Commentary: Research supports EPA's decision to reconsider Obama fracking rules

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Last month, researchers published two major studies showing minimal environmental risks posed by oil and natural gas development. These peer-reviewed studies directly contradict two of the main claims leveled by environmental activists – namely, that fracking poses a significant risk to air quality and groundwater.

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Eagle Ford Study Shows Oil and Gas ‘Essential’ to the Livelihood of South Texas

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

The Eagle Ford Shale in South Texas supports over 100,000 jobs and is experiencing “renewed activity,” according to a new study from the University of Texas at San Antonio’s (UTSA) Center for Community and Business Research (CCBR). As Omar Garcia, president and CEO of the South Texas Energy and Economic Roundtable (STEER), said in the study’s press release,

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New Study Confirms Fracking Has Not Contaminated Groundwater in Texas

Monday, June 19, 2017

The Academy of Medicine, Engineering and Science of Texas (TAMEST) released a new study today that provides further confirmation that fracking is not contaminating groundwater in Texas.

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EIA Drilling and Productivity Report

Friday, June 16, 2017

The Drilling Productivity Report uses recent data on the total number of drilling rigs in operation along with estimates of drilling productivity and estimated changes in production from existing oil and natural gas wells to provide estimated changes in oil and natural gas production for seven key regions. EIA's approach does not distinguish between oil-directed rigs and gas-directed rigs because once a well is completed it may produce both oil and gas; more than half of the wells produce both.

 

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United States remains the world’s top producer of petroleum and natural gas hydrocarbons

Wednesday, June 07, 2017

The United States remained the world's top producer of petroleum and natural gas hydrocarbons in 2016 for the fifth straight year despite production declines for both petroleum and natural gas relative to their 2015 levels. The United States has been the world's top producer of natural gas since 2009, when U.S. natural gas production surpassed that of Russia, and it has been the world's top producer of petroleum hydrocarbons since 2013, when its production exceeded Saudi Arabia’s.

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EPA Pauses Methane Rule as NOAA Study Finds Overstated Emissions from Oil and Gas

Thursday, June 01, 2017

Methane emissions from oil and natural gas development may be far lower than previously thought, according to a new peer-reviewed study. Researchers led by Dr. Stefan Schwietzke with the National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) found that previous high emissions estimates were based on measurements taken during peak events, and do not necessarily reflect average emission rates.

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USGS Study: Fracking Not a Major Risk to Drinking Water

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

new study from the United States Geological Survey (USGS) shows that hydraulic fracturing is not a significant source of chemicals and methane in drinking water wells. Instead, the researchers conclude that the low concentration of chemicals and methane in some drinking water wells is most likely naturally occurring.

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USGS: West Texas Spraberry Field Holds Over 4 Billion Barrels of Oil

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Undiscovered oil resources in West Texas’ Spraberrry Formation are estimated to be over 700 percent larger than previously thought, according to a new assessment from the United States Geological Survey (USGS).

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Google Under Pressure to Recognize Anti-Fracking Activism as Fake News

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Nationwide Petition Encourages Powerful Search Engine to Act

DALLAS, May 11, 2017 / PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Following Google's recent announcement that the company is making changes to its search engine algorithm to combat "the spread of blatantly misleading, low quality, offensive or downright false information," FrackFeed penned an open letter to Google asking the company to flag the misleading content on anti-fracking websites as fake news. FrackFeed is a project of Texans for Natural Gas, a pro-drilling advocacy group.

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Massive Economic Benefits from Texas LNG Export Facilities

Monday, May 01, 2017

Pro-energy, grassroots group launches petition to support natural gas exports from the Port of Brownsville

new report from Texans for Natural Gas provides a guide to the seven liquefied natural gas (LNG) export facilities that are currently proposed or under construction in Texas. America’s surplus of natural gas due to innovations in fracking and horizontal drilling, along with rising global demand, has made the Gulf Coast a prime location for LNG export facilities. The report, entitled “LNG Facilities in Texas: A Primer,” takes a closer look at these Texas projects and compiles data on their total economic impact. 

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USGS: Gulf Coast’s Bossier and Haynesville Formations Hold America’s Largest Continuous Natural Gas Resources

Thursday, April 13, 2017

According to two new assessments from the United States Geological Survey (USGS), the Bossier and Haynesville Formations that stretch across the Gulf Coast, from Florida through East Texas and South Texas, are estimated to hold 304.4 trillion cubic feet (Tcf) of natural gas. These estimates represent the “largest continuous natural gas assessment” ever conducted by the agency in the United States – a finding so large it prompted Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke to tweet, HUGE!

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Poll: Support for Fracking Increased Since Trump’s Election

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

A new poll from the University of Texas finds more Americans support fracking than oppose it, and that support has grown since the Presidential election in November 2016.

According to the poll, 43 percent of Americans support fracking. That’s a three point jump from the poll’s findings last fall, and slightly higher than the 42 percent of Americans who say they oppose fracking. Support for fracking has increased by three percentage points since the fall, while opposition has fallen three points.

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Texas Pipeline Protesters Ask for ‘Help with Gas’ to Travel to Kansas

Friday, March 31, 2017

Environmental activists in West Texas announced this week that they are relocating to Kansas after failing to stop the Trans-Pecos Pipeline. The announcement comes just months after activists bragged that they were bringing in people from North Dakota to try to shut down energy development in Texas.

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Energy Department Credits Natural Gas for Declining Greenhouse Gas Emissions

Friday, March 17, 2017

new report from the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) shows that energy-related carbon dioxide emissions fell by 2.7 percent in 2015, thanks in large part to increased use of natural gas.

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Out of State Activists Campaigning against Texas Natural Gas Exports

Thursday, March 16, 2017

This week, at an event hosted by the Sierra Club-backed “Save the RGV from LNG” campaign, two anti-gas activists from Oregon and Maryland spoke about their efforts to halt U.S. liquefied natural gas (LNG) exports. Promoted as a way to “build a resistance” against the three planned LNG export terminals at the Port of Brownsville, the event is another example of out of state activists misleading local Texas communities to promote the anti-fossil fuel “Keep It In the Ground” agenda.

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Study Shows Methane in North Texas Water Wells Is Natural, Not from Fracking

Thursday, March 09, 2017

A new peer reviewed study from the University of Texas found that methane in well water from Parker County and Hood County is naturally occurring, and not a result of fracking in North Texas’ Barnett Shale. Notably, the Parker-Hood Cluster has been at the center of the debate on methane contamination from hydraulic fracturing for years, but this finding solidly puts to rest any activist claims that fracking was involved.

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Report: Texas Oil and Gas Industry Generates $26 Million Per Day in State and Local Revenue

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

New data from the Texas Oil & Gas Association (TXOGA) shows that oil and natural gas development in Texas generated an astounding $9.4 billion in taxes and state royalties in 2016. That comes out to $26 million per day in state and local revenue, even as the industry suffered from a down market.

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Green Activists Invited To Present on Portland Ethylene Plant Have History of Misleading the Public

Thursday, February 16, 2017

For months, opponents of the proposed ExxonMobil-SABIC ethylene plant in Portland, Tex., have tried every means possible to block the project, including spreading misinformation about the proposed facility and the 11,000 construction jobs it would create. Now, Portland Citizens United (PCU), the small group that opposes the project, has invited two environmental activists to come speak at an upcoming community meeting, which PCU has organized to attack ExxonMobil’s record and reputation.

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SOURCE: Gulf Coast Growth Ventures

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EPA Data Show Falling Emissions as Congress Considers Repeal of Federal Methane Rule

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

New data from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency show methane emissions from the oil and natural gas industry are declining, potentially boosting efforts in Congress to repeal a rule targeting methane emissions on federal lands.

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Texans React to Pipeline Protesters Trashing the Environment

Thursday, February 09, 2017

While protesting the Dakota Access Pipeline, "environmentalists" brought heaps of trash to the region. Tarps, broken tents and other garbage now litter the North Dakota landscape at the Oceti Sakowin protest site. The protesters have since left, but local cleanup crews are stuck cleaning up the loads of frozen debris that could soon turn toxic. Some of the Dakota Access protesters have traveled to Texas to protest another pipeline, raising concerns about whether they’ll create the same mess here. We asked Texans how they felt about the issue and here are some of our favorite responses.

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