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Air & Water Quality

Powering Mobility: Water and Your Daily Commute

Have you ever wondered how much water your vehicle uses? Considering most vehicles are powered by gasoline, the question of how much water they use seems strange; however, when scrutinized, it does indeed take water to extract, produce and transport gasoline and other transportation fuels. So, in reality, all vehicles use a certain amount of water when getting you from A to B.

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Barnett Shale

Barnett Shale Natural Gas Can Help Clean Up the Air in DFW

For a natural gas field in North Texas that barely existed 10 years ago, the Barnett Shale demonstrates a compelling case for drilling. Did you know that the number of natural gas wells that are producing, or have produced, natural gas in the Barnett Shale is 15,675 according to the Powell Shale Digest and the Railroad Commission of Texas.

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Barnett Shale

Ed Ireland's Remarks at the TCEQ Public Hearing on the ozone proposed state implementation plan, July 14, 2011

Ed Ireland’s Remarks to TCEQ SIP Hearing

July 14, 2011

TCEQ’s June 8, 2011 “Revisions to the State of Texas Air Quality Implementation Plan for the Control of Ozone Air Pollution” (SIP) contains an estimate of VOCs from oil and gas facilities in the Dallas/Fort Worth 9-county non-attainment area.  These estimates are in Table 3-18 on page 3-28 of that document.  In that table, total VOC emissions for oil and gas production for 2012 in the DFW 9-county non-attainment area are estimated to be 113.1 tons per day.

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Barnett Shale

City of Fort Worth Air Quality Study

Comprehensive air quality study provides insight into emissions from natural gas facilities
 
Posted July 14, 2011
A comprehensive evaluation of gas exploration and production sites “did not reveal any significant health threats” and showed that “Fort Worth’s 600-foot setback distance is adequate.” However, some gas production facilities—like compressor stations—may require additional review.
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Drilling & Fracturing

All About Hydraulic Fracturing

Fracking, fracing or frac'ing, are all shorthand terms for hydraulic fracturing. Hydraulic fracturing is a procedure that creates small fissures in the layers of rock that contains natural gas and oil. The fracking process consists of pumping water, sand and other additives under high pressure into natural gas and oil bearing rock formations more than a mile and a half below the surface. The fracking process allows natural gas or oil to flow into the wellbore.

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Natural Gas

Energy in Depth: NYT's "Dewey-Defeats-Truman" Moment on Shale?

In debate over promise, potential and economics of shale gas, NYT calls it early for the opposition – but they might be embarrassed about that later. 

(Reprinted with permission from Energy in Depth)

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Natural Gas

EPA Chief Lisa Jackson says natural gas production is "a good thing"

The head of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) told a House committee on May 24 that she favored natural gas production and said she didn’t know of any “proven case” in which hydraulic fracturing had affected drinking water. 

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Drilling & Fracturing

Movie “Haynesville” Screened in Dallas

The makers of the film “Haynesville:  A Nation’s Hunt for an Energy Future” were in Dallas on April 28 at SMU for a screening of their recently updated and extended version.

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Natural Gas

BSEEC participates in FWISD debate over natural gas leasing

Recently, the Fort Worth League of Neighborhood Associations (FWLNA), an umbrella organization for neighborhood associations, presented results from their study to the Fort Worth Independent School District (FWISD) Board of Directors regarding natural gas leasing near school property. Currently, the FWISD does not have any natural gas operations on school properties, but the district has been approached with lease options from operators.

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Drilling & Fracturing

Registry for natural gas chemicals launched

A registry for chemicals used in extracting natural gas through hydraulic fracturing was launched on April 10, 2011.

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