Houston-based Chimera Energy Corp. has licensed a shale oil extraction technology that is designed to replace hydraulic fracturing (fracking) with a process that was originally developed for use in areas that were too cold for the use of water. Chimera is keeping details of the process under wraps “until the company has their patent in hand, some details about exothermic extraction of shale oil will be closely held,” according to Chimera’s website. The company only said that it does not use “acids or explosives.” Non-hydraulic extraction is “a cheaper and more effective extraction method that does not affect groundwater at all,” according to Chimera, which said it has put in place a procedure for engineering its new method for mass production, patenting, licensing and sales. Testing and third-party certification of the process has begun, Chimera said.

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) has issued a favorable environment assessment (EA) of Transcontinental Gas Pipe Line‘s Northeast Supply Link Project, an expansion to transport Marcellus Shale gas from Pennsylvania to New York and New Jersey markets. “Approval of the proposed project, with appropriate mitigating measures, would not constitute a major federal action significantly affecting the quality of the human environment,” FERC staff said in the EA [CP12-30]. The project calls for the construction of about 13 miles of 42-inch diameter pipeline loop in three separate segments in Hunterdone County, NJ, and Lycoming and Monroe counties in Pennsylvania to accommodate new supplies to meet growing demand. It would add 250,000 Dth/d of capacity to Transco’s system. Transco has targeted the project’s in service for November 2013.