USA Today reports booming oil-and-gas production, which is driving the U.S. toward energy independence, could fall short of expectations as many wells behind the surge are losing productivity.
"The reason: "sweet spots" — small areas with the highest yields. [J. David Hughes, an energy expert at the Post Carbon Institute,] says these spots simply don't last long. Unless more wells are drilled, the Bakken shale of North Dakota and Montana loses 44% of its production after a year and the Eagle Ford shale of Texas, 34%. Most of the nation's major shale regions produce both oil and gas," the USA Today article says.
Bloomberg talks to Kyoto veterans who say reaching a global warming goal during United Nations negotiations is slipping away.
AP reports an appeals court will hear BP's objections to the multibillion-dollar deal for the 2010 Gulf oil spill on Monday.
The Los Angeles Times reports natural gas flares are encroaching on Theodore Roosevelt National Park, threatening the park and its wildlife.