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 ...

According to a report by the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas, the oil and gas industry in Texas has been a driver of the Texas economy for the past 40 years.

The report notes that Texas oil and gas activity rose from 2002 to 2008 as prices climbed from their lows in the late 1990s. “By 2008, oil and gas extraction had reached 11.4 percent of total Texas output,” the report states....

Hydraulic fracturing is a hot topic these days. If you Google “hydraulic fracturing,” you get just under 1 million results, most of which are positive, informational pieces explaining what the process is and how it works. If you Google “fracking,” however – the invented word that has become a shorthand description for gas shale development in general – you get more than 3 million results, many...

The head of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) told a House committee on May 24 that she favored natural gas production and said she didn’t know of any “proven case” in which hydraulic fracturing had affected drinking water. Jackson went on to say that natural gas creates less air pollution than other fossil fuels “so increasing America’s natural gas production is a good thing.”

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The makers of the film “Haynesville:  A Nation’s Hunt for an Energy Future” were in Dallas on April 28 at SMU for a screening of their recently updated and extended version.  The screening was followed by a panel consisting of Gregory Kallenberg, the Director of the film; Bernard Weinstein, Ph.D., Associate Director of the Maguire Energy Institute at SMU; Stephen Lindsey, Director of...

Ten years ago, energy experts and government forecasters had essentially written off American natural gas, projecting that our imports would double by 2020 due to future (and dramatic) declines in domestic production.

Thanks to American ingenuity, however, the situation has completely changed.

As Steve Hayward describes in ...

Recently, the Fort Worth League of Neighborhood Associations (FWLNA), an umbrella organization for neighborhood associations, presented results from their study to the Fort Worth Independent School District (FWISD) Board of Directors regarding natural gas leasing near school property. Currently, the FWISD does not have any natural gas operations on school properties, but the district has been...

A registry for chemicals used in extracting natural gas through hydraulic fracturing was launched on April 10, 2011.  

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A total of 1,350 wells in North Texas' Barnett Shale, including 600 in Tarrant County, have had a robust output averaging more than 3 million cubic feet of natural gas per day during their peak production months, according to research done by the Powell Shale Digest.

The largest average gas production by any well in one month was more than 17.8 million cubic feet per day...

Once again, shocking news has nations rethinking their energy policies. In Japan, a nuclear power disaster has put millions in danger, prompting some to reconsider nuclear expansion.

In North Africa, uprisings have sent oil prices soaring. Last year, a deep-water explosion spewed oil into the Gulf of Mexico for months and led to a...

Thirty-nine stories above downtown Fort Worth, in a private penthouse dinner club built with oil and gas fortunes, Mel LeBlanc endeavored to spell out the mindset of those who categorically oppose drilling for natural gas in urban areas.

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(Reprinted from "NGI's Shale Daily", Feb. 23, 2011) Board members of the Fort Worth Independent School District (FWISD) are mulling a report they received Tuesday that recommends significant policy changes for gas drilling near schools and are expected to discuss the items early next month.

However, the executive director of the Barnett Shale Energy Education Council...