Earthworks Blasts TCEQ on Eagle Ford, and the Regulator Responds

A report by environmental group Earthworks on the Eagle Ford Shale alleges “reckless endangerment” by regulator Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ); however, TCEQ has fired back that Earthworks is being reckless with the facts of its monitoring and enforcement of drilling, fracking and production in the region.

September 23, 2013

‘Serious Deficiencies’ Found in PG&E Distribution System

An auditing firm retained by the California Public Utility Commission (CPUC) said it discovered “serious deficiencies” in Pacific Gas and Electric Co.’s (PG&E) natural gas distribution system in 2007 and 2008 that were “pervasive across technical functions and geographic locations.”

June 6, 2013

Shales Are a Means, Not an End, Says CERA Co-Founder

The shale gas and oil revolution has created a 20-year opportunity for technology and sustainable economic development, but to realize its full potential, the people who think about energy will have to adopt a new mindset, Deloitte’s Joseph Stanislaw said in a new whitepaper, in which he argues that shale resources should be a bridge to a lower-carbon future.

May 22, 2013

Western GOP Congressmen Blast EPA’s Record on Fracking

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) was put in the hot seat Friday as House lawmakers took the agency to task for its flawed reports on hydraulic fracturing (fracking), most notably the December 2011 report that found groundwater in Pavillion, WY, to be contaminated. That report was later retracted. And before directing any more funds to the EPA for reseach into fracking, the lawmakers demanded that the agency provide Congress with more information on their reseach activities so far.

April 29, 2013

Bacteria Ate Tons of Macondo Oil, Gas for Months, Say Researchers

Researchers have discovered that in the five months following the devastating April 2010 Macondo well blowout, naturally occurring bacteria that exist in the Gulf of Mexico (GOM) consumed and removed at least 200,000 tons of oil and natural gas that spewed into the deepwater from the ruptured wellhead.

September 13, 2012

Unconventional Gas Lifts BC Reserves to Historic Numbers

Tight natural gas and shale gas boosted British Columbia’s (BC) reserves numbers to record levels from 2009 to 2010, and more gains are expected as development continues, according to the province’s energy regulator.

December 20, 2011

UK Shale Formation Said to Possibly Rival U.S. Fields

A UK-based exploration company whose management team has unconventional exploration experience in the United States claims to have discovered a natural gas shale field near Blackpool, in Lancashire, England, that may rival rock in the United States.

September 26, 2011

Chief Pays Pennsylvania $180K for Violations

Chief Oil & Gas LLC has paid $180,000 in fines for two violations discovered last year at a well in Somerset County, the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) said Tuesday.

June 29, 2011

Corridor Pursues New Partner for Frederick Brook Shale

The Canadian subsidiary of Apache Corp. has dropped out of a joint venture (JV) with Corridor Resources because it said poor results from two natural gas test wells in New Brunswick’s emerging Frederick Brook Shale did not justify spending more.

June 3, 2011

Pipeline ‘Break’ Discovered in Allentown Tragedy

Investigators have discovered a “break” in UGI Corp.’s underground natural gas pipeline that is the “likely source” of the gas involved in the explosion earlier this month in Allentown, PA, which killed five people.

February 21, 2011
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