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Hindering the Energy Revolution

leasing regulations  permitting  drilling  oil and natural gas development  energy information agency  blm 

Mark Green

Mark Green
Posted April 8, 2014

On Monday, the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) released a remarkable new projection showing that given certain conditions and with the right policies in place the United States could reach energy self-sufficiency within two decades. It’s the first time EIA has projected that net imports’ share of liquid fuels consumption could reach zero – basically, that domestic production would exceed imports. Key to EIA’s scenario: access to domestic reserves.

On Tuesday, new Bureau of Land Management data showed that if EIA’s projection is to be realized, a new approach to energy development on federal lands will be needed. BLM statistics show that leasing and permitting on federal lands in fiscal year 2013 both were down, hitting their lowest numbers in years. Also down: new wells drilled.

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Innovation and Methane Emissions

methane emissions  innovation  technology  hydraulic fracturing  epa ghg regulations 

Mark Green

Mark Green
Posted April 3, 2014

A competitive marketplace is the sowing field for innovation and investment. Look no further than the advanced hydraulic fracturing and horizontal drilling that launched America’s ongoing shale energy revolution. Shale development features cutting-edge technology to increase output and efficiency and to make operations as safe and clean as possible. An example of this can be found in methane emissions.

While some call for government-directed efforts to reduce emissions, industry already is on this – through its own leadership and investments – and is achieving good results. 

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Americans Reaping the Benefits of America’s Energy Surge This Holiday Season

american energy  Energy Security  jobs  fracking  hydraulic fracturing  lng exports  keystone xl pipeline  regulations 

Mary Leshper

Mary Schaper
Posted December 20, 2013

Merry Christmas, Texas, From Your Oil and Gas Industry

Forbes: “Texas has recovered 100 percent of the jobs lost during the recession and added 597,000 beyond the previous peak in August 2008.”   – Texas State Comptroller Susan Combs

On Thursday, December 12, the Texas Comptroller’s Office released a report detailing the current state of the state’s budget.  The report was titled “Tracking the Texas Economy – Key Texas Economic Indicators”.  But given the content of the report, a better title might have been:

“Merry Christmas, Texas, From Your Oil and Natural Gas Industry”

According to the Comptroller, the state ended its 2012-2013 biennium with a surplus of more than $2.6 billion, almost three times the previously projected amount of $964 million.  The reason why?  Because the Texas oil and natural gas industry’s tax payments were more than $2 billion more than anticipated.

Read more: http://onforb.es/1i8lWU5

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American Energy: From Scarcity to Abundance

american energy  trade  deficit  jobs  Economy  hydraulic fracturing  fracking  regulations  lng exports 

Mary Leshper

Mary Schaper
Posted December 4, 2013

A Pivotal Moment in U.S. Energy History

Global Energy Initiative (Jason Bordoff):  We are at a transformational moment in energy history. Just a few years ago, all energy projections forecast increased imports, increased scarcity, and increased natural gas prices. Today, we’ve shifted from scarcity to abundance. U.S. oil production has increased by 2.5 million barrels per day (B/D) since 2010. This year, the United States overtook Saudi Arabia as the largest producer of liquid fuels (including crude oil, natural gas, and biofuels) in the world. U.S. oil imports are at their lowest level in 25 years and are projected to continue declining. The natural gas outlook is even more striking. New geological surveys and production data continue to surprise to the upside. And multi-billion-dollar terminals proposed not long ago to import natural gas are being flipped to export instead.

This transformation is not only a U.S. story. New technologies mean that what were once challenging sources of oil and gas can now be tapped economically from the oil sands in Canada (and potentially Venezuela), the ultra-deepwater “presalt” off the coast of Brazil, and many other parts of the world. Iraq, parts of Africa, and elsewhere are poised for sharp increases in production.

Read more: http://bit.ly/1gk7ms9

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Energy Today – August 28, 2013

hydraulic fracturing  jobs  marcellus  water  regulations 

Mary Leshper

Mary Schaper
Posted August 28, 2013

The Infrastructure Supporting America’s Energy Renaissance Begins in Texas

Fuel Fix Blog: While many states throughout the nation struggle to make ends meet, surrounded by economic uncertainty, Texas is booming. Robust investment in the energy industry – from deep-water drilling to above ground production, and everything in between – has allowed the state to succeed despite an inconsistent U.S. economy.

None of this is news to those living in the Lone Star State – and in fact Texas has received a steady stream of national attention for its economic success – however it is worth noting that a key reason for such outstanding growth has been the investment in and development of our nation’s extensive energy infrastructure.

In April 2013 alone, Texas created over 33,000 jobs, which is more than any other state in the country, and nearly one-fifth of all the jobs created in the United States.

Read more: http://bit.ly/1dQjBcL

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Hearing the Facts on the Renewable Fuel Standard

ethanol  renewable fuel standard  rfs34  Energy 101  regulations  rfa 

Bob Greco

Bob Greco
Posted July 25, 2013

Over two days this week the Energy and Power Subcommittee of the House Energy and Commerce Committee heard concerns from scientists, poultry producers, automakers, drivers, restaurant owners, tool makers, store owners, environmentalists and the oil and natural gas industry about problems with E15 and/or the current Renewable Fuel Standard.  Leading the charge the other way was the Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) with a simple message: our product is so great; the government should continue to force people to buy it.

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Energy Today – July 24, 2013

ethanol  renewable fuel standard  rfs34  hydraulic fracturing  regulations  alaska  anwr 

Mary Leshper

Mary Schaper
Posted July 24, 2013

National Journal – Ethanol Mandates  Starting to Worry Some Senate Democrats

NJ’s Amy Harder reports that ethanol requirements in the Renewable Fuel Standard are generating pressure on some Democratic senators.  “Mid-Atlantic lawmakers, in particular, are hearing from the poultry industry, which is concerned about rising feedstock prices, and from oil refineries, which are facing increased costs for blending ethanol with gasoline,” writes Harder.

PennLive.comHydraulic Fracturing is Well Regulated

In a letter to the editor, the executive director of the Associated Petroleum Industries of Pennsylvania counters claims by anti-hydraulic fracturing groups and individuals.  “In reality, hydraulic fracturing is rigorously regulated by state agencies and federal laws overseeing oil and natural gas development,” writes Stephanie Wissman. “In addition, strict standards are developed by the oil and natural gas industry in collaboration with specialists who best understand the unique geology and hydrology of their communities.” 

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Energy Today – July 23, 2013

natural gas  income  hydraulic fracturing  regulations  fracking  keystone xl 

Mary Leshper

Mary Schaper
Posted July 23, 2013

AEI Ideas, Carpe Diem Blog – North Dakota Sees Highest Level of Income Mobility in the U.S. Thanks to Bakken Shale

Blogger Mark J. Perry notes another  benefit of shale development in the Bakken: income mobility. Perry connects economic opportunity in the Bakken region with  a new study showing  a significant geographic correlation between a child’s chances of rising from the  the bottom  quintile by family income to the top  income quintile.

Reuters The Oil Boom's Foreign Policy Dividend

The domestic benefits of the surge in U.S. oil production are well documented, writes Reuters, but the geopolitical benefits are “less well appreciated.” Beginning in 2012, production in the U.S. and Canada grew by nearly 1.3 million barrels per day – outpacing global demand growth. “These developments were critical in allowing the United States to implement new, tougher sanctions in early 2012 that drove year-over-year Iranian crude exports down by nearly 15 percent in the first quarter alone.”

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Energy Today – June 21, 2013

Energy 101  fracking  Gas  epa  renewable fuel standard  Offshore Production  regulations 

Mary Leshper

Mary Schaper
Posted June 21, 2013

Study: Tier 3 Sulfur Rule Would Do Little to Improve Air Quality - http://bit.ly/19YBiXp

Although the Environmental Protection Agency’s proposed Tier 3 gasoline sulfur rule could cost billions, a new study from ENVIRON International Corporation found that it would do very little to reduce fine particulates and improve air quality, API Director for Regulatory and Scientific Affairs Howard Feldman told reporters yesterday.

EPA Acknowledges Pavillion Study Deficiencieshttp://bit.ly/14OceP1

After two years of study in Pavillion, Wyoming, the EPA has yet to demonstrate any evidence of hydraulic fracturing linked to groundwater contamination. This echoes former EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson’s comments from 2011 that “there is no proven case where the fracking process itself has affected water.”

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Energy Today – June 18, 2013

exports  federal lands  hydraulic fracturing  keystone xl  lng  Offshore Production  regulations 

Mary Leshper

Mary Schaper
Posted June 18, 2013

Chicago TribuneIllinois Governor Signs Bill to Regulate Fracking

Illinois is one step closer to  hydraulic fracturing after bipartisan legislation regulating the process was signed into law by Gov. Pat Quinn. Lawmakers say they hope the new regulations will encourage the oil and natural gas industry to invest in Illinois, helping to create jobs.

Fuel Fix BlogColleges Plan Training for Gas Drilling Jobs

Two colleges in southern Illinois are getting a jumpstart on possible oil and natural gas development in the state. Southeastern Illinois College and Rend Lake College are planning to provide training programs focused on safety and other areas related to  energy development.

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