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Disclosing The Facts 2014: Transparency and Risk in Hydraulic Fracturing Operations

The results of the 2014 DTF show that many energy companies are still largely failing to rigorously disclose the impacts of their hydraulic fracturing operations on communities and the environment. Companies across the industry are relying on sweeping statements and empty assurances that fracking is safe, while still failing to provide the data to demonstrate …

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A Bridge to a Low-Carbon Future? Modelling the Long-Term Global Potential of Natural Gas

UK shale gas production over the next decade, the key time-period where gas could act as a transition fuel, is unlikely to be of sufficient scale to significantly reduce UK import dependence or gas prices, this report by independent researchers at UKERC shows. “It is very frustrating to keep hearing that shale gas is going …

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Reality Check on U.S. Government Forecasts for a Lasting Tight Oil & Shale Gas Boom

Drilling Deeper: A Reality Check on U.S. Government Forecasts for a Lasting Tight Oil & Shale Gas Boom investigates whether the Department of Energy’s expectation of long-term domestic oil and natural gas abundance is founded. It aims to gauge the likely future of U.S. tight oil and shale gas production based on an in-depth assessment …

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Effect of Increased Levels of Liquefied Natural Gas Exports on U.S. Energy Markets

From the introduction: “This report responds to a May 29, 2014 request from the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Fossil Energy (DOE/FE) for an update of the Energy Information Administration’s (EIA) January 2012 study of liquefied natural gas (LNG) export scenarios. This updated study, like the prior one, is intended to serve as an …

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Limited impact on decadal-scale climate change from increased use of natural gas

Technologies such as fracking have triggered a boom in natural gas, but this will not lead to a reduction of overall greenhouse gas emissions. The replacement of coal by natural gas is fairly limited, but it might replace not just coal, but low-emission renewable energy and nuclear power as well. Its growing availability will make …

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Global Shale Gas Development: Water Availability and Business Risk

In this study the WRI provides unprecedented global information on freshwater availability for governments and businesses considering shale development. Key findings: 38 percent of the world’s shale resources face high to extremely high water stress or arid conditions. 386 million people live on land above shale plays—increased competition for water and public concern over hydraulic …

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World Energy Investment Outlook – Special Report

IEA accepts that shale gas/oil production will peak in 2020 and decline thereafter, putting an end to the ‘100 year supply’ and the US net exporter myths. In the words of the IEA, this “report provides insights into: The structure of ownership and models for financing investment in different parts of the energy sector. The …

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