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Arlington's Gas Drilling Revenue Helping Fund Texas Rangers' New Sports Complex

The Arlington, Texas City Council announced that they will tap into its large stockpile of gas drilling revenue to help the Texas Rangers develop land next to their stadium.  The $200 million project could get $50 million in city money plus another $50 million in tax incentives, according to The Dallas Morning News. The development will include a sports complex, a hotel and other structures.

 

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New study concludes fracking does not contaminate drinking water

Researchers from Yale University have concluded that hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, doesn’t contaminate drinking water.  “[There is] no evidence of association with deeper brines or long-range migration of these compounds to the shallow aquifers” The study was published in the prestigious "Proceedings of the National Academy of Science of the United States of America," October 27, 2015 (abstract is here). The largest of its kind, the study sampled 64 private water wells near fracking sites to determine if they could be contaminated by fracking fluids.
“[The chemicals] are likely not a threat to human health,” said Brian Drollette, the study’s first author who is a chemical and environmental engineering graduate student.

The Yale researchers found essentially no contamination in well water, and the amounts they did detect were hundreds or thousands of times smaller than can be detected by commercial labs.



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New EPA Rules Threaten the Texas Fracking Boom

The American economic system has made the United States the world leader in abundant and low-cost energy, thanks in no small part to contributions from Texas. But new rules from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency pose a direct threat to our oil and natural gas revolution. Even worse, they are largely a Washington-designed solution still searching for a problem.

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Industrial natural gas use to continue to grow quickly, EIA says

New plants coming online are set to drive industrial natural gas growth forward by more than three percent in the next two years, the U.S. Energy Information Administration said in an analysis Wednesday.

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U.S. generated more electricity in April from natural gas than any other energy source

A milestone that has been in the making for years as the price of natural gas slides and new regulations make coal riskier for power generators.

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Fracking is safe, why not embrace it?

A five-year, multi-million dollar Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) study confirms what 65 years of experience already tell us: hydraulic fracturing is safe.

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U.S. natural gas is waking up

After years of languishing in a shale-induced coma, the U.S. natural gas market is waking up. Exports will help prices rebound from the slump caused by the U.S. pumping record amounts from shale formations. Growing domestic winter demand is already causing spikes and trading volumes in futures markets have rebounded to the highest level in three years. Average retail gas prices also will rise with LNG exports, according to Bloomberg New Energy Finance.

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Studies confirm low methane leakage rates from natural gas development.

This week, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) rolled out its new regulations on methane emissions from oil and gas development. These rules come even as the industry has slashed emissions in recent years, all while natural gas production has skyrocketed. As the Independent Petroleum Association of America (IPAA) pointed out, these costly proposals "could inflict more pain on the men and women who work in the oil and gas industry – at a time when market forces are already creating economic challenges."

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Natural gas is now the dominant source of electricity in U.S.

Now that the U. S. is generating more electricity from natural gas than any other source, the nation’s electrical grid is an increasingly reliable electrical system that ensures the lights turn on when we flip the switch. And it's natural gas that is now driving the trend toward greater fuel diversity.

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Barnett Shale

Review of “A Comprehensive Analysis of Groundwater Quality in the Barnett Shale Region”

When a reporter asked for my opinion about a recently released study of groundwater in the Barnett Shale area (Hildenbrand et al., University of Texas-Arlington), I was quoted as saying that, despite its title, a comprehensive analysis of groundwater quality in the Barnett Shale was not achieved in this paper. In response to that comment, one of the authors posed the rhetorical question to another reporter: “We tested over 500 water wells; what does he want, 1,000?” The authors then sent me a note asking what I considered to be comprehensive.

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