Monday, March 12th, 2012
Exxon Mobil CEO Rex Tillerson says that a drilling method that has made vast natural gas resources accessible across the U.S. has been unable to crack some shale rock formations in Europe and China.
Speaking to energy analysts, Tillerson said two attempts to tap gas-rich shale fields in Poland through (more…)
Thursday, January 19th, 2012
The sheer abundance of recently discovered natural gas resources in the U.S. could drive down gas and electricity prices in the next few decades, yield an overall increase in energy use, and stunt the nation’s still-emerging renewable energy sector, a new report says.
Using economic modeling, researchers at the (more…)
Friday, January 6th, 2012
This is the second part of my blog on produced water (you can read the first part here) which will look at the market – the players and technologies – in some more detail.
Produced water is a term used to describe the wastewater that’s brought to the surface during the (more…)
Wednesday, November 16th, 2011
Are we closer to having renewable natural gas using solar power, water and CO2? That’s what HyperSolar, a technology company based in Santa Barbara, CA, is hoping to achieve. The company has filed a patent application for clean, renewable gas which it hopes replaces traditional natural gas without having (more…)
Friday, August 12th, 2011
A U.S. Energy Department advisory panel has issued a qualified endorsement of the controversial shale gas exploitation technique of hydraulic fracturing, but a group of scientists charges that the panel’s recommendations are tainted because six of its seven members have current financial ties to the (more…)
Monday, August 1st, 2011
Natural gas has been getting a lot of bad press recently because of the fracking (‘hydraulic fracturing’) debacle. The problem is that this method of gas drilling is riddled with controversy and real environmental risks. Gasland, an Oscar-nominated documentary about fracking, brought to the world’s attention how people (more…)
Tuesday, July 5th, 2011
Last week the French government was the first to enact a law forbidding hydraulic fracturing, also known as “fracking” (more…)
Friday, June 10th, 2011
The U.S. could cut its carbon dioxide emissions by 8 percent, almost half of the country’s unofficial 2020 emissions reduction goal, by increasing use of natural gas plants, according to a new M.I.T. report.
The report, “The Future of Natural Gas,” found that (more…)
Wednesday, May 18th, 2011
Natural gas has a relatively comfortable relationship with the transportation world. It is largely seen as clean, domestic, and inexpensive, a win-win-win situation that is not often found in the transportation industry. While the market for natural gas vehicles (NGVs) remains comparatively small, the growing (more…)
Friday, May 6th, 2011
Natural gas is domestically abundant (2,587 trillion cubic feet of technically recoverable natural gas in the United States) and it burns cleaner than oil and coal (30% and 50% less carbon dioxide emissions respectively), but removing the hydrocarbons from mile deep shale beds has proven to be a dangerous and environmentally damaging endeavor. (more…)