Renewable energy sources and natural gas should be considered as complements and not rivals. A hybrid gas-electric clean energy provides a workable engineering solution while 100% Renewables models based heavily on wind, solar and efficiency fall short of the meeting the functional needs of a modern technology intensive society.
Cabot Oil & Gas Co., which claimed 15 of the 20 most-productive Marcellus Shale natural-gas wells during the first half of this year, reported more eye-popping numbers Monday for its Susquehanna County operations.
According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration, production of natural gas in the Marcellus region, located in Pennsylvania and West Virginia, is expected to exceed 13 billion cubic feet per day this month.
"Eye in the sky" takes on a completely new meaning when considering some of the newest methods used in pipeline management. Always concerned with environmental and public safety, many gas companies are employing the use of specially equipped helicopters to survey their gas fields.
On their first day working on a drilling rig last month, the eight students looked like the rank novices they were: They wore clean gloves and tidy safety vests, and many didn't know the difference between a roustabout and a tool pusher.
The natural gas boom in Pennsylvania has grown in leaps and bounds since 2008 when gas company representatives known as "lease men" descended upon the Marcellus Shale Region with contracts in hand, promising farmers more money than they expected to make in a lifetime.