Today’s Top Story:
Oil companies have begun to “refract” wells that were drilled as recently as three years ago. This development highlights the challenges of maintaining production rates, which can be as low as five percent, of wells drilled into tight oil deposits. The new process, which can’t be as tightly controlled as the original fracking job, uses minuscule plastic balls to help prop open fractures in the rock. (Reuters)
Bill to ban future oil and gas projects off the California coast gets local support
The Santa Barbara County Board of Supervisors voted Tuesday morning in favor of supporting a bill that would ban future oil and gas drilling projects within California’s coastal waters.
Activists call for a county ban on fracking
Voice of OC
Orange County activists are calling for a ban on fracking locally until the oil-extraction method is further studied, and Tuesday they took their message to the county’s top elected officials.
Santa Barbara Ballot Measure Aims to Ban ‘Aggressive’ Drilling
Natural Gas Intel
California’s Santa Barbara County has an initiative (Measure P) on the November ballot aimed at restricting, if not banning, most enhanced drilling practices.
Clearsign to demonstrate next-gen emissions control technology
Oil & Gas Financial Journal
ClearSign Combustion Corp. (NASDAQ: CLIR), which provides combustion and emissions control technology for industrial, commercial, and utility markets, has entered into a field test agreement with Aera Energy LLC to demonstrate and test its proprietary Duplex tile combustion technology in oil fields located in Kern County, California.
Refracking brings ‘vintage’ oil and gas wells to life
A fracking boom isn’t enough for U.S. oil and gas producers – they’re now starting the re-fracking boom.Wells sunk as little as three years ago are being fracked again, the latest innovation in the technology-driven shale oil revolution. Hydraulic fracturing, which has upended global energy markets by lifting U.S. crude oil output to a 25-year high, has been troubled by quick declines in oil and gas output.
Despite Compromise, Colorado’s Fracking Fight Rages On
An 11th-hour compromise brokered by Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper (D) to keep contentious oil and gas measures off the November election ballot may simply delay the day of reckoning for both sides in the battle over how tightly the booming industry is regulated.
If You Think the Water Crisis Can’t Get Worse, Wait Until the Aquifers Are Drained
Aquifers provide us freshwater that makes up for surface water lost from drought-depleted lakes, rivers, and reservoirs. We are drawing down these hidden, mostly nonrenewable groundwater supplies at unsustainable rates in the western United States and in several dry regions globally, threatening our future.