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...

Originally posted in July of 2010, this article highlights results of an air quality testing project conducted by TITAN Engineering, Inc. in June 2010 and covering Fort Worth and Arlington, Texas.

The Barnett Shale Energy Education Council (BSEEC) today released the results of its air quality testing project which showed there are no...

The massive air quality study being done by Eastern Research Group (ERG) for the City of Fort Worth was released on February 15, 2011.

The Fort Worth City Council made the decision to embark on a study of air emissions on natural gas sites last year and appointed an advisory board consisting of residents, representatives of the natural gas industry and an outside...

In discussions about air quality studies, carbon disulfide is occasionally mentioned as a detected compound.  The EPA describes carbon disulfide as a clear, colorless or faintly yellow liquid at room temperature. It is not associated with the production of natural gas in the Barnett Shale.  A more complete discussion of carbon disulfide by Dr. Janet Kester, Ph.D., D.A.B.T...

The Texas-based U.S. EPA official who overrode state regulators in December to sanction a local driller for water contamination quickly announced the order to an environmental activist and another ally minutes after it was issued.

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