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safety-standards  energy-safety  regulation 

Mark Green

Mark Green
Posted April 1, 2013

API is out with two new oil and natural gas industry standards on well design and drilling operations:

  • Deepwater well design and construction
  • Protocol for verification and validation of high-pressure, high-temperature equipment

Both represent advancements toward making oil and natural gas extraction safer – for people and the environment. David Miller, API director of standards:

“Every industry standard we develop shares the goal of safely and responsibly producing more of the energy America needs. These new guidelines will help the industry to continue operating safely in deeper, higher pressure, and higher temperature environments. As changing technologies provide better opportunities to develop the energy that fuels America, industry standards must adapt as well.”

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regulation  natural-gas  energy  access 

Mark Green

Mark Green
Posted February 15, 2013

Of the energy-related lines in the president’s State of the Union address earlier this week, none stood out more than this one:

“… the natural gas boom has led to cleaner power and greater energy independence. That's why my administration will keep cutting red tape and speeding up new oil and gas permits.”

Certainly, the president is right, that the development of natural gas – especially from shale, developed with hydraulic fracturing – and oil are a big part of shrinking imports and cleaner air.

First the environment. We’ll keep saying it: Increased use of natural gas is a major factor in the reduction of U.S. carbon emissions to 1992 levels, which is allowing the U.S. to lead the world in emissions reduction, according to the International Energy Agency – all while producing more than ever before.

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regulation  natural-gas  infrastructure  access  oil34 

Mark Green

Mark Green
Posted January 18, 2013

At last week’s State of American Energy event in Washington, D.C., we interviewed some of the attendees on the future of U.S. energy development – which we’ll share in future posts. Below, BP America Executive Vice President Dave Nagel talks about America’s opportunity to move toward energy self-sufficiency through purposeful and careful management of its oil and natural gas reserves

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regulation  policy  oil34  natural-gas  domestic-energy  access 

Mark Green

Mark Green
Posted January 11, 2013

U.S. Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Tom Donohue in his annual State of American Business address, rightly identifying American-made energy as a critical to broad economic recovery and to solving the nation’s fiscal problems:

“Today, 23 million Americans are unemployed, underemployed, or have stopped looking for work. A record 47 million people are poor enough to be on food stamps. Median family income has dropped to 1995 levels—so we’re going backward. … From top to bottom we need more success in America. We need to nurture success, empower it, reward it, and celebrate it. … Proceeding swiftly and responsibly to develop more American energy can help us immeasurably with our fiscal problems, but it can also do so much more for our country.”

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energy-policy  manufacturing  regulation  energy-exports  liquid-natural-gas 

Mark Green

Mark Green
Posted January 11, 2013

Here’s one of the main things wrong with arguments some are making against the export of U.S. liquefied natural gas (LNG): They substitute narrow interests and agendas for the proved economic benefits of free trade to the entire United States – long demonstrated in the sale of countless other U.S. commodities to overseas buyers.

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regulation  ethanol  energy-policy  cellulosic-ethanol  cellulosic-biofuels  biofuels 

Bob Greco

Bob Greco
Posted December 21, 2012

Nearing the end of the 2012 it’s worth noting that some things about the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) haven’t changed: Commercially available cellulosic biofuel still isn’t being produced, and the nation’s refiners still don’t know how much biofuel they’ll have to blend next year under the RFS mandate. Other than that, no worries, right?

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regulation  natural-gas  liquid  exports  energy-policy  economy-and-energy 

Mark Green

Mark Green
Posted December 18, 2012

A recent study for the Energy Department – detailing broad economic benefits from the export of liquefied natural gas (LNG) – is good news on a number of fronts: for trade, job creation and economic growth stemming from increased energy development. Recapping, the NERA study of more than a dozen LNG export scenarios found significant benefits to the U.S. economy:

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regulation  natural-gas  infrastructure  energy-policy  access 

Mark Green

Mark Green
Posted December 4, 2012

Two pieces of good employment news in a new analysis of job opportunities in the oil and natural gas industry’s upstream (pre-refinery) sector:

  • With the implementation of pro-energy development policies, including opening new resource areas for drilling, the upstream part of the industry could create more than 500,000 new jobs by 2020 and more than 800,000 by 2030, according to IHS Global Insight.
  • More oil and natural gas jobs offer a great employment opportunity for African American and Latino workers. IHS projects that 166,000 or 31 percent of the new oil and gas upstream jobs created by 2020 could be held by African Americans and Latinos. Of new upstream jobs created by 2030, more than 285,000 (35 percent) could be held by African Americans and Latinos.

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ethanol  energy-policy  e1534  consumers  regulation  renewable-fuel-standard  rfs34 

Mark Green

Mark Green
Posted November 30, 2012

AAA says the EPA and retailers should stop the sale of gasoline containing 15 percent ethanol, known as E15, because it could damage vehicle engines and void car manufacturers’ warranties.

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rfs34  regulation  epa34  energy-policy  domestic-energy  cellulosic-ethanol 

Mark Green

Mark Green
Posted November 27, 2012

End it, don’t mend it: That’s industry’s message to Congress on the Renewable Fuels Standard (RFS). API Downstream Group Director Bob Greco, during a conference call with reporters on problems with the program

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