Energy Tomorrow Blog
Posted June 20, 2013
Fuel Fix Blog – IEA: U.S. Natural Gas Output to Accelerate Next Year
A new estimate from the International Energy Agency says that 2014-2018 domestic natural gas production will increase thanks to expanded hydraulic fracturing. U.S. shale production increased six-fold to 265 billion cubic meters last year from 45 billion in 2007.
CNBC’s top states for business ranking reflects a reordering because of a U.S. energy surge that “has literally transformed the financial landscape of the central corridor; creating jobs and rising incomes." According to CNBC, this points to the importance of policies that encourage more energy development. "The reality is, California could reap the same shale-oil and shale-gas bounties now benefiting North Dakota. Politicians simply choose not to."
Posted June 12, 2013
Fuel Fix Blog – U.S. Led World in Oil Growth in 2012
According to a new BP report, U.S. oil production growth, the largest in the country’s history, helped keep global crude prices from rising sharply. Shale development had the biggest impact on this increase in oil production.
Washington Times – U.S. Gains Global Competition as Shale Revolution Heats Up
While the U.S. has been “the dominant player in the shale revolution until now,” the newspaper cites new estimates showing that Russia and China have potential to rise in the global market by exploiting their own shale resources.
Posted June 11, 2013
Pittsburgh Business Times – Marcellus Royalties Rising
The newspaper reports on a study by the Allegheny Institute for Public Policy showing that royalty income paid to land and mineral rights owners in Marcellus Shale play has skyrocketed in recent years, from an estimated $10.9 million in 2008 to an estimated $731 million last year.
MSN Money – Meet the State with America’s Strongest Economy
Thanks to the surge in hydraulic fracturing and shale development in North Dakota, the state’s GDP rose 13.4 percent in 2012 over 2011 to lead the U.S. Per capita personal income also has soared, doubling since 2000.
Posted June 10, 2013
House legislation requiring a new federal offshore leasing plan that includes areas off South Carolina and Virginia is the best way to create new access to federal oil and natural gas resources sooner rather than later. Later – much later – is likely under the current federal plan, which would keep lease sales from happening until 2017 at the earliest. Because of the time it takes to develop offshore resources, that means actual production wouldn’t occur until 2024 or even 2027.
Creating access to areas that currently are off-limits is critical to U. S. energy security, job creation and economic growth. Access leads to exploration, which results in the oil and natural gas development that’s vital to President Obama’s pledge to increase domestic production under his all-of-the-above energy strategy.
Posted June 6, 2013
An annual report released this week says that taxable sales and purchases in North Dakota rose more than $5 billion, or nearly 30 percent, from 2011 to 2012 – certainly, music to the ears of government officials who know that this kind of economic surge equals surging revenue for the state as well. (Take note, New York and California.) The important numbers, according to North Dakota Tax Commissioner Cory Fong:
- $6.7 billion in taxable sales and purchases for 2012’s fourth quarter, up 9.7 percent over the fourth quarter of 2011.
- $25.291 billion for all of 2012, a 28.7 percent increase over 2011.
Posted June 6, 2013
The surge in U.S. shale development through hydraulic fracturing and horizontal drilling in North Dakota, Oklahoma and Texas has boosted domestic oil production – 7.3 million barrels a day last week alone – to the highest level since 1986, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration.
Fuel Fix Blog – Feds Give More Time To Study Proposed Drilling Rule
Last month API asked for an additional 90 days to study BLM’s proposed rule governing hydraulic fracturing. Today, Interior Secretary Sally Jewell said that she would allow an additional 60 days for stakeholders to review the proposed regulations.
Posted June 5, 2013
Ernst & Young has a new study detailing $185.6 billion in total capital spending by oil and natural gas companies last year – the largest in the history of the firm’s oil and natural gas reserves study. Marcela Donadio of Ernst & Young:
The study of U.S. upstream (pre-refinery stage) capital spending by the 50 largest companies (based on 2012 end-of-year oil and natural gas reserve estimates) found a 20 percent increase compared to 2011. Ernst & Young said the increase was largely due to increased tight oil and liquids activity. That refers to development in tight-rock formations, made possible by hydraulic fracturing and horizontal drilling.
“The increased exploration and development spend we’re seeing in this year’s study speaks to the incredible opportunity unfolding in tight oil from shale formations and the high cost of developing these unconventional resources.”
Posted June 5, 2013
The Hill – Fueling the Future
Bill Cooper, president of the Center for Liquefied Natural Gas, talked with The Hill about the future of natural gas exports. “This is not the first time the country has argued protectionism versus exports and that kind of thing,” he said. “Historically, if we look back over it, protectionism tends to lead to economic stagnation.”
Dallas Morning News – U.S. Oil and Natural Gas Investment at 10-year High
An Ernst & Young study released Tuesday found that in 2012 the 50 largest U.S. oil and natural gas companies spent $185.6 billion on domestic exploration and new production. That represented a 20 percent increase over the previous year and the most in the past 10 years.
Posted May 22, 2013
Today on National Maritime Day, let’s salute the merchant marines who operate the tankers that deliver the oil that makes our modern lives possible.
Think about it: From the gasoline in our cars and trucks to the asphalt in our roads, from bicycle helmets to medical equipment, 60 percent of energy used daily by Americans is delivered by tanker.
The men and women of the maritime industry and the vessels they operate – around the clock and across the world - safely deliver the energy we need. Smaller tankers transport gasoline and other specialized petroleum products throughout the United States, while tankers as long as the Empire State Building is tall transport crude around the globe.
Posted May 16, 2013
An early look at the Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) proposed new rule governing hydraulic fracturing on federal and Indian lands shows the challenge of trying to create a new rule that doesn’t just add regulation on top of effective state rules already in place.Certainly, BLM’s aim with this rule, compared to a previous version, was to take hydraulic fracturing regulation in a better direction – acknowledging the role of the states and measures including FracFocus.org, the online fracking fluid registry. And it appears BLM has done that to some degree.