From the American Petroleum Institute on Thursday:
WASHINGTON, January 29, 2015 ─ API President and CEO Jack Gerard said the Senate’s strong bipartisan passage of legislation to build the Keystone XL pipeline shows Congress can find common ground and follow the will of the American people. Now, it’s the president’s turn to show he’s ready to lead on energy issues.
“Republicans and Democrats alike on Capitol Hill are speaking in one clear voice saying it’s time to build KXL,” said Gerard. “This is one of the most bipartisan bills we have seen in recent history. We hope the president will seize this opportunity to work collaboratively with Congress to advance sound energy policy while creating thousands of jobs.
“We cannot afford to veto 42,000 good paying American jobs because of politics as usual. We urge the president to make the right decision and approve KXL because it is in this nation’s best interest.
“We agree with the president that our sights should be higher than a single pipeline. But if we can’t make a decision on a single pipeline, how can we expect to ever convince the market we can accomplish comprehensive infrastructure improvement? Indecision has consequences. The fact is that if all other infrastructure projects are delayed like Keystone XL, we are years away from approving anything that could create jobs and enhance our energy security.”
API thanked leaders from both sides of the aisle in both chambers of Congress. Since the delays began more than six years ago, lawmakers who relentlessly put jobs and energy security first have continued to recognize Keystone XL and its benefits to the U.S.
API is the only national trade association representing all facets of the oil and natural gas industry, which supports 9.8 million U.S. jobs and 8 percent of the U.S. economy. API’s more than 625 members include large integrated companies, as well as exploration and production, refining, marketing, pipeline, and marine businesses, and service and supply firms. They provide most of the nation’s energy and are backed by a growing grassroots movement of more than 25 million Americans.
From Environment America on Thursday:
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- After three weeks of debate, the U.S. Senate passed a bill this afternoon to force approval of the controversial Keystone XL pipeline. The measure passed 62 to 36, failing to garner enough votes to override a promised veto from President Obama. According to the State Department, building Keystone XL would add 26 million metric tons of carbon pollution to our atmosphere each year, the equivalent of putting another 5.7 million cars on the road. Environment America’s Anna Aurilio issued the following statement:
“We owe it to the next generation to put the brakes on global warming, but Keystone XL would hit the accelerator. By pushing forward this dangerous pipeline, the Senate is listening to the project’s oil industry backers, not the scientists who say there’s a limit to how much carbon we can dump into the air before climate change spirals out of control.
“We’re delighted that President Obama has pledged to veto this pro-polluter, pro-global warming bill. The president is continuing to lead on climate, and we're thankful to all the senators who voted with him today to reject this dirty, dangerous pipeline legislation.”
To read more or comment...
From the American Sustainable Business Council on Thursday:
WASHINGTON, DC – Today, in response to the U.S. Senate’s vote to approve the Keystone XL pipeline, the American Sustainable Business Council (ASBC), which represents more than 200,000 businesses, released a statement saying that instead, Congress should focus on the jobs and other economic benefits of renewable energy.
"Congress should stop wasting time on this giveaway to the fossil fuel industry. Many more permanent jobs – and much better jobs – come from investments in renewable energy,” said Richard Eidlin, Vice President of Public Policy for the American Sustainable Business Council, which with its member organizations represents more than 200,000 businesses across the nation. "Those are proven job creators. The Keystone XL pipeline simply isn't. All it would do is put more local businesses and communities at risk from more devastating oil spills.”
To read more or comment...
From the Laborers International Union of North America on Thursday:
Quote from LIUNA General President Terry O’Sullivan on Senate Approval of Keystone XL Pipeline:
“We applaud the Senate vote – it’s a vote they should not have been forced to take. We hope the President stops the politics when a bill reaches his desk and unlocks the good jobs and energy the pipeline will support.”
#To read more or comment...
From the Center for Liquified Natural Gas on Thursday:
Washington, D.C.: In response to today’s Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee hearing on S. 33, the “LNG Permitting Certainty and Transparency Act,” Center for Liquefied Natural Gas (CLNG) President Bill Cooper issued the following statement:
“Today’s hearing emphasizes the wide consensus among energy experts, economists and policymakers: Liquefied natural gas exports will be an economic boon to the U.S., creating jobs and investment while enhancing our trading partnerships. Thanks to our abundance of natural gas supplies, the U.S. is uniquely positioned to both meet domestic demand and still bring real wealth back into this country by selling a small percentage of our surplus natural gas to our friends and allies abroad. CLNG applauds today’s hearing participants for urging strong bipartisan legislative action to move these projects forward so that all Americans can experience the clear benefits provided by LNG exports.”To read more or comment...
From CONSOL Energy Inc. today including the admission that a fatal accident in eastern Ohio late last year trimmed earnings in the quarter from pads that were closed down over midstream safety concerns that have since been resolved:
CONSOL's E&P Division had another outstanding quarter by achieving record production of 70.5 Bcfe, or an increase of 45% from the 48.5 Bcfe produced in the year-earlier quarter. CONSOL's annual 2014 production was 235.7 Bcfe, which exceeded its goal of 30% production growth over 2013.
During the quarter, a midstream company that handles and processes some of CONSOL's gas and liquids had a fatality on one of their sites, during their operations. This tragedy unearthed operational standards that led CONSOL to question the safety procedures of the company. As a result, over the course of the quarter CONSOL elected to shut-in pads serviced by this midstream provider while safety processes and procedures were evaluated and validated by CONSOL. As a result of this process, CONSOL estimated that the shut-in pads accounted for 2.7 Bcfe worth of lost production in the quarter. Operations are ramping-up in this area and should be back to normal levels by the end of January.To read more or comment...
From GlobalData on Thursday:
LONDON, UK (GlobalData), 29 January 2015 - With oil prices having fallen more than 50% in less than six months, the OPEC group’s reluctance to cut production in order to stabilize prices reflects the threat being posed by production rises from non-OPEC countries, according to research and consulting firm GlobalData.
Matthew Jurecky, GlobalData’s Head of Oil & Gas Research and Consulting, states that over 70% of the 12.7 million barrels of oil per day (mmbd) incremental production between 2008 and 2013 came from non-OPEC countries, led by the US, Russia and China.To read more or comment...
From GlobalData on Thursday:
LONDON, UK (GlobalData), 29 January 2015 - The recent changes in the taxation of Russia’s oil and gas sector reflect both the country’s pivot eastward and the special treatment afforded to its state-controlled energy companies, says an analyst with research and consulting firm GlobalData.
According to Will Scargill, GlobalData’s Upstream Fiscal Analyst, the so-called ‘tax maneuver’ shifts the tax burden from export duty on oil and petroleum products to Mineral Extraction Tax (MET) on oil production. It will gradually reduce Russia’s marginal rate of export duty to 30% in 2017, while increasing the base rate of MET to RUB919/tonne.To read more or comment...
Between 17 and 49 trains a week filled with highly volatile Bakken crude oil are passing through northern Ohio, according to railroad information newly released by the state of Ohio.
Last summer, the Beacon Journal looked at Bakken oil shipments by rail through Ohio and estimated that 50 trains a week filled with crude oil from North Dakota and Montana passed through Ohio.
The crude oil is being shipped by rail to refineries on the East Coast.
Last May, the federal government ordered railroads to notify state officials when they haul more than 1 million gallons of Bakken oil. First responders such as police and fire are notified along the routes.To read more or comment...
Here's the response I got from Vicki Granado, a spokeswoman for the Rover Pipeline, on allegations filed by five Ohio grass-roots groups with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission that pipeline representatives have bullied landowners in Ohio to sign easements and threatened them with claiming land by eminent domain:
"I can’t speak for other companies, but I can tell you that we expect our employees and contractors to conduct themselves with the utmost professionalism at all times, and to treat all landowners fairly and respectfully. If we find that is not happening, we will take care of it immediately. It is our intention to be a good neighbor and a valued member of all the communities throughout Ohio in which we are working."To read more or comment...
Chesapeake Energy Corp,the Oklahoma-based firm is the No. 1 driller in Ohio.
Rig Count Interactive Map by Baker Hughes, an energy services company.
Shale Sheet Fracking, a Youngstown Vindicator blog.
The Ohio Environmental Council, a statewide eco-group based in Columbus.
Earthjustice, a national eco-group.
People's Oil and Gas Collaborative-Ohio, a grass-roots group in Northeast Ohio.
Concerned Citizens of Medina County, a grass-roots group.
No Frack Ohio, a Columbus-based grass-roots group.
Fracking: Gas Drilling's Environmental Threat by ProPublica, an online journalism site.
Pipeline, blog from Pittsburgh Post-Gazette on Marcellus shale drilling.
Allegheny Front, environmental public radio for Western Pennsylvania.