Hydraulic Fracturing

Expanding the U.S. Natural Gas, Oil Security Conversation – Listen Now to NGI’s Hub & Flow

Expanding the U.S. Natural Gas, Oil Security Conversation – Listen Now to NGI’s Hub & Flow

Click here to listen to the latest episode of NGI’s Hub & Flow, which discusses refracturing existing natural gas and oil wells as a means of advancing U.S. energy security and easing price volatility. In the podcast, NGI Associate Editor Matthew Veazey talks with Houston-based CEO Matt Johnson of Primary Vision about how the U.S.…

September 29, 2022
Political Will, Supply Chain Said Essential for UK Shale Gas Industry with Staying Power

Political Will, Supply Chain Said Essential for UK Shale Gas Industry with Staying Power

Despite recent action by the UK government to encourage unconventional natural gas extraction in England, a lasting domestic shale industry would need a dedicated supply chain and reliable support through changing political winds, according to prominent energy prognosticators. “I would just be shocked if anything could happen,” RBN Energy LLC CEO Rusty Braziel said last…

September 28, 2022
As Some Nations Move to Permit Fracking, Colombia Takes Steps to Ban Unconventional Technique

As Some Nations Move to Permit Fracking, Colombia Takes Steps to Ban Unconventional Technique

Colombia’s state oil and gas firm Ecopetrol SA has decided to pause its hydraulic fracturing (fracking) pilots for 90 days. Ecopetrol was involved in two horizontal drilling pilot programs, Kalé and Platero, in conjunction with ExxonMobil. Colombia has 55 Tcf of technically recoverable shale gas resources, which would place it fifth in South America, according…

September 19, 2022
Calgary’s Calfrac, CWC Bullish on Upstream Oil, Gas Activity

Calgary’s Calfrac, CWC Bullish on Upstream Oil, Gas Activity

On the news of a strong second quarter, the management teams of Calgary’s Calfrac Well Services Ltd. and CWC Energy Services Corp. separately voiced optimism for the oilfield services (OFS) sector’s ongoing recovery from the Covid-19 field activity slump. Calfrac’s management predicted “strong utilization” of its Canadian and U.S. crews and equipment. CWC’s management told…

August 10, 2022
ProFrac Pumps Up Horsepower, E-Fleets with Takeover of U.S. Well Services

ProFrac Pumps Up Horsepower, E-Fleets with Takeover of U.S. Well Services

ProFrac Holdings Inc., on an acquisition tear since early this year, has snapped up more equipment to create the second largest U.S. fracturing company by total horsepower and the largest electric fleet operator. The stock-for-stock trade with electric hydraulic fracture (frack) company U.S. Well Services Inc. (USWS) is set to be completed by year’s end.…

June 27, 2022
Halliburton Eyeing ‘Strong Year’ as North America E&Ps Seen Boosting Capex by 25%

Halliburton Eyeing ‘Strong Year’ as North America E&Ps Seen Boosting Capex by 25%

North American exploration and production (E&P) companies are set to increase their capital spending by 25% or more from 2021 as they ramp up activity to keep pace with rising global oil and gas demand, Halliburton Co. CEO Jeff Miller said Monday. The management team shared a microphone to discuss the macro environment, and discuss…

January 24, 2022
Halliburton, VoltaGrid Partner with Aethon to Deploy All-Electric Fracturing in Haynesville

Halliburton, VoltaGrid Partner with Aethon to Deploy All-Electric Fracturing in Haynesville

Halliburton Co. and VoltaGrid LLC have clinched a multi-year contract with Aethon Energy Management LLC to deploy an all-electric fracturing solution in the Haynesville Shale. The project combines Halliburton’s all-electric fracturing spread, which uses the Zeus 5,000 hp electric pumping unit, with VoltaGrid’s power generation system, which offers real-time emissions tracking. “All-electric fracturing represents an…

October 13, 2021
Seneca, NexTier Take On Emissions Tests for Fracking Equipment

Seneca, NexTier Take On Emissions Tests for Fracking Equipment

Seneca Resources Co. LLC and NexTier Oilfield Solutions Inc. have begun a comparative carbon emissions assessment for various natural gas- and diesel-fired hydraulic fracturing (frack) equipment.  Houston-based Seneca, the exploration and production (E&P) arm of National Fuel Gas Co., produces natural gas and oil in California, the Marcellus and Utica shales.  The E&P would lead…

July 15, 2021
California Seeking Public Input on Planned Fracking Ban

California Seeking Public Input on Planned Fracking Ban

California has begun the public comment period for a regulatory initiative to end the issuance of new hydraulic fracturing (fracking) permits by January 2024. Gov. Gavin Newsom last month instructed the Department of Conservation’s Geologic Energy Management (CalGEM) Division to begin drawing up the measure. The California Air Resources Board (CARB) also was ordered to…

May 26, 2021
Hydraulic Fracturing Absolved of Methane Leaks in Review of 25,000 Northern BC Wells

Hydraulic Fracturing Absolved of Methane Leaks in Review of 25,000 Northern BC Wells

Hydraulic fracturing undertaken in British Columbia (BC) has been absolved of causing methane leaks that contribute to climate change and create safety hazards, according to peer-reviewed research. The University of British Columbia’s Energy and Environment Research Initiative reached its verdict in a review of 25,000 northern BC wells. “Overall, there appear to be no characteristics…

March 16, 2021
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