Category: Shale

Baker Hughes will officially disclose fracturing chemicals

Baker Hughes says it has finished a six-month process of negotiating with its suppliers to reveal all of the chemicals it uses in its hydraulic fracturing, a well-stimulation technique that has drawn the ire of environmentalists and some communities.  More »

McClendon lures Chesapeake exec for new energy venture

Shale gas wildcatter Aubrey McClendon has lured away a top executive from the company that ousted him last year, as McClendon works to build a new U.S. energy producer.  More »

NiSource joins utility trend in forming MLP

NiSource has announced plans to spend about $8 billion to $10 billion over the next five to 10 years to expand and upgrade pipelines serving the Marcellus and Utica shale formations.  More »

Romanian prime minister in Houston urging U.S. investment

Romania traces its oil industry to the 1850s, but as it production has declined in recent years, it’s urging American investors to pump their money into the country to help it develop shale and deepwater resources.  More »

Black Elk execs depart, start new firm

The man who founded and led Black Elk Energy, a Houston firm battered by a fatal 2012 explosion at one of its Gulf of Mexico production platforms, left the company a few weeks ago to try his hand at pumping oil on dry land.  More »

Hess planning IPO for midstream MLP

Several Hess midstream assets in North Dakota and Minnesota will be part of the offering.  More »

GE to give Penn State $10 million for gas drilling center

The Marcellus Shale in Pennsylvania is the most productive natural gas field in the country and has led to an energy boom in the state.  More »

Panel: Don’t expect high natural gas prices any time soon

Panelists at a Houston energy forum said natural gas prices are likely to stay at relatively low prices because of the surge in production from shale.  More »

Condensate production booming, but fight over definition limiting exports, EIA official says

The director of the U.S. Energy Information Administration said that U.S. production of condensate, a light oil separated from natural gas, has never been higher. But a fight over the substance has kept exports low.  More »

Range Resources to pay $4 million drilling waste fine

The fine was imposed for leaks at open pits Range operates to store the so-called flowback waste from natural gas wells.  More »

Chevron first energy giant to meet new sustainable shale standards

The Center for Sustainable Shale said Thursday that Chevron Corp. is the first energy company to pass a review of 22 production sites in Pennsylvania, Ohio and West Virginia.  More »

Researchers trace water contamination to faulty gas wells

The contamination “stems from well-integrity problems such as poor casing and cementing,” Thomas H. Darrah, an earth science expert at Ohio State who led the study, said in a prepared statement.  More »
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