Posted October 3, 2013
Thanks for your recent invitation to your “Ride & Drive” event. We agree that teaching the public about cylinder leakage in engines using E15 is valuable. Unfortunately, your invitation was sent to the wrong recipient.
You say that the Coordinating Research Council (CRC), which has been the gold standard in terms of vehicle testing for the better part of a century, used an “arbitrary threshold” for cylinder leakage during E15 testing. You seem upset about the results on vehicle damage. Surely you meant to address the invitation to the auto manufacturers, who have stated their concerns that E15 will damage engines, void warranties and reduce fuel efficiency.
Posted September 20, 2013
Encouraging words on shale development via hydraulic fracturing this week from former Interior Secretary Ken Salazar and former Energy Secretary Steven Chu.
First Salazar, who as Interior boss was the lead federal official on access to U.S. onshore and offshore oil and natural gas reserves. From coverage of Salazar at the Domenici Public Policy Conference in Las Cruces, N.M., by the Las Cruces Sun-News:
"(Hydraulic fracturing) is creating an energy revolution in the United States alone," Salazar said. He recognized the concerns many environmentalists have with the process, often called fracking, that pumps high-pressured water into holes drilled in the ground to extract gas and oil. Environmentalists are concerned the process contaminates water and air quality, along with other environmental impacts. "I would say to everybody that hydraulic fracking is safe," Salazar said.
Posted September 18, 2013
Editorial: U.S. Right to Approve Cove Point LNG Export License
Washington Post: SOME BUILDING projects may be shovel-ready. Others are shovel-desperate: they are reasonable proposals that make economic sense and boast private backers but are being slowed or blocked by interest groups leaning on the government.
One that belongs in the second category is a plan to convert a natural gas import plant, an expensive facility in Cove Point, Md., that’s sitting idle, into one that can handle exports to gas-hungry Japan and India. The Energy Department approved the plan last week, but in Baltimore on Tuesday, a coalition of environmentalists and citizens groups promised to prevent the project from getting the 60 or so additional signoffs it needs. They should find a better use for their time.
Posted August 23, 2013
“API is concerned that this proposed rule is a solution in search of a problem, an attempt to throw the regulatory apparatus of the federal government over an issue solely to address unsubstantiated ‘public concern.’ That alone cannot justify additional and costly rules that would have no discernible benefit.”
In short, that’s the API analysis of federal hydraulic fracturing rules proposed by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM). You can read the oil and natural gas industry’s full official comments on BLM’s proposal here.
Posted August 15, 2013
Posted August 7, 2013
Now for a change of pace: Kudos to EPA for deciding to give the oil and natural gas industry more time to install emissions controls on storage tanks.
Phasing in the deadline for controls on volatile organic compounds emitted by storage tanks – through April 2015 instead of the original deadline about two months from now – is encouraging because it recognizes industry’s willingness to make its operations cleaner under realistic and fair regulation, while also suggesting the agency can be responsive to industry’s reasonable points of view (more below).
Posted August 6, 2013
Posted August 6, 2013
Posted July 25, 2013
Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee Chairman Ron Wyden, with some on-target remarks to a forum this week on surging U.S. shale natural gas production hosted by the Bipartisan Policy Center:
“We are in what I’ve come to describe as an economic Olympics, and winning is all about creating the most high-skill and high-wage jobs you can. … In this economic Olympics the American economy gets out of the blocks with a very strong lead because of natural gas. So what we want to do is put in place bipartisan policies that help us extend that lead in the natural gas field.”
Posted July 18, 2013
The history of modern crude oil prices includes a number of instances where historical events have accompanied dramatic price shifts. Simply: Events that impact or could impact supply affect the global crude oil market. And, because the cost of crude is the main driver of gasoline prices – currently about 66 percent