House Natural Resources Committee takes yet another action promoting same oil and gas giveaways, mandates leasing quotas for oil companies
The U.S. House Natural Resources Committee meets on Wednesday to mark up a slew of bills, and sandwiched in among them are a familiar series of giveaways to the multibillion-dollar oil and gas industry. In fact, the legislation would mandate leasing quotas for oil companies and increase speculation on public lands. “The oil and gas… Read more »
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State Department Inspector General Probing Keystone XL Contractor’s Conflicts of Interest
In yet another investigation into the Obama Administration’s activities, the State Department Inspector General is probing the conflicts of interest surrounding the contractor that performed the Keystone XL review,. The American public was supposed to get an honest look at the impacts of the Keystone XL pipeline. Instead, Environmental Resources Management (ERM), a fossil fuel contractor,… Read more »
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Colorado oil production up nearly 50 percent since 2010
According to the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission (COGCC) oil production exceeded 48 million barrels in 2012, a 49 percent increase over 2010 levels. The 2012 oil production levels are the highest since 1961 and are in increase of 24 percent over 2011 levels. According to COGCC gas production reached its highest level since… Read more »
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Senators get it wrong on oil & gas production at Jewell nomination hearing; Industry is following the oil to nonfederal lands
The Senate Energy and Natural Resources convened, Thursday, to question President Obama’s Interior Sec. nominee, REI Chief Executive Officer Sally Jewell. The three-hour hearing was generally friendly, but some Senators couldn’t pass up the chance to repeat oil and gas industry talking points, rather than deal in facts. The Checks and Balances Project watched the… Read more »
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Reality check on gas prices, public lands
Rhetoric in the public debate on gas prices is heating up from politicians this week. Unfortunately, oil and gas apologists continue to push misinformation on the American public. Instead of exporting American resources so that oil companies get richer, let’s use our oil at home to the benefit of all Americans. There is another simple… Read more »
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More drilling happening under Obama than last three administrations
It’s official. There is now more oil and gas drilling occurring under the Obama administration than under the administrations of George W. Bush, Bill Clinton, George H.W. Bush, and the second half of the Reagan administration. Salem Gebrekidan at Reuters has the story: “The number of rigs drilling for oil in the United States this… Read more »
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Big Oil politicians to ignore facts: U.S. oil production higher under Obama than when Bush left office
by Matt Garrington On Wednesday, Rep. Doc Hastings led a full oversight hearing focused on President Obama’s now-lifted Gulf of Mexico moratorium to examine “lingering impacts on jobs, energy production and local economies.” Meanwhile, Hastings continues to waste taxpayer money on oversight hearings for problems that don’t exist. Domestic oil production and energy jobs are… Read more »
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Public health voice absent from fracking study
Shutting out public health perspectives is becoming common place, this time its being done by the federal government On Monday the Secretary of Energy Advisory Board’s (SEAB) Natural Gas Subcommittee issued several recommendations to, “improve environmental safety and performance from extracting natural gas from shale formations.” Initial reaction to the report is mixed and that’s… Read more »
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