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U.S. Manufacturers Increasing Use of Natural Gas, HGLs

Preliminary results from the U.S. Energy Information Administration’s 2018 Manufacturing Energy Consumption Survey show that the consumption of energy by manufacturers in the United States has continued to increase since its 2010 low. Natural gas and hydrocarbon gas liquids (HGLs) led the increase, together accounting for more than half of the sector’s energy consumption in 2018. The U.S. manufacturing sector’s consumption of electricity has also increased slightly since 2010, but consumption of naphtha and fuel oils, coal, coke, and breeze has declined.

Pennsylvania Sets Natural Gas Production Record

In 2019, about 6.8 trillion cubic feet of natural gas was produced from unconventional gas wells in Pennsylvania. According to the Department of Environmental Protection, this represents the largest volume of natural gas on record (a more than 10% increase from the previous year) that has been produced in Pennsylvania in a single year. Currently, Pennsylvania is the second largest producer of natural gas in the nation (Texas produces the most).

Report Shows Bright Future Ahead for Permian Basin

Recent projections in a new report from the Permian Strategic Partnership show that the Permian Basin region’s unique assets are poised for growth in the coming decades. A new analysis from researchers at Texas A&M University predicts the region will produce between 3.2 and 5.6 million barrels of oil per day and between 10.1 and 19.7 billion cubic feet of natural gas per day in the years ahead, despite the economic headwinds caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

EPA Rolls Back Coal Plant Wastewater Rules

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced final revisions to specific effluent guidelines and standards for “steam electric” power plants. The final rule revises a 2015 Obama-era regulation by leveraging newer pollution control technologies and taking a flexible, phased-in implementation approach. As a result, the EPA claims, the new rule will save the U.S. power sector approximately $140 million annually while reducing pollution by nearly a million pounds per year over the 2015 rule.

Oil, Gas Companies Work to Curb Methane Emissions

“U.S. oil and gas companies are investing millions of dollars into technology aimed at curtailing the methane that escapes into the atmosphere even as the Trump administration rolls back regulations aimed at curtailing releases of the potent greenhouse gas,” The Houston Chronicle reports.

“Methane-detection technologies can be found on the ground, where workers use hand-held monitors to sniff out methane leaks; in the skies, where drones carrying sensors locate trouble spots in drilling and pipeline operations; where satellites scan entire oil basins to identifying the largest plumes.”

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