Category: Shale

Fed officials say oil train dangers extend past Bakken

Federal safety officials told senators that all crude rail shipments are flammable — not just the ones carrying Bakken Shale oil that have been involved in well-publicized accidents.  More »

Oil boom fuels drop in age in Great Plains states

The United States is still growing older, but the trend is reversing in the Great Plains, thanks to a liberal application of oil.  More »

Horizontal drilling fuels latest Oklahoma oil boom

More than 4,600 oil and natural gas wells were completed in Oklahoma last year as part of a domestic boom that is affecting many parts of the nation, according to reports filed with state regulators.  More »

Study: Cline Shale could have $20 billion impact

An updated study estimates that the oil and gas industry in a slice of West Texas could have a $20 billion economic impact and support more than 30,000 jobs by 2022.  More »

Breaking Bad meets Fargo in underbelly of shale boom

Along with oil prosperity in North Dakota has come a spasm of crime unlike any before on the prairie. Where farmers once sealed deals with a handshake, authorities now contend with drug gangs, meth labs, and violent crimes.  More »

IEA: Unconventional oil revolution to spread beyond North America by 2019

The surge in oil and production from unconventional sources will likely spread beyond North America by the end of the decade, according to a study published Tuesday by the International Energy Agency.  More »

Russia needs US tech to unlock $8.2 trillion oil trove

Russia will require Western companies to provide the modern drilling and production gear — and techniques such as hydraulic fracturing — that are essential to unlocking its $8.2 trillion worth of barrels still underground.  More »

Southton Rail Yard is part of Eagle Ford shale boom

Southton Rail Yard is one of the latest rail sites in South Texas to expand — or appear from scratch in a swath of cleared brush and mesquite — as part of the ripple effect of the Eagle Ford Shale drilling boom.  More »

New Utica wells rival core Marcellus output

American Energy Partners and a handful of players are racing to snap up land in the southeastern corner of the Utica Shale, where operators have found wet gas and high-performing, affordable wells that rival some in the core of the Marcellus Shale.  More »

Perry: California should learn something from Texas

During the bulk of his controversial talk to the Commonwealth Club of California , Perry held up his own state as a model for responsible energy production and economic growth.  More »

Wolfcamp Shale layers could put play among most profitable

Wood Mackenzie showed that operators with at least five years of proprietary drilling or that spend around 70 percent of their North American budgets in the Wolfcamp have seen as much as six times the oil production per 1,000 foot lateral drilling lengths, measured over 10 months.  More »

Former Copano execs get $500M to start new pipeline firm

The executives who sold Copano Energy to Richard Kinder’s pipeline empire for $3.2 billion last year have lined up $500 million to start a new oil and gas pipeline company.  More »