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Mary Leshper

Mary Schaper
Posted May 2, 2013

The Atlantic How Oil Made Working-Class North Dakota a Whole Lot Richer

In North Dakota’s Bakken Shale formation, Americans have been able to find high-paying work in the oil and natural gas industry as the state’s employment number grew by more than 35 percent from 2007 to 2011. But another part of this American success story is that jobs and paychecks have surged across industries – including technical services, transport, construction and food services.

Reuters CanadaTransCanada to Build $900 Million Alberta Oil Pipeline, Terminal

Keystone XL opponents claim that stopping the pipeline will keep Canada’s oil sands in the ground. However, as the U.S. waits for President Obama to decide on the Keystone XL Canada is moving forward with plans to move its growing crude oil supplies – and ship them elsewhere.

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hydraulic-fracturing  manufacturing  natural-gas  regulations  taxes  oil34 

Mary Leshper

Mary Schaper
Posted April 4, 2013

Forbes The Top Five Facts Everyone Should Know About Oil and Natural Gas Exploration

Ryan Carlyle, a subsea hydraulics engineer, writes that oil accounts for one-third of humanity’s energy supply, is unrivaled in power generation and is fundamental to lifting billions of people out of poverty. Fun fact: If solar power generation doubled every decade for 100 years, it would still be pretty far behind oil today.

Wall Street JournalBeware Tax Reform That Raises Taxes on Capital

Of the ongoing congressional debate over tax reform, Margo Thorning writes  that “Investment, growth and job creation should be the cornerstones of any tax-reform effort.”

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energy  government  natural-gas  regulations 

Mark Green

Mark Green
Posted March 7, 2013

America is rich in the oil and natural gas that run our economy and make modern living possible. Industry ingenuity and innovation launched the shale revolution and rewrote the U.S. energy narrative – turning one of scarcity and limited opportunity into one of abundance. Needed are leadership and policies to develop the resources we have, generating transformative job creation and economic growth in the process.

ConocoPhillips Chairman and CEO Ryan Lance talked about these points in a speech at the IHS CERAWeek conference in Houston, focusing on the relationship between the oil and natural gas industry and government – probably the most pivotal relationship in terms of U.S. energy development.

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regulations  natural-gas  liquid-fuels  imports  domestic-oil-production  access 

Mark Green

Mark Green
Posted January 9, 2013

The U.S. Energy Information Administration’s Short-Term Energy Outlook released this week contains two important crude oil stats:

  • U.S. domestic production is expected to continue growing rapidly over the next two years, from an average of 6.4 million barrels per day (bbl/d) last year to 7.3 million bbl/d in 2013 and 7.9 million bbl/d in 2014. Much of the production growth will come from drilling in tight plays in the Williston (North Dakota and Montana), Western Gulf and Permian basins (Texas).
  • U.S. liquid fuel imports, including crude oil, are expected to decline to an average of 6 million bbl/d by 2014. EIA says the net import share will average 32 percent in 2014 “because of continued substantial increases in domestic crude oil production.”

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energy-policy  fracking  hydraulic-fracturing  natural-gas  regulations 

Mark Green

Mark Green
Posted January 4, 2013

Here’s the crux of an unreleased (but leaked) New York Department of Environmental Conservation report that weighs the public health impact of natural gas development through hydraulic fracturing:

“…significant adverse impacts on human health are not expected from routine (fracking) operations. When spills or accidents occur, the department has identified numerous additional mitigation measures, including emergency-response planning, setbacks and buffers, so that significant exposures to people and resources on which they rely are unlikely."

Shorter version: Fracking can be done safely in New York.

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emissions  energy-policy  epa34  regulations 

Mark Green

Mark Green
Posted December 12, 2012

Later this week EPA is expected to finalize standards for particulate matter 2.5. EPA could and should retain the existing standard. During a conference call with reporters API’s Howard Feldman, director of regulatory and scientific affairs, outlined the reasons:

  • Certain costs and doubtful benefits
  • Efficacy of the current standard
  • Questionable scientific foundation for a new standard
  • Poor coordination with other regulatory initiatives

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regulations  epa34  cellulosic-mandates  renewable-fuels-standard  biofuels 

Bob Greco

Bob Greco
Posted December 10, 2012

With the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit hearing oral arguments today in a lawsuit over the cellulosic biofuels mandate contained in the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS), here are some points to bear in mind

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domestic-energy  energy-policy  natural-gas  regulations  unconventional-gas  unconventional-oil 

Mark Green

Mark Green
Posted October 29, 2012

Pennsylvania’s Department of Environmental Quality secretary and its energy executive have this article in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, citing a pair of studies that say the amount of natural gas in the Marcellus Shale may be far greater than any previous government estimate

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access  domestic-energy  energy-policy  keystone-xl  offshore-drilling  permits  regulations  taxes 

Mark Green

Mark Green
Posted October 17, 2012

Energy continues to play a large role in the presidential debates – evidence that both candidates get the importance of reliable, affordable energy for our economy and for making America more secure, now and in the future.

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regulations  keystone-xl  energy-policy  domestic-energy  access 

Carlton Carroll

Carlton Carroll
Posted October 2, 2012

President Obama issued a proclamation yesterday to recognize October as National Energy Action Month.  His encouraging words of support for developing more of our own resources are refreshing and represent a stark departure from what he and his administration have said in the past.

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