Infrastructure Constraints Loom as Texas Grows

Touting Texas’ low taxes and light regulations, Gov. Rick Perry has relished trying to poach jobs from other states. In February, he described building a business in California as “next to impossible.” Last month, he warned Illinois entrepreneurs to “get out while there’s still time.”

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel had a ready retort: “We don’t have to measure our showers like they do in Texas.”

Emanuel’s jab was well aimed. Texas’ drought and water-supply problems have captured headlines and inspired frank, worried comments from Texas officials. But with the state’s rapid population growth projected to continue in future decades, other infrastructure problems also loom, including clogged roads and a strained power grid.

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COLUMN-Enhanced recovery will anchor oil prices below $100: Kemp

Enhanced oil recovery (EOR) techniques could boost U.S. domestic oil production by 4 million barrels per day for 50 years, while storing all the emissions from 93 large coal-fired power plants, at a price of just $85 per barrel, according to an estimate published by the U.S. Department of Energy.

By injecting carbon dioxide (CO2) into depleted oil fields, the United States could recover an extra 67 billion barrels of oil and simultaneously trap 18 billion tonnes of manmade greenhouse gases safely underground. (“Improving domestic energy security and lowering CO2 emissions with ‘next generation’ CO2-enhanced oil recovery” June 2011).

Natural Gas Resources Seen at Record in U.S. on Fracking

The U.S. has 2,384 trillion cubic feet of recoverable natural gas according to an industry estimate, twice what a similar study concluded nine years ago as drillers began tapping shale formations using a technique known as hydraulic fracturing.

The estimate is the highest in the 48 years the Potential Gas Committee has assessed resources and exceeds by more than 25 percent the previous estimate of two years ago, the panel said today in its latest nationwide analysis. Much of the growth in estimated underground assets came in eastern states such as Pennsylvania, where shale-gas has been opened up by companies such as Chesapeake Energy Corp. (CHK) and Range Resources Corp. (RRC) using hydraulic fracturing, also known as fracking.

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KiOR ships first production of wood chip-based diesel

Posted on March 18, 2013 at 10:42 am by Jeannie Kever in Alternative fuels, biofuels A Pasadena-based company that produces renewable fuels from wood chips has shipped the first production of cellulosic diesel from its plant in Columbus, Miss. Fred Cannon, president and CEO of KiOR Inc., said the shipment proved the company’s process can […]

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Leading academic warns on failure to adopt CCS

A leading researcher into carbon capture and storage (CCS) believes the extent of carbon emissions being released by developing nations means the world cannot afford to ignore the claims of the technology as part of the solution.

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