Posted June 12, 2013
BusinessInsider.com has an article disparaging oil and natural gas sector employment, as well as the industry’s ability to create new jobs:
… let's look at oil and gas mining. The industry really employs very few people. Less than 200K people are in the oil and gas extraction business. … And on a month over month basis, just 500 or so new jobs were created in May. … So while oil and gas is a big exciting story, it’s not directly a big source of new jobs.
Both points to the more than 6,000 people now working in direct industry jobs that were added from April to May of this year, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS).
BusinessInsider.com’s piece is fairly shortsighted, failing to acknowledge what nearly every economist acknowledges – that a business sector’s real employment measure includes direct jobs but also supporting and associated jobs.
Posted June 11, 2013
Pittsburgh Business Times – Marcellus 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.
Posted June 10, 2013
Wall Street Journal – Fracturing 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 Energy – Shale 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.
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.
Posted June 7, 2013
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 Online – No 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.”
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 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.
“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.”
Posted June 5, 2013
The Hill – Fueling 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 News – U.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.
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 Money – U.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.
Posted May 31, 2013
MSN Money – Why 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.
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.
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.