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Access and Energizing the Energy Revolution

oil and natural gas development  oil production  shale energy  hydraulic fracturing  arctic  oil sands  pipeline construction  offshore oil production  safe operations 

Mark Green

Mark Green
Posted April 6, 2015

MarketWatch:  U.S. oil production is on track to reach an annual all-time high by September of this year, according to Rystad Energy.

If production does indeed top out, then supply levels may soon hit a peak as well. That, in turn, could lead to shrinking supplies.

The oil-and-gas consulting-services firm estimates an average 2015 output of 9.65 million barrels a day will be reached in five months — topping the previous peak annual reading of 9.64 million barrels a day in 1970.

Coincidentally, the nation’s crude inventories stand at a record 471.4 million barrels, based on data from U.S. Energy Information Administration, also going back to the 1970s.

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Whacking Disingenuous Arguments on Keystone XL

Economy  Energy 101  Environment  Jobs and Economy  keystone xl  oil sands  Pipeline  state department 

Mark Green

Mark Green
Posted June 28, 2013

Raise your hand if you’ve played “Whack-A-Mole,” the old staple of arcades and carnivals, where the object is bopping the heads of mechanical varmints with a padded mallet as they rapidly and randomly pop up through multiple holes in the game table.

The concept pretty well captures tactics Keystone XL pipeline and Canadian oil sands opponents have used to help delay the Keystone XL, a shovel-ready project that would create tens of thousands of U.S. jobs, help grow our economy and make the U.S. more energy secure.

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Study: Oil Sands Crude is Indeed Oil

bitumen  oil sands  Pipeline  Energy 101  Environment and Safety 

Mark Green

Mark Green
Posted June 25, 2013

An article of faith with the anti-oil sands crowd is that the crude from Canada is dangerous because it’s more corrosive to pipelines than other crudes and therefore more prone to cause pipeline failures, leaks, spills and … you know the rest. You can sample some of that rhetoric here and here. But then consider something so much more authoritative than rhetoric: science.

A new study finds that Alberta oil sands crude is, well, oil and just as safe to transport via pipeline as other types of crudes. From the report of an expert panel formed by the National Research Council (an arm of the National Academy of Sciences):

The committee does not find any causes of pipeline failure unique to the transportation of diluted bitumen. Furthermore, the committee does not find evidence of chemical or physical properties of diluted bitumen that are outside the range of other crude oils or any other aspect of its transportation by transmission pipeline that would make diluted bitumen more likely than other crude oils to cause releases.

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Energy Today – June 25, 2013

Energy 101  Shale  keystone xl  hydraulic fracturing  oil  oil sands  Pipeline  Jobs and Economy  Bakken  Security and Access  Eagle Ford 

Mary Leshper

Mary Schaper
Posted June 25, 2013

Wall Street Journal - Texas' Next Big Oil Rush

Refineries in Texas are seeing a much-needed boost as pipelines begin to carry landlocked crude oil from U.S. shale plays to the Gulf Coast. This increase in domestic crude oil is due to increased hydraulic fracturing and shale development across the country. (Subscription publication)

USA TodayReport: Oil Sands  No More Corrosive Than Average Crude

A new report from the National Research Council found “no evidence … that Alberta’s pipeline contents are more corrosive than average crude oil.” 

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Keystone XL: Safe for the Environment

economy and energy  keystone xl pipeline  oil sands pipeline  energy 

Mark Green

Mark Green
Posted May 1, 2013

Each of the State Department’s four reviews of the Keystone XL pipeline – during the more than four years the project has been under consideration – focused primarily on the Keystone XL’s impacts on the environment: air, ground and surface water, wetlands, vegetation, wildlife and more. State went beyond the Keystone XL itself, evaluating the environmental impact of oil sands crude that would be delivered through it – as well as the impacts on Canada.

Bottom line: Each review came to the same conclusion – the Keystone XL’s construction and operation will not significantly impact the environment. From the most recent State assessment, issued in March:

The analyses of potential impacts associated with construction and normal operation of the proposed Project suggest that there would be no significant impacts to most resources along the proposed Project route …

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The Keystone XL Pipeline Controversy

access  crude oil  ghg  greenhouse gas emissions  keystone xl  keystone xl pipeline  oil pipeline  oil sands  pipeline expansion  state department 

Jane Van Ryan

Jane Van Ryan
Posted October 22, 2010

The debate over oil sands has taken a new political twist with a U.S. Senator asking whether the State Department will fairly consider a pipeline expansion project that could bring more Canadian crude oil to the United States. 

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