Category: Natural gas

Health impact studies taking hold, with challenges

While New York regulators have spent four years mulling the environmental impacts of shale gas development, the potential human health impacts have been given short shrift, according to health advocates.  More »

Ohio geologists map estimate of Utica shale yields

Ohio geologists’ latest effort to map the best areas for Utica shale oil and gas production shows potential for an oil reservoir in central Ohio but now excludes areas near Cleveland and in southeast Ohio.  More »

Fracking chemicals disclosures set off few alarms

Energy companies have disclosed some of the chemicals pumped into the ground to extract oil and gas at more than 1,700 locations across Texas in the first two months since the state began requiring the site-specific information.  More »

EPA pulls order forcing driller to provide water

The Texas Railroad Commission, which oversees oil and gas drilling, and Range Resources have long insisted drilling did not cause the water contamination.  More »

Could gasoline prices level off in April?

Analysts think pump prices will top $4 a gallon nationally within the next couple of weeks, perhaps sooner. Then they could start to fall.  More »

Total readies two emergency wells to contain North Sea leak

Total SA, Europe’s third-largest oil company, is preparing to drill two emergency wells at its Elgin platform in the U.K. North Sea as it leaks natural gas for a sixth day.  More »

Murkowski invites Obamas to talk ANWR drilling over milkshakes

Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski has invited President Obama and first lady Michelle Obama for a milkshake to discuss producing oil in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge — all while drilling for it from outside the area.  More »

Eagle Ford roads are taking a beating

Roads that were meant for the small-town traffic of ranchers and the occasional school bus now are getting pounded by heavy trucks in the Eagle Ford Shale.  More »

Opinion: Natural-gas vehicles will run best without subsidies

Few areas of American governance have been as incoherent in recent decades as energy policy, which is saying something. But lately, we keep seeing reasons for optimism.  More »

High methane in Pennsylvania water deemed safe by EPA

Tests by the Environmental Protection Agency of water in Dimock, Pennsylvania, found elevated levels of methane consistent with leakage from gas drilling nearby, according to scientists who reviewed the data.  More »

Towns sue Pa. over Marcellus Shale law

A group including seven municipalities Thursday sued the state of Pennsylvania over its new law regulating the rapid growth of natural gas exploration, saying among other things that it unconstitutionally takes away the power to control property from towns and landowners for the benefit of the oil and gas industry.  More »

NY landowners plan to frack using liquid propane

An upstate New York landowners group may partner with a Canadian company that uses liquid propane instead of controversial water-based hydraulic fracturing to get natural gas flowing into wells.  More »

Opinion: Industry study affirms natural gas vehicle ‘dream’

Given gasoline prices are getting close to record highs while natural gas prices plunder to further new 10-year lows, natural gas vehicles (NGVs) are not surprisingly receiving a lot of attention in the media at the moment.  More »

Natural gas price drops to a 10-year low

Natural gas prices tumbled Thursday after a surprising jump in U.S. supplies.  More »

Obama urges Senate to approve repeal of oil tax incentives

President Obama made a firm call Thursday for the Senate to approve a measure repealing some of the oil and gas industry’s tax incentives, just ahead of a high-profile vote in the upper chamber.  More »