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Legal Limbo Relief

domestic energy  drilling  energy development  leasing  offshore drilling 

Mark Green

Mark Green
Posted July 29, 2009

In a move that relieves some of the legal worries about offshore oil and natural gas development, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia has ruled that the 2007-2012 offshore leasing plan can move forward uninterrupted.

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Halting Proven Energy Technologies?

domestic energy  energy  energy development  hydraulic fracturing  over regulation  revenue  technology 

Jane Van Ryan

Jane Van Ryan
Posted July 29, 2009

In a recent Houston Chronicle op-ed, Richard Burleson, managing partner of Houston-based and energy-focused law firm Burleson Cooke L.L.P., cautions the administration and Congress against over-regulating hydraulic fracturing. As we've explained in this blog, hydraulic fracturing is a process where fluid is pumped under pressure down through the wellbore to make tiny fissures in the rock, allowing natural gas and oil to flow more easily up through the well. 

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Better than Winning the Lottery

domestic energy  energy  natural gas  revenue  taxes 

Jane Van Ryan

Jane Van Ryan
Posted July 28, 2009

Pennsylvanians are sitting on a buried treasure. It's called the Marcellus Shale formation, and a new study quantifies its potential impact on the state's economy and jobs. According to the study, the state's economy will receive an infusion of $14.17 billion in 2010 due to Marcellus Shale natural gas development, creating more than 98,000 jobs and generating $800 million in state and local tax revenue. 

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Oil Sands Emissions Comparable to Other Crude Oils

cogeneration  crude oil  domestic energy  efficiency  emissions  energy  oil sands 

Jane Van Ryan

Jane Van Ryan
Posted July 27, 2009

Two new independent studies commissioned by the Alberta Energy Research Institute (AERI) have found that emissions from producing, transporting and refining oil sands are not significantly higher than emissions from other forms of crude oil refined in the United States. The studies found that direct greenhouse gas emissions from oil-sands derived crude oils are generally 10 percent higher, but when cogeneration is taken into consideration, the difference disappears. 

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Offshore Legal Limbo

domestic energy  exploration  leasing  production 

Jane Van Ryan

Jane Van Ryan
Posted July 24, 2009

Put yourself in this situation. You decide to build your Dream Home. You buy the perfect lot, hire a general contractor and receive your first shipment of lumber. Then, just as the cement truck is preparing to pour the foundation, you learn that there's been a legal glitch--you might not own the lot after all. What would you do? You've already spent a sizable amount of money, and you don't know whether you'll ever be able to build your house. 

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Developing California's Offshore Resources: More Revenue, Jobs, Energy Security

access  domestic energy  drilling  energy development 

Mark Green

Mark Green
Posted July 23, 2009

California wisely has decided to use a portion of its abundant natural resources to pay for services to its citizens. An estimated $1.8 billion in state royalty payments are expected over the life of developing these resources, and the funds will help defray the state's budget shortfall as well as increase our nation's energy security.

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Debunking the Numbers

domestic energy  efficiency  energy  energy development  energy production  energy reality  exploration 

Jane Van Ryan

Jane Van Ryan
Posted July 23, 2009

Individuals who oppose U.S. oil and natural gas development often cite the following sentence: "The United States represents 5 percent of the world's population but uses 25 percent of the world's energy." 

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Corn in Your Tank

clean air act  domestic energy  e15  energy  epa  ethanol  over regulation 

Jane Van Ryan

Jane Van Ryan
Posted July 22, 2009

Ethanol, which in the United States is generally made from corn, has been an important part of the gasoline supply for several years. In many regions of the country and in certain seasons, it accounts for as much as 10 percent of the gasoline fuel supply. 

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Snapshot from Richmond

domestic energy  energy  energy citizens  over regulation  rally  taxes  waxman-markey 

Jane Van Ryan

Jane Van Ryan
Posted July 20, 2009

Last Friday, the Richmond, Virginia, area was the scene of two rallies against the Waxman-Markey cap-and-trade bill and the administration's health care plan. One occurred in front of Sen. Mark Warner's office in Chesterfield County; the other was held in downtown Richmond on East Franklin Street where Sen. Jim Webb's office is located. Virginia Petroleum Council Executive Director Mike Ward shot video of the downtown demonstration and reported that approximately 200 people held signs and marched on both sides of the street between noon and 1:00 p.m. 

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Marcellus Shale: Enormous Economic Opportunity for Pennsylvania

domestic energy  energy  energy development  hydraulic fracturing  natural gas 

Jane Van Ryan

Jane Van Ryan
Posted July 20, 2009

In an op-ed from yesterday's Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Robert W. Watson, emeritus associate professor at Penn State University, talks about the importance of increased energy development--specifically the shale gas that rests in the Marcellus Shale formation. 

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