Barnett Shale Energy Education Council

Ask a Question

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.

In the News

Natural Gas

More firms and states converting vehicles to natural gas

The shale energy revolution has led the energy industry to seek out new markets for its products, and energy companies are increasingly setting their sights on the transportation sector. Promoting natural gas as a cheaper, cleaner-burning alternative to gasoline and diesel, energy companies, public utilities and government officials are trying to boost demand for natural gas buses, taxis, shuttles, delivery trucks and heavy-duty work vehicles of all sorts, while simultaneously encouraging development of the fueling infrastructure that will be needed to keep them running.

Read More View All

Natural Gas

Natural gas: a game changer

When George Mitchell went on a quest to coax natural gas out of the Barnett Shale in the early 1980s, he was not trying to start an energy revolution. He just wanted to have enough natural gas to run his gas processing plant in Bridgeport, Texas.

Read More View All

Drilling & Fracturing

America’s chemical industry can benefit from shale development

Shale development could ultimately be extremely beneficial for American manufacturing. In fact, America’s natural gas could save U.S. manufacturers a lot of money in different areas. Last year, PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) reported that our affordable, domestic natural gas could save billions of dollars each year for the next 10 years, as well as create over 1 million new jobs.

Read More View All

Natural Gas

Switching from coal to natural gas for generating electricity saves water

The Webber Energy Group recently released a study entitled “Can switching fuels save water? A life cycle quantification of freshwater consumption for Texas coal- and natural gas-fired electricity.” The study, led by Michael Webber, an associate professor at the University of Texas at Austin, concludes that Texas could save a significant amount of water by switching from coal to natural gas for power generation. 

Read More View All

Air & Water Quality

Air in the Barnett Shale is the most monitored air in the country

The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) operates seven continuous air monitors in the Barnett Shale area in North Texas. TCEQ Chairman Bryan Shaw, Ph.D., has said in the past that the number of continuous air monitors, or automatic gas chromatographs, makes the Barnett Shale air the most monitored air in the country.

Read More View All

Barnett Shale

Barnett Shale natural gas wells are very productive

A common misconception about Barnet Shale gas wells is that they come online with high flow rates and then fall off quickly, giving them a relatively short productive life. Data from the Railroad Commission of Texas, the Powell Shale Digest and RigData (which tracks natural gas wells in Texas), shows that Barnett Shale natural gas wells are very productive for long periods of time, and production stays very level after initial declines in the first few years.

Read More View All

Air & Water Quality

Hydraulic Fracturing and Water Use in the Barnett Shale

Do you ever wonder how much water is used to drill and hydraulically fracture natural gas wells in the Barnett Shale? Well, the answer may surprise you because it is, in fact, very little. To answer the question, we asked the largest provider of water in the Barnett Shale area, the Tarrant Regional Water District (TRWD).

Read More View All

Natural Gas

TCEQ Announces Grants for the Texas Natural Gas Vehicle Grants Program

On July 9, 2012, the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) announced that up to $18 million in grants are available to encourage an entity that owns and operates a heavy-duty or medium-duty motor vehicle (gasoline or diesel) to replace that vehicle with a natural gas vehicle. Or, alternatively, repower the vehicle with a natural gas engine.

Read More View All

Air & Water Quality

U.S. Carbon Emissions are Declining Thanks to Natural Gas and the Free Market

Emissions of carbon dioxide in the U.S. are now lower than they were in the year 2000, and they are expected to continue to decline, according to the U.S. Energy Information Agency (EIA) in their “Annual Energy Outlook 2012.” Furthermore, the EIA says that carbon dioxide emissions in the electricity-generating sector fell so much in the first three months of 2012 that energy-related CO2 emissions are on track to be at the lowest level since 1991.

Read More View All

Natural Gas

Pipelines are the safest way to transport natural gas

Pipeline development is important for the future of the Barnett Shale and the U.S. energy supply.

Natural gas production from the Barnett Shale is increasingly important to the U.S. natural gas supply and our country’s energy independence.

Read More View All