BEYOND THE HEADLINES
Beyond the Headlines: Fugitive Gas and Flaring: Current and Future Realities
Are fugitive releases of natural gas and flaring environmental concerns? Can these be ameliorated today and even better in the future? Yes and yes.
What Is All This Talk About Emissions?
Emissions are in the air and in the headlines every day. With growing regulations around all types of air emissions, are there ways that industry can deploy technologies cost-effectively in the current environment?
Origins of Natural Gas Discharging From Shallow Groundwater
Professionals in the oil and gas industry often receive questions about how industry operations affect public health, the environment, and the communities in which they operate. Of particular concern today is the impact of hydraulic fracturing on the environment.
Fracturing and Natural Gas in Groundwater: Is There a Connection?
Anyone who has watched films such as Gasland and Promised Land is aware of the alleged dire consequences to groundwater resources from the petroleum industry’s decades-old practice of hydraulic fracturing of tight formations to release hydrocarbons.
Are Well Construction Practices Safe for the Environment?
There are headlines every day that discuss the ethics and safety behind oil and gas operations, particularly hydraulic fracturing.
Can Waste Water Be Disposed of Safely?
Shale oil and gas wells use a lot of water in fracturing operations. Each well may use up to 8 million gallons, and as much as 35% of this can return as flowback water. Safe disposition is completely feasible and, in fact, is being broadly practiced today.
How Safe Is Our Drinking Water?
Do shale oil and gas drilling present a real threat to drinking water supplies? This is likely the single greatest concern in the minds of those opposed to the exploitation of this resource. Can oil and gas wells leak fluids into the Earth? Yes. Can it be prevented? Yes, again.
Earthquakes: Should We Be Worried?
Can activities related to shale oil and gas production cause earthquakes? Yes. Can these be avoided? Yes, again.
How Thirsty is Shale Gas?
A newspaper recently reported about a California county's ban of hydraulic fracturing because of concerns regarding freshwater consumption in a drought year. Shale oil or gas production does use a lot of water, but not as much as other sources of energy.
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