Category: Natural gas

Shell’s shale gas may be refined into diesel, jet fuel

Europe’s largest oil company said a $19 billion investment may prove that abundant natural gas coaxed from shale rocks across the U.S. could be converted at its gas-to-liquids plant in Qatar. The plant will start production this year and make enough diesel to fuel 160,000 cars a day when it reaches full output.  More »

Lufkin gets in on the fracking boom

Georgia-Pacific is planning to expand the output of resins used to coast proppants — like sand or ceramic pellets — used in hydraulic fracturing at its Lufkin, Texas plant.  More »

West Virginians protest Marcellus shale activity

The protest was prompted by Northeast Natural Energy’s plans to sink wells about 1,500 feet from a drinking water intake. Activists said they were angry they had no input before the permit was approved, and they questioned the state’s ability to regulate natural gas drilling effectively.  More »

Bewitched, Bothered, and Bewildered: Gasoline, Crude, Natural Gas, and Ella Fitzgerald

Ella Fitzgerald is absolutely brilliant. She has the most rabble-rousingly glorious voice which cannot help but inspire. So by borrowing a few song sheets from her extensive back catalogue, I’m going to elaborate on some of the key issues in energy through ‘The First Lady of Song’. First up we’re going to take a look at gasoline, […]  More »

Pennsylvania fines Chesapeake $1M

The penalty — the largest fine Pennsylvania has ever assessed on an oil or gas operator — stems from methane gas contamination in water wells and a tank fire at a drilling site.  More »

BP, Conoco spike plans for Alaska natural gas pipeline

Work on the Denali piipeline — one of two competing projects proposed to bring Alaskan natural gas from the North Slope to the Lower 48 — will stop because the project didn’t book enough shipping agreements, said the companies leading the endeavor.  More »

Mexico steps up nat gas imports as Pemex fields lie idle

Mexico’s state-owned utility is building about six new power plants this year and likely will increase natural gas imports because slumping prices for the fuel are deterring state-owned Petroleos Mexicanos from developing its own fields.  More »

WikiLeaks cables show oil a big focus of U.S. diplomats

With oil trading near $100 a barrel and gasoline near $4 a gallon at the pump, Americans can take solace in knowing that securing sources of oil has been a chief focus of U.S. embassies across the globe for years. Of 251,287 State department documents WikiLeaks passed to news organization, 23,927 of them — nearly one in 10 — reference oil.  More »

Oil-field services company opens San Antonio office

Cudd Energy, subsidiary of an Atlanta-based RPC, is looking to hire as many as 200 employees to service companies drilling in South Texas’s the Eagle Ford Shale.  More »

Texas drilling regulator to form Eagle Ford task force

The group, made up of producers, service firms, elected officials, landowners and environmentalists, is aimed at “keeping the lines of communication open,” says Texas Railroad Commissioner David Porter.  More »

Q&A: Consultant says shale overheating

The shale boom has invigorated U.S. natural gas production during the last decade. But contrarians like Neal Anderson, global head of consulting for research firm Wood Mackenzie, are saying the unconventional energy source isn’t the golden egg it seems to be.  More »

U.S. rig count drops by 6

Of the major oil- and gas-producing states, New Mexico gained two rigs while Alaska, North Dakota, Texas and West Virginia each gained one. Arkansas, Oklahoma and Pennsylvania each lost two rigs and Louisiana lost one.  More »

College kids explain hydraulic fracturing with soul music, animation

It makes liberal use of the “F” word, but this fracking video is safe for work.  More »

Louisiana prepares to tackle Mississippi River flooding on two waterways

Rising Mississippi waters threaten operations at 10 Louisiana refineries that account for about 14 percent of U.S. operating capacity and may affect 2,264 oil wells producing about 19,000 barrels a day.  More »

Shouting past each other: Fracking debate generates lots of noise, not much else

Twisting facts, over-stating the possibilities — we know they’re the tools of the trade in pitched policy battles. But maybe we should tone it down a little?  More »