Record amounts of oil and natural gas are being produced from wells in Ohio and new proposals to tax the production are being debated.More at Farm and Dairy.
The Alberta Geological Survey has published Summary of Alberta’s Shale- and Siltstone-Hosted Hydrocarbon Resource Potential. This is a 339-page publication with lots of maps, data and descriptive information.
You will find this report as item OFR 2012-06 on the linked page. The landing page also lists dozens of other reports on digital data, organic petrography, rock evaluation, geochemistry, pycnometry and more.More at Alberta Geological Survey.
“The United Arab Emirates (UAE) is one of the 10 largest oil and natural gas producers in the world, and is a member of the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) and the Gas Exporting Countries Forum (GECF). In 2012, the UAE produced 2.8 million barrels per day of crude oil and condensates, the fourth highest total in OPEC.” Quoted from the Energy Information Administration.More at Energy Information Administration.
The cities of Fort Collins and Lafayette, Colorado asked voters if they wanted to ban hydraulic fracturing for oil and natural gas within the city jurisdiction. The votes resulted in bans, now the Colorado Oil and Gas Association is trying to get the …More at Bloomberg.
Cobalt International Energy reports a discovery off the coast of Angola that could hold 700 million to 1.1 billion barrels of oil equivalent.More at Reuters.
The Financial Post has an article (and a shocking image) that describe Shell’s Prelude project – the world’s largest floating vessel and the first ocean-based LNG plant. It will be stationed off the coast of western Australia.
Related: What is LNG? 
 http://geology.com/articles/lng-liquefied-natural-gas/More at Financial Post.
“The Alum Shale in Denmark contains an estimated mean of 6.9 trillion cubic feet of undiscovered, technically recoverable natural gas, according to a new report by the U.S. Geological Survey. This estimate comes from the first-ever USGS assessment of shale gas resources in Denmark.” Quoted from the USGS press release.More at USGS.
The demand for frac sand  has been growing rapidly for the past several years as oil and natural gas companies are using it for hydraulic fracturing  in shale formations .
Related: What is Frac Sand? 
Today’s news has several stories that explain how oil and natural gas from shales are moderating energy prices for consumers.
Bloomberg : Marcellus gas eliminates a regional price premium in the Northeast.
The Telegraph : Low cost ethane helps British manufacturers
Reuters : Shale oil will moderate oil prices in 2014
“Russia is the second-largest producer of dry natural gas and third-largest liquid fuels producer in the world. Despite its significant reserves of coal, it produces only modest amount of coal. Russia’s economy is highly dependent on its hydrocarbons, and oil and gas revenues account for more than 50% of the federal budget revenues.” Quoted from the Energy Information Administration.More at Energy Information Administration.
“The energy industry was the target of 53 percent of all cyberattacks reported to the Department of Homeland Security between October 2012 and May 2013.” Quoted from the Star-Telegram article.More at Star-Telegram.
The number of permits issued for drilling the Utica Shale in Ohio has been significantly higher in 2013 than in 2012.
Data from the Ohio Department of Natural Resources.
Lots of property owners who signed a lease in one of the natural gas shale plays are now receiving monthly or quarterly royalty payments. Many of these people were pleasantly surprised with the size of their first royalty check — but then shocked to see the size of subsequent checks fall rapidly. What’s happening?More at Geology.com.
New activity in the Utica Shale was the primary driver for an increase of 18.4% in Ohio’s natural gas production.
Related: What is the Utica Shale? 
 http://geology.com/articles/utica-shale/More at BizJournals.
“One billion dollars every single day.
That is the rough measure of the benefit the U.S. economy is estimated to receive by the end of this year thanks to the development of new supplies of oil and natural gas.” Quoted from ExxonMobil Perspectives.More at ExxonMobil Perspectives.
“Landscape change in Pennsylvania’s Sullivan, Wyoming, Armstrong and Indiana counties resulting from construction of well pads, new roads and pipelines for natural gas and coalbed methane exploration is being documented by the United States Geological Survey.” Quoted from the USGS announcement.More at USGS.
Bloomberg has an article that summarizes some of the efforts to produce oil and natural gas from shale outside of the United States. Some of these countries lack the equipment and expertise to develop the wells and are forming agreements with experien…More at Bloomberg.
Nearly two years ago Shell was interested in building an ethane cracker in western Pennsylvania to process the liquids-rich gas being produced from the Marcellus  and Utica Shales  in the Ohio River Valley. Now Odebrecht and Braskem Americas is talking about building a cracker in the northern West Virginia panhandle and some believe that puts the Shell project in jeopardy.
Legislators in Mexico plan to vote on allowing outside companies to participate in the development of the country’s oil and natural gas resources. Since Mexico nationalized their oil and gas resources in 1938 their access to technology has been limited to pay-for-service contracts. As the easy-to-find resources have been depleted the country’s ability to produce has steadily declined.More at FuelFix.com.
The EIA drilling productivity report for the Eagle Ford Shale shows how the production emphasis has switched from natural gas to oil.
Related: What is the Eagle Ford Shale? 
 http://geology.com/articles/eagle-ford/More at Energy Information Administration.
“Japan ranked as the second largest net importer of fossil fuels in the world in 2012, trailing only China. This follows the Fukushima nuclear disaster in 2011, after which Japan suspended operations at all of its nuclear power plants.” Quoted from the Energy Information Administration.More at Energy Information Administration.
The county commission in Mora County, New Mexico decided to prohibit oil and gas development. They are being challenged by an oil and gas industry group and three landowners.More at FuelFix.
“The mix of fuels used to generate the electricity in homes, factories, and businesses across the United States has changed in the past few years as coal, still the largest single fuel used for electricity, has lost some of its share of the generation market to natural gas and non-hydroelectric renewables.” Quoted from the Energy Information Administration.More at Energy Information Administration.
“The latest monthly update of estimated crude oil production in the Bakken region of North Dakota and Montana shows total wellhead output topping 1 million barrels of oil per day (bbl/d) next month.” Quoted from the Energy Information Administration.More at Energy Information Administration.
The chemical industry believes that exporting natural gas will increase their costs, but many in the oil and gas industry disagree.More at Fuel Fix.
Five years ago the United States was importing 2 million barrels of oil per day. Now it is exporting over a million. Crude oil is shipped by train. Natural gas is displacing coal from power generation. LNG is being exported. Renewable energy gener…More at Reuters.
Very few things are cheap in Manhattan, however, on Halloween the price of natural gas there was 40 cents cheaper than in Louisiana. Although that was a short-term price instability the first new natural gas pipeline onto the island in 40 years should…More at Businessweek.com.
Many people who used to heat their homes with fuel oil are now switching to natural gas. This is putting pressure on hundreds of small fuel oil supply businesses who keep the fuel oil tanks of their customers stocked with oilMore at Tulsa World.
The Texas drought caused many drillers to reevaluate their sources of water. Many of them are now processing their water to remove dissolved and suspended materials and reusing it to fracture their next well.More at FuelFix.com.
An article in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette explores the possibility that low cost natural gas could displace nuclear power plants.More at Pittsburgy Post-Gazette.
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“Libya is a member of the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries, the holder of Africa’s largest proved oil reserves, and an important contributor to the global supply of light, sweet crude oil.” Quoted from the Energy Information Administration country report.More at Energy Information Administration.
Some people think that a few “sweet spots” are supporting most of the production in the oil and gas shale plays. They point to the huge annual production declines and speculate that the “shale boom” will not last very long.More at USA Today.
Poland is making what some might consider the “risky” move of building an LNG import facility in anticipation of receiving low priced gas from other countries.More at TheHill.com.
Helium  has the lowest density and lowest specific heat of all nonflammable substances. It is a rare natural gas byproduct that can be produced in just a few parts of the world with unusual geologic conditions. Now another use could begin to consume this rare gas at a rapid rate.
 http://geology.com/articles/helium/More at Geology.com.
The trend of the Texas Eagle Ford Shale continues across the border into Mexico. Some experts believe that Petroleos Mexicanos, the national oil company, will not be able to develop the Eagle Ford in the near future because they lack experience and equipment.
Related: What is the Eagle Ford Shale? 
 http://geology.com/articles/eagle-ford/More at Fuel Fix.
“A new study correlates a series of small earthquakes near Snyder, Texas between 2006 and 2011 with the underground injection of large volumes of gas, primarily carbon dioxide (CO2) — a finding that is relevant to the process of capturing and storing CO2 underground.” Quoted from the University of Texas at Austin press release.More at The University of Texas at Austin.
We have posted views of Earth from NASA’s Suomi satellite that show night illumination and natural gas flaring for oil industry sites in the Bakken Formation, Eagle Ford Shale, Alaska North Slope, United States Gulf, Mexican Gulf, Venezuela Orinoco Field, Brazil offshore basins, North Sea, North Africa onshore, west Africa offshore, and Persian Gulf.More at Geology.com.
“In 2011 and 2012, more than 50% of new wells produced both oil and natural gas. Despite this phenomenon, many traditional methods for estimating oil and natural gas production attempt to track the development of oil and natural gas as separate rather than joint activities.” Quoted from the Energy Information Administration article.More at Energy Information Administration.