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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

Projected increase in production of shale gas

The U.S. Energy Information Administration’s (EIA) latest Annual Energy Outlook has U.S. total natural gas consumption growing from the current 25.6 trillion cubic feet (Tcf) to 31.6 Tcf in 2040.

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Increased natural gas use decreasing U.S. greenhouse gas emissions

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has released their latest Greenhouse Gas Reporting Program (GHGRP) data report, updated to Sept. 1, 2013. The report shows that U.S. greenhouse emissions have continued to decline, in keeping with the trend that began in 2009.

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Drilling & Fracturing

Technological improvements to hydraulic fracturing

The United States is experiencing a boom in energy production, thanks to hydraulic fracturing. Practically every natural gas and oil well drilled in America is hydraulically fractured using a mixture that is 99.5 percent water and sand and .5 percent chemical additives.

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National climate report emphasizes importance of natural gas and shale

In early May 2014, in conjunction with the U.S. Global Change Research Program (USGCRP), the Obama administration released its 2014 National Climate Assessment. According to USGCRP, the purpose of the National Climate Assessment, which is conducted every four years, is to summarize the current and future impacts of climate change on the U.S.

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Drilling & Fracturing

Hydraulic fracturing fluid

Hydraulic fracturing fluid is made up of different components. Two intergovernmental agencies, the Ground Water Protection Council and the Interstate Oil and Gas Compact Commission, manage the website www.fracfocus.org, which provides information to the public about the fluids used in hydraulic fracturing.

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Disposal wells

According to the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), each year there are millions of earthquakes across the world; however, most are undetected due to being in remote areas or being low on the Richter scale (usually below 2.0).

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Earthquakes in North Texas

North Texans know a lot about tornadoes and golf ball-size hail storms, but when it comes to earthquakes, many Texans are experiencing them for the first time. Our first instinct is to ask what is causing them and what do we need to do to stop them. With oil and gas operations near the areas of the recent earthquakes near Eagle Mountain Lake, some have naturally turned to questioning whether these activities are somehow involved with oil and natural gas activities.

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Air & Water Quality

New EPA Data Shows Continued Decline in Methane Emissions

On February 24, 2014, the EPA released its latest Greenhouse Gas Inventory, which shows that methane emissions from natural gas systems have declined significantly in recent years, thanks to new technologies and voluntary efforts by oil and natural gas producers. Even more impressive is that these reductions have been made as natural gas production has increased significantly.

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Do you consume natural gas?

Actually, this is a trick question, because you do. If you live in the United States, you definitely use natural gas – hundreds of times a day. How so, you say?

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Water Usage in the Barnett Shale

study by the University of Texas at Austin Bureau of Economic Geology estimated that drilling and hydraulic fracturing in the Barnett Shale used 8.5 billion gallons of water in a 15-county region in 2011.

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