01.21.13

Fracking for natural gas being powered by it, too

Advances in hydraulic fracturing technology have powered the American natural gas boom. And now hydraulic fracturing could be increasingly powered by the very fuel it has been so successful in coaxing up from the depths. Oil- and gas-field companies from Pennsylvania to Texas are experimenting with converting the huge diesel pump engines that propel millions of gallons of water, sand and chemicals thousands of feet down well bores to break apart rock or tight sands and release the natural gas trapped inside.

 

01.21.13

Bi-fuel vehicles gaining speed

Detroit is beginning to produce vehicles that can run on both natural gas and regular gasoline. Anyone who has natural gas service in their home can tap off the same gas line to gas up their vehicle - at least until more commercial natural gas stations are established. Those facts make shale natural gas even more important to states that can produce it.

 

01.07.13

Fracking Amazing: US Carbon Emissions in 2012 Will be Lower than in 2007 Due to Fracking

Instapundit points to this bit of happy news culled from John Hanger, a Democrat who is running for governor of Pennsylvania, where he has been secretary of the state department of the environment and a commissioner of the public utility commission: "US energy related carbon emissions in 2012 will fall below 5,300 million tons or down about 12%, compared to the peak emissions of 6,023 million tons in 2007. Through this September, carbon emissions have been down every month in 2012, when compared to each of the first 9 months of 2011 and 2010. No other country matches that record."

 

12.19.12

New Oil and Natural Gas Study Weighs Economic Benefits for States

A new IHS Study measures economic benefits of Unconventional Oil and Gas Production for each State in the United States Lower 48.

 

12.04.12

Liquefied natural gas exports will help, not harm economy, environment

As our nation's leaders work to improve our nation's struggling economy, there is one opportunity we cannot overlook: a responsible exports policy. U.S. Senators and Representatives from across the country have voiced their support for natural gas exports as a unique American opportunity that will create jobs and strengthen our energy security.

 

11.29.12

Optima Sees Fracking Increasing Specialty Steel Demand

Demand for specialty-steel products used in hydraulic fracking is poised to continue rising next year as energy companies step up exploration and production in shale-rock formations, Optima Specialty Steel Inc. said. Optima's sales of steel tubing to natural gas producers have climbed 15 percent in 2012, and a similar increase is forecast for 2013, said Kevin Stevick, chief executive officer of the closely held company. Growth at the Miami-based company is coming from fracking in states including Ohio, West Virginia, Pennsylvania and New York, he said.

 

11.21.12

Natural Gas Research 'Space Race' Is On

It has taken a couple of years for the energy industry to acknowledge a new reality: Natural gas availability is soaring in contravention of forecasting models that have been in use for decades, and the fuel is set to transform everything from power generation and transport to chemicals and even the trade deficit.

 

11.20.12

Industry Vet Sets Sights on Marcellus 2.0

In the latter part of the previous decade, attractive natural gas wellhead prices and technological advances in exploiting shale formations prompted an exodus to Appalachia. Some of the companies flocking to the Marcellus shale formation and its enormous store of natural gas willingly paid landowners several thousand dollars per acre merely to stake their claim and, when the time was right, flip their leaseholdings for a handsome profit to another speculator or to an operating company.

 

11.12.12

U.S. to become biggest oil producer - IEA

The United States will overtake Saudi Arabia to become the world's biggest oil producer before 2020, and will be energy independent 10 years later, according to a new forecast by the International Energy Agency.

 

10.24.12

America's New Energy Future: The Unconventional Oil and Gas Revolution and the US Economy

Across America's widening energy landscape, the economic impacts of unconventional oil and natural gas are increasingly discernible. These effects are visible within the energy value chain and are extending into the broader reaches of the US economy. The focus of this research series is to assess the evolving economic contributions of unconventional oil and natural gas development activity. This study seeks to quantify how unconventional activity creates economic value in the broader economy through an examination of the exploration and production activity.