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Energy Today – May 24, 2013

exports  fracking  innovation  keystone xl pipeline  liquefied natural gas 

Mary Leshper

Mary Schaper
Posted May 24, 2013

The HillKeep Climate Change Out of Keystone XL Decision, GOP Warns

In a letter, 24 Senate Republicans urged President Obama not to tie the Keystone XL pipeline project to “wholly unrelated and economically disastrous new regulatory policies.”

Bloomberg FracFocus Drillers’ Registry to Create Chemicals Database

A revamped FracFocus website – expected next week – will now allow regulators to search and aggregate data. The Environmental Defense Fund’s Mark Brownstein called it  “a substantial improvement.”

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Energy Today – May 23, 2013

energy  exports  hydraulic fracturing  keystone xl pipeline 

Mary Leshper

Mary Schaper
Posted May 23, 2013

Richmond Times-DispatchWarner, Kaine Introduce Bill to Allow Offshore Energy Leases

Virginia Senators Mark Warner and Tim Kaine want the current offshore drilling moratorium lifted off the coast of their state. Under their legislation, leases for offshore oil and natural gas drilling as well as wind farms could take effect in 2020. 

Fuel Fix BlogW.Va. to launch New Oil, Natural Gas Job Training Center 

Two West Virginia colleges are opening training facilities focused on oil and natural gas development. Both schools will house indoor and outdoor laboratories to simulate drilling operations and will offer a variety of training programs to prepare students for jobs in the industry.

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Energy Today – May 22, 2013

exports  fracking  keystone xl pipeline  lng  natural gas  taxes 

Mary Leshper

Mary Schaper
Posted May 22, 2013

The Hill’s E2 WireSenators Warned of ‘Narrowing’ Opportunity to Increase Natural Gas Exports

In an ongoing series of hearings focused on American natural gas exports, the Senate Energy Committee heard from panelists on the pending LNG export applications. The president of Sempra LNG noted that “if we wait too long … we will lose the jobs” associated with U.S. LNG projects.

National JournalGraphic: Keystone XL is More Than a Pipeline

The House is set to vote on legislation that would approve construction of the Keystone XL pipeline today. In advance of the vote, NJ has an infographic that details everything from the project’s route size and how much oil it will deliver to its supporters and opponents.

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Fueling American Life

oil 

Mary Leshper

Mary Schaper
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.

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Energy Today – May 21, 2013

liquefied natural gas  keystone xl pipeline  natural gas 

Mary Leshper

Mary Schaper
Posted May 21, 2013

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Number of Women Landing Jobs in Oil, Natural Gas Industry Growing

Good news from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics: Of 3,900 positions added in the oil and natural gas industry nationwide in the first quarter of 2013, almost half or 1,800 were filled by women.

AEI Ideas Carpe Diem BlogThe Most Economically Successful Metropolitan Area in the Country

As a direct result of all the shale oil and natural gas activity in the Permian Basin area of West Texas, the economy of Midland is booming, writes Mark J. Perry. There is also an unprecedented construction surge taking place in the town – building permits in March skyrocketed to 347, which was a 580 percent increase from  a year ago.

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Energy Today – May 17, 2013

keystone xl pipeline  fracking  lng  natural gas 

Mary Leshper

Mary Schaper
Posted May 17, 2013

Free EnterpriseKeystone XL: Real Benefits for the U.S.

Bloomberg OK Pipline

Sean Hackbarth notes  Keystone XL pipeline developments this week: The House Transportation Committee advanced  a bill that would allow construction of the full pipeline – the third congressional committee to do so; Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper was in New York City touting  the project’s benefits  for both the U.S. and Canada; and a small business owner in Maryland told the president that businesses like his  would get a boost from the project.

The HillDOE Approves Natural Gas Export Project

A Texas LNG  facility has the green light from DOE  for exports to non-free trade nations. DOE noted that project opponents “have not demonstrated that the requested authorization would be inconsistent with the public interest.”

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Energy Today – May 16, 2013

ethanol  fracking  groundwater protection  energy information administration  natural gas 

Mary Leshper

Mary Schaper
Posted May 16, 2013

Breaking Energy Sieminski: U.S. Tight Oil Growth Helping Lower Global Crude Price

U.S. tight oil production has helped to shave about $20-$25 per barrel from Brent crude oil prices, and continued output growth could  further impact global pricing, says  Energy Information Administration Administrator Adam Sieminski.

E! Science NewsGroundwater Unaffected by Shale Gas Production in Arkansas

Duke University and U.S. Geological Survey scientists sampled 127 shallow drinking water wells in areas overlying Fayetteville Shale gas production in north-central Arkansas and found no ground water contamination from hydraulic fracturing.

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Energy Today – May 15, 2013

exports  fracking  hydraulic fracturing  lng  natural gas  new york  trade 

Mary Leshper

Mary Schaper
Posted May 15, 2013

Washington ExaminerFracking Could Create New Wealth for New York

In a guest column, former Department of Labor Chief Economist Diana Furchtgott-Roth discusses the opportunities hydraulic fracturing could bring to New York state. “Using the Pennsylvania data to project fracking's effect on New York counties, I find that the incomes of those who live in the 28 New York counties above the Marcellus Shale have the potential to expand by as much as 15 percent over the next four years -- if the state's moratorium is lifted.”

National JournalNatural Gas Exports Loom Large Over Washington

NJ’s Amy Harder takes a look at the liquefied natural gas debate after a visit to Dominion’s Cove Point, Md., facility – a former import terminal waiting for federal approval to add  export capabilities.

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Energy Today – May 14, 2013

fracking  hydraulic fracturing  keystone xl pipeline  natural gas  refiners 

Mary Leshper

Mary Schaper
Posted May 14, 2013

Energy Biz Shale Gas Shifting Global Energy Map

The global development of shale gas  has the potential to boost worldwide natural gas supplies and help reduce market costs, writes Siemens Financial Services President Kirk Edelman. “For the U.S., the shale gas boom is still perhaps only a potential game changer, however, if realized, the economic benefits will be significant.”

Breaking EnergyThe Science Behind the Keystone XL Pipeline Decision

Breaking Energy recaps the congressional Energy and Environmental Subcommittees’ joint hearing on the Keystone XL pipeline last week. Rep. Chris Stewart noted  that Keystone XL has been under review for more than four years, which is how long  it took to fight World War II, build most of the transcontinental railroad and the typical length of a college education.

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Energy Today – May 13, 2013

energy  fracking  lng  natural gas development 

Mary Leshper

Mary Schaper
Posted May 13, 2013

Associated Press Natural Gas Export Plans Stir Debate

The AP highlights describes the  natural gas export debate, which is being driven by an abundance of domestic supply. Sen. Ron Wyden, chairman of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, said officials should seek a "sweet spot" for LNG exports — allowing enough to spur drilling and increase gas supplies, but not enough to create export-driven price hikes.

Free Enterprise Interior Secretary: Hydraulic Fracturing is "Essential"

Free Enterprise’s Sean Hackbarth recaps Secretary Sally Jewell’s recent testimony before the Senate Appropriations Committee during which she stated that hydraulic fracturing is an “essential technology” that “can be done safely and responsibly.”

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