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Study blames methane leaks on faulty well casings

Ken Ward Jr. | Charleston Gazette (Charleston, W.Va.) Problems with natural gas well construction appears to be the primary cause of drinking water contamination from shale-gas extraction, according to a new study published today by researchers from five universities. The study did not find evidence of methane gas migrating from deep underground into residential drinking wells, an indication that neither the ...

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Rate of greenhouse gas increase unseen in 30 years

red earth

Zachary Toliver | Shale Plays Media In a recent announcement, the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) stated that Concentrations of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere between 2012 and 2013 grew at their fastest rate since 1984. The WMO figures show that the globally averaged amount of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere reached 396 parts per million (ppm) in 2013, an increase ...

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Colorado senator defends flammable water, cites history

Zach Koppang | Shale Plays Media Colorado state Sen. Randy Baumgardner recently appeared on a daily television show called ‘Pray In Jesus’ Name’ and explained how methane found in water as a result of the hydraulic fracturing process had been an important part of Indian’s survival in the winter, according to a recent report on Salon. Having been to many ...

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Planned helicopter mission will find lost Pa. wells


Shane Thielges | Shale Plays Media An upcoming helicopter search mission will seek to find abandoned oil and gas wells in Pennsylvania, the Bradford Era reports. The operation, which will be conducted by the US Department of Energy’s National Energy Technology Laboratory, will measure magnetic fields to detect steel casings of wells whose whereabouts have been lost. The state Department ...

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Gas interests silent at EPA carbon pollution hearings


Anya Litvak and Madeline R. Conway | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette An industry that has become ubiquitous on Pittsburgh’s energy scene — and one that might stand to benefit most from proposed carbon pollution standards — was conspicuously missing from two days of hearings and protests on the federal proposal. Natural gas companies and their trade groups sat out the Environmental Protection ...

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Colorado man aiming to end natural gas flaring

Zach Koppang | Shale Plays Media A career in the aerospace industry with vision aimed toward interplanetary travel has resulted in the development of a mobile oil and gas separator capable of ending the ongoing issue of setting fire to the natural gas associated with the hydraulic fracturing process. The Denver Business Journal recently featured Robert Zubrin, founder of Pioneer ...

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Colorado city turning wastewater into fuel

Zach Koppang | Shale Plays Media KJCT has reported on a new type of fuel pump being installed on Colorado’s Western Slope. The city of Grand Junction, Colorado, has partnered with a natural gas company and plans to use energy created from its waste treatment plant to power vehicles. The Persigo Wastewater Treatment Plant has been able to capture natural ...

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