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    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.

    Innovative Filters Made In Colombia Reduce Emissions

    Colombia has developed a filter from a certain type of material and a specific structure that allows diesel engines to greatly reduce the emission of harmful gases into the atmosphere, specifically the large particles that cause serious risk to the human respiratory systems.

    Engineering Ceramic Filter prototype

    The pollution problem has become a major concern of mankind, so any initiative to help support the environment is well received all over the world. However, in countries like Colombia, where technological innovation is not exactly a strength, projects led by researchers such as Jairo Escobar, a researcher at the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of the Andes, lack the momentum and the application they aspire to achieve.

    Escobar designed a device built from a series of materials called "engineering ceramics", which uses a foam-like matrix as the basis of its structure. This filter is designed to stop harmful particles containing gases from diesel engines, generating a tremendous advantage over conventional filters and significantly reduces long-term costs, as their market price ranges from $1,500 and $3,000 while further reducing repair costs for damage to the engines themselves.

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