Eagle Ford shale takes big spending hit during the oil bust: Wood Mackenzie

Across the US, no other oil field has been hit with bigger spending cuts than the Eagle Ford formation, according to a new report by oil industry analysts Wood Mackenzie. Investments in the 26-county Eagle Ford field that is spread across South Texas plummeted by two-thirds to an estimated $10 billion this year from just…


Refracking still a boutique technique without more investment, innovation

With the once mighty North American shale revolution slowing due to the collapse in crude oil prices, many industry players are betting on the same action—recompletions of horizontal wells. The technique—commonly referred to as refracking—has a long way to go before it can become the next chapter in the shale revolution, said Christopher Robart, MD,…


Barnett Shale research raises new concerns about methane emissions

Researchers from the University of Houston found that some natural gas wells, compressor stations and processing plants in the Barnett Shale leak far more methane (CH4) than previously estimated, potentially offsetting the climate benefits of natural gas. The study is one of 11 papers published in the July 7 edition of Environmental Science & Technology,…


Water used for fracking varies widely across the US

The amount of water required to hydraulically fracture oil and gas wells varies widely across the country, according to the first national-scale analysis and map of hydraulic fracturing water usage detailed in a new USGS study accepted for publication in Water Resources Research, a journal of the American Geophysical Union. The research found that water…


Study finds raised levels of chemicals in Barnett Shale water; no direct link to fracking, yet

Researchers from the University of Texas at Arlington have found elevated levels of numerous metals and chemical compounds associated with the hydraulic fracturing process in public and private water wells throughout the Barnett Shale. A peer-reviewed study published in the scientific journal Environmental Science & Technology is careful not to identify drilling as the source…


EIA reports Permian as only shale to increase oil output; MSC reports record US gas base

The latest U.S. Energy Information Administration’s (EIA) monthly drilling report has revealed encouraging news for the Permian Basin, but not so much for other major shale plays. Among the Bakken, Eagle Ford, Haynesville, Marcellus and Niobrara shale plays, the Permian stood alone as the only shale basin to sustain continued oil production. According to the…