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Shale Gas News – February 4, 2017

shale gas news - desRosiers_headshotBill desRosiers
External Affairs Coordinator, Cabot Oil & Gas


The Shale Gas News, heard every Saturday at 10 AM on 94.3 FM, talked about frac sand, Alaska fracking, Texas energy and much more last week.

Every Saturday Rusty Fender and I host a morning radio show to discuss all things natural gas. This week, as guests, we had David Taylor of the Consumer Energy Alliance and Bruce Thomson of AXPC.

shale gas newsThe Shale Gas News, typically, is broadcast live. On the February 4th show (click above), we covered the following new territory (see news excerpts below):

  • Proppacalypse Now: Frac Sand Demand On Fire in 2017. While 2017 may not be a stellar year for oilfield services in general, the sand proppant those companies use in hydraulic fracturing may enjoy its best time yet.
  • U.S. Gas May Be One Trade That Survives Trump’s Mexico Clash. It could take more than a political standoff between President Donald Trump and Mexico to keep U.S. shale gas from flowing south. While Mexico works to reverse declining oil and gas production, the nation’s burning record amounts of natural gas pulled from tight-rock formations north of the border.
  • Alaska State agency could offer public comment period for fracking projects.  The state agency that oversees oil and gas drilling is proposing a ten-day comment period for applications to use hydraulic fracturing on an oil or gas well. The proposal falls in between what environmental groups and the industry say is sufficient opportunity for public input before a well can be fracked in Alaska.
  • Texas energy sector showing clear recovery. The Texas oil and gas sector has turned the corner after a two-year “blood bath” that humbled the nation’s top producer, a state economist said.
  • Oil, gas industry adds jobs for first time in more than 2 years. Jobs in Texas’ oil and gas industry rose at the end of 2016 for the first time in more than two years, another sign that the long-awaited recovery in the state’s energy sector is gaining traction.
  • Pipelines, Protests At Pittsburgh Natural Gas Conference. Williams Energy CEO Alan Armstrong knows President Donald Trump’s favor toward fossil fuels will not stop protesters from showing up at drilling pads, pipeline operations and gatherings such as the Marcellus-Utica Midstream Conference.

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