Fracking

Outgoing Trump Administration Warns of U.S. Economic Disaster if Fracking Banned

Outgoing Trump Administration Warns of U.S. Economic Disaster if Fracking Banned

A ban on hydraulic fracturing, a key technique used to complete unconventional oil and natural gas wells, could reverse U.S. production growth and lead the country backwards to become a net importer once again by as soon as 2025, the outgoing Trump administration warned in a report issued Thursday. The Department of Energy’s (DOE) outgoing…

January 15, 2021
Pennsylvania Selects Partner for $2.5M Study on Link Between Cancer and Hydraulic Fracturing

Pennsylvania Selects Partner for $2.5M Study on Link Between Cancer and Hydraulic Fracturing

Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf’s administration has signed a $2.5 million contract with the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health to conduct additional research on the potential health effects of hydraulic fracturing (fracking) in the state.  The move comes in response to growing concerns in four southwestern Pennsylvania counties where unconventional natural gas development…

December 24, 2020
NextTier, NOV Testing E-Fracking Prototype for Lower 48 Well Sites

NextTier, NOV Testing E-Fracking Prototype for Lower 48 Well Sites

Oilfield services operator NexTier Oilfield Solutions Inc. is collaborating on field tests of National Oilwell Varco Inc.’s (NOV) electric fracturing, aka e-fracking, system to reduce emissions and equipment at well sites. The Houston-based operators plan to test NOV’s Ideal eFrac fleet, which was introduced in the third quarter. NextTier, a completions provider, works in the…

November 23, 2020
Colombia Inches Closer to Becoming Second South American Nation to Use Fracking

Colombia Inches Closer to Becoming Second South American Nation to Use Fracking

Colombia has published the terms of reference for its hydraulic fracturing (fracking) pilots and will award contracts to four projects by the end of this month. According to a reference document published in October by the National Hydrocarbons Agency (ANH), the most “favorable” four projects will be picked from those taking part in the bidding…

November 4, 2020
Trump Amplifies Fracking as Wedge Issue in Pennsylvania, While Operators Boost Drilling

Trump Amplifies Fracking as Wedge Issue in Pennsylvania, While Operators Boost Drilling

President Trump ordered a review of the economic benefits of hydraulic fracturing, aka fracking, during a weekend in which he crisscrossed Pennsylvania ahead of Election Day. He used the symbolic memorandum to magnify his support of the natural gas extraction technique used in the state’s Marcellus Shale – part of a late-stage effort to galvanize…

November 2, 2020
Trump Issues Fracking Order in Bid to Edge Out Biden in Pennsylvania; Drilling Accelerates Ahead of Election

Trump Issues Fracking Order in Bid to Edge Out Biden in Pennsylvania; Drilling Accelerates Ahead of Election

President Trump signed a memorandum effectively promoting hydraulic fracturing, aka fracking, amid a weekend of barnstorming through Pennsylvania ahead of Election Day. He capitalized on the symbolic missive to amplify his backing of the natural gas extraction technique used in the state’s Marcellus Shale – part of a bid to shore up support in the…

November 2, 2020
October Fracture Activity Seen Higher, Led by Permian

October Fracture Activity Seen Higher, Led by Permian

The U.S. active fracture (frack) spread count is climbing, with gains of up to 6% already this month from September, according to Tudor, Pickering, Holt & Co. In a preliminary note to clients, the analyst team said well completions activity is climbing in the Lower 48 since the start of the month. The domestic active…

October 23, 2020
‘Joe Biden Will Not Ban Fracking,’ Says Harris in VP Debate

‘Joe Biden Will Not Ban Fracking,’ Says Harris in VP Debate

A Biden administration will not ban hydraulic fracturing (fracking) if he wins the November election, his vice presidential candidate, Sen. Kamala Harris (CA), said repeatedly during a debate with Vice President Pence Wednesday night. Energy and climate change figured more prominently during Wednesday’s contest in Salt Lake City than in the chaotic presidential debate that…

October 8, 2020
California Proposed Fracking Ban Called ‘Job Killer’

California Proposed Fracking Ban Called ‘Job Killer’

The California oil and natural gas industry is throwing cold water on Gov. Gavin Newsom’s plans to require by 2035 all new in-state cars and passenger truck sales be zero-emission and by 2024 have a legislative ban on oilfield hydraulic fracturing (fracking). In an executive order (EO) signed earlier this month, Newsom set out “clear…

September 28, 2020
E&Ps Finding Room for Optimism in Mexico Natural Gas Sector

E&Ps Finding Room for Optimism in Mexico Natural Gas Sector

Private exploration and production (E&P) operators that have secured licenses to operate in Mexico are finding success, they said at the Mexico Gas Summit held virtually on Tuesday. Jaguar E&P CEO Warren Levy said the company has drilled four successful wells this year and plans to drill more than 25 in 2021. Jaguar has the…

September 10, 2020
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