27 April 2011 18:25 [Source: ICIS news]
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The Potential Gas Committee, based at the Colorado School of Mines, said that its 2010 biennial report on the nation’s gas resources showed a gain of more than 4% in recoverable gas since the committee’s 2008 evaluation.
“Our present assessment, strengthened by robust domestic production levels and a growing base of proved reserves, demonstrates an exceptionally strong and optimistic gas supply picture for the nation,” said John Curtis, professor of geological engineering at the Colorado School of Mines and director of the school’s potential gas agency.
The agency provides guidance, technical assistance and administrative support to the committee, which receives funding from the natural gas industry.
The committee report said that its new total for available gas supply is the highest in the PGC’s 46-year history.
“Most of the increase arose from re-evaluation of shale gas plays in the
Shale gas resources account for 687,000 bcf of the total, or nearly one-third of US natural gas supplies, the report indicated.
That growth, said AGA, was primarily the result of improved extraction technologies, especially expanded use of hydraulic fracturing ("fracking") and horizontal drilling in improving access to previously unrecoverable shale gas resources.
The AGA represents nearly 200 natural gas utility companies across the
At that pace, the PGC new estimate of domestic
The full potential for shale gas has come under question because of mounting opposition to fracking from environmental groups, federal and state regulators who are concerned about possible groundwater contamination.
US petrochemical producers and downstream chemical makers are heavily dependent on natural gas as both a major feedstock and power fuel.
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