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.
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 16, 2013
Breaking Energy – Sieminski: U.S. Tight Oil Growth Helping Lower Global Crude Price
U.S. tight oil production has helped to shave about $20-$25 per barrel from Brent crude oil prices, and continued output growth could further impact global pricing, says Energy Information Administration Administrator Adam Sieminski.
E! Science News – Groundwater Unaffected by Shale Gas Production in Arkansas
Duke University and U.S. Geological Survey scientists sampled 127 shallow drinking water wells in areas overlying Fayetteville Shale gas production in north-central Arkansas and found no ground water contamination from hydraulic fracturing.
Posted May 15, 2013
Washington Examiner – Fracking Could Create New Wealth for New York
In a guest column, former Department of Labor Chief Economist Diana Furchtgott-Roth discusses the opportunities hydraulic fracturing could bring to New York state. “Using the Pennsylvania data to project fracking's effect on New York counties, I find that the incomes of those who live in the 28 New York counties above the Marcellus Shale have the potential to expand by as much as 15 percent over the next four years -- if the state's moratorium is lifted.”
National Journal – Natural Gas Exports Loom Large Over Washington
NJ’s Amy Harder takes a look at the liquefied natural gas debate after a visit to Dominion’s Cove Point, Md., facility – a former import terminal waiting for federal approval to add export capabilities.
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.
Posted May 13, 2013
Associated Press – Natural Gas Export Plans Stir Debate
The AP highlights describes the natural gas export debate, which is being driven by an abundance of domestic supply. Sen. Ron Wyden, chairman of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, said officials should seek a "sweet spot" for LNG exports — allowing enough to spur drilling and increase gas supplies, but not enough to create export-driven price hikes.
Free Enterprise – Interior Secretary: Hydraulic Fracturing is "Essential"
Free Enterprise’s Sean Hackbarth recaps Secretary Sally Jewell’s recent testimony before the Senate Appropriations Committee during which she stated that hydraulic fracturing is an “essential technology” that “can be done safely and responsibly.”
Posted May 9, 2013
Blogger Mark J. Perry writes about a recent analysis by the Minneapolis Fed that delved into the economic impact of increased shale development in the Bakken area of North Dakota. The report found that counties within 100 miles of the Bakken experienced the next-largest increase in wages and the next-lowest level of unemployment, compared to other counties in the state.
CNBC highlights the surge in natural gas production through hydraulic fracturing in the Marcellus Shale play. The Marcellus "is at the sunrise of this [energy] renaissance. This is going to be just the beginning of an economic juggernaut for the US and Pennsylvania."