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-...

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,...

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.  

Natural gas is a key ingredient in the production of some of the most basic, everyday items we...

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...

Manufactured issues relating to the natural gas and oil industry are unending. The industry is constantly defending itself against improper information that is either out of context or inaccurate. Case in point, in a recent press briefing, White House Press Secretary Jay Carney...

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.

But low...

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.

Even though many exploration and...