Energy Forum News

01.21.13

Fracking for natural gas being powered by it, too

Advances in hydraulic fracturing technology have powered the American natural gas boom. And now hydraulic fracturing could be increasingly powered by the very fuel it has been so successful in coaxing up from the depths. Oil- and gas-field companies from Pennsylvania to Texas are experimenting with converting the huge diesel pump engines that propel millions of gallons of water, sand and chemicals thousands of feet down well bores to break apart rock or tight sands and release the natural gas trapped inside.

 

01.21.13

Bi-fuel vehicles gaining speed

Detroit is beginning to produce vehicles that can run on both natural gas and regular gasoline. Anyone who has natural gas service in their home can tap off the same gas line to gas up their vehicle - at least until more commercial natural gas stations are established. Those facts make shale natural gas even more important to states that can produce it.

 

01.21.13

Mayors, API separately urge DOE to authorize LNG exports

A group of US Midcontinent mayors and the American Petroleum Institute separately urged the US Department of Energy to authorize LNG exports. "We should be well beyond simply kicking the can down the road. It's urgent that we accelerate this process," Tulsa Mayor Dewey Bartlett said in a teleconference. An hour later, API Senior Economist John C. Felmy told reporters, "The government's own analysis shows that gas exports could benefit the entire US economy. If exports were allowed, more gas could be produced, and additional supplies would enhance our energy security, not reduce it."

 

01.21.13

LNG exports pushed by mayors group

A group of 17 mayors, including Dewey Bartlett Jr. of Tulsa, from four natural gas-producing states are urging U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu to help expedite approvals for eventually exporting liquefied natural gas to other nations. The mayors, representing cities from Oklahoma, Texas, Louisiana and Arkansas, each sent the letters this week. The historic new production of shale gas has many industry insiders believing the U.S. could export LNG as early as 2016.

 

01.07.13

Matt Damon's 'Promised Land' fuels a real-world battle over 'fracking'

The new Matt Damon film 'Promised Land' is giving voice to critics of natural gas production, but the film faces opposition too as "fracking" goes Hollywood. The movie arrives in the middle of political and regulatory battles over fracking, the controversial oil-and-gas development method that's enabling a U.S. production boom. The Beltway has taken notice as green groups highlight the movie and conservatives attack it.

 

12.19.12

New Oil and Natural Gas Study Weighs Economic Benefits for States

A new IHS Study measures economic benefits of Unconventional Oil and Gas Production for each State in the United States Lower 48.

 

12.04.12

Liquefied natural gas exports will help, not harm economy, environment

As our nation's leaders work to improve our nation's struggling economy, there is one opportunity we cannot overlook: a responsible exports policy. U.S. Senators and Representatives from across the country have voiced their support for natural gas exports as a unique American opportunity that will create jobs and strengthen our energy security.

 

11.29.12

Optima Sees Fracking Increasing Specialty Steel Demand

Demand for specialty-steel products used in hydraulic fracking is poised to continue rising next year as energy companies step up exploration and production in shale-rock formations, Optima Specialty Steel Inc. said. Optima's sales of steel tubing to natural gas producers have climbed 15 percent in 2012, and a similar increase is forecast for 2013, said Kevin Stevick, chief executive officer of the closely held company. Growth at the Miami-based company is coming from fracking in states including Ohio, West Virginia, Pennsylvania and New York, he said.

 

11.27.12

Natural Gas: Energy You Can Hold Infographic

Natural gas isn't just for kitchen stoves and and large power plants. Natural gas liquids are widely used in manufacturing thousands of everyday products, as well as fertilizers and other applications that people may not be as familiar with.

 

11.21.12

Natural Gas Research 'Space Race' Is On

It has taken a couple of years for the energy industry to acknowledge a new reality: Natural gas availability is soaring in contravention of forecasting models that have been in use for decades, and the fuel is set to transform everything from power generation and transport to chemicals and even the trade deficit.