New EPA Rules Could Prevent ‘Fracking’ Backlash

The Environmental Protection Agency on Wednesday released new rules to limit methane emissions from natural gas production, a rare set of regulations that may serve the industry well, even if it cuts into producers’ profit margins.

Geologists Sharply Cut Estimate of Shale Gas

Energy Information Administration, which is responsible for quantifying oil and gas supplies, has said it will slash its official estimate for the Marcellus Shale by nearly 80 percent, a move that is likely to generate new questions about how the agency calculates its...

Insiders Sound an Alarm Amid a Natural Gas Rush

Energy executives, industry lawyers, state geologists and market analysts voice skepticism about lofty forecasts and question whether companies are intentionally, and even illegally, overstating the productivity of their wells and the size of their reserves.

Homeowners and Gas Drilling Leases: Boon or Bust?

Many homeowners and farmers in need of cash are inclined sign leasing agreements with gas companies. In making their argument, gas companies reassure property owners that the drilling processes and chemicals used are safe. Yet aside from arguments about the relative...

Economic Value of Marcellus Shale Gas in the Delaware Basin

In the Delaware Basin, Marcellus shale gas drilling is at the center of a contentious energy-water policy debate that pits gas companies, land owners, and rural towns interested in jobs versus environmental groups, water utilities, and fishermen concerned about the...