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Mark Green

Mark Green
Posted August 9, 2013

Reuters – Study: Keystone XL to Have ‘No Material Impact’ on Emissions

The new study by IHS CERA backs an earlier U.S. State Department analysis that the pipeline and pipeline-related oil sands development wouldn’t significantly affect U.S. greenhouse gas emissions.

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ethanol  rfs34  hydraulic-fracturing  natural-gas  emissions  exports  lng34 

Mary Leshper

Mary Schaper
Posted July 26, 2013

Richmond Times-Dispatch – White House Would Tax Away Virginia’s Energy Future

Policy that enables the oil and natural gas industry to produce more would have a far greater impact on state and federal coffers than would any partisan policy that hinders the industry with higher taxes, notes Jack Refuse in a guest opinion piece.  

The HillNo Doubt About It: Ethanol Mandates Hit Food Producers Hard

The president of the National Chicken Council writes about price volatility for chicken farmers due to the Renewable Fuel Standard. "While chicken producers can do their best to absorb high corn prices, the price volatility is dealing a fatal blow to poultry businesses. Dairies have been hard-hit as well; last year, California, one of the nation’s top dairy-producing states, lost 100 farms due to high feed prices and unmanageable production costs."

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arctic  emissions  epa34  marcellus  natural-gas  regulations 

Mary Leshper

Mary Schaper
Posted June 13, 2013

Wall Street JournalU.S. Oil Notches Record Growth

In the latest sign that  the shale revolution is remaking world energy markets,  the WSJ cites BP’s 2012 Statistical Review showing crude production in the U.S. jumped 14 percent last year to 8.9 million barrels a day. (subscription publication).

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Pennsylvania to See $202.47 Million in Per-Well Fracking Impact Fees

A new Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission report notes that more than $200 million from hydraulic fracturing impact fees will be distributed to local governments across the state. Bradford County in the state's northeast will collect the most at $7.3 million while Washington is second at $4.7 million. Lycoming and Tioga counties follow with $4.4 million each.

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emissions  fracking  keystone-xl-pipeline  natural-gas 

Mary Leshper

Mary Schaper
Posted May 28, 2013

CNN Money Women Snag Big Chunk of New Oil & Natural Gas Jobs

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.

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emissions  epa34  exports  gulf  hydraulic-fracturing  keystone-xl-pipeline  lng34 

Mary Leshper

Mary Schaper
Posted May 8, 2013

The AdvocateOur Views: Riches Await in the Gulf

The Baton Rouge, La., paper touts the energy potential in the Gulf of Mexico after Interior Secretary Sally Jewell’s recent visit to an offshore rig there. The editorial backs Jewell’s statement that “maintaining the public’s trust in the safety and environmental performance of oil and gas production is critically important as we continue to tap into the Gulf’s abundant resource potential.” 

TribLIVEHow’s the Economy? Looking Up

Washington County, Pa., leads the greater Pittsburgh region in terms of economic development projects, energy production and job creation – thanks to natural gas development and hydraulic fracturing. 

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emissions  epa34  keystone-xl  oil-sands 

Mark Green

Mark Green
Posted April 23, 2013

The EPA was out yesterday with a letter urging yet even more delay for the Keystone XL pipeline – a project that already has been thoroughly reviewed by the State Department over more than four and a half years. In that context, EPA’s simply trying to heap delay on top of delay. Let's have a look at the first of EPA’s objections to State’s latest review:

The DSEIS reports that lifecycle GHG emissions from oil sands crude could be 81% greater than emissions from the average crude refined in the U.S. in 2005 on a well-to-tank basis, and 17% greater on a well-to-wheels basis.This difference may be even greater depending on the assumptions made.

Sounds ominous, but it’s also true that the difference could be even less, depending on the assumptions. Take the government of Alberta’s assessment:

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emissions  energy  lng-exports  hydraulic-fracturing  natural-gas 

Mary Leshper

Mary Schaper
Posted April 19, 2013

Forbes LNG Exports Would Have Minimal Impact on U.S. Prices

Although some say exporting U.S. natural gas would increase domestic prices, a Deloitte analysis says “the impact domestically is small in terms of upward price movement, and the impact (of exports) on the economy is very large… So exporting should be a good idea.”

Wall Street JournalRise in U.S. Gas production fuels Unexpected Plunge in Emissions

Last year, the paper reports, 30 percent of power in the U.S. came from natural gas, up from 19 percent in 2005, driven by hydraulic fracturing and horizontal drilling that have unlocked large and inexpensive new supplies of the fuel. This increase in natural gas production has helped drop  U.S. CO2 emissions to their lowest level since 1994.

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emissions  ethanol  fracking  natural-gas  new-york  lng34 

Mary Leshper

Mary Schaper
Posted April 17, 2013

Washington TimesIs It Time to End Ethanol Vehicle Fuel mandates?

Steve Goreham recaps the pros and cons in the ethanol, Renewable Fuel Standard debate.

Press ConnectsGuest Viewpoint: NY Can’t Afford to Pass on Natural Gas

In a guest piece, New York resident Bob Tiberio writes that affordable energy “is the lifeblood of our economy and lowers the cost of almost everything we make and use. It drives economic growth and gives the United States a competitive edge in global markets. For most Americans, a high “quality of life” begins with low cost energy, which increasingly means natural gas from shale.”

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midstream  keystone-xl-pipeline  keystone-xl  emissions  downstream 

Mark Green

Mark Green
Posted January 23, 2013

The governor of Nebraska’s approval of the Keystone XL pipeline’s route through his state has some opponents conjuring up old arguments and false choices in an attempt to gain traction against a project that could help create hundreds of thousands of U.S. jobs, stimulate economic activity and help make America more energy secure.

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greenhouse-gases  emissions  investment  natural-gas  environmental-expenditures 

Mark Green

Mark Green
Posted December 14, 2012

A new API report estimates that the U.S. oil and natural gas industry has invested more than $252 billion trying to improve the environmental performance of its products, facilities and operations since 1990 – about 65 percent of that directed toward cleaner air and water.

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