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Trip to Perdido

deepwater drilling  domestic energy  drilling  gulf of mexico  offshore drilling  perdido  technology innovation 

Jane Van Ryan

Jane Van Ryan
Posted April 15, 2010

A few days ago, Shell's new oil platform Perdido began producing "first oil" in the Gulf of Mexico. To get a better understanding of the technology and engineering required to produce oil from the deep waters of the Gulf, take a look at this video

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Salazar: Energy Development Studies in Alaskan Beaufort and Chukchi Seas

alaska  beaufort sea  chukchi sea  domestic energy  energy policy  offshore drilling  usgs 

Jane Van Ryan

Jane Van Ryan
Posted April 14, 2010

Yesterday, Interior Secretary Ken Salazar announced that government scientists have until Oct. 1 to gather environmental, ecological and technical data to inform decisions on oil and natural gas development in the Alaskan Beaufort and Chukchi Seas.

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$1 Million per Day Investment

domestic energy  efficiency  royalties  technology innovation  royalty payments 

Jane Van Ryan

Jane Van Ryan
Posted April 13, 2010

The U.S. Interior Department yesterday announced that it will launch a nine-month study into royalty payments in other countries to determine whether U.S. royalty rates should be changed.

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Climate Concerns Delay Onshore Leases

blm  domestic energy  energy policy  epa  ghg emissions  greenhouse gas emissions  onshore 

Jane Van Ryan

Jane Van Ryan
Posted April 12, 2010

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is delaying an April 13 oil and natural gas lease sale covering 91,000 acres in Montana, and North and South Dakota to study energy development's climate impact. The decision follows a legal settlement we mentioned in March, in which environmentalists challenged the lease sale under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA).

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Shale Gas is a "Big Deal"

climate legislation  conoco phillips  domestic energy  energy policy  natural gas  natural gas from shale  natural gas supply 

Jane Van Ryan

Jane Van Ryan
Posted April 9, 2010

A "big deal." That's how Energy Secretary Steven Chu described shale gas at a conference this week, adding that "gas will be the transition fuel as we go to renewables." (NGI's Daily Gas Price Index

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Higher Taxes Harm U.S. Energy Production

domestic energy  energy policy  energy taxes  taxes 

Jane Van Ryan

Jane Van Ryan
Posted April 8, 2010

As J. Hunt Perkins points out in a Lexington Herald-Leader op-ed, there's something wrong with an energy policy that promotes offshore drilling but at the same time, proposes to place higher taxes on the oil and the natural gas industry.

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Environmentalists Should Support Offshore Drilling

domestic energy  efficiency  ghg emissions  greenhouse gas emissions  offshore drilling  offshore platforms 

Jane Van Ryan

Jane Van Ryan
Posted April 7, 2010

Eric Smith, a professor at the University of California at Santa Barbara, is calling on his "fellow environmentalists to reassess their stand on offshore oil."

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Energy Tomorrow Radio: Episode 104 - Obama's Offshore Drilling Announcement: A Step in the Right Dir

domestic energy  offshore drilling  outer continental shelf  technology innovation  virginia 

Jane Van Ryan

Jane Van Ryan
Posted April 6, 2010

In today's episode, I interview Erik Milito, API's group director of upstream and industry operations, about President Obama's plan to open areas on the Outer Continental Shelf for offshore drilling. Erik says this is a step in the right direction, and explains how opening even more areas offshore could benefit the economy. 

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