Week In Review: September 28, 2018
Friday, September 28, 2018
Read our top news stories of the week and see what else we've been up to!
Get weekly updates delivered directly to you on Facebook Messenger!
September 28, 2018
For nearly a decade, anti-fracking groups have tried to link methane in North Texas groundwater supplies to Barnett Shale development. But a new peer-reviewed study has effectively debunked that claim.
Researchers at the University of Texas at Austin and the University of Michigan recently published their fifth and final study as part of a series assessing the cause of methane in water wells near natural gas development in the Barnett Shale. All five studies reached similar conclusions that “hydraulic fracturing has not affected shallow groundwater drinking sources in this area.”
U.S. crude oil exports of nearly 1.8 million barrels a day were the top petroleum product export in the first half of 2018.
Crude oil exports surpassed hydrocarbon gas liquids or HGL exports of 1.6 million barrels a day, according to a report by the Department of Energy. HGLs are defined as natural gas liquids like ethane, propane and olefins like ethylene, and propylene used in plastics manufacturing.
This month, the U.S. Interior Department unveiled final revisions to an Obama-era rule aimed at curbing methane emissions from oil and natural gas operations on federal lands. The Environmental Protection Agency also recently announced proposed improvements for the 2016 New Source Performance Standards designed to ease regulatory burdens on domestic energy producers by modifying the frequency for monitoring leaks at well sites and compressor stations and adopting other important technical corrections to the original NSPS rule.
The State Department’s draft supplemental environmental impact statement shows yet again, that the Keystone XL pipeline is safe - despite what activists and the radical "Keep It In The Ground" campaign claim.
This Week's Topic: Oil Exports
There’s little doubt that oil production provides significant economic benefits in Texas – from record low unemployment in the Permian Basin to generating billions of dollars in state and local tax revenue. But what may be less appreciated is how exports of crude oil are enhancing these benefits, all while helping to reduce our national trade deficit.
Put simply, oil exports are playing a major role in helping Texas communities thrive.
In Case You Missed It
Have you been keeping up with Texans for Natural Gas for a while? Then you might ALREADY be on our Top Advocate Dashboard leaderboard! Create an account today to find out!