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 30, 2013
Washington Post – Allow U.S. Natural Gas Exports
A newspaper editorial urges new Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz to act swiftly on applications to export liquefied natural gas: “We are confident that any even-handed consideration will lead Mr. Moniz to the same conclusion that so many experts have already embraced: that allowing the country to sell its bounty to the world will leave it and its trading partners better off.”
National Geographic – Monterey Shale Shakes California’s Energy Future
With the U.S. government estimating as much as 15.4 billion barrels of oil could be locked in the Monterey play, a state that has been a leader in clean energy could see a different energy future unfold, NatGeo reports. One study found that development of shale energy could add as many as 2.8 million jobs by 2020 and increase tax revenue by $4.5 billion.
Posted May 29, 2013
Texas is killing it, reports the magazine’s website A new analysis of jobs recovered since the economic downturn finds that the state’s largest city stands apart as the most powerful job engine in the country – thanks to its ties with the energy industry.
CNN Opinion – Make Sure Fracking is Done Right
In a guest post, the Council On Foreign Relations’ Michael Levi writes that “people are right to insist that [hydraulic fracturing] is done safely, but they're wrong if they conclude that it can't be.”
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 22, 2013
Today on National Maritime Day, let’s salute the merchant marines who operate the tankers that deliver the oil that makes our modern lives possible.
Think about it: From the gasoline in our cars and trucks to the asphalt in our roads, from bicycle helmets to medical equipment, 60 percent of energy used daily by Americans is delivered by tanker.
The men and women of the maritime industry and the vessels they operate – around the clock and across the world - safely deliver the energy we need. Smaller tankers transport gasoline and other specialized petroleum products throughout the United States, while tankers as long as the Empire State Building is tall transport crude around the globe.
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.