Natural Gas

Study ties quakes to fracking

The Wall Street Journal

A study being published Tuesday in the Bulletin of the Seismological Society of America makes specific links between wastewater injection and earthquakes in the area of the Raton Basin using seismic monitors and fluid-injection data, The Wall Street Journal reports.

Vantage Energy hopes to raise up to $601M in IPO

Denver Business Journal

Under terms of its initial public offering announced Monday, Vantage Energy -– an oil and gas company operating in the Barnett and Marcellus Shale plays -– hopes to sell 23,550,000 at $24 to $27 a share, the Denver Business Journal reports.

PG&E officials removed for improper communications

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Four senior officials with Pacific Gas & Electric Co. and the state commission regulating it were removed or resigned over emails released Monday showing the utility and state regulators appeared to negotiate which judge would be assigned to hear one of the utility's rate cases.

The emails show the commission ultimately assigned to the case a judge for whom PG&E had expressed a preference, rather than another judge who PG&E said "has a history of being very hard on us."

China rig finds gas after Vietnam sea standoff

BEIJING (AP) — The Chinese exploration rig at the center of a tense maritime standoff with Vietnam earlier this year has made its first deep sea gas discovery in the politically volatile South China Sea, state media announced Tuesday.

The discovery by China National Offshore Oil Corp. was made about a month after its rig withdrew in July from Vietnam's exclusive economic zone to far less-contested waters closer to China.

Study: Leaky wells, not fracking, taint water

WASHINGTON (AP) — The drilling procedure called fracking didn't cause much-publicized cases of tainted groundwater in areas of Pennsylvania and Texas, a new study finds. Instead, it blames the contamination on problems in pipes and seals in natural gas wells.

After looking at dozens of cases of suspected contamination, the scientists focused on eight hydraulically fractured wells in those states, where they chemically linked the tainted water to the gas wells. They then used chemical analysis to figure out when in the process of gas extraction methane leaked into groundwater.

Improving technology keeps US shale boom going

The Wall Street Journal

Better technology which has vastly improved well productivity means there’s a possibility the U.S. shale boom could continue into 2040 and beyond, The Wall Street Journal reports.

Gas pipe shut after fatal accident: Chevron

The Wall Street Journal

After a contractor died while performing routine maintenance on a natural gas pipeline off the coast of Louisiana -– during an incident Saturday in which two others were hurt –- Chevron Pipeline Co. has shut it down and launched an investigation, The Wall Street Journal reports.

Ukraine getting gas from Poland again


Gas delivery from Poland to Ukraine resumed on Friday after Polish gas importer PGNiG got a promise that it would receive supplies it has requested from Russia’s Gazprom, Reuters reports.

Researchers say their biochar can clean frack water


After a year of creating and testing biochar – a substance like charcoal made from wood chips, paper, leaves or plant oils – researchers at the University of Texas San Antonio and the Southwest Research Institute say it can be an inexpensive and effective way to remove impurities from fracking wastewater, FuelFix reports.


US rig count up 6 to 1,931

HOUSTON (AP) — The number of rigs exploring for oil and natural gas in the U.S. increased by six this week to 1,931, according to oilfield services company Baker Hughes Inc.

The Houston firm said Friday in its weekly report that 1,592 rigs were exploring for oil and 338 for gas. One was listed as miscellaneous. A year ago there were 1,768 active rigs.


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