The Energy Institute at The University of Texas at Austin recently conducted a study entitled "Fact-Based Regulation for Environmental Protection in Shale Gas Development." Dr. Charles Groat, the lead author of the study, communicated the following study conclusion as part of the information release: "We found no direct evidence that hydraulic fracturing itself—the practice of fracturing the...

(information reported from an Energy Institute press release)

"Hydraulic fracturing of shale formations to extract natural gas has no direct connection to reports of groundwater contamination, based on evidence reviewed in a study released Thursday by the Energy Institute at The University of Texas at Austin.

The study, released at the annual meeting of the American Association...

You may have read that February 1, 2012, marked the first day that oil and gas companies operating in Texas are required to publically post the contents of the fluid used in hydraulic fracturing. What you may not know is that many companies have been making voluntary disclosures for months, some on an informative website called FracFocus.org,...

Deposits of oil and natural gas can be found in porous rocks and shale, where saltwater is also found. The handling of the saltwater, or produced water, which brings the oil and gas up to the surface, can be done in different ways.

First of all, in certain situations, some of it can be recycled. Secondly, in the case of conventional reservoirs, it can be returned to the reservoir...

A growing use for natural gas is as a transportation fuel. Compressed natural gas (CNG) is used in cars and trucks and liquefied natural gas (LNG) is used in over-the-road tractor-trailer trucks. According to the Green Car Journal, natural gas is a clean fuel that is almost exclusively domestically sourced and is typically priced 30% less than gasoline. It also fast fills in about...

Thanks to the combined technologies of horizontal drilling and hydraulic fracturing, which opened up the blockbuster frontier of shale gas, the U.S. is awash in natural gas. Natural gas supplies keep increasing every month. 

The resulting surplus is keeping the price of natural gas so low that it is below the cost of drilling and producing most shale gas. So, if shale gas is uneconomic...

BY SETH BORENSTEIN AND JONATHAN FAHEY
The Associated Press

There has been speculation that the powerful earthquake that stuck Oklahoma Saturday night might be related to oil and gas drilling and related activities. The Associate Press published a good article that addresses the question with information from a Stanford University geophysicist and a U.S. Geological Survey...

CREDIT: Fort Worth Chamber of Commerce

Economic impact study affirms boost to personal, local and state revenues over past decade

Fort Worth, Tex (Sept. 27, 2011) -- Robust even in the face of recession, the Barnett Shale play has emerged after 10 years as an immense, resilient and growing economic engine...

The technology of hydraulic fracturing is responsible for unlocking natural gas that has been hidden away in shale deposits for hundreds of years. However, the hydraulic fracturing process uses water; about 4 to 5 million gallons of water is required to drill and hydraulically fracture one Barnett Shale natural gas well.

While this sounds like a lot of water, it has to be put into...

Have you ever wondered how much water your vehicle uses? Considering most vehicles are powered by gasoline, the question of how much water they use seems strange; however, when scrutinized, it does indeed take water to extract, produce and transport gasoline and other transportation fuels. So, in reality, all vehicles use a certain amount of water when getting you from A to B.

According...

For a natural gas field in North Texas that barely existed 10 years ago, the Barnett Shale demonstrates a compelling case for drilling. Did you know that the number of natural gas wells that are producing, or have produced, natural gas in the Barnett Shale is 15,675 according to the Powell Shale Digest and the Railroad Commission of Texas. In 2010, the time period that the report...

Comprehensive air quality study provides insight into emissions from natural gas facilities

Posted July 14, 2011
A comprehensive evaluation of gas exploration and production sites “did not reveal any significant health threats” and showed that “Fort Worth’s 600-foot setback distance is adequate.” However, some gas...

 Ed Ireland’s Remarks to TCEQ SIP Hearing

July 14, 2011

 

TCEQ’s June 8, 2011 “Revisions to the State of Texas Air Quality Implementation Plan for the Control of Ozone Air Pollution” (SIP) contains an estimate of VOCs from oil and gas facilities in the Dallas/Fort Worth 9-county non-attainment area.  These estimates are in Table 3-18 on...

Fracking, fracing or frac'ing, are all shorthand terms for hydraulic fracturing. Hydraulic fracturing is a procedure that creates small fissures in the layers of rock that contains natural gas and oil. The fracking process consists of pumping water, sand and other additives under high pressure into natural gas and oil bearing rock formations more than a mile and a half below the surface. The...

(Reprinted with permission from Energy in Depth)

In debate over promise, potential and economics of shale gas, NYT calls it early for the opposition – but they might be embarrassed about that later. 

The United States produced more natural gas in 2010 than at any point ...