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UT Researchers Use Nanoparticles to Separate Oil from Water
Researchers at The University of Texas at Austin believe they have found a fast method for separating mixed oil and water using nanoparticles. Most commonly-used methods for separating produced oil and water successfully
USGS Well Study: Unconventional Oil & Gas Development Having Little or No Effect on Drinking Water Quality
The USGS published a study investigating the effects of oil and gas production on drinking water quality. The study examined a total of 116 water wells in Texas, Louisiana and Arkansas, in areas were companies......
EIA: The top oil and gas producer in 2016, US to ramp up output for 2017
According to the US Energy Information Administration, the US remained the world’s top producer of petroleum and natural gas hydrocarbons in 2016 for the fifth straight year, despite production declines for both....
The World Is Running Out of Sand
The final event of last year’s beach-volleyball world tour was held in Toronto, in September, in a parking lot at the edge of Lake Ontario. There’s a broad public beach nearby, but few actual beaches meet the Fédération
Study Finds No Harm to Drinking Water Sources from Oil and Gas Drilling
A recently published three-year study conducted by researchers from Duke University, The Ohio State University, Pennsylvania State University, Stanford University, and the French Geological Survey Laboratory concluded
Alberta oilsands' energy return on investment steadily improving, says new study
Alberta’s oilsands operations are getting increasingly more efficient in producing energy, though they still lag behind conventional oil, according to a new study by researchers at the Haskayne School of Business ...
Signs of oil boomlet in North Dakota after pipeline finished
There are hundreds more jobs than takers in the heart of North Dakota's oil patch. Finding a hotel room, parking space or table at a restaurant is no longer easy. More than two years after the state's unprecedented oil
Where and How Can We Find New Sources of Oil and Gas?
Oil and gas remain an integral part of today’s world and new reserves are being found, as are methods for extracting them. The editors of a new book, published by the American Geophysical Union in March 2017, answer some
How to Explore for Oil and Gas Anywhere in the World
There are approximately 450,000 wells in our international data set, but there are over 4 million wells in the US. Back when we worried about Peak Oil we also worried that US basins were locked into irreversible declines
The World’s Coming Mega-Population Centers and the Energy They Will Need
Decline curves + global population growth: energy demand will outpace supply through 2040 (and beyond) So far in 2017 a number of global energy experts and commodities watchers have looked beyond the current reporting...
"Optimism" returns to oil patch: Mullen
Revenues are still lower than peak levels, but Mullen Group chairman and Chief Executive Officer Murray K Mullen is reporting a “sense of optimism” in the oil and gas sector -- and he expects the good news to continue...
Permian Basin Operators Find Savings In Recycling Water
Operators in the Permian Basin are pouring money into water management in an effort to cut down on drilling costs. At the pre-conference water forum at Hart Energy’s DUG Permian Basin conference on April 3, leaders from
Canadian oil prices soar as Syncrude upgrader work cuts production
A fire at Syncrude Canada Ltd.’s oil sands upgrader is restricting supplies of heavy Alberta crude from reaching refineries, pushing prices higher. Production at ConocoPhillips’s Surmont site has been affected because
Canada is U.S. Largest Energy Trade Partner: EIA
U.S. imported $53 billion in energy from Canada in 2016 The EIA outlined the United States’ energy trade with Canada in a note today, profiling the U.S.’s primary energy trade relationship. According to the Census Bureau
Can You Guess Which Country Has the World's Largest Oil Reserves?
For decades, the oil market has been dominated by Saudi Arabia, because it not only produced the most oil on a daily basis but also controlled the most oil underground. Those oil resources, known as reserves, gave.....
Texas' Permian Basin: An Oil and Natural Gas Production Machine
Permian basin is really a giant basin on the perspective what has produced until now and the production rates flowing actually. It is a fact we live, that the conventional oil and gas reservoirs on this basin are......
A tale of two shales in Texas
The Permian shale oil basin in the southern United States is among the few to show gains even during the market downturn, a federal report finds. Overall, the shale oil basins in the United States have been more....
Water: Lifeblood of the Process
Water is the lifeblood of an ethanol plant: Mixed with ground corn in the mash to be fermented; cascading down the sides of the cooling tower where its evaporative cooling powers are used to cool the fermentation broth..
New technologies expected to boost profits and limit emissions from the oilsands
A CIBC research report predicts that new technologies will greatly reduce the cost and environmental impact of building new oilsands projects over the next five years. Oilsands analyst Arthur Grayfer says in the report..
Who Will Feed the Chinese Dragon?
While Beijing warily eyes U.S. President-elect Donald Trump, wondering if he’s serious about a trade war, China is also reassessing its exposure to Canada. The voracious energy consumer faces a raft of Canadian....