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Monthly Issue | February 23, 2012

Fracking: With the Gas, a Flow of Litigation

Courtesy: iStockphoto.com/Hazlan Abdul Hakim There is no hotter topic in the field of environmental and tort law and litigation than horizontal drilling and hydraulic fracturing. Though fracking holds much economic…


Fracking Cracks the Public Consciousness in 2011

2011 was the year that "fracking" became a household word. It wasn't just that environmental concerns about the underground drilling process finally struck a mainstream chord after three years of…


Welcome to GAS POWER

These are "interesting times" for gas-fired power. Natural gas prices are in free fall, with no clear bottom in sight. Production levels continue to climb as the unconventional (shale gas…


Shale Gas Is Not a Fracking Mess

Natural gas has many environmental benefits over coal as a fuel for electricity generation. It also has advantages over electricity and traditional heating fuels in the industrial, commercial and residential…


Gas Glut Remains, Prices Keep Falling

The global gas glut showed no signs of lessening as the industry moved into 2012, even as gas usage continued to climb. U.S. inventories at the end of the first…


The End of the Line for Pipe Cleaning with Natural Gas?

By now, most in our industry are familiar with the explosion that occurred at the Kleen Energy plant in Middletown, Conn., in February 2010 (Figure 1). Personnel at this 620-MW…


American Electric Power Finally Flips the Switch on Beleaguered Ohio Plant

On February 1, American Electric Power (AEP) began commercial operation of its 580-MW combined cycle generating unit in Dresden, Ohio, ending a saga that began over 10 years earlier. The…


Gas Power Leads Both New Capacity and Retirements

According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA), natural gas–fired plants led all other forms of power generation in both new startups and retirements by large margins over the past…


Turbine Suppliers Pursue a Different Niche: Steel Mills

With the glut of natural gas on the market and consequent tumbling prices, much attention has been drawn to the possibilities for cheap gas-fired electricity to upend much of the…


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