HOUSTON (AP) — Researchers believe they have found an unlikely way to decrease the radioactivity of some hydraulic fracturing wastewater: Mix it with the hazardous drainage from mining operations.
The wastewater is created when some of the chemical-laced water used to fracture thick underground rocks flows back out of the wellbore. The water is tainted with chemicals, toxins and in some parts of the country — such as Pennsylvania — naturally occurring radioactive materials, such as radium. Research has shown that even wastewater that had been treated with conventional means was changing the chemistry of rivers when discharged into waterways.
In 2011, Pennsylvania barred drillers from taking the wastewater to treatment facilities, forcing them to haul the fluid waste to be disposed in underground injection wells in Ohio. This, along with a lack of freshwater in other parts of the country needed to drill new wells, has scientists and the industry looking for creative solutions.
LONDON (AP) — France's Total has agreed to explore for shale gas in Britain, making it the first major oil company to enter the country's market in the face of widely publicized environmental protests.
Total SA, Europe's third-largest oil producer, said Monday it acquired a 40 percent interest in two exploration licenses in eastern Britain.
Environmental activists oppose the extraction of fuel from shale, known as hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, saying it contaminates ground water. The process injects hundreds of thousands of gallons of water laced with chemicals into the ground to shatter the rock and free the gas.
PARIS (AP) — The French oil conglomerate Total will explore for shale gas in Britain, joining a boom that has overhauled world energy markets.
Total said Monday it has acquired a 40 percent interest in two British exploration licenses, both in eastern Britain, becoming the major stakeholder. The next biggest partner, at 17.5 percent, is the Dart Energy Europe subsidiary GP Energy Limited.
Poland and Britain are the only countries in Europe actively exploring for shale gas. Other countries have been hesitant, fearing the environmental repercussions. Extracting fuel from shale can require hundreds of thousands of gallons of water, and chemicals forced into the ground to shatter the rock and free the gas, a process known as hydraulic fracturing, or fracking.
Brookings Institution forum, "The U.S. Unconventional Hydrocarbon Renaissance and Impact on Japan." Panelists include Washington Office of Japan Oil, Gas and Metals National Corp. general manager Hidehiro Muramatsu, and Shoichi Itoh, senior researcher, Institute of Energy Economics, Japan.
JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Gov. Sean Parnell on Friday announced a new way forward on a long-hoped-for natural gas pipeline, including getting out from under terms of a 2007 law that he said no longer works well for the situation.
In a major policy speech in Anchorage, Parnell said the state and Canadian pipeline builder TransCanada Corp. have agreed to terminate their involvement under the Alaska Gasline Inducement Act. He made clear, however, that TransCanada would remain a partner in the project, just under new terms.
Parnell said he would seek legislative approval for state participation in a new commercial agreement with TransCanada and the North Slope's three major players, Exxon Mobil Corp., BP PLC and ConocoPhillips. He said he expected an agreement with a set of terms to be signed soon.o plans to seek legislative approval for state participation.
A solar summit at the White House, headlined by Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz and senior advisor John Podesta, brought an announcement of $15 million set aside for state, local and tribal authorities to use to develop solar and other projects that could help the fight against climate change, The Hill reports.
S. Elizabeth Birnbaum, who headed the agency regulating drilling at the time of the 2010 Deepwater Horizon disaster, has co-authored an opinion piece in The New York Times, charging that the Obama administration has done little in the four years since the Macondo well blowout to ensure drilling safety.
The League of Conservation Voters is ripping into Rep. Cory Gardner, R-Colo., running against Democratic incumbent Sen. Mark Udall, for his views on the environment and climate change, The Hill reports.
Baker Hughes saw a 23 percent increase in first quarter profits on earnings of $328 million, or 74 cents a share, on gains in efficiency as well as increased demand for its services as well counts grow in the Permian Basin, CEO Martin Craighead said, according to FuelFix.
Oilfield services company Schlumberger saw “solid” first quarter results, according to CEO Paal Kibsgaard, with technology sales and growth from Saudi Arabia to Ecuador to offshore Australia boosting profits 26 percent, FuelFix reports.
Lawyers with a trade group have told Reuters that the Internal Revenue Service could resume issuing letters authorizing master limited partnerships as early as May, having paused back in March to consider the proliferation of companies applying for them.
Compliance with Order 764, which mandates utilities work to integrate power from renewables into the grid, was a major topic at the monthly meeting of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, Platts reports.
A partnership between T. Boone Picken’s hedge fund BP capital Management and Wyoming company Moser Energy Systems, to be called Mesa Natural Gas Solutions, hopes to become the country’s biggest supplier of natural gas engines to oilfield drilling rigs, the Casper Star-Tribune reports.
A final regulation submitted by the California Department of Public Health would limit chromium to 10 parts per billion in public drinking water, the Los Angeles Times reports, noting it would be the first rule of its kind in the country.