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Natural Gas

Natural Gas Vehicles: Opportunity and Adoption

Here is a sad, but true, fact: there are more than 13 million natural gas powered cars and trucks in the world, and only 112,000 of those are in the United States. This is even more disturbing considering President Obama appealed to his audience in his 2012 State of the Union address that “We have a supply of natural gas that can last America nearly 100 years.” 

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Drilling & Fracturing

The University of Texas at Austin Energy Institute Study: “No evidence of groundwater contamination from hydraulic fracturing”

The Energy Institute at The University of Texas at Austin recently conducted a study entitled "Fact-Based Regulation for Environmental Protection in Shale Gas Development." Dr. Charles Groat, the lead author of the study, communicated the following study conclusion as part of the information release: "We found no direct evidence that hydraulic fracturing itself—the practice of fracturing the rocks—had contaminated shallow groundwater."

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Drilling & Fracturing

Energy Institute at the University of Texas at Austin Study Reviewing Groundwater Contamination Claims Finds Fracturing Not At Fault

(information reported from an Energy Institute press release)

"Hydraulic fracturing of shale formations to extract natural gas has no direct connection to reports of groundwater contamination, based on evidence reviewed in a study released Thursday by the Energy Institute at The University of Texas at Austin.

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Drilling & Fracturing

Recent Talk About Disclosure of Hydraulic Fracturing Chemicals

You may have read that February 1, 2012, marked the first day that oil and gas companies operating in Texas are required to publically post the contents of the fluid used in hydraulic fracturing. What you may not know is that many companies have been making voluntary disclosures for months, some on an informative website called FracFocus.org, and some on their own company websites.

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Air & Water Quality

What are Saltwater Disposal Wells?

Deposits of oil and natural gas can be found in porous rocks and shale, where saltwater is also found. The handling of the saltwater, or produced water, which brings the oil and gas up to the surface, can be done in different ways.

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Natural Gas

The Latest on Natural Gas Vehicles

A growing use for natural gas is as a transportation fuel. Compressed natural gas (CNG) is used in cars and trucks and liquefied natural gas (LNG) is used in over-the-road tractor-trailer trucks. According to the Green Car Journal, natural gas is a clean fuel that is almost exclusively domestically sourced and is typically priced 30% less than gasoline.

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Drilling & Fracturing

Horizontal Drilling and Hydraulic Fracturing: It’s Not Just for Shale Gas Anymore

Thanks to the combined technologies of horizontal drilling and hydraulic fracturing, which opened up the blockbuster frontier of shale gas, the U.S. is awash in natural gas. Natural gas supplies keep increasing every month.

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Drilling & Fracturing

Experts: Oklahoma quakes too powerful to be man-made

BY SETH BORENSTEIN AND JONATHAN FAHEY
The Associated Press

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Barnett Shale

Study: Decade of Drilling has expanded Barnett Shale regional economy by 38%, $65.4 billion

CREDIT: Fort Worth Chamber of Commerce

Economic impact study affirms boost to personal, local and state revenues over past decade

Fort Worth, Tex (Sept. 27, 2011) -- Robust even in the face of recession, the Barnett Shale play has emerged after 10 years as an immense, resilient and growing economic engine in the 24-county North Texas region and Texas, an economic and financial analysis has found.

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Air & Water Quality

Hydraulic Fracturing and the Hydrologic Cycle

The technology of hydraulic fracturing is responsible for unlocking natural gas that has been hidden away in shale deposits for hundreds of years. However, the hydraulic fracturing process uses water; about 4 to 5 million gallons of water is required to drill and hydraulically fracture one Barnett Shale natural gas well.

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