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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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Drilling & Fracturing

Texas Ozone and Fracking

For years, Dallas-Fort Worth (DFW) has struggled to attain federal ozone clean air requirements, and hydraulic fracturing or fracking in the Barnett Shale region has received a lot of the blame. 

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Air & Water Quality

Understanding the Use of Vapor Recovery Units

People often question why vapor recovery units (VRUs) are not required for natural gas wells in Denton and others areas of the Barnett Shale. The answer is twofold. Firstly, VRUs are designed to capture vapor from liquid storage tanks used in the oil and gas industry. Secondly, the natural gas produced in many parts of the Barnett Shale is “dry,” meaning that little condensate or liquids are produced – so liquid storage tanks are not always present. In many cases, if a well does produce condensate, it is usually minimal and only in the first four to six months of a new well. 

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Barnett Shale

Irving Earthquakes

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.

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Drilling & Fracturing

U.S. Secretary of the Interior Refutes Hydraulic Fracturing Bans

In recent months, there have been some major developments across the country concerning hydraulic fracturing. In November of 2014, the city of Denton, Texas, banned hydraulic fracturing within its city limits – despite warnings of the ramifications to the economy. One month later, hydraulic fracturing was banned within the entire state of New York

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Drilling & Fracturing

Let science speak for hydraulic fracturing’s safety

The dramatically increased production of crude oil and natural gas in the United States is the direct result of improvements in the well completion technique commonly called fracking – short for hydraulic fracturing – a well-stimulation technique in which shale is fractured by a hydraulically pressurized liquid.

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Barnett Shale

Shale gas largest of U.S. natural gas production

In a recent publication, the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) reported that shale gas production reached the highest level ever in 2013. Total U.S. natural gas production, or gross withdrawals, reached a new high of 82 billion cubic feet per day (Bcf/d), with shale gas wells becoming the largest source of total natural gas production.

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Natural Gas

Alex Epstein’s "The Moral Case for Fossil Fuels"

As a society, we learn through education and the media that the use of fossil fuels is detrimental to our planet and ourselves. For years, environmentalists have advocated against the use of traditional fuels; however, over the years, the quality of our lives has greatly benefited from the use of fossil fuels.

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Natural Gas

The Gift of Energy

This morning, when my smartphone’s alarm woke me with music, I got out of my warm bed to a toasty warm home, hit the button on my grinding coffee pot and reached into the refrigerator for the milk and orange juice. I did stop to give thanks for this miracle we call modern life. 

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Air & Water Quality

Energy and Land Use

The Australian Petroleum Production & Exploration Association (APPEA) shared this informative graphic that shows how much land is required to produce enough energy to power 8,000 homes for a year. 

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Air & Water Quality

Methane Emissions Decreasing Significantly

The energy industry is substantially reducing methane emissions from natural gas and oil production and is expected to continue reducing emissions, says an Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) report released September 30, 2014.

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