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Safe Offshore Energy Development is in U.S. Best Interest

offshore energy development  safety standards  safe operations  regulation  oil and natural gas  center for offshore safety  spill 

Mark Green

Mark Green
Posted September 28, 2016

Safe offshore energy development is a by-product of advanced technologies and equipment, an ever-expanding knowledge base, improved worker training, an effective partnership of industry and regulatory authorities, constantly improving standards for deepwater exploration and production and, over it all, an industry committed to creating and growing a culture of safety in offshore operations.

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Energizing Kentucky

Oil and Gas  renewable fuel standard  kentucky  regulation  states2016 

Mark Green

Mark Green
Posted August 25, 2016

As the United States’ third-largest coal-producing state, Kentucky gets about 87 percent of its electricity from coal-fired generation. Yet natural gas use is growing. According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration, net electricity generation from natural gas has grown more than 460 percent in Kentucky since 2006. Electricity generation is now the state’s second-largest natural gas consuming sector.

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Regulatory Push Risks Natural Gas Progress

natural gas  emissions  epa  carbon dioxide  regulation 

Mark Green

Mark Green
Posted August 3, 2016

Some context for legal challenges to EPA’s final rule for new oil and natural gas sources, filed individually this week by a coalition of states, API and other organizations.

As we’ve noted before, methane emissions from field production of natural gas are falling – mainly because industry wants to capture as much of the primary component of natural gas as possible, to deliver to customers. Industry is on it, deploying technologies and know-how to prevent emissions during production. Bottom line: In a period of soaring production, we’ve had falling methane emissions.

This is happening under the current regulatory regime.

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Energy and Regulatory Roadblocks

vote4energy  regulation  natural gas  access  air quality 

Mark Green

Mark Green
Posted July 21, 2016

Reducing government regulation found its way into a number of the speeches at the Republican Convention in Cleveland, and this is especially important to the future of America’s energy renaissance.

Along with cutting government red tape in leasing and permitting of energy projects, establishing a common-sense approach to energy regulation will help encourage the private investment and innovation that are driving the surge in domestic oil and natural gas production.

More on that below. First, remember that as the U.S. continues to lead the world in oil and gas production, we’ve seen economic benefits, cost savings for consumers, lower crude oil imports that have helped make America more energy secure and carbon emissions reductions that lead the globe.

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Pipeline Regulations Could Impact Production

pipeline safety  natural gas  regulation  economic impacts  infrastructure 

Mark Green

Mark Green
Posted July 7, 2016

We frequently post on the potential risk to U.S. energy production and the benefits the American energy revolution is generating for the economy and individual households from the administration’s regulatory push and government red tape (see herehere and here). There might not be a better current example of the potential regulatory impact on U.S. energy than new rules for natural gas transmission and gathering lines proposed by the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA).

Consider: According to a study by ICF International, measuring the impact of PHMSA’s proposals, for 2,200 small pipeline companies across the country the annual cost of complying with the new regulations would come close to what the companies earn from gathering line fees. That’s impact – impact on small businesses and impact on energy development associated with the work those companies do.

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Ozone Regulations a Jobs Threat U.S. Can’t Afford

ozone  regulation  epa  economic impacts  air quality 

Jack Gerard

Jack Gerard
Posted June 15, 2016

To comply with standards approaching or below naturally occurring levels of ozone, states could be required to restrict everything from manufacturing and energy development to infrastructure projects like roads and bridges. Even if job growth were strong, saddling states with unachievable requirements would be questionable policy at best. In an economy still struggling to add jobs, new ozone regulations that impact such a wide range of job creators – and promise little to no public health benefit – make no sense.

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Methane Regulation and Risking Emissions Progress

natural gas production  epa regulation  methane  emssions 

Mark Green

Mark Green
Posted May 12, 2016

We’ll say it again: Methane emissions are falling. And they’ll continue doing so because industry wants to capture as much of the primary component of natural gas as possible, for delivery to consumers.

So that’s the context for EPA’s regulatory initiative. Basically, the agency looked at the energy landscape – one of surging production but also declining emissions – and determined the next step should be more regulation. The resulting new rules could hinder America’s shale energy revolution, one that has helped lower U.S. energy-related carbon emissions 12 percent below 2005 levels, allowing the United States to lead the world in reducing carbon emissions.

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Vote4Energy Event: Report to Set Energy Policy Goals for Parties

vote4energy  energy policy  oil and natural gas development  access  regulation 

Mark Green

Mark Green
Posted April 12, 2016

In terms of energy policy, the United States is at an important crossroads. The ongoing American energy renaissance – which has seen  domestic crude oil production surge 88 percent between 2008 and 2015, and natural gas output increase 48 percent since 2005 – has changed the U.S. energy story from one of scarcity and limitations to one of abundance and opportunity. With that opportunity comes responsibility to make policy choices to sustain and grow the country’s new energy momentum.

That’s the backdrop for an important Vote4Energy event on Wednesday in Washington, D.C., where API will present its energy policy recommendations to the platform-writing committees of the Democratic and Republican parties. The event will be livestreamed here beginning at 8:30 a.m. API President and CEO Jack Gerard:

“The United States is the world’s leading producer of oil and natural gas, and as a result of greater use of clean-burning natural gas and cleaner, more efficient fuels, we are also a world leader in reducing carbon emissions and other air pollutants. We have a proven model for achieving environmental progress without sacrificing jobs, economic growth, energy security or consumer affordability. Our political leadership has the opportunity to continue, and expand upon, the American energy revolution.”

Seizing the opportunity we have because of our new energy abundance is critically important. Details from API’s platform report will be released Wednesday, but they surely will include policies to advance safe and responsible domestic energy production, the need for a fair regulatory approach that avoids unnecessary duplication and recognizing that the country’s energy and environmental goals are best met through private innovation and investment in cooperation with government. Gerard:

“The goal of a national energy policy must be to ensure a secure supply of abundant, affordable and available energy for the American people in an environmentally responsible manner.”

Tune in for the event on Wednesday morning and join the conversation on Twitter by using the #Vote4Energy hashtag.

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Methane Regulations Not Based on Science

methane emissions  oil and natural gas production  hydraulic fracturing  carbon dioxide  regulation 

Jack Gerard

Jack Gerard
Posted March 30, 2016

Methane emissions have dropped significantly. Since 2005, emissions from field production of natural gas have dropped 38 percent, and emissions from hydraulically fractured natural gas wells have plunged 79 percent.

These facts bear repeating in light of the Obama administration’s announcement that it is pursuing yet another set of methane regulations. Not only are the additional regulations duplicative and unnecessary, given industry’s success in reducing emissions under current regulations, but the new rules could actually undermine progress.

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Regulators Gonna Regulate – and Regulate

hydraulic fracturing  oil and natural gas production  epa  regulation  methane 

Mark Green

Mark Green
Posted March 10, 2016

When EPA announced a push for additional regulation on methane emissions from new oil and natural gas operations late last year, we said it looked like a solution in search of a problem – especially considering the agency’s own data showing that since 2005 methane emissions from hydraulically fractured natural gas wells had fallen 79 percent.

Regulators gonna regulate. And then regulate some more.

With the Obama administration’s announcement that it wants to regulate methane emissions from existing oil and gas sources – again, where remarkable reductions already are happening – shows EPA and the White House much more concerned about extreme agendas than the needs of American consumers.

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