Oil and Gas Announcements

NETL Releases Hydraulic Fracturing Study
The U.S. Department of Energy’s National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL) has released a technical report on the results of a limited field study that monitored a hydraulic fracturing operation in Greene County, PA for upward fracture growth out of the target zone and upward gas and fluid migration. Results indicate that under the conditions of this study, for this specific location, fracture growth ceased more than 5,000 feet below drinking water aquifers and there was no detectable upward migration of gas or fluids from the hydraulically-fractured Marcellus Shale.

July 2014 Issue of Fire in the Ice Now Available
This issue includes three articles: two related to assessments of methane hydrate potential and one focused on hydrate prospecting methods.

2014 Volume 1 Issue of E&P Focus Now Available [PDF-3.29MB]
This issue deals with cementing and wellbore integrity R&D, both completed and underway, within NETL. The wellbore integrity program is a key component of NETL's commitment to provide the nation with safe and reliable oil and gas supplies. More than a decade of cementing R&D has gone into fulfilling that commitment.

Unconventional Oil and Gas Projects Help Reduce Environmental Impact of Development
Seven recently selected projects hold promise to improve extraction of unconventional resources while protecting the environment.

Wellbore Cement: Research That Begins Where the Sidewalk Ends
As we meander down the sidewalk, how many of us give more than a passing thought to the cement underfoot? For the most part, it’s just another flat surface, a means to an end, whether it leads us to a coffee shop, book store, or parking lot. But when it’s puckered, chipped, or crumbling, we certainly think about its need for repair.

EDX - Share and Share Alike
At NETL, sharing energy technical knowledge and expertise just got a whole lot easier. The Laboratory’s Office of Research and Development has recently launched the Energy Data eXchange, or EDX, a knowledge-sharing network built to provide a single source for fossil energy-related datasets and the tools to use them. EDX is designed to make research and other data generated by NETL researchers, other EDX users, and outside agencies available almost instantly through a common portal that features key tools to support analysis and evaluation. 

NETL has published an update to the popular "Modern Shale Gas Development in the United States: A Primer" published in 2009. This update, entitled "Modern Shale Gas Development in the United States: An Update", provides additional information on the current status of various shale plays that have undergone significant development over the past four years.

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