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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
With less than three weeks to go before Election Day, the rhetoric around gas prices and drilling is heating up at campaign events around the country. The issue was also front and center in Tuesday night’s presidential debate. Predictably, data about oil production on federal lands and its effects on gas prices is being spun… Read more »
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 »
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: January 27, 2012 Checks and Balances Project launches Western Lands and Energy Dashboard In wake of State of the Union energy debate, watchdog group works to counter claims by API, Western Energy Alliance Denver – Today, the Checks and Balances Project launched its Western Lands and Energy Dashboard examining oil and gas… Read more »
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 »
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 »
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 »
What is the difference between misdemeanors and felonies in Arizona? Wochit Former Chairman of the Arizona Corporation Commission Gary Pierce and water company owner George Johnson were indicted this week in federal court on charges of bribery, conspiracy and fraud.
Six years after former Gov. Bob McDonnell and his family began receiving money, loans, vacations, golf outings, designer clothes and a Rolex from a businessman he called a friend, little has changed to prevent such largesse being provided to Virginia's top executive, state officials say.
A stretch of sunny, windy days, combined with brimming reservoirs at hydroelectricity facilities across the state, helped California reach yet another renewable energy milestone last weekend. Early Saturday afternoon, renewable sources produced a record 67.
A major Canadian logger appears to be using a pair of law suits to end the existence of Greenpeace and to stop or curtail pro-environmental activities by other organizations operating in North America, or perhaps, generally. This activity is being carried out by Resolute Forest Products.