the results to a similar study undertaken before hydraulic fracturing technology and higher natural gas prices opened the area to drilling.  More »

Illinois state agency issues fracturing rules

he lengthy report follows months of delays and complaints over the process to draft rules governing hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, in Illinois. Industry officials say southern Illinois has rich deposits of natural gas, but a final draft of the rules — initially touted as a national model of both sides working together — has taken months for the agency to produce as industry groups warned the state was losing business.  More »

Growing Chinese appetite ignites U.S. methanol renaissance

The North American methanol market has accelerated rapidly in recent years as the Chinese throw their money behind new projects to expand North America’s capacity to produce methanol.  More »

Commentary: How natural gas is changing China’s energy landscape

China is in a pickle. It is a pickle it is well aware of – and trying to fix – but a pickle nonetheless, as it tries to wean itself off coal and ramp up its natural gas consumption. So here are some of the trials and tribulations faced by the world’s largest energy consumer […]  More »

Feds to resume leasing for fracturing in California

The move will end a halt that has stood since a federal judge ruled in 2013 that the federal agency failed to follow environmental law in allowing fracking on public land in Monterey County.  More »

Plenty of pluck left in the Marcellus, report says

The Marcellus region is now the biggest natural gas shale play in the world, and there’s still about $90 billion to be made by tapping the area’s reserves, according to a study by energy analyst group Wood Mackenzie.  More »

Guest commentary: Eight steps to plug cybersecurity holes

Since governmental guidelines and voluntary practices of today can quickly turn into the requirements of tomorrow, the oil and gas pipeline industry can prepare now.  More »

Noble-Consol joint venture plans Marcellus Shale midstream IPO

Cone Midstream Partners LP, a joint venture between Canonsburg, Pennsylvania-based Consol Energy Inc. and Houston’s Noble Energy Inc., filed for a $350 million initial public offering of limited partner interests on Aug. 25. The number and price range for the offering weren’t disclosed.  More »

Politicians cheer Pittsburgh airport gas drilling

The first well pad is in a remote wooded area about a mile from runways, but some future wells will be about one-quarter of a mile away. The airport authority owns about 9,000 acres of land.  More »
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