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More Access to Keep U.S. Energy Revolution Rolling

oil and natural gas development  domestic access  federal lands  interior department  federal revenues  offshore access  onshore access  regulation 

Mark Green

Mark Green
Posted December 4, 2014

One key to sustaining and growing the ongoing U.S. energy revolution is to increase access to America’s oil and natural gas reserves – specifically, gaining more access to reserves under federal control, onshore and offshore.

And a revolution is what we’re seeing. According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA), domestic crude output topped 9 million barrels per day for the fourth week in a row, a production level not seen since the mid-1980s.

As great as that news is, it could be better because America’s energy production growth – generating new jobs, growing the economy and increasing our energy security – is occurring on state and private lands. More access to reserves in federal areas would help expand the revolution, generating even more benefits.

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Secretary Jewell on Fracking

hydraulic fracturing  horizontal drilling  fracking  oil and natural gas development  safe operations  interior department  shale energy 

Mark Green

Mark Green
Posted October 28, 2014

In an interview with the Huffington Post, U.S. Interior Secretary Sally Jewell, in just a handful of minutes, does a pretty good job answering some of the most common attacks on hydraulic fracturing and horizontal drilling made by opponents of fracking – many of whom apparently want no part of the job creation, increased U.S. energy security and reduced emissions of methane and carbon dioxide that safe and responsible fracking brings. Jewell:

“Fracking has been around for over 60 years. It is the ability to actually unlock oil and gas from reservoirs away from the wellbore. New techniques with directional drilling and staged fracking have enabled people to direct those fractures into formations that release a lot of oil and gas a long way away – maybe two miles from the actual wellhead.”

In a nutshell she describes the marriage of advanced hydraulic fracturing and horizontal drilling that is responsible for America’s ongoing energy renaissance – dramatically increasing domestic oil and natural gas production from vast shale reserves to the point where the U.S. now is No. 1 in the world in natural gas production and is expected to be No. 1 in oil output soon.

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More Oil and Natural Gas Production, More Revenue for Governments

government revenues  access  energy development  interior department  oil and natural gas 

Mark Green

Mark Green
Posted November 19, 2013

The Interior Department says it disbursed more than $14.2 billion in revenue generated by energy production during the federal fiscal year that ended Oct. 30 – a $2 billion or 17 percent increase over the previous year. The increase included $2.77 billion in bonus bids for new oil and natural gas leases in the Gulf of Mexico. Interior Secretary Sally Jewell:

“Domestic energy production infuses funding into communities across the United States that creates American jobs, fosters land and water conservation efforts, improves critical infrastructure, and supports education. The funding reflects significant energy production from public resources in the United States and serves as a critical revenue stream for federal and state governments and tribal communities.”

Interior said revenues were distributed to state, local, federal and tribal accounts for reclamation, conservation, recreation and historic preservation projects. Local governments use these revenues for needs ranging from funding schools to infrastructure improvements, the department said. More than $8 billion was sent to the U.S. Treasury to fund programs for the entire nation.

Certainly, this is good news. Increased production of U.S. oil and natural gas results in job creation and economic stimulus, as well as more revenue for governments in the form of income taxes, rents, royalties and bonus payments. Every day the oil and natural gas industry delivers about $85 million to the U.S. Treasury. Our effective tax rate of 44 percent (2007-2012) leads other industries.

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Judge Orders Interior to Act on More Drilling Permits

access  boemre  boemre  deepwater drilling  domestic energy  gulf of mexico  interior department  offshore drilling 

Jane Van Ryan

Jane Van Ryan
Posted March 2, 2011

The Interior Department isn't off the legal hook yet. Although it finally issued one deepwater drilling permit this week after months of delays, U.S. District Court Judge Martin Feldman has ordered it to act on two more permit applications, raising the total number to seven. 

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Poll: Drilling Restrictions Based on Politics

access  atlantic  domestic energy  energy policy  government revenue  gulf of mexico  interior department  offshore drilling  offshore drilling ban  oil and natural gas  pacific 

Jane Van Ryan

Jane Van Ryan
Posted December 22, 2010

Americans see politics behind the U.S. Department of the Interior decision to prevent any expansion of oil and natural gas drilling in the Atlantic, Pacific and eastern Gulf of Mexico. According to a public opinion poll conducted by Harris Interactive for API, 63 percent of respondents believe the decision is based on politics; only 30 percent believe the ban is based on science.

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The Oil Spill Suit

bp  deepwater horizon  gulf of mexico  gulf oil spill  interior department  macondo well  oil leak  oil spill  spill response  clean water act  national oceanic and atmospheric administration 

Jane Van Ryan

Jane Van Ryan
Posted December 16, 2010

The U.S. Justice Department filed suit against BP and eight other companies yesterday to recover billions of dollars from the Deepwater Horizon tragedy. The administration's suit asks that the companies be held responsible for all cleanup costs and damage to natural resources. 

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