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    Entries in Environment and Energy Communications (3)


    22,600 trillion cubic feet

    Been thinking about natural gas so much lately. It's such an interesting problem: what are we going to do with shale gas at various horizons. Domestically, we have a patchwork of legislation finding its way through various frameworks. CNBC reports that "natural gas is now being viewed as something of a panacea for much of what ails the world's largest economy — cheaper energy could make U.S. manufacturing globally competitive again".
    There's also strong support from industry trade groups and politicians to have a investment mind-set about the uses of the resource. I think about the various ways that natural gas vehicles of all kinds will be provided more fueling points at existing gas stations. Those gas stations are ripe for capital investment upgrades.

    Accenture's recent report on Lessons Learned In Water Management from U.S. Shale Gas Operations is rigorous research that "identifies key challenges countries and oil and gas operators need to address when developing shale gas resources." The map above is presented from the report on shale gas with an interesting aggregate estimate: "...the world’s technically recoverable gas,600 trillion cubic feet."
    The fact is that because "water [is] one of the key challenges that make the development of shale gas different from conventional gas," the oil and gas industry will require the cultivation of environmentally informed leadership and support staff to best move forward beyond the environmental requirements necessary to ensure clean air and water.

    Environmentally Friendly Drilling Systems [EFDS]

    Industry has made great strides in protecting the environment while increasing oil and natural gas production in the U.S. Producers, however, still face daunting challenges.
    The Environmentally Friendly Drilling (EFD) program addresses:

    • New low-impact technologies that reduce the footprint of drilling activities
    • Light weight drilling rigs with reduced emission engine packages
    • On-site waste management
    • Site access
    • Systems to fit the needs of specific development sites and provides stewardship of the environment
    • Education

    U.S. Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE): 2017 - 2025 Standards BIG DEAL

    Climate One host Greg Dalton discusses the 2011 Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) standards and how it has affected the auto industry. "This is the single biggest step in a generation to get our country off of oil and cut carbon pollution," says NRDC's Director of Transportation Programs Roland Hwang.

    Shad Balch, Environment and Energy Communications, General Motors
    Roland Hwang, Director of Transportation Programs, Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC)
    Mary Nichols, Chair, California Air Resources Board
    Chris Paulson, VP of Strategy & Business Development, Coda Automotive