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Shale Gas Emissions Study: Garbage In, Garbage Out

coal  fracking  greenhouse gas emissions  hydraulic fracturing  hydrofracking  methane  rhetoric vs reality  carbon dioxide emissions  carbon emissions  co2  eid  energy in depth  methane emissions  natural gas pipelines 

Jane Van Ryan

Jane Van Ryan
Posted April 13, 2011

Calling it "an annual rite of spring," Energy In Depth (EID) debunks the latest Cornell "study" on emissions from shale gas development. Although the study got the attention of The New York Times and other major publications, EID points out on its blog that this isn't the first time that Cornell University Professor Robert Howarth has issued studies or abstracts alleging that shale gas production, especially the process of hydraulic fracturing, emits more methane than previously thought. His goal: casting a pall on the environmental benefits of using clean-burning natural gas. 

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Hydraulic Fracturing Information Online

domestic energy  energy iq  environmental protection agency  horizontal drilling  hydraulic fracturing  hydrofracking  technology innovation  fracfocus  ground water protection council  gwpc 

Jane Van Ryan

Jane Van Ryan
Posted April 11, 2011

Looking for information about hydraulic fracturing? The Ground Water Protection Council (GWPC) and the Interstate Oil and Gas Compact Commission (IOGCC) launched their new joint website today to respond to concerns about the chemicals used in fracturing operations. It's called FracFocus and can be found here. 

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The Shale Gas Revolution

carbon emissions  domestic energy  eia  energy policy  fracking  horizontal drilling  hydraulic fracturing  texas 

Jane Van Ryan

Jane Van Ryan
Posted April 7, 2011

There's a revolution occurring in the United States, and it is spreading throughout the world. It is the shale gas revolution, and it has the potential to alter the global energy picture for many years to come. It began a few years ago when Texas oil man George Mitchell had a hunch that he could produce natural gas from the Barnett Shale formation in the Dallas-Ft. Worth area. Although some geologists were skeptical, Mitchell discovered that gas could be produced by using a combination of horizontal drilling and hydraulic fracturing. When other energy companies learned of his success, they improved on his innovation and helped to create a new industry and thousands of jobs across the country. 

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Oil Industry Rocket Science

domestic energy  gasoline  government revenue  hydraulic fracturing  new mexico  new mexico  onshore  permian basin  texas 

Jane Van Ryan

Jane Van Ryan
Posted March 8, 2011

A major milestone was reached in the Permian Basin a few days ago. Chevron Corp. produced its 5 billionth barrel of oil from this U.S. formation. Overall, nearly 40 billion barrels of oil equivalent (oil, natural gas and natural gas liquids) have been produced by several companies in the basin since the 1920s, and it's still going strong. 

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Others Agree: The New York Times Drilling Article Was Lacking

domestic energy  drinking water  energy policy  environmental protection agency  fracking  hydraulic fracturing  natural gas  rhetoric vs reality 

Jane Van Ryan

Jane Van Ryan
Posted March 4, 2011

On Monday, Feb. 28th, we told you about our concerns over The New York Times articles on natural gas drilling and drinking water. As you might recall, the Times criticized the handling and disposal of drilling waste water, implying that natural gas operations might be harming water supplies in several Northeastern cities. The Times offered no solid facts to back up its assertions.

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Drilling and Drinking Water

domestic energy  environmental protection agency  epa  fracking  hydraulic fracturing  rhetoric vs reality 

Jane Van Ryan

Jane Van Ryan
Posted February 28, 2011

The New York Times published a story yesterday about drilling that does a major disservice to its readers. The front-page article poses several questions about drilling and drinking water, and implies that water supplies in some northeastern cities could be tainted. It is an implication that isn't supported by the facts. 

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Don't Rush to Judgment on Fracking

domestic energy  environmental protection agency  epa  fracking  gas wells  hydraulic fracturing  methane  natural gas drilling well  range resources 

Jane Van Ryan

Jane Van Ryan
Posted December 29, 2010

The presumption of innocence is one of the founding principles of the U.S. justice system. Simply put, anyone accused of a crime in the United States is presumed innocent until proven guilty. 

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Energy Tomorrow Radio: Episode - 124 The Truth About Fracking

domestic energy  drinking water  energy policy  fracking  groundwater  halliburton  horizontal drilling  hydraulic fracturing  technology  water quality  contamination  fracing  natural gas fracking 

Jane Van Ryan

Jane Van Ryan
Posted December 21, 2010

In today's episode, I interview David Adams, Halliburton's vice president for production enhancement, about hydraulic fracturing. He describes the fracking process, the associated benefits as well as the exaggerated risks. 

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