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 we need to do to stop them. 

Starting in late 2013, the Reno-Azle region in North Texas experienced...

The Barnett Shale Energy Education Council (BSEEC) and its website are entering their seventh year of operation. When drilling rigs started moving into the city of Fort Worth, the major of Fort Worth at the time, Mike Moncrief, suggested that the companies operating in the Barnett Shale should establish a community service organization to provide energy...

Renewable energy sources, such as wind and solar power, have their benefits, and they are great sources of intermittent power; however, as contributing Forbes writer David Blackmon highlights, these renewable energy sources of electric power generation are not reliable. If the sun is not shining or if the wind is not blowing, then there must be a backup power source to avoid frequent...

A new and important study of the air quality in the Barnett Shale was released by Houston-based ToxStrategies, Inc. This study, published in the peer-reviewed “Science of The Total Environment,” is the first large-scale evaluation based on extensive measurements of ambient air in a shale gas producing area. The...

An important study published in the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine found no link between hydraulic fracturing and childhood cancer. The study was independently peer reviewed and the authors claimed no conflicts of interest.

The study sought to "evaluate...

There are many myths circulating about the supposed lack of regulation in the oil and gas industry. In a Forbes article, "Shale Oil And Gas Development Is Heavily Regulated," David Blackmon confronts these false accusations head on. Blackmon argues against Josh Fox's claim in the documentary film "Gasland" that the oil and gas industry is somehow above or exempt from federal...

The Barnett Shale Energy Education Council (BSEEC) is frequently asked about the status and future of the Barnett Shale. It has been questioned if the Barnett Shale is over and done with. After all, only about 25 drilling rigs are running now compared to the peak of about 200 rigs in mid-2008.

The short answer: While the Barnett Shale drilling activity is down, production remains strong...

In the last 65 years, the technology behind hydraulic fracturing or "fracking" has been improved to the point that it is used to complete virtually every oil and natural gas well in the United States. Without fracking, the U.S. would not be able to access its vast bounty of oil and natural gas contained in shale deposits.

Unfortunately, some environmental groups have alleged that...

Water disposal at oil and natural gas drilling sites is a costly business. According to a Fort Worth Star-Telegram article, the water and disposal costs for just one well in areas such as the Marcellus Shale or West Texas can reach or surpass $1 million. Due to either dry and arid...

Natural gas has a long history as a reliable fuel source for home heating, industrial manufacturing and electrical generation. However, securing long-term supplies has always been tied to the discovery and development of conventional “oil and gas reservoirs” that over time became more difficult and expensive to find and often occurred in environmentally or politically sensitive...

The United States is a world leader in many areas, but using natural gas as a transportation fuel is, unfortunately, not yet one of them. According to statistics from the Natural Gas Vehicle Knowledge Base, there were over 15 million natural gas-powered cars and trucks in the world as of 2011, but only...

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...

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.

One of the best answers to the question is found on Wikipedia, which says “A typical fracture treatment uses between 3 and 12 additive chemicals...

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. According to the graphic below, the U.S. Energy Information Agency says that energy sector CO2 emissions have dropped to 1992 levels. This dramatic...

 

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. Users can also make an energy sector selection from a drop-down menu and view state-...