The Accidental Discovery That Revolutionized American Energy

The dramatic changes to the nation’s energy outlook are as surprising as they are clear. Seven years ago, oil production was in steep decline and natural gas nearly as hard to find. Today, the United States produces over 7.7 million barrels of oil a day, up over 50% since 2006 and the most in nearly 25 years. The nation could pump more than eleven million barrels a day by 2020. The U.S. is on track to pass Russia as the world’s largest energy producer and should have enough gas to last generations.



U.S. Leads in Shale Gas Production

Hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, has put the U.S. in the lead for shale gas production around the world. Its a practice that may be less polluting than coal power, but still raises environmental concerns. So the question on everyone’s mind, what's the reason for the recent boom in natural gas production nationwide?



Shale Gas Boom At 'Tip Of Iceberg'

Despite warnings that the shale gas boom would wither, industry is getting pumped in certain areas as their numbers are only headed higher. That’s according to government analysts, who are drawing special attention to the Marcellus Shale region in the eastern states where production is skyrocketing.



Local cities could reap riches from drilling

Rochester has lost out for now on an opportunity that could enrich both residents and its government coffers, allowing a misinformation campaign to scare off two Traverse City-based engineering companies that wanted to lease mineral rights on public land. Community members opposed the lease, which could have led to drilling for oil and gas. Had the drilling been successful, nearby residents would have shared in royalties that could have also been used to improve services and/or lower tax rates.



US Energy Boom Helps Philadelphia Shipping Industry

The 820-foot Liberty Bay sits dry-docked in Philadelphia's Aker Shipyard. A massive supertanker destined for the West Coast, the ship is set to launch next week when it will undergo its final outfitting before being delivered to SeaRiver Maritime in April. It's taken more than 1,000 workers a year to build the Liberty Bay, and construction has already begun on her sister ship in the same yard.



Drilling improvements boost crude production in the Eagle Ford, feds say

Better drilling efficiency and well productivity -- rather than the sheer number of rigs -- have driven oil and gas production for the Eagle Ford and other U.S. shale plays, according to new federal data.



Hydraulic fracturing has many benefits

WELCOME to Saudi Appalachia, which is now the third largest producer of natural gas in the world, thanks to the use of hydraulic fracturing, which unleashes the fuel from the Marcellus shale formation. The last five years have seen a whirlwind of activity, which has had a drastic effect on the area, the economy and even foreign policy.



North America's Unconventional Energy Boom

North America is in the midst of an unconventional energy boom that has transformed its prospects for energy self-sufficiency and helped reduce its carbon footprint in little more than five years. The expansion of shale gas production in the United States, the development of tar sands in Canada and the accelerating development of wind and solar power have not only altered the outlook for both countries, but continue to unsettle global energy markets.



Report: Oil and gas employment up 20 percent

An upswing in drilling activity in the Marcellus Shale gas field was reflected in a 20 percent jump in statewide oil and gas industry employment last year, a report from the Workforce West Virginia Investment Council shows.



North America leads the world in production of shale gas

The United States and Canada are the only major producers of commercially viable natural gas from shale formations in the world, even though about a dozen other countries have conducted exploratory test wells, according to a joint U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA)/Advanced Resources International (ARI) study released in June. China is the only nation outside of North America that has registered commercially viable production of shale gas, although the volumes contribute less than 1% of the total natural gas production in that country. In comparison, shale gas as a share of total natural gas production in 2012 was 39% in the United States and 15% in Canada.

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