Responding to Illinois’ tough new hydraulic fracturing (fracking) legislation, and with the potential for a surge of activity in relatively untapped shale natural gas deposits in Illinois, two colleges say they are planning an array of training opportunities for the emerging oil and natural gas industry.
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The potential of the New Albany Shale is still unproven, industry officials said.
With an eye on economic development, still relatively untapped shale natural gas deposits in southern Illinois carry the potential to create $9.5 billion in new investment and 45,000 jobs, according to a report by the Illinois Chamber of Commerce.
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.
After inaugurating natural gas production in New Brunswick, a persistent pioneer of drilling on Canada’s Atlantic seaboard says early signs of an untapped fossil fuels mother lode have been found in eastern Quebec.
Dozens of countries have launched programs to attempt to emulate the successful exploitation of shale in the United States, but it will take more than copying a formula, according to the International Energy Agency (IEA).
Untapped unconventional gas plays still exist in pockets across North America, but domestic producers are branching out to test prospects in Europe, the Asian Pacific area, Africa and elsewhere to stake their claims in the next big shale plays.
Quebec is working on a plan that would allow it to develop its portion of the Old Harry formation in the Laurentian Channel, which may be one of the largest untapped natural gas and oil reservoirs in Eastern Canada’s offshore.
Last week a little town in Oregon adopted a web site as itsofficial name for a one-year trial basis. During the Christmasholidays, Wal-Mart sold a computer with Internet access for about$500, and couldn’t keep up with demand. Some are saying 80%-90% ofthe United States will be Internet-connected by next year.