Stepping Up to the Challenge: How Local Communities in the Utica Shale Play are Taking Advantage of the Boom


By now, all of us have heard about the far-reaching effect that shale fracking has had on our national energy policy. What is less clear is its impact on the many rural communities around the country that overlie the oil and gas-rich shale. Many of these areas have seen the shale boom as a sort of saving grace: one that promises good jobs and prosperity in regions where high poverty and unemployment have lingered for generations. Conversely, many shale communities are discovering that the shale boom is not without its challenges.
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Energy Realities


It is a reality that our world continues to demand and use more and more resources. Global population has increased to 7 billion with projections of 9 billion in just a few years. We have learned that economic and social stability relies on having a sufficient supply of at least three critically important resources: food, water and energy. Shortage of even one of these and a country is subject to buying (importing) on the open market. Can anyone imagine the U.S. having to buy food and/or water? But yet, we have become all to accustomed to being a nation that buys energy to help meet our expectations as a world economic leader and powerful international ally.
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Baker Hughes Move: Prescription for Industry’s Future?


It’s been a long time coming: Baker Hughes’ announcement in April that it will disclose the chemicals used in its fracking fluids may just signal the start of a much-needed tidal change in the oil and gas industry.
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Top Land Use and Environmental Issues Facing Onshore Oil and Gas Operations


For onshore oil and gas operators, land use and environmental issues can present significant hurdles in the establishment of new facilities or the expansion of existing facilities. Land use and environmental challenges may even arise in the continued operation of existing facilities, particularly where there are new external developments or political pressures. Responding to and addressing these issues can result in significant costs and delays that may not be apparent on the face of the project. Operators need to be aware of these issues and the potential hidden costs. This article identifies top land use and environmental concerns facing oil and gas operators, and how they may arise.
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