The USGS announced last week a very large oil reservoir in Texas and New Mexico. Located in the Permian basin the Mass Media picked it up and it is good news. For quick background the USGS has been evaluating oil reservoirs for decades and has a pretty good reputation lacking political bias and scientific extremism. […]

Open Image…Save ImageOpen Image (using #TmpD/ia)… A Massachusetts Institute of Technology team of researchers has taken the first three-dimensional images of kerogen’s internal structure, with a level of detail more than 50 times greater than has been previously achieved. The images should allow more accurate predictions of how much oil or gas can be recovered from any given formation. The […]

A Penn State led team of international researchers has taken the first step in converting methane directly to electricity using bacteria, in a way that could be done near natural gas drilling sites. Thomas K. Wood, holder of the biotechnology endowed chair and professor of chemical engineering at Penn State explains one motive, “Currently, we […]

University of Kent scientists have discovered how bacteria make a component that facilitates converting carbon dioxide (CO2) into methane gas for energy use. Recycling CO2 back into energy has immense potential for making these emissions useful rather than a major factor in global warming. So far the bacteria called methanogens, that can convert CO2 into […]

University of New South Wales (UNSW) researchers have discovered a way to produce tenfold the amount of methane gas by naturally occurring microbes living in coal seams and on food waste. The innovation could make more natural gas available by extending the lifespan and increasing the number of coal seam gas wells, as well as […]

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