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...

The state budget prospects laid out recently by Texas Comptroller Susan Combs in the Biennial Revenue Estimate (BRE) were rosy, thanks to the natural gas and crude oil industries. Taxes from natural gas and oil...

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...

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,...

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. He achieved his goal but he also set into motion a series of events that has become a worldwide energy revolution. The first event was the...

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...

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...

 

A report was released from the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) pertaining to hydraulic fracturing. The report, entitled “Information on Shale Resources, Development, and Environmental and Public Health Risks,” used existing research to assess the risks associated with...

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...

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. The devices, which are about the size of a small travel trailer...

 

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). 

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