Texas Alternative Fuel Fleet Pilot Program


Apache Natural Gas Fueling Station in El Campo, Texas

Submitted by Heather Ball, Assistant Director of AFRED:

Just seven months ago, Railroad Commissioner David Porter joined State Representatives Jason Isaac and Phil Stephenson, Wharton County Judge Phillip Spenrath and El Campo Mayor Robert Young in celebrating the opening of the United Ag/Apache natural gas fueling station in El Campo.  Area fleets, including the City of El Campo’s police department, are now converting to natural gas and loving the savings.  Since January, the price of gasoline has shot up 28 cents a gallon, to $3.44, and the price of diesel is up two cents to $3.69, but natural gas has remained constant at $2.11.


UT study to look at economic potential of Mexican shale

NASA marks South Texas well sites in an aerial photo of Texas at night. (NASA image)

The University of Texas at San Antonio has studied the economic potential of the Eagle Ford Shale in South Texas and the Cline Shale in West Texas. Now it’s looking at the Eagle Ford across the border.

Thomas Tunstall, research director of the UTSA Institute for Economic Development, said the group plans to start a study of the Burgos Basin in Mexico.

“We’re going to take a look at that and see what the implications are for business opportunities there as well as potential economic impacts,” Thomas Tunstall, told members of the Eagle Ford Consortium last Friday in San Antonio.

Read the full article here: Mexican Shale .


First-Ever Natural Gas Panel at RRC Oil and Gas Regulatory Conference

Submitted by Heather Ball, Assistant Director Alternative Fuels Research and Education Division of RRC.

Caption:  Panelists (l to r) Dr. Ken Morgan, Director, Texas Christian University Energy Institute; Lynn Lyon, Director of Fuel Market Development, Pioneer Natural Resources; RRC Commissioner David Porter; George E. King, Engineering Advisor, Apache Corporation; and State Representative Jason Isaac.

On August 19 Texas Railroad Commissioner David Porter hosted the first-ever Texas Natural Gas Panel at the Railroad Commission of Texas’ annual Oil and Gas Regulatory Conference in San Antonio.  Panelists described opportunities for using natural gas in transportation and upstream markets and the economic benefits that natural gas engine fuel brings to Texas.

The event marks the first time the Regulatory Conference’s agenda has convened a high-level panel focused on natural gas vehicle and upstream markets. The event continues Commissioner Porter’s ongoing series of statewide workshops and seminars that began with the launch of his Natural Gas Initiative in October 2013.

The Conference panel will be followed in Austin on October 23 by the first Texas Natural Gas Summit, coordinated by Commissioner Porter.  The Summit will connect industry leaders with job seekers; showcase advanced natural gas technology and equipment; and feature workshops for fleet managers and exploration and production operators. For more information on this event, please visit: http://www.rrc.state.tx.us/alternative-fuels/public-education-and-outreach/alternative-fuel-events/texas-natural-gas-summit/


Natural Gas Fuel for Drilling and Hydraulic Fracturing

Diesel Displacement / Dual Fuel & Bi-Fuel

As the reality of America’s natural gas age comes into view, it seems fitting that more of the equipment used to free that gas will also be powered by it. As a cleaner fuel, natural gas offers the promise of reducing emissions, site footprint and cost.

Operators and service companies are seeking answers even as the questions change. Purveyors of equipment are innovating to improve and adapt their technologies. The solutions for the near term may not be the best fit with the ultimate vision of all-gas power for drilling and hydraulic fracturing. Understanding the state of development for these technologies can assist in making informed decisions about investment in the near and longer term. Together with our partners in industry and academia, the Environmentally Friendly Drilling Systems Program (EFD) is exploring the important issues around natural gas fuel.

Increasing supplies of gas in North America, together with tightening of emissions regulations and volatility in diesel fuel pricing are key factors driving the “switch to gas” as a fuel of choice for drilling and hydraulic fracturing. Synergistically, technologies to more efficiently and effectively deliver and utilize gas fuel are rapidly evolving. Gas fuel will increasingly power not only drilling and hydraulic fracturing, but also railroad locomotives, shipping, and over-the-road transportation.

Read the full article here:  Diesel Displacement .


Fracking leading economic recovery

The U.S. economy isn’t digging its way out of an economic slump; it’s fracking its way out.

Donald Broughton, managing director, senior research analyst and chief market strategist, Avondale Partners – speaking at the Commercial Vehicle Outlook Conference in Dallas Thursday – says American fracking is a “gold rush” that will lead to energy independence and financial recovery.

“I believe we are living in a slow growth, no growth economy except for fracking,” he says. “Fracking is so significant that it’s been a big splash in the economic pond.”

Led by fracking, Broughton says the U.S. is experiencing the first industrial lead recovery since the 1960s.

Read the full article here: Fracking .

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