The shale plays where hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, dominated the majority of oil and gas drilling were also the same plays where water use was highest, ranging between 2.6 million gallons and 9.7 million gallons of water per well.
The controversial Keystone XL pipeline, which would directly link the oil sands of Alberta to a midwestern U.S. oil hub, has been awaiting the presidential authorization it needs to cross the border for seven years.
The Fish and Wildlife Service said it could not authorize sound from Shell’s planned drilling of wells roughly nine miles apart to disturb walruses in the Chukchi Sea, because a 2013 requirement mandates a 15-mile buffer zone.
North Carolina-based Duke Energy said it will replace the wind farm’s lead acid battery storage system with lithium-ion technology in 2016 for better performance. Duke owns the Notrees Windpower Project that includes 95 wind turbines and generates 153 megawatts of electricity — enough to power 46,000 homes.
Cheap gasoline prices are causing more drivers to take to the highways, with an estimated 41.9 million people expected to travel more than 50 miles this Independence Day, the highest total since 2007, according to AAA.
A top Cheniere executive provided an update on the project at an energy conference in Houston on Monday, months after the company first revealed that it was hoping to build a marine and storage terminal on a 552-acre site along the La Quinta Ship Channel.
The trip moves Shell physically closer to resuming exploratory oil drilling in the Arctic Ocean next month, even though the company is still seeking four essential federal approvals to launch the work.
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