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EPA Studies Correlation Between Disposal Wells and Earthquakes

A wide variety of outcomes are possible when contemplating the likelihood that an oil or natural gas injection well could increase the chance of seismic activity, including the possibility of not operating the well at all, according to a draft report by a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) workgroup.

July 29, 2013

EPA Studies Correlation Between Disposal Wells, Earthquakes

A wide variety of outcomes are possible when contemplating the likelihood that an oil or natural gas injection well could increase the chance of seismic activity, including the possibility of not operating the well at all, according to a draft report by a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) workgroup.

July 29, 2013

U.S. Shales Ring Revenue Bell for India’s Reliance

India’s Reliance Industries Ltd. has made multiple bets on U.S. shale gas and they’re paying off, the company said when it released its fiscal first quarter 2014 results last Friday, which included an 84% hike in U.S. shale-derived revenue from a year ago.

July 23, 2013

XTO Fined in Pennsylvania Clean Water Act Settlement

ExxonMobil Corp. subsidiary XTO Energy Inc. will pay a $100,000 penalty and spend an estimated $20 million on a plan to improve wastewater management practices following a settlement with federal authorities to resolve an alleged violation of the Clean Water Act related to the discharge of hydraulic fracturing wastewater at a Lycoming County, PA, facility.

July 22, 2013

Conservancy Group Advocating Cooperation in Utica Shale

The head of the Western Reserve Land Conservancy (WRLC) said the organization is not opposed to Utica Shale development and hydraulic fracturing (fracking), but wants to see the industry, landowners and other stakeholders come to an agreement over developing eastern Ohio’s portion of the play.

July 16, 2013
Oklahoma Taxman: Horizontal Wells Don’t Need Incentive

Oklahoma Taxman: Horizontal Wells Don’t Need Incentive

An Oklahoma tax break for horizontal wells enacted in 2010 is depriving the Sooner State of revenue that could beef up its rainy day fund and should be reconsidered, the state’s secretary of finance and revenue said.

July 15, 2013

Onshore Drillers Trending Toward Fast-Moving, AC Rigs

Efficiencies have made the onshore rig count not as relevant a data point as it once was, but digging deeper into the data shows what types of rigs are gaining favor and why, according to Tudor, Pickering, Holt & Co. (TPH).

June 24, 2013

Eroding Summer CDD Forecast Could Slam Fall Prices, Analysts Say

When the Energy Information Administration (EIA) releases its storage report on Thursday for the week ending June 14, analysts at Stephen Smith Energy Associates predict it will show natural gas storage at 2,435 Bcf, an increase of 88 Bcf from EIA’s previous report.

June 18, 2013

California Poll: Voters Skeptical, but Like Fracking for Jobs

While a majority of Californians support curbs on hydraulic fracturing (fracking), when they are aware of the economic advantages coming from the drilling practice a majority (56%) supports its use, according to a statewide public opinion survey released last Friday.

June 12, 2013

‘Tectonic Shift’ in U.S. Natural Gas Demand by 2020

When U.S. natural gas prices finally moved into $4.00/MMBtu territory earlier this year, there wasn’t any rush to ramp up onshore activity, but as each month passes, it’s becoming clear that a “large wave” of domestic demand is about to unfold, according to Barclays Capital.

June 10, 2013
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