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The Utica Shale could hold 782 trillion cubic feet of natural gas and nearly 2 billion barrels of oil according to a new study. New study shows greater potential for Utica Shale By: Laura Legere (Pittsburgh Post Gazette) The Utica Shale and associated hydrocarbon-rich rock zones hold significantly more potentially recoverable natural gas than early estimates predicted, according to research released Tuesday at a workshop in Canonsburg. It turns out, according to the new studys estimates, the total Utica Shale play could hold technically recoverable volumes of 782 trillion cubic feet of natural gas and nearly 2 billion barrels of oil. The estimates from a research partnership organized by West Virginia University represent the average of a wider range of possibly recoverable amounts of oil and gas in the Utica, which stretches beneath parts of Ohio, West Virginia, Pennsylvania and other states and includes neighboring oil- and gas-bearing geologic layers. A 2012 U.S. Geological Survey
Natural gas accounted for 31% of U.S. electric power generation in April while coal represented 30%. Natural gas surpasses coal as biggest US electricity source By: Tom Murphy Natural gas overtook coal as the top source of U.S. electric power generation for the first time ever earlier this spring, a milestone that has been in the making for years as the price of gas slides and new regulations make coal more risky for power generators. About 31 percent of electric power generation in April came from natural gas, and 30 percent from coal, according to a recently released report from the research company SNL Energy, which used data from the U.S. Energy Department. Nuclear power came in third at 20 percent. A drilling boom that started in 2008 has boosted U.S. natural gas production by 30 percent and made the United States the worlds biggest combined producer of oil and natural gas. Hydraulic fracturing has allowed energy companies to tap huge volumes of gas trapped deep underground
By Harold L. Sirkin A recent opinion piece in the New York Times brings to mind one of the most frequently quoted lines ever to appear in a newspaper editorial: Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus. The editorial, which appeared in the New York Sun in 1897, was written in response to a letter to the editor from eight-year-old Virginia OHanlon, daughter of New York City coroners assistant Philip OHanlon. The letter was brief: Dear Editor, I am eight years old. Some of my little friends say there is no Santa Claus. Papa says, If you see it in The Sun its so. Please tell me the truth; is there a Santa Claus? One of the Suns editors, Francis Pharcellus Church, a war correspondent during the Civil War, responded, telling Virginia that her friends were affected by the skepticism of a skeptical ageand were wrong. Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus, Church wrote, he exists as certainly as love and generosity and devotion. Today, Virginias great-great-grandchildren, and those of her
By Dustin Monke on Jun 10, 2015 at 6:45 p.m. Satellite images that circulated the Internet more than two years ago purported to show natural gas flares lighting up the Bakken Oil Patch as bright as a major metropolitan city were highly processed, manipulated and inaccurate, researchers at the University of North Dakotas Energy Environmental Research Center said Wednesday. Chris Zygarlicke, the EERCs deputy associate director for research, said he took an interest in the images because the science involved aligns closely with his background. He said having driven through western North Dakota and the Oil Patch, he believed the images were inaccurately portraying the area. Theres no way that were lighting up the land like you see people talking about everywhere, he said. So, since late 2013, Zygarlicke and researchers from the EERC and UNDs aerospace department have used images gathered from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration to determine what the Oil Patch truly looks
The Pennsylvania construction management firm will study the best ways for PA companies to use natural gas or propane in powering their fleets. Gannett Fleming to study using natural gas, propane for vehicle fleets By: Joseph Deinlein (Central Penn Business Journal) A Camp Hill-based company has been tapped to study the best ways for certain Pennsylvania commercial and industrial companies to use natural gas or propane to power their fleets. Gannett Fleming Inc. will perform the study for the Ben Franklin Shale Gas Innovation Commercialization Center, an initiative of Ben Franklin Technology Partners/CNP, through the state Department of Community and Economic Developments Discovered in PA, Developed in PA program, according to a news release. The center will use $47,000 from a $750,000 grant from DCED, center Executive Director Bill Hall said in an email. Thats on top of an ongoing study being performed by Texas-based ADI Analytics for $25,000 to determine the feasibility of locating
A California-based technology developer says natural gas-based processes could be the alternative for ethane crackers and oil refineries. Rahul Iyer sits down with RIGZONE to discuss the outlook for Siluria Technologies catalytic Oxidative Coupling of Methane and Ethylene to Liquids processes. The Next Logical Steps For Natural Gas Supplies? By: Matthew V. Veazey A California-based company claims that it has found a commercially viable technique to directly convert natural gas into liquid fuels or petrochemical building blocks. Natural gas is the next logical step for the energy and chemistry industry, said Rahul Iyer, vice president of corporate development with Siluria Technologies, which is partnering with world-class refining and petrochemical companies to roll out its catalytic processes for producing ethylene and liquid hydrocarbon fuels or fuel blend stocks. Last month, Siluria announced that it raised nearly more than $30 million in a financing led by Saudi Aramco Energy
Bob Downing details how Ohios Utica shale has performed compared to other well-known shale plays around the country and why. Natural gas production from Utica shale is very close to intial production from Eagle Ford shale By:Bob Downing The U.S. Department of Energy says the production of natural gas from Ohios Utica shale over its first 20 months is close to initial natural gas production from the highly touted Eagle Ford shale in Texas. And Utica shale production is slightly more than Haynesville shale in Louisiana produced over its first 20 months, the agencys Energy Information Administration said in a new assessment. On the other hand, Utica production is not close to matching Marcellus shale in Pennsylvania and West Virginia for natural gas, the agency said. Marcellus was generating 3 billion cubic feet per day after 20 months; it is now producing 14 billion cubic feet per day. Natural gas production in Ohios Utica shale is currently running about 1 billion cubic feet