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carbon-emissions  domestic-energy  eia34  energy-policy  fracking  horizontal-drilling  hydraulic-fracturing  texas 

Jane Van Ryan

Jane Van Ryan
Posted April 7, 2011

There's a revolution occurring in the United States, and it is spreading throughout the world. It is the shale gas revolution, and it has the potential to alter the global energy picture for many years to come. It began a few years ago when Texas oil man George Mitchell had a hunch that he could produce natural gas from the Barnett Shale formation in the Dallas-Ft. Worth area. Although some geologists were skeptical, Mitchell discovered that gas could be produced by using a combination of horizontal drilling and hydraulic fracturing. When other energy companies learned of his success, they improved on his innovation and helped to create a new industry and thousands of jobs across the country. 

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energy-iq  exxonmobil  horizontal-drilling  north-dakota  oil-and-natural-gas-industry  oil-drilling  oil-production  oil-refining  refineries  technology-innovation  vertical-drilling  oil-and-natural-gas-drilling  seismic 

Jane Van Ryan

Jane Van Ryan
Posted April 5, 2011

North Dakota celebrated its 60th year of oil production yesterday. On April 4, 1951, Amerada Corp. struck oil in Clarence Iverson's wheat field near Tioga, which eventually led to North Dakota becoming the 4th largest oil producing state in the country. 

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81134  energy-iq  natural-gas  natural-gas-pipelines  pipelines  gas-lines 

Jane Van Ryan

Jane Van Ryan
Posted April 4, 2011

This past winter was very hard on my garden. A large number of flowering plants were killed by abnormally low temperatures, and ice damaged the few plants that survived.

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deepwater-drilling  domestic-energy  energy-policy  gasoline  gulf-of-mexico  moratorium  offshore-drilling  permitorium 

Jane Van Ryan

Jane Van Ryan
Posted April 1, 2011

Energy isn't easy. It isn't easy to produce the affordable, abundant, safe, and secure energy our nation needs today; and it certainly isn't easy to put the policies in place to ensure that we can continue that production in the future. However, there is one thing that is easy; telling everyone what they want to hear, while actually doing nothing. And a review of recent developments indicates that some politicians are trying to protect their jobs by adopting conflicting or incoherent positions that threaten the jobs of others:

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clean-air-act  congress  efficiency  energy-policy  environmental-protection-agency  epa34  ghg34  greenhouse-gas  greenhouse-gas-emissions  over-regulation  ozone 

Jane Van Ryan

Jane Van Ryan
Posted March 31, 2011

The U.S. Senate could vote today on measures addressing the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) regulation of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from stationary sources. These measures and the EPA's regulatory proposal on ozone were the topics of discussion in a blogger conference call on Tuesday. Howard Feldman, API's director of scientific and regulatory affairs; Misty McGowen, director of federal relations; and Khary Cauthen, director of federal relations, took questions from bloggers about Congressional action to limit EPA overreach

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canada  canadian-oil-sands  energy-policy  keystone-xl  keystone-xl-pipeline 

Jane Van Ryan

Jane Van Ryan
Posted March 25, 2011

Chicago, called the City of Broad Shoulders, has a lot to be happy about these days. At a time when many Americans are watching oil markets closely, Chicago residents can take comfort in knowing that about 60 percent of their oil supply comes from Canada.

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congress  energy-policy  extractive-industries-transparency-initi  government-payments  section-1504  securities-and-exchange-commission  dodd-frank-act 

Jane Van Ryan

Jane Van Ryan
Posted March 22, 2011

In mid-April, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) is expected to decide how to interpret a new law that is aimed at encouraging more transparency. The SEC's decision-making is critically important to publicly-traded oil companies. The ruling either could allow U.S.-listed oil companies to compete effectively against larger, nation-controlled oil companies for energy resources around the globe, or it could force U.S. companies to divulge information that could give a competitive advantage to companies such as the Chinese-controlled CNOOC. 

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alternatives  coal  domestic-energy  energy-policy  natural-gas  renewable  nuclear 

Jane Van Ryan

Jane Van Ryan
Posted March 21, 2011

At API, we've been saying for many years that the United States needs a broad portfolio of energy, including oil, natural gas, nuclear, coal, and a wide variety of alternatives such as solar and wind. Some are best used to generate electricity with the existing infrastructure, while oil is necessary to provide liquid fuels for transportation. 

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crude-oil  crude-oil-prices  energy-policy  energy-prices  gas-prices  gasoline  gasoline-prices  prices 

Jane Van Ryan

Jane Van Ryan
Posted March 17, 2011

API recently hosted a conference call for bloggers about gas prices. John Felmy, API's chief economist, took questions from the bloggers and discussed the many factors that can influence gasoline prices. 

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domestic-energy  dual-capacity  energy-policy  government-revenue  intangible-drilling-costs  section-199  taxes  president-obama 

Jane Van Ryan

Jane Van Ryan
Posted March 15, 2011

In today's episode, I interview Brian Johnson, API's senior tax policy advisor, about the potential impact of the administration's energy tax proposals on the economy, U.S. jobs, and government revenues. 

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