Shale Gas

UK Shale: Full Steam Ahead For Fracking?

Fracking In California Under Spotlight As Some Local Municipalities Issue Bans

On 6 October 2016, the UK’s Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, Sajid Javid, overruled local councillors on appeal and approved Cuadrilla’s plans to explore for shale gas in Lancashire.

OPAL Pipeline To Connect To Baltic Sea

The Northeast has reached the “Distribution Phase” of the US Shale Revolution Now in its third year, on Monday New York Energy Week kicked off with a ‘Natural Gas Breakfast’ entitled “An Exploration into the Rise of Natural Gas” that was hosted by the CME Group. Since 2013, the NYEW series has brought more than… Keep reading →

Texas Oil Companies Work To Adapt To Falling Oil Prices

German oil and gas producers are urging the government to overturn a de facto four year moratorium on hydraulic fracturing for natural gas. A proposed law would allow commercial scale fracking at depths below 3000 meters. The proposal is sure to be controversial as environmental groups see it is a wedge for increased fossil fuel… Keep reading →

Chinese Labourers Work At Lunnan Oilfield In Xinjiang

Countries across the globe like to talk a big game about developing their domestic shale oil and gas resources and sometimes utter lofty expectations of energy independence. Progress, however, has been very slow. The following map by the World Resources Institute (WRI) illustrates locations of the 20 countries with the largest shale gas and tight… Keep reading →


  The issue of hydraulic fracturing (or “fracking”) too often becomes a political dispute, which threatens to obscure a far more important matter for the energy industry as a whole: That fracking is a feat of engineering genius, an example of the working complexity of so many pumps, valves, meters, gears, gauges and systems; it… Keep reading →

Crude Oil Exports: A View from the 114th Congress

Congress Struggles With Funding Repairs To U.S. Capitol Dome

The 114th Congress convened January 3 with energy at the top of its agenda. Both the House and the Senate kicked off the new session with approval of the Keystone XL Pipeline. That was just the start. Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), the new Chairwoman of the Senate Energy Committee, has promised comprehensive energy legislation based on her Energy 2020 agenda.

The Memorial Tournament - Pro-Am

Former Chesapeake Energy Chairman and CEO Aubrey McClendon is back in the news for allegedly stealing corporate secrets on his way out the door in 2013. McClendon is famous for founding Chesapeake and embracing new drilling technology that helped make the company one of the largest US natural gas producers. However, conflicts of interest began… Keep reading →

Fracking In California Under Spotlight As Some Local Municipalities Issue Bans

Some interesting perspective on New York’s decision to ban hydraulic fracturing – from neighboring Pennsylvania, where safe fracking has lifted the state economy while directly benefiting cities and towns all across the commonwealth. Jeffrey Sheridan, press secretary for Governor-elect Tom Wolf’s transition team (to the Philadelphia Business Journal): “Governor-elect Wolf opposes a ban, and he… Keep reading →

Obama Nominates New Energy Secretary, New EPA Administrator

OK, many already know the US lacks a comprehensive energy policy, but an IEA study released this week reaches that same conclusion. The long-term nature of energy development projects does not mesh well with 2-year and 4-year election cycles. “A chief obstacle in US energy policy a lack of clarity, the report says. This month’s… Keep reading →

Environmental Activists Protest Outside Of Obama's Address To The Clinton Global Initiative

Well, that’s actually a hybrid quote from opposite ends of the fracking spectrum that came alive today when New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced the state would move to ban hydraulic fracturing. “Today Governor Cuomo did the right thing for New Yorkers by listening to experts and issuing a ban on fracking. This victory for… Keep reading →

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