Hydraulic fracturing is necessary for development of the Marcellus shale natural gas as this process opens up fractures in the shale which allows the natural gas to flow to the well.
On November 18, 2016, Bureau of Land Management published its Final Rule on Waste Prevention, Production subject to Royalties, and Resource Conservation applicable to onshore oil and gas leases. One of the main objectives of the new legislation is to update the current “outdated” regulations codified at 43 CFR Part 3160 to take into account new technologies that could boost the country’s energy efficiency. Furthermore, the rule sets out new royalty rates in order to ensure competitive leasing processes.
Concerns about water quality impacts and induced seismicity linked to oil and gas development and associated production fluid (brine) disposal wells have been in the media in the past years. With oil and gas development, these production fluids are a byproduct that need to be carefully managed. What options and what trends are on the horizon for recycling or disposing of these fluids in an environmentally friendly manner?
This article from the Penn State Center for Ag and Shale Law will review the extensive history of EPA actions that led to the issuance of the final report in order to provide context for a better understanding of the substance of the final report.
The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) has begun revising eligibility standards for expedited review of Erosion and Sediment permit applications related to oil and gas drilling.
The SEDA-COG Natural Gas Cooperative Inc. is offering an opportunity for companies in Pennsylvania and beyond to assist in preparing the Cooperative’s business plan and market analysis.
The Ben Franklin Shale Gas Innovation and Commercialization Center is excited to announce its Sixth Annual Shale Gas Innovation Contest, offering a total of $60,000 in cash prizes for the three best shale energy-oriented innovations, new product ideas, or service concepts that are either in the development stage or recently launched. Deadline to enter is 11:59PM on February 6th, 2017.
This week, the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released its final report on the impacts of hydraulic fracturing (often referred to as “fracking”) on drinking water resources in the United States.
Pressure, temperature and fluid composition play an important role in the amount of metals and other chemicals found in wastewaters from hydraulically fractured gas reservoirs, according to Penn State researchers.
The US Fish and Wildlife Service published to the Federal Register a proposed rule governing the management of non-federal oil and gas activities on National Wildlife Refuge System (NWRS) lands and waters.
Penn State University, in collaboration with the Philadelphia Industrial Development Corporation and other technology providers and with funding from the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP), is demonstrating a cost-effective technology path to increase the use of renewable-energy power generation in Pennsylvania.
In June 2015, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued a draft report, “Assessment of the Potential Impacts of Hydraulic Fracturing for Oil and Gas on Drinking Water Resources”.
The effort brings together six research groups from both academia and industry.
Wyoming DEQ Concludes that Water Contamination Was Not Caused by Hydraulic Fracturing.
A computer program is diving deep into water quality data from Pennsylvania, helping scientists detect potential environmental impacts of Marcellus Shale gas drilling.
More than a dozen members of Penn State’s Positive Energy student group cleaned up areas of Cross Creek Park in Washington County, Pennsylvania, in a partnership with the natural gas company Range Resources.
Recently, protests against the Dakota Access Pipeline have received a tremendous amount of media coverage. The legal underpinnings to this dispute, however, have received substantially less attention (more...)
The Wolfcamp shale in the Midland Basin portion of Texas’ Permian Basin province contains an estimated mean of 20 billion barrels of oil, 16 trillion cubic feet of associated natural gas, and 1.6 billion barrels of natural gas liquids, according to an assessment by the U.S. Geological Survey.
Penn State’s College of Earth and Mineral Sciences had the second largest contingent of students attend the Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) Annual Technical Conference and Exhibition in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, in September, many returning with awards at the event that pairs students with 7,500 industry professionals from 91 countries.
No one can predict exactly when a coal mine will collapse, but a $1.1 million grant from the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health aims to change that, according to a Penn State mineral engineer.