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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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offshore-leases  hydraulic-fracturing  energy-production  energy-policy  domestic-energy  crude-oil  cellulosic-mandates  access 

Mark Green

Mark Green
Posted December 28, 2012

At year’s end it’s customary to put together “best of” lists – sometimes because there’s not much else to talk about. Not so with energy. In fact, there’s so much good news on the energy front we didn’t even have to go beyond the past 30 days to assemble a good list of information-delivering charts and graphs (and the blog posts that featured them). So here it is: “Best Energy Charts – (December) 2012.”

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lng-exports  lng34  energy-policy  domestic-energy 

Mark Green

Mark Green
Posted December 27, 2012

The continuing debate over America’s shale energy wealth – both natural gas and oil – boils down to this: Will we safely and responsibly develop those resources with cutting-edge fracking technology or fumble away an historic chance to take greater control over our energy future by leaving those resources in the ground?

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domestic-energy  energy-policy  energy-regulation  government-revenue 

Mark Green

Mark Green
Posted December 21, 2012

as Washington wrestles with its budget problems, America’s oil and natural gas companies can be the solution – adding jobs, economic value and energy to drive the long-term economic and general prosperity of our country. So, what are decision-makers waiting for?

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regulation  ethanol  energy-policy  cellulosic-ethanol  cellulosic-biofuels  biofuels 

Bob Greco

Bob Greco
Posted December 21, 2012

Nearing the end of the 2012 it’s worth noting that some things about the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) haven’t changed: Commercially available cellulosic biofuel still isn’t being produced, and the nation’s refiners still don’t know how much biofuel they’ll have to blend next year under the RFS mandate. Other than that, no worries, right?

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regulation  natural-gas  liquid  exports  energy-policy  economy-and-energy 

Mark Green

Mark Green
Posted December 18, 2012

A recent study for the Energy Department – detailing broad economic benefits from the export of liquefied natural gas (LNG) – is good news on a number of fronts: for trade, job creation and economic growth stemming from increased energy development. Recapping, the NERA study of more than a dozen LNG export scenarios found significant benefits to the U.S. economy:

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access  domestic-energy  energy-policy  energy-production 

Mark Green

Mark Green
Posted December 13, 2012

Rayola Dougher, API’s senior economics adviser, shared some important energy numbers with reporters during a conference call, connecting them with the potential for greater American prosperity in the future

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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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oil-sands  hydraulic-fracturing  energy-policy  energy-demand  access  natural-gas 

Mark Green

Mark Green
Posted December 11, 2012

ExxonMobil has released its annual long-term energy outlook, projecting global energy needs and supplies out to 2040. Some highlights:

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regulation  natural-gas  infrastructure  energy-policy  access 

Mark Green

Mark Green
Posted December 4, 2012

Two pieces of good employment news in a new analysis of job opportunities in the oil and natural gas industry’s upstream (pre-refinery) sector:

  • With the implementation of pro-energy development policies, including opening new resource areas for drilling, the upstream part of the industry could create more than 500,000 new jobs by 2020 and more than 800,000 by 2030, according to IHS Global Insight.
  • More oil and natural gas jobs offer a great employment opportunity for African American and Latino workers. IHS projects that 166,000 or 31 percent of the new oil and gas upstream jobs created by 2020 could be held by African Americans and Latinos. Of new upstream jobs created by 2030, more than 285,000 (35 percent) could be held by African Americans and Latinos.

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