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Jane Van Ryan

Jane Van Ryan
Posted October 29, 2009

Did you know that hydraulic fracturing has been used in about one million oil and natural gas wells in the United States? This tried-and-true process injects wells with water, small amounts of chemicals and sand to create tiny cracks in hard rock, allowing natural gas and/or oil to flow up the wellbore. Fracking, as it's often called, occurs thousands of feet below aquifers containing fresh water, and water supplies are protected by state well construction and drilling regulations. 

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drilling  energy-tomorrow  energytomorrow  horizontal-drilling  hydraulic-fracturing  natural-gas 

Jane Van Ryan

Jane Van Ryan
Posted October 15, 2009

"In the past three decades, the petroleum business has transformed itself into a high-technology industry... In some cases, these improvements have been evolutionary, while in others, they have been revolutionary."- Doug Morris, API, before the New York State Assembly Standing Committee on Environmental Conservation, Oct. 15, 2009. 

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domestic-energy  energy  energy-development  hydraulic-fracturing  over-regulation  revenue  technology 

Jane Van Ryan

Jane Van Ryan
Posted July 29, 2009

In a recent Houston Chronicle op-ed, Richard Burleson, managing partner of Houston-based and energy-focused law firm Burleson Cooke L.L.P., cautions the administration and Congress against over-regulating hydraulic fracturing. As we've explained in this blog, hydraulic fracturing is a process where fluid is pumped under pressure down through the wellbore to make tiny fissures in the rock, allowing natural gas and oil to flow more easily up through the well. 

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domestic-energy  energy  energy-development  hydraulic-fracturing  natural-gas 

Jane Van Ryan

Jane Van Ryan
Posted July 20, 2009

In an op-ed from yesterday's Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Robert W. Watson, emeritus associate professor at Penn State University, talks about the importance of increased energy development--specifically the shale gas that rests in the Marcellus Shale formation. 

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domestic-energy  energy  energy-policy  ground-water-protection-council  hydraulic-fracturing  over-regulation 

Jane Van Ryan

Jane Van Ryan
Posted July 1, 2009

On the surface, the companion bills introduced into the U.S. House and Senate seem quite benign. They propose to regulate hydraulic fracturing under the Safe Drinking Water Act, adding federal oversight to the oil and natural gas field process. In actuality, they could be an economic disaster waiting to happen. - See more at: http://energytomorrow.org/blog/author/13/P610#sthash.cUd2Uhop.dpuf

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congress  energy  energy-development  energy-policy  hydraulic-fracturing  over-regulation  technology-innovation 

Jane Van Ryan

Jane Van Ryan
Posted June 9, 2009

API urged Congress to consider the ramifications of applying new regulations to the process of hydraulic fracturing today, just as members of the House and Senate introduced legislation to regulate the process under the Safe Drinking Water Act.

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technology-innovation  natural-gas  hydraulic-fracturing  ground-water-protection-council  energy-policy  energy-development  energy  congress 

Jane Van Ryan

Jane Van Ryan
Posted June 4, 2009

Have you ever heard of shale gas? It's the naturally occurring, clean-burning gas that is found in shale rock formations, and it's becoming increasing important as an energy resource in the United States. In fact, the U.S. Department of Energy says there is enough so-called unconventional gas (shale gas, tight sands and coalbed methane) in the United States to supply our energy needs for the next 90 years. Other estimates extend this supply to 116 years.

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Jane Van Ryan

Jane Van Ryan
Posted May 28, 2009

A new study by the Ground Water Protection Council (GWPC) found that state regulations governing oil and natural gas field operations are "adequately designed" to protect ground water.

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