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Water resources a problem for energy extration worldwide, report finds

According to the analysis by the World Resources Institute, 38 percent of the earth’s shale gas and tight oil resources are in areas that are either arid or under high levels of water stress already _ a scenario that does not mesh with the high water demands of today’s extraction techniques.  More »
Minsu Cha, research professor, Department of Civil Engineering and Petroleum Engineering at the Colorado School of Mines, works to set up an experiment to test the use of liquid nitrogen for hydraulic fracturing on Thursday, Aug. 21, 2014, in Golden, Colo. ( Brett Coomer / Houston Chronicle )

Researchers at work on using liquid nitrogen instead of water in fracturing

Petroleum engineers in Colorado are working on a process called cryogenic fracturing, which replaces water with searing cold liquid nitrogen or liquid carbon dioxide.  More »
Rail tank cars are seen on tracks behind new homes under construction in the Cottage Grove area on Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014, in Houston. Transport of crude oil by rail has become increasingly common, raising safety concerns after a series of derailments around the country. ( Smiley N. Pool / Houston Chronicle )

Crude oil rides Texas’ rails with little tracking

For generations of producers drillers in Texas, where a vast pipeline system has grown with the fits and starts of the oil industry’s notorious business cycle, railroads provided little more than a relatively expensive last resort. But in the boom associated with the hydraulic fracturing, producers increasingly enlist trains to handle the glut.  More »
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Colorado finds itself an earthquake lab amid gas boom

In an area peppered with wells pulling energy resources from below ground — and many pumping wastewater from the process back into it through injection wells — an old question resurfaced: Could the same geological tinkering that has revved a formidable economic engine also trigger potentially damaging earthquakes?  More »
A natural gas drilling site in the Barnett Shale. (AP file photo/Donna McWilliam)

Study finds more arsenic in north Texas water wells near drilling

In the study, University of Texas at Arlington biochemists measured 100 wells across the Barnett Shale, believed to hold one of the largest natural gas reserves in the U.S., and compared the results to a similar study undertaken before hydraulic fracturing technology and higher natural gas prices opened the area to drilling.  More »

Hilcorp drops bid to force drilling on holdouts

The Houston-based company had sought to use a 1961 Pennsylvania law to drill under the property of a few holdout landowners in New Bedford, near the Ohio border north of Pittsburgh.  More »
A crane stands next to Petroleos Mexicanos (Pemex) signage displayed on the company's La Muralla IV deep sea crude oil platform in the waters off Veracruz, Mexico, on Friday, Aug.30, 2013.  (Susana Gonzalez/Bloomberg)

Mexico’s Pemex says production to increase in 2015

Mexico’s state-owned oil company Petroleos Mexicanos estimates its crude production will increase to 2.4 million barrels per day in 2015, compared with the 2.35 million barrels per day it expects to produce this year, a company official said.  More »

Illinois state agency issues fracturing rules

he lengthy report follows months of delays and complaints over the process to draft rules governing hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, in Illinois. Industry officials say southern Illinois has rich deposits of natural gas, but a final draft of the rules — initially touted as a national model of both sides working together — has taken months for the agency to produce as industry groups warned the state was losing business.  More »

Feds to resume leasing for fracturing in California

The move will end a halt that has stood since a federal judge ruled in 2013 that the federal agency failed to follow environmental law in allowing fracking on public land in Monterey County.  More »
Occidental Petroleum Corp. employees and  guests, including Gov. Rick Perry, Rep. Tom Craddick, Mayor Jerry Morales and others help turn the dirt during a  ground breaking ceremony for Occidential's Midland office complex.
(Tim Fischer\Reporter-Telegram)

Occidental breaks ground on Midland complex

MIDLAND — Occidental Petroleum officials and employees gathered earlier this week with local- and state-elected officials — including Gov. Rick Perry — to break ground for the company’s Midland office. Mayor Jerry Morales began the event, welcoming participants and citing not only Occidental’s job creation but its contributions to the community — from schools to […]  More »
(Ken Childress/EOG Resources)

Texas lawmakers focus on oil boom

Above all, the oil boom has emerged as a singular force driving the state’s great challenge of the 21st century, the post-urbanization population surge.  More »
NRG Energy's W.A. Parish power plant in Fort Bend County will begin capturing some of its carbon emissions in 2016. (NRG Energy photo)

Guest commentary: Partnerships needed to tackle global energy challenges

The global energy industry must seek new avenues to meet growing demand.  More »
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