Epa issues updated fracking assessment guidelines as drilling gets underway
Barry Zollner, an environmental engineer and co-founder of Zillow Group, an independent real estate research firm, told the Guardian: "I expect this will create more oil in the ground as people will think of alternative routes or'spillovers'. It's not that people are rejecting drilling. People don't want to drill because of oil. They're scared of oil. But they'll say: 'We might want to find out whether they're coming into our backyard because they'll want to drill there.' "He said his firm will have 30 employees and that "the potential to create jobs is huge".
The Energy Information Agency (EIA) has recently begun issuing revised estimates for shale gas production. According to the EIA, the US has already produced around 600bn cubic feet of shale gas â€” the equivalent of around 5% of the nation's total gas output. By 2023, that figure is expected to rise to 1.1 billion cubic feet of shale gas equivalent.
Yet there are currently only 1.2 billion cubic feet of shale gas reserves, said EIA calculations released earlier this year. The government's own estimates, made in response to a Freedom of Information Act request to find information on shale gas reserves, put the United States's total shale gas reserves at 1.4bn, or 19% of the planet's total.
The EIA will update its shale gas estimates each year over the next five years, starting with the end of 2016. Until now, EIA estimates for shale gas have not included areas in Texas and North Dakota as they are both located on federal land. The new numbers should have all of them, according to Zollner.
As the numbers keep coming in, the question becomes which areas will get the biggest increase in oil and gas production. The first shale gas field to enter the United States was discovered by private Texas billionaire Harold Hamm in Pennsylvania back in 2009, although it was far from a complete oil field.
Barry Zollner, co-founder of Zillow Group, an independent real estate research firm, said it would be "futile" for the government to say it had identified all of the states to be boom centres in terms of oil and gas development. He fears that would put pressure on governments to build new shale gas areas, and if there are too many new wells then the amount of oil that exists is reduced. "The government should just be saying no, or at least be more focused on improving efficiency and cutting costs," he said. "They should be saying no to every new field because then there are two fields."
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Police investigate suspected murder in canberra suburb.
Police have launched an investigation after the body of a man who was allegedly murdered by his girlfriend's friend was found in Canberra's Canberra suburb.
Cathy Smith is on bail and has been charged over the attack on Sunday night.
Detectives said the victim, a 38-year-old man, was found outside an apartment with several wounds to his neck.
He was later pronounced dead.
Detectives have been investigating possible links between the suspected murder and three other deaths within the last month.
The death of the 38-year-old man was said to be the third suspected murder this year in Canberra.
There was also news this weekend of another suicide.
Detective Inspector Brian Stuckey, of the crime branch, said the attack did not appear to be a random attack and was believed to be the work of a person in Smith's close family.
"It is believed to be the work of someone within Smith's close family or close contact, and that we do believe this was a violent attack," he said.
Detective Inspector Stuckey said the man who died and the two people arrested had been referred to the Parramatta Regional Health Board.
"The relationship between the victim and the suspected murderer is ongoing at the time of this interview," he said.
"The victim's friend, however, is not believed to be involved at this time and was not contacted by the public."
Police have appealed to the public to do their own investigations.
Anyone with information in relation to this case is asked to contact the Crime Suppression Unit, via 1800 333 000 or CrimeStoppers, via 1800 333 000.
Originally published as Man stabbed friend to death