Maurice B. Dusseault
The attached article is only surprising to those who do not understand the impact of technology and the pressure to be profitable. Many predicted the “End of the Shale Oil Industry” when prices dropped below $50/b. People who understand the impact of technology and the nature of the oil and gas E&P industry correctly criticized these “prophets of doom”.
Leonard Maugeri predicted the drop in oil price two years before it took place because he correctly noted that advancements in drilling…
As the 2016 WGSI OpenAccess Energy Summit draws to a close, University of Waterloo's President Feridun Hamdullahpur discusses the gap between technological advancement and global energy and inequity.
The OpenAccess Energy Communique is now available as an attachment to this article.
While the summit may be ending, the work towards providing 1.1 billion people with reliable, renewable and sustainable energy is just beginning. The development of actionable policy options will be dependent on a concrete 'blueprint' from which to draw from.
When this is published, it will be available online,here.
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For example, read about Shale Gas Development in the UK: we have added files (pamphlets) published by the government (gov.uk) on issues related to potential shale gas development in the UK. The UK has very little…
By Maurice B Dusseault, Earth and Environmental Sciences, U of Waterloo
Three documents are attached to these comments:
- An article outlining the major issues of the Pennsylvania Auditor General's critical report and comments about the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection.
- The report of the Pennsylvania Auditor General, based on the period 2007-2012, which was the era of the very dramatic and sudden flowering of the Marcellus Shale play.
- An article on well leakage by…
Prof. Maurice Dusseault
University of Waterloo, Canada
Prof. Dusseault (earth and environmental sciences) was one of two speakers at the Memorial Presents: The Facts about Fracking, An Engineering Perspective talk hosted by the Harris Centre at the Greenwood Inn and Suites in Corner Brook Thursday, Jan. 30th.
Lesley James (assistant professor, faculty of engineering and applied science at Memorial University) focused on rock formations and the need to fracture in order to get at the oil and gas deposits.
Prof. Dusseault looked more at the actual…
Prof. Maurice B Dusseault
University of Waterloo, Canada
The following presentation on Shale Gas Geomechanics is related to the hydraulic fracturing of rocks.
It’s time to look to electricity exports as a route to a better energy strategy.
Il est temps de comprendre que les exportations d’électricité peuvent tracer la voie à une meilleure stratégie énergétique.
The Keystone pipeline debate is sucking all the oxygen out of a legitimate North American discussion on energy. Notwithstanding the concern opponents of the pipeline are expressing, the real culprit in the emissions that are at the core of climate change is coal - and it is getting a free pass. The caricature of Canada's oil sands as the carbon devil incarnate misses the fact that emissions of greenhouse gases (GHGs) from dominant coal generation in the US electricity mix wear the ugliest mask.…
Within Europe, it seems to have become almost impossible to move forward on issues like Shale Gas Development (SGD). This is somewhat difficult to understand, because SGD has far more positive effects than negative consequences, especially when compared with alternative development paths toward distant decarbonisation of the energy economy. These positive factors include potentially lower CO2 emissions levels globally in the short term, employment opportunities, development of local resources,…
"The last 40 years have seen wide variations in estimates of fossil fuel resources and reserves in the world, and in individual countries. Interest was triggered in part by Malthusian concerns about population growth, although many of the works were and continue to be misquoted and misinterpreted. Others (M.K. Hubbert, Colin Campbell) have viewed fossil fuels as a fixed resource, independent of technology. The spectre of massive fuels shortages has faded in recent years with development of…