The Slow Shale Gas Launch in China

China has been unable to replicate the shale gas productivity of the United States even though they are thought to have a much larger shale gas resource. The country does not have the existing infrastructure present in the United States or the technic…

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$100B Invested in Shale-Related Chemical Facilities

“The American Chemistry Council said the amount of publicly announced U.S. shale-related chemical investment has officially topped $100 billion.” Quoted from the Houston BizJournals.

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Interactive Energy Map of the United States

The Energy Information Administration has an interactive energy map that allows you to discover the locations of facilities such as natural gas power plants, petroleum refineries, natural gas pipelines, LNG import/export terminals and much more. The c…

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The Shale Boom is Just Starting

Ryan Lance, CEO of ConocoPhillips believes that the “shale boom” in the United States is just getting started, with several decades ahead.

More at Denver BizJournal.

Capturing More Natural Gas in North Dakota

North Dakota has been flaring about 1/3 of the gas produced from the Bakken Formation and drawing criticism as a result. Now North Dakota state government is trying to rally investments from natural gas processors and chemical manufacturing to utilize…

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Natural Gas is the Top Home Heating Fuel in Pennsylvania

“Natural gas (38 percent) provides heat to more Pennsylvania homes than any other fuel, but electricity (29 percent), fuel oil (20 percent), and propane (9 percent) are also widely used in the state.” Quoted from the Energy Information Administration.

However, even though Pennsylvania is a major producer of natural gas, homeowners there pay a price that is significantly above the national average [1].

[1] http://www.eia.gov/state/rankings/?sid=PA#/series/28

More at Energy Information Administration.

Exporting Natural Gas from the Haynesville Shale

Production of natural gas from the Haynesville Shale has been falling in response to low gas prices and more lucrative drilling opportunities. Some believe that the solution is in exporting the gas to Asia where prices are much higher.

More at Bloomberg.

Natural Gas Price Responds to the Weather

Natural gas prices have responded strongly to the weather. As demand for gas went up, so did the price. Shown below is the two year trend of the Henry Hub price.

More at Energy Information Administration.

Geology of the Voca Frac Sand District

“One of Texas’ major frac sand [1] production areas is near Voca, Texas, where sands are produced from the Cambrian Hickory Sandstone on the northwestern flank of the Llano Uplift.” Quoted from the Arizona Geological Survey Repository.

Related: What is Frac Sand? [2]

[1] http://geology.com/articles/frac-sand/
[2] http://geology.com/articles/frac-sand/

More at Arizona Geological Survey Repository.

Taxing Oil and Gas in Ohio

The Ohio Legislature is considering new severance taxes on oil and gas produced from horizontal wells in Ohio.

Related: Horizontal wells in the Utica Shale of Ohio [1].

[1] http://geology.com/utica.shtml

More at Columbus BizJournals.

1200 Utica Wells in 2014?

The Ohio Department of Natural Resources is predicting that there will be nearly 1200 new wells drilled in the Utica Shale [1] during 2014.

Related: Horizontal Wells in the Utica Shale [2]

[1] http://geology.com/articles/utica-shale/
[2] http://geology.com/utica.shtml

More at Ohio.com.

1200 Utica Wells in 2014?

The Ohio Department of Natural Resources is predicting that there will be nearly 1200 new wells drilled in the Utica Shale [1] during 2014.

Related: Horizontal Wells in the Utica Shale [2]

[1] http://geology.com/articles/utica-shale/
[2] http://geology.com/utica.shtml

More at Ohio.com.

An LNG Construction Boom for the Gulf Coast?

The natural gas industry is currently pushing to build more export facilities that will liquefy natural gas and load it onto transport ships that will deliver it to destinations in Asia and other parts of the world where natural gas prices are much higher than in the United States. Many of those LNG [1] facilities would likely be built along the US Gulf Coast. The hope is that this will reduce the glut of natural gas in the USA market and support prices. Current LNG terminals along the Gulf are shown in the map below from the EIA Energy Mapping System [2].

[1] http://geology.com/articles/lng-liquefied-natural-gas/
[2] http://www.eia.gov/state/maps.cfm?src=home-f3

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Sources of Atmospheric Methane?

A review of more than 200 earlier studies confirms that U.S. emissions of methane are considerably higher than official estimates. Leaks from the nation’s natural gas system are an important part of the problem.

More at Stanford University News.

Where Are the Most Productive Marcellus Shale Gas Wells?

An article in TheTimes-Tribune.com reports that the most productive gas wells in the Marcellus Shale [1] are located in Susquehanna County, Pennsylvania and were drilled by Cabot Oil & Gas.

[1] http://geology.com/articles/marcellus-shale.shtml

More at TheTimes-Tribune.com.

China’s State-Owned Coal Company to Partner in the Marcellus

China Shenhua Energy Company is controlled by the Chinese government and is the second largest coal company in the world. They plan to partner with Energy Corporation of America to drill Marcellus Shale wells in Greene County, Pennsylvania.

More at FuelFix.

Impatient Landowners Sue New York

Some owners of property above the Marcellus [1] and Utica Shales [2] in in New York are tired of waiting for their state to allow the development of their natural gas resource.

[1] http://geology.com/articles/marcellus-shale.shtml
[2] http://geology.com/articles/utica-shale/

More at MoneyNews.com.

A Coal Comeback?

Demand for natural gas is growing, local shortages are occurring, and prices have been rising. Some coal and former coal consumers might now see coal as a more stable source of energy that has multiple methods of delivery and a declining price.

More at Forbes.

Natural Gas and Manufacturing Jobs

An article on the National Geographic website explores how natural gas can serve as either an energy source or a raw material that can help create manufacturing jobs in the United States.

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Perspectives on Exporting US Crude?

A US Senator from Alaska says… “Opening up world markets to U.S. crude oil will lower the global price, which will in turn lower the global prices for petroleum products.”

A US airlines industry VP says… “Exporting U.S. crude makes little sense. [...] If we allow for the export of U.S. crude, we’ll have to import more oil from overseas and subject ourselves, once again, to an increasing degree of price volatility and higher global prices.”

The idea of exporting US crude hits different people different ways. Alaska has a surplus of oil and exporting it to Asia is as easy as delivering it to California. The airlines company owns a refinery in the eastern United States.

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Eagle Ford Development in Mexico to Benefit Texas

The Eagle Ford Formation does not end at the boundary between Texas and Mexico, but you might suspect that it did if you look at current levels of drilling activity from space [1]. However, billions of dollars will be spent to develop Mexico’s Eagle Ford and companies and workers in Texas might receive much of the work.

Related: What is the Eagle Ford Shale? [2]

[1] http://geology.com/articles/eagle-ford/
[2] http://geology.com/articles/eagle-ford/

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Qatar Oil and Gas Report

“Qatar is the largest exporter of liquefied natural gas (LNG) in the world, and the country’s exports of LNG, crude oil, and petroleum products provide a significant portion of government revenues.” Quoted from the Energy Information Administration country analysis report.

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How Much of Our Natural Gas is from Shale?

The Energy Information Administration recently published their annual Liquid Fuels and Natural Gas in the Americas report.

It includes an interesting chart showing that in 2012, shale formations [1] accounted for about 40% of the United States’ natural gas production.

[1] http://geology.com/energy/shale-gas/

More at Energy Information Administration.

An Effort to Curb Flaring in the Bakken?

An effort to curb natural gas flaring at Bakken Shale oil wells could result in a 40% increase in North Dakota natural gas output by the end of 2015.

Related: A collection of NASA satellite images [1] that show natural gas being flaring at locations all over the world.

[1] http://geology.com/articles/oil-fields-from-space/

More at New York Times.

The Natural Gas Locomotive

“The diesel-burning locomotive, the workhorse of American railroads since World War II, will soon begin burning natural gas — a potentially historic shift that could cut fuel costs, reduce pollution and strengthen the advantage railroads hold over trucks in long-haul shipping.” Quoted from The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

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2012 Crude Trade Within the Americas

The Energy Information Administration recently published their annual Liquid Fuels and Natural Gas in the Americas report. It includes the map below showing the flow of crude oil within the Americas during 2012.

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Big Oil and Polish Shale Gas

Poland could have some of the best shale gas resources in Europe but major energy companies lost interest in the country for regulatory, tax and political reasons. Now new leadership in Poland is trying to entice them to return.

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Reversing the Flow of Natural Gas?

For over 1/2 century the flow of natural gas in the eastern United States has been from producing areas in the south to consuming areas in the north. Now that the Marcellus Shale is producing tremendous amounts of natural gas and production in the Hay…

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Tight Oil Production Sources

The Energy Information Administration recently published their annual Liquid Fuels and Natural Gas in the Americas report.
It includes information about new sources of oil production with a chart showing the percentage of United States shale oil coming…

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Drilling Dynamics in the Haynesville Shale

New-well natural gas production per rig is up in the Haynesville Shale by about 400% since 2009 – a major gain in productivity. However total gas production from the formation is down because the rig count has fallen severely. Drilling companies have moved their rings out of the dry-gas Haynesville to oil-rich and wet-gas plays in other areas.

More at Energy Information Administration.

Should Royalty Owners Be Paid for Flared Gas?

An energy company leases your land and starts drilling a well. The well starts flowing oil and natural gas. The oil can be collected and hauled away in trucks but dealing with the natural gas when there is no nearby pipeline is a nuisance. So instead of shutting the well in and waiting on pipeline the energy company decides to flare the gas and sell the oil. That wastes gas that the royalty owner might have been paid for.

Natural gas is being flared from so many places on this planet that you can see it from space [1].

[1] http://geology.com/articles/oil-fields-from-space/

More at NPR.

Volume of Wastewater Per MCF

Wells producing natural gas from the Marcellus Shale are producing only about 1/3 the amount of wastewater per unit of natural gas produced as conventional natural gas wells.

More at Platts.com.

Fracking in the George Washington National Forest?

An article in the Los Angeles Times reports that many people are concerned about the Forest Service’s plans to allow fracking for natural gas in the George Washington National Forest.

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Rising Productivity from Marcellus Shale Gas Wells

The January 2014 Drilling Productivity Report from the Energy Information Administration shows how the productivity of newly-drilled natural gas wells in the Marcellus Shale is rising at a rapid rate. Most of this rise can be attributed to improved te…

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How to Get Local Support for Fracking?

In the UK, Prime Minister David Cameron wants to win local governments over to hydraulic fracturing. To do that he wants to permit “local governments to keep 100% of the business taxes, some $3 million annually, generated from each well drilled.” Quote from the Chemical & Engineering News.

More at American Chemical Society.

Natural Gas at $5.18 on Friday

Although recent cold weather was part of the driving force, natural gas hit $5.18/MCF on Friday – the highest price since summer 2010.

More at Houston Chronicle.

$4 or $5 Gas for 20 Years?

“The report, Fueling the Future with Natural Gas: Bringing It Home, says that the Henry Hub price of natural gas is expected to remain in the range of $4-5 per million British Thermal Units (MMBtu) (in constant 2012 dollars) on an annual average through 2035.

More at IHS.

The Next Shale Hotspot?

Where will the next shale hotspot develop? China? Australia? Argentina? The location with existing infrastructure and the most resource development experience might win.

More at Fuel Fix.

Ecuador Oil and Gas Report

“The smallest oil producing member of Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries and fifth-largest oil producer in Central and South America, Ecuador is largely dependent on oil, which represented 76% of the country’s total energy consumption in 2012. Hydroelectric power was the second largest energy source. Natural gas and non-hydro renewable fuels are also important to Ecuador’s energy mix. Ecuador’s hydrocarbon resources are exclusively owned by the state, and changes to Ecuador’s legal framework continue a trend towards policies of resource nationalism.” Quoted from the Energy Information Administration’s country report.

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Workers Needed in the Bakken Formation

Activity in the Bakken Formation and other energy plays in North Dakota is still creating a demand for more workers than are available. Drillers, welders, truck drivers, mechanics, well service workers, computer scientists, accountants, laborers, carp…

More at BismarckTribune.com.