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The Changing Energy Landscape … Thanks to America’s Shale Revolution

american energy  jobs  Economy  fracking  ground water  gasoline prices 

Mary Leshper

Mary Schaper
Posted October 6, 2014

CNBC (Chevron Chairman and CEO John Watson): Over the last 150 years, we've seen the greatest advancements in living standards in recorded history — advances enabled by affordable and reliable energy that have brought light, heat, mobility, modern communications and other benefits to billions of people around the world. The United States has helped lead many of these advancements — by spreading our ideals of free markets, open trade, rule-of-law and limited state involvement. In doing so, we've allowed private initiative to innovate and drive progress.

As more of the world seeks to capitalize on these advancements, the ensuing spread of wealth is helping to lift more people into the middle class and realize these same benefits. In the past 10 years, the world has added three-quarters of a billion people to the middle class.

And despite some struggles of our own, America's business and economic system remains the envy of much of the world. Yet it's a system that continues to evolve … and change.

Perhaps the most dramatic changes have been in the U.S. oil and natural gas sector, where we've launched an energy revolution, fueled by technology and innovation, that's allowing us to produce more from oil and gas fields and develop new geographic frontiers. In the last decade, we've rewritten the U.S. energy story — from one focused on scarcity to one focused on abundance.

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Hydraulic Fracturing Information Online

domestic energy  energy iq  environmental protection agency  horizontal drilling  hydraulic fracturing  hydrofracking  technology innovation  fracfocus  ground water protection council  gwpc 

Jane Van Ryan

Jane Van Ryan
Posted April 11, 2011

Looking for information about hydraulic fracturing? The Ground Water Protection Council (GWPC) and the Interstate Oil and Gas Compact Commission (IOGCC) launched their new joint website today to respond to concerns about the chemicals used in fracturing operations. It's called FracFocus and can be found here. 

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API Supports GWPC's Disclosure Registry

department of energy  domestic energy  energy policy  fracking  ground water protection council  groundwater  hydraulic fracturing  drilling wells  groundwater protection  hydraulic fracturing fluids  natural gas wells 

Jane Van Ryan

Jane Van Ryan
Posted December 15, 2010

API has announced that it supports the voluntary chemical disclosure registry being developed by the Ground Water Protection Council (GWPC) with the endorsement of the Interstate Oil and Gas Compact Commission (IOGCC). The registry is a step toward providing information about the chemicals in hydraulic fracturing fluids while protecting drilling companies' intellectual property. 

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PA Official: Hydraulic Fracturing Risks "Exaggerated"

domestic energy  energy policy  ground water  horizontal drilling  hydraulic fracturing  pennsylvania  water  department of environmental protection 

Jane Van Ryan

Jane Van Ryan
Posted October 5, 2010

Pennsylvania's chief environmental regulator says he's seen no evidence that hydraulic fracturing contaminates underground water supplies. 

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No Federal Role for Hydraulic Fracturing

domestic energy  energy  energy policy  ground water protection council  hydraulic fracturing  over regulation 

Jane Van Ryan

Jane Van Ryan
Posted July 1, 2009

On the surface, the companion bills introduced into the U.S. House and Senate seem quite benign. They propose to regulate hydraulic fracturing under the Safe Drinking Water Act, adding federal oversight to the oil and natural gas field process. In actuality, they could be an economic disaster waiting to happen. - See more at: http://energytomorrow.org/blog/author/13/P610#sthash.cUd2Uhop.dpuf

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Hard Rock Gas

technology innovation  natural gas  hydraulic fracturing  ground water protection council  energy policy  energy development  energy  congress 

Jane Van Ryan

Jane Van Ryan
Posted June 4, 2009

Have you ever heard of shale gas? It's the naturally occurring, clean-burning gas that is found in shale rock formations, and it's becoming increasing important as an energy resource in the United States. In fact, the U.S. Department of Energy says there is enough so-called unconventional gas (shale gas, tight sands and coalbed methane) in the United States to supply our energy needs for the next 90 years. Other estimates extend this supply to 116 years.

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Ground Water Protection Council: State Regulations "Adequately Designed"

energy  ground water  ground water protection council  hydraulic fracturing  podcast  study  us department of energy 

Jane Van Ryan

Jane Van Ryan
Posted May 28, 2009

A new study by the Ground Water Protection Council (GWPC) found that state regulations governing oil and natural gas field operations are "adequately designed" to protect ground water.

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