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  • Chevron meets new, voluntary shale drilling rules

    Chevron has become the first energy company to meet a new set of voluntary shale gas drilling standards that aim to go beyond existing state laws in Pennsylvania, Ohio and West Virginia, the Pittsburgh-based Center for Sustainable Shale announced Thursday. The center is a partnership between major energy companies, environmental groups and charitable foundations. Its certification process ...


    By Associated Press

  • UK Shale Conference

    Introduction Recent events in the Ukraine and Iraq have brought into focus the importance of energy security. Now more than ever we need here in Britain more home-grown energy of all kinds which will also deliver economic benefits. That means having a diverse energy mix and exploiting the full use of technologies from renewables to CCS, from nuclear to shale gas and shale oil. ...

  • Eagle ford shale drilling results compare favorably with Bakken, Says IHS

    Strong drilling results, coupled with the large prospective area, and magnitude of the resource potential, combine to make the Eagle Ford Shale play in South Texas a contender for the best tight oil play in the U.S., according to a new report from IHS (NYSE: IHS), the leading global source of information and analytics. According to theIHS Herold Eagle Ford Regional Play Assessment, typical well ...


    By IHS Markit

  • Marcellus shale beneath Washington county

    The commercial discovery of natural gas in the Marcellus shale beneath Washington County in 2004 has set off the biggest Pennsylvania land rush in the 150 years since Col. Edwin Drake drilled the world's first oil well in Venango County. Marcellus is a rock formation that runs a mile underground from New York through Pennsylvania and on south to Tennessee. Geologists believe the ...


    By Universal HDD

  • PetroSense Exhibiting at the SHALE EnviroSafe Conference

    PetroSense at the SHALE EnviroSafe, Complimentary VIP Pass, Oil & Gas professionals, Clean Gulf, environmental health & safety, Industrial Fire Safety & Security. On November 14-15, 2012, more than 500 unconventional oil & gas professionals from across the United States ...


    By PetroSense, Inc

  • Next steps for shale gas production

    Large scale shale gas production by the 2020s could boost the UK’s energy security, contribute to economic growth, create thousands of jobs and plough almost £1 billion back to local communities through benefit schemes, an independent assessment has found. In addition, the Government has published a regulatory roadmap for shale gas which sets out the series of permits and permissions ...

  • Questions and answers on the shale gas initiative

    Why is there a need for EU action on hydrocarbons using high-volume hydraulic fracturing (e.g shale gas)? In Europe, geological estimates show hydrocarbons resources such as shale gas spread across the borders of Member States. Environmental impacts and risks do not respect national borders: impacts in one country can give rise to, or worsen, pollution problems in other countries. This is ...

  • Estimates of shale gas and oil in Scotland published

    The British Geological Survey’s report of the resources in the Midland Valley, Scotland, suggests a modest amount of gas and oil in place. The central estimate of shale gas in place is 80 trillion cubic feet. The central estimate for shale oil in place is 6 billion barrels of oil. This does not mean that this amount could be extracted as exploratory drilling is needed to determine how much ...

  • DECC responds to recent coverage on shale regulation

    Over the last couple of days, some newspapers have been misreporting the regulation of the potential shale reserves that could play a key role in securing Britain’s future energy supplies. We want local communities to play an important role in helping to safely develop the shale industry. The government also remains committed to ensuring communities have their say on fracking applications ...

  • Precautionary principle should be applied to shale gas

    According to UK researchers, caution must be taken in the use of shale gas until more is known about its environmental impacts. Using US data, they estimated the additional emissions associated with the extraction of gas from shale compared to that of conventional sources and highlighted concerns from the US that extraction could bring significant risks of ground and surface water contamination. ...


    By GLOBE SERIES

  • UKERC responds to the DECC announcement on shale gas exploration

    The statement today by Energy and Climate Secretary Edward Davey relates to the specific issue of reducing the seismic risk associated with shale gas drilling, it should not be interpreted as a green light for wide spread commercial development of shale gas in the UK. Research carried out by the UK Energy Research Centre (UKERC) and others has shown that exploration is necessary to assess the ...

  • UK Government defines Protected Areas for shale developments

    Areas to be excluded from underground fracking activities have been set out by the Government today, through draft regulations that define the protected areas in which fracking will be prohibited. The draft regulations set out further protections for groundwater and National Parks, Areas of Outstanding National Beauty, the Broads and World Heritage Sites, ensuring the process of hydraulic ...

  • Unconventional shale gas and oil: overview of ecological impacts

    Research findings on the wildlife and habitat impacts of unconventional shale gas and oil developments in the US have been collated in a new review. Its authors stress the importance of collecting data on local ecosystems before such developments begin, to allow changes in nature be tracked and aid on-going improvements to management. Unconventional shale oil and gas are already important sources ...

  • Proposal would allow shale gas waste on barges

    The U.S. Coast Guard is seeking public comments on a proposal that would allow barges to transport shale gas wastewater, a drilling byproduct that can include chemicals, radioactive material and heavy metals. Some states, such as Texas, have large numbers of underground wells where the wastewater can be disposed. But Pennsylvania - where a recent boom in shale gas drilling is producing tens of ...


    By Associated Press

  • Study: No fracking bonanza for California`s Monterey Shale

    A U.S. Geological Survey report out Tuesday downgrades the fracking potential of California's vast Monterey Shale oil deposits. The study is the latest to lower a 2011 federal energy estimate that billed the Monterey Shale as a game-changer for U.S. oil, with what was then estimated at 13.7 billion barrels of recoverable oil overall. Instead, the U.S. Geological Survey's new study said, the most ...


    By Associated Press

  • Natural gas from shale contributes to global warming

    Natural gas extracted from shale formations has a greater greenhouse gas footprint - in the form of methane emissions - than conventional gas, oil and coal over a 20 year period. This calls into question the logic of its use as a climate-friendly alternative to fossil fuels, according to Robert Howarth and colleagues, from Cornell University in New York. Their work (1) is published online in ...


    By GLOBE SERIES

  • Shell opens the books on Shale Oil and Gas operations

    Shell Oil has made its Global Onshore Tight/Shale Oil and Gas Operating Principles available to the public with examples of how the company delivers them. The move is intended to address public concern about tight/shale oil and gas development - especially regarding hydraulic fracturing - encourage feedback and challenge from our stakeholders, and drive continuous improvement. Shell says it has ...


    By GLOBE SERIES

  • Shale Gas Boom Creates Opportunity for Environmental Firms

    The U.S. fracking market, believed to be worth around $30billion, is generating $1.5 billion-$2 billion in annual sales for environmental service companies, according to Environmental Business Journal's recent edition on exploration and production (E&P) in the unconventional oil & gas industry. Purchase EBJ Vol XXVI No 02 - The Future of ...

  • European Commission recommends minimum principles for shale gas

    On Wed. 22 the European Commission adopted a Recommendation aiming to ensure that proper environmental and climate safeguards are in place for "fracking" – the high-volume hydraulic fracturing technique used notably in shale gas operations. The Recommendation should help all Member States wishing to use this practice address health and environmental risks and improve transparency for ...

  • As Shale Gas Booms, Effects and Sustainability Remain Unclear

    Currently, only three countries are producing shale gas through hydraulic fracturing (fracking) on a commercial scale: the United States, Canada, and China. But as several other countries undertake shale resource exploration efforts, a key question remains: What are the impacts of shale gas mining on local economies and the environment? In the Worldwatch Institute’s latest Vital Sign, ...


    By Worldwatch Institute

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