Natural Gas About to Get Even Cleaner; What Will Fractivists Do?

Jim WillisEditor & Publisher, Marcellus Drilling News (MDN) [Editor’s Note: New research developments are coming that will make natural gas burn even cleaner than now, destroying fractivist arguments against it.] Researchers at the University of Illinois Chicago have developed a cutting edge catalyst made up of 10 different elements–each of which on its own has the ability

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U.S. Oil & Gas Industry Doubled Down on Environmental Commitments in 2020

America’s shale industry battled low oil prices, economic shutdowns resulting in decreased demand and a pandemic in 2020, but that didn’t stop the industry from continuing to strive to improve its environmental footprint through research, innovation, collaboration and commitments to greater transparency. As we round out December, let’s take a look at some of the

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Essential Infrastructure Is Key to Reducing Permian Basin Emissions

The most effective and economically beneficial way to reduce flaring is through the construction of new pipelines to ship associated natural gas to market – a fact that received unanimous agreement during a recent panel discussion on the Permian Basin hosted by Rice University’s Baker Institute. The panelists – which included Rystad Energy’s Mike McCormick,

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Progressive Policy Institute Tells Biden That Natural Gas Is Critical To Climate Solutions

A “left-of-center” policy group has released a memo advocating that the incoming Biden Administration embrace the use of natural gas to help meet its climate goals and to compliment the increasing deployment of renewable energy sources. The Progressive Policy Institute published the memo to urge “President-elect Biden to strike a new bargain between the federal

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Gas Ban Economics 101: A Lesson in Energy Policy and What Not to Do

Kenneth W. CostelloRegulatory Economist/Independent Consultant … … [Editor’s Note: Ken Costello carefully explains why gas bans in nutty places such as Berkeley make absolutely no economic sense whatsoever.] Political attempts to curtail gas supply and demand have met with limited success. Methane rules, drilling restrictions on public land, and opposition to new pipelines have incrementally

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Net-Zero New England Only Possible with Natural Gas!

Tom ShepstoneShepstone Management Company, Inc. … … Net-Zero New England is the goal and natural gas is the solution according to Obama’s former Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz’s team. A very interesting study just came out from a group founded by former Obama Administration Secretary of Energy, Ernest Moniz. The group is The Energy Futures Initiative,

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AREGCBA Likely to Create More NY Refugees: Climate Refugees

Roger CaiazzaIndependent Researcher and Publisher,Pragmatic Environmentalist of New York … AREGCBA is nothing short of a climate refugee creator, the environmental impact from the wind turbines and solar panels will be staggering. This post summarizes the comments I submitted on the draft regulations proposed by the New York Office of Renewable Energy Siting to implement the Accelerated Renewable Energy Growth

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Natural Gas Now Best Picks of the Week – October 31, 2020

Tom ShepstoneShepstone Management Company, Inc. … … Readers pass along a lot of stuff every week about natural gas, fractivist antics, emissions, renewables, and other news relating to energy. As usual, emphasis is added. Anti-Fracking Crusade Running Out of Gas? Dan Markind does an election overview with respect to states where fracking has been an

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Colorado Emissions Roadmap Acknowledges Crucial Role Of Oil & Natural Gas

Last week’s Air Quality Control Commission hearing revealed deep ideological divisions among its members, but also an acknowledgement that oil and natural gas should play a crucial role in Colorado’s economy. After the Colorado State Assembly passed HB 1261 in 2019 that mandated reducing statewide GHG pollution 26 percent by 2025, 50 percent by 2030,

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Fracking No Longer A Swear Word in Media As Biden Gets Pushback

Tom ShepstoneShepstone Management Company, Inc. …. ….  Something remarkable has happened thanks to Joe Biden, whose fracking debacle has gotten pushback and much deserved media attention. Our former guest blogger, Dan Markind, has moved on to writing some excellent energy columns for Forbes magazine. Dan was always an observer par excellence when it came to

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Proximity to oil and gas wells linked to health complaints

A new study published in PLOS ONE in August suggests residents in southwestern Pennsylvania surrounded by oil and gas facilities may suffer from more health complaints, according to EOS. People living near oil and gas wells in southwestern Pennsylvania reported sore throat, burning eyes, headaches and more to researchers. Researchers estimated exposure to oil and

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PGNiG partners with Toyota on hydrogen initiative

Polish oil and gas company PGNiG has expanded its hydrogen development project through a new partnership with Toyota Motor Poland, Kallanish Energy reports. The two companies will cooperate on the advancement of hydrogen technologies in Poland, including the construction of a new pilot hydrogen refuelling station. PGNiG’s hydrogen research programme, which was launched in May

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Study shows methane leaks in Pa. may be higher than state reports

A study released by the Environmental Defense Fund recently reported Pennsylvania’s oil and gas industry emits over 1.1 million short tons of methane annually — more than 16 times the amount reported to the state Department of Environmental Protection, according to Daily American. Although unconventional well operators reported 70,150 short tons of methane emissions in 2017, EDF’s

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Natural Gas Now Best Picks of the Week – December 29, 2019

Tom ShepstoneShepstone Management Company, Inc. … … Readers pass along a lot of stuff every week about natural gas, fractivist antics, emissions, renewables, and other news relating to energy. As usual, emphasis is added. Fossil Fuels Essential to Middle Class Prosperity Joe Biden’s loose comment about being willing to destroy oil and gas jobs for

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