Posted May 9, 2013
New Interior Department Secretary Sally Jewell is on the right track in her remarks at this week’s Offshore Technology Conference in Houston, committing Interior to providing “regulatory certainty, predictability (and) consistency” in oil and natural gas development.
This is critical to reverse recent declining development in federal areas. According to the Congressional Research Service, while oil production in non-federal areas was up 2009 to 2012, in federal areas it was down 6 percent:
Posted May 8, 2013
The folks at Oil Sands Fact Check have a new video that shows strong support for the Keystone XL pipeline from union members at a recent rally in Washington
“The Keystone XL pipeline does not require an act of Congress; it does not require an appropriation. It’s privately funded, it’s ready to go. All it needs is one last permit and we go to work.”
– Sean McGarvey, president, Building and Construction Trades Department (AFL-CIO)
Posted May 1, 2013
Each of the State Department’s four reviews of the Keystone XL pipeline – during the more than four years the project has been under consideration – focused primarily on the Keystone XL’s impacts on the environment: air, ground and surface water, wetlands, vegetation, wildlife and more. State went beyond the Keystone XL itself, evaluating the environmental impact of oil sands crude that would be delivered through it – as well as the impacts on Canada.
Bottom line: Each review came to the same conclusion – the Keystone XL’s construction and operation will not significantly impact the environment. From the most recent State assessment, issued in March:
The analyses of potential impacts associated with construction and normal operation of the proposed Project suggest that there would be no significant impacts to most resources along the proposed Project route …
Posted April 25, 2013
The Keystone XL pipeline is squarely in President Obama’s court. He should approve the full project – for the jobs, economic lift and strengthened energy security this shovel-ready project would provide for our country. (Photo below by Joe Wertz/StateImpact Oklahoma)
Posted April 23, 2013
So you think you know something about energy, eh? Starting tomorrow you can test your knowledge during thehill.com’s First 100 Days Contest, tying energy trivia questions to the first 100 days of the second Obama administration. There might be an iPad Mini in your future.
The API-sponsored contest will run through Tuesday, April 30. It will include 30 multiple-choice questions supplied by API, five per day (except for Sunday). Visitors to thehill.com and subscribers to its e-newsletters will see branded contest ads each day, and it also will be pushed out on social media.
Posted April 22, 2013
On the Keystone XL pipeline, President Obama’s decision boils down to this: Is the $7 billion project in the United States’ national interest? Economic, energy and environmental considerations figure into the answer, but ultimately the president is charged with determining whether Keystone XL will make our country stronger and safer without significantly impacting the environment and the people along its 1,179-mile route.
We say yes – for a number of good reasons.
Posted April 19, 2013
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 Journal – Rise 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.
Posted April 12, 2013
To hear the other side, you’d think the Keystone XL pipeline project would be nearly 1,200 miles of all pain, no gain for the United States. No rewards? The U.S. State Department has reviewed the Keystone XL four times now and finds rewards aplenty. While Keystone XL opponents don’t like State’s fourth favorable analysis any more than they liked the previous three, they should pay attention nonetheless. Let’s go down the list:
Jobs: Opponents minimize the number and duration of Keystone XL-associated jobs. State says:“Including direct, indirect, and induced effects, the proposed Project would potentially support approximately 42,100 average annual jobs across the United States over a 1-to 2-year construction period
Posted April 12, 2013
There is an old legal saying: “If you have the law, hammer the law. If you have the facts, hammer the facts. If you have neither the law nor the facts, hammer the table.” This came to mind the other day while reading the Center for American Progress’ (CAP) response to the latest White House proposal to raise taxes on oil and natural gas companies.
**Spoiler Alert **
They like the idea – but CAP's post is a lot of table hammering, and the table is the oil and natural gas industry. Let’s de- demagogue this with a look at the facts.
Posted April 11, 2013
Nice video below on the “downstream” folks of America’s oil and natural gas industry – the people who run refineries and deliver petroleum products across the U.S.
As the video says, these highly trained workers are the heart of the oil and natural gas industry.
They work in refineries, which support 540,000 good-paying jobs and contribute $268 billion to U.S. GDP, making fuels that literally run our economy and make modern mobility an afterthought for most of us.