Natural Gas

9:20am

Tue July 22, 2014
Energy

Study: Shale Energy Greenhouse Emissions About Half That Of Coal

Fracking trucks at a well site in northern Colorado.
Stephanie Paige Ogburn KUNC

Electricity from gas produced by hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, releases about half the greenhouse gas emissions as coal, Colorado researchers reported Monday.

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5:00am

Wed July 16, 2014
Oil and Gas

Oil And Gas Glut Taxing The West's Pipeline Networks

The "pig trap" for a pipeline at a tank farm in Guernsey, Wyoming.
Stephanie Joyce Wyoming Public Media

In the first quarter of 2014, the United States surpassed both Russia and Saudi Arabia as the world’s largest oil producer. It already hit that mark for natural gas in late 2013. All of that oil and gas has to be transported from the fields where it’s drilled to refineries and processing plants.

Most of that is done by pipeline, but the nation’s pipeline infrastructure isn’t currently up to the task.

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7:20am

Wed April 16, 2014

5:00am

Fri April 4, 2014
Environment

Catching Up With Former Gov. Bill Ritter On Fracking, Energy Policy

Former Gov. Bill Ritter, now director of the Center for the New Energy Economy (right), with (right to left) lab director Bryan Willson, CSU President Tony Frank and Governor John Hickenlooper.
Colorado State University

3:55pm

Mon September 16, 2013
Energy

Natural Gas May Be Easier On Climate Than Coal, Despite Methane Leaks

Originally published on Mon September 16, 2013 5:11 pm

A rig drills a hydraulic fracturing well for natural gas outside Rifle, Colo., in March.
Brennan Linsley AP

From the standpoint of global warming, burning natural gas can be better than burning coal, a study published this week suggests.

This is a contentious issue among people who are opposed to the natural gas drilling practice known as fracking. That technique involves injecting water, sand and chemicals into wells to release far more gas than conventional drilling can. Opponents of fracking have been concerned not only about local environmental issues, but also about the potential for methane leaks to make global warming worse.

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