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Texas school establishing gas research center in Qatar


Motivated by the shale gas boom, Texas A&M, which already has a campus in the Gulf state of Qatar, has gotten approval from authorities there to add a Gas and Fuels Research Center, with the goal of pressing ahead with new technologies for gas extraction, FuelFix reports.

Trucks bring gas to clients without pipelines


Taking advantage of cheap natural gas prices, operations like NG Advantage LLC offer clients the option of converting to natural gas heating without pipelines, by bringing the fuel to them in big rigs in a "virtual pipeline," E&E reports.

Spectra to spend $3 billion on New England pipelines


Improvements to pipelines in New England will cost Spectra Energy Corp. some $3 billion, the company has announced, adding that the work will allow delivery of 1 billion cubic feet of natural gas per day, FuelFix reports.

Landmark fracking study finds no water pollution

PITTSBURGH (AP) — The final report from a landmark federal study on hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, found no evidence that chemicals or brine water from the gas drilling process moved upward to contaminate drinking water at a site in western Pennsylvania.

The Department of Energy report, released Monday, was the first time an energy company allowed independent monitoring of a drilling site during the fracking process and for 18 months afterward. After those months of monitoring, researchers found that the chemical-laced fluids used to free gas stayed about 5,000 feet below drinking water supplies.

Scientists used tracer fluids, seismic monitoring, and other tests to look for problems, and created the most detailed public report to date about how fracking affects adjacent rock structures.

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.


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