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EIA Report: Fracking Responsible for Half of U.S. Crude Oil Production

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

A recent report from the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) shows that hydraulically fractured wells made-up about 51 percent of the total crude production in the U.S in 2015.  Using well completion and production data from DrillingInfo and the research firm IHS Global Insight, EIA estimates that crude oil production from fracked wells increased from less than 2 percent of the U.S. total in 2000, to over 50 percent in 2015.   

Studies Confirm North Texas Fracking Is Protective of Public Health

Wednesday, March 02, 2016

Numerous studies have shown that natural gas development (including fracking) is protective of public health, contrary to what anti-fracking activists have claimed. But don’t just take our word for it. Here’s a list of scientific reports and peer-reviewed studies, authored by health experts who focused specifically on the Barnett Shale region in North Texas.

University of Texas Energy Poll Finds Growing Support for Fracking

Monday, February 22, 2016

Support for fracking is on the rise and opposition has slightly declined, according to a new poll from the University of Texas. The survey also finds that support for fracking exceeds opposition by a ten point margin. The poll, which was conducted last month and released last week, also found U.S. energy security to be one of Americans’ top concerns. Dependence on Middle Eastern oil was the second biggest concern, behind only terrorism.   SOURCE: University of Texas Energy Poll, Spring 2016  

Study: Parker County Methane ‘Likely Natural,’ Not from Fracking

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

    Methane found in Parker County drinking water is “likely natural” and unrelated to fracking, according to a report released late last year. The analysis, which has received little media attention, contradicts claims by environmental activists who have cited methane in Parker County wells as proof that fracking contaminates groundwater.

USGS: Barnett Shale Has Twice as Much Natural Gas than Previously Thought

Thursday, December 17, 2015

We all know that the Barnet Shale is a vital source of cheap, abundant natural gas in Texas, but according to a recent updated assessment by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), its significance may be even greater than we thought.

North Texas Methane Study Confirms Environmental Benefits of Natural Gas

Monday, December 07, 2015

Methane leakage rates in the Barnett Shale are below the threshold at which scientists believe natural gas could lose its environmental advantages, according to a new study published by the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. The research was backed by the Environmental Defense Fund (EDF).

Report: Fracking Funds Texas Schools

Monday, November 30, 2015

A new report from North Texans for Natural Gas highlights how oil and natural gas production benefits public schools and universities all across Texas.  Oil and natural gas development is a key economic driver in the Lone Star State – in large part thanks to technologies like hydraulic fracturing (fracking) and horizontal drilling – and the revenues it generates fund a variety of public services, including education.

Scientific Studies Confirm No Water Contamination from Fracking

Monday, November 02, 2015

The scientific consensus is that fracking does not pose a major risk of groundwater pollution. In fact, public data actually show that natural gas and fracking can help preserve precious water resources.

U.S. Chamber Analysis: EPA Ozone Regulations Could Threaten Dallas-Fort Worth Area Transportation Projects

Thursday, October 22, 2015

DALLAS— The U.S. Chamber’s Institute for 21st Century Energy continued its analysis of the impact of the Obama administration’s proposed ozone regulations with a snapshot look at the Dallas-Fort Worth region.

Undisclosed Ties to Anti-Fracking Group Cast Haze Over UNT Smog Research

Thursday, October 15, 2015

A recent University of North Texas (UNT) study linking fracking and high ozone levels in Dallas-Fort Worth failed to disclose a previous financial relationship with Downwinders at Risk, an anti-fracking group that has spent years campaigning for tighter federal rules on ozone. An investigation by North Texans for Natural Gas uncovered the financial connections, which include at least $120,000 for research on the same subject, starting in the summer of 2014.

WATER REPORT INFOGRAPHIC

Tuesday, October 06, 2015

Learn how fracking saves Texas water.

EPA: Methane Emissions from Fracking Are Still Declining

Tuesday, October 06, 2015

New data released today by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency show that methane emissions from oil and natural gas systems have fallen for at least the third year in a row, even as domestic production has boomed thanks to technologies like fracking and horizontal drilling.

Report: Natural Gas Development Saves Texas Water

Thursday, October 01, 2015

A new report from North Texans for Natural Gas shows how increased natural gas use in Texas will help the state save billions of gallons of water per year, rebutting a common claim from drilling critics. The report also shows that the fracking process accounts for only one-half of one percent (0.5 percent) of the state’s total water usage.

EPA’s New Methane Mandates on Fracking Are a Solution in Search of a Problem

Thursday, September 24, 2015

Remarks as prepared for delivery, public hearing held by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, “Oil and Natural Gas Sector: Emission Standards for New and Modified Sources” Dallas, Texas September 23, 2015

Texans Highlight How Extreme Drilling Setbacks Threaten Private Property Rights

Monday, August 03, 2015

Cities in North Texas may be prohibited from banning fracking, but that hasn’t stopped some of them from trying to impose what are known as extreme setbacks, which dictate how far drilling sites must be from buildings, homes, and other structures. As North Texans for Natural Gas has previously shown, these setbacks can effectively ban drilling.

Frack Free Denton Claims Broad Support as Texas Officials Reject Their Campaign

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

The Fort Worth Star-Telegram recently published an op-ed from Earthworks’ Sharon Wilson and Frack Free Denton’s Adam Briggle, two of the anti-energy organizers who led the push for a fracking ban in Denton. The activists are now looking to “build a statewide coalition” to fight fracking across Texas, claiming other cities are rising up to join their cause.  

Frack Free Denton Breaks Promise, Leaves Taxpayers on the Hook for Legal Fees

Wednesday, July 08, 2015

Last year, as the City of Denton considered whether to ban hydraulic fracturing, public officials and many residents expressed concern over the cost of such a policy. If a ban were enacted, the resulting lawsuits would put taxpayers on the hook for court costs and other legal fees. If a ban were enacted, it was “going to be decided in the statehouse or the courthouse,” Mayor Chris Watts said last summer.  

FrackFeed Puts New Focus on Anti-Science ‘Ban Fracking’ Campaign

Thursday, July 02, 2015

A new website is drawing attention to the fracking issue in a way that has never been done before. FrackFeed.com was recently launched by North Texans for Natural Gas, a grassroots program of over 110,000 people who support drilling in the Barnett Shale. It’s about educating the public on fracking, as well as exposing how anti-fracking groups have denied science in their campaign to ban American energy development.

Foes of fracking losing legal and political momentum

Thursday, June 25, 2015

By Valerie Richardson - The Washington Times - Wednesday, June 24, 2015 DENVER — After scoring a statewide ban last year on hydraulic fracturing in New York, anti-fracking activists talked excitedly about following up in a major fossil fuel-producing state — Colorado, maybe, or California. Instead, the next state to prohibit the use of fracking in oil and gas extraction — on a temporary basis — was Maryland, which, like New York, is a deep-blue state with no hydraulic fracturing activity. Critics quickly dismissed the two-year moratorium as purely symbolic.

EPA Water Study Quiz

Monday, June 22, 2015

Last week, The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released its long-awaited draft report on the effects associated with hydraulic fracturing (fracking) on drinking water, completing the most extensive scientific review of published data to date. How much do you know about the study? Play our "EPA Water Study Quiz" to find out!

11 Things “Ban Fracking” Activists Don’t Want You to Know about the EPA Report on Fracking and Groundwater

Thursday, June 18, 2015

The EPA recently published an extensive, years-long study about the impact of fracking on America's water supply. Much to the dismay of fracktivists, the study found that there is no evidence that there is any widespread impact on drinking water. Here's 11 Things Fracktivists Don’t Want You to Know about the EPA Report on Fracking and Groundwater:

Weekly Roundup 6/15

Monday, June 15, 2015

This past week, North Texans for Natural Gas launched FrackFeed - a website that seeks to entertain and educate visitors from around the country about fracking and natural gas. Here's what the media has been saying:

INFOGRAPHIC: Denton’s Fracking Ban is the Most Expensive Ban in America

Sunday, June 14, 2015

A handful of cities across the country have implemented illegal fracking bans, forcing local taxpayers to foot the bill to defend the bans in court. But which fracking ban has been the most expensive? The one in Denton, Texas, which has cost taxpayers over $1 million.

New law on drilling actually allows for more local control

Thursday, June 04, 2015

New law on drilling actually allows for more local control | By: Ed Ireland, Executive Director of the Barnett Shale Energy Education Council | Fort Worth Star-Telegram | June 3, 2015 To hear it from a vocal minority of drilling opponents, House Bill 40, the recently enacted law that clarifies energy regulation in Texas, is “big government” taking away “local control” from cities.

EPA Finds Fracking Is Not a Major Threat to Drinking Water

Thursday, June 04, 2015

On June 4, 2015, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency released a major draft report on fracking that assessed whether the process posed a risk to groundwater.