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Natural gas infrastructure in the southeastern U.S. case study
MJB&A performed a high-level evaluation of the natural gas infrastructure in the Southeast. The report examines supply dynamics, pipeline infrastructure, storage capacity, and import facilities that are available to serve the region. We concluded that there is substantial existing pipeline and production capacity for natural gas to play an expanded role in the region’s energy mix. The ...
US EPA announces nationwide plans to study fracking impacts
Department’s state presence could influence future federal & state regulation As a follow-up from Enhesa’s June 2011 Flash coverage on recent U.S. concerns over hydraulic fracturing (“fracking”), Enhesa would like to share additional developments on this issue that heighten the probability of more stringent federal and state regulation. Ongoing concerns raised by ...
The Future For Fracking
Summary -Fracking is an essential technology to meet growing global demand for oil and gas. -Fracking has become the "F" word, because it is very water-intensive, and has potential negative impacts on the environment. -The future of fracking will be constrained if adequate water is not available and if solutions for decontaminating wastewaters are not found. -Oil sands production faces the same ...
New York governor pauses `fracking`
New York Gov. David Paterson has signed an executive order halting the controversial natural gas drilling process called hydraulic fracturing until July 1. The process --- also known as "fracking" -- has come under scrutiny because of its alleged harmful effects on underground drinking water and the environment -- although industry leaders have insisted it's safe. The governor's order -- which ...
The Stats on Fracking: The Real Numbers of Hydraulic Fracturing
Hydraulic fracturing, sometimes referred to as “fracking,” is among the largest and most influential trends in the global energy sector today. By injecting highly pressurized fluid into underground formations containing oil and natural gas, hydraulic fracturing makes it possible to exploit fossil fuel reserves that were previously too expensive or too difficult to reach with more ...
Run cars on green electricity, not natural gas
With the dramatic increase in oil prices earlier this year translating into higher prices at the gas pump in the United States, concerns over US dependence on foreign oil are once again part of the national discussion on energy security. Combined with the growing understanding that carbon emissions from the combustion of fossil fuels are driving global climate change, the debate is now focused on ...
Mineral Rich Australia May Contain World`s Next Major Oil Find
Australia's massive mineral exports allowed it to weather the global recession, which began in 2008, quite nicely. The U.S. government's Energy Information Administration noted in its country's analysis for Australia, "Australia, rich in hydrocarbons and uranium, was the world's second largest coal exporter in 2011 and the third largest liquefied natural gas (LNG) exporter in 2012. Australia is ...
Pumps that thrive under pressure
The Evolution of Hydraulic Transmission Technology in the Pressure Pumping Market. Fracking technology is driving transformation of North American energy production capabilities. Since 2005, most of the increase in domestic natural gas production resulted from ongoing development of horizontal drilling and hydraulic fracturing technology. Producers developed more efficient ways to extract gas ...
Optimizing Water Management in Hydraulic Fracturing for Shale Oil and Gas Production
Centralized treatment of wastewater is emerging as a viable solution for long-term efficiency in managing water sourcing and wastewater treatment in hydraulic fracturing. The number of hydraulic fracturing (fracking) shale oil and gas wells in the United States continues to increase. Within the Bakken Shale formation alone, in North Dakota and Montana, upwards of 15,000 hydraulic fracturing ...
Will natural gas dim solar’s shine?
As natural gas booms, renewable energy proponents ponder whether it will serve as a bridge or roadblock to photovoltaic power On the outskirts of downtown St. Paul, Minn., Xcel Energy’s High Bridge Generating Station offers an iconic view of the current state of electrical generation in the United States. Opened in 2008 as a replacement for an aging coal plant, the 534-megawatt natural gas ...
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