Energy Technology

The WHO’s updated estimates on deaths from household air pollution offer a sobering reminder of the universal human need for energy and modern energy infrastructure.

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New study: Fracking saves water

Posted: January 28, 2014 by Ken Cohen

A new study by University of Texas researchers adds sorely needed facts and context to the discussions over hydraulic fracturing and water consumption taking place around the country.


The average shale well in the United States uses about three million or four million gallons. That might seem like a lot, so it’s important to put that number into perspective. The amount of water used in fracking is a tiny fraction of total water demand, usually less than one per cent.

News stories about hydraulic fracturing often highlight unsubstantiated statements of activists opposed to the practice regardless of the scientific evidence undermining their position. It’s good to see the Obama administration rejects those views.


My last post touched on ways industry and government are working to ensure that producing oil and natural gas in offshore environments is done safely and responsibly. I was pleased to mention a recent milestone announced by the Marine Well Containment Company, which has produced a single-ram capping stack – weighing an astonishing 100 tons…

According to BloombergBusinessweek , energy production in the Gulf of Mexico is finally bouncing back three years after BP’s Deepwater Horizon accident – and the federal government’s response – brought activity to a halt.