New Study: PA NatGas Carbon Emissions HALF that of Coal Mining

A new study just published in the peer reviewed journal Geophysical Research Letters by an international team of researchers finds that natural gas “has half the carbon footprint of underground coal mining.” The researchers looked at (did measurements of, actual real science) methane in the atmosphere by flying transects over the southwestern portion of Pennsylvania and adjacent portions of West Virginia and Ohio. Marcellus/Utica central. One of the researchers from Penn State said this about the findings: “Obviously, renewable energy would be better, but there is no debate, switching to natural gas is worth it in the short run.”
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NOAA Admits Error – Methane Emissions Haven’t Gone Up in 10 Yrs

Anti-fossil fuel fanatics attempting to ban natural gas extraction, the pipelines that flow it, and even end-use of natgas have blathered on for years that “methane is 84 times more potent than carbon dioxide” (so says Big Green group Environmental Defense Fund). EDF and other antis would have us believe oil and gas drilling, particularly from shale, and the pipelines that flow the gas, are leaking more methane than gets captured and sold. Antis’ favorite source to quote is the can’t-ever-be-questioned, above-reproach National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). However, antis’ arguments all go out the window when NOAA itself says, “Whoops, we made a mistake in our calculations. Methane emissions haven’t gone up after all–not in the past 10 years.” As they’ve just done. Whoops indeed.
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Study Shows No Health Impacts from Marcellus Drilling Near School

One of the false allegations made against shale drilling is that it somehow pollutes the air–of particular concern near schools. A new independent two-year study commissioned by Range Resources at one of their drilling sites, located about a mile from a local school, thoroughly debunks that allegation. A first-of-its kind public health and long-term ambient air monitoring report (full copy below) provides analysis from nearly two years of continuous data from an unconventional Marcellus Shale well site nearby a high school and elementary school campus in Washington County, PA. The study found no health impacts from shale drilling.
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EPA Draft Study re Disposing Frack Wastewater in Lakes, Rivers

A year ago we told you about the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) launching a new study examining the possibility of treating oil and gas wastewater and (gasp) releasing the cleaned-up wastewater into lakes and rivers, instead of injecting it back down holes in the ground (see EPA Launches Study to Dispose Frack Wastewater in Lakes, Rivers). The EPA asked for “input” from everyone, including the oil and gas industry and Big Green, to help guide their research efforts. On Wednesday the EPA released a first draft of the study.
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EIA May ’19 Drilling Report: Shale Gas Production Passes 80 Bcf/d

In the coming month, the U.S.’s seven major shale plays will produce a cumulative 80.7 billion cubic feet (Bcf) of natural gas, the first time shale production has passed that milestone. Yesterday our favorite government agency, the U.S. Energy Information Administration, issued our favorite monthly report, the Drilling Productivity Report. The DPR is a forecast of oil and gas production in the country’s major shale plays for the coming month, made by the expert number crunchers at EIA. The Marcellus/Utica is forecast to increase production an amazing 1/3 Bcf in the next 30 days, for a second month in a row.
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FERC Report: Still More Demand than Supply for NatGas in 2018

Last week the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) released its annual State of the Markets report–for 2018. The report summarizes FERC’s assessment of natural gas, electric, and other energy market developments during the past year. The revelation (for us) coming from the report was in reading that although the U.S. had record high natural gas production and demand last year (from electric generation and LNG exports), the growth in demand for natgas outpaced the growth in production.
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US Uses More Energy than Ever – Fossil Fuel Use Grew 4% in 2018

Our favorite government agency, the U.S. Energy Information Administration, published a post yesterday with information that’s sure to make anti-fossil fuelers go nuts. Even with increased use of so-called renewables and a major emphasis on conserving energy, America’s overall energy usage went up 4% in 2018 to a new, all-time high. Not only that, but America’s use of dreaded fossil fuels also went up by 4% last year!
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MIT Claims New Filter Helps NatGas Burn Cleaner

MIT researchers have developed a new polymer membrane that can dramatically improve the efficiency of natural gas purification, while reducing its environmental impact. (Image: Chelsea Turner, MIT)

Researchers from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) claim to have discovered a new way to filter natural gas before it’s burned to remove the presence of “contaminants” like carbon dioxide within the gas, so that the methane will burn cleaner. If true, perhaps gas-fired electric plants will become zero-carbon emitting sources of cheap electricity. We can hear the screams of fossil fuel haters everywhere.
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Two Possible Paths for PA’s Energy Future in 25 Years

What will Pennsylvania’s future with respect to energy look like 25 years from now? What role will shale gas play? And how will that role affect the state? A group of 35 people began to study that question in the summer of 2017 and the end result, a new study, has just been released (full copy below). According to the study’s results, there are two distinct paths PA can take, resulting in two very different outcomes.
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Raymond James Says EIA Co-mingles FUCs with DUCs in Monthly Report

If you’ve hung around MDN for long and read our posts on the U.S. Energy Information Administration’s (EIA) monthly Drilling Productivity Report (DPR), you’ve come across talk about DUCs–Drilled but UnCompleted wells. In all our time covering the Marcellus/Utica, we’ve never come across a variation on DUCs, called FUCs–Forgotten UnCompleted wells. We didn’t know the term existed! But it does.
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IEA Report: NatGas Became World’s “Fuel of Choice” in 2018

The International Energy Agency has just released its latest assessment of global energy consumption and energy-related CO2 emissions for 2018. The “Global Energy & CO2 Status Report” (full copy below) provides a high-level and up-to-date view of energy markets, including latest available data for oil, natural gas, coal, wind, solar, nuclear power, electricity, and energy efficiency. The big winner in 2018 across Planet Earth? Natural gas.
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New Study: 45% of U.S. Natural Gas Will Come from M-U by 2040

Yesterday IHS Markit released a study commissioned by Shale Crescent USA and JobsOhio that finds natural gas produced in the tri-state region of Ohio, Pennsylvania and West Virginia will be 45% of the nation’s production by 2040, up from 31% this year. This is truly big news with lots of ramifications.
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