Exploiting the world’s unconventional natural gas holds the key to a golden age of gas, says IEA executive director Maria van der Hoeven, but there are legitimate public concerns about the associated environmental and social impacts.
Hydraulic fracturing for oil and gas is posing a growing risk to water supplies in several regions around the country, according to a new report. Competition between water use for fracking and other uses is not new, particularly in dry areas, but as oil and gas production rises, the issue will only grow in importance.
Winter storms in the Northeast United States sent natural gas prices Wednesday to a high not see since early 2010. An unusually cold January complete with multiple snow storms has the region burning through more natural gas than expected.
Coal may be poised for a comeback in 2014 as natural gas prices rise and extreme cold push up electricity demand. But new EPA regulations and investor trepidation point to a structural decline for coal, Cunningham writes, not a cyclical one.
Canada says it wants to expand its oil export market, Graeber writes, but overseas obstacles and national trade policies could keep much of its crude oil out of Europe.
Like ethanol, butanol can be produced from corn or sugar cane, but it has a far higher energy density and is easier for refiners to mix with gasoline.
Tesla Motors has completed the coast-to-coast section of its free Supercharger network for its Model S electric car. Tesla Motors expects the entire Supercharger network to be complete by the time the affordable Model E is released to the market in 2017.
Even with Kazakhstan's giant Kashagan oil field down, the prospects look up for oil and gas in the Central Asian country, Graeber writes.
Ukraine will host a summit in May to explore European shale oil and natural gas. Despite an uncertain political future, Ukraine is still one of more promising shale areas in the region, Graeber writes.
More crude oil was spilled in US rail incidents last year than during the previous 37 years, according to a new government analysis. Oil by rail transport has become more popular as pipeline capacity has fallen behind increases in oil production during the North American shale boom.
President Obama can push clean energy forward without the need for congressional action, Cunningham writes. A new report lists over 200 recommendations for executive action on clean energy and energy efficiency.
The shale revolution in the United States, as with any revolution, will be brief, Graeber writes. It's what happens after the revolution ends that matters.
California sits atop the largest tight oil formation in the US, Cunningham writes, but the state's water crisis threatens to hamper oil and gas production and put an end to a Bakken-like bonanza.
While western Iraq is in the hands of Al Qaeda, recent trends suggest there's no safe oil investment refuge even in the Kurdish north, Graeber writes.
A potential $1.5 billion oil-for-goods swap between Iran and Russia has prompted harsh responses from Washington, which says such a deal could trigger new US sanctions.
Complaints in key venues of the US oil and gas boom continue to suggest that drinking water is being contaminated by fracking for oil and gas, Peixe writes. The pollution complaints against fracking have been confirmed in a number of cases, but not across the board.
Cheap natural gas and environmental regulations have threatened King Coal's US reign in recent years, but could 2014 be the year coal stages a comeback?
Gas prices averaged $3.49 per gallon in 2013, down about 12 cents from the record-high price in 2012. What's the outlook for gas prices in 2014?
The polar vortex that has swept much of the US in the past days is creating a headache for utilities struggling to keep up with increased demand and spiking prices. The impact of the polar vortex is particularly harsh on New England, where natural gas pipeline infrastructure is lacking.
South Sudan is rich in oil, but infrastructure challenges and rising violence could undermine economic hopes for a troubled region, Graeber writes. The country gained independence in 2011, but border issues, ethnic fighting and disputes over oil have led to violence in South Sudan.