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...

There are many myths circulating that natural gas wells are not regulated. It is also believed that they have some how been made exempt from various regulations. In actuality, federal and state laws and regulations heavily regulate natural gas drilling and production. This chart shows the federal laws...

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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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....

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...

In a 2010 documentary entitled “Gasland,” the process of hydraulic fracturing is portrayed as the catalyst for numerous problems across America. It is blamed for killing fish in rivers and for causing tap water contamination. But, is everything featured in the documentary "Gasland" accurate? The answer is no. In fact, "Gasland" promotes ideas about natural gas drilling that have been found to...

On Saturday, June 16, the documentary film “Truthland” will make its first official screening to audiences in Columbus, Ohio, followed by a 35-stop screening tour across more than 12 U.S. states. “Truthland” comes as a response to the 2010 Josh Fox documentary film “Gasland,” a film that skewed audience’s beliefs about natural gas drilling....

A new study of methane emissions from unconventional natural gas production was released on June 4, 2012, contradicting the estimates found by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The study, entitled “Characterizing Pivotal Sources of Methane Emissions from Unconventional...

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. Currently, about 7 percent of one of the nation’s most domestically abundant and cleanest energy source is produced in...