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Affordable and Reliable Offshore Energy is a Benefit to Floridians

access  economic benefits  exploration  offshore development  florida 

Jessica  Lutz

Jessica Lutz
Posted August 15, 2018

Increased access to America’s offshore natural gas and oil would bring far-reaching benefits to coastal states, and the entire country. This is precisely why the diverse, bipartisan “Explore Offshorecoalition gathered today in Florida: because the strategic interests of Florida and our nation are tied to responsible development of offshore natural gas and oil..

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Safe Seismic Testing – Setting the Record Straight Part II:

analysis  seismic survey  oil and natural gas development  offshore exploration  boem  atlantic ocs 

Mark Green

Mark Green
Posted April 24, 2015

Last summer we posted on the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management’s gentle pushback against various voices that objected to BOEM’s decision to allow safe, carefully regulated seismic testing to map offshore energy reserves in the Atlantic. The pushback apparently prompted some pushback, because last month BOEM reasserted the facts on safe seismic in its online “Science Notes” feature.

As was the case last August, BOEM Chief Environmental Officer William Y. Brown weighed in:

In August 2014, BOEM published a Science Note addressing a few fundamentals about impacts of seismic air gun surveys on marine mammal populations. … BOEM's conclusion regarding the impact of these surveys is in stark contrast with public statements citing BOEM research and asserting that many thousands of marine mammals will be killed or injured through these surveys. For example, one web posting states that “Seismic air gun testing currently being proposed in the Atlantic will injure 138,000 whales and dolphins and disturb millions more, according to government estimates.” This characterization of our conclusion, however, is not accurate; that is actually not what we estimate.

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Finding the Balance on Fracking

safe operations  energy development  hydraulic fracturing  horizontal drilling  federal lands  natural gas exploration 

Mark Green

Mark Green
Posted November 21, 2014

Credit the U.S. Forest Service for adopting a revised plan for the George Washington National Forest that will allow safe and responsible energy development using hydraulic fracturing and horizontal drilling.

As others said of the plan, science won out in the sense that hydraulic fracturing and horizontal drilling can be conducted safely while protecting the forest itself as well as the watershed within it.

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Energy Reserves and Resources

access  exploration  development  securities and exchange commission  energy information agency  hydraulic fracturing 

Mark Green

Mark Green
Posted October 9, 2014

Getting a handle on the size of America’s petroleum reserves and their energy potential can be a brain-bender because of the different ways resources are defined and the different ways resource estimates are used.

Example: A Bloomberg piece this week suggests there’s something afoot when producers talk about a resource estimate that’s different from the one they’re required to report to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), as part of the agency’s oversight of the investing sector. Not at all. Two different concepts, two separate uses

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America’s Growing Energy Abundance

atlantic ocs  outer continental shelf  offshore exploration  boem  oil and natural gas development  regulation 

Mark Green

Mark Green
Posted July 16, 2014

The federal Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) has newly revised resource estimates for the Atlantic outer continental shelf (OCS). Are you sitting down?

BOEM now believes areas within the 200 nautical mile U.S. Exclusive Economic Zone off the Atlantic Coast, from Maine to Florida, could hold 4.72 billion barrels of technically recoverable oil and 37.51 trillion cubic feet of technically recoverable natural gas. Those numbers are 43 percent and 20 percent higher, respectively, than the last government estimate of the Atlantic OCS done in 2011.

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Working the Gulf for Oil, Natural Gas

chevron  deepwater  exploration  gulf of mexico  oil and natural gas  production  workforce 

Mark Green

Mark Green
Posted June 18, 2014

Here’s a link to a well-done video produced by Fortune magazine, showing a little bit about what it’s like to work on an oil and natural gas production platform more than 100 miles out in the Gulf of Mexico. The video’s producers visited Chevron’s Tahiti platform and interviewed a couple of the facility’s workers to gain insight into the two-weeks-on, two-weeks-off nature of life on the platform.

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South Carolina to Feds: ‘Let Us Step Up’

oil and natural gas development  offshore exploration  south carolina  infrastructure 

Mark Green

Mark Green
Posted May 1, 2014

South Carolina, like Virginia, stands to gain thousands of jobs and see billions in economic growth if the federal government will allow oil and natural gas development in the waters off its coast.

Quest Offshore Resources study projects more than $15.5 billion in cumulative energy spending in the state from 2017 to 2035 with offshore development, an energy boost to the state economy of more than $2.7 billion per year by 2035 and 35,569 jobs in 2035. South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley:

“Let us step up. Let us do offshore work. Let us go and be part of the solution to our nation’s energy problem.”

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Idle Leases and Yogi Berra, Again

permitting  leasing  exploration  energy policy  energy  domestic energy  access 

Mark Green

Mark Green
Posted October 22, 2012

t’s tempting – while contemplating a rebuttal to the latest claim that oil companies pay billions of dollars to “sit” on federal oil and natural gas leases in the Gulf of Mexico – to simply refer to previous rebuttals when the claim was made in 2009 and again last year.

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