Half of all U.S. natural gas production comes from shale, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration. Experts initially believed that it would take another 10 to 20 years for shale gas to account for such a large percentage of our local gas supply. The shale gas boom isn’t just good for our energy needs; it could also be a blessing for our environment.
Injection Wells: Mysterious Cause of Texas Earthquakes or Convenient Scapegoat? During the early 1800s, a band of English craftspeople, the Luddites, formed a collective and destroyed new textile machines. They were afraid of the new technology and assumed it would deprive them of their livelihood.In such an account, fear and indignation derives from a misperception of a personal threat. To quote a familiar adage, the more things change, the more they stay the same. On an almost weekly basis, those scanning the headlines can find another example of technophobic alarmism.Consider, for example, the latest scare tactic co-opted by groups in opposition to hydraulic fracking. They contend that disposal wells associated with natural gas well drilling, also known as “injection wells,” have set off tremors in North Texas, and around the Dallas-Fort Worth area in particular.In recent years, gas drilling has proliferated in the Barnett Shale, an immense sedimentary rock formation underlying
Perhaps to defend itself against charges that its stories have lost cultural relevance, the movie industry has jumped into one of today’s most contentious issues. Yes, Hollywood has joined the great energy debate. But should we be paying attention? In the past four years, not one, but two Gasland movies have put the energy industry in the crosshairs. In both films, director Josh Fox strives to illustrate the dangers of hydraulic fracturing of wells. While Fox can be commended for his passion for a very important topic – our nation’s gas production – I am disappointed by the sensationalism he substitutes for simple honesty. He plays especially fast and loose with the facts in his depiction of the effect fracking has on the drinking water of residents who live near natural gas wells. To date, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has verified the industry’s claim that there are zero cases on record of water wells being poisoned due to fracking. What Fox also didn
Over the holidays, I received a newsletter from one of the companies in our industry, and among the normal details of oil and gas prices, procurement news, and other related items, I found a link to the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development’s (OECD) Education at a Glance 2013: OECD Indicators. This yearly publication examines and analyzes the quality of learning outcomes, the policy and contextual issues factors that shape these outcomes, and the private and social return on investments in learning. Source: Business insider The document is positively fascinating, and is filled with useful information for governments, think-tanks, students―and savvy businesses. Among its many, many insights, it ranks student performance―among more than 510,000 15-year-olds in participating countries―in mathematics, reading and science. The datafor the ranking comes from testing that participating countries conduct as part of the OECD’s Programme for International Student A
When most of us think of recycling, we think of plastic bottles and aluminum cans. Consumer and business recycling has slowly picked up steam in recent years as the materials have become more valuable. Recycling (better known as re-manufacturing) is becoming increasingly common on an industrial scale, as well. Machinery-and the metal with which it is built-is too valuable to be discarded after even years of use. As a result, the industry has generated a new term: industrial recycling. In the case of industrial natural gas and diesel engines, companies “recycle” the engine by completely disassembling it and rebuilding it with a combination of existing (serviceable) and new components. This industrial recycling process essentially returns the engine to new operating condition. The core material of an engine-the steel housing-doesn‘t deteriorate significantly over time, when properly cared for. It’s the pumps, seals, hoses, belts, pins, rings and other components that wear out