Future of US natural gas industry keeps improving: Black & Veatch survey

The US natural gas industry is gathering steam amid changes and challenges that are remaking the business, according to a new survey-based report from Black & Veatch, a global engineering, consulting, construction and operations corporation headquartered in Kansas. Last year the firm’s annual report on the industry described a cautious optimism about likely growth because…


US Eastern Gas: Marcellus pipeline takeaway capacity additions to ease extreme price differentials: Morningstar Report

Executive Summary of Morningstar Senior Commodities Analyst Jordan Grimes recently published an in-depth research report about the effect of takeaway capacity additions in the Marcellus and Utica shale on basis prices for gas. In the report, he describes how pipeline expansion projects should alleviate the current extreme pricing differentials in gas basis prices and outlines…


US study on what’s in shale fracking fluids raises some red flags

A new study on the contents of the fluids involved in the hydraulic fracturing process raises concerns about several ingredients, but also acknowledges that fracking fluids do contain many nontoxic and food-grade materials, as the industry asserts. The scientists presenting the work National Meeting & Exposition of the American Chemical Society (ACS) say that out…


New study says shale gas boom outpacing research into environmental impacts

The boom in shale gas extraction, through methods such as hydraulic fracturing, is outpacing research on the issues around the practice, including the environmental impacts, according to a new study. Eight international authors contributed to the study, Biotic impacts of energy development from shale: research priorities and knowledge gaps, published in the August 2014 issue…


China is putting real effort into reducing carbon emissions: Lowy Institute

This is the executive summary of a report entitled CHINA’S CLIMATE CHANGE POLICIES: ACTORS AND DRIVERS prepared by Lisa Williams of the Lowy Institute for International Policy. The report offers an informed and nuanced account of the state of play. The internal battle against air pollution and the need to manage energy demand are key drives…


Friends of the Earth’s one sided sketch of who’s who in the EU shale gas lobby

A new report (or maybe it should be called a polemic) by the Friends of the Earth Europe maps out the lobbying activity in Brussels to influence the political process around shale gas development in the European Union. The report outlines the key players involved – their targets and tactics as reported by the report’s…


China’s national oil firms best suited to bring innovation to shale gas: US report

China’s National Oil Companies (NOCs) are the country’s best hope for overcoming the innovation problem faced by the shale gas industry, says a research report by Resources for the Future, a Washington-based think tank. The discussion paper titled Stimulating Shale Gas Development in China: A Comparison with the US Experience published last week, argues that…