Category: Natural gas

Report: Don’t worry much about quakes and fracking

The controversial practice of hydraulic fracturing to extract natural gas does not pose a high risk for triggering earthquakes large enough to feel, a major government science report concludes.  More »

Shell concerned after French Guiana drilling permits halted

Royal Dutch Shell Plc (RDSA), Europe’s biggest oil producer, said it’s “obviously concerned” at reports France suspended drilling permits for French Guiana.  More »

Top Wyo. oil-gas regulator quits after remarks

Wyoming’s top regulator of oil and gas development has resigned after he remarked at a conference that greed and desire for compensation motivate people who assert that hydraulic fracturing has contaminated their groundwater.  More »

Chesapeake shares up 11 percent over the last month

Stock in cash-strapped Chesapeake Energy Corp. is currently up 11 percent over the last month, with investors showing mild optimism after several recent company changes in response to widespread criticism.  More »

Apache Corp. attaches growth to West Texas boom

Soaring oil production in the United States will drive the company’s growth for at least the next four years, Apache Corp. leaders said at its annual investor day meeting Thursday.  More »

Chesapeake to renegotiate 4,400 NY gas leases

New York state Attorney General Eric Schneiderman says Chesapeake Appalachia has agreed to let more than 4,400 landowners renegotiate old gas leases for more favorable financial and environmental terms.  More »

The Impact Of The Shale Gas Industry On Manufacturing And Employment

This post is cribbed from a presentation I gave last week at the Platts Shale Play Tubulars Conference in Pittsburgh, called ‘Smoke and Mirrors’. It focused on various aspects of the shale gas industry and how mottled, cloudy, and unclear the picture is (= smoke). In response to each smoke slide, I then attempted to […]  More »

Movie criticizes claims made in Josh Fox’s “Gasland”

Oscar-nominated Gasland isn’t short of enemies in the energy sector.  More »

Troopers step up enforcement in Eagle Ford Shale counties

Texas Department of Public Safety troopers from across the state are flocking to the Eagle Ford Shale region, where officers are stepping up enforcement in an effort to curb unsafe driving caused by the oil boom.  More »

Idea of limited NY fracking divides energy camps

Landowners along New York’s southern border who support natural gas drilling are cheered by reports that the Cuomo administration is considering allowing hydraulic fracturing on a limited basis in towns that want it, though opponents call the idea “shameful.”  More »

Cuomo administration signals N.Y. fracking plan

Landowners along New York’s southern border who support natural gas drilling are cheered by reports that the Cuomo administration is considering allowing hydraulic fracturing on a limited basis only in towns that want it.  More »

Price, technology driving U.S. oil production

Domestic oil production is on the rise but so is the political debate about who should take the credit.  More »