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A Walking Drilling Rig

domestic energy  energy production  north dakota  oil drilling  oil production  oil rig  onshore  technology  technology innovation  continental resource inc  drill site  drilling rigs  oil wells  walking drilling rig  walking rig 

Jane Van Ryan

Jane Van Ryan
Posted November 12, 2010

Did you know that drilling rigs can walk? At least this one can. It's the ECO-Pad being used by Continental Resources Inc. to drill for oil in North Dakota.

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Doublespeak: The Un-Lifting of the Moratorium

access  boem  de facto moratorium  deepwater drilling moratorium  domestic energy  drilling permits  energy information administration  energy policy  moratorium  offshore drilling  oil and natural gas industry  oil production  shallow water drilling  new drilling regulations  new drilling rules 

Jane Van Ryan

Jane Van Ryan
Posted October 19, 2010

If you read the pronouncements coming from the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation and Enforcement (BOEM) these days, expect to be a little befuddled. Consider, for example, agency Director Michael Bromwich's comments in an Op-Ed on CNN's website. 

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Peak Oil

aspo  domestic energy  domestic jobs  domestic oil  energy  energy return on investment  eroi  oil and natural gas industry  oil production  peak oil  hubberts curve 

Jane Van Ryan

Jane Van Ryan
Posted October 7, 2010

The theory of Peak Oil is one of the most widely discussed--and intriguing--energy topics in the blogosphere. Simply put, the theory refers to the widely-held concept that oil is finite and production inevitably will decline, forcing major changes to our way of life, our economy, as well as the fate of humankind worldwide. The theory is attributed to M. King Hubbert, an oil company geologist, who created a graph called Hubbert's Curve predicting a sharp decline in oil production near the beginning of the 21st Century. 

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Fire Doesn't Support Calls for the Moratorium

deepwater horizon  demand  domestic energy  domestic production  energy policy  gulf  moratorium  spill response  offshore platform 

Jane Van Ryan

Jane Van Ryan
Posted September 3, 2010

A fire on an offshore platform in the Gulf of Mexico created a media furor yesterday. Several of the initial news reports contained inaccuracies that tended to exacerbate America's heightened awareness of--and sensitivity to--offshore drilling. The reaction was predictable: Politicians demanded answers, and environmental groups called on the government to keep the drilling moratorium in effect.

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Moratorium Back in Court

access  deepwater drilling moratorium  domestic energy  drilling ban  energy policy  gulf of mexico  moratorium  offshore drilling  shallow-water drilling  gulf oil production 

Jane Van Ryan

Jane Van Ryan
Posted August 10, 2010

The lawsuit filed by Hornbeck Offshore Services Inc. against the administration's moratorium is headed back into court. U.S. District Court Judge Martin Feldman, who granted a stay against the first deepwater drilling ban calling it "arbitrary and capricious," will hear the government's arguments in support of the moratorium today. 

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Moratorium Melancholy

access  bp  deepwater drilling moratorium  deepwater horizon  domestic energy  domestic oil production  energy policy  macondo well  offshore drilling  relief well  spill response 

Jane Van Ryan

Jane Van Ryan
Posted August 10, 2010

BP got the green light over the weekend to proceed with drilling the relief well that is expected to put the final nail in Macondo's coffin. As of Monday, August 9, the well had reached a depth of 17,909 feet. BP says it is likely to intersect Macondo's wellbore on August 15. 

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Voters Support Offshore Drilling, Government Creates Obstacles

access  deepwater horizon  domestic energy  energy policy  energy production  offshore drilling  drilling operators 

Jane Van Ryan

Jane Van Ryan
Posted August 3, 2010

A new Rasmussen poll shows that support for offshore oil and natural gas development is holding steady despite the Deepwater Horizon accident. In a survey conducted July 22-23 via telephone, 56 percent of U.S. voters think offshore drilling should be allowed, and 47 percent favor deepwater drilling.

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Gasoline Demand Slips

crude oil  demand  domestic energy  domestic petroleum deliveries  gasoline  gasoline demand  oil  oil demand  prices  crude oil production  gasoline deliveries 

Jane Van Ryan

Jane Van Ryan
Posted July 23, 2010

Gasoline demand fell for the first six months of 2010, API reported today. According to the Monthly Statistical Report, U.S. gasoline deliveries (a key indicator of demand) averaged 8.88 million barrels per day, 0.6 percent lower than in the same period in 2009. 

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Rallying for Their Livelihoods

access  deepwater drilling moratorium  domestic energy  drilling ban  drilling jobs  energy policy  gulf energy production  gulf oil spill  offshore drilling  gulf drilling ban  louisiana oil drilling  louisiana oil rally  louisiana rally against moratorium  lsu center for energy studies 

Jane Van Ryan

Jane Van Ryan
Posted July 22, 2010

They showed up at Louisiana State University's (LSU) the University of Louisiana at Lafayette's (ULL) Cajundome in droves, an estimated 15,000 thousand people who decided to stand up and be counted. They were energy workers, housewives, fishermen, and small-business people united in their desire to get back to work.

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New Study: Marcellus Shale = 280K New Jobs, $6 Billion Revenue

domestic energy  hydraulic fracturing  marcellus  marcellus natural gas  marcellus production  natural gas  new york  penn state natural gas study  pennsylvania natural gas  west virginia  economic impacts of marcellus 

Jane Van Ryan

Jane Van Ryan
Posted July 21, 2010

Natural gas production in the Marcellus Shale could generate nearly $6 billion in government revenue, 280,000 new jobs and more than 18 billion cubic feet of clean-burning natural gas per day, according to a new study.

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