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offshore-energy-development  oil-and-natural-gas-access  atlantic-ocs  outer-continental-shelf  drilling  economic-growth 

Mark Green

Mark Green
Posted July 23, 2014

There are three connected points in a new poll of registered U.S. voters on domestic oil and natural gas development that should resonate in Washington: Strong majorities of registered voters support more domestic drilling and production, they don’t think the federal government does enough to encourage development of domestic resources and they’re inclined to vote for political candidates who support oil and natural gas development here at home.

AP Upstream Group Director Erik Milito talked about the survey of 1,012 registered voters and issues related to increasing access to domestic oil and natural gas reserves during a conference call with reporters:

“Voters from across the political spectrum want to find and tap the vast oil and natural gas resources waiting to be discovered off our shores. Our industry stands ready to do the job safely and responsibly, and the benefits to our economy and our national security are impossible to deny. All the federal government needs to do is say, ‘Yes.’”

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american-energy  oil-and-natural-gas-development  lng-exports  hydraulic-fracturing  shale-benefits  drilling  access  regulation 

Mark Green

Mark Green
Posted June 6, 2014

America has a clear choice on energy. An historic American energy revolution is in progress -- thanks to vast shale reserves safely developed with advanced drilling technologies, industry innovation and leadership. This revolution is creating jobs, strengthening our economy and making our country more secure and muscular in the world. With the right energy choices the revolution can continue and grow.

Yet, somehow, Washington is conflicted. While the Obama administration embraces the shale revolution as integral to its all-of-the-above energy strategy, it advances policies fraught with the potential to needlessly hinder it. Instead of taking actions to enhance America’s energy renaissance, the administration is engaged in a regulatory march that quite likely could diminish it. Sustaining this energy revolution should be a no-brainer – not the brain-bender the administration is fostering with muddled vision and contradictory statements.

During a conference call with reporters this week, API President and CEO Jack Gerard discussed inconsistencies between what top administration officials say about U.S. energy development and what the agencies under them are doing to U.S. energy development.

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leasing-regulations  permitting  drilling  oil-and-natural-gas-development  energy-information-agency  blm34 

Mark Green

Mark Green
Posted April 8, 2014

On Monday, the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) released a remarkable new projection showing that given certain conditions and with the right policies in place the United States could reach energy self-sufficiency within two decades. It’s the first time EIA has projected that net imports’ share of liquid fuels consumption could reach zero – basically, that domestic production would exceed imports. Key to EIA’s scenario: access to domestic reserves.

On Tuesday, new Bureau of Land Management data showed that if EIA’s projection is to be realized, a new approach to energy development on federal lands will be needed. BLM statistics show that leasing and permitting on federal lands in fiscal year 2013 both were down, hitting their lowest numbers in years. Also down: new wells drilled.

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energy-investments  utica-shale  eagle-ford-shale  oil-and-natural-gas-investments  drilling  economic-growth  job-creation 

Mark Green

Mark Green
Posted March 18, 2014

A few of the new good-news stories resulting from America’s oil and natural gas revolution:  

Investing in Ohio Production …

The state’s geologist says Utica shale development has triggered $20 billion to $24 billion in spending investments and more will come, reports the Akron Beacon Journal’s online edition. The newspaper cites an unreleased report by Ohio state geologist Mike McCormac that says drilling companies have spent about $6 billion on drilling plus approximately $2 billion on leases. Investments in processing plants and pipelines are estimated at $12 billion to $16 billion.

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economic-impacts  jobs-creation  drilling  oil-and-natural-gas-development  cost-of-energy 

Mark Green

Mark Green
Posted December 23, 2013

Every now and then we see items questioning the economic impact of domestic oil and natural gas development from a jobs standpoint. As we’ve pointed out, industry’s benefit to the country isn’t measured just in direct oil and natural gas employment. Its positive impact must be seen in jobs and economic activity that otherwise wouldn’t exist, as well as benefits to consumers. More supporting evidence:

Investment – A new API survey on drilling costs found that about $153.7 billion was invested in drilling in 2012, a 23.1 percent increase over 2011.

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job-creation  access  refinery-capacity  manufacturing  drilling 

Mark Green

Mark Green
Posted December 12, 2013

In the spirit of the holiday season, we take stock of more of the gifts our country’s oil and natural gas bounty is able to present to every American – certainly, gifts that keep on giving!

First, let’s acknowledge that oil and natural gas are the energies of our lives. No hyperbole there. Oil and natural gas are the source of energy-intense fuels for transportation as well as warmth in the winter and cooling in the summer. They’re also the building blocks for a number of products we use every day, making our lives more modern, more comfortable and safer. Every day 143 U.S. refineries convert an average of 15 million barrels of crude oil for these uses and more.      

For 9.8 million Americans, the oil and natural gas industry supports their employment – directly, indirectly in supporting industries and across our economy in jobs that wouldn’t exist without oil and natural gas development. Now, let’s get to those presents.

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pipeline-expansion  drilling  oil-and-natural-gas 

Mary Leshper

Mary Schaper
Posted October 30, 2013

Marcellus Natural Gas Pipeline Projects Will Primarily Benefit New York and New Jersey

EIA Today in Energy: Multiple pipeline expansion projects are expected to begin service this winter to increase natural gas takeaway capacity from the Appalachian Basin's Marcellus Shale play, where production has increased significantly over the past two years. These new projects are largely focused on transporting gas to the New York/New Jersey and Mid-Atlantic regions and would have limited benefit for consumers in New England, where price spikes during periods of peak winter demand appear likely to persist.

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access  drilling  energy  federal-land  natural-gas  regulation 

Mark Green

Mark Green
Posted May 31, 2013

The U.S. Energy Information Administration has a new report that details the decline in sales of oil and natural gas from production on federal lands (2003-2012). Key points:

  • Sales of crude oil from federal lands, onshore and offshore, decreased 5 percent in fiscal year 2012 (ended Sept. 30) to 596 million barrels from 629 million barrels in FY 2011. That includes an 8-percent decrease in offshore volumes, partially offset by an 8-percent increase in much smaller onshore volumes.
  • Natural gas sales from federal lands decreased 7 percent in FY 2012 to 4,262 billion cubic feet (bcf) from 4,584 bcf in FY 2011. Offshore volumes were down 19 percent, while onshore was virtually unchanged.
  • Sales of all fossil fuels produced on federal lands (also including coal and natural gas plant liquids) fell by 4 percent in FY 2012.

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drilling  offshore-access  offshore-drilling  virginia-offshore-drilling 

Mark Green

Mark Green
Posted April 26, 2013

Take a look at the map below, one we’ve used before to show the vastness of America’s offshore oil and natural gas reserves – the overwhelming majority of which (in red) that’s off-limits for development.

offshore access

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state-of-the-union  president  petroleum  natural-gas  drilling 

Mark Green

Mark Green
Posted February 13, 2013

President Obama’s State of the Union message clearly indicated he understands the role domestic oil and natural gas development can play in creating jobs and lifting the economy. Now, will he act? Will he do things to help foster an array of benefits the oil and natural gas industry can provide our country? Let’s go over what we heard Tuesday night.

The Deficit

The president: “Our work must begin by making some basic decisions about our budget – decisions that will have a huge impact on the strength of our recovery. … We are more than halfway towards the goal of $4 trillion in deficit reduction that economists say we need to stabilize our finances. Now we need to finish the job. And the question is, how?"

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