US shale production growth will likely disappoint in the future and climb at a slower-than-expected rate, said Mark Papa, former CEO of EOG Resources and current chairman and CEO of Centennial Resource Development. The weaker performance may be due to a lack of Tier 1 acreage, as Papa estimates that 70% of the better drilling locations in the Eagle Ford Shale and Bakken Shale have already been drilled.
The Longmont, Colo., City Council on Tuesday voted 6-1 in favor of a plan to pay $3 million to oil and natural gas companies TOP Operating and Cub Creek Energy in a move that would put an end to surface drilling within the city and on city-owned properties.
A study examines how stress from the North American and Eurasian tectonic plates influenced the flow of magma during the Bardarbunga volcano's eruption in Iceland in 2014. Scientists studied pressure from the magma flow, stress from the plates moving apart and changes to the Earth's surface during the eruption, determining that the plates largely affected the formation of an underground dike carrying the magma during part of its journey.
Research shows octamethylcyclosiloxane offers "negligible risk from exposure to the environment" and can lead regulators to make a determination, says Karluss Thomas of the American Chemistry Council's Silicones Environmental, Health and Safety Center. "The study certainly supports there not being a need for any product content restrictions on the use of D4 in the US," Thomas says.
Plastics and chemical groups say the problem of waste from plastic straws can be addressed through better recycling and recovery. "[T]he environmental cost of using plastics in consumer goods and packaging is nearly four times less than it would be if plastics were replaced with alternative materials," says the American Chemistry Council, citing a Trucost study.
The American Chemistry Council says allegations by the Union of Concerned Scientists regarding ACC and federal work on per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances "are not based in fact and are incredibly irresponsible."
Total, Borealis and NOVA Chemicals have officially formed the joint venture Bayport Polymers for the development of a chemical complex in Texas. Total owns half of the company, with the remaining 50% owned by NOVA and Borealis' JV, Novealis Holdings.
The American Chemistry Council has identified four key areas to boost plastics recycling, and now the plastics recycling industry must work with ACC and other groups to make those goals a reality, writes Resource Recycling's Dan Leif.
University of Central Florida researchers have developed a process for producing ammonia that may be faster and more efficient than the Haber-Bosch system. The researchers use electricity, with palladium as a catalyst.
The Permian Basin's infrastructure bottlenecks and surging production levels are contributing to a jump in demand for diesel, which fuels the drilling rigs as wells as the trucks increasingly used to haul crude to refineries, pipelines and storage tanks. The rise in diesel demand in West Texas and New Mexico has prompted some midstream companies, including Magellan Midstream Partners and Holly Energy Partners, to consider projects to increase refined products capacity in the region.