Posted June 4, 2013
President Obama’s decision on the Keystone XL pipeline turns on whether he believes the full project is in the U.S. national interest – whether he thinks it is good for our country’s national security, our energy future and our economy. The facts, the science and the American people say it is.
The last part first. The Keystone XL choice has obvious political implications. Over the almost five years the project has been under federal review, Americans have come to understand the Keystone XL’s importance, and they are rendering their opinion, as voters, in the strongest terms: Building the full Keystone XL is in the national interest.
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 28, 2013
Nearly half (46 percent) of new oil and natural gas jobs in the first quarter of 2013 were filled by women – a shift for an industry that is still 80 percent male.
Breaking Energy – Everything’s Better with Bakken
Thanks to increased production out of the Bakken shale region, East Coast refineries are making a comeback. BE notes that Phillips 66’s Bayway plant in New Jersey is making gains in refining while also housing a merchant co-generation GE power plant and a DuPont chemical manufacturing operation.
Posted May 24, 2013
In a letter, 24 Senate Republicans urged President Obama not to tie the Keystone XL pipeline project to “wholly unrelated and economically disastrous new regulatory policies.”
A revamped FracFocus website – expected next week – will now allow regulators to search and aggregate data. The Environmental Defense Fund’s Mark Brownstein called it “a substantial improvement.”
Posted May 23, 2013
Richmond Times-Dispatch – Warner, Kaine Introduce Bill to Allow Offshore Energy Leases
Virginia Senators Mark Warner and Tim Kaine want the current offshore drilling moratorium lifted off the coast of their state. Under their legislation, leases for offshore oil and natural gas drilling as well as wind farms could take effect in 2020.
Fuel Fix Blog – W.Va. to launch New Oil, Natural Gas Job Training Center
Two West Virginia colleges are opening training facilities focused on oil and natural gas development. Both schools will house indoor and outdoor laboratories to simulate drilling operations and will offer a variety of training programs to prepare students for jobs in the industry.
Posted May 22, 2013
The Hill’s E2 Wire – Senators Warned of ‘Narrowing’ Opportunity to Increase Natural Gas Exports
In an ongoing series of hearings focused on American natural gas exports, the Senate Energy Committee heard from panelists on the pending LNG export applications. The president of Sempra LNG noted that “if we wait too long … we will lose the jobs” associated with U.S. LNG projects.
National Journal – Graphic: Keystone XL is More Than a Pipeline
The House is set to vote on legislation that would approve construction of the Keystone XL pipeline today. In advance of the vote, NJ has an infographic that details everything from the project’s route size and how much oil it will deliver to its supporters and opponents.
Posted May 21, 2013
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette – Number of Women Landing Jobs in Oil, Natural Gas Industry Growing
Good news from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics: Of 3,900 positions added in the oil and natural gas industry nationwide in the first quarter of 2013, almost half or 1,800 were filled by women.
AEI Ideas Carpe Diem Blog – The Most Economically Successful Metropolitan Area in the Country
As a direct result of all the shale oil and natural gas activity in the Permian Basin area of West Texas, the economy of Midland is booming, writes Mark J. Perry. There is also an unprecedented construction surge taking place in the town – building permits in March skyrocketed to 347, which was a 580 percent increase from a year ago.
Posted May 17, 2013
Free Enterprise – Keystone XL: Real Benefits for the U.S.
Sean Hackbarth notes Keystone XL pipeline developments this week: The House Transportation Committee advanced a bill that would allow construction of the full pipeline – the third congressional committee to do so; Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper was in New York City touting the project’s benefits for both the U.S. and Canada; and a small business owner in Maryland told the president that businesses like his would get a boost from the project.
The Hill – DOE Approves Natural Gas Export Project
A Texas LNG facility has the green light from DOE for exports to non-free trade nations. DOE noted that project opponents “have not demonstrated that the requested authorization would be inconsistent with the public interest.”
Posted May 15, 2013
Lots to like in President Obama’s remarks earlier this week from New York:
“When it comes to energy, not only have we been able to double our production of clean energy, but even in terms of traditional energy, we will probably be a net exporter of natural gas in somewhere between five and ten years. And so the idea of the United States being energy independent – which seemed far-fetched as recently as 10 years ago – now is actually a possibility.”
As well as those from Texas earlier this month, where he talked about job creation and driving economic momentum:
“… we've got to make America a magnet for good jobs. … And even as we’re working to reverse the trend of communities that have been hard hit with old manufacturing leaving, we’ve got to propose partnerships with local leaders in manufacturing communities to help attract new investment in the infrastructure and the research that will attract new jobs and new businesses, so that communities that have been knocked down can get back up and get back on their feet. And we’re poised for a time of progress – if we’re willing to seize it. … American energy is booming. But we’ve got to keep moving forward, and we’ve got to make sure that Washington is not administering self-inflicted wounds when we’re making progress.”
Posted May 14, 2013
Energy Biz – Shale Gas Shifting Global Energy Map
The global development of shale gas has the potential to boost worldwide natural gas supplies and help reduce market costs, writes Siemens Financial Services President Kirk Edelman. “For the U.S., the shale gas boom is still perhaps only a potential game changer, however, if realized, the economic benefits will be significant.”
Breaking Energy – The Science Behind the Keystone XL Pipeline Decision
Breaking Energy recaps the congressional Energy and Environmental Subcommittees’ joint hearing on the Keystone XL pipeline last week. Rep. Chris Stewart noted that Keystone XL has been under review for more than four years, which is how long it took to fight World War II, build most of the transcontinental railroad and the typical length of a college education.