Shale oil to push U.S. past Russia, Saudi Arabia

Jul 10, 2014

Shale oil to push U.S. past Russia, Saudi Arabia

Four years into the shale revolution, the U.S. is on track to pass Russia and Saudi Arabia as the world’s largest producer of crude oil, most analysts agree. When that happens and by how much, though, has produced disparate estimates that depend on uncertain ...

Study shows how fracking causes some earthquakes

Jul 4, 2014

Study shows how fracking causes some earthquakes

A new study explains how four wells forcing massive amounts of drilling wastewater into the ground are probably shaking up Oklahoma. Those wells seem to have triggered more than 100 small and medium earthquakes in the past five years, according to a study published ...

Fracking 'causing methane leakage'

Jul 1, 2014

Fracking 'causing methane leakage'

In the state of Pennsylvania’s gas drilling boom, newer and unconventional wells leak far more often than older and traditional ones, according to a study of state inspection reports for 41,000 wells. The results suggest that leaks of methane could be a problem for ...

World energy use threatens water

Mar 23, 2014

World energy use threatens water

Rising demand for energy, from biofuels to shale gas, is a threat to freshwater supplies, according to a United Nations report released Friday. The report urged energy companies to do more to limit their use of water in everything from cooling coal-fired power plants ...

Mar 14, 2014

New way found to convert natural gas

U.S. scientists said Thursday they have devised a potentially easier, cheaper and cleaner way to turn natural gas into usable fuels and chemicals — a discovery that could lead to natural gas products displacing oil products in the future. The process would be less ...

Feb 14, 2014

Methane leaks underestimated

The natural gas system in the United States is leaking far more methane, a potent greenhouse gas, into the air than official estimates say, according to research released Thursday. The report by researchers at seven major universities reviewed some 200 studies from the past ...

Railroads try out natural gas locomotives

Jan 24, 2014

Railroads try out natural gas locomotives

The diesel-burning locomotive, the workhorse of American railroads since World War II, will soon begin burning natural gas — a potentially historic shift that could cut fuel costs, reduce pollution and strengthen the advantage railroads hold over trucks in long-haul shipping. Rail companies want ...

'Frack off': U.K. energy debate erupts

| Oct 2, 2013

'Frack off': U.K. energy debate erupts

by Karla Adam

This might seem a bizarre place for a battle over energy policy in Britain. A quaint village with a single pub, a well-attended tea room and a population of about 2,000, Balcombe has become the focal point of a heated debate over hydraulic fracturing, ...