Throughout the United States, especially in communities with existing or potential oil-and-gas development, outside groups have moved in with a vengeance and agitated the population—resulting in bans against all exploration for hydrocarbons and/or the use of hydraulic fracturing. Expensive lawsuits have been filed and courts have repeatedly declared such bans as “unconstitutional.” The newest domino to fall is in Texas where Governor Greg Abbott, on May 18, signed House Bill 40 (HB40)—also known as the Denton Fracking Bill—which clarifies that an “oil and gas operation is subject to the exclusive jurisdiction of the state.
Despite declining rig counts, the federal Energy Information Administration (EIA) forecasts continued growth in natural gas production over the next two years. Previously, a common metric for estimating the production of natural gas was based on the number of gas-oriented drilling rigs in a particular region; however, in recent years, natural gas production has steadily increased, while the number of active rigs characterized as targeting natural gas has fallen dramatically.
Those who live in and around Dallas/Fort Worth are probably aware that there were a series of small earthquakes in Irving, Texas – a city west of Dallas and east of Fort Worth – on Jan. 6, 2015. Most of the quakes were small, and they mainly centered just east of where the old Dallas Cowboys stadium (Texas Stadium) was located in Irving (the stadium was demolished in April 2010); however, two quakes, a 3.5 and a 3.6 on the Richter scale, were definitely large enough to be felt miles away.Read More
A battery of air tests during the simultaneous hydraulic fracturing of 5 Barnett Shale natural gas wells and the subsequent initial flowback period is one of the largest scale air testing projects of its kind. Modern Geosciences, a respected environmental testing firm that has been doing quarterly and monthly air testing for the Town of Flower Mound for 6 years, conducted the project. The air studies in Mansfield were requested by the operator of the wells, Beacon E&P, a Colorado-based company that has offices in Fort Worth and operations in the Barnett Shale region in North Texas.Read More