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Marcellus and Utica remain on top at the bottom of 2015

Some toast to new beginnings, others toast to new resolutions, but the Marcellus and Utica shales will be toasting the past four years as the clock ticks into 2016 on Friday.  Together, the two oil plays account for 85 percent of U.S. natural gas production growth since 2012 according to the Drilling Productivity Report (DPR) the Energy Information Administration (EIA) ...

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Aerial footage shows California gas leak (VIDEO)

California natural gas leak

Methane gas continues to leak from a California storage facility at a rate of 110,000 pounds per hour. Aerial footage using a specialized infrared camera shows the extent of the leak. The video was taken Dec. 17 and released by the Environmental Defense Fund. The leak emits methane at a rate of about 50,000 kilograms per hour, about one-quarter of ...

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DEP concludes six-month investigation of Tenmile Creek, finds no sign of radioactivity

The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) concluded a six-month long investigation finding no indication of elevated radioactivity contaminating the Tenmile Creek, a primary source of drinking water tangled within the heart of Southwestern Pennsylvania’s Marcellus Shale gas fields. The study was conducted after questions arose following the DEP’s collection of surface water samples taken in the spring of 2014 when the ...

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How do solar panels really work?

solar panels on house

The sun is an unlimited source of energy, more than could ever be used by the earth. It is only just recently that we have learned to harness that energy for use in our homes. New technology allows homeowners to capture that energy and use it to run appliances, heat and cool homes, and power their lighting. Using the sun ...

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Matrix Service Company completes gas compressor, storage facility

Ryckman Creek gas compressor and storage facility

Matrix Service Company announced Tuesday that its subsidiary, Matrix Service Inc., reached substantial completion on the rebuild of the Ryckman Creek Resources, LLC gas compressor and storage facility in Wyoming’s Green River Basin. Matrix Service was originally contracted in August 2014 to provide mechanical and construction services to rebuild the Nitrogen Rejection Unit. An explosion and fire destroyed the original ...

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A modern guide to energy needs using natural gas generators

It’s nighttime in the oil field where a mass of natural gas generators are purring like a thousand lions on a savannah. Instead of fearing for your life, you rest easy as if you don’t have a concern in the world. These generators have your back. They’re as safe and sturdy as a pair of Carhartt coveralls. Who doesn’t want ...

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Four countries added to global shale oil, natural gas assessment

global shale resources

The Energy Information Administration continues to expand its assessment of technically recoverable shale oil and natural gas resources around the world. The organization added four new countries – Chad, Kazakhstan, Oman and the United Arab Emirates – to the previous 42 countries.  The additions resulted in a 13 percent increase in global assessed total resource estimate for shale oil and ...

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Texas consultant integrates fraccing with wireline logging

Bob Barba knows how to get the most value from bringing logs and fracs together. The principal consultant with Integrated Energy Services spent the first 10 years of his career with Schlumberger as an openhole field engineer, sales engineer, and product development manager. While at Schlumberger, he was the North American product champion for the FracHite and Quantifrac products that ...

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Oil below $40 forces Texas driller into bankruptcy

Oil below $40 forces Texas driller into bankruptcy

A Fort Worth oil company became the 18th driller in Texas to succumb to the oil slump. Energy & Exploration Partners announced that it filed a voluntary petition under Chapter 11 of the U.S. Bankruptcy Code in order to deleverage its balance sheet and achieve a viable capital structure for building long-term value. The company said capital markets have closed ...

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UL listed control panels are an essential asset for manufacturers looking for turnkey services

UL Listed panels

The evolution of problem solving “black rhinos” If you want to succeed in business, you have to think like a rhinoceros. At least that’s Scott Alexander’s theory in his book, Rhinoceros Success, targeted at aspiring entrepreneurs. The book was self-published in the 1980’s and divided the world into two groups – rhinos and cows. According to Alexander, “I realized the ...

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