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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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Local Ordinances

Four Facts About Co-Location

In December 2014, the City of Denton proposed a sweeping new drilling ordinance that included the use of so-called “co-location,” whereby the City would have authority to site oil and natural gas wells near other existing sites. There are a number of concerns with this proposed policy, which are summarized within.

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Natural Gas

Another Domino Falls for Anti-Fossil Fuel Crusaders

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.

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Natural Gas

Ed Ireland: Taxpayers foot the bill on fracking bans

Denton’s ban on hydraulic fracturing has been in the news quite a bit recently, but there’s an issue that has been lost in much of that debate: taxes.

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Natural Gas

EIA Expects Natural Gas Production to Increase

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.

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Natural Gas

Texas State Vehicles Could Convert to Natural Gas

The use of natural gas for fueling cars and trucks has been gaining ground in recent years. This move would get a big boost in Texas if the recently introduced bill S.B. No. 12 becomes law. Introduced by State Senator Carlos Uresti from San Antonio, the bill would mandate all 27,000 vehicles operated by the State of Texas to convert their fleets to natural gas.

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Drilling & Fracturing

Wastewater Injection Wells Rarely Responsible for Earthquakes

In recent years, North Texas has experienced an apparent increase of earthquakes – all low in magnitude – and scientists have been quick to blame underground wastewater injection activity as being responsible. However, Energy in Depth recently reported that the wastewater injection wells in North Texas are rarely the cause of earthquakes in the area – that even though there are thousands of injection wells throughout the Barnett Shale region, academics and U.S. Geological Survey researchers believe fewer than two-dozen could be sources of felt seismicity.

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Local Ordinances

New Record: Oil and Gas Industry Paid $15.7 Billion in Taxes and Royalties to the State of Texas in 2014

The Texas oil and natural gas industry paid a record $15.7 billion in state and local taxes and royalties in 2014, the highest such collection from the oil and gas industry in Texas history, according to new economic data released by the Texas Oil & Gas Association (TXOGA) The oil and gas industry supports fully 41 percent of the Texas economy, up from 33 percent in the previous year.

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Air & Water Quality

Air tests of 5 Barnett Shale wells being hydraulically fractured show no harmful emissions

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.

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