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Mary Leshper

Mary Schaper
Posted January 6, 2014

Fracking 101: Breaking Down the most Important Part of Today’s Oil, Gas Drilling

Greeley Tribune:  Fracking, the two- to three-day process of hydraulic fracturing for oil and gas, is perhaps one of the most misunderstood drilling practices, becoming as bad of a word in some circles as a racial slur.

 

Entire countries have banned the process. Some Colorado towns have placed moratoriums to study it further.

Environmentalists storm capitals over it, demanding increased regulations, and oil and gas company employees and officials scratch their heads — they’ve been using the same process in oil and gas drilling for 60 years without widespread incidents.

 

“It’s a perplexing issue,” said Collin Richardson, vice president of operations for Mineral Resources Inc., who opened up a company fracking job last fall to a student tour from the University of Northern Colorado. “People go to a light switch and expect energy to be there, but they don’t think about where it comes from. I don’t think most people understand that without hydraulic fracturing, we wouldn’t have natural gas to provide electricity to our homes or gas in our cars.

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innovation  technology  fracking  hydraulic-fracturing  hydrofracking 

Mark Green

Mark Green
Posted November 7, 2013

U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) chief Adam Sieminski recently gave a presentation at Columbia University on the agency’s new drilling productivity report, and the takeaways are significant: The U.S. is in the midst of a remarkable surge in oil and natural gas production from shale and other tight resources. Higher drilling efficiency and new well productivity are the main drivers of production growth. EIA is confident the United States has ample reserves to sustain production growth for the foreseeable future. Sieminski said U.S. shale reserves, unlocked by hydraulic fracturing and horizontal drilling, are the reason for skyrocketing oil and natural gas production – since 2007 for natural gas, 2009 for oil.

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american-energy  hydraulic-fracturing  innovation  technology  keystone-xl  ethanol  biofuels 

Mary Leshper

Mary Schaper
Posted November 4, 2013

The Outsiders Who Saw Our Economic Future

Wall Street Journal: The experts keep getting it wrong. And the oddballs keep getting it right.

Over the past five years of business history, two events have shocked and transformed the nation. In 2007 and 2008, the housing market crumbled and the financial system collapsed, causing trillions of dollars of losses. Around the same time, a few little-known wildcatters began pumping meaningful amounts of oil and gas from U.S. shale formations. A country that once was running out of energy now is on track to become the world's leading producer.

What's most surprising about both events is how few experts saw them coming—and that a group of unlikely outsiders somehow did. Federal Reserve chairmen Alan Greenspan and Ben Bernanke failed to foresee the financial meltdown. Top banking executives were stunned, and leading investors such as Bill Gross, Jim Chanos and George Soros didn't fully anticipate the downturn.

 

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american-energy  hydraulic-fracturing  fracking  economy  jobs  technology  ethanol 

Mary Leshper

Mary Schaper
Posted October 29, 2013

Op-ed: Exports Bring Myriad Benefits

Houston Chronicle (James Clad): After the Arab oil embargo of 1973, America's energy dependence became the most obvious flaw in our superpower status.

Now, thanks largely to the shale revolution, domestic U.S. oil production is pushing imports to a 25-year low, holding down global prices despite Asian demand and Middle East/North Africa supply disruptions.

While the U.S. seems set to displace Saudi Arabia as the largest oil producer by 2020, our natural gas production has lifted our geopolitical gravitas. Now the world's largest natural gas producer, the U.S. is poised to take a growing profile as a gas exporter.

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american-energy  hydraulic-fracturing  pipelines  technology 

Mary Leshper

Mary Schaper
Posted October 15, 2013

Daniel Yergin: Out of ’73 Embargo ‘the Birth of the Modern Era of Energy’

Wall Street Journal: Forty years ago, on Oct. 17, 1973, the world experienced its first "oil shock" as Arab exporters declared an embargo on shipments to Western countries. The OPEC embargo was prompted by America's military support for Israel, which was repelling a coordinated surprise attack by Arab countries that had begun on Oct. 6, the sacred Jewish holiday of Yom Kippur.

 

With prices quadrupling in the next few months, the oil crisis set off an upheaval in global politics and the world economy. It also challenged America's position in the world, polarized its politics at home and shook the country's confidence.

 

Yet the crisis meant even more because it was the birth of the modern era of energy. Although the OPEC embargo seemed to provide proof that the world was running short of oil resources, the move by Arab exporters did the opposite: It provided massive incentive to develop new oil fields outside of the Middle East—what became known as "non-OPEC," led by drilling in the North Sea and Alaska.

 

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tax-code  taxes-impact-on-business  technology  innovation 

Mark Green

Mark Green
Posted August 23, 2013

Good vibrations from California with the Max Baucus-Dave Camp tax reform tour reaching Silicon Valley and a pair of high-tech sector businesses. The chairmen of the Senate’s Finance Committee and the House’s Ways and Means Committee, respectively, have been preaching a simpler, fairer tax code for individuals and job creators

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hydraulic-fracturing  keystone-xl  innovation  technology 

Mary Leshper

Mary Schaper
Posted August 1, 2013

EIA Energy Today – Proved Reserves of Crude Oil and Natural Gas in the United States Up Sharply in 2011

For the second year in a row, U.S. set a record increase for crude oil production in 2011 – rising 15 percent to the highest level since 1985. Natural gas production was also up 10 percent. Shale developing states led the increase.

AIE Ideas Carpe Diem Blog – Shale Revolution: U.S. Was the World’s No. 1 Petroleum Producer in April for the Sixth Straight Month

America’s shale revolution continues to perform – for the sixth month in a row America: a) took the top spot as the No. 1 petroleum producer in the world, and b) produced more petroleum than the combined output of all of the countries in Europe, Central America, and South America.

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economy  exports  hydraulic-fracturing  innovation  jobs  lng34  natural-gas  renewables  technology 

Mary Leshper

Mary Schaper
Posted June 14, 2013

Fuel Fix BlogReport: Renewables, Natural Gas Should Work Together On the Grid

According to a new report by the Texas Clean Energy Coalition, natural gas and renewables “have a strong complimentary relationship” that is beneficial for providing the energy Americans need every day.

Today in EnergyU.S. Crude Oil Production Could Reach 10M Barrels Per Day By 2040

EIA projects that thanks in large part to increased tight oil production – shale development – domestic production could continue to expand to 10 million barrels per day or higher by 2040.

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hydraulic-fracturing  manufacturing  natural-gas  technology  oil34 

Mary Leshper

Mary Schaper
Posted June 12, 2013

Fuel Fix BlogU.S. Led World in Oil Growth in 2012

According to a new BP report, U.S. oil production growth,  the largest in the country’s history, helped keep global crude prices from rising sharply. Shale development had the biggest impact on this increase in oil production.

Washington TimesU.S. Gains Global Competition as Shale Revolution Heats Up

While the U.S.  has been “the dominant player in the shale revolution until now,” the newspaper cites new estimates showing that Russia and China have potential to rise in the global market by exploiting their own shale resources.

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hydraulic-fracturing  keystone-xl  natural-gas  regulations  technology 

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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