Hydraulic Fracturing is Off to a Rough Start in the United Kingdom

It’s been a really tough year for people hoping to expand fracking projects in the United Kingdom. 2016 began with Greenpeace dropping a fracking installation piece in Parliament Square, and it’s looking to end with one of the most aggressive anti-fracking campaigns ever launched. Or so it may seem.

Though fracking has been practiced by the United Kingdom to some extent since the 1970’s, the government’s latest attempt to launch new fracking projects within its borders has met with extreme resistance. Those people who may have hoped to profit from the expanded fracking projects may need to look elsewhere, and those who may have been a little worried about another nation actively seeking their own source of shale gas may not have much to worry about when all is said and done.

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Advances in Lateral Fracking May Mean Fewer Wells and Larger Profits

In their effort to increase profit while reducing the strain on the environment, oil and gas companies are constantly looking for innovative ways to extract shale from the Earth. Depending on who you ask, the newest advancements for obtaining that shale differ greatly. Chesapeake Energy, for example, is practicing something called, “monster fracking” which could potentially boost well output 70 percent.

In Colorado, though, they’re hedging their bets on a new advancement in lateral fracking that may help reduce the number of standing wells while increasing the output of each location. The process has already been adopted by several companies like Denver-based SM Energy Company, Pioneer Natural Resources, and, funnily enough, Chesapeake Energy.

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Former Greenpeace Leader Reverses Decision on Fracking

On October 18, the former head honcho at Greenpeace UK, Stephen Tindale, released an editorial in The Sun in which he called hydraulic fracturing a central part of the solution when it comes to fighting climate change. As the UK begins to explore the benefits of hydraulic fracturing, Tindale’s endorsement has big implications not only for his country, but for the world as a whole.

Tindale spoke particularly about the need for Britain to supplant its coal-fired power stations with cleaner burning natural gas alternatives. Recently, Britain has pledged to end the use of coal power within the next decade. As Tindale writes, “That’s excellent news from a green perspective. But we need other things to fill the energy gap that’s left, otherwise Britain is going to run out of power. Renewable energy is the best long-term answer. But there’s no chance it will be ready to fill the gap by 2025. And the nuclear sector is also moving too slowly.”

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No Matter Who Wins the US Presidential Election, the Future of Oil and Gas is Hopeful

In recent weeks, as the 2016 Presidential election has lumbered ever-closer, we’ve taken a look at the specific stances that both candidates bring into the fray. From Hillary Clinton’s knack for double talk to Donald Trump’s serious need for an education, no matter how things turn out, the oil and gas industry will end up in a state of flux. However, that may not be such a bad thing for oil and gas, as both candidates seem to have big plans for the future of oil and gas.

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Does Trump Have the Oil and Gas Industry Knowledge that America Needs?

With November 8 just around the corner, America is a few short weeks away from making a pretty tough decision. Neither Donald Trump nor Hillary Clinton may be a particularly desirable choice, on the second Tuesday in November every citizen will cast their ballot for President of the United States. For those millions of Americans who rely on oil and gas for their livelihood, each candidate’s stance on the industry is a crucial component of our vote.

We’ve previously looked at Democratic Candidate Hillary Clinton’s take on oil and gas, so now it’s Donald Trump’s turn. The Republican candidate for President recently got into some hot water when he indicated that local communities should be able to determine whether oil and gas projects could take place. Since then, Trump has done his best to assure the oil and gas industry that he will work determinedly in their best interests.

However, is that the truth, or is Trump just trying to scratch up some votes from a historically conservative industry? More to the point, does the candidate even have the information necessary to make an informed decision about the oil and gas industry?

Trump’s Oil and Gas Plans

Okay, so let’s just move past Trump’s comments about local communities being able to overturn oil and gas projects in their community. That’s not his stance; the original comment was made in error. Since his misstep was pointed out, Trump has walked those comments back and done his level best to assure executives in the oil and gas industry that he will get to work eradicating some unpopular legislation.

In a speech to executives of the oil and gas industry in Philadelphia, the Republican candidate promised to “repeal a slew of regulations including the Clean Power Plan, Obama’s Climate Action Plan, the ban on new coal mining leases on federal land and other regulations.”

In another speech given in Denver, Trump allegedly proclaimed, “If Hillary [Clinton] gets in, she’ll put you out of business.”

So, while the specifics of his plan are still being kept under wraps, Trump has come out as a big fan of the oil and gas industry. His goal is limit regulation and help get more oil and gas projects up and running.

Trump and the Coal Industry

In an increasingly competitive energy race, Trump has divided his attention somewhat. Time and again, the GOP candidate has professed his love not only for oil and gas, but for coal as well. As one point, Trump was even quoted saying, “Coal will last for 1,000 years in this country.”

While no average citizen would actively root for the demise of the coal industry, the mere fact of the matter is that coal is on the decline because it’s being slowly supplanted by cleaner, more efficient energy extraction techniques like hydraulic fracturing. By actively supporting it, Trump may be making a lot of friends in the coal industry, but he’s also overlooking the fact that it’ll be likely impossible for both industries to thrive, no matter how much de-regulation the industry sees.

Donald Trump and His Line Item Knowledge

Perhaps the biggest area where Trump falters is his displayed knowledge of oil and gas. In the second Presidential debate, Trump made several claims that were proven to be outright false. He said that the energy industry is shrinking. It’s not. He said that energy income could pay off the national debt. It can’t. He also said there was such a thing as “clean coal,” a unicorn that only really exists in the minds of coal industry lobbyists.

Hillary Clinton absolutely distorted the facts to pander to the environmental vote, but Trump demonstrated that he desperately needs an oil and gas education.

Trump Really Wants the Oil and Gas Vote (A Lot.)

In recent weeks, Donald Trump has promised pretty much anything he can in order to appease oil and gas voters. He wants to strip government regulations, and there’s little reason to believe he won’t should he get voted into office.

Most troubling is Trump’s apparent willingness to say whatever will get him voters. His demeanor more than anything has turned people off at all levels of the oil and gas industry. One local shale industry union rep referred to Donald Trump as, a “snake oil salesman,” adding, “There’s just no way that I was going to associate … with any function that gives this guy an avenue to speak.”

A Closer Look at Hillary Clinton’s Oil and Gas Policies

We’re just a few short weeks away from the conclusion of one of the most contentious Presidential elections in recent memory. The candidates might be imperfect (to put it lightly), but like it or not, the American public will be dealing with the repercussions of voting day for years to come. Before we all shuffle into a booth on November 8, it’ll be important to understand the oil and gas policies of the primary candidates and how they’ll impact the industry in the years moving forward.

Let’s start with Hillary Clinton, the seasoned politician with the dubious past.

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More Often Than Not, Fracking Industry is Misrepresented in Popular Media

The hydraulic fracturing industry is repeatedly under fire from those who would love to prove that natural gas extraction is not only harmful to the environment, but a constant danger to the employees who work on the job. From environmental groups to newspapers, it seems a small army has aligned to demonize an entire industry. More often than not, these attacks are so intent on proving their point that they only provide half the story.

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United States Oil and Gas Independence Could Change the World

Every year, the US Department of Energy puts out a statistical analysis of the country’s oil and natural gas standing. How much we’re using, how much we’re buying, that kind of thing. This Annual Energy Outlook (AEO), which is produced by the DOE’s statistics branch, the Energy Information Agency, also includes a prediction on the country’s net oil and gas usage over the next few years. This year’s AEO had some pretty big surprises for not only the industry, but the entire world.

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Health Concerns Continue to Dwindle with Latest Statement from CO Chief Medical Officer

Weld County, Colorado produces 90 percent of the state’s oil. Despite all of this oil production, the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment has not seen any indication that the general health of this community has been affected by this work.

“I’m not going to tell anybody to go drink a pint of liquid petroleum or stand over an active well site and wave the fumes in to breath them in,” executive director and chief medical officer for the health department, Dr. Larry Wolk explained. “Nobody would argue that this stuff isn’t toxic, but it’s all about exposure to toxins, and we don’t see anything to be concerned with at this point in time.”

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