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9-4-14 Mining and Oil & Gas Have Much In Common: Sustaining Canadian & American Lifestyles

04 September 2014 6:01am

Mining.com.  Here, "Visual Capitalist" helps us to grasp the enormous breadth, depth and wealth of Canada's Oil Sands, which makes a conduit (or, pipeline conduits) through the United States and other Canadian provinces even more valuable to those areas due to associated jobs and property tax benefits.  

Citizens of both states and provinces should not be fooled by environmental activist tomfoolery which seeks to isolate and lock up that wealth for both current and future generations.  Demonizing and then snapping a ball and chain around the legs of reasonable natural resource development can only cripple job creation, economic opportunity and associated North American lifestyles for this and future generations.  

We are grateful to reader, Steve Borell for bringing this lucid analysis to our attention.  

Yesterday we urged readers to consider attending and supporting both mining and oil and gas conferences where policy decisions often originate and achieve decision-maker consensus.  The oil sands project is a perfect example of how mining and Oil & Gas share symmetry.  

Other examples include Alaska's Pebble Project challenges, which, if lost, will eviscerate America's 'rule of law and Constitutional due process guarantees', and empower the EPA through precedent to PRE-EMPTIVELY BLOCK any agricultural, commercial fishing, petroleum, mining, forestry, hydroelectric, federal highway or state bridge or municipal right of way project -- BEFORE THAT PROJECT HAS EVEN FILED A PERMIT APPLICATION OR PRESENTED A DEVELOPMENT PLAN.  -dh

Mining.com.  There’s no shortage of discussion on Canada’s oil sands. Even Leonardo Dicaprio has recently toured them while subsequently providing commentary that ruffled the feathers of the province of Alberta.

As a whole, the oil sands are about as big as the state of Florida. The mineable portion makes up about 3% of that total, which is for bitumen deposits less than 75 metres below ground. For perspective, this is about 6x the size of New York City. Meanwhile, the rest (about 97%) must be recovered by “in situ” methods such as SAGD where heavy oil is pumped to the surface.

Surely something with this size and scope must have a big impact in other places – and it does. The oil sands produce more than 56% of Canada’s oil and contains over 98% of Canada’s proven reserves. Over the next 25 years, $783 billion in royalties and taxes will be paid to the government.  (More....)


Consumer Energy Alliance Energy Clips:

The Lufkin News: Keystone XL pipeline a boon for tax rolls The Keystone XL pipeline will funnel more than black tar sands through Angelina County now that it’s on the 2014 tax rolls.
 
Omaha.com: Ruling on Keystone XL could come down to 2 key points The nearly six-year odyssey of the Keystone XL pipeline could turn this week in 30 minutes. The Nebraska Supreme Court will hear oral arguments Friday morning on a constitutional challenge involving one of the most bitterly fought environmental battles in a generation. President Barack Obama is awaiting a ruling from Nebraska before moving closer to deciding the fate of the massive oil pipeline.
 
Bloomberg: Keystone Redux Haunts Trans Mountain as Fight Shifts to Climate
The next fight over oil pipeline development in Canada is starting to look like Keystone XL version 2.0. This time the target is a $4.9 billion project by Houston billionaire Richard Kinder’s energy empire.
 
The Canadian Press: Leonardo DiCaprio visits Alberta oilsands to research documentary
Actor Leonardo DiCaprio is the latest celebrity to visit Alberta's oilsands. Sources involved with the visit say DiCaprio is doing research for an environmental documentary.
 
Inside Climate News: Keystone Ads Mislead on Canada's Deep Cuts to Environmental Monitoring
Canada has cut nearly $3 billion in spending and up to 5,000 jobs from its science-based departments, according to a union representing federal scientists.
 
KETV- Omaha: Gov. Heineman voices opinion on Keystone XL pipeline's slow process
Later this week the Nebraska Supreme Court will hear arguments about the Keystone XL Pipeline.
 
The Globe and Mail: TransCanada’s Energy East faces hurdle as U.S. oil boom swamps market
As TransCanada Corp. prepares to file for regulatory approval for its $12-billion cross-country pipeline project, booming U.S. oil imports are creating a new challenge: a domestic market saturated with low-cost crude.
 
The Guardian: As Shell gears up to drill the Arctic, investors must ask serious questions
The oil company has filed plans for offshore drilling but past safety blunders and operational failings in the region make it a high cost, high risk venture.
 
Huffington Post: No New Oil Drilling in Our Oceans
Labor Day represents the end of summer-- and nothing says summer quite like a trip to the beach. At the beginning of summer, my family spent a few wonderful days exploring the beaches lining a small South Carolina coastal town. Enjoying the catch of the day at a local crab shack, we gazed at a sign across the road at a grocery store that pleaded "Don't ruin our ocean with sonic cannons." As we talked to long -time residents, we were struck by the deep concern they have that drilling for oil offshore would kill this community's tradition of great seafood, clean beaches, and sea turtle nesting.
 
The Beaufort Gazette: SC policymakers push for offshore drilling despite environmental, tourism concerns
When Beaufort Mayor Billy Keyserling scans the horizon of his city, he doesn't see a place for oil rigs. He fears the impact offshore drilling operations could have on South Carolina's coastal tourism.
 
Bloomberg BNA: McConnell to Intensify Push to Roll Back EPA Regulations if Republicans Flip Senate
Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) will make it a top priority to derail Environmental Protection Agency regulatory efforts through the appropriations process if Republicans retake the Senate this fall, the senator and several former congressional aides say.
 
The Energy Collective: EPA's Clean Power Plan: Texas's Last Stand or Last Hope?
August has been an eventful month here in Texas. And, no, I’m not referring to news about Governor Rick Perry, rather some of his appointees. The Texas Public Utility Commission (PUC), Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ), Railroad Commissioners (RRC) Barry Smitherman and Christy Craddick, and State Representative Jason Isaac held a joint session to discuss the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) new Clean Power Plan (CPP).
 
Reuters: From Seoul to Mexico City, pressure mounts to ease U.S. oil export ban
Washington is facing growing international pressure to ease its long standing ban on crude oil exports, with South Korea and Mexico joining the European Union in pressing the case for U.S. oil shipments overseas.
 
The New York Times: Desperately Dry California Tries to Curb Private Drilling for Water
The small prefab office of Arthur & Orum, a well-drilling outfit hidden in the almond trees and grapevines south of Fresno, has become a magnet for scores of California farmers in desperate need of water to sustain their crops. Looking at binders of dozens of orders for yet-to-be-drilled wells, Steve Arthur, a manager, said, “We’ve got more stacked up than we’ll do before the end of the year.”
 
Reuters:  Why the shale revolution is not about to end
Doubts about the sustainability of the North American oil and gas boom center on rapidly declining output from many shale wells after they are initially drilled. Shale skeptics point to the need to drill an ever-increasing number of new holes just to replace the declining output from existing wells, let alone expand production. At some point it will become impossible to keep up, they argue.
 
The Hill: White House reviews federal-land HF rules
The White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB) has started to review new regulations for hydraulic fracturing on federal land, the last step before the rules can be made final. The rules for the oil and gas drilling process, also known as fracking, were proposed last year after a mid-2012 proposal was pulled back.
 
Houston ChronicleWater resources a problem worldwide, report finds
The great conundrum of the drilling revolution unfolding in the United States and now being exported to other nations is that some of the countries with the biggest oil and gas resources also have the least amount of water to dedicate to extracting them. According to the analysis by the World Resources Institute, 38 percent of the earth’s shale gas and tight oil resources are in areas that are either arid or under high levels of water stress already _ a scenario that does not mesh with the high water demands of today’s extraction techniques.
 
Saint Louis Post Dispatch: 'Fracking' one step closer to breaking ground in Illinois
Friday, the Illinois Department of Natural Resources officially released proposed rules to govern the controversial oil-extraction process. It now will be considered by a state legislative committee, which will decide within 90 days whether to go forward with the proposed rules—which have already garnered some 30,000 comments from the public.
 
The State Journal: Hydraulic fracturing could improve geothermal energy
A recent issue of The Economist had an article titled “Geothermal Energy, Hot Rocks, Why Geothermal Is the New Fracking.” The month before, a New York Times article titled, “Geothermal Industry Grows, With Help from Oil and Gas Drilling.”
 
Philadelphia Inquirer: Marcellus Shale gas boom sparks land disputes
The Marcellus Shale natural gas discovery has triggered an associated boom in Pennsylvania land disputes, as formerly valueless mineral rights are now potentially worth millions.
 
State JournalWV workforce lacks oil and gas expertise — for now.
“It is amazing to consider how rapidly production has risen in recent years: For instance, the 33 percent rise in production that occurred just between 2012 and 2013 is significantly higher than anyone would have expected a few years ago,” said John Deskins, director of the Bureau of Business and Economic Research at West Virginia University. “More generally, performance has been consistently outstripping expectations in recent years.
 
Longview News-Journal: Texas shale keeps gas prices affordable.
Whenever overseas turmoil has pushed energy prices higher in the past, John and Beth Hughes have curbed their driving by eating at home more and shopping locally. But the crises in Ukraine and Iraq did not stop the Hughes family from making the two-hour drive to San Antonio to visit the Alamo, have a chicken-fried steak lunch and buy fish for their tank before driving home to Corpus Christi.
 
Houston Chronicle: As more oil travels along rail, safety concerns come up.
Across the country, intense scrutiny has descended on rail transit of crude, a partnership that built the national energy system in the age of John D. Rockefeller and Standard Oil. As traffic has surged, a series of accidents, including a spectacular derailment that killed dozens of people last summer in Canada, has led to outcry from fire marshals and assurances from rail industry officials.

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9-3-14 Top Energy Summits Coming

03 September 2014 6:17am

While we draw special attention to the following, upcoming meetings, we also urge readers to explore links to resource development, chamber of commerce and other similar groups in the U.S. and Canada which are linked above, and in the right-hand column.  -dh

"A Plethora of Organizations?"

I've heard some say, "These organizations are duplicative!  I can't support them all!"

But this mindset ignores that free enterprise is under attack from a massive and well-organized ​Enviro-Industrial-Governmental Cabal.  

The foundations, political activists and Soros-supported 'not-for-profit' organizations do not suffer from stingy donors.  As we have proved here in numerous instances, they will spend vast sums to 'fundamentally change countries and societies'.

We do sympathize with those with very limited budgets.  To those, we say, "Please consider reordering priorities.  Give to organizations that support you."

Let's ask, "Do organizations we support, support us at the ballot box, at federal hearings, at state legislative committee meetings?"

By using "enlightened self interest" when making charitable contributions and supporting organizational memberships, we might find that the culture of freedom, the principle of 'due process' and the overall protections of a strong "rule of law" will become more and more dominant over the dangerous trend in the world's democracies toward, "rule of man".

And, if we fail, we would at least have fought the good fight!

-dh

10th Annual Alaska Oil & Gas Congress, 9-15/18-14, Cathy Giessel, Photo by Dave Harbour, Alaska Senate, Alaska Oil and Gas CongressAnchorage.  The Cogress is Co-Chaired by Hon. Cathy Giessel (Alaska State Senate) and Anchorage Economic Development Corporation CEO, Bill Popp (NGP Photos).  Bill Popp, Photo by Dave Harbour, Anchorage Economic Development Corporation, Alaska Oil and Gas CongressCongress sponsors say, "Proudly celebrating its 10th anniversary, the Alaska Oil and Gas Congress promises to deliver valuable awareness into the progress and challenges around oil and gas development in Alaska."  We believe it is a premier, multi-day, annual energy event in northern, North America--sharing that distinction with the annual Arctic Oil & Gas Symposium in Calgary.  (Your author has chaired both events over the years.  -dh)

2014 Interstate Mining Compact Commission Mid-year Meeting, 10-15/17-14, Washington, DC.  We strongly urge oil & gas representatives to attend and support this meeting since issues affecting federal regulations on mining can and do apply to oil, gas and other natural resource permits.  Here's what sponsors say: "In addition to our regular agenda, as part of this year’s Mid-Year Meeting we are hosting a day of federal and state discussions on October 15. The program will consist of short panel introductions to the agenda topics followed by roundtable discussions. Officials from the U.S. Corps of Engineers (confirmed), U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, U.S. Bureau of Land Management, and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service have been invited to participate in separate sessions on that day." 

2014 Consumer Energy Alliance Energy Day, 10-18-14, Houston.  This festival puts an educational focus on "all of the above" energy technologies of interest to children and adults alike.  Hosted by CEA President David Holt (NGP Photo), a David Holt, Consumer Energy Alliance, Photo by Dave Harbourfrequent participant in energy events nationwide -- including Alaska -- sponsors say, "The festival hosts nearly 70 interactive demonstrations and exhibits teaching students and their families about the various forms of energy, science, technology, efficiency, conservation, and careers in the energy industry. The exciting exhibits and interactions with energy experts help spark students’ interest in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).  Attendees include students, educators, families and business leaders who see a range of exhibits highlighting energy sources and opportunities in the industry. Additionally, more than 75 students are awarded each year for their achievements in STEM-related competitions. Guests are also treated to music and numerous interactive games and displays.

2014 Interstate Oil & Gas Compact Commission (IOGCC) Annual Conference, Columbus, Ohio, 10-19/21-14. Hosted by Phil Bryant, Governor, Mississippi, Photo by Dave Harbourchairman, Governor Phil Bryant (NGP Photo) of Mississippi, sponsors say, "we will explore current issues and operations influencing the U.S. oil and natural gas industry.

"Participants will have the unique opportunity to interact with state regulators, government officials and industry professionals and learn about some prevailing environmentally-sound practices whilst focusing on the expansion of North American energy resources. 

"The 2014 IOGCC Annual Conference is bound to be both informational and enlightening to any individual wanting to learn more about the exploration and production of oil and natural gas."

126th Annual Meeting, 2014 National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC), 11-16-19, San Colette Honorable, NARUC, Photo by Dave HarbourFrancisco.  State and federal regulatory commissioners confer on many of the leading energy/environmental issues du jour, under leadership of Hon. Colette Honorable (NGP Photo) - NARUC President, Arkansas.  

Canadian Energy and Utility Regulators meet with NARUC commissioners and also convene their own annual meeting in the spring.  The next CAMPUT Annual Conference is scheduled for:  May 10 – 13, 2015, Hyatt Regency Hotel, Calgary, Alberta.

 

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9-2-14 Remember When The Alaska Gas Project Would Be 'Largest Construction Project'?

02 September 2014 6:51am

Remember When Alaska Considered 'Gas To Liquids'?
 

By Frank DiCesare / American Press

A main component of Sasol’s final regulatory hurdle has been cleared.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers on Friday approved Sasol wetlands modification permit, allowing the company to disrupt -- and later replace -- wetlands during construction.

Mike Hayes, Sasol’s public affairs manager for U.S. megaprojects, told the American Press on Friday that the permit will also allow Sasol to move ahead with the project's financing.

"This means we can start planning to ask management for our Final Investment Decision," Hayes said. "On the ground, we will be able to begin pre-construction activities, such as site cleaning. We will also start preparing for the construction of the dock from which will we offload our modules." 

US KHATYN, Russia, Sept 1 (Reuters), by Vladimir Soldatkin - President Vladimir Putin on Monday oversaw the start of construction on a giant pipeline that is due to ship $400 billion worth of Russian gas to China in the three decades after flows begin in 2019.

The 4,000 km (2,500 mile) "Power of Siberia" pipeline, being built by state-controlled Gazprom, forms a key part of the Kremlin's energy strategy, symbolising Russia's attempts to wean itself off dependence on European markets that account for most of its exports.

"Just now, we along with our Chinese friends are starting the biggest construction project in the world," Putin told a Chinese delegation, headed by Vice Premier Zhang Gaoli, and a group of Gazprom workers in Russia's far east.

He said the first gas pipeline between Russia and China: "Will not only allow us to export gas, but to develop gas infrastructure.....  (More)

(Note:  We suspect there will be no permitting delays, no frivolous lawsuits, no enviro-extremist pickets and no regulatory gauntlets.  -dh)


AP, US News, by Johathan Fahey. Dominion Resources, Duke Energy and other partners are proposing a $5 billion natural gas pipeline to connect the Southeast with the prodigious supplies of natural gas being produced in Pennsylvania, Ohio and West Virginia.​


30 places available globally for the Downstream leaders of tomorrow

BP today started its 2015 Future Leaders Programme (FLP), a recruitment campaign which aims to fast-track early career recruits to be the business leaders of the future. The FLP is a highly selective global recruitment and development programme, run by BP for candidates around the world to work in its Refining & Marketing businesses and its Safety & Operational Risk and Information Technology & Services functions.

This year’s programme builds on the success of previous years’ campaigns and aims to attract 30 individuals of the highest calibre to benefit from a bespoke global development programme that lasts a minimum of three years. Participants will benefit from significant mentoring and access to senior BP executives, combined with a real business role and an overseas placement. As a minimum, applicants must have a postgraduate qualification, at least three years’ professional experience, a global outlook and the ambition and potential for senior leadership.

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9-1-14

01 September 2014 4:10am

Since it is a holiday and since most vital northern energy issues are taking another day of rest, we bring you links to issues directly and indirectly related to energy...that we normally wouldn't feature due to other priority stories, issues and editorials.  -dh

Public Employee Union Day
A lot has changed for organized labor since Labor Day was federally recognized 120 years ago.

Obama's low-income, community lending shakedown reaches $128 billion 
Bank of America and other institutions get busted for engaging in risky low-income lending, and naturally, their penalty is to engage in even more of it.

It's about the money, not the climate
Taxing energy use means taxing "greenhouse gas" emissions; primarily carbon dioxide (CO2) so that every ton of it added to the atmosphere by a power plant and any other commercial activity becomes a source of income for the nation.

Investors.com: Obama's delusional view of the economy
Is it morning in America?

 


 

Public Employee Union Day

By Rick Manning

Labor Day is the traditional last day of summer, often celebrated by final trips to the shore and followed by public pool closings and other signs that the world is battening down the hatches for colder weather.

However what most don't realize is that the day itself was originally created by organized labor to call attention to the contributions of workers.  A public relations stunt designed to provide labor unions a focal point in their never ending battle with management.

A lot has changed for organized labor since Labor Day was federally recognized 120 years ago.

The then burgeoning movement has gained massive political power and influence across the century, only to see it decline precipitously to a point where today only 6.7 percent of the private sector workforce belong to labor unions.  In fact, there are currently more union members who are public employees than in the private sector.

This transition of labor union membership from private sector to public employee dominated has massive implications for the future.

Get full story here.

 


 

Obama's low-income, community lending shakedown reaches $128 billion

By Robert Romano

$128 billion and counting.

That is Investor's Business Daily's latest tally of settlements the Obama Justice Department has extracted from the U.S. banking industry in connection with the 2008 financial crisis, as Bank of America agreed to another $17 billion in payouts over losses stemming from its 2009 acquisition of Countrywide.

Included is $5 billion as a penalty paid to the federal government itself, $300 million will be paid to the state of New York, $300 million to California, $200 million to Illinois, $75 million to Maryland, $45 to Delaware, and $23 million to Kentucky,according to the Justice Department.

Another $7 billion will go to debt forgiveness, mortgage principal cramdowns, and, of course, more low-income lending. And then, after four years, whatever is not lent into the financial abyss by Bank of America directly will be given to community organizer groups so they can do it.

You know, the ones that in part contributed to the financial crisis by coercing low-income, Community Reinvestment Act (CRA) loans from financial institutions engaged in mergers allowed under the 1999 Gramm-Leach-Bliley financial modernization law.

The groups include the Interest on Lawyers' Trust Account, NeighborWorks of America, La Raza, the National Community Reinvestment Coalition, the Neighborhood Assistance Corporation of America, Operation Hope, and the Mutual Housing Association of New York, an ACORN off-shoot.

So, Bank of America and other institutions get busted for engaging in risky low-income lending, and naturally, their penalty is to engage in even more of it. Similar settlements have been reached with Citibank and JP Morgan Chase, the Investor's Business Daily editorial notes, with more to come from Morgan Stanley and Wells Fargo.

This is the same type of stupidity that helped contribute to the mortgage crisis in the first place.

Get full story here.

 


 

It's about the money, not the climate

By Alan Caruba

Oscar Wilde (1854-1900), the Irish poet and dramatist, wrote "Pray don't talk to me about the weather. Whenever people talk to me about the weather, I always feel quite certain that they mean something else."

These days, when some world leader or politician speaks of the climate — the weather is what is happening right now wherever you are — they are not talking about sunshine or rain. They are talking about a devilishly obscene way of raising money by claiming that it is humans that are threatening the climate with everything they do, from turning on the lights to driving anywhere.

That's why "global warming" was invented in the late 1980s as an immense threat to the Earth and to mankind. Never mind that Earth has routinely passed through warmer and cooler cycles for billions of years; much of which occurred before mankind emerged. And never mind that the Earth has been a distinct cooling cycle for the past seventeen years and likely to stay in it for a while. If the history of ice ages is any guide, we could literally be on the cusp of a new one.

If, however, a government can tax the use of energy, it stands to make a lot of money. That is why carbon taxes have been introduced in some nations and why the nearly useless "clean energy" options of wind and solar have been introduced even though they both require the backup of traditional coal, natural gas and nuclear energy plants because they cannot produce electricity if the wind isn't blowing and the sun is obscured by clouds.

Get full story here.

 


 

ALG Editor's Note: In the following featured editorial from Investor's Business Daily, Obama's delusions of the strength of the U.S. economy abound:

Obama's delusional view of the economy

Economy: In a speech this week, President Obama showed he's just as detached about the economy as he is about foreign affairs, offering an upbeat economic assessment that would make even Pollyanna cringe.

In a single paragraph in his speech to the American Legion on Tuesday, Obama rattled off some of his alleged domestic achievements. More jobs, booming industries, more kids graduating.

Morning in America!

But like most things Obama says that aren't flat untruths, these claims are wildly misleading. For example, the president says his policies rescued the country from what could have been another Great Depression and as a result we're now "stronger at home."

But as IBD pointed out recently, by several measures the economy is worse off than it was when the recovery started back in June 2009. Among them: median household incomes are down, poverty is up, Social Security is weaker, the national debt is far larger.

Get full story here.

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8-31-14

31 August 2014 3:54pm

 
   
Marsden: Our oil gets a rougher ride than even dirty U.S. coalCalgary Herald.  ... talk about greenhouse gases being a reason to deny twinning of an existingpipeline. ... David Marsden is a member of the Herald editorial board.
 

8-30-14 Another Labor Day Without Job Producing Keystone XL Pipeline

30 August 2014 1:52pm

This weekend's Consumer Energy Alliance Energy Links:

BuildKXLNow.org: Another Labor Day without Keystone XL
This coming Labor Day Weekend marks the fourth year Union construction workers will not be taking a day off from building the Keystone XL Pipeline to enjoy an end to the summer BBQ. Six years of delays are hurting, not helping, the thousands of people who will see benefits from pipeline construction. Independent and government reviews have exhaustively documented how construction would affect the U.S. economy, especially Union workers in the construction and manufacturing sectors.
 
The Energy Voice: Big Surprise for Labor Day Gas Prices
The summer season traditionally matches its intensifying outdoor temperatures with escalating gas prices, but not this year. Instead of breaking the bank at the pumps, motorists have been treated to unusually kind gas prices as the travel-heavy Labor Day holiday weekend nears. As of Aug. 25, the average price was $3.43 per gallon, the lowest average since Feb. 26, according to AAA’s Fuel Gauge Survey. In fact, gas prices have fallen 6.5% since the start of the summer, USA Today said.
 
Associated Press: Shell Files Revised Arctic Offshore Drilling Plan
Royal Dutch Shell PLC has filed a revised Arctic offshore drilling plan with federal regulators but says the company hasn't decided whether to return to waters off the coast of northwest Alaska in 2015.
 
The Hill: Landrieu ad highlights Gulf oil drilling fight
Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-La.) took credit in an advertisement released Thursday for ending the Obama administration’s Gulf of Mexico oil drilling moratorium that followed the 2010 Deepwater Horizon disaster.
 
Huffington Post: Obama Opened Floodgates for Offshore Fracking in Recent Gulf of Mexico Lease
In little-noticed news arising out of a recent Gulf of Mexico offshore oil and gas lease held by the U.S. Department of Interior's Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, the floodgates have opened for Gulf offshore hydraulic fracturing ("fracking").
 
Leader Post: Inter Pipeline thrives outside Keystone spotlight
For Canadian oilsands pipeline companies, operating under the radar pays. Inter Pipeline Ltd. is leading shareholder gains among Canadian peers as it operates within the oilfriendly provinces of Alberta and Saskatchewan, avoiding the environmental controversies that have dogged projects from larger competitors such as TransCanada Corp.'s Keystone XL. Pembina Pipeline Corp., with a focus on Western Canada, hit a record high on Wednesday.
 
Rapid City Journal: Live coverage of Supreme Court hearing on Keystone XL appeal
NET Television will broadcast live the Nebraska Supreme Court’s hearing on the Thompson v. Heineman appeal over the Keystone XL pipeline’s Nebraska routes and Gov. Dave Heineman’s decision to sign legislation permitting the establishment of the route.
 
The Hill: Obama pushes green standards for everything but kitchen sink
The Obama administration is working on new efficiency standards for seemingly every appliance but the kitchen sink. Spurred by President Obama’s climate action plan, the Department of Energy is pumping out new standards for refrigerators, dishwashers, air conditioners, ceiling fans, furnaces, boilers, water heaters, lamps, and many more appliances.
 
The New York Times: A New American Oil Bonanza
Whenever overseas turmoil has pushed energy prices higher in the past, John and Beth Hughes have curbed their driving by eating at home more and shopping locally. But the current crises in Ukraine and Iraq did not stop them from making the two-hour drive to San Antonio to visit the Alamo, have a chicken fried steak lunch, and buy fish for their tank before driving home to Corpus Christi.
 
The New York Times: Resurgence in Oil and Gas Sector Spurs Merger Boom
The merger boom in the energy sector shows no signs of slowing. As energy production in the United States rises substantially, pipeline and storage companies will look to expand capacity through acquisitions, industry analysts and investors forecast.
 
Bloomberg: Sand Means Gold as U.S. Fracking Demand Booms: Chart of the Day
Shares of U.S. companies which supply sand to energy producers are surging in response to the growing use of fracking, or extracting oil and natural gas from shale formations.
 
Bloomberg: Alaska Lures Back Big Oil With Big Tax Breaks
Alaska’s oil boom times, which have propped up the state for decades, are coming to an end. In the late 1980s the state produced as much as a quarter of all U.S. crude, about 2 million barrels a day. Over the last 15 years, its daily oil production has been cut in half, to just more than 500,000 barrels. And the fracking boom has unlocked shale oil beneath Texas and North Dakota that is more profitable to extract. Rising oil prices have so far made up for Alaska’s declining production, but for a state whose budget relies on oil profits for 90 percent of its revenue, the picture is starting to look troublesome.
 
USA Today: Rail deliveries of U.S. oil continue to surge
Amid a boom in U.S. oil production, the amount of crude oil and refined petroleum products moved by rail continues to climb. There were 459,550 carloads of oil and petroleum products transported during the first seven months of this year, up 9% from the same period in 2013, according to the Association of American Railroads.
 
Associated Press: Oil industry treats fracking foes differently in Texas, Colorado
A fight over fracking is looming in Texas. Another stand-off is shaping up in Colorado. Yet drillers’ reactions couldn’t be more different. In Texas, drillers are doing their, noisy in-your-face fracking as usual. On a small farm about an hour from the Colorado Rocky Mountains, the oil industry is giving fracking a makeover, cutting back on rumbling trucks and tamping down on pollution.
 
Los Angeles Times: Fracking report clears way for California oil, gas leasing to resume
The federal government will resume oil and gas leasing in California following a report released Thursday that found little scientific evidence that fracking and similar extraction techniques are dangerous.
 
SFGate: Fracking may endanger groundwater in California
Fracking for oil in California happens at shallower depths than previously realized and could pose a risk to precious groundwater supplies, according to a federally commissioned report released Thursday.
 
Associated Press: Lafayette's fracking ban tossed
Colorado's oil and gas industry has again won another court battle against a town that banned or limited fracking. A Boulder District Court judge on Wednesday tossed out a voter-approved fracking ban in Lafayette.
 
Colorado Independent: Gas patch resident fracking concerns not going away any time soon
Coloradans living in the northern Front Range gas patch are moving forward with the movement to wrest greater control over drilling in their cities and towns, despite recent events.
The first week of August, Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper pulled a rabbit out of a hat when he persuaded the main parties engaged in a heated, expensive battle over oil-and-gas drilling regulation to agree to an effective truce so that a task force could study the issue and then make recommendations to the legislature next year.
 
Associated Press: Illinois Department of Natural Resources set to release hydraulic fracturing rules Friday
The Illinois Department of Natural Resources is expected to release proposed rules for high-volume oil and gas drilling to a legislative panel. Department officials say that rules to implement the state's year-old hydraulic fracturing law will be submitted to the Illinois Legislature's Joint Committee on Administrative Rules Friday.
 
Reno Gazette- Journal: State regulators allow fracking to start in Nevada
Fracking can move forward across Nevada after new regulations guiding the controversial activity were approved Thursday by state officials. Meeting in Elko, the Nevada Commission on Mineral Resources unanimously OK’d rules addressing the practice of hydraulic fracturing for oil and gas.
 
The Times-Tribune: $90 billion left in Marcellus Shale, analyst says
About $90 billion of value remains in the Marcellus Shale, according to international energy, mining and metals analytical firm Wood Mackenzie. That estimate factors in the potential revenue from marketing the gas, minus development costs. The Houston-based firm expects the top 20 operators in the Marcellus to drill 25,000 wells through 2035.
 
Pittsburgh Business Times: Washington County's economy more than just Marcellus Shale
In terms of business opportunity, Washington County has more to offer than Marcellus Shale. That was the chief takeaway from the 45th installment of the Corridors of Opportunity series, a Pittsburgh Business Times event focusing on regions of the local economy.
 
Fuel Fix: Hearing to discuss Mexico’s energy impact on Texas
An energy boom is brewing across the border, and a joint legislative hearing in September will talk about the potential impact on the Rio Grande Valley. A joint hearing of the Texas House Energy Resources Committee and the House International Trade & Intergovernmental Affairs Committee will be held Sept. 26 in Edinburg.
 
UPI: Texas reviews seismic link to fracking
A Texas energy regulator said it was reviewing industry practices for hydraulic fracturing brought into question after a series of seismic events in the state.
 
Express News: Flaring: the dark side of the oil boom
The flaring of natural gas in the Eagle Ford Shale makes for spectacular images. And it is slowly killing Texas and the world. The state clearly needs to begin offering more than the illusion of regulation. This is the biggest take-away from the exhaustively reported four-part series, “Up In Flames,” in the Express-News by Jennifer Hiller and John Tedesco. The series began last Sunday.
 
Renewablesbiz: Industry group say EPA plan would cut jobs, raise power prices
The Kentucky Association of Manufacturers and other business representatives on Wednesday said proposed revisions to federal air pollution regulations could cost Kentucky billions of dollars and put tens of thousands of jobs at risk. "Many in the nation and especially here in Kentucky believe they would have a damaging effect on our industrial base and our coal-fired power plant base," Kyndle CEO Brad Schneider, who facilitated a statewide news media conference call, said.
 
The Dispatch: Feds Look To Allay Seismic Air Gun Testing Fears
With the federal government inching closer to green-lighting the use of seismic air gun testing for natural gas and oil off the mid-Atlantic coast including Ocean City, the agency that would regulate the activity last week issued a statement attempting to clear up some of the myths associated with the potential dangers.

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