US EPA analysis details water usage in fracking in Pennsylvania

Drillers in Pennsylvania used about 11 billion gallons of water to tap shale formations in the Appalachian Basin between 2011 and 2013, according to an analysis by the US Environmental Protection Agency. The EPA examined more than 39,000 disclosures submitted across the country between January 2011 and February 2013 to the website FracFocus, an industry-backed…

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Lithuania aims to attract investors’ interest before shale gas tender

Lithuanian Minister of Environment, Kestutis Treciokas, and Minister of Energy, Rokas Masiulis, discussed a new tender for the extraction of hydrocarbons in the Silute-Taurage area. They agreed that the joint effort of the two ministries are needed to attract potential investors, reports LETA/ELTA. “It is not the most suitable time to call a tender now.…

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French media leaks ‘buried’ govt report on alternative to fracking

French authorities have found themselves mired in controversy after Le Figaro leaked a government-commissioned report that looked into a safer alternative to fracking for shale gas, banned in France. The confidential report, which says that France’s shale gas deposits could be easily removed without the well-known method of hydraulic fracturing, commonly known as fracking, was…

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China’s elusive shale gas boom: NOC’s to the rescue?

In the coming decade, China’s natural gas market is expected to undergo robust growth fueled by a number of environmental and economic drivers. A much discussed natural gas strategy for China is to develop its shale gas resources – an unsurprising choice given that the country is home to the largest technically recoverable shale gas…

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Analysis: US crude oil production and EIA’s latest drilling productivity report

The Energy Information Administration’s (EIA) latest US monthly crude production statistics published March 30th show January production down 135 Mb/d versus December 2014, the largest month-on-month decline since June 2011.  There was an earlier warning sign from EIA.  The agency’s Drilling Productivity Report (DPR) published March 9th predicted that production would decline in April in…

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