China’s CNPC’s shale gas projects reeling from government corruption probe

China National Petroleum Corp’s (CNPC) shale gas operations in Sichuan province, thought to contain the bulk of China’s vaunted shale gas resources, have been crippled by one of the biggest anti-corruption investigations into the Chinese state sector in recent years, a well-placed source has told Interfax. China’s largest oil and gas company has been forced…


People living near shale wells in Pennsylvania more likely to report health problems: Yale Study

People who live near shale fracking sites and rely on well water are more than twice as likely to report skin and respiratory problems, according to the findings of study by a Yale University team and published in the journal Environmental Health Perspectives The study surveyed 492 people living in 180 randomly selected households in…


Major unconventional gas project in Queensland’s Bowen Basin gets green light from state

The Government of the Australian state of Queensland has approved Arrow Energy’s environmental impact statement on its Bowen Gas project, which will see up to 4,000 production wells span farming land 150 kilometres south west of the Central Queensland city of Mackay. Farmers there are well seasoned to living and working with major coal mines,…


Bulgaria bans fracking at well site in country’s south east

Bulgaria’s caretaker Environment Minister Svetlana Zhekova has issued a ban on the use of unconventional gas exploration and production technologies at license block Vranino-1 in Dobrudzha, in the country’s south east. The earlier decision by the Environment Ministry to allow gas exploration in the area met with strong civil discontent and protests. On September 7,…


Shell cuts back China shale exploration in Sichuan due to geology and population density

Royal Dutch Shell, which signed the first shale-gas production sharing contract in China, will trim its project in the apparently prospective Sichuan province because of geological challenges and the area’s dense population. The Anglo-Dutch energy giant along with China National Petroleum Corp. had planned billions of dollars in investment from this year to meet the…


Shale gas renaissance reshaping Latin America petrochemicals: IHS Report

The North American petrochemical renaissance, driven by low-cost shale feedstocks, is reshaping the Latin American petrochemical industry, including investments and projects in Brazil, Mexico, and other countries in the region, according to IHS Chemical. “This is a critical time of change and opportunity for the Latin American petrochemical industry,” said Rina Quijada, senior director, Latin…


Shale oil and gas in the United States – EIA updates its primer

The US Energy Information Administration (EIA) has today released a new Energy in Brief – a primer on the industry in the US. It confirms that the US has access to significant shale resources. In the Annual Energy Outlook 2014, EIA estimated that the US has approximately 610 trillion cubic feet (Tcf) of technically recoverable…