In case you missed it, NWGA Executive Director, Dan Kirschner, was mentioned in “The Economist” last week, discussing hydraulic fracturing and the Western U.S.
So pull that February 16 issue off your bedside table and give it a read. If you aren’t a subscriber you can read the full article by clicking here.
The continued move toward more efficient production of natural gas from shale has been a big topic at recent NWGA presentations. Water can cost anywhere from $.15 to $15 a barrel to use in the production process so continued reductions in freshwater usage, either through recycling used water for reuse, utilizing waste or brackish water, or even waterless fracturing makes a lot of sense for producers.
Here’s the portion of the article that mentions Dan:
Meanwhile, the technology that kick-started the revolution marches on. Some speak excitedly of fracking that uses saline rather than fresh water, or no water at all. The industry has moved so quickly in recent years, says Dan Kirschner of the Northwest Gas Association, a trade body, that it is starting to seem odd to call shale resources “unconventional”.