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7-30-15 Murkowski's Senate Energy Committee Votes to Lift Crude Export Ban and Allow State OCS Revenue Sharing

30 July 2015 6:02pm

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The Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee passed major bills Thursday on lifting the crude oil export ban and its broad energy package.

The oil export bill would also increase offshore drilling and provide revenue sharing for neighboring states. It passed 12-10, along party lines.

"It's the result of collaborative efforts by members of this committee to boost offshore development, allow revenue sharing for coastal producing states and lift the outdated ban on crude exports," Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska), chairwoman of the panel, said of the export and offshore drilling measure.

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7-27-15

27 July 2015 5:18am

Alan Bailey, Petroleum News, Shell, BSEE, Burger prospect, Chukchi Sea, Photo by Dave HarbourPetroleum News by Alan Bailey (NGP Photo).  On July 22 the federal Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement issued permits allowing Shell to drill the top hole sections of two wells in the Burger prospect in the Chukchi Sea. Shell now has all of the permits that it needs to start drilling.  However, BSEE is prohibiting Shell from drilling into hydrocarbon bearing zones until....

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7-23-15

23 July 2015 9:44am

Senator Lisa Murkowski by Dave HarbourU.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, (NGP Photo), yesterday issued the following response to the Interior Department’s approval of two conditional permits to Shell to resume its exploratory drilling in Alaska’s Chukchi Sea:

“Today’s approval by the Department of Interior of the permits Shell needs to resume drilling in the Chukchi Sea is good news for Alaska and our country. However, it is not the final regulatory hurdle Shell faces and it is important that the agencies continue to work in good faith and in a timely fashion to complete the remaining regulatory requirements.

“With an estimated 25 percent of the world’s undiscovered conventional oil and gas resources and active exploration by countries like Russia, it’s critical that the United States set the standard for responsible development in the Arctic. America will only truly assume that role when it actively engages in developing its resources.

“My attention remains focused on ensuring exploration proceeds safely this season and that Alaskans benefit from the development of our resources through revenue sharing.”

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7-13-15

13 July 2015 6:28am

ADN/AP by Dan Joling.  ... Royal Dutch Shell PLC 's drilling schedule for two exploratory wells this summer in the Chukchi Sea off Alaska's northwest coast, however, shouldn't be delayed by maintenance work on the 380-foot icebreaker Fennica, spokesman Curtis Smith said Monday.


Meanwhile, as the Iran negotiations continue to be extended, please note yesterday's commentary.  -dh

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7-3-15

03 July 2015 8:21am

Petroleum News.  The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has issued a letter of authorization, allowing the minor, unintended disturbance of walrus and polar bears during Shell’s planned exploration drilling in the Chukchi Sea this year. Shell has been moving its drilling fleet north in preparation for its drilling progr....

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6-11-15

11 June 2015 8:51am

Polar Bear, Photo, Copyright by Dave Harbour

 

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Commentator Thorpe Watson advises us to get ready for a medieval lifestyle.  This morning he emails us that:

The G7 countries have declared war on hydrocarbon fuels (aka “fossil fuels”). 
 
They have pledged to end the production and use of coal, oil, and gas by 2100. (The Telegraph  9 June 2015 G7 pledges to end fossil fuel use this century”).
 
In other words, it is a pledge to commit economic suicide and to make us more vulnerable to natural climate change. It is a bleak future as depicted in this cartoon.
 
 
 
Does this mean that Prime Minister Harper has finally succumbed to the wishes of the opposition parties and the radical, foreign-funded, protest organizations; that is, to decarbonize Canada’s economy?
 
It should be noted that the anti-fossil-fuel narrative is driven by the unproven anthropogenic (CO2 induced), global-warming hypothesis.Please be assured that there is no scientific basis to relate climate changes to our emissions of carbon dioxide ("CO2"). The planet's climate has always been changing and is characterized by four major climate cycles.
 
Furthermore, our emissions are insignificant compared to natural emissions and, unfortunately, will never be sufficient to double the CO2 content of the atmosphere. Such a doubling (or more) would be highly desirable for crop production. The store of CO2 that supports life on this planet is at a record low level, having been seriously depleted by natural processes. It is delusional to believe that restricting the generation of this trace gas gives us the power to stabilize the planet's climate.
 
However, I strongly believe that denying the world's poor access to affordable, reliable energy is immoral. It not only condemns them to perpetual poverty but it also makes them more vulnerable to the four natural climate cycles.
 
The G7 needs to take a hard, independent look at climate science and wake up to the reality that the warming campaign's case is collapsing on its merits.  Climate computer models have failed to predict the current 18-year pause in global warming. More important, the weather is well within natural variability.  The proposed solutions would enrich an elite few, impoverish the masses, and do nothing meaningful to alter the climate.
 
It is tragic that this scientific fraud continues to be endorsed by politicians. For example, Ontario is accelerating down the green road to bankruptcy under its so-called Green Energy Act.
 
Any person, who rejects the evidence and supports the anti-fossil-fuel policy, should be prepared to immediately adopt a Medieval life style, which is devoid of modern conveniences and the many products provided by the petrochemical industry (e.g. polyester clothes, computers).
 
We must demand that our politicians stop this anti-fossil-fuel insanity!

Today's Energy Links From Consumer Energy Alliance:

Town Hall: Follow the Trend: Support Energy Development 
A new trio of polls shows what’ll be at the top of Americans’ minds when they hit the voting booths next year to elect a new commander-in-chief – energy production. Surveys administered recently by Consumer Energy Alliance show that more than 80 percent of voters in Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina – the first three primary states – said that candidates’ energy policy would be a key decision point on how they vote next year. This resonated not only with Republicans but also with Democrats and the much-coveted Independents.
 
MarketWatchPoll: Energy and Infrastructure Will Play a Key Role in 2016 Election 
Recent polling conducted for Consumer Energy Alliance (CEA) continues to examine what role the Atlantic Coast Pipeline, Keystone XL Pipeline, offshore production and other energy issues could play in the 2016 presidential election. And as echoed in recent poll results from Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina, voters in Virginia, North Carolina and West Virginia reinforced that energy policy will be an important issue when they cast their votes for president next fall.
 
Hot AirAtlantic Coast Pipeline pretty much as popular with voters as Arctic drilling When you think of pipelines making news, Keystone is usually the first one to come to mind. But you may not be aware of another project on the eastern seaboard which is on the way and generating its own share of controversy among domestic energy opponents. The Atlantic Coast Pipeline is a project being undertaken by a coalition of energy companies consisting of Dominion Resources, Duke Energy, Piedmont Natural Gas and AGL Resources.

E&E NewsEnergy issues will be key for Mid-Atlantic voters -- poll 
Mid-Atlantic voters in a trio of states reported that energy issues will play a key role in how they cast their ballots in the 2016 presidential election cycle, while also endorsing a variety of measures to expand domestic energy production, according to a survey released yesterday.
 
Politico’s Morning EnergyPOLL SHOWS KEYSTONE, DRILLING SUPPORT 
The pro-drilling Consumer Energy Alliance has a new poll showing a majority or plurality of voters in Virginia, North Carolina and West Virginia want construction of the Keystone XL oil pipeline, the Atlantic Coast Pipeline feeding natural gas into the region, more offshore energy exploration, keeping coal power plants running and expanding shale production through hydraulic fracturing. The poll also showed energy policy being a major issue in the upcoming election, along with a tightly packed Republican presidential field and Hillary Clinton leading big among Democrats in all three states.
 
FierceEnergy: Energy policy top of mind among voters 
The results of a new poll by the Consumer Energy Alliance suggests that voters in Virginia, North Carolina and West Virginia strongly support the Atlantic Coast Pipeline and the development of energy infrastructure.  The poll takes the pulse of how these issues could play in the 2016 presidential election.
 
WHSV-TV3Poll: Virginia Voters Support Atlantic Coast Pipeline 
A new poll conducted by the Consumer Energy Alliance (CEA) has found that a majority of voters in North Carolina, Virginia and West Virginia have heard about the Atlantic Coast Pipeline and support it.
 
Augusta Free PressPoll: Voters in Virginia, North Carolina and West Virginia support pipeline 
Recent polling conducted for Consumer Energy Alliance (CEA) continues to examine what role the Atlantic Coast Pipeline, Keystone XL Pipeline, offshore production and other energy issues could play in the 2016 presidential election. And as echoed in recent poll results from Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina, voters in Virginia, North Carolina and West Virginia reinforced that energy policy will be an important issue when they cast their votes for president next fall.
 
Rapid News NetworkAppeals court tosses suits challenging climate change plan 
“I wouldn’t put high odds on it, either”, Anderson said, because EPA has been “very careful from the outset in trying to cover their legal bases”. The lawsuits from a coalition of 15 states and the nation’s largest privately held coal mining company claim the EPA exceeded its authority past year when it proposed new curbs on pollution from the nation’s coal-fired power plants.
 
EnergyBizCourt throws out challenges to EPA power plant rule 
In a unanimous decision, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit tossed out lawsuits filed by Ohio -based coal producer Murray Energy Corp. and a group of 15 states. They claimed the Environmental Protection Agency exceeded its authority last year by proposing a 30-percent national cut in emissions from existing plants through plans that individual states must design.
 
Consumer Energy AlliancePoll: Energy and Infrastructure Will Play a Key Role in 2016 Election
Recent polling conducted for Consumer Energy Alliance (CEA) continues to examine what role the Atlantic Coast Pipeline, Keystone XL Pipeline, offshore production and other energy issues could play in the 2016 presidential election. And as echoed in recent poll results from Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina, voters in Virginia, North Carolina and West Virginia reinforced that energy policy will be an important issue when they cast their votes for president next fall.
 
New York TimesE.P.A. Takes Step to Cut Emissions From Planes
The Obama administration said on Wednesday that it would take the first step toward regulating greenhouse gas emissions from airplanes, but it acknowledged it would most likely take years before stringent standards are enacted.
 
ReutersIn twist, Obama emissions plan satisfies industry, worries greens
For two years, President Barack Obama has used his executive power to impose new rules to cut carbon emissions, targeting cars and power plants, buoying environmentalists and infuriating industry. His latest foray - regulating commercial aviation - had the opposite effect.
 
BloombergU.S. Ousts Russia as Top World Oil, Gas Producer in BP Data
The U.S. has taken Russia’s crown as the biggest oil and natural-gas producer in a demonstration of the seismic shifts in the world energy landscape emanating from America’s shale fields. U.S. oil production rose to a record last year, gaining 1.6 million barrels a day, according to BP Plc’s Statistical Review of World Energy released on Wednesday. Gas output also climbed, putting America ahead of Russia as a producer of the hydrocarbons combined.
 
MarketWatchWhy shale producers are happy with this EPA fracking study
The energy industry agrees with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency — at least when it comes to the findings of an EPA study on hydraulic fracturing. Michael Krancer, partner and chair of the energy industry team at law firm Blank Rome LLP said a draft report on the EPA study shows that fracking is “safe,” with “no widespread issues.”
 
Fox BusinessAre the EPA and Anti-Frackers Drinking the Same Water?
The EPA says that fracking does not cause “widespread” harm to drinking water, but some anti-frackers claim to have found evidence that proves it does.  “Anti-frackers are just being clever,” FrackNation Producer Phelim McAleer told FOX Business Network’s Stuart Varney.
 
International Business TimesUS Coal Production Will Decline Significantly If Obama EPA's Clean Power Plan Takes Effect: Report
The Obama administration’s signature plan to slash carbon emissions from power plants will deal a hefty blow to U.S. coal miners. America’s coal production could plunge to levels not seen since the 1970s if the proposed power plant rule takes effect, federal energy analysts said Wednesday. The dire forecast comes as major U.S. coal companies already are struggling with fierce competition from cheap natural gas, rising coal prices and waning demand from overseas customers like China.
 
Wall Street JournalExxon Tells Texas Regulators Its Wells Didn’t Cause Earthquakes
Exxon Mobil Corp. rejected any role in a string of recent earthquakes hitting the Dallas-Fort Worth area, saying geological data points to natural causes, not its operations.
 
BreitbartObama Expands Refuge to Stop Oil Drilling – Where No Oil Exists
To buy peace with climate change activists after the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) determined that oil fracking does not poison water, President Obama has signed an executive order tripling the size of the Farallones National Marine Sanctuary, just north of San Francisco. The order bans oil drilling in the area Obama renamed the “Greater” Farallones National Marine Sanctuary. The move is merely symbolic, since there are no oil reserves in the area.
 
NPRAmerica's Next Economic Boom Could Be Lying Underground
There's a serious problem in the American economy right now: Big corporations are doing well, but real household income for average Americans has been falling over the past decade — down 9 percent, according to census data. "That's not good for America," says Harvard economist Michael Porter. "That's not good for America's standard of living. That's not good for our vitality as a nation."
 
Business WireCalifornia Dreaming: Water, Energy and Reality
California doesn't have a water crisis - it has an energy problem, according to Joe Petrowski, the managing partner of energy investment firm Mercantor Partners. Petrowski explains that the issues surrounding water are the foundation for the state's energy woes, and are destroying the underpinnings of the agriculture industry and limiting economic growth. As water rates rise and rationing takes hold, he warns that California's economy will take a hit.
 
ReutersU.S. should ditch 'outdated' oil export ban -Harvard
The United States must lift an "outdated" ban on oil exports to take full economic and geopolitical advantage of its hydraulic fracturing boom, according to a study by Harvard Business School and Boston Consulting Group released on Wednesday.
 
Associated PressCalifornia oil spill cleanup costs $62 million
The cost of cleaning up last month’s oil spill on the California coast has reached $62 million so far. An official with Plains All American Pipeline told The Associated Press on Wednesday that the costs are running at $3 million a day, and there’s no timetable for when the cleanup will be complete.
 
Associated PressCourt strikes down rules aiming to cut pollution from Talen Energy's Montana coal plants
A federal appeals court has struck down pollution rules intended to reduce haze from coal that is burned in Montana to provide electricity for people in the Pacific Northwest. Haze reduces visibility and is caused by tiny particles of nitrogen oxide and sulfur dioxide.
 
San Antonio Business JournalWhat does the Eagle Ford Shale need more of? ... And less of?
They say that two heads are better than one but the University of Texas at San Antonio's Eagle Ford Community Development Program brought nearly 100 business and community leaders together at an Wednesday conference to decide what the region needs.
 
InforumFracking rule would hurt ND income, jobs, state says
North Dakota stands to lose $300 million a year in oil income and 1,900 jobs if a federal rule on hydraulic fracturing takes effect later this month, state officials argue in court documents.
 
KERA NewsWhy Advocates Who Helped Pass Denton's Fracking Ban Now Want to See It Repealed
When voters in Denton banned the oil drilling technique called fracking there last year, the North Texas city took center stage in a national debate over oil and gas, property rights and the environment. But now some of the same people who pushed for the ban are calling to repeal it.
 
Eagle Ford TexasTexas oil fighting an unfair fight, claims David Porter
This means war! So says newly appointed Railroad Commission of Texas chairman David Porter of the oil output levels established by the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC).
 
Victoria AdvocateDespite slowing production, shale's economic impact continues
While the Eagle Ford Shale's oil production has slowed down, drilling - and in turn, economic impacts in Victoria County - are expected to continue through the next decade.
 
Times-PicayuneSmall players -- not Big Oil -- drive Gulf of Mexico drilling amid downturn
Low oil prices have prompted major companies to slash drilling budgets and delay projects in the deepwater Gulf of Mexico this year. Oil and gas service companies are now looking to Big Oil's smaller, more nimble competitors to prop up activity in the region.
 
New Orleans AdvocateStagnant oil prices create opening for smaller firms, conference is told
Stagnant oil prices have led some major energy companies to delay new offshore drilling projects while creating an opening for smaller independent oil and gas firms to take advantage of lower equipment costs, industry leaders said Wednesday during the opening day of the Louisiana Energy Conference in New Orleans.
 
Washington TimesNuclear energy may have big future in Virginia: study
Virginia could supply virtually all of its future energy needs from nuclear power and even become a player in the global market to supply power from nuclear sources, according to a new think tank report released Wednesday. The case for the Old Dominion’s potential nuclear future was outlined in a new analysis from the Thomas Jefferson Institute for Public Policy, which argued that with the proper investments, Virginia could emerge as the newest contender in the international nuclear power market.
 
York Daily RecordYork County to receive more than $420,000 in natural gas revenue
York County will receive more than $420,000 in natural gas drilling impact fee revenue from activity in the Marcellus Shale starting in early July.
 
Observer-ReporterWashington County top recipient of gas impact fees for 2014
Washington County and its municipalities led the state in reimbursements from impact fees paid by drillers in Pennsylvania’s Marcellus Shale in 2014, with the county receiving $6.5 million and its municipalities garnering $11.1 million for a total of $17.63 million, according to a list provided Wednesday by the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission.
 
Casper Star-TribuneNorth Dakota joins Wyoming and Colorado, oil and gas groups to urge delay in new federal drilling rules
North Dakota joined two other states and two oil and gas industry groups in asking a judge to postpone new rules for drilling on federal land while their lawsuit contesting the regulations moves ahead.
 
Albany Times UnionNew York fracking supporters pin hopes on EPA study
Supporters of the currently banned practice of hydraulic fracturing — or hydrofracking — for gas in New York state haven't given up hope entirely despite a decision by the Cuomo administration in December to continue the ban, which has been in place for more than five years.
 
Canton RepositoryIndustry executives say Utica Shale remains full of promise
Fewer permits are being issued and the number of rigs has dropped, but executives of companies that ship oil and natural gas said the changes shouldn’t be viewed as a sign that folks are backing out of the Utica Shale.
 
The Columbus DispatchFracking tax won’t be part of final budget deal, Ohio House insists
House leaders are largely holding their tongues on the sweeping Senate changes to their two-year, $71.3 billion budget, but they continue to make one thing clear: They will not pass a severance tax as part of the budget.
 
Winston-Salem JournalOpposition to test drilling for fracking faces entrenched power
There is no nice way to say it. The neighborhood where crews are drilling a 1,750-foot hole on public land to look for signs of natural gas isn’t pretty. Walnut Tree isn’t Buena Vista, Brookberry Farm Bermuda Run. Many of the homes along Crestview and Middlefork drives are two- and three-bedroom, one-bath jobs that sit on slabs of concrete.

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