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Domestic Oil Production and the ‘Teachable Moment’

regulations  natural gas  liquid fuels  imports  domestic oil production  access 

Mark Green

Mark Green
Posted January 9, 2013

The U.S. Energy Information Administration’s Short-Term Energy Outlook released this week contains two important crude oil stats:

  • U.S. domestic production is expected to continue growing rapidly over the next two years, from an average of 6.4 million barrels per day (bbl/d) last year to 7.3 million bbl/d in 2013 and 7.9 million bbl/d in 2014. Much of the production growth will come from drilling in tight plays in the Williston (North Dakota and Montana), Western Gulf and Permian basins (Texas).
  • U.S. liquid fuel imports, including crude oil, are expected to decline to an average of 6 million bbl/d by 2014. EIA says the net import share will average 32 percent in 2014 “because of continued substantial increases in domestic crude oil production.”

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Study Provides New Impetus for New York Fracking

energy policy  fracking  hydraulic fracturing  natural gas  regulations 

Mark Green

Mark Green
Posted January 4, 2013

Here’s the crux of an unreleased (but leaked) New York Department of Environmental Conservation report that weighs the public health impact of natural gas development through hydraulic fracturing:

“…significant adverse impacts on human health are not expected from routine (fracking) operations. When spills or accidents occur, the department has identified numerous additional mitigation measures, including emergency-response planning, setbacks and buffers, so that significant exposures to people and resources on which they rely are unlikely."

Shorter version: Fracking can be done safely in New York.

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Retain Current Particulate Matter Standard – Because It’s Working

emissions  energy policy  epa  regulations 

Mark Green

Mark Green
Posted December 12, 2012

Later this week EPA is expected to finalize standards for particulate matter 2.5. EPA could and should retain the existing standard. During a conference call with reporters API’s Howard Feldman, director of regulatory and scientific affairs, outlined the reasons:

  • Certain costs and doubtful benefits
  • Efficacy of the current standard
  • Questionable scientific foundation for a new standard
  • Poor coordination with other regulatory initiatives

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Judging the Cellulosic Mandate

regulations  epa  cellulosic mandates  renewable fuels standard  biofuels 

Bob Greco

Bob Greco
Posted December 10, 2012

With the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit hearing oral arguments today in a lawsuit over the cellulosic biofuels mandate contained in the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS), here are some points to bear in mind

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Shale Energy Potential – and Reality

domestic energy  energy policy  natural gas  regulations  unconventional gas  unconventional oil 

Mark Green

Mark Green
Posted October 29, 2012

Pennsylvania’s Department of Environmental Quality secretary and its energy executive have this article in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, citing a pair of studies that say the amount of natural gas in the Marcellus Shale may be far greater than any previous government estimate

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Presidential Politics and Energy Reality

access  domestic energy  energy policy  keystone xl  offshore drilling  permits  regulations  taxes 

Mark Green

Mark Green
Posted October 17, 2012

Energy continues to play a large role in the presidential debates – evidence that both candidates get the importance of reliable, affordable energy for our economy and for making America more secure, now and in the future.

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President Reverses Course on Energy Policy Rhetoric as Election Day Nears

regulations  keystone xl  energy policy  domestic energy  access 

Carlton Carroll

Carlton Carroll
Posted October 2, 2012

President Obama issued a proclamation yesterday to recognize October as National Energy Action Month.  His encouraging words of support for developing more of our own resources are refreshing and represent a stark departure from what he and his administration have said in the past.

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Realizing the Promise of Shale Natural Gas

access  domestic energy  energy policy  natural gas  regulations  technology 

Mark Green

Mark Green
Posted September 26, 2012

This week’s question on the National Journal’s Energy Experts Blog asked about the future role of natural gas in the U.S. energy mix. In his response API President and CEO Jack Gerard likens natural gas from shale to a winning lottery ticket.

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