Posted July 25, 2013
Des Moines Register – Iowa Will Have to Import Corn
With increased ethanol obligations and growing livestock operations needing more feed, Iowa – the nation’s “king of corn production” – will have to import kernels to keep up with demand, an analyst tells the newspaper.
Master Resource - Frac Bounty: All Should Participate
Blogger Paul Driessen highlights the benefits of U.S. shale development – game-changing technologies that have led to job creation and economic boosts across the country. Driessen got a first-hand look at hydraulic fracturing drilling in northern Pennsylvania noting the “signs of pride and prosperity were evident all over Williamsport.” Driessen: We need to frack for a better, cleaner, happier world!”
Posted July 24, 2013
National Journal – Ethanol Mandates Starting to Worry Some Senate Democrats
NJ’s Amy Harder reports that ethanol requirements in the Renewable Fuel Standard are generating pressure on some Democratic senators. “Mid-Atlantic lawmakers, in particular, are hearing from the poultry industry, which is concerned about rising feedstock prices, and from oil refineries, which are facing increased costs for blending ethanol with gasoline,” writes Harder.
PennLive.com – Hydraulic Fracturing is Well Regulated
In a letter to the editor, the executive director of the Associated Petroleum Industries of Pennsylvania counters claims by anti-hydraulic fracturing groups and individuals. “In reality, hydraulic fracturing is rigorously regulated by state agencies and federal laws overseeing oil and natural gas development,” writes Stephanie Wissman. “In addition, strict standards are developed by the oil and natural gas industry in collaboration with specialists who best understand the unique geology and hydrology of their communities.”
Posted July 23, 2013
AEI Ideas, Carpe Diem Blog – North Dakota Sees Highest Level of Income Mobility in the U.S. Thanks to Bakken Shale
Blogger Mark J. Perry notes another benefit of shale development in the Bakken: income mobility. Perry connects economic opportunity in the Bakken region with a new study showing a significant geographic correlation between a child’s chances of rising from the the bottom quintile by family income to the top income quintile.
Reuters – The Oil Boom's Foreign Policy Dividend
The domestic benefits of the surge in U.S. oil production are well documented, writes Reuters, but the geopolitical benefits are “less well appreciated.” Beginning in 2012, production in the U.S. and Canada grew by nearly 1.3 million barrels per day – outpacing global demand growth. “These developments were critical in allowing the United States to implement new, tougher sanctions in early 2012 that drove year-over-year Iranian crude exports down by nearly 15 percent in the first quarter alone.”
Posted July 22, 2013
According to new data from the Texas Railroad Commission, the nine fields that make up the Eagle Ford Shale play yielded nearly 582,000 barrels of crude oil a day in May, compared to nearly 369,000 barrels daily in 2012.
Thanks to impact fees from hydraulic fracturing in the Marcellus Shale region, Williamsport, Pa. can now invest more than $1 million to repair the city’s roadways, a city official says. "We're doubling the amount of investment because of Marcellus Shale impact fees," said John Grado, city engineer and director of community and economic development.
Posted July 11, 2013
From time to time, a few politicians get the not-so-bright idea to try to repeal the tax deduction for intangible drilling cost (IDCs). A new study out today from Wood Mackenzie shows what would happen if this cost recovery measure was repealed effective January 1, 2014.
During a conference call with reporters, API’s director of tax and accounting policy Stephen Comstock noted that IDC expenses including wages, fuel, and hauling costs typically represent 70 to 90 percent of the cost of a completed well. Comstock:
Posted July 9, 2013
New York Post – Fracking Phobia Fails Yet Again
In a guest post, National Review Online’s Rich Lowry takes issue with a new film’s claims that the EPA is a “tool of the oil and natural gas industry.” It never occurs to anti-fracking crusaders that perhaps the evidence doesn’t back up the anti-fracking hysteria, he writes.
The news magazine highlights the debate over the Renewable Fuel Standard, which will be the subject of an upcoming House hearing. “There will be a push in our committee by some, Republicans and Democrats, to do away with the RFS, saying that it's just completely unnecessary today," said Rep. Lee Terry.
Posted July 8, 2013
Reason - The Top Five Lies About Fracking
Science writer Ronald Bailey highlights five falsehoods about hydraulic fracturing, from flaming faucets to water contamination. “Over 500,000 gas wells are currently operating in the United States,” Bailey writes. “Most of them manage to avoid blowing up houses, poisoning drinking water, making it hard to breathe, causing cancer...”
Fuel Fix Blog – Oil to Flow Through Keystone XL’s Southern Leg This Year
While the northern leg of the pipeline is going on five years waiting on approval from the Obama administration, the southern portion of the project is nearing completion. By the end of the year, the pipeline is expected to carry up to 700,000 barrels of oil per day from Cushing, Okla., to the coast of Texas.
Posted July 4, 2013
Petroleum products are everywhere – from the time your iPhone alarm rings in the morning to the time you turn off the lights at night, oil and natural gas impacts almost every aspect of life. And it’s not just electronics – from toothpaste to medicines, to clothing to the roof over your head, when you stop to think about it, the oil and natural gas industry is an integral part of the American way of life.
Oil and natural gas contribute to our health and well-being through a myriad of medicines, medical supplies and health and safety products. Aspirin is synthesized from petroleum byproducts, and advanced medical devices such as heart valves and artificial limbs are made of plastic. Kevlar®, a lightweight fiber that’s five times stronger than steel helps keep our armed forces safe and our police forces protected – and it all began with oil and natural gas.
Posted July 1, 2013
Energy Outlook - President's Climate Plan Hinges on Natural Gas
President Obama's plan for addressing U.S. greenhouse gas emissions depends heavily on expanded hydraulic fracturing of domestic shale gas resources, writes Geoffrey Styles.
News and Sentinel.com – Educational Program Focuses on Oil and Natural Gas Jobs
In an effort to train more workers for the surging shale industry, Ohio’s Washington State Community College hosted an informational session on opportunities for students and workers with an emphasis on filling new positions locally.
Posted June 25, 2013
Wall Street Journal - Texas' Next Big Oil Rush
Refineries in Texas are seeing a much-needed boost as pipelines begin to carry landlocked crude oil from U.S. shale plays to the Gulf Coast. This increase in domestic crude oil is due to increased hydraulic fracturing and shale development across the country. (Subscription publication)
USA Today – Report: Oil Sands No More Corrosive Than Average Crude
A new report from the National Research Council found “no evidence … that Alberta’s pipeline contents are more corrosive than average crude oil.”