Category Archives: Discussion – Oil & Gas

Tech Miracle In U.S. Shale Is A Media Myth

I am tired of hearing about the unbelievable impact of technology on collapsing U.S. shale production costs. The truth is that these claims are unbelievable. The savings are real but only about 10 percent is from advances in technology. About … Continue reading

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DISCUSSION: What is the cost of keeping Europe’s shale in the ground?

Recently, BP ruled itself out from drilling shale gas in the UK because it may “attract the wrong kind of public attention” [1]. In 2013 new studies estimated huge shale potential in the United Kingdom, as much as 1,000 trillion … Continue reading

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DISCUSSION: How will the fracking wars end?

Fracking is not a new technology, but the technological advances that have expanded its application to vast, previously unrecoverable reserves, have exposed it to significant new scrutiny. Since 2005, shale gas production has already reached 23% of United States total … Continue reading

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DISCUSSION: Pipelines or Rail? Implications of the new Keystone Report

The pending decision on the Keystone XL Pipeline is perceived as a precedent-setter for defining the US government’s commitment to balancing the environment with economic development. Anti-Keystone protests at the White House are a very visible example of public environmental … Continue reading

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DISCUSSION: Mexico’s Energy Revolution: A win for whom?

Mexico’s energy reform signed last December by President Pena Nieto marks an important milestone for the country, opening oil and natural gas exploration and production not only to local, but also to foreign private companies. Private investment will be allowed … Continue reading

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DISCUSSION: What is the best leading indicator of shale production?

The recent boom in shale oil and gas production in the US has dramatically improved the economic and energy security prospects on North America.  Texas alone saw a 20% increase of its oil production in 2013, which was a record … Continue reading

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[Closed] DISCUSSION: Power from gas – who bears the risk?

The EIA’s Annual Energy Outlook for 2013 projects a continuation of the rebalancing occurring in electricity generation in the USA (See figure 1), with gas rising to 30% of the US electricity mix by 2040. This switching of capacity from coal … Continue reading

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[Closed] DISCUSSION: Methane Hydrates: another unexpected revolution?

LNG imports and nuclear energy have long played a key role in Japan’s electricity generation, as the country lacks domestic natural resources. However, since the Fukushima incident, Japan has increasingly been relying on the import of fossil fuels. As a … Continue reading

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[Closed] DISCUSSION: Williamsport, booming gas-drilling city, stays optimistic as drilling slows

The Marcellus Shale industry, which arrived in this northern Pennsylvania city five years ago and turned Williamsport into the seventh-fastest-growing area in the nation, appears to have lost some momentum. Economic activity in this city affectionately known as \”Billtown\” has … Continue reading

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[Closed] DISCUSSION: Climate change could put $6 trillion in fossil fuel reserves at risk

The International Energy Agency last year warned that if humanity is to have any hope of avoiding catastrophic climate change, a third of the world’s fossil fuel reserves must be put off limits until 2050. That prompted HSBC Global Research … Continue reading

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