Fracking at the Becker-Posner blog

Lynne Kiesling Fracking and energy self-sufficiency is the topic of the week at the Becker-Posner blog. Becker’s contribution provides a stream-of-consciousness overview that is consistent with the past fracking discussions here; it touches on fuel source competition, the quest for self-sufficiency, the environmental impact of fracking, and the likely effects of fuel export regulation. I’m … More Fracking at the Becker-Posner blog

Waterless fracking?

Lynne Kiesling Pale Rider is one of my favorite Clint Eastwood movies. One of its central themes revolves around classic property rights concepts in a community of miners that includes a number of small pan miners and a family that has built a larger, hydraulic mining operation that essentially uses pressurized water to blast rock … More Waterless fracking?

Energy industry continues to reshape itself to fit the new world of oil and gas resources

Michael Giberson Two multi-billion dollar deals in the news this weekend provide additional evidence of how advances in drilling technology have unlocked vast new energy resources and are reshaping the energy industry. Norwegian oil company Statoil is paying about $4.4 billion for Brigham Exploration, getting “a stronger foothold in unconventional resources” according to the Wall … More Energy industry continues to reshape itself to fit the new world of oil and gas resources

Cleantech opportunity: clean water for fracking

Lynne Kiesling One of the most beautiful aspects of market processes is how individuals create and take advantage of new profit and growth opportunities by creating value for others. Here’s a case in point that will resonate with many of you, given the outstanding diligence and insight of Mike’s fracking analyses here: clean water for … More Cleantech opportunity: clean water for fracking

Devon Energy’s bet on Barnett Shale, made 10 years ago, has paid off

Michael Giberson Yesterday, August 14, 2011, was the ten-year anniversary of the announcement by Oklahoma City-based Devon Energy of its intention to acquire Houston-based Mitchell Energy and Development for $3.5 billion. The prime target of interest lay about halfway between the two company headquarters, in the Barnett Shale surrounding Fort Worth, Texas. Mitchell had figured … More Devon Energy’s bet on Barnett Shale, made 10 years ago, has paid off

Advisory committee’s fracking report spurs outpouring of spin

Michael Giberson Even before the natural gas subcommittee to the Secretary of Energy Advisory Board released it’s “Ninety Day Report” on hydraulic fracking today, anti-fracking groups shifted their spin operations into high gear. On Monday, a letter to President Obama sponsored by 68 groups called on him to “employ any legal means to put a … More Advisory committee’s fracking report spurs outpouring of spin

More internal review of the NYT shale gas skepticism articles, more dishonest journalism discovered

Michael Giberson While I was vacationing in New Mexico and Arizona, New York Times public editor Arthur Brisbane continued his analysis of the pair of late June articles in the newspaper that suggested widespread insider skepticism over the size and significance of recent shale gas developments. A June 26 story suggested the presence of significant … More More internal review of the NYT shale gas skepticism articles, more dishonest journalism discovered

The energy industry insiders that didn’t bark

Michael Giberson Dozens of energy industry insiders have gone missing in recent weeks, in what must be the largest unreported crime wave ever. Or possibly the energy insiders have been silenced by a vast powerful and secret industry cabal, which has compromising photos of the insiders or something like that, which would also be a … More The energy industry insiders that didn’t bark

NYT editor on shale gas skeptic article: we should have done better

Michael Giberson As mentioned here a few weeks ago, links below, the pair of New York Times articles giving voice to shale gas skeptics were badly done. (I called them no more than “an impressive collection of shale skeptic sound bites.”) I was far from the only critic, and the paper itself received a lot … More NYT editor on shale gas skeptic article: we should have done better