A Dallas-based company, AmericaCNG, announced this month that they will be equipping 300 Roady’s Truck Stops with natural gas fueling equipment. This comes on the heels of a recent announcement by Clean Energy Fuels to install natural gas fueling equipment at 250 Pilot and...

Ever since the Environmental Defense Fund published a paper by Al Armendariz in 2009 alleging that emissions of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) from natural gas operations in the Barnett Shale are greater than VOCs from all the cars and trucks in the region, the statement has been repeated over and...

Did you know that the Dallas-Fort Worth area has been classified by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) as a nine-county, ozone non-attainment area since 1997, long before the Barnett Shale began development? So what is the source of the ozone problem that is regularly mentioned?   

Ozone is formed when oxides of nitrogen (NOx) and volatile organic compounds...

All forms of energy require water, and natural gas is the most efficient option, using only 1 to 3 gallons of water per MMBTU (million British thermal units). This includes all forms of natural gas production from conventional onshore wells, offshore wells, and natural gas from shales...

In short, yes. The term “fracking,” which is (supposedly) shorthand for the well completion process of hydraulic fracturing, is actually correctly spelled “frac’ing.” Fracking has become the most used word to describe natural gas from shale deposits, such as the Barnett Shale. Google “fracking” and you get 10,200,000 links.

Unfortunately, the word fracking appears...

There are many positive characteristics of natural gas, the main benefit being that natural gas is the lowest-carbon fuel. The numerous advantageous aspects of natural gas have long been recognized. For instance, the Department of Energy’s Alternative Fuels & Advanced Vehicles Data Center says that CNG (...

Here is a sad, but true, fact: there are more than 13 million natural gas powered cars and trucks in the world, and only 112,000 of those are in the United States. This is even more disturbing considering President Obama appealed to his audience in his 2012 State of the Union address that “We have a supply of natural gas that can last America nearly 100 years.” The U.S. has over 100 years of...

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...