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The Barnett Shale Energy Education Council (BSEEC) is a community resource that provides information to the public about gas drilling and production in the Barnett Shale region in North Texas.

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Barnett Shale

With abundant availability of natural gas, the time for drilling has come, says Mitchell Schnurman, FW Star Telegram

Once again, shocking news has nations rethinking their energy policies. In Japan, a nuclear power disaster has put millions in danger, prompting some to reconsider nuclear expansion. In North Africa, uprisings have sent oil prices soaring. Last year, a deep-water explosion spewed oil into the Gulf of Mexico for months and led to a government moratorium on exploration.

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Natural Gas

Natural gas fields have provided a fount of cash for Texas cities

Thirty-nine stories above downtown Fort Worth, in a private penthouse dinner club built with oil and gas fortunes, Mel LeBlanc endeavored to spell out the mindset of those who categorically oppose drilling for natural gas in urban areas.

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Barnett Shale

Industry Advocate Calls Barnett Report a "Hoax"

(Reprinted from "NGI's Shale Daily", Feb. 23, 2011) Board members of the Fort Worth Independent School District (FWISD) are mulling a report they received Tuesday that recommends significant policy changes for gas drilling near schools and are expected to discuss the items early next month.

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Air & Water Quality

REPOSTED: Air Study Shows No Harmful Levels of Benzene, Other Compounds in Fort Worth and Arlington, District 2

Originally posted in July of 2010, this article highlights results of an air quality testing project conducted by TITAN Engineering, Inc. in June 2010 and covering Fort Worth and Arlington, Texas.

The Barnett Shale Energy Education Council (BSEEC) today released the results of its air quality testing project which showed there are no harmful levels of benzene and other compounds being emitted from natural gas sites tested in Fort Worth and Arlington City Council District 2.

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Air & Water Quality

What is carbon disulfide? Is it associated with natural gas production?

In discussions about air quality studies, carbon disulfide is occasionally mentioned as a detected compound.  The EPA describes carbon disulfide as a clear, colorless or faintly yellow liquid at room temperature. It is not associated with the production of natural gas in the Barnett Shale.  A more complete discussion of carbon disulfide by Dr. Janet Kester, Ph.D., D.A.B.T here.

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Barnett Shale

Texas EPA official bragged about slapping sanction on driller

The Texas-based U.S. EPA official who overrode state regulators in December to sanction a local driller for water contamination quickly announced the order to an environmental activist and another ally minutes after it was issued.

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Natural Gas

Rolling Blackouts: A Not So Subtle Reminder of the Importance of Natural Gas

During the ice storm that literally shut down the Dallas Fort Worth area during most of the week starting January 31, 2010, many residents got a taste of what it is like to live with rolling blackouts

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Air & Water Quality

Air Quality and the Barnett Shale

A study in early 2009 by SMU professor Al Armendariz contends that natural gas production contributes more to air pollution in North Texas than all the major airports and cars in the DFW area combined.

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Air & Water Quality

Gas in Texan water wells may not be from Range activities: official

Despite a December order by the US Environmental Protection Agency, methane gas found in two private water wells in Parker County, Texas, might not have come from nearby natural gas wells drilled by Range Resources, a local water quality official said Monday. Read more at Platts.

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