China’s Coal-To-Gas Plan May Increase CO2 Levels

China has the world’s largest deposits of coal.  You would think having access to almost limitless energy reserves would be a good thing for China as it seeks to keep its economy growing. The Chinese people want jobs and cars and modern cities, they want smart phones and HD TV’s. In short, they want all … Continue reading China’s Coal-To-Gas Plan May Increase CO2 Levels

Plenty of US ethane still available for crackers

The US petrochemical market has seen a flood of investments over the past few years on the heels of a production boom in unconventional North American hydrocarbons. The flow of capital has been welcomed as it transforms the North American chemical industry; one that was left for dead just five years ago as uncompetitive feedstock … Continue reading Plenty of US ethane still available for crackers

Methane Emissions: EPA Need To Do More To Stop Leaking Pipelines

The Environmental Protection Agency isn’t doing enough to prevent methane from escaping from natural gas pipelines, according to a new report from the agency’s internal watchdog. The report, published Friday by the EPA’s Inspector General, stated that in 2011, more than $192 million worth of natural gas was lost due to leaks in pipelines. The … Continue reading Methane Emissions: EPA Need To Do More To Stop Leaking Pipelines

New Drilling Largely Driven By Debt

Major oil and gas companies are taking on an increasing share of debt in order to maintain drilling momentum, according to data from the U.S. Energy Information Administration. Beginning around 2010, energy companies have been increasing their spending, particularly in the United States, as the tight oil revolution took off. Major firms snatched up acreage … Continue reading New Drilling Largely Driven By Debt

5 Things Ukraine Must Do To Become Energy Independent

There are exactly five things Kiev must do to become energy independent and disentangle itself from the Russian-driven geopolitical gas war: 1. Sell its pipeline system (most importantly); 2. Sell the remaining state interest in oil and gas company Ukrnafta; 3. Aggressively farm out as brown-field developments areas licensed by state-owned Ukrgazproduction; 4. Develop additional … Continue reading 5 Things Ukraine Must Do To Become Energy Independent

Manhattan Natural Gas Pipeline Emissions Final Report

DCS requested that GSI extend the work effort described in our initial Report on a Preliminary Investigation of Ground-Level Ambient Methane Levels in Manhattan, New York City, New York (16 December 2012) to assess the practicality of developing an estimate of methane emissions in Manhattan. Specifically the effort was to focus on providing an estimate … Continue reading Manhattan Natural Gas Pipeline Emissions Final Report

Ethane production: The prospects and possibilities in the market

Ethane is a hydrocarbon with a molecular structure C2H6, and belongs to the group of natural gas liquids (or NGLs). NGLs include ethane, propane (C4H8), n-butane (C4H10), iso-butane (C4H10), and natural gasoline (C5 and C6 molecules). Natural gas processors separate the raw gas stream into these various components. Ethane has been produced in increasing quantity … Continue reading Ethane production: The prospects and possibilities in the market

Nonmarketed natural gas in North Dakota still rising due to higher total production

Natural gas production in North Dakota's portion of the Bakken Shale formation has grown significantly, alongside the rapid rise in oil production in the state. Natural gas production has outpaced additions to the state's gas pipeline capacity and processing facilities. As a result, the amount of nonmarketed natural gas output continued to grow in North … Continue reading Nonmarketed natural gas in North Dakota still rising due to higher total production