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fracking  hydraulic-fracturing  marcellus  natural-gas  royalties  oil34 

Mary Leshper

Mary Schaper
Posted June 11, 2013

Pittsburgh Business TimesMarcellus Royalties Rising

The newspaper reports on a study by the Allegheny Institute for Public Policy showing that royalty income paid to land and mineral rights owners in Marcellus Shale play has skyrocketed in recent years, from an estimated $10.9 million in 2008 to  an estimated $731 million last year.

MSN Money Meet the State with America’s Strongest Economy

Thanks to the surge in hydraulic fracturing and shale development in North Dakota, the state’s GDP rose 13.4 percent in 2012 over 2011 to lead the U.S.  Per capita personal income also has soared, doubling since 2000.

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hydraulic-fracturing  natural-gas 

Mary Leshper

Mary Schaper
Posted June 10, 2013

Wall Street JournalFracturing in California

In an editorial, WSJ comments on a bipartisan vote in the state assembly to defeat a ban on hydraulic fracturing: "...about one-third of the active wells now use this innovative drilling process... A moratorium would throw thousands of Californians out of work."  

EIA Today in EnergyShale Oil and Natural Gas Resources Are Globally Abundant

A new EIA report shows that shale resources in the United States and worldwide represent 10 percent of the world's crude oil and 32 percent of the world's technically recoverable natural gas resources.

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access  energy  natural-gas  oil34 

Mark Green

Mark Green
Posted June 10, 2013

House legislation requiring a new federal offshore leasing plan that includes areas off South Carolina and Virginia is the best way to create new access to federal oil and natural gas resources sooner rather than later. Later – much later – is likely under the current federal plan, which would keep lease sales from happening until 2017 at the earliest. Because of the time it takes to develop offshore resources, that means actual production wouldn’t occur until 2024 or even 2027.

Creating access to areas that currently are off-limits is critical to U. S. energy security, job creation and economic growth. Access leads to exploration, which results in the oil and natural gas development that’s vital to President Obama’s pledge to increase domestic production under his all-of-the-above energy strategy.

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hydraulic-fracturing  exports  keystone-xl  regulations  natural-gas  lng34  north-dakota 

Mary Leshper

Mary Schaper
Posted June 7, 2013

CNN MoneyEnergy Helps North Dakota Grow Five Times Faster Than Nation

Propelled by a massive energy surge,  North Dakota’s economy grew  13.4 percent  in 2012, according to Bureau of Economic Analysis figures – nearly three times as fast as Texas, the No. 2 state. The oil and natural gas industry is a big economic driver, as well as manufacturing industries.

National Review OnlineNo More Energy Protectionism

In a guest post, the Heritage Foundation’s Nicolas Loris writes that, “In a free economy, goods and services go to their highest valued use. Natural gas is no different, and it should be treated the same as any other good the U.S. trades around the world.”

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access  investments  natural-gas  offshore-drilling  oil34 

Mark Green

Mark Green
Posted June 5, 2013

Ernst & Young has a new study detailing $185.6 billion in total capital spending by oil and natural gas companies last year – the largest in the history of the firm’s oil and natural gas reserves study. Marcela Donadio of Ernst & Young:

“The increased exploration and development spend we’re seeing in this year’s study speaks to the incredible opportunity unfolding in tight oil from shale formations and the high cost of developing these unconventional resources.”

The study of U.S. upstream (pre-refinery stage) capital spending by the 50 largest companies (based on 2012 end-of-year oil and natural gas reserve estimates) found a 20 percent increase compared to 2011. Ernst & Young said the increase was largely due to increased tight oil and liquids activity. That refers to development in tight-rock formations, made possible by hydraulic fracturing and horizontal drilling.

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natural-gas  exports  liquefied-natural-gas  oil34 

Mary Leshper

Mary Schaper
Posted June 5, 2013

The HillFueling the Future

Bill Cooper, president of the Center for Liquefied Natural Gas, talked with The Hill about the future of natural gas exports. “This is not the first time the country has argued protectionism versus exports and that kind of thing,” he said. “Historically, if we look back over it, protectionism tends to lead to economic stagnation.”

Dallas Morning NewsU.S. Oil and Natural Gas Investment at 10-year High

An Ernst & Young study released Tuesday found that in 2012 the 50 largest U.S. oil and natural gas companies spent $185.6 billion on domestic exploration and  new production. That represented a 20 percent increase over the previous year and the most in the past 10 years.

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alaska  exports  hurricane-preparedness  imports  keystone-xl-pipeline  natural-gas  oil-pipeline  taxes 

Mary Leshper

Mary Schaper
Posted June 4, 2013

Fox Business Oil and Natural Gas Industry Readies for Hurricane Season

API’s Rayola Dougher stopped by Fox Business and outlined measures the industry takes to prepare its employees and facilities for the threats posed by hurricanes. “Worker safety is the industry’s top priority,” Dougher said.

CNN MoneyU.S. Steps Up Natural Gas Exports

With the Energy Department granting a second liquefied natural gas export license last month, the U.S. might soon see the approval pace quicken on the remaining export applications, CNN reports.

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natural-gas  natural-gas-from-shale 

Mary Leshper

Mary Schaper
Posted May 31, 2013

MSN MoneyWhy Pittsburgh is Becoming a Boomtown

Thanks to its proximity to the Marcellus Shale formation, Pittsburgh is seeing economic and population growth, reports MSN. Pittsburgh's gross domestic product has increased by roughly $10 billion in the past five years as it transitions from manufacturing dependence to a more multifaceted economy.

Free EnterpriseShutting Ourselves Off From the Global Economy Won’t Protect American Jobs

The post by Myron Brilliant makes the case for free trade and its benefits -- points that are key in the current debate over liquefied natural gas exports.

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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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exports  fracking  hydraulic-fracturing  liquefied-natural-gas  natural-gas  manufacturing  haynesville-shale 

Mary Leshper

Mary Schaper
Posted May 29, 2013

The AtlanticHow Houston Became the Most Powerful Job Engine in the Country

Texas is killing it, reports the magazine’s website A new analysis of jobs recovered since the economic downturn finds that the state’s  largest city stands apart as the most powerful job engine in the country – thanks to its ties with the energy industry.

CNN OpinionMake Sure Fracking is Done Right

In a guest post, the Council On Foreign Relations’ Michael Levi writes that “people are right to insist that [hydraulic fracturing] is done safely, but they're wrong if they conclude that it can't be.”

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