Smil: No imminent danger of peak oil, but will peak oilers admit it?

Michael Giberson Vaclav Smil wonders, now that 2012 appears to have yielded a new record level of global oil output, will “some catastrophists and peak-oil cultists” have to back off their gloomy outlooks? See Smil, “Memories of Peak Oil,” in The American. Here is my prediction: No peak oiler will find 2012 oil production data as … More Smil: No imminent danger of peak oil, but will peak oilers admit it?

EPA backs off “imminent and substantial endangerment” claim in Texas hydraulic fracturing case

Michael Giberson On December 7, 2010, the Environmental Protection Agency dropped a bomb on Range Resources Corporation. From the EPA news release: (DALLAS – December 7, 2010) Today, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has ordered a natural gas company in Forth Worth, Texas, to take immediate action to protect homeowners living near one of its … More EPA backs off “imminent and substantial endangerment” claim in Texas hydraulic fracturing case

Did the federal government invent the shale gas boom?

Michael Giberson In the Washington Post the folks at the Breakthrough Institute try to learn us some history about the shale gas boom. Maybe you think the shale gas boom was some big surprise suddenly made real after the decades-long work of a hard-headed oil and gas guy – George Mitchell – willing to spend … More Did the federal government invent the shale gas boom?