Tag: water

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 »

Officials shut drilling waste well after second quake

Colorado regulators have ordered the shutdown of an oil and gas wastewater disposal well east of Greeley after seismologists detected two earthquakes in the area in less than a month.  More »

Texas regulators: Can’t tie water contamination to drilling

A geologist for Texas regulators wrote that the agency has determined that there is insufficient evidence tying drilling to methane contamination beneath a Texas neighborhood and the agency will not investigate further.  More »

Calif. county considers fracturing ban

For the past several months, Santa Barbara County Water Guardians have worked to collect enough signatures to propose a ban on hydraulic fracturing.  More »

Energy companies warned about water availability

As water becomes increasingly scarce, oil and gas companies must start looking at it as an asset, expert says.  More »

World Cup power concerns spur record gas buying in Brazil

Miguel Abitbol spent almost $4,000 on television equipment to show World Cup soccer matches at his bar and restaurant in Rio de Janeiro. He’s praying there will be enough electricity to power it.  More »

Water recycling companies getting a foothold in the Eagle Ford

Water — and how it’s sourced — has been an increasingly hot topic in the oil patch. Drilling a well in the Eagle Ford Shale and other so-called “tight” formations requires several million gallons of water.  More »

A dash of saltwater could make fracturing more palatable

In a part of Texas where freshwater is especially precious, some oil and gas producers are learning to do without it in their hydraulic fracturing.  More »

Guest commentary: World Water Day puts focus on new sustainability challenge

Water is essential to all of our lives. But Snehal Desai, global business director for Dow Water & Process Solutions, explains that we don’t have to choose between clean water and energy resources.  More »

Eagle Ford is nation’s top guzzler of water for fracking

Find out which drilling regions in Texas — and across the country — use the largest amount of water for hydraulic fracturing  More »

Texas heading for major water shortage with limited oil field recycling

Breaking into massive shale-oil reservoirs could push Texas toward a water shortfall of 3.5 trillion gallons by 2060, unless water recycling gains a foothold in the state’s oil fields, a recent Bloomberg analysis shows.  More »

Guest commentary: Ceres report misses key facts on oil industry’s water use

Oil industry consultant David Blackmon says the new Ceres report on Texas water use focuses on the oil and gas industry for ideological reasons. Anyone interested in really addressing this state’s looming water issues in any real way should focus their attention elsewhere, he says.  More »
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