A couple of positive news items from shale energy country. In Pennsylvania, data from the Energy Information Administration confirms that drillers are doing more with less. In Texas, shale’s benefits are extending beyond the drilling pads in the Eagle Ford play.
A year ago this week the FracFocus.org online chemical disclosure registry was created, and what a year it has been: 130 companies logging in the chemicals used in the hydraulic fracturing of more than 15,000 wells. More than that, the site is information rich on fracking, groundwater protection, state regulatory efforts and more.
In the Wall Street Journal, Lucian Pugliaresi asks a good question about the recent National Petroleum Council report’s point that U.S. oil production could double by 2035 to 20 million barrels per day: Where’s all that oil going to come from? His answer includes a critical lesson as we think about America’s energy future.