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Let’s Hear It: The Benefits of Safe Offshore Energy

offshore leasing plan  consumers  economic growth  safe operations  us energy security 

Mark Green

Mark Green
Posted February 8, 2018

As a nation, we have a tremendous opportunity to safely and efficiently harness our offshore natural gas and oil reserves. Here are three important points that should be prominent during the public hearing phase of the process to develop the next federal offshore leasing plan.

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Yes, Industry Supports Increased Offshore Access

offshore energy  access  us energy security  technology  safe operations 

Mark Green

Mark Green
Posted January 25, 2018

Opening new access to federal natural gas and oil reserves – offshore and onshore – is vital to growing America’s energy renaissance. Yet, every now and then some suggest our industry isn’t interested in exploring and developing new areas, particularly offshore. They just haven’t been listening. The fact is natural gas and oil companies strongly support increased access to offshore reserves and are saying so publicly – offering a number of strong reasons the federal government should create a robust offshore leasing program for the 2019-2024 timeframe.

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'Sound Science' Should Halt Misguided Delaware Basin Fracking Ban

hydraulic fracturing  science  safe operations  industry standards  groundwater protection  delaware 

Mark Green

Mark Green
Posted January 23, 2018

As the Delaware River Basin Commission (DRBC) considers its proposal to ban hydraulic fracturing in the four-state watershed it oversees, the commission should base its final decision on “sound science.” Those aren’t the natural gas and oil industry’s words; they’re the commission’s – found in its own Vision Statement.

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Offshore 101: Energy for America’s Future Security

offshore leasing plan  offshore energy development  safe operations  us energy security  jobs 

Mark Green

Mark Green
Posted December 11, 2017

Soon, the Interior Department is expected to release its draft offshore leasing program that will shape natural gas and oil development on the federal outer continental shelf (OCS) for the next five years, 2019-2024. Recognizing that the leasing program only outlines where lease auctions could be conducted, let’s take a look at some offshore basics to provide full context to a process that’s critically important to our country’s future energy security.

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Connect Offshore Policy With America's Energy Reality

offshore energy development  offshore leasing plan  safe operations  us energy security  economic growth 

Mark Green

Mark Green
Posted October 12, 2017

What we see here are the outlines of a serious disconnect between current U.S. offshore policy and reality – that with the U.S. and the world projected to see significant growth in energy demand, the United States has more than 90 percent of its offshore reserves locked away, unavailable even for the studies and tests needed to determine the potential size and location of those reserves.

Given the long lead times needed to develop the offshore, the United States’ current policy posture needs a course correction. 

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Safety Drives Refinery Shutdowns, Restarts

hurricane response  refineries  safe operations 

Mark Green

Mark Green
Posted September 13, 2017

Ahead of the unprecedented 1 trillion gallons of water dumped on the Gulf Coast by Harvey, industry members acted swiftly to safely shut down facilities while supporting employees, including significant acts of humanitarianism and millions of dollars donated to relief organizations. Safe shut downs of refineries and other energy infrastructure were conducted to help ensure safe restarts when employees were able to return to work.

Yet, in the days after Harvey, some media reports have implied that these shut down and restarting processes were improper and outside the scope of state and federal oversight. To the contrary, in the event of a major storm like Harvey, refineries strive to use controlled emissions and flaring to protect workers, with facilities communicating closely with state and federal officials. This is done to help maximize facility and community safety. Indeed, in Harvey’s wake there have been no reports of explosions or other similarly hazardous conditions for workers or communities.

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Harvey Update: Industry Focused on Keeping Market Well Supplied

hurricane response  refineries  safe operations  supplies 

Mark Green

Mark Green
Posted August 30, 2017

Industry is focused on keeping the domestic market for fuels and other refined products well supplied. It’s also committed to continued safety when it’s appropriate to restore operations at facilities that have been shut down – working closely with state and federal officials on the scene. 

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Harvey Update: Presidential Visit and Growing Benevolence

hurricane response  hurricane-harvey  oil and natural gas  refineries  safe operations 

Mark Green

Mark Green
Posted August 29, 2017

As the Houston and Louisiana areas brace for more rain in what is one of the biggest rain events in U.S. history, President Trump and the First Lady visited Corpus Christi to see storm impacts in person. The Gulf Coast is one of the United States’ key energy centers, where a number of natural gas and oil companies operate and where thousands of their employees live, and his visit drew praise and appreciation from Texans gathered at a fire station for his remarks.

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Focusing on Relief Efforts, Continued Safe Operations

hurricane response  safe operations  refinieries  industry safety  oil and natural gas 

Mark Green

Mark Green
Posted August 28, 2017

In the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey, the primary focus along the Texas Gulf Coast is on search and rescue efforts and – with expectations that more flooding is ahead – providing shelter and other basic needs for those displaced by the storm and its effects. Energy companies, which themselves have thousands of employees living in the area, are helping support organizations such as the Red Cross, the United Way of Houston and others that provide emergency services. Meanwhile, the storm’s impacts on one of the country’s key energy centers are being reckoned.

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Go For ‘Robust’ in New Offshore Leasing Program

offshore leasing  offshore energy  safe operations  us energy security  eastern gulf of mexico  atlantic ocs 

Mark Green

Mark Green
Posted August 18, 2017

Here’s the case for expanded opportunity within a new offshore oil and natural gas leasing program that federal officials are assembling: Safely developing American oil and natural gas on the outer continental shelf (OCS) is vital to the United States’ long-term energy and national security; we need new access to offshore areas, such as the Eastern Gulf of Mexico. Including them in the federal five-year plan will allow surveying to determine the location and size of oil and gas reserves; safe oil and natural gas production on the OCS could significantly boost local, regional and state economies; and advanced technologies, strong industry standards and a robust regulatory system work effectively together to protect workers, communities and the environment.

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