Tag: Science

Research links Oklahoma quakes to drilling activity

A recent surge in central Oklahoma earthquakes is likely linked to the disposal of oil and gas wastewater in a handful of high-volume underground wells in the state, according to research released Thursday.  More »

Scientists: Gulf oil spill hurt fish hearts (photos)

Oil spilled during the 2010 Deepwater Horizon disaster causes severe defects in the developing hearts of tuna, according to a new study by government and academic scientists that hints at long-term damage from the accident.  More »

Former Obama official urges Keystone XL approval

The ranks of former Obama administration officials coming out in support of Keystone XL grew again on Thursday as recent U.S. Geological Survey director Marcia McNutt said it was time to approve the controversial oil pipeline.  More »

Methane emissions higher than federal estimates, study shows

National methane emissions are up to 75 percent higher than the Environmental Protection Agency has previously estimated, according to a study to be published Friday.  More »

Hydraulic fracturing reduces threat of Texas drought, researchers say

The water saved by shifting a power plant from coal to natural gas is 25 to 50 times as great as the amount of water required to extract the natural gas through hydraulic fracturing, according to a University of Texas study released Thursday.  More »

Small Texas quakes linked to injecting CO2 underground

A cluster of earthquakes in Texas may be tied to oil companies injecting carbon dioxide into deep rock formations in the area, according to a paper released Monday.  More »

“Experience” Is Not The Same Thing As Achievement

In oil & gas I’m dismayed to see that the phrase “has more experience” is sometimes used interchangeably with the phrase “has been around longer”. There’s a clear difference, and it’s important to see both what that difference is and what its implications are.  More »

An Undergraduate Degree Is Just the Beginning For Young Professionals In Oil & Gas

If you think showing up and doing a good job alone will get you to the top, think again. Furthering your education proves that you have a desire to learn more, and that you can set long term goals and follow through on them. Those pursuing graduate degrees (especially those doing so while they work) work very hard, and everything else being equal, the extra qualification could mean the difference between promotion and stagnation.  More »

The Oil & Gas Industry Does Its Job Too Well

Actually, it turns out that everything involved in getting oil & gas out of the ground is an example of pushing the limits of our knowledge of science and its applications: finding potential reserves requires super computers programmed using incredibly complex mathematical models, drilling for oil & gas requires precision-engineered rigs that must operate safely while withstanding constant physical wear under extreme conditions, and transporting oil & gas is impossible without thousands of miles of highly complex pipelines  More »

Industry giant GE aims to improve fracturing

One of America’s corporate giants is investing billions of dollars in the new boom of oil and gas drilling, or fracturing.  More »

Study links Texas earthquakes to drilling disposal wells

Most recent earthquakes in North Texas happened close to injection wells used to dispose wastewater from oil and gas drilling in the region, according to new research published this week.  More »

Einstein’s Theory of Relativity Defies Al Gore

In 1917, Albert Einstein plugged what he dubbed the “cosmological constant” into his equations explaining why the universe didn’t collapse under its own gravity. He later abandoned the concept, calling it his “biggest blunder.” Today, three astronomers won the Nobel prize for proving Einstein’s original theory correct. It’s no surprise that modern scientists are still […]  More »