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Energy Policy's Impact on U.S. Consumers

alternative energy  congress  deepwater horizon  department of the interior  domestic energy  energy  energy policy  energy taxes  gas prices  gasoline  gulf of mexico  gulf oil spill  offshore energy  oil leak  oil spill  shallow water drilling 

Jane Van Ryan

Jane Van Ryan
Posted December 30, 2010

As the nation approaches the New Year, reporters around the country are writing about the energy outlook for 2011. There are quotes from analysts predicting oil and gasoline prices; opinion leaders discussing energy policies likely to be considered by the 112th Congress; and professors explaining the relative merits of fossil fuels and alternatives. 

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Energy Tomorrow Radio: Episode - 124 The Truth About Fracking

domestic energy  drinking water  energy policy  fracking  groundwater  halliburton  horizontal drilling  hydraulic fracturing  technology  water quality  contamination  fracing  natural gas fracking 

Jane Van Ryan

Jane Van Ryan
Posted December 21, 2010

In today's episode, I interview David Adams, Halliburton's vice president for production enhancement, about hydraulic fracturing. He describes the fracking process, the associated benefits as well as the exaggerated risks. 

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The Oil Spill Suit

bp  deepwater horizon  gulf of mexico  gulf oil spill  interior department  macondo well  oil leak  oil spill  spill response  clean water act  national oceanic and atmospheric administration 

Jane Van Ryan

Jane Van Ryan
Posted December 16, 2010

The U.S. Justice Department filed suit against BP and eight other companies yesterday to recover billions of dollars from the Deepwater Horizon tragedy. The administration's suit asks that the companies be held responsible for all cleanup costs and damage to natural resources. 

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API Supports GWPC's Disclosure Registry

department of energy  domestic energy  energy policy  fracking  ground water protection council  groundwater  hydraulic fracturing  drilling wells  groundwater protection  hydraulic fracturing fluids  natural gas wells 

Jane Van Ryan

Jane Van Ryan
Posted December 15, 2010

API has announced that it supports the voluntary chemical disclosure registry being developed by the Ground Water Protection Council (GWPC) with the endorsement of the Interstate Oil and Gas Compact Commission (IOGCC). The registry is a step toward providing information about the chemicals in hydraulic fracturing fluids while protecting drilling companies' intellectual property. 

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The Enormous Potential of PA's Marcellus Shale and Hydraulic Fracturing

access  domestic energy  energy policy  environmental protection agency  epa  fracking  fracking fluids  hydraulic fracturing  pennsylvania  shale rock  fracturing fluids  marcellus shale coalition  pittsburgh  water supplies 

Jane Van Ryan

Jane Van Ryan
Posted November 19, 2010

Pennsylvania appears to be having a knee-jerk reaction to a commonly-used process to produce natural gas from shale rock formations. In the past few days, the outgoing governor has imposed a ban on all new natural gas drilling on public lands, and Pittsburgh's City Council has passed a bill to ban drilling within the city limits.

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Addressing Hydraulic Fracturing Issues One-by-One

congress  domestic energy  energy policy  government revenue  hydraulic fracturing  water 

Jane Van Ryan

Jane Van Ryan
Posted November 12, 2010

A few days ago, a reader submitted a comment to this blog in which she posed several questions about hydraulic fracturing. Her final question asked why the hydraulic fracturing issue had become so adversarial: 

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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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Moratorium Is Lifted, Impacts Remain

access  deepwater drilling  deepwater drilling moratorium  department of the interior  domestic energy  drilling permits  drilling rigs  energy policy  gulf of mexico  moratorium  offshore drilling  oil spill  drilling regulations  gulf of mexico oil spill  shallow-water drilling 

Jane Van Ryan

Jane Van Ryan
Posted October 13, 2010

After a months-long investigation, the Department of the Interior made the right decision and ended the deepwater drilling moratorium. Interior Secretary Ken Salazar said it was "appropriate" to end the ban because safety measures have been strengthened and spill response capabilities have been improved. 

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The Peak Oil Dilemma

deepwater drilling moratorium  deepwater moratorium  department of defense  department of defense  domestic energy  energy  energy demand  energy policy  energy taxes  moratorium  oil and natural gas  oil demand  oil prices  oil supplies  peak oil  shallow-water drilling  oil supply 

Jane Van Ryan

Jane Van Ryan
Posted October 8, 2010

Few issues are as complicated and perplexing as Peak Oil. The study of this concept crosses into several disciplines--geology, sociology, engineering, and physics to name a few--and each is able to address only a part of the global dilemma that could be caused by rapidly dwindling oil supplies. 

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Study: De Facto Moratorium Could Cost 50,000 Jobs

access  de facto moratorium  deepwater moratorium  department of the interior  domestic energy  energy policy  gulf of mexico  moratorium  offshore drilling  offshore drilling moratorium  shallow water drilling 

Jane Van Ryan

Jane Van Ryan
Posted October 6, 2010

For months, numerous studies--such as this one from LSU professor Dr. Joseph Mason and another by Moody's Analytics--have demonstrated the significant economic impact the deepwater drilling moratorium could have on the Gulf and U.S. economies.

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