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Study Reveals Fracking Does Contaminate Groundwater with Methane

May 11, 2011 at 22:13 | Professor Chris Rhodes

A study has been undertaken by Duke University of methane levels in water from 68 private wells above the Marcellus and Utica shales in Pennsylvania and New York. The details…

The Search for Deep Oil and Gas

May 09, 2011 at 07:37 | Brian Westenhaus

Geoffrey Styles, Managing Director of GSW Strategy Group, has came upon more information about the effort to look even deeper for hydrocarbons like natural gas and oil. A leader…

Will Fukushima Trigger the Changes Japan Has Been Waiting For?

May 07, 2011 at 09:29 | Open Democracy

Fukushima is not Chernobyl, Prime Minister Naoto Kan insists. His government draws comfort from the fact that Fukushima emitted only a fraction of the radiation released at Chernobyl in 1986,…

A Look at the Serious Energy Shortages in India and Pakistan

May 06, 2011 at 07:42 | Dave Summers

The recent publication of the EIA review of Shale Gas has caught the world’s attention, and led to the perception that the coming decades may well see natural gas become…

Crude Oil Traders Coming Under Government Scrutiny

May 05, 2011 at 09:31 | Economywatch

Betting on the future generally receives the stamp of immorality when elected officials and consumers come out on the losing end. President Barack Obama and the European Union both recently…

Methane to Methanol to Gasoline for $2.85 a Gallon

May 05, 2011 at 09:19 | Al Fin

Methane to methanol to gasoline for $2.85 a gallon, including a healthy $1.45 margin? That is what is being claimed for a combined "Gigamethanol" and MTG (methanol to gasoline) plant…

A Sensible Look at the Food vs Fuel Argument

May 04, 2011 at 08:42 | Brian Westenhaus

Mary Kissel writing in the Wall Street Journal (WSJ) looks into what C. Larry Pope, the chief executive of Smithfield Foods, Inc. is saying about the price of food…

Getting Even With Big Oil: Taking on ExxonMobil

May 03, 2011 at 09:33 | Robert Rapier

It is no secret that consumers are suffering from very high gasoline prices. And as a result of these high prices, ExxonMobil just reported a first-quarter profit of $10.7…

Why Falling Resources and Rising Prices Demand a more Thoughtful Energy Policy

May 02, 2011 at 08:18 | The Oil Drum

Below is an essay by Jeremy Grantham, the Chief Investment Officer of GMO Capital (with over $106 billion in assets under management they are one of the largets asset managers…

Abiotic Oil and Energy Red Herrings

May 02, 2011 at 07:49 | Professor Chris Rhodes

According to a new computer model, liquid methane in contact with a partially hydrogen-terminated diamond surface at extremely high pressures and temperatures spontaneously forms longer hydrocarbons, and hence the material…

Azerbaijan Finding New Energy Customers in the Middle East

May 02, 2011 at 07:44 | Shahin Abbasov

Could turmoil in the Middle East provide a market opportunity for Azerbaijan’s state-run energy company SOCAR? A pending energy deal with Jordan could open the way for the company’s aggressive…

Canada Plans to Reduce Carbon Dioxide Emissions with $1.3 Billion CCS Investment

May 02, 2011 at 07:39 | Charlotte Dudley

Canadian authorities have given the green light to a C$1.24 billion (US$1.3 billion) carbon capture and storage (CCS) demonstration plant in Saskatchewan, which aims to slash annual greenhouse gas emissions…

Why Do Environmentalists Hate Capitalism?

Apr 29, 2011 at 08:12 | Ed Dolan

It has been twenty years now since first glasnost and then the collapse of the USSR lifted the curtain on the appalling environmental record of Soviet socialism. Over that same…

Crude Oil Production: Extending the Life of Oil Wells

Apr 28, 2011 at 08:09 | Dave Summers

There are a number of different ways of getting oil from a reservoir, and, to radically oversimplify, the harder that you try to maximize the rate of production of oil…

No Easy Solutions to the Coming Energy Crisis

Apr 27, 2011 at 09:35 | Gail Tverberg

Everyone would like to fix the US energy policy, but doing so is almost impossible, in my view, primarily because we need to be planning for a much bigger change…

Energy Issues and Political Intervention

Apr 27, 2011 at 08:25 | The Oil Drum

Energy is back in the public consciousness and perhaps higher up political priority lists than at any time since the summer of 2008. Disruptions in Libya, leaked cables about Saudi…

A New Idea on Energy Extraction From Oil Shale

Apr 26, 2011 at 09:10 | Brian Westenhaus

A team at Stanford University is proposing using solid oxide fuel cells as the basis for a method for electricity production from oil shale with in situ carbon capture…

The Shale Oil Boom No One's Talking About (Until Now)

Apr 22, 2011 at 10:36 | Keith Schaefer

Shale oil & gas is the talk of many a newsletter writer right now. But very few are talking about the region of Atlantic Canada. You see, as the global…

Donald Trump’s Naive Views on Energy: "Just Take the Oil We Need"

Apr 22, 2011 at 08:16 | Robert Rapier

I am constantly amused by the views of presidential candidates on energy policy. Their views are either so disingenuous or so naive that I often find it difficult to vote…

Developing a Valid Picture of Fossil fuels and our Future

Apr 22, 2011 at 08:09 | Dave Summers

One of the problems in trying to project future demand and supply of oil and the other fossil fuels is that the decisions on their availability and use are often…

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