Posted July 15, 2013
The Hill – Wyden Promises Natural Gas Proposal ‘Soon’
The chairman of the Senate’s Energy and Natural Resources Committee says panel lawmakers will vote on proposals he says will be bipartisan. A spokesman for Sen. Lisa Murkowski, the committee’s top Republican, said she is focused on finding ways to improve permitting so that needed pipeline can be built.
National Journal – Meet Canada, Keystone XL’s Top Lobbyist
The column by NJ’s Amy Harder details efforts by Canadian leaders to get approval of the Keystone XL pipeline in Washington. She quotes the Bipartisan Policy Center’s Jason Grumet: “This new, more-aggressive posture indicates that our neighbors may not smile and say thank you regardless of outcome.”
Richmond Times-Dispatch – Energy Discussions Should Be Based in Fact
This letter to the editor by Energy in Depth’s Steve Everley debunks the oft-repeated claim that natural gas development using hydraulic fracturing is exempt from federal air and water regulations. Everley writes: “Last year the Government Accountability Office looked into this exact claim … and determined that ‘requirements from eight federal environmental and public health laws apply to oil and gas development.’ Included in that list? The federal Clean Air Act and Clean Water Act.”
Seguin (TX) Gazette – Eagle Ford Shale’s Impact Measured in Sales Tax Dollars
Texas Comptroller Susan Combs reports state sales tax revenues in June were $2.17 billion, up 9.1 percent compared to June 2012 – helped by oil and natural gas activity in the Eagle Ford. Local impact is seen in revenues to the city of Seguin, whose year-to-date sales tax allocations total $4.09 million, up 9.3 percent from the same point last year.
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Mark Green joined API after a career in newspaper journalism, including 16 years as national editorial writer for The Oklahoman in the paper’s Washington bureau. Mark also was a reporter, copy editor and sports editor. He earned his journalism degree from the University of Oklahoma and master’s in journalism and public affairs from American University. He and his wife Pamela live in Occoquan, Va., where they enjoy their four grandchildren.