Crude-by-Rail Adds Costs — But Flexibility — Over Pipes, Says Study

Crude-by-rail as a transportation option could reduce the regulatory and political push back to building pipelines for U.S.-produced oil, according to a study by University of Chicago (UC) researchers.

September 28, 2017

Study Finds Appalachian Basin Ripe for Underground NGL Storage

In a critical step to furthering petrochemical development in the Appalachian Basin, a team of researchers has concluded after a one-year study that there are multiple options for underground natural gas liquids (NGL) storage in various formations throughout the region.

September 1, 2017

Appalachian NGL Storage Study Nearing Completion

An extensive study that began last year with the backing of a Pittsburgh-based charitable organization and some of the region’s major producers to determine the potential of underground natural gas liquids (NGL) storage in the Appalachian Basin is almost finished.

June 21, 2017

U.S. Senators Push For Appalachian Ethane Storage Hub Study

U.S. Sen. Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV) has introduced a bill that would require federal agencies to study the feasibility of an underground ethane storage and distribution hub in the Appalachian Basin.

May 15, 2017
Shale-Rich Pennsylvania Poised to Be Keystone in Plastics, Petchem Market

Shale-Rich Pennsylvania Poised to Be Keystone in Plastics, Petchem Market

Pennsylvania has a “once-in-a-generation opportunity” to snare between $2.7 billion and $3.7 billion in natural gas liquid (NGL) investment, sparking a “manufacturing renaissance” that includes more ethane cracking plants, petrochemical and plastics facilities, Gov. Tom Wolf said Tuesday.

March 22, 2017
North Dakota Oil, Gas Benefits ‘Resilient’ Even in Downturn, Says Study

North Dakota Oil, Gas Benefits ‘Resilient’ Even in Downturn, Says Study

Despite industry contraction in late 2014, the oil and natural gas sector has continued to be a key economic engine for North Dakota, contributing $34.25 billion in 2015, the latest full calendar year statistics show, a state university report said Tuesday.

March 8, 2017

Oil Drilling Could Have Caused Early 20th Century SoCal Quakes, Report Says

Some earthquakes in Southern California in the early 20th century, including a temblor that killed 120 people in Long Beach, could have been caused by oil drilling in the area, according to a report by two U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) geologists in Pasadena, CA, that was published Tuesday.

November 1, 2016

Over 200 Groups Urge EPA To Revise Study On Fracking, Drinking Water

More than 200 environmental and advocacy groups in a letter Monday asked the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to revise last year’s findings that hydraulic fracturing (fracking) has not had “widespread, systemic impacts” on drinking water.

September 26, 2016
DOE Funding UT-Austin Shale Study Reboot

DOE Funding UT-Austin Shale Study Reboot

The Bureau of Economic Geology Shale Production and Reserves Study at the University of Texas at Austin has been awarded a $350,000 grant by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) for an 18-month study reviewing prior analysis of major U.S. shale gas plays: the Barnett, Fayetteville, Haynesville and Marcellus.

August 31, 2016

Study Suggests Link Between Asthma Attacks, Oil/Gas Drilling

A new study conducted by researchers at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health has found a statistical link between unconventional oil and gas drilling in Pennsylvania and an increased risk of flare-ups in asthma patients.

July 19, 2016