April 17, 2014 | Geology.com
In most countries all mineral resources belong to the government. This includes all valuable rocks, minerals, oil or gas found on or within the Earth. In the United States ownership of mineral resources was originally granted to the individuals or organizations that owned the surface. These property owners had both “surface rights” and “mineral rights”. Since then the owners have enjoyed the freedom to sell, lease, gift or bequest these rights individually or entirely to others. Now a single plot of land on the surface can have several different subsurface owners!
An Onshore Fuel Shortage in Nigeria?|
April 17, 2014 | National Geographic
The Niger Delta is one of the best-producing oil patches on our planet but the people of Nigeria are often scrounging for gasoline.
Oil By Rail into California|
April 17, 2014 | NBC Bay Area
There are no pipelines delivering crude oil to California. The state with more cars than any other receives all of its oil by ship or from domestic production. Some analysts believe that 25% of the state’s crude oil will arrive by rail by 2016.
Real Estate Prices Near Fracking|
April 17, 2014 | Forbes
Researchers at the University of Calgary and Duke University found that homes within 1 kilometer of a shale gas well on a private water supply fell by over 20 percent in value compared to those on public water supplies. This loss can offset gains made through mineral rights sales.
Related: What is Hydraulic Fracturing?
Texas Oil Production Highest Since 1980|
April 16, 2014 | Oil and Gas Journal
Oil production in Texas is rising to levels not seen since 1980. During February the state produced an average of 2.75 million barrels of crude oil per day.
Largest Natural Gas Storage Withdrawal|
April 15, 2014 | Energy Information Administration
This winter’s natural gas withdrawal season saw the largest storage withdrawal on record. Historically, winter stock withdrawals average around 2 Tcf. However, this winter much of the country experienced sustained colder-than-normal temperatures, and almost 3 Tcf of gas has been withdrawn from storage as of the end of March.
Phillips Acquires a License to Export US Crude|
April 15, 2014 | Reuters
Amid the debate about exporting United States crude oil, Phillips has obtained a license to export crude from the United States into Canada.
Report on California Geothermal|
April 15, 2014 | Geothermal Energy Association
In their Report on the State of Geothermal Energy in California, the Geothermal Energy Association says…. “Geothermal power generated 4.4% of total system power in California in 2012, but could have generated substantially more [...] about half of California’s identified geothermal resources are still untapped, and significant resources may remain undiscovered.”
LED Bulb Prices and Efficiency|
April 13, 2014 | Energy Information Administration
The Energy Information Administration shows that the efficiency of LED light bulbs is increasing as prices are rapidly falling.
South Korea Energy Report|
April 13, 2014 | Energy Information Administration
“South Korea relies on imports to meet about 97% of its energy demand as a result of insufficient domestic resources, and the country is one of the world’s leading energy importers.” Quoted from the Energy Information Administration report.
First Geothermal Plant in New Mexico|
April 13, 2014 | KOB4
KOB4 has a short report on Lightning Dock Geothermal, the first geothermal plant to open in the state of New Mexico.
Burning Marcellus Gas in Ontario|
April 10, 2014 | BizJournals
About 30 percent of the natural gas used in the Province of Ontario, Canada is produced from the Marcellus Shale.
South Dakota Sand and Fracking Specs|
April 10, 2014 | WashingtonTimes.com
The South Dakota Department of Environmental and Natural Resources conducted a study on 256 sand samples collected from the western part of the state to determine if they could be developed as frac sand sources for use in wells that use hydraulic fracturing in North Dakota’s Bakken formation.
Related: What is Frac Sand?
Spending a Billion Dollars on CO2?|
April 8, 2014 | Arizona Geology Blog
Kinder Morgan is going to spend about one billion dollars to drill for carbon dioxide in Arizona, treat the gas, compress it, send it through a new pipeline to oil fields in Texas and New Mexico, and pump into the ground for enhanced oil recovery. One billion dollars for CO2!
Large Dams Cost Too Much!|
April 8, 2014 | International Rivers
An Oxford University study reports that large dams typically require about 8 years for construction and have average cost overruns of nearly 100%. By the time they are finished the needs of their region have often changed and the unanticipated expenses might make the total cost too high.
The Largest Petroleum Basin in the World|
April 8, 2014 | USGS
“The West Siberian basin is the largest petroleum basin in the world covering an area of about 2.2 million square kilometers. The basin occupies a swampy plain between the Ural Mountains and the Yenisey River.” Quoted from the USGS report.
1.1 Million BPD from the Bakken – Three Forks|
April 7, 2014 | Washington Post
The Bakken and Three Forks Formations are expected to produce about 1.1 million barrels of oil per day during 2014.
Marcellus Shale in Wireline Logs|
April 7, 2014 | USGS
USGS has published: “Characterization of the Marcellus Shale Based on Computer-Assisted Correlation of Wireline Logs in Virginia and West Virginia“.
Using US Energy as a Political Lever?|
April 6, 2014 | Houston Chronicle
“The Ukraine-Russia crisis has Congress and the Obama administration rushing to consider monumental changes to accelerate exports of natural gas that will permanently and negatively affect the energy landscape for natural gas domestically.” Quoted from the Houston Chronicle. (Many people will disagree with this article both from a political and economic perspective. An different view can be found here and a dual perspective here.)
Related: What is LNG?
Indonesia Oil and Gas Report|
April 6, 2014 | Energy Information Administration
“Formerly a net oil exporter and OPEC member, Indonesia struggles to attract sufficient investment to meet growing domestic energy consumption because of inadequate infrastructure and a complex regulatory environment. At the same time, it was the world’s largest exporter of coal by weight in 2012 and the fourth largest exporter of liquefied natural gas in 2013. The government seeks to meet energy demand at home by reorienting domestic energy production away from serving primarily export markets and increasing renewable energy production, particularly geothermal power.” Quoted from the Energy Information Administration publication release.
US Shale Gas Influences Global LNG Price?|
April 6, 2014 | BizJournals
“New global contracts for liquefied natural gas in Africa and Asia are being driven by shale gas production in Texas and other top U.S. shale plays.” Quoted from the Houston BizJournal.
The Benefits of Crude Oil Exports?|
April 6, 2014 | Oil and Gas Journal
An article in the Oil and Gas Journal, based upon a study done for the American Petroleum Institute, counts the potential benefits of crude oil exports.
Tight Oil Production Growth!|
April 3, 2014 | Energy Information Administration
This image from the Energy Information Administration shows the amazing growth of tight oil production from the Eagle Ford, Bakken, Utica and other formations.
North Carolina Companies Want Marcellus Gas|
April 3, 2014 | The Mercury News
An article in The Mercury News explains why companies in North Carolina want Marcellus Shale gas enough that they are willing to invest in a pipeline.
Weaning Europe from Russian Gas|
April 3, 2014 | The Hill
The Hill has a short video that explains the changing natural gas situation between Russia and Europe.
Throwing a Wrench into LNG Exports|
April 1, 2014 | FuelFix.com
Much of the thinking on LNG exports is based upon a plan developed in 2012 that many people in Washington think does not reflect the current situation.
Geography of Heating Fuels|
April 1, 2014 | Energy Information Administration
The Energy Information Administration has published information on the geography of propane and heating oil use for residential space heating.
How Sanctions Could Hit the Russian Wallet|
April 1, 2014 | FuelFix
International sanctions against Russia could push up financing costs for their multibillion-dollar pipeline, LNG and offshore drilling projects.
Rising Oil Production in New Mexico|
April 1, 2014 | Lite Geology
The most recent issue of Lite Geology from the New Mexico Bureau of Geology and Mineral Resources reports on how new drilling technologies are rapidly increasing the amount of oil produced in the state.
Severance Tax on the Marcellus Shale?|
March 29, 2014 | National Public Radio
The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania does not have a severance tax that would collect revenue from oil and natural gas production. Although other taxes are levied on energy companies the state has one of the lowest effective tax rates on drilling in the United States.
More Natural Gas Being Flared in North Dakota|
March 25, 2014 | Energy Information Administration
The amount of natural gas being flared in North Dakota is still increasing, in part because oil production is increasing.
Related: A collection of NASA images that show natural gas flaring at locations all over the world.
Using Natural Gas to Balance Load at Renewable Projects|
March 25, 2014 | Shell
“Solar power is clean and steady – until the sun goes down, or clouds roll in. Wind turbines stop spinning when the breeze dies. To provide reliable electricity, renewable energy sources need back-up. This is fueling a new generation of hybrid power plants in which solar or wind installations are supported by natural gas.”
Cyber Attacks on Energy Companies|
March 25, 2014 | Technology Review
They could be stealing research about solar panels, snooping seismic data from lease acreage, downloading employee data bases or exploring for ways to take down a power grid.
Cheniere LNG Export Facility|
March 24, 2014 | Los Angeles Times
The LA Times has an article about exporting liquefied natural gas that features the $12 billion, under-construction project that Cheniere Energy is building in Louisiana.
Related: What is LNG?
March 23, 2014 | National Geographic
National Geographic has an article titled: “Green Fracking? 5 Technologies for Cleaner Shale Energy”. It explains five methods that are being employed to reduce the environmental impact of hydraulic fracturing.
65 Years of Fracking|
March 23, 2014 | CNBC.com
Most people think that hydraulic fracturing is a recently-invented technology. However, it has been around for 65 years. CNBC has an article about it.
The Biggest Infrastructure Project Ever Built in Alaska?|
March 20, 2014 | Anchorage Daily News
The Alaska Senate is debating a large project that would involve a natural gas liquefaction plant on the North Slope coastline, a natural gas pipeline system and a natural gas processing plant. The State might have a stake in the project. Presently, lots of natural gas on the North Slope is being flared because it has no access to market. So much is being flared that it can be seen from space.
Related: What is liquefied natural gas?
Heating Fuels by USA Region|
March 20, 2014 | Energy Information Administration
The type of fuels used for home space heating vary by region in the United States. Heating oil is an important fuel in New England while electricity is the dominant fuel in the south.
Shell Studies Dumping Marcellus Investment??|
March 20, 2014 | Pittsburgh Post Gazette
Royal Dutch Shell does not seem to be happy with the return that the are getting from their investment in about a million acres of Marcellus Shale…. they have a lot of dry gas.
Has Support for Renewable Energy Peaked?|
March 20, 2014 | Nature.com
Nature.com has an article that looks at the support provided to renewable energy a few years ago compared to today. This is an industry that responds strongly to some types of government support but that support might be losing steam in the USA and other countries.
Japan: First New Geothermal Plant in 15 Years|
March 18, 2014 | Japan Daily Press
“As Japan continues to look for viable alternatives to its mothballed nuclear reactors, Chuo Electric Power Company is set to open Japan’s first new geothermal power project in 15 years.” Quoted from the Japan Daily Press.
Converting Natural Gas to a Liquid Fuel|
March 18, 2014 | Brigham Young University
“America’s current energy boom may take a new direction thanks to the discovery of a new way to turn raw natural gas into upgraded liquid alcohol fuel.” Quoted from the Brigham Young University press release.
Earthquakes Cause ODNR to Halt Drilling|
March 16, 2014 | Columbus Dispatch
On Monday, March 10th two small earthquakes in eastern Ohio (M2.6 and M3.0) prompted the Ohio Department of Natural Resources to halt operations at seven nearby gas wells. Industry responded that hundreds of wells have been drilled in the Utica Shale using hydraulic fracturing and horizontal drilling without incident.
Related: Utica Shale well density
Shell Starts Deep Water Production From Its Largest Platform|
March 16, 2014 | Shell
Shell recently started producing from its largest floating deep-water drilling and production platform in the Gulf of Mexico.
16% of European Gas Consumption Flows Through Ukraine|
March 16, 2014 | Energy Information Administration
According to the Energy Information Administration, about 16% of the natural gas consumed in Europe flows through Ukraine.
Pennsylvania Water Well Handbook|
March 16, 2014 | Shale Alliance for Energy Research
Over one million households in Pennsylvania rely on a water well for their household water supply. The Shale Alliance for Energy Research has published the Pennsylvania Water Well Handbook. Much of the information in the book can be applied to household water supply wells in other areas.
Geothermal Experiments at Newberry Volcano|
March 11, 2014 | Oregon Public Broadcasting
For over one year a company has been conducting geothermal experiments at Newberry National Volcanic Monument in Central Oregon. This article announces the public comment period and gives a short report on the results to date.
Chevron Shuts Down Seven Marcellus Wells|
March 11, 2014 | Natural Gas Intel
Chevron has ceased operations at seven Marcellus Shale wells in Pennsylvania after an explosion at one of their wells killed one worker and produced a fire that burned out-of-control for several days.
Natural Gas as a Political Lever?|
March 11, 2014 | New York Times
An opinion article on the New York Times website explains how the United States could use exporting natural gas liquids as a lever against Russia.
Tapping the Utica ahd the Marcellus from a Single Drill Pad?|
March 11, 2014 | BizJournals
A company in Ohio plans to drill wells into both the Marcellus Shale and the Utica Shale from a single drill pad in Ohio. The expect dry gas production from the deeper Utica and liquids production from the Marcellus.
Related: Horizontal Well Density in the Utica Shale.