New wells in the Marcellus Shale kept natural gas production there on the upswing in May, but declines in several other areas kept total U.S. production to 81.84 Bcf/d, just 0.3% higher than the 81.61 Bcf/d reported in May 2012, according to the Energy Information Administration (EIA).
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USGS Says Shale Might Be Safe for Nuclear Waste Storage
The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) said shale and other formations might be a safe place to dispose of nuclear waste, specifically spent nuclear fuel (SNF) currently being stored at nuclear power plants around the world.
New Duke Study Again Finds Water Well Methane Near PA Shale Wells
Concentrations of methane, ethane and propane were found in higher levels in drinking water for homes within a kilometer of shale gas wells in parts of the Marcellus Shale in northeast Pennsylvania, according to a study released Monday. It was the third such study by Duke University’s Robert Jackson, a professor of environmental sciences.
Rochester, NY, Extends Mostly Symbolic Drilling Moratorium
In what is considered a symbolic gesture, Rochester, NY’s city council voted unanimously on Tuesday to extend by one year a moratorium on natural gas exploration and extraction activities, and in particular, hydraulic fracturing (fracking).
Chesapeake Jettisons More Pennsylvania Acreage to EQT
Chesapeake Energy Corp. on Friday agreed to sell an estimated 99,000 net acres in southwestern Pennsylvania, including 10 wells, to EQT Corp. for $113 million, which puts the sale price at roughly $876/acre.
Appalachia a Star in Record Resource Assessment
The United States has 2,384 Tcf of technically recoverable natural gas, the Potential Gas Committee (PGC) and the American Gas Association (AGA) said Tuesday. That’s more reserves than the PGC has calculated in its 48-year history and beats the previous high seen in 2010 by 486 Tcf.
Indiana Lawmakers Ponder Incentives for CNG Vehicle Use
A bill (HB 1324) recently approved by the Indiana House and now being considered by the state Senate would provide an income tax credit for large natural gas-fueled trucks and would impose a motor carrier fuel tax on natural gas equivalent to rates already imposed on gasoline.
BLM OKs Anadarko’s Drilling Project in Wyoming
The Bureau of Land Management (BLM)’s Buffalo Field Office in Wyoming has approved Anadarko Petroleum Corp.’s Crazy Cat East oil and natural gas drilling project about 40 miles south of Buffalo in North Central Wyoming.
Technology Advances for NGV Fueling Tanks
Fuel tanks, which are considered the most costly part of the compressed natural gas (CNG) vehicle fueling system, are seeing technology breakthroughs in the United States.
California Firm, 3M Help Advance NGV Fueling Tanks
What is considered the most costly part of the compressed natural gas (CNG) vehicle fueling system — fuel tanks — experienced some technology breakthroughs from two U.S.companies recently.