Category Archives: Oil & Gas Fracked

Richard Heinberg: Will the US really be a major energy exporter?

[ I read this the day it was published (January 16, 2017) at resilience.org here, but thought it would be interesting to post in the future to see if the EIA predictions were as optimistic as Heinberg and Hughes thought … Continue reading

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Minerals: Natural gas from Ugo Bardi’s “Extracted”

Bardi, Ugo. 2014. Extracted: How the Quest for Mineral Wealth Is Plundering the Planet. Chelsea Green Publishing. NATURAL GAS.  As figure 1 shows, the average EROEI required to run industrial society as we know it is around 8 to 10.   … Continue reading

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Why “fracked” shale oil and gas will not save us and energy independence greatly exaggerated

[ As early as 2011 experts were questioning fracked natural gas reserves. Now shale oil and gas companies are $300 billion in debt and the bubble is finally bursting. But even if it hadn’t, shale gas would have peaked in … Continue reading

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Over and under-cooked oil — tar sands, “fracked” tight oil & gas, oil shale

[ This article discusses why it’s so hard and expensive to extract difficult oils like tar sands, oil shale, and tight “fracked” oil, for reasons such as: These are at the bottom of the resource pyramid, so there may be … Continue reading

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Patzek 2016: Is U.S. Shale Oil Production Peaking?

Tad Patzek.  March 16, 2016 Is U.S. Shale Oil & Gas Production Peaking? Part II: Oil Production.  patzek-lifeitself.blogspot.com In Part I of this post, I discussed production of gas from the four largest shale plays in the U.S. Ordered by … Continue reading

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Shale Euphoria: The Boom and Bust of Sub Prime Oil and Natural Gas

[ U.S. house hearings have stated that the U.S. is energy independent, that shale oil and gas will give us a century of energy independence: House 112-176 in 2012, House 113-1 2013, and several others.  In fact we have so … Continue reading

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Patzek 2016: Is “fracked” shale natural gas production peaking?

Patzek, Tad. March 11, 2016. Is U.S. Shale Oil & Gas Production Peaking? Part I: Gas Production. Patzek-lifeitself.blogspot.com Part I of this post shows my calculations of ultimate gas recovery from the Barnett, Fayetteville, Haynesville and Marcellus shales.  They might … Continue reading

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Don’t export LNG to Europe, they have their own natural gas

[ The congressional record is full of senators, representatives, and witnesses trying to sell U.S. shale “fracked” gas as LNG to Europe so that they aren’t beholden to Russia, and of course to make more money. There are never any … Continue reading

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Foreign Investment in Shale Gas is Drying Up

Jan. 2, 2014  For U.S. Drillers, the Days of Easy Money Are Over By Daniel Gilbert, Wall Street Journal. Oil and Gas Companies Slash Spending as Foreign Investment Dries Up Last year, 80 big energy companies in North America spent … Continue reading

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California Shale Oil & Gas

US officials cut estimate of recoverable Monterey Shale oil by 96% Sahagun, L. May 21, 2014. Los Angeles Times. Federal energy authorities have slashed by 96% the estimated amount of recoverable oil buried in California’s vast Monterey Shale deposits, deflating … Continue reading

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