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UT study: Fayetteville Shale still holds promise

The Fayetteville Shale in Arkansas will be one of the nation’s most prolific regions for natural gas production, with reserves that can be economically extracted through 2050, according to a study released this week.  More »

Burgeoning Texas shale delivers $14B economic boost

A new study estimates that the oil and gas industry had a $14.5 billion impact last year on the Cline Shale region, east of the traditionally busier drilling area of the Permian Basin.  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 »

Texas researchers win federal grants to study methane hydrates

The Energy Department on Wednesday announced it is giving seven institutions — including two Texas universities — nearly $5 million in grants to continue research on how to unlock methane gas trapped in ice-like crystals under the sea floor and the Arctic permafrost.  More »

Trio of Texas universities win bid to launch offshore safety center

Three Texas universities will launch a new safety institute designed to help offshore drilling regulators keep pace with rapidly evolving technology for extracting oil and gas from the sea floor, Interior Department officials announced 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 »

Poll finds Americans lack understanding of key energy issues

A new UT poll finds contradictory opinions about energy, with large majorities of Americans enthusiastic about the natural gas boom, but not about the technology that has made it possible.  More »

Declining Barnett Shale could remain strong natural gas producer

Despite production declines in recent years, the Barnett Shale still has some fight left. A new study shows it could produce 900 billion cubic feet of natural gas per year in 2030.  More »

Study: Methane leaks from natural gas wells declining

Energy companies are making a major dent in the amount of harmful methane emissions that escape from natural gas wells, according to a broad peer-reviewed study published Monday that validates new federal mandates for technology to rein in the heat-trapping pollutant.  More »

Texas seismologist: Fracking doesn’t cause earthquakes

A University of Texas seismologist says human activity associated with oil and gas production can sometimes cause earthquakes, but hydraulic fracturing isn’t the problem.  More »

South Texas earthquakes likely caused by shale boom, researchers say

A two-year survey of seismic activity links small quakes in South Texas largely to the upswing in the production of oil and brackish water that flows up alongside hydrocarbons.  More »

Elevated levels of metals found in water in Barnett Shale

Researchers at the University of Texas at Arlington say there are elevated levels of arsenic and other heavy metals close to natural gas extraction sites in the Barnett Shale area of North Texas, according to a news release from the school Friday.  More »
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