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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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The Changing CNG/LNG Landscape - By Dr. Ken Morgan

It is now obvious that domestic and global energy companies are beginning to believe in unconventional shale-gas and potential markets in the U.S. In just a few short years, we have seen Exxon-Mobil, Shell, Chevron, BP and others buy out some independent producers in major shale plays. We have also witnessed countries such as France, India, Italy and China investing heavily in the U.S. gas shale business.

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U.S. locations of natural gas and oil production

Have you ever wondered where natural gas and oil are produced in the U.S, and how much is produced by state? To help identify these U.S. locations and their production numbers, NBC News created an interactive map, giving users the ability to select a state and view its total energy production figures.

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Natural gas is fueling a clean energy future

Until recently, burning of coal generated the majority of the electricity in the United States; however, as of 2012 – and for the first time in history – energy production from natural gas fired power plants has equaled that of coal production.

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Barnett Shale

Study predicts Barnett Shale will produce for years to come

According to the recent Barnett Shale Gas Assessment Study conducted by the Bureau of Economic Geology (BEG) at The University of Texas at Austin, the Barnett Shale will still be producing natural gas for years to come – well beyond the year 2030. The study is funded by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation and incorporates engineering, geology and economics in a numerical model.

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Drilling & Fracturing

Question to BSEEC: How many chemical additives are used in fracking fluid?

This is a common question that is usually accompanied with the misconceived notion that hundreds of chemicals are used. As is often the case, a quick Google search on the topic produces a wide variety of answers, many of which are not factual.

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Air & Water Quality

Natural gas leads the way in carbon reductions

Recently, there has been good news and bad news regarding emissions of carbon dioxide in the United States and the world. The good news is that last year, America’s carbon dioxide emissions fell to their lowest levels since 1994, according to a new Energy Information Administration (EIA) report. Additionally, carbon dioxide emissions in the U.S. have declined 13 percent in the past five years.

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Natural gas and our current standard of living

When people think about natural gas, they usually think about their home water heater. In fact, most people know that approximately half of the electricity in Texas is generated by natural gas, but it is uncommonly known that natural gas is part of virtually everything we use, wear and eat.

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The Economics of Natural Gas Exports

The game-changing development of the Barnett Shale unleashed a torrent of natural gas supplies in the United States. Supplies increased so quickly as other gas shales were developed that natural gas supplies outpaced demand, causing prices to decline since mid-2008, and now becoming fairly stable for the last year or so.

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Energy Service Companies Switching to Natural Gas Vehicles and Pumps

The shale gas boom, which started in the Barnett Shale, has produced so much natural gas that prices have remained low. While low natural gas prices are good for consumers, energy exploration and production companies have changed their focus from dry gas plays such as the Barnett Shale, to oil rich plays such as the Eagle Ford Shale in South Texas.

 

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Cinematic Propaganda

In 2010, a “documentary” about the evils of natural gas drilling, funded by the Park Foundation, an anti-drilling group, was shown at the Sundance Film Festival. The actor Robert Redford, an outspoken anti-drilling advocate, hosts the annual festival. The documentary film, named “Gasland,” went on to win an award at Sundance, was picked up by HBO, and was subsequently nominated for an Academy Award in the documentary category.

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