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Choosing Energy – Choosing Growth, Security

Offshore Production  Environment  Energy Security  Economy  fracking  north dakota  california 

Mary Leshper

Mary Schaper
Posted July 18, 2014

Washington Examiner: The Obama administration announced Friday that it would allow exploration for oil and gas off some portions of the Atlantic Coast using sonic testing devices that environmentalists say harm marine life.

 

The Interior Department's Bureau of Ocean Energy Management gave the OK for seismic airgun testing, which are boat-towed cannons that shoot sonar blasts off the ocean floor to scan for oil-and-gas deposits, in the mid- and south-Atlantic areas that stretch from the Delaware Bay to just south of Cape Canaveral, Fla. The approval is a prelude to potential offshore drilling there, though that is blocked through 2017 under President Obama's five-year offshore drilling plan.

"The bureau has identified a path forward that addresses the need to update the nearly four-decade-old data in the region while protecting marine life and cultural sites,” said Acting BOEM Director Walter D. Cruickshank, who noted the agency has several permits on hand to conduct the seismic tests. “The bureau's decision reflects a carefully analyzed and balanced approach that will allow us to increase our understanding of potential offshore resources while protecting the human, marine and coastal environments.”

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KXL Pipeline, the Politics of Delay and Costs to Us All

keystone xl pipeline  american energy  Energy Security  Environment  fracking  california 

Mary Leshper

Mary Schaper
Posted April 24, 2014

Washington Post: If foot-dragging were a competitive sport, President Obama and his administration would be world champions for their performance in delaying the approval of the Keystone XL pipeline.

 

Last Friday afternoon, the time when officials make announcements they hope no one will notice, the State Department declared that it is putting off a decision on Keystone XL indefinitely — or at least, it seems, well past November’s midterm elections. This time, the excuse is litigation in Nebraska over the proposed route, because that might lead to a change in the project that various federal agencies will want to consider. The State Department might even decide to substantially restart the environmental review process. This is yet another laughable reason to delay a project that the federal government has been scrutinizing for more than five years.

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American Energy Continues to Be a Success Story

american energy  jobs  fracking  california  texas  keystone xl pipeline 

Mary Leshper

Mary Schaper
Posted April 23, 2014

The Energy Information Administration (EIA) released new data yesterday on international energy production for the months of November and December 2013. For the 14th straight month starting in November 2012, total petroleum production (including crude oil and other petroleum products like natural gas plant liquids, lease condensate, and refined petroleum products) in “Saudi America” during the month of December at 13 million barrels per day (bpd) exceeded Saudi Arabia’s output at 11.65 million bpd (see chart above).

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The Benefits, Stability of American Energy

hydraulic fracturing  Economy  trade  colorado  california  keystone xl 

Mary Leshper

Mary Schaper
Posted October 9, 2013

Fracking the U.S. Trade Deficit

Christian Science Monitor: The US is slowly chipping away at its trade deficit, which should create more jobs, more economic growth, less unemployment, and a smaller federal deficit.

 

And the boom in domestic energy production is a key factor behind that narrowing trade deficit Over the past decade, oil and gas production has surged at vast shale formations in Texas, North Dakota, Pennsylvania, and elsewhere across the US. That has led to a rise in exports of petroleum products and a reduction in the amount of oil and gas the US imports from abroad.

 

It's one benefit of the domestic hydraulic fracturing and horizontal drilling revolution that has stirred passion on all sides of the debate over America's energy future.

 

Read more: http://bit.ly/17XiSnK

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Advanced Drilling Technology Boosts CA Production

domestic energy  efficiency  exxon  exxonmobil  offshore drilling  offshore technology  technology innovation  offshore drilling in california  santa ynez 

Jane Van Ryan

Jane Van Ryan
Posted April 19, 2010

ExxonMobil reports that it has completed the world's longest well from an existing offshore fixed platform drilling rig. 

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Energy Tomorrow Radio: Episode 103 - Research Reveals Drilling has Positive Impact on California's C

california  domestic energy  offshore drilling  oil seeps  oil spills  santa barbara 

Jane Van Ryan

Jane Van Ryan
Posted March 23, 2010

In today's episode, I interview Bruce Allen, physicist and co-founder of SOS California, about his research on natural oil seeps and the positive impact oil and natural gas production has on California's coastal environment. Bruce says studies show Santa Barbara's offshore production reduces naturally occurring oil seeps, helping to decrease water pollution and improve air quality.

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Bruce Allen Says Offshore Production Is Good for the Environment

access  california  domestic energy  offshore drilling 

Jane Van Ryan

Jane Van Ryan
Posted February 26, 2010

Bruce Allen, a physicist from Santa Barbara, California, is a man on a mission. As co-founder of SOS California (Stop Oil Seeps California), he came to Washington this week to deliver a message that he believes could change the debate over offshore energy development

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Resource-Rich Real Estate

california  domestic energy  offshore drilling  technology innovation 

Jane Van Ryan

Jane Van Ryan
Posted September 25, 2009

Thursday was another gorgeous day in Long Beach, with blue skies and a pleasant breeze blowing along the harbor. At Lighthouse Point, children picnicked with their families while fishermen on a nearby pier caught croakers for supper. At the docks, you could hear seals barking at the Aquarium of the Pacific as tourists returned to shore on boats offering whale watching tours. 

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