The Shale Play Today – August 2014

Oil Boom Shifts The Landscape Of Rural North Dakota

With 125 days left in 2014, we find ourselves looking at What’s Next for the oil & gas industry in the Marcellus and Utica Shale Plays. It has been an eventful year and with just four months until 2015, we look forward and identify key conferences, symposiums and issues that are top of mind.

Fracking In California Under Spotlight As Some Local Municipalities Issue Bans

A new study finds much of the world’s potentially recoverable shale resources are located in regions with limited water resources needed for advanced well completion technology like hydraulic fracturing. “Water risk is one of the most important, but underappreciated challenges when it comes to shale gas development. With 386 million people living on land above… Keep reading →

Riffgat Offshore Wind Farm Nears Completion

The Department of Energy’s new wind industry reports show modest growth in 2013 annual wind capacity additions and point to a more robust-growth in 2014-2015. On August 18, 2014, the Department of Energy (DOE) released two reports on U.S. wind industry trends in 2013.  The reports show that the U.S. ranked second in the world in… Keep reading →

Norwegian-UK Gas Pipeline Laid In the North Sea

Major oil and gas companies’ recent record of bringing large projects on stream within projected timeframes and budgets leaves much to be desired. Ernst & Young analyzed the performance of 365 megaprojects – those costing over $1 billion – and found 64% face cost overruns and 73% face delays. See Kashagan in Kazakhstan as one… Keep reading →

Foreign Imported Cars Sit Idle At Port Storage Lot

Here’s an interesting look at the Los Angeles region’s long oil production history. One surprising photo shows drilling rigs lining the Long Beach oceanfront in the 1950’s, a level of industrial development that would be anathema today. However, local communities adapted over time to oil development infrastructure in their midst and the still-producing reservoirs now… Keep reading →


This article is part of the series highlighting the “Top Things You Didn’t Know About…” Be sure to check back for more entries soon. 9. Distributed wind power is used at or near where it is generated, as opposed to wind power from wholesale generation, where power is sent to consumers via transmission lines and substations.… Keep reading →

Wincono Wind Farm In Larnaca Cyprus

Cloudy future For some time, computing, data processing and storage have been migrating to the “cloud.” Now, people are talking about the energy cloud, where distributed energy resources (DERs) making use of intelligent devices, storage and a smart grid connect all manner of distributed loads and resources to meet customers’ energy service needs. Future is… Keep reading →

Gas Dispute Threat To UK Power Supplies

As the Mexican government and state-run PEMEX aim to produce more oil in Mexico, U.S. natural gas producers, particularly in South Texas, have been happy to send growing amounts of natural gas to supply Mexico’s growing demand. Figure 1 Source: BP Statistical Review Because the U.S. is producing record volumes of natural gas, access to… Keep reading →

Iguacu Falls A Finalist In New Seven Wonders Of Nature Contest

Through PowerUp Long Island, state agencies will work with Long Island energy companies to advance clean energy development and deployment. On August 22, 2014, New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced the launch of PowerUp Long Island, a collaboration of state energy agencies and local utilities to boost clean and renewable energy development in Long… Keep reading →

Balance Of Power At Stake As Midterm Elections Draw Near

Reports that a new Obama Administration climate plan seeks to circumvent congress have democrats and republicans up in arms. The alleged plan would create binding agreements with other governments that fall short of an actual treaty which would require a majority senate vote many see as unlikely. “Republicans have also sought to portray Obama as… Keep reading →

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