2-17-12 - House Majority Passes ANWR - House Minority Attacks LNG Exports
HOUSE MAJORITY. Yesterday the Full House of Representatives passed H.R. 3408, with a bipartisan vote of 237-187. The legislation is a bipartisan plan to expand offshore energy production, open less than three percent of ANWR for oil and natural gas production, encourage the development of 1.5 trillion barrels of oil shale in the Rocky Mountain West, and approve the Keystone XL pipeline. The plan will create over 1.2 million jobs, raise over $4.3 billion in new federal revenues, help lower gasoline prices and strengthen our national and economic security.
HOUSE MINORITY. Press Action. The movement to stop the export of domestically produced natural gas in the United States continues to gain momentum, as Rep. Edward Markey, D-Mass., introduced two pieces of legislation this week that would limit the ability of companies to ship liquefied natural gas overseas.
(Commentary: As Alaska seeks to impose more and more tax and regulatory controls on the oil industry -- and consider direct ownership of pipelines and hydroelectric dams -- we draw attention to this new study released this week. Thanks to reader, A.T. for this link. -dh) Stanford University News by Mark Golden. To maintain power, oil-rich governments often lean on their national oil companies in ways that hurt the environment, damage their companies' efficiency and raise prices for the rest of the world, according to Stanford University researcher Mark Thurber. The state-owned oil companies, like Saudi Aramco, Petróleos de Venezuela and China National Petroleum Corp., control 73 percent of the world's oil reserves, dwarfing the ExxonMobils of the world. Beyond just producing profits for their central governments, the national oil companies (known as NOCs) are often saddled with tasks such as heavily subsidizing domestic energy consumption and employing thousands of unneeded workers with good political connections. "You might think that the NOCs would be good for the environment because they are partly the cause of today's high oil prices, and high prices should lead to less consumption and less pollution, but that isn't the case," said Thurber, co-editor of, and contributor to, the new bookOil and Governance: State-Owned Enterprises and the World Energy Supply (Cambridge University Press, 2012).
Fairbanks News Miner by Matt Buxton. Less than two months after the Borough Assembly signed off on a study on building a natural gas distribution network in the Fairbanks North Star Borough, assemblymembers heard preliminary results during a work session Thursday night.
Eureka Alert (12/16/12) reports: Hydraulic fracturing of shale formations to extract natural gas has no direct connection to reports of groundwater contamination, based on evidence reviewed in a study released Thursday by the Energy Institute at The University of Texas at Austin…The study, released at the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) in Vancouver, British Columbia, found that many problems ascribed to hydraulic fracturing are related to processes common to all oil and gas drilling operations, such as casing failures or poor cement jobs.
The Hill (12/16/12) reports: Energy Secretary Steven Chu said Thursday he is confident the federal government will lose less money on the Energy Department’s loan program than a recent analysis predicted…The analysis, which was mandated by the White House in the aftermath of the Solyndra collapse, estimated that the federal government could lose up to $3 billion from the loan program…“I would be very surprised if we lost that,” Chu told reporters Thursday after testifying before the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee on his department’s budget blueprint.
The Hill: Opponents of Keystone pipeline are threatening US jobs (op-ed) - Democrats have launched their latest attack on export-led job creation, this time piggybacking on anti-oil sentiment to oppose the Keystone XL pipeline. The pipeline would bring crude from the vast oil sands deposits in Canada to American refineries along the Gulf, creating thousands of private sector jobs.