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access  co2 emissions  hydraulic fracturing  natural gas 

Mark Green

Mark Green
Posted April 16, 2013

A pair of noteworthy items point to the sustainability of America’s shale natural gas revolution – and also its added benefits.

First, the newest biennial report by the Potential Gas Committee (PGC) says the United States has a total future natural gas supply of 2,688 trillion cubic feet (tcf) as of the end of 2012, a significant increase from its 2010 year-end estimate. Details:

  • 2,384 tcf in technically recoverable reserves, including 2,226 tcf from conventional sources, tight sands and carbonates and shales, plus 158 tcf in coalbed reserves. The overall future supply number is the sum of PGC’s technically recoverable figure and the Energy Department’s latest figure for proved reserves (dry gas).
  • Compared to the year-end 2010 estimate, assessed resources increased by 28 percent.
  • The assessment is the highest in PGC’s 48-year history.

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Keystone XL or the Climate – a False Choice

midstream  keystone xl pipeline  keystone xl  emissions  downstream 

Mark Green

Mark Green
Posted January 23, 2013

The governor of Nebraska’s approval of the Keystone XL pipeline’s route through his state has some opponents conjuring up old arguments and false choices in an attempt to gain traction against a project that could help create hundreds of thousands of U.S. jobs, stimulate economic activity and help make America more energy secure.

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Report: Industry’s $252 Billion Environmental Investment

greenhouse gases  emissions  investment  natural gas  environmental expenditures 

Mark Green

Mark Green
Posted December 14, 2012

A new API report estimates that the U.S. oil and natural gas industry has invested more than $252 billion trying to improve the environmental performance of its products, facilities and operations since 1990 – about 65 percent of that directed toward cleaner air and water.

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Retain Current Particulate Matter Standard – Because It’s Working

emissions  energy policy  epa  regulations 

Mark Green

Mark Green
Posted December 12, 2012

Later this week EPA is expected to finalize standards for particulate matter 2.5. EPA could and should retain the existing standard. During a conference call with reporters API’s Howard Feldman, director of regulatory and scientific affairs, outlined the reasons:

  • Certain costs and doubtful benefits
  • Efficacy of the current standard
  • Questionable scientific foundation for a new standard
  • Poor coordination with other regulatory initiatives

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EPA Needs to Fix Air Emissions Proposal

access  epa  fracking  hydraulic fracturing  natural gas  air emissions 

Rayola Dougher

Rayola Dougher
Posted March 15, 2012

EPA's proposed rules for the oil and natural gas sector, which address sources of air emissions including those associated with hydraulic fracturing, are due to be finalized in the first week of April. The rules are important because they would over time affect hundreds of thousands of natural gas development operations.

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