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Most of the small earthquakes in the Eagle Ford region of South Texas are probably the result of extraction of large volumes of oil and associated water, according to new research by Cliff Frohlich, associate director at The University of Texas at Austin’s Institute for Geophysics. No injuries or severe damage were reported from any…

Dallas Morning News, July 25, 2013 Featuring: Scott Hamlin Pioneer Natural Resources, one of the country’s largest independent oil and gas firms, is estimating the recoverable oil in a single field in West Texas’ Permian Basin at 50 billion barrels of oil and gas. At almost twice the estimated reserves in the Eagle Ford, that would…

Forbes, July 16, 2013 Featuring: Scott Tinker Last night, I watched the documentary “Switch,” narrated by Scott Tinker, a University of Texas professor and head of the Bureau of Economic Geology. Unlike “Gasland Part II,” the sensationalist all-fossil-fuels-are-bad screed that you’re likely to hear more about this summer, “Switch” offers a scientific look at how…

USA Today, July 9, 2013 Featuring: J.P. Nicot Texas’ current drought is caused by changes in ocean circulation patterns such as La Nina, anthropogenic climate change, and other factors. One thing intensifying the drought’s impact is hydraulic fracturing. Water consumption for fracking in the state jumped 125% in three years and will continue to increase…

Associated Press, May 4, 2013 Featuring: Jorge Pinon Venezuela has the world’s largest oil reserves, but PDVSA’s production, earnings and income all appear to be on a downward slide and its debts to suppliers rose 35 percent. “The government of Venezuela today uses PDVSA as its petty cash box to lead populist social programs,” said Jorge…

Leading energy faculty at The University of Texas at Austin shared an update on the innovative research and programs taking place on the Forty Acres during the first-ever UT Energy Summit in Houston. The event, held at Latham & Watkins LLP on April 18, showcased how faculty and staff from UT’s engineering, business and geology…

Peter Flemings was on a family vacation hiking in the White Mountains in New Hampshire when his cell phone rang. It was U.S. energy secretary Stephen Chu’s assistant. Could he join a web conference with Secretary Chu, and dozens of scientists from government, academia and industry, in a few hours? After packing up and making…

Bloomberg, April 3, 2013 Featuring: Michelle Foss Canada is pulling ahead of the U.S. in a contest to be the first exporter of liquefied natural gas from the North American shale bonanza to Asia’s $150 billion LNG market. “The smart money is going to Canada” to export LNG, said Michelle Foss, chief energy economist at…

Christian Science Monitor, March 27, 2013 Featuring: Jorge Pinon Some 17 countries receive shipments of crude or refined oil products with preferential repayment terms under the Petrocaribe energy pact. But some nations fear oil shipments could stop post-Chávez. “Any cut to Petrocaribe would be disastrous for countries” that receive Venezuelan oil under such deals, says Jorge…

Can magnetic nanoparticles injected deep underground with hydraulic fracturing liquids reveal detailed dimensions of shale rock fractures and track movements of gas molecules? Can other particles — that change form when they encounter oil — be “interrogated” for clues about the amounts of oil in dense shale formations? These are among the goals of the…

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