Saturday, March 09, 2013

Texas State Geologist's shale gas study drawing national attention

 Scott Tinker, State Geologist of Texas, is one of the authors of a new study that is drawing a lot of national attention.  It forecasts the 5,000 square mile Barnett Shale will produce a cumulative 44 trillion cubic feet of recoverable gas by 2030.   U.S. consumption of natural gas in 2011 was about 24.4 trillion cubic feet overall.    The study, conducted by the Bureau of Economic Geology (BEG) at The University of Texas at Austin, was  funded by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation.  [Right, 30-year natural gas productivity of the Barnett Shale. Credit, UT Austin]

The news coverage includes the following stories:

Gas Boom Projected to Grow for Decades
Russell Gold, Wall Street Journal, Feb. 28

Texas Study Points To A Longer Natural Gas Boom
by Wade Goodwynm NPR

Barnett Shale Output to Tumble Through 2030, Study Says
Bloomberg, Joe Carroll, Feb. 28

U.S. Barnett shale to pump natural gas to 2050
Reuters, Feb. 28

Energy boom will last for decades, UT study finds
Houston Chronicle and San Antonio Express News, By Jennifer Hiller | February 28, 2013

They're Going to Be Fracking the Barnett Shale for a Long Time to Come
By Eric Nicholson
Dallas Observer, Feb. 28 2013 at 2:48 PM

Study: Barnett gas field to produce through 2030. By 2050, gas extraction at Barnett Shale likely to wind down, UT researchers say.
Asher Price, Austin American Statesman

America Is Just At The Beginning Of A Gas Boom That Will Last For Decades
Rob Wile, Business Insider, Feb. 28

Study Finds Potential Gas Boom in US 
Thursday, 28 Feb 2013 12:25 PM
Lisa Barron, Newsmax

Barnett Shale Blog: New Barnett Shale study sees production through 2030
Jim Fuquay, February 28, 2013

Natural gas production is picking up across the country, especially right here in Texas.
KFDA, News Channel 10 [Dallas]

Shale Gas Fracking Will Be Around For a Long, Long Time
Kevin Drum, Mother Jones [Blog]

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