All things pertaining to the leasing, drilling and production of shale gas and oil.
Posted by Keith Mauck, Publisher on September 6, 2014 at 9:30am
Two weeks ago last Saturday, a group of residents led by an environmental activist marched in Burrillville, Rhode Island protesting plans by Spectra Energy (SE-NYSE) to expand the delivery capability of its Algonquin pipeline system that supplies gas to the state and other New England states. Actually, the physical expansion of the pipeline will occur elsewhere, but Spectra Energy operates a compressor plant in Burrillville, one of five it operates along the pipeline, all of which it needs to upgrade in order to move greater volumes of gas through the line into Massachusetts. The Burrillville compressor plant has been operated for 60 years without any issues with its neighbors. The Algonquin expansion is before the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) awaiting approval, but just recently the commission issued a draft environmental impact statement (DEIS) on the project.…Continue
Posted by Keith Mauck, Publisher on September 2, 2014 at 4:00pm
A wind farm requires 700 times more land to produce the same amount of energy as a fracking site, according to analysis by the energy department’s recently-departed chief scientific advisor.
Prof David MacKay, who stood down from the Government role at the end of July, published analysis putting shale gas extraction “in perspective”, showing it was far less intrusive on the…
Posted by Keith Mauck, Publisher on August 18, 2014 at 8:57am
This summer I have spent a fair amount of time dusting off my memories of offshore Gulf of Mexico. I guess it should be expected since I attended the OTC for the first time in 25 years, add that with the offshore process training at the Shell Robert’s Training Center in Southern Louisiana, and I have a good reason to bring up some long ago filed away memories. Any offshore experience of mine has to include at least some time dedicated to escape capsules. During my time offshore I did spend a fair amount of time insuring we had safe and working escape equipment. The equipment’s major focus was the escape capsule. It included a weekly routine of checking the equipment, starting the motor, and weather permitting we would launch the capsule and troll around the platform for a…Continue
Posted by Steve Burnett on August 15, 2014 at 1:04pm