What is Causing the Global Water Crisis: Lack of Supply or Lack of Innovation?


The increasing demand for fresh water to support drilling activities has sparked passionate environmental and economic debate in the U.S. and throughout the world, especially as serious droughts in California and beyond are in the headlines. Against the backdrop of a global water crisis, oil and gas producers and innovators are needed at the forefront to implement and commercialize innovative water technologies that will minimize fresh water consumption and help the supply of freshwater keep up with the growing demand. This article looks at the global water crisis and provides an overview of an emerging technology that leading producers are using to treat the most challenging waters and add recycled freshwater back into the freshwater supply.
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High Pressure, High Temperature Challenges and Policies for Oil & Gas Industry


Natural gas development projects proposed on rural private and rural public lands, including in areas that don’t see themselves as “producers” of oil and gas but merely in shipping lanes for the product, mark a radical shift in the world energy picture is raising environmental concerns in the United States. Until recently, the U.S. had been expected to import more natural gas, but now drillers are producing a lot more domestic natural gas; so much that prices are down, along with industry profits. Balancing this is the fact that many domestic corporations want plenty of cheap natural gas here in the U.S. to fuel manufacturing, and, individually, some of the export proposals have proven controversial in the communities where companies want to build them.
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There’s an App for That: How Mobile Technologies are Transforming Oil & Gas Production


The Shale Age is upon us, powered by new technologies that rapidly advance production and reduce environmental risk.
 
Growing numbers of O&G companies are using mobile apps to track field operations, tapping social media to educate investors, and leveraging e-commerce to build their brands.
 
Enormous opportunity is at hand for the industry.
 
According to a 2013 report by McKinsey Global Institute, “the pattern of growing energy scarcity may be reversed for many decades” if unconventional reserves can be safely and cost-effectively exploited.
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Six Steps to 49 CFR Part 192 Compliance while Achieving Long-Term Business Value


Over the last two decades, the Department of Transportation (DOT) and the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) have been challenged with how to define and regulate the United States’ over 230,000 miles of onshore gathering gas lines or GGLs.  Historically, GGLs have been small in diameter, operate at pressures ranging from 400 to 600 pounds per square inch (psi), connect individual wells or production fields (covering at most a few hundred miles), and located, for the most part, in very rural areas. With the increase of natural gas production from shale exploration over the last six to 10 years, that is no longer the case.
 
In 2006, PHMSA introduced new language into DOT’s 49 CFR Part 192, and defined new requirements for “regulated onshore GGLs” and “unregulated onshore GGLs.”  However, due to the growth in shale gas production since then, PHMSA has stated its growing concern for human health and the environment. This concern is due, in part, to the increase in GGL diameters to 12” to 36” with maximum allowable operating pressures (MAOPs) as high as 1480 psi.  PHMSA are also concerned that it is increasingly common for GGLs to run through urban centers – with potentially hazardous consequences.
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