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Arkansas Nuclear One near Russellville is a major power source  for Entergy Arkansas, which derives nearly 70 percent of its generation from nuclear sources. Entergy, like other Arkansas utilities, uses far less coal than it once did, and a Trump administration is not likely to reverse the trend. Coal-fired generation makes up just 4 percent of Entergy’s total. Cheap natural gas provides 24 percent.
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Energy Sector In Arkansas Expects Shift Under Trump, Not Upheaval

An oil- and coal-friendly Trump administration is taking power in Washington, promising a real shake-up. Still, Arkansas energy observers caution against expecting a huge shift. read more >
James Inhofe
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Advocates for Environment Not Sorry to See Fracking Stop in Arkansas

The 10-year boom in Arkansas natural gas production poured billions of dollars into the state, but some Arkansans are not sad to see it end. read more >
Larry Bengal, director of the state Oil & Gas Commission, says gas is still plentiful in the Fayetteville Shale, but prices don’t support getting it.
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After Boom in Shale, Arkansas Gas Industry Faces Halt in Drilling

After a decade-long, multibillion-dollar bonanza of natural gas production in an Arkansas field called the Fayetteville Shale, the bust has landed with a thud. read more >
Energy / Real Estate

South Arkansas Formation Proves Disappointing So Far

The Lower Smackover Brown Dense formation has, so far, been a disappointment for exploration companies, mineral rights owners and state regulators hoping for a 21st century oil boom in south Arkansas and north Louisiana. read more >
Teresa Marks, director of the Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality: “We did a lot of inspections the first three to four years.” | (Photo by Jason Burt)
Energy / Government & Politics / Nonprofits

Regulators Cite Greater Shale Knowledge as Environmental Complaints Dwindle

A decade of shale play development has seen a resolution of some of the early concerns, and two of the Arkansas regulators most involved in overseeing the gas industry in the play credit the growing “maturity” not just of the industry but of their own agencies and the public. read more >
Energy

Hanna Still Believes in Arkoma Basin’s Future

Hanna Oil & Gas Co. of Fort Smith has been drilling gas wells in the Arkoma Basin for two generations covering more than 50 years. President Bill Hanna, son of founder Jim Hanna, is confident the basin will be around and still producing for the next generation of Hannas. That has already started as Bill’s oldest son, Griffin, started work in the field for the company after graduating with a finance degree from the University of Denver. read more >
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Natural Gas in Fayetteville Shale Takes Arkansas from Zero to Billions in 10 Years

In the past decade, the players in the Fayetteville Shale have shuffled and consolidated, drilling has peaked and retreated, employment has expanded and contracted, technology has advanced, environmental and infrastructure concerns have reared their heads and government has responded. read more >
Steve Mueller, CEO of Southwestern Energy Co.
Energy

New Wells Encouraging, But Brown Dense Viability Still Debated

As Southwestern Energy Co. drills more test wells in the Lower Smackover Brown Dense formation, preliminary results are coming back looking more and more promising. read more >