Energy Tomorrow Blog
Posted June 18, 2013
Chicago Tribune – Illinois 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 Blog – Colleges 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.
Posted June 13, 2013
Wall Street Journal – U.S. Oil Notches Record Growth
In the latest sign that the shale revolution is remaking world energy markets, the WSJ cites BP’s 2012 Statistical Review showing crude production in the U.S. jumped 14 percent last year to 8.9 million barrels a day. (subscription publication).
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette – Pennsylvania to See $202.47 Million in Per-Well Fracking Impact Fees
A new Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission report notes that more than $200 million from hydraulic fracturing impact fees will be distributed to local governments across the state. Bradford County in the state's northeast will collect the most at $7.3 million while Washington is second at $4.7 million. Lycoming and Tioga counties follow with $4.4 million each.
Posted June 7, 2013
Propelled by a massive energy surge, North Dakota’s economy grew 13.4 percent in 2012, according to Bureau of Economic Analysis figures – nearly three times as fast as Texas, the No. 2 state. The oil and natural gas industry is a big economic driver, as well as manufacturing industries.
National Review Online – No More Energy Protectionism
In a guest post, the Heritage Foundation’s Nicolas Loris writes that, “In a free economy, goods and services go to their highest valued use. Natural gas is no different, and it should be treated the same as any other good the U.S. trades around the world.”
Posted June 6, 2013
The surge in U.S. shale development through hydraulic fracturing and horizontal drilling in North Dakota, Oklahoma and Texas has boosted domestic oil production – 7.3 million barrels a day last week alone – to the highest level since 1986, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration.
Fuel Fix Blog – Feds Give More Time To Study Proposed Drilling Rule
Last month API asked for an additional 90 days to study BLM’s proposed rule governing hydraulic fracturing. Today, Interior Secretary Sally Jewell said that she would allow an additional 60 days for stakeholders to review the proposed regulations.
Posted May 30, 2013
Later this year EPA is expected to propose stricter ozone standards that could lower the current 75 parts per billion (ppb) limit to 60 ppb. First, a map showing areas of the country (in red) that exceed current 75 ppb standards, enacted in 2008:
Posted May 9, 2013
New Interior Department Secretary Sally Jewell is on the right track in her remarks at this week’s Offshore Technology Conference in Houston, committing Interior to providing “regulatory certainty, predictability (and) consistency” in oil and natural gas development.
This is critical to reverse recent declining development in federal areas. According to the Congressional Research Service, while oil production in non-federal areas was up 2009 to 2012, in federal areas it was down 6 percent:
Posted May 7, 2013
In a guest column, Brigham McCown argues the benefits of the Keystone XL pipeline would extend beyond jobs and energy security to safety. According to government statistics, pipelines are the safest way to transport energy supplies, writes McCown.
U.S. News and World Report – Lawmakers: Natural Gas Exports Could Erode Political Might of U.S. Adversaries
U.S. News recaps today’s House Subcommittee on Energy and Power hearing, which focused on legislation that would expedite U.S. natural gas exports. Supporters say shipping natural gas to allies could strengthen diplomatic ties, undermine political leverage of adversaries, while also shaving the U.S. trade deficit and creating jobs.
Posted May 3, 2013
It’s one thing to have genuine differences over energy regulatory policy – as the oil and natural gas industry has with EPA’s proposed Tier 3 rule further lowering sulfur levels in gasoline. It’s quite another to see that the rulemaking process is being gamed.
Posted May 2, 2013
The Atlantic – How Oil Made Working-Class North Dakota a Whole Lot Richer
In North Dakota’s Bakken Shale formation, Americans have been able to find high-paying work in the oil and natural gas industry as the state’s employment number grew by more than 35 percent from 2007 to 2011. But another part of this American success story is that jobs and paychecks have surged across industries – including technical services, transport, construction and food services.
Reuters Canada – TransCanada to Build $900 Million Alberta Oil Pipeline, Terminal
Keystone XL opponents claim that stopping the pipeline will keep Canada’s oil sands in the ground. However, as the U.S. waits for President Obama to decide on the Keystone XL Canada is moving forward with plans to move its growing crude oil supplies – and ship them elsewhere.
Posted April 4, 2013
Ryan Carlyle, a subsea hydraulics engineer, writes that oil accounts for one-third of humanity’s energy supply, is unrivaled in power generation and is fundamental to lifting billions of people out of poverty. Fun fact: If solar power generation doubled every decade for 100 years, it would still be pretty far behind oil today.
Wall Street Journal – Beware Tax Reform That Raises Taxes on Capital
Of the ongoing congressional debate over tax reform, Margo Thorning writes that “Investment, growth and job creation should be the cornerstones of any tax-reform effort.”