University of Texas at Austin

Domestic Oil And Gas Production

A new study conducted by the University of Texas at Austin in conjunction with the Environmental Defense Fund and 10 oil companies pinpointed methane emissions sources at natural gas production operations. “Researchers found 19% of pneumatic devices accounted for 95% of the emissions from those devices. Meanwhile, 20% of the wells that vent emissions to… Keep reading →

Governor Cuomo Speaks On His State Of The State And Budget Message

New York State continues to hold the decision on shale gas development in stalemate, provoking calls for more transparency in the process. A decision on hydraulic fracturing in New York state has been in the works for several years. Former New York Governor David Paterson commissioned an Environmental Impact Study and Health Review in 2010,… Keep reading →

Views of the Cuadrilla Fracking Site At Balcombe

Natural gas’s environmental impact can be viewed in a positive light as a lower-emitting power generation source than coal or petroleum derivatives, or in a negative light as a source of methane emissions and driver of drilling activity. The University of Texas at Austin, in collaboration with the Environmental Defense Fund and nine natural gas… Keep reading →

Brown Bear Cubs Born In Wildlife Park

Oilfield workers near Tomsk, in Western Siberia, have taken in a 6 month-old bear cub that they found digging around near their trash heap. “By now the cub is on a comfortable diet of rolls and pieces of salo, which is cured pork fat.” [Interfax] A new study from The University of Texas at Austin indicates that… Keep reading →