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New Research Shows Fracking Benefits Local Communities

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

A new study from Duke University shows that shale development has been beneficial for local communities across the United States. According to the study, local governments receive revenue from oil and natural gas development through at least six types of taxes, fees, or other payments.

EIA: Two-Thirds of U.S. Natural Gas Production Comes from Fracking

Thursday, May 05, 2016

Recent estimates from the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) show that fracking “now makes up about two-thirds of total U.S. marketed gas production.” These new estimates indicate dramatic growth, as less than ten percent of natural gas produced in 2000 was unlocked by fracking.

More American Energy Security, Brought to You by Fracking

Monday, May 02, 2016

A new report from the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) shows that natural gas imports last year were at their lowest level in almost 30 years. Thanks to fracking, U.S. natural gas production has increased significantly in recent years, while net imports of natural gas have dramatically declined since 2007.

Another Study Concludes Fracking Is Not Polluting Water

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

  A new study from the Susquehanna River Basin Commission (SRBC) in Pennsylvania finds that fracking has not polluted water supplies. 

Out of State Activist Groups Successfully Lobbied Feds to Block Drilling in Texas

Friday, April 15, 2016

Anti-fracking groups headquartered in Arizona, California, and Washington, D.C., are bragging that they were able to stop oil and natural gas drilling in Texas, according to a press release from earlier this week.

Report: Drilling Costs in Texas Fall Nearly 30 Percent

Thursday, March 31, 2016

[source] The cost to drill an oil or natural gas well has fallen by as much as 30 percent since 2012, according to a new report by the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) and research firm IHS Global. The report analyzed the costs associated with drilling and production in four shale fields across four states, as well as offshore development in the Gulf of Mexico. 

Ignoring Own Study, Army Corps of Engineers Proposes New Fracking Restrictions

Friday, March 25, 2016

[Photo Source: US Army Corps of Engineers]   Last week, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) released a report  on the safety implications of drilling, hydraulic fracturing and production near the Joe Pool Dam. It appears the USACE ignored their own study and instead recommended that oil and natural gas development should be moved farther away from the dam at Joe Pool Lake. The current USACE recommendation is a buffer zone of 3,000 feet from all dam features, but the USACE argues the exclusion zone should extend another 1,000 feet, to 4,000 feet from the dam.

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.