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Energy Today - May 10, 2011

Rayola Dougher

Rayola Dougher
Posted May 10, 2011

Pittsburgh Tribune- Review: Obama's Oil Policy: Stall, Baby, Stall: President Barack Obama says America is pursuing "safe and responsible production of oil at home." But "sealed off and restrictive" is more akin to his actual policy. After spending five years and nearly $4 billion to tap oil off the coast of Alaska, Shell Oil Co. is abandoning those plans, reports Mike Brownfield of The Heritage Foundation. It now proposes to drill in the Beaufort Sea off the Alaskan shore...It's the very same stall strategy that is curtailing domestic production in the Gulf of Mexico and sending some drillers -- and jobs -- to other countries, where, by the way, the Obama administration is encouraging drilling. Keep in mind, as well, that even if regulatory roadblocks are removed in the permitting process, experts say it can take up to 10 years for drillers to reach the production phase. The Oklahoman: Oil Patch Boosts State's Economic Growth, Report Shows: A resurgence in Oklahoma's oil patch is aiding the state's economic recovery and state revenue collections, the state's finance director said Monday. Oil provided $26.1 million in April to the state's general revenue fund this fiscal year, Preston Doerflinger said. The number of energy rigs operating in the state increased by nine to 183, an increase of 50 percent from a year ago, he said. The Oklahoma rig count increase was half of the nation's total of 18. Doerflinger said a recently released report from the American Petroleum Institute states the oil and gas industry directly supports 111,461 jobs in Oklahoma and more than a quarter of the state's economy.

The Epoch Times: High Gas Prices Put Pressure on Lawmakers to Act: Industry, with congressional Republican support, is seizing the current environment of high gas prices to make the case for the need for more, and faster, lease and permit approvals. They say it's time to get on with the business of drilling, post the BP oil spill. They say increasing domestic supply will reduce pressure on oil prices and bring down the price of gasoline. "The message that Congress needs to send to the marketplace right now is that help is on the way," said Jack Gerard, president and CEO of the American Petroleum Institute, the main organization representing the country's drilling giants during a weekend interview with C-Span "Newsmakers." Recent surveys have shown strong support from the American public for increasing domestic oil and gas drilling. A CNN survey charted approval ratings upward of 70 percent.

Additional Resources: Wasting Time on Oil Company Taxes

Shopfloor: Tax Targets: Today, Oil Companies; Tomorrow, Another Industry

NPR: Cuba's Hunt for Oil Raises Questions for U.S.


Rayola Dougher is senior economist at The American Petroleum Institute (API), where she analyzes information, manages projects and develops briefing materials on energy markets and oil industry policy issues. She is the author or co-author of economic research studies covering a diverse range of topics including crude oil and petroleum product markets, gasoline taxes, energy conservation and competition in retail markets. In addition to testifying before federal and state legislators, she has participated in numerous newspaper, radio and television interviews on a wide range of issues affecting the oil industry, including crude oil and gasoline prices, industry taxes and earnings, exploration and production, and refining and marketing topics.

Prior to joining API, Rayola worked at the Institute for Energy Analysis where her research focused on carbon dioxide related issues and international energy demand and supply forecasts. Rayola holds a Masters degree in Economic Development and East Asian studies from the American University and a degree in History and Political Science from the State University of New York at Brockport.