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 ...

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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