Data analysis could trigger new shale gas revolution: Los Alamos Lab

Extensive data mining and analysis of 20,000 shale gas wells has revealed how “refracturing” existing wells with new technology could transform them from diminished producers into high-performers long after their initial peak production period has ended. “Our analysis could potentially aid in reducing the number of new wells to be drilled,” said Richard Middleton, lead…


Consolidating infrastructure can ease shale gas threat to US forests

Fragmentation of ecologically important core forests within the northern Appalachians in the U.S. —driven by pipeline and access road construction—is the major threat posed by shale-gas development, according to researchers, who recommend a change in infrastructure-siting policies to head off loss of this critical habitat. Expansive tracts of continuous forest provide critical habitat for some species of…