Posted July 19, 2013
Associated Press – Study Finds Fracking Chemicals Didn’t Contaminate Drinking Water
AP reports that the federal study on hydraulic fracturing found no evidence chemicals used in hydraulic fracturing moved up to taint drinking water aquifers at a western Pennsylvania drilling site. After a year of study researchers found chemicals in fracking fluids used to free trapped natural gas stayed thousands of feet below areas that supply drinking water.
Posted July 18, 2013
The history of modern crude oil prices includes a number of instances where historical events have accompanied dramatic price shifts. Simply: Events that impact or could impact supply affect the global crude oil market. And, because the cost of crude is the main driver of gasoline prices – currently about 66 percent
Posted July 17, 2013
Dallas Business Journal – U.S. Shale Oil Output Could Reach 5 Million Barrels/Day by 2017
Harvard Kennedy School researcher Leonardo Maugeri, a former oil industry executive from Italy, says growing shale development could make the U.S. the world’s top oil producer in a few years. Maugeri estimates there could be more than 100,000 working wells in North Dakota and Texas by 2030 (up from the current 10,000).
Posted July 15, 2013
The chairman of the Senate’s Energy and Natural Resources Committee says panel lawmakers will vote on proposals he says will be bipartisan. A spokesman for Sen. Lisa Murkowski, the committee’s top Republican, said she is focused on finding ways to improve permitting so that needed pipeline can be built.
Posted July 9, 2013
API’s new advertising campaign launched this week underscores the broad support in America for construction of the full Keystone XL pipeline. Here’s our new television ad
Posted July 8, 2013
Reason - The Top Five Lies About Fracking
Science writer Ronald Bailey highlights five falsehoods about hydraulic fracturing, from flaming faucets to water contamination. “Over 500,000 gas wells are currently operating in the United States,” Bailey writes. “Most of them manage to avoid blowing up houses, poisoning drinking water, making it hard to breathe, causing cancer...”
Fuel Fix Blog – Oil to Flow Through Keystone XL’s Southern Leg This Year
While the northern leg of the pipeline is going on five years waiting on approval from the Obama administration, the southern portion of the project is nearing completion. By the end of the year, the pipeline is expected to carry up to 700,000 barrels of oil per day from Cushing, Okla., to the coast of Texas.
Posted July 1, 2013
Energy Outlook - President's Climate Plan Hinges on Natural Gas
President Obama's plan for addressing U.S. greenhouse gas emissions depends heavily on expanded hydraulic fracturing of domestic shale gas resources, writes Geoffrey Styles.
News and Sentinel.com – Educational Program Focuses on Oil and Natural Gas Jobs
In an effort to train more workers for the surging shale industry, Ohio’s Washington State Community College hosted an informational session on opportunities for students and workers with an emphasis on filling new positions locally.
Posted June 28, 2013
Raise your hand if you’ve played “Whack-A-Mole,” the old staple of arcades and carnivals, where the object is bopping the heads of mechanical varmints with a padded mallet as they rapidly and randomly pop up through multiple holes in the game table.
The concept pretty well captures tactics Keystone XL pipeline and Canadian oil sands opponents have used to help delay the Keystone XL, a shovel-ready project that would create tens of thousands of U.S. jobs, help grow our economy and make the U.S. more energy secure.
Posted June 25, 2013
Wall Street Journal - Texas' Next Big Oil Rush
Refineries in Texas are seeing a much-needed boost as pipelines begin to carry landlocked crude oil from U.S. shale plays to the Gulf Coast. This increase in domestic crude oil is due to increased hydraulic fracturing and shale development across the country. (Subscription publication)
USA Today – Report: Oil Sands No More Corrosive Than Average Crude
A new report from the National Research Council found “no evidence … that Alberta’s pipeline contents are more corrosive than average crude oil.”
Posted June 21, 2013
U.S. Sen. Tim Kaine of Virginia, explaining in a Washington Post op-ed why a self-identified “pro-pipeline senator” opposes the Keystone XL pipeline:
As a former mayor of Richmond, a city with a gas utility, I think it makes no sense to be anti-pipeline. But I oppose the Keystone XL project. Although the president’s decision is technically over whether to allow a pipeline to deliver oil from Alberta to the coast of the Gulf of Mexico, the real issue isn’t the pipeline. It’s the wisdom of using tar sands oil. … By most accounts, oil from tar sands is 15 to 20 percent dirtier than conventional petroleum, and the process of extracting and refining it is more difficult and resource-intensive. With so many cleaner alternatives, there is no reason to embrace the use of a dirtier fuel source. Approving the pipeline would send a clear signal to the markets to expand the development of tar sands oil. Such an expansion would hurt our nation’s work to reduce carbon emissions. We have to make energy cleaner tomorrow than it is today. That’s why the president should block Keystone. … Tar sands oil is the opposite of an innovative, make-it-cleaner approach. It represents a major backslide.
Sen. Kaine is right on a number of energy issues – supporting more offshore drilling for oil and natural gas as well as more natural gas development from hydraulic fracturing – but on the Keystone XL he’s just wrong. Let’s take a closer look.