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A Move for Effective and Efficient Fracking Regulation

fracking  fracking fluid  hydraulic fracturing  regulation  access  economic benefits  safety standards 

Mark Green

Mark Green
Posted November 21, 2013

Legislation passed by the U.S. House would help preserve effective state regulation of hydraulic fracturing by limiting Interior Department enforcement of unnecessary fracking rules on public lands. Effective regulation has an important role in safe and responsible energy development, and states are best positioned to do just that. Erik Milito, API’s director of upstream and industry operations:

“Hydraulic fracturing and horizontal drilling are safe, proven technologies that have allowed the U.S. tooutpace Russia as the world’s number one producer of oil and natural gas. Job growth, energy security, andgovernment revenue are all rising due to the U.S. energy revolution, and state regulators are in the best positionto preserve America’s progress while protecting our natural resources with rules tailored to local hydrology,geology, and natural resources.”

The combination of advanced hydraulic fracturing and horizontal drilling launched the current shale energy revolution in America– a surge that can continue with increased access to oil and natural gas reserves, including those on public lands, and common-sense regulation led by the states. In terms of future economic growth and greater security in the world, U.S. shale energy is agame-changer. Below are 10 things everyone should know about it.

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America's Natural Gas, America's LNG Export Opportunity

lng exports  natural gas benefits  job creation  trade  regulation 

Mark Green

Mark Green
Posted November 14, 2013

Earlier this year an ICF International study found that exporting U.S. liquefied natural gas (LNG) would have dramatic national impacts on jobs, economic growth and revenue generation for government.  Now a second ICF study shows what the impact of LNG exports would look like on a state-by-state basis. They’re huge:

  • LNG exports could contribute as much as $10 billion to $31 billion per state to the economies of natural gas-producing states such as Texas, Louisiana and Pennsylvania by 2035.
  • Producing states could see employment gains as high as 60,000 to 155,000 jobs in 2035.
  • Non-producing states also will benefit, partly because of the demand for steel, cement, equipment and other goods used in natural gas development. ICF said states including Ohio, California, New York and Illinois will see gains to their economies as high as $2.6 billion to $5 billion per state in 2035.
  • In terms of jobs, large manufacturing states like California and Ohio will see gains of 30,000 to 38,000 in 2035, ICF says.

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Picking Up the Tab: Chain Restaurants Impacted by RFS Ethanol Mandate

renewable fuel standard  ethanol  regulation  epa 

Mark Green

Mark Green
Posted November 1, 2013

Last year the National Council of Chain Restaurants (NCCR), the country’s leading organization exclusively representing chain restaurant companies, released a PwC report that detailed the impact of mandates under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) for ever-increasing corn ethanol use in fuel. The report estimated that by 2015 the RFS mandate would increase total costs for chain restaurant owners by up to $3.2 billion per year for every year the RFS remains in effect.

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RFS Gobbling Up Turkey, Cattle Feed

renewable fuel standard  ethanol  epa  regulation 

Mark Green

Mark Green
Posted October 29, 2013

The National Turkey Federation (NTF) doesn’t just believe recent polling that finds two-thirds of Americans believe that, under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS), using more corn for ethanol production could force up food prices, they have data to prove it.

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Temporary Relief on RFS' Ethanol Mandates, Not a Solution

renewable fuel standard  ethanol in gasoline  epa  regulation  blend wall 

Mark Green

Mark Green
Posted October 25, 2013

Despite indications EPA may lower its 2014 requirement for ethanol use under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) – acknowledging the existence of the refining “blend wall” – volumetric levels the agency reportedly is discussing don’t go far enough, and larger concern over the dysfunctional, irreparably damaged RFS would remain.

API Downstream Group Director Bob Greco talked about what EPA might do with next year’s requirements, which could be unveiled soon, during a conference call with reporters.

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VIDEO: Ethanol Mandates = 'Inertia and Maybe a Little Greed'

renewable fuel standard  e15  ethanol in gasoline  regulation  epa 

Bob Greco

Bob Greco
Posted October 24, 2013

In a recent video op-ed in USA Today, forum editor David Mastio explains why we use ethanol in gasoline. Don’t worry, it’s not a technical presentation. There’s no scientific or technical rationale given for adding ethanol to gasoline. Ethanol isn’t added to improve engine performance, it doesn’t improve fuel efficiency and, according to Mastio, it increases some kinds of pollution while decreasing others.

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Rising Ethanol Blends Don't Float All Boats

renewable fuel standard  ethanol in gasoline  regulation  epa  e15 

Mark Green

Mark Green
Posted October 24, 2013

Let’s continue discussion of the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS), it’s detachment from market reality and its impacts on consumers – impacts that go well beyond the oil industry. Yesterday, we looked at the views of the National Chicken Council; today the view from the water, courtesy of the National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA).

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RFS Makes Chicken Feed Not Chicken Feed

renewable fuel standard  ethanol  regulation 

Mark Green

Mark Green
Posted October 23, 2013

We have written a lot on the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS), its problems with reality and its problems for consumers, but the impacts of the RFS go far beyond the oil industry, all the way down to your dinner plate as the National Chicken Council (NCC) explains.

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East Coast Voters Look Offshore for Energy

offshore drilling  regulation 

Mark Green

Mark Green
Posted October 17, 2013

Three more polls, three more states where strong majorities support oil and natural gas drilling off America’s coasts – for jobs, a stronger economy and a more-secure energy future.

Harris Interactive surveys conducted in FloridaNorth Carolina and South Carolina found support for offshore drilling among registered voters ranged from 64 percent (Florida) to 77 percent (South Carolina). As was true earlier this week in a poll of Virginia voters on offshore drilling, developing offshore energy goes along with the belief that more access to U.S. energy reserves and more drilling will lead to significant economic benefits and increased U.S. energy security.

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Virginia: Yes to Offshore Drilling, More Energy

domestic energy access  offshore drilling  regulation 

Mark Green

Mark Green
Posted October 15, 2013

Virginia is among Mid-Atlantic states under federal consideration for offshore seismic surveying for oil and natural gas. Policymakers should be mindful of a new poll showing that a wide majority of Virginians – 67 percent – favor offshore drilling, as well as increased production of domestic oil and natural gas overall.

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