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Policy Briefing: The Keystone XL’s National Interest and Security Implications

american petroleum institute  keystone xl pipeline  canada  crude oil  imports 

Mark Green

Mark Green
Posted July 23, 2013

A decision on whether the Keystone XL pipeline is in the U.S. national interest has been before the president for nearly five years – despite the fact the project has cleared four environmental reviews by the State Department, would create tens of thousands of U.S. jobs, would strengthen our energy partnership with Canada, our leading supplier of imported crude oil and enjoys overwhelming support from the American people.

Check in with a policy briefing on the Keystone XL’s national interest and security implications, hosted by The Hill:


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Energy Today - July 18, 2013

Energy 101  jobs  Offshore Production  keystone xl pipeline 

Mark Green

Mark Green
Posted July 18, 2013

Los Angeles Times – Air Force Considers Vandenberg Leases for Offshore Drilling
The newspaper reports land on the air force base located on the central California coast could be leased for offshore “slant drilling.” An Air Force spokesman tells the Times: “Initial information obtained by the Air Force indicates there may be potential for new technology slant drilling capable of targeting oil deposits off Vandenberg Air Force Base’s coastline from locations with minimal or mitigable mission/environmental impacts.”

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Tale of Two Pipelines

keystone xl pipeline  oil sands 

Mark Green

Mark Green
Posted July 17, 2013

This week’s State Department approval of a cross-border pipeline to carry ethane natural gas from North Dakota to Alberta, Canada, simply underscores the way opponents selected Keystone XL to be their symbol for an off-oil agenda and how politics has turned the Keystone XL review into a five-year slog, blocking U.S. job creation and greater U.S. energy security.

The Associated Press reports the 430-mile Vantage Pipeline will supply about 60,000 barrels of ethane (a natural gas liquid) per day from the Bakken to Alberta’s petrochemical industry later this year. Ethane has a number of uses including the manufacture of plastics. The project’s approval is a good and welcome development.

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Energy Today - July 1, 2013

Energy 101  natural gas  oil  Environment  lng  renewables  keystone xl  Pipeline  Shale 

Mary Leshper

Mary Schaper
Posted July 1, 2013

Energy Outlook - President's Climate Plan Hinges on Natural Gas

President Obama's plan for addressing U.S. greenhouse gas emissions depends heavily on expanded hydraulic fracturing of domestic shale gas resources, writes Geoffrey Styles.

News and Sentinel.comEducational Program Focuses on Oil and Natural Gas Jobs

In an effort to train more workers for the surging shale industry, Ohio’s Washington State Community College hosted an informational session on opportunities for students and workers with an emphasis on filling new positions locally.

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The President’s Choice on the Keystone XL

keystone xl pipeline  energy  obama  security 

Mark Green

Mark Green
Posted June 4, 2013

President Obama’s decision on the Keystone XL pipeline turns on whether he believes the full project is in the U.S. national interest – whether he thinks it is good for our country’s national security, our energy future and our economy. The facts, the science and the American people say it is.

The last part first. The Keystone XL choice has obvious political implications. Over the almost five years the project has been under federal review, Americans have come to understand the Keystone XL’s importance, and they are rendering their opinion, as voters, in the strongest terms: Building the full Keystone XL is in the national interest.

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Energy Today – June 4, 2013

alaska  exports  hurricane preparedness  imports  keystone xl pipeline  natural gas  oil pipeline  taxes 

Mary Leshper

Mary Schaper
Posted June 4, 2013

Fox Business Oil and Natural Gas Industry Readies for Hurricane Season

API’s Rayola Dougher stopped by Fox Business and outlined measures the industry takes to prepare its employees and facilities for the threats posed by hurricanes. “Worker safety is the industry’s top priority,” Dougher said.

CNN MoneyU.S. Steps Up Natural Gas Exports

With the Energy Department granting a second liquefied natural gas export license last month, the U.S. might soon see the approval pace quicken on the remaining export applications, CNN reports.

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Energy Today – May 28, 2013

emissions  fracking  keystone xl pipeline  natural gas 

Mary Leshper

Mary Schaper
Posted May 28, 2013

CNN Money Women Snag Big Chunk of New Oil & Natural Gas Jobs

Nearly half (46 percent) of new oil and natural gas jobs in the first quarter of 2013 were filled by women – a  shift for an industry that is still 80 percent male.

Breaking Energy Everything’s Better with Bakken

Thanks to increased production out of the Bakken shale region, East Coast refineries are making a comeback. BE notes that Phillips 66’s  Bayway plant in New Jersey is  making gains in refining while also housing  a merchant co-generation GE power plant and a DuPont chemical manufacturing operation.

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Energy Today – May 24, 2013

exports  fracking  innovation  keystone xl pipeline  liquefied natural gas 

Mary Leshper

Mary Schaper
Posted May 24, 2013

The HillKeep Climate Change Out of Keystone XL Decision, GOP Warns

In a letter, 24 Senate Republicans urged President Obama not to tie the Keystone XL pipeline project to “wholly unrelated and economically disastrous new regulatory policies.”

Bloomberg FracFocus Drillers’ Registry to Create Chemicals Database

A revamped FracFocus website – expected next week – will now allow regulators to search and aggregate data. The Environmental Defense Fund’s Mark Brownstein called it  “a substantial improvement.”

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Energy Today – May 23, 2013

energy  exports  hydraulic fracturing  keystone xl pipeline 

Mary Leshper

Mary Schaper
Posted May 23, 2013

Richmond Times-DispatchWarner, Kaine Introduce Bill to Allow Offshore Energy Leases

Virginia Senators Mark Warner and Tim Kaine want the current offshore drilling moratorium lifted off the coast of their state. Under their legislation, leases for offshore oil and natural gas drilling as well as wind farms could take effect in 2020. 

Fuel Fix BlogW.Va. to launch New Oil, Natural Gas Job Training Center 

Two West Virginia colleges are opening training facilities focused on oil and natural gas development. Both schools will house indoor and outdoor laboratories to simulate drilling operations and will offer a variety of training programs to prepare students for jobs in the industry.

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Energy Today – May 22, 2013

exports  fracking  keystone xl pipeline  lng  natural gas  taxes 

Mary Leshper

Mary Schaper
Posted May 22, 2013

The Hill’s E2 WireSenators Warned of ‘Narrowing’ Opportunity to Increase Natural Gas Exports

In an ongoing series of hearings focused on American natural gas exports, the Senate Energy Committee heard from panelists on the pending LNG export applications. The president of Sempra LNG noted that “if we wait too long … we will lose the jobs” associated with U.S. LNG projects.

National JournalGraphic: Keystone XL is More Than a Pipeline

The House is set to vote on legislation that would approve construction of the Keystone XL pipeline today. In advance of the vote, NJ has an infographic that details everything from the project’s route size and how much oil it will deliver to its supporters and opponents.

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