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Study finds higher methane levels as well sites decline in Marcellus in US

A new study shows that background levels of methane in Northeast Pennsylvania in the U.S. increased significantly at a time when well drilling activity decreased, pointing to leaks of natural gas during production and transportation. Researchers from Drexel University found that atmospheric levels of the potent greenhouse gas increased by 100 parts per billion between…

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Church of England publishes briefing paper on shale gas, fracking in UK

The Paper assesses shale gas and fracking as they relate to local communities, the environment, UK energy policy and the UK’s commitment to carbon reduction targets under the COP21 agreement. It draws on the report into shale gas and fracking published by the independent Committee on Climate Change in July 2016. The Briefing Paper concludes…

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Reputable economic study weighs benefits, costs of living near US shale hot spots

Average households in U.S. shale oil and gas drilling hot spots have experienced property value, income and other benefits that outweigh the costs of a diminished quality of life brought on by the industrial activity, economists reported in a recent study for the Social Science Research Network (SSRN). The benefits were not uniform across shale drilling regions, some…

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Oxford Institute for Energy Studies: new paper shows subtle shale well productivity gains

The Oxford Institute for Energy Studies (OIES) has published PetroNerds’ new research paper, “Unravelling the US Shale Productivity Gains,” authored by PetroNerds co-founders Trisha Curtis and Ben Montalbano. “Unravelling the US Shale Productivity Gains” examines the significant year-over-year well productivity gains that have been generated in several prominent US shale and tight oil plays since the beginning of…

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Scotland Govt Report: Inadequate evidence on shale risk to public health

A report commissioned by the Scottish Government to help determine its position on fracking has found there is “inadequate” evidence to determine whether shale oil and gas extraction would pose a risk to public health. The Government commissioned six reports into different effects of introducing onshore unconventional oil and gas extraction (UOG) in Scotland. But…

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INEOS realigns portfolio, grabs shale gas to boost position as chemical sector giant: IHS Markit

INEOS, a global manufacturer of commodity and intermediate chemicals with annual revenues last year of $40 billion, is poised to strengthen its position as a global chemical industry giant once it realizes the benefits of two major investments. These initiatives include imports of U.S. natural gas liquids (NGLs) and investment in UK shale gas, says…

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Shale: Swing Supplier or Bridge Fuel? – EIA Energy Conference 2016

More than 1,000 people from industry, government, and academia turned out for Energy Information Administration’s 2016 Energy Conference, July 11 and 12 at the Washington Hilton in Washington, DC to discuss current and future challenges facing domestic and international energy markets and policymakers. Here’s the conclusions of the most significant presentation on shale (on whether shale oil is…

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