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Rule of Law at Stake in Dakota Access Pipeline Project

north dakota  pipeline construction  bakken shale  oil and natural gas  infrastructure 

Mark Green

Mark Green
Posted September 13, 2016

The situation in North Dakota with the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) – with various groups trying to shut down construction of a legally permitted project that’s already 60 percent finished  – is about more than a pipeline, infrastructure needs, economic growth and job creation. It’s about more than U.S. energy security, which the project will strengthen. It’s about the rule of law in this country.

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Energizing Montana

montana  bakken shale  oil production  vote4energy  states2016 

Mark Green

Mark Green
Posted September 6, 2016

Montana is a leading energy producer in an energy nation – one that leads the world in oil and natural gas output. America’s ongoing energy renaissance is largely due to private energy investment and development – in the Bakken and other energy-rich fields. 

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Shale Oil and Gas Are America’s Energy Future

Shale Oil  hydraulic fracturing  Natural Gas Shale 

Kate Wallace

Kate Wallace
Posted August 22, 2016

Shale oil and natural gas will continue to be major players in the U.S. energy mix for many years to come. In its 2016 Annual Energy Outlook, the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) predicts U.S. tight oil production to reach 7.08 million barrels per day and shale gas production to reach 79 billion cubic feet in 2040. In 2015, tight oil accounted for 52% of crude oil production and shale gas accounted for 50% of natural gas production. This is all possible because of technology advances and innovations in horizontal drilling and hydraulic fracturing.

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Investments and Jobs – Energy is Generating Both

energy investments  utica shale  eagle ford shale  oil and natural gas investments  drilling  economic growth  job creation 

Mark Green

Mark Green
Posted March 18, 2014

A few of the new good-news stories resulting from America’s oil and natural gas revolution:  

Investing in Ohio Production …

The state’s geologist says Utica shale development has triggered $20 billion to $24 billion in spending investments and more will come, reports the Akron Beacon Journal’s online edition. The newspaper cites an unreleased report by Ohio state geologist Mike McCormac that says drilling companies have spent about $6 billion on drilling plus approximately $2 billion on leases. Investments in processing plants and pipelines are estimated at $12 billion to $16 billion.

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The Game-Changing, Energy-Securing Promise of U.S. Shale

hydraulic fracturing  fracking  bakken shale  oil field production  pipeline safety 

Mark Green

Mark Green
Posted November 15, 2013

On Fracking, It’s Time to Discuss Facts

Huffington Post (Andrew Browning): In the past few years, the use of the technology of hydraulic fracturing to produce oil and natural gas has dominated national energy policy discussions. Much of the discourse has been fraught with fear, misunderstanding and, in some cases, misinformation. However, in some cases, dispute is slowly being replaced by reasoned debate, acceptance and increasingly responsible regulation and use of this technology.

The reason for the change of tone is rather simple, the increased use of this technology has allowed our nation to produce tremendous amounts of natural gas that is cleaning our environment and reinvigorating our communities and our national economy. At the same time, as more individuals gain experience with the process they are seeing that the worst case scenario's outlined by the most polarizing voices in this discussion have largely failed to materialize.

Of course as with any political discussion, some groups will continue to advance discussion points that fit their view or brings more donations to their particular cause. However as more credible voices and scientific data are unveiled, it's becoming easier to understand that the benefits of this technology far are significant and that the choice that is currently being offered to the public - economic development vs. maintaining a healthy environment - is a false one.

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Understanding Fracking

fracking  hydraulic fracturing  natural gas from shale  oil drilling  standards 

Mark Green

Mark Green
Posted October 18, 2013

A recent University of Texas poll points up an interesting disconnect in Americans: While more than 80 percent of those surveyed said they support natural gas development, they’re much less enthusiastic about the process that has made possible America’s energy resurgence: hydraulic fracturing. ...

No doubt, this results from misinformation and confusion spread by opponents of natural gas development. By its nature scaremongering attracts attention, and the poll indicates many Americans need more information about the process that has made possible the ongoing U.S. energy renaissance – natural gas and oil. ... 

No problem. When it comes to hydraulic fracturing and horizontal drilling – the twinned processes that have unlocked America’s shale energy wealth – facts aren’t in short supply.

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American Energy for America's Energy Future

exports  liquefied natural gas  natural gas from shale  oil and natural gas  ghg emissions  lng 

Mark Green

Mark Green
Posted October 1, 2013

Jobs, U.S. energy security and regulation are leading the discussion at the North American Gas Forum (NAGF) this week in Washington. The NAGF is a gathering of regional natural gas industry members -- primarily focused on issues that affect the distribution and use of natural gas domestically and globally. Highlights from the two-day meeting:

  • Because of vast shale reserves, the U.S. has a chance to be more secure in the future through safe, reliable supplies of North American energy.

ICF International's Kevin Petak predicted the Marcellus Shale Play will become a "juggernaut," producing more than 20 million cubic feet of natural gas per day by 2035. The U.S. Energy Information Administration's Howard Gruenspecht said U.S. natural gas production is expected to outpace domestic consumption and that the U.S. could become a net exporter by 2040.

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An Economic Lift, Thanks to Fracking

eagle ford shale  oil and natural gas development  manufacturing 

Mark Green

Mark Green
Posted March 27, 2013

Thanks, shale and hydraulic fracturing!

Two news items prompt today’s gratitude. First, a new study of Texas’ Eagle Ford shale play shows the dramatic economic lift being provided by oil and natural gas development. Second, a Reuters article underscores the point that affordable natural gas – again, thanks to fracking and shale – is spurring a U.S. manufacturing renaissance – in this case, attracting investment in this country from foreign companies.

The Eagle Ford study by the University of Texas at San Antonio has these numbers:

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Michigan Basin Lease Sale

domestic energy  horizontal drilling  leasing  michigan  encana  utica shale  oil and natural gas  revenue 

Jane Van Ryan

Jane Van Ryan
Posted November 2, 2010

The State of Michigan held a lease auction last week, in which leases for nearly 274,000 acres of state lands were awarded to the highest bidders for oil and natural gas development. The sale raised $9.65 million in bonus bids on top of the $178 million offered for leases during the very competitive May 2010 sale. 

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