Weekly News Roundup for March 18, 2016

These are some of the stories we’ve been following this week.

Oil prices are once again increasing, but the hydraulic fracturing industry may not be able to recover quickly enough to take advantage. When oil prices dropped, fracking became less profitable, and companies shut down many of their fracking operations. […]

Two Talks at the World Congress on Petrochemistry and Chemical Engineering

I was honored to be a keynote speaker at the 3rd World Congress on Petrochemistry and Chemical Engineering held in Atlanta, Georgia, earlier this month. When I first heard about the conference, I wasn’t sure if I was exactly the right fit for an audience of chemical engineers and […]

Weekly News Roundup for July 31, 2015

These are some of the stories we’ve been following this week.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced three grants worth a total of $600,000 to two Philadelphia development authorities for the assessment and redevelopment of brownfield sites. Nationally, 147 communities received 243 grants totaling $54.3 million in 2015 for the […]

EPA Fracking Study Continues to Divide the Nation

On June 4, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released a 998-page draft report on the effects of hydraulic fracturing on the drinking water resources of the United States. Analysts and industry professionals dove into the report as soon as it was released, knowing that the report could have […]

Flight to Quality?

The term “flight to quality” means different things in different contexts. In economics and finance, of which real estate is a subset, the term refers to instances when capital moves away from more “risky” investments and toward “safer” investments due to uncertainty about the overall economy.

There seems to be […]

First Look at the Third International Conference on Housing Risk

Last week I attended the third International Conference on Housing Risk, presented by the American Enterprise Institute (AEI) International Center on Housing Risk in conjunction with the Collateral Risk Network. Day 1 focused on the various metrics used to measure risk objectively. Risk spans the gamut from individual risk […]

Companies to Begin Searching for Shale Gas in the United Kingdom for Fracking

It’s been 3 years since fracking has been allowed in the United Kingdom. Energy companies have been waiting to see how the government would respond to concerns about the drilling practice following earthquakes near Blackpool in 2011. On July 28, 2014, the new Energy Minister, Matthew Hancock, invited license […]

Fracking Can Damage Property Values

Last month a jury awarded a Texas family nearly $3 million, including $275,000 for the loss in market value of their property, in a lawsuit against a gas company that was using fracking techniques near their home. It was the first case involving fracking to go to trial, but it’s […]

Article About Dr. Clifford Lipscomb’s Work Published in HousingWire

Seattle, WA – HousingWire Magazine recently published an article entitled “Energizing real estate: Oil and gas exploration could shock housing markets” in their November 2013 issue. The article discusses the work of Dr. Clifford Lipscomb, Director – Economic Research at Greenfield Advisors, and his cousin, Dr. Joseph Lipscomb, a professor […]

Newest Greenfield Advisors Paper Examines Shale Gas Development

Analysts at Greenfield Advisors have a paper published in the most recent issue of The Review of Regional Studies. The paper, entitled “Unconventional Shale Gas Development and Real Estate Valuation Issues,” is the most-viewed article from the special issue devoted to shale energy development. From the abstract:

“With the research on […]

Unconventional Shale Gas Development and Real Estate Valuation Issues

This article provides an overview of the real estate valuation issues related to unconventional shale gas activities, particularly those related to hydraulic fracturing or “fracking.” With the research on this topic in its infancy, we focus more on the valuation issues that can arise as opposed to those that […]

Fracking and Insurance

On July 13, Nationwide Insurance issued a press release regarding concerns about fracking. Since then, the media has been full of stories from both pro- and anti-fracking groups analyzing this press release and its implications.
Here are a few of the main comments from Nationwide:

“Insurance works when a carrier can accurately […]