UK research finds fracking increases water radioactivity but would not pose a threat to public health

Hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, to extract oil and gas from shale rock will increase water radioactivity but not pose a threat to public health, a study has warned. Research published by experts at UK’s Durham University has found that waste fluids from shale gas exploitation will contain radioactive elements. ReFINE (Researching Fracking in Europe), an…


Mexico likely to remain a huge gas market for US, timely boost for Texas shale

Growing Mexican demand for natural gas has been seen as a timely boon to Texas gas producers, which have been losing their Northeast and Midwest markets to the Marcellus and Utica. Gas exports to Mexico still are rising sharply, and several new gas pipelines are planned to move Eagle Ford, Permian and other US gas…


The Permian Basin’s resource potential, recent activity and growth in charts

According to current estimates reported on the Market Realist site, Texas’s Permian Basin is one of the largest oilfields in the world. A recent presentation from independent oil and gas company Pioneer Natural Resources showed the total recoverable resource potential of the Spraberry and Wolfcamp formations in the Permian Basin to be approximately 75 billion…


OECD welcomes US shale boom, urges more rules to support path to lower carbon economy

The OECD has welcomed the US energy renaissance fostered by new hydraulic fracturing technologies, which has boosted the recovery and job creation while turning the country into the largest producer of natural gas in the world, helping to reduce emissions of greenhouse gases, it said in its latest Economic Survey of the United States released…


New fracking sand facility to serve US Permian Basin shale as national demand soars

US Silica Co. has started construction of a transloading and storage facility in south Odessa, Texas capable of storing 20,000 tons of fracking sand to service the surging oil and gas production of the Permian Basin. Company officials expect to finish the $12 million facility, which involves a rail loop and storage silos, by the…


NATO chief believes Russia is secretly working against European shale gas

Moscow is coordinating opposition to the exploitation of shale gas in Europe to promote dependence on Russian oil and gas, Secretary General of NATO and former Danish Prime Minister Anders Fogh Rasmussen told journalists In London. “I have met allies who can report that Russia, as part of their sophisticated information and disinformation operations, engaged…


Growth in US Marcellus production drives changes in REX pipeline flows

In 2006, the Rockies Express Pipeline (REX) began flowing natural gas out of the Rocky Mountains, starting in Colorado and first moving northward to Wyoming and then eastward, eventually to a point on the Ohio-Pennsylvania border. It became a $5 billion, 1,700-mile pipeline, the largest project of its time, and it flowed previously stranded Rockies…


“The word fracking says it all”

British avant-garde or possibly grunge artist Tracey Emin said this week: “As much as we need new fuels I sincerely hope that the world is intelligent enough to know that there are safer and better ways to obtain gas than fracking and let’s be honest the word ‘fracking’ says it all.” Last week at a…