Shell Invests in WellDog Shale Sensing Technology

“WellDog has enjoyed a long, positive relationship with Shell,” said John M. Pope, WellDog president and CEO. “We are impressed with STV’s focus and value-add, and of course they are one of the most sophisticated investment groups in the industry. We look forward to continuing our multifaceted collaboration with Shell directed at bringing key technical […]

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Crude on Derailed Train Contained High Level of Gas

WSJ By Russell Gold The crude oil aboard the train that derailed and exploded two weeks ago in West Virginia contained so much combustible gas that it would have been barred from rail transport under safety regulations set to go into effect next month. Tests performed on the oil before the train left North Dakota […]

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Pittsburgh Center Expands Shale Wastewater Standards

Akron Beacon Journal By Bob Downing The Center for Sustainable Shale Development (CSSD), a collaboration of environmental organizations and energy companies to encourage prudent and responsible development of shale gas resources in the Appalachian region, announced today that it has expanded its wastewater Performance Standard 1 to address the treatment of shale wastewater at permitted […]

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Mud Serves as Multipurpose Tool in $100B Shale Industry

Trib Live By Katelyn Ferral Mud makes it all possible. The $100 billion industry arising from the so-called shale boom — gas drilling that some consider a revolution and others lament as an environmental tragedy — hinges on the lubricating, cooling, cleaning, balancing and communicative powers of drilling mud. “Every component on that rig has […]

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Incentives Could Be Offered For Natural Gas-Powered Vehicles

Bismarck Tribune By Jessica Holdman North Dakota lawmakers introduced a bill offering incentives for natural gas-powered vehicles and fueling stations in the state. If passed, HB 1446 would set aside $1 million for the biennium for cost sharing on the construction of natural gas fueling stations and $3 million for cost sharing on the conversion […]

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Natural Gas To Unseat Coal As Generation King By 2035

Wyoming Business Report By Mark Wilcox Information Administration predicts that natural gas will dethrone King Coal by 2035, and a number of market forces are at work that may assure that ascension. Coal through the first three quarters of 2014 provided roughly 51 percent of the nation’s electricity, and Wyoming supplies about 40 percent of […]

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Why Climate Change Isn’t a Sputnik Moment

Slate By  Sharon E. Burke and Sharon Squassoni This article originally appeared in New America’s Weekly Wonk. On Thursday, Jan. 15, Future Tense—a partnership of Slate, New America, and Arizona State University—will hold an event in Washington, D.C., titled “How Will Human Ingenuity Handle a Warming Planet?” For more information and to RSVP, visit the […]

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Rail Shipments of Oil Here to Stay, IHS Finds

UPI By Daniel Graeber CALGARY, Alberta, Dec. 12 (UPI) – More than 10 percent of the oil transported in North American will be carried on the region’s rail system at its peak, analysis from IHS Energy finds. The Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries finds the world needing less of its crude oil in part because […]

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Utica Pipeline Could Send Ohio Gas To Gulf Coast

Nasdaq By Nick Cunningham A proposed pipeline in Ohio just received federal approval, which could connect shale gas from the Utica basin to the Gulf of Mexico. Eastern Ohio is home to the Utica shale, which is thought to hold around 38 trillion cubic feet of natural gas. Whereas the Marcellus shale has been the […]

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Ethanol Joins U.S. Fuels Dominating Global Export Market

Fuel Fix By Bloomberg The U.S. is adding ethanol to the list of fuels it dominates in world markets. Exports of the additive derived from corn rose 31 percent this year to the highest level since 2011, meeting demand from South Korea to Persian Gulf oil producers. The growth in sales follows a tripling of […]

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