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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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API Supports GWPC's Disclosure Registry

department of energy  domestic energy  energy policy  fracking  ground water protection council  groundwater  hydraulic fracturing  drilling wells  groundwater protection  hydraulic fracturing fluids  natural gas wells 

Jane Van Ryan

Jane Van Ryan
Posted December 15, 2010

API has announced that it supports the voluntary chemical disclosure registry being developed by the Ground Water Protection Council (GWPC) with the endorsement of the Interstate Oil and Gas Compact Commission (IOGCC). The registry is a step toward providing information about the chemicals in hydraulic fracturing fluids while protecting drilling companies' intellectual property. 

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U.S. Energy Innovations Help Argentina

horizontal drilling  hydraulic fracturing  shale formations  technology innovation  argentina  bolivia 

Jane Van Ryan

Jane Van Ryan
Posted December 10, 2010

Here's a prime example of how good old-fashioned American ingenuity is helping people around the globe. This good news story involves Argentina and the U.S. innovation that combines horizontal drilling with hydraulic fracturing to produce natural gas locked in hard shale formations.

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Gov. Paterson Should Veto the Fracking Moratorium

access  bakken shale  domestic energy  energy information administration  energy policy  fracking  hydraulic fracturing  moratorium  new york 

Jane Van Ryan

Jane Van Ryan
Posted November 30, 2010

The New York State Assembly passed a measure placing a six-month moratorium on hydraulic fracturing late yesterday. The state Senate passed the ban in August, and now the legislation will go to Gov. David Paterson for his signature.

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The Enormous Potential of PA's Marcellus Shale and Hydraulic Fracturing

access  domestic energy  energy policy  environmental protection agency  epa  fracking  fracking fluids  hydraulic fracturing  pennsylvania  shale rock  fracturing fluids  marcellus shale coalition  pittsburgh  water supplies 

Jane Van Ryan

Jane Van Ryan
Posted November 19, 2010

Pennsylvania appears to be having a knee-jerk reaction to a commonly-used process to produce natural gas from shale rock formations. In the past few days, the outgoing governor has imposed a ban on all new natural gas drilling on public lands, and Pittsburgh's City Council has passed a bill to ban drilling within the city limits.

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Barnett's Monster Well

domestic energy  energy policy  fracking  government revenue  horizontal drilling  hydraulic fracturing  natural gas  texas  barnett formation  chesapeake energy corporation 

Jane Van Ryan

Jane Van Ryan
Posted November 18, 2010

It's being called a monster. It's the biggest natural gas well in North Texas' Barnett Shale formation, and in September it produced more than 17.8 million cubic feet of natural gas per day.

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