New York Landowners Start Legal Fund to Target Frack Bans

A landowners group in central New York that supports natural gas development has established a legal fund to fight local bans and moratoriums on hydraulic fracturing (fracking).

December 13, 2012

Key Onshore Gas Plays Under Microscope in Emissions Study

A research team led by the University of Texas at Austin (UT) is collaborating with nine natural gas producers on a major field study to measure methane emissions at onshore gas well sites, about which only a handful of empirical data exist.

October 15, 2012

Bloomberg National Poll Finds Less Support for Frack Regulation

Supporters of President Obama are twice as likely to want stringent regulation on hydraulic fracturing (fracking) than Mitt Romney backers, according to a Bloomberg National Poll released Thursday.

October 1, 2012

Polls: Public Opinion on Fracking in New York Mostly Unchanged

Two separate polls conducted in New York State have found that public opinion of hydraulic fracturing (fracking) hasn’t changed much over the past year.

August 1, 2012

DOE: Methane Hydrates Testing Successful, Expanding

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) said a small-scale test of technology to extract natural gas from methane hydrates conducted on Alaska’s North Slope was successful. The department is launching a long-term production test in the Arctic as well as research to test technologies that could be used to locate, characterize and extract methane hydrates on a larger scale in the U.S. Gulf Coast.

May 3, 2012

More Wyoming Well Tests Ahead; Local Fallout Felt

It is a matter of when, not if, additional testing will be done in Pavillion, WY, where the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has two test wells that turned up suspected chemicals tied to the hydraulic fracturing (fracking) of natural gas wells in the area. Gov. Matt Mead’s spokesperson has confirmed that additional tests are coming, but they are still not scheduled.

March 1, 2012

Industry Brief

Dallas-based J-W Energy Co. said it is consolidating midstream activities currently conducted by subsidiaries J-W Gathering Co., J-W Pipeline Co. and Q-West Energy Co. into a single subsidiary, J-W Midstream Co. The goal of the new subsidiary is to expand J-W Energy’s presence as a full-service provider of midstream services to the upstream natural gas sector. J-W Midstream operates more than 400 miles of natural gas pipeline systems in Louisiana, Texas and Wyoming, and has the capacity to gather and treat more than 600 MMcf/d at 17 facilities, the company said.

February 2, 2012

Group Lauds Colorado’s Fracking Rules, Suggests Minor Tweaks

A nonprofit organization that conducts voluntary reviews of state oil and natural gas regulations has made a few minor recommendations for Colorado’s hydraulic fracturing (fracking) regulations, but concluded that the program is well managed and contains some strengths the shale gas industry would find noteworthy.

November 23, 2011

Survey: Pennsylvanians See Drilling’s Upside

Pennsylvanians believe that the benefits of natural gas drilling in the state’s shale plays outweigh any potential problems, but want the state to impose an extraction tax and require the disclosure of chemicals used by drillers, according to the results of a survey by the Muhlenberg Institute of Public Opinion and the University of Michigan’s Center for Local, State and Urban Policy.

November 22, 2011

Natural Gas Gaining Popularity For Power Generation

A study conducted by the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) has found that electric utilities are increasing their use of natural gas for power generation, which in turn is contributing to lowering the carbon footprint of the United States.

November 21, 2011