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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

Does hydraulic fracturing contaminate water wells?

Three different studies concerning drilling/hydraulic fracturing and the possible connection to water well contamination were released last month. The studies were conducted by the Department of Energy; Researchers from Ohio State University, Duke University and the University of Rochester; and the University of Texas at Arlington.

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Barnett Shale

Barnett Shale Fueling the Economy

recent article from Dr. Ray Perryman of The Perryman Group in Waco, Texas, reported about unconventional oil- and natural gas-bearing formations and their benefit to the economy. Not only do they provide millions of jobs across the nation, they also provide the U.S. with a positive economic outlook for the future.

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Drilling & Fracturing

Why Denton Shouldn’t Ban Fracking

A ban on drilling in Denton, as is proposed on the city’s Nov. 4 ballot, will lead to economic damage, loss of property rights, and legal problems that could be very costly to Denton taxpayers.

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Natural Gas

Our Lives Depend on Natural Gas

The Office of Fossil Energy in the U.S. Department of Energy recently published a classroom poster, Common Products Made from Oil and Natural Gas, that asks the question, “Did you know most of this stuff comes from oil and natural gas?”

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Air & Water Quality

Texas’ Natural Gas Motor Fuel Sales Exceed Expectations

Natural gas vehicles are cost efficient and boast low emissions, and it seems that Texas has caught on. Sales of natural gas as a motor fuel are surging in Texas. In October 2013, Texas Railroad Commissioner David Porter launched a natural gas initiative to promote natural gas as a transportation fuel throughout the state of Texas, and recent reports are promising.

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Drilling & Fracturing

Ramifications of Proposed Denton, Texas, Hydraulic Fracturing Ban

On Nov. 4, 2014, residents of Denton, Texas, will vote on a referendum to ban hydraulic fracturing within the city limits; however, make no mistake about it – a ban on hydraulic fracturing is a ban on all drilling.

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Barnett Shale

New Economic Study from The Perryman Group Proves Barnett Shale is Thriving

A new economic impact study of the fiscal contributions of the Barnett Shale was released today. The study, commissioned by the Fort Worth Chamber of Commerce and conducted by The Perryman Group (TPG) of Waco, reports that despite reduced drilling and fluctuating natural gas prices, Bartnett Shale production increased by $700 million since the last study was conducted in 2011.

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Drilling & Fracturing

The proposed ban on hydraulic fracturing in Denton, Texas

Some residents in Denton, Texas – located in North Texas atop the Barnett Shale – have proposed a ban on hydraulic fracturing within the Denton city limits. Such a ban goes further than just hydraulic fracturing, it is actually a ban on drilling altogether.

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Local Ordinances

New Economic Impact Report Finds Hydraulic Fracturing Ban Would Cost City of Denton Millions of Dollars

A new economic impact study titled: “The Adverse Impact of Banning Hydraulic Fracturing In The City of Denton on Business Activity and Tax Receipts in the City and State” will be presented to Denton City Council on Tuesday.

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Air & Water Quality

Barnett Shale air is the most monitored in the nation

It may not be widely known, but the air in the Barnett Shale area of North Texas is the most monitored air in the U.S. The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) has installed a system of 15 permanent automated gas chromatograph (AutoGC) stations in the Barnett Shale area that take air samples every hour, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. The data is available to the public online. In addition to these AutoGCs, TCEQ also operates a network of volatile organic compound canister air sampling stations that also take air samples.

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