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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!

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.

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.

Energy Department Credits Natural Gas for Declining Greenhouse Gas Emissions

Friday, March 17, 2017

A 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.

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.

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.

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.

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. SOURCE: Gulf Coast Growth Ventures

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.

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.

Dakota Access Pipeline Protesters Create Public Health Concerns

Tuesday, February 07, 2017

Dakota Access pipeline protesters left behind massive amounts of garbage when they left their camp site, and now sanitation crews are working frantically to prevent an environmental crisis.

North Texans for Natural Gas Announces Statewide Expansion

Wednesday, February 01, 2017

Newly formed Texans for Natural Gas reflects growing base of support throughout Texas DALLAS, TEX. – North Texans for Natural Gas announced today that it is expanding its focus statewide, and will now be called Texans for Natural Gas. The change comes as the group’s online base of support has surged to over 220,000 members, and now includes significant membership in the Permian Basin, South Texas, and along the Gulf Coast.

Benefits of Dakota Access and Keystone XL: By the Numbers

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

This week President Donald Trump signed a series of Executive Orders that will revive the Dakota Access and Keystone XL pipelines, which had been stalled under President Obama. NBC reports that President Trump said during the signing, "From now we are going to start making pipelines in the United States."

Petition Launched to Defend West Texas Energy Jobs against Anti-Pipeline Activism

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Response to out-of-state protesters coming into Texas to oppose oil and gas Opportunity for pro-energy voices to fight back against anti-fossil fuel agenda

Campaign to Shut Down Texas Oil & Gas Funded by Shadowy Web of Out-of-State Foundations and Extreme Environmental Groups

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

New report lifts curtain on who bankrolls anti-fracking activism in Texas Activists use deceptive advocacy like “local control” to mask radical “Keep It In the Ground” agenda

New Study: Fracking Boosts Local Economies and Improves Property Values

Thursday, December 22, 2016

The fracking revolution boosts local economies by increasing average incomes, creating jobs, and raising local housing prices, according to a new study from the University of Chicago’s Energy Policy Institute (EPIC).

EPA Confirms Fracking Not a Major Risk to Groundwater

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Five-year study finds no evidence that hydraulic fracturing has caused widespread pollution of groundwater.  

Study Finds Natural Gas Is the Lowest Cost Power Option for North Texas

Monday, December 12, 2016

Natural gas power plants deliver the lowest-cost electricity for residents of North Texas, according to new research from the University of Texas at Austin. The findings show that natural gas is also the most competitive option for the other major metro areas in the state, including Houston, Austin, San Antonio, and El Paso.

How The OPEC Deal Makes Texas Shale a Big Winner

Thursday, December 01, 2016

Bloomberg News   The biggest beneficiaries of OPEC's decision to shrink oil production will include its most implacable enemies: U.S. shale drillers. After a 2 1/2-year price war in which the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries sought to starve shale explorers and other high-cost producers into submission, the group agreed Wednesday to curb output by 1.2 million barrels a day.

USGS: West Texas Holds America’s Largest Continuous Oil Field

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

The Wolfcamp Shale formation in West Texas holds 20 billion barrels of recoverable oil, according to a new assessment from the United States Geological Survey.  The finding represents the “largest estimate of continuous oil” that the agency has ever assessed in the United States.

Report: Fracking Ban Would Destroy 1.5 Million Texas Jobs

Friday, November 04, 2016

A national ban on fracking would eliminate nearly 15 million jobs all across the country, according to research published today by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Institute for 21st Century Energy (Energy 21). Texas would suffer a particularly severe blow, with job loss figures estimated as high as 1.5 million.

Methane Emissions Decline in Key Texas Oil and Gas Basins

Wednesday, October 05, 2016

Methane emissions in several major Texas oil and gas fields are declining, according to new data from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The news comes as the EPA is pursuing costly new methane regulations for oil and natural gas activities, which analysts have warned could wipe out many producers in Texas and all across the country.

Greens Recycle Debunked Ozone Claims to Attack Texas Oil and Gas

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

    A new report from two environmental activist groups alleges oil and natural gas development is harming North Texas children, despite an abundance of data showing such claims are not true.

What EPA’s Science Advisory Board Did – and Did Not – Say about Fracking and Groundwater

Friday, August 19, 2016

Over the last week, many organizations (from general news publications to anti-fracking groups) have mistakenly claimed the Science Advisory Board (SAB) for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) wants to alter the agency’s conclusion that fracking has not led to “widespread, systemic” impacts on drinking water.

Thanks to Fracking, U.S. Will Be Net Natural Gas Exporter by 2017

Thursday, July 14, 2016

A new report from the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) projects the United States will become a net exporter of natural gas by late 2017, as domestic production continues to increase.