Tagged with Natural Gas

Economic Analysis of Methane Emission Reduction Potential from Natural Gas Systems

ICF for ONE Future http://bit.ly/1UjMFv1 (paper) http://bit.ly/24kHHE9 (press release0 [From a Greenwire article by Amanda Reilly, sub. req’d] A new study commissioned by a group of oil and gas companies found that the cost of reducing industry methane emissions is higher than previously estimated… The study’s results equate to an average cost of $3.35 per thousand cubic … Continue reading

Application of Remote Real-Time Monitoring to Offshore Oil and Gas Operations

Transportation Research Board http://www.nap.edu/read/23499/chapter/1 [Oil and Gas Journal]A new National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine report recommends ways the US Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement could apply remote real-time monitoring (RRTM) to improve the safety and reduce the environmental risks of offshore oil and gas operations… The oil and gas industry is moving … Continue reading

Fugitive Emissions from the Bakken Shale Illustrate Role of Shale Production in Global Ethane Shift

Geophysical Research Letters (April 26, 2016; doi: 10.1002/2016GL068703) / by E. A. Kort, et al. http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/2016GL068703/full [From Press Release] A single U.S. shale oil field is responsible for much of the past decade’s increase in global atmospheric levels of ethane, a gas that can damage air quality and impact climate, according to new study led … Continue reading

Infrastructure Needs of Oil and Gas Industry Revised Down: Report

North American Midstream Infrastructure Through 2035: Leaning into the Headwinds ICF International for the Interstate Natural Gas Association of America http://www.ingaa.org/File.aspx?id=25974 [Union of Concerned Scientists blog] The pipeline owners’ trade association, the Interstate Natural Gas Association of America (INGAA), has just released an update of their vision of the future. Due to lower wholesale prices for … Continue reading

PJM Interconnection Clean Power Plan Reference Case Compares Compliance Strategies

PJM CPP Reference Model and Sensitivities PJM Interconnection Transmission Expansion Advisory Committee http://bit.ly/23xHDSL [From an Energy Wire article by Emily Holden, sub. req’d] Natural gas prices lower than previously expected could drive coal plant retirements and ease the early years of compliance with federal climate regulation for a major regional power grid… The regional transmission organization found … Continue reading

As Water Use in Gas Extraction Grows,Use in Coal Extraction Declines: Harvard Study

A Spatiotemporal Exploration of Water Consumption Changes Resulting from the Coal-to-Gas Transition in Pennsylvania Belfer Center, Kennedy School, Harvard Univ. / by Lauren A. Patterson, Sarah Jordaan and Laura Diaz Anadon http://bit.ly/1OX9SS1 A new study co-authored by researchers at Harvard Kennedy School’s Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, Duke University’s Nicholas Institute for Environmental … Continue reading

Reconciling Divergent Estimates of Oil and Gas Methane Emissions

Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (Dec. 7, 2015; doi:10.1073/pnas.1522126112 ) / Daniel Zavala-Araizaa, et al. http://www.pnas.org/content/early/2015/12/03/1522126112.full.pdf [Inside Climate News] A sprawling, aggressive effort to measure the climate footprint of natural gas production has yielded striking results: methane emissions from the Barnett Shale in North Texas are at least 90 percent higher than government … Continue reading

Reactivated Faulting near Cushing, Oklahoma: Increased Potential for a Triggered Earthquake in an Area of United States Strategic Infrastructure

Geophysical Research Letters (Published online Oct. 8, 2015; doi:10.1002/2015GL064669) / by D. E. McNamara, et al. http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/2015GL064669/epdf [Bloomberg Business] Even though it is home to fewer than 10,000 people, Cushing is the largest commercial oil storage hub in North America, second only in size to the U.S. government’s Strategic Petroleum Reserve. The small town’s giant tanks, some big enough … Continue reading