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Innovation and Technology for Pipeline System Safety

technology  innovation  infrastructure  pipelines  safe operations 

Mark Green

Mark Green
Posted March 20, 2018

Through advanced technologies, innovative thinking and practices, the natural gas and oil industry is good at what it does, which is to safely supply the leading energy sources for the U.S. economy and Americans’ modern way of life.

But here’s the thing: While technology and innovation certainly describe today’s natural gas and oil industry, they must be accompanied by things like accountability, attention to detail and old-fashioned hard work by the women and men who work in it. 

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Technology Drives Safety and Environmental Progress

Safety  social-license-to-operate  Environment  workplace safety  technology innovation 

Kate Wallace

Kate Lowery
Posted February 8, 2018

Energy is fundamental to advancing our society. It’s essential to building a better future. And technology is the vehicle for modern energy production. We believe in technology and innovation. They define the 21st century natural gas and oil industry and our work to harness the energy our country uses to power past seemingly impossible challenges – in ways that are safe for our employees, our communities and the environment. 

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Shifting Into Drive, Powering Past Impossible

power-past-impossible  technology  innovation 

Mary Leshper

Mary Schaper
Posted February 2, 2018

We’ve written before about how natural gas and oil, and the products derived from them, help make today’s automobiles more modern, efficient and safe, from the vehicles racing on the NASCAR circuit and Indy to the family car. This week at the Washington Auto Show we got an up-close look at a broad range of cars, including a fair number of futuristic concept cars and technologies. The show runs through this Sunday at the D.C. Convention Center.

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The Meaning of 10.038 Million Barrels Per Day

oil and natural gas production  shale energy  us energy security  technology innovation 

Mark Green

Mark Green
Posted February 1, 2018

The U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) reports that in November, U.S. oil production hit 10.038 million barrels per day

– the most in half a century. Three big takeaways: America is stronger and our future is more secure; our industry's technologies are building a better future; and U.S. energy is in it for the long haul.

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State of American Energy 2018: Powering Past Impossible

state of american energy  american petroleum institute  power-past-impossible  technology  innovation  oil and natural gas 

Mark Green

Mark Green
Posted January 9, 2018

State of American Energy 2018API President and CEO Jack Gerard described the natural gas and oil industry as technologically advanced, innovative and forward looking – all critically important to continued delivery of the energy Americans use every day for transportation, essential consumer products, life-saving technologies and more. Our industry is up to helping Americans meet the challenges of today and tomorrow – endeavors that hinge on energy.

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Technology Moves U.S. Energy Ahead

carbon capture  carbon dioxide emissions  technology  innovation  exxonmobil 

Mark Green

Mark Green
Posted March 18, 2016

It doesn’t get enough notice: The U.S. energy renaissance is a revolution built on advanced technology and the ongoing quest to problem solve.

One of the best examples is hydraulic fracturing, the most important reason the United States leads the world in oil and natural gas production. Industry innovators took a process used for more than 60 years, modernized it and married it with it with advanced horizontal drilling to safely unleash previously inaccessible oil and natural gas reserves from shale and other tight-rock formations. It transformed America’s energy picture from one of scarcity and dependence to one of abundance and greater self-sufficiency.

The moral: When conventional wisdom says something can’t be done, just wait. Necessity, innovation and technology are marvelous at proving conventional wisdom shortsighted or wrong. On advancing new energy technologies to develop oil and gas more efficiently and in ways that are better for the environment, our industry isn’t standing still.


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Cleaner Fuels for Cleaner Air

air quality  fuels  environmental expenditures  investments  gasoline  diesel  technology innovation  refineries 

Mark Green

Mark Green
Posted November 5, 2015

To a large degree, cleaner air in the United States results from innovations and improvements in transportation fuels over the past four decades. This is important, because the freedom to travel has been ingrained in the American psyche since the days when waves of westward migration began spanning the continent.

Today, Americans are used to free and independent movement, with the average person traveling more than 13,600 miles a year, according to the U.S. Department of Transportation. Meanwhile, Americans’ modern lifestyles depend on freight haulers that deliver commercial goods to the places where they live. The 4 million miles of highways and roads that make up a large portion of the U.S. transportation network serve as the country’s arterial system – and energy makes it go. Refineries supply more than 130 billion gallons of gasoline and 60 billion gallons of diesel a year to power trucks, barges, ships and trains connecting consumers with consumable goods.

The oil and natural gas industry is meeting the challenge of fueling America’s transportation needs while advancing air quality goals that benefit all Americans – by investing in cleaner, safer fuels and next-generation technologies for the future.

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Encana’s Suttles: Keeping Sight of Energy’s Benefits

encana  analysis  shale energy  oil and natural gas development  unconventional oil  unconventional gas  canada  hydraulic fracturing  horizontal drilling  economic growth  investments  technology innovation 

Mark Green

Mark Green
Posted May 12, 2015

Encana President and CEO Doug Suttles participated in the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s CEO Leadership Series last week with a luncheon address and a Q&A session with Linda Harbert of the Institute for 21st Century Energy. Highlights of the conversation below. Suttles joined Alberta-based Encana as president and CEO in June 2013. He has 30 years of oil and natural gas industry experience in various engineering and leadership roles. Before joining Encana, Suttles held a number of leadership posts with BP, including chief operating officer of BP Exploration & Production and BP Alaska president.  

Q: You opened your talk by saying I’m a North American energy company. … Can you shed a little light on the differences and similarities between operating in Canada and the U.S.?

Suttles: They’re not as big as many people would think. First of all, in the places we operate – Colorado, Wyoming, New Mexico, Texas, Louisiana and Mississippi, and then Alberta and British Columbia – these are all natural resource states, and they understand that and I think the people and political leaders understand the importance, too. Both countries have high environmental expectations.

Probably the biggest difference you’d really see between them is the remoteness of operations, which creates a unique challenge in Canada. Many of our operations are away from large towns and cities … But you have an environment where I think people understand the benefits of our industry. They promote the industry, they support it.

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Energy Exports and Global Leadership

news  energy exports  crude oil  shale energy  utica shale  alberta oil sands  infrastructure  technology innovation  water management  keystone xl pipeline 

Mark Green

Mark Green
Posted May 6, 2015

BloombergBusiness: The U.S. will become one of the world’s largest oil exporters if domestic production continues to surge and policy makers lift a four-decade ban that keeps most crude from leaving the country, a government-sponsored study shows.

America would be capable of sending as much as 2.4 million barrels a day overseas in 2025 if federal policy makers were to eliminate restrictions on most crude exports, an analysis by Turner, Mason & Co. for the Energy Information Administration shows. That would make the U.S. the fourth-largest oil exporter, behind Saudi Arabia, Russia and the United Arab Emirates, based on 2013 EIA data. The report assumes domestic output rises by 7.2 million barrels a day from 2013.

The analysis is part of a series of studies the U.S. government is performing following a 71 percent surge in domestic oil production over the last four years. Drillers including Harold Hamm of Continental Resources Inc. and John Hess of Hess Corp. have been calling on the government to lift the ban on crude exports as they pump more light oil out of shale formations from North Dakota to Texas.

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Technology, Innovation Fuel America’s Energy Surge

technology  innovation  fracking  methane  emissions  jobs 

Mary Leshper

Mary Schaper
Posted December 9, 2014

The Hill: Methane leaks from natural gas drilling and production have fallen from the last estimate more than a year ago, according to a study sponsored by the industry and an environmental group.

 

Leaks of methane, the main component of natural gas, now represent 0.38 percent of production volumes, according to the study released Tuesday.

That is 10 percent lower than what the same University of Texas research team found in September 2013. Methane is a greenhouse has about 20 times more potent than carbon dioxide.

“Study after study shows that industry-led efforts to reduce emissions through investments in new technologies and equipment are paying off,” Howard Feldman, director of regulatory and scientific affairs at the American Petroleum Institute, said in a statement.

 

“This latest study shows that methane emissions are a fraction of estimates from just a few years ago,” he said.

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