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Op-ed: Offshore Drilling - Royalties, Jobs, Energy, Great Fishing!

domestic energy  drilling  energy  fl  florida  offshore drilling 

Jane Van Ryan

Jane Van Ryan
Posted November 9, 2009

Walton Sun (Florida) op-ed, authored by geoscientist Al Swiercz and published last week, discussed the benefits of offshore drilling for Florida residents and the United States. Swiercz said that exploration would "not only protect the beauty of our beaches, but allow us to reap the benefits of offshore exploration," including tax revenues, jobs--including "blue-collar" rig jobs which pay upwards of $75,000 per year--and great fishing areas around offshore platforms. 

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Hurricane Ida in the Gulf

domestic energy  hurricanes  louisiana  outer continental shelf  hurricane preparedness 

Jane Van Ryan

Jane Van Ryan
Posted November 9, 2009

At least three oil companies announced yesterday they were shutting in some production as Ida began to bear down on oil and natural gas facilities in the Gulf of Mexico. BP, Chevron and Marathon reduced production and evacuated some of their offshore facilities. Also, the Louisiana Offshore Oil Port (LOOP) stopped offloading tankers as sea conditions began to deteriorate.

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Kerry-Boxer Goes to the Floor

climate bill  climate legislation  domestic energy  energy policy  epa  Jack Gerard  kerry-boxer  waxman-markey  senate environment and public works committee 

Jane Van Ryan

Jane Van Ryan
Posted November 5, 2009

The Senate Environment and Public Works Committee today voted to send the Kerry-Boxer climate bill to the Senate floor without amendments. Only Democrats were in attendance for the vote, and Sen. Max Baucus (D-Mt.) voted against the bill, saying he would withhold his support contingent on the adoption of some pro-agriculture amendments. 

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Willing to Pay $200 a Month for Climate Legislation?

climate bill  climate legislation  domestic energy  energy information administration  energy policy  kerry-boxer  waxman-markey 

Jane Van Ryan

Jane Van Ryan
Posted November 4, 2009

A recent poll shows that the more Americans learn about climate legislation, the less they like it. Especially when they realize that it will take money out of their pockets. 

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Natural Gas = Game Changer

domestic energy  horizontal drilling  hydraulic fracturing  natural gas  technology innovation  wall street journal 

Jane Van Ryan

Jane Van Ryan
Posted November 3, 2009

When energy consultant Daniel Yergin calls unconventional natural gas a "game changer," people listen. And in today's Wall Street Journal op-ed, Yergin and his colleague Robert Ineson of IHS Cambridge Energy Research Associates (IHS CERA) say that the ability to produce natural gas from shale could "transform the debate over generating electricity." 

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"Remarkable" Natural Gas

domestic energy  energy policy  haynesville shale  horizontal drilling  hydraulic fracturing  natural gas  supply  technology innovation 

Jane Van Ryan

Jane Van Ryan
Posted November 2, 2009

"Remarkable" was the word used by Energy Information Administrator Richard Newell last week to describe the sharp rise in U.S. natural gas reserves. In a report issued by his agency last week, Newell noted that U.S. proven natural gas reserves rose 3 percent in 2008.

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Energy Tomorrow Radio: Episode 91 - THUMS Islands Location Tour

access  domestic access  domestic drilling  domestic energy  energy tomorrow  energytomorrow  energytomorrow radio  natural gas  offshore drilling  technology innovation  thums islands 

Jane Van Ryan

Jane Van Ryan
Posted October 6, 2009

This week's episode focuses on a recent tour of the THUMS Islands, a group of four manmade islands in California's Long Beach Harbor, where oil and natural gas are produced. The episode also features sound bites from Frank Komin, president of Occidental Petroleum, and Charlie Plant, production manager of White Island. 

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Royalty Relief Works

deepwater royalty relief act  domestic energy  energy policy  energy production  energy tomorrow  energytomorrow  mms  offshore drilling  royalties  royalty payments 

Jane Van Ryan

Jane Van Ryan
Posted October 5, 2009

The U.S. Supreme Court today declined to consider an extremely important Fifth Circuit decision on royalty relief. This adds finality to the Fifth Circuit's unanimous decision that Congress, when it passed the Deepwater Royalty Relief Act, provided royalty relief based on volume, not price. 

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An Unacceptable Situation

access  climate bill  climate change bill  climate legislation  domestic access  domestic drilling  domestic energy  energy policy  energy tomorrow  energytomorrow  kerry-boxer  offshore drilling  waxman-markey 

Jane Van Ryan

Jane Van Ryan
Posted October 2, 2009

Thank you to my friend and fellow blogger James for allowing us to feature his commentary here. This was originally posted at his own blog, Observations

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Hispanic Energy Workers in Washington

domestic energy  energy policy 

Jane Van Ryan

Jane Van Ryan
Posted September 30, 2009

Cecilia "Ceci" Leonard describes herself as an "oil brat" from the oil patch. She is a second-generation petroleum worker who has come to Washington today to meet with members of Congress. 

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