Natural gas

From shortage to glut, and boom to bust

Randy Udall, ASPO-USA

A record number of natural gas wells were drilled in the United States last year. But now, in a stunning reversal, hundreds of rigs have been idled and thousands of roughnecks laid off. In the space of six months, the oilpatch has gone from drill, baby, drill to chill, baby, chill.

archived May 6, 2009

Review: 'Tar Sands' by Andrew Nikiforuk

Frank Kaminski, Seattle Peak Oil Awareness (SPOA)

If you’ve been following energy news with a discerning eye, then you already know better than to buy into all the hype about the Canadian tar sands...Far from being a panacea for declining supplies of conventional oil, the sands could...leave Alberta resembling “a third-rate golf course in the Sudan”...The quote comes from Andrew Nikiforuk’s new book Tar Sands, a powerful, eloquent litany of horrors associated with North America’s frenzied dash toward tar sands bitumen.

archived May 5, 2009

ODAC Newsletter - 01 May 2009

Staff, Oil Depletion Analysis Centre

A weekly review from a UK perspective

archived May 1, 2009

Water & environment - Apr 30

Staff, Energy Bulletin

Officials in Three States Pin Water Woes on Gas Drilling
Oregon's water issues run deep
Water Controversies Boil Over in California

archived April 30, 2009

Peak Oil Review - April 27

Tom Whipple, ASPO-USA

A weekly roundup of Peak Oil news, including:
-Production and prices
-Natural gas

archived April 27, 2009

United States - Apr 23

Staff, Energy Bulletin

U.S. Congress begins drive for climate change bill
U.S. May Never Need More Nuclear, Coal Plants, FERC Head Says
US Natural Gas Prices: "The Fix is Underway"

archived April 23, 2009

Peak People: The Interrelationship between Population Growth and Energy Resources

Graham Zabel, MSc Demography/Energy Economics, London School of Economics, Energy Bulletin

This paper investigates the link between population growth, energy resources and carrying capacity at a global level, to determine if there might be dependencies and if so, how they could be modelled. Different qualities of energy resources may interact differently with population growth. Finally the implications of a peak in energy resource availability on population growth are examined.

archived April 20, 2009

Food & agriculture - Apr 21

Staff, Energy Bulletin

How much greenhouse gas comes from food?
Marijuana Advocates Point to Signs of Change
Just $6bn Will Save a Generation From Starvation, Says UN

archived April 21, 2009

Commentary: Interview with Matt Simmons, Part 3

Steve Andrews, ASPO-USA

"The only guy in this administration who is apparently steeped in concern about supply is General James Jones, National Security Advisor. As smart as those guys appear to be, I don’t think that any one of them is about to have the epiphany that—as serious as climate change might be—if we have a supply collapse, the game’s over."

archived April 20, 2009

Peak Oil Review - Apr 20

Tom Whipple, ASPO-USA

A weekly roundup of peak oil news, including:
-Production and prices
-Off-shore drilling

archived April 20, 2009