Bingo! We win nothing; Oil shale still a failed idea
During Wednesday’s fielding hearing led by Reps. Lamborn and Tipton, both the Congressmen and witnesses repeated century-old rhetoric in an effort to promote oil shale as a “environmentally responsible” energy option. And while we managed to fill up our Bingo sheet, we hardly won anything – the hearing resulted in the same failed ideas on… Read more »
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Another oil shale hearing? Let’s play Bingo
On Wednesday, the House Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources will host a field hearing on oil shale in Grand Junction, Colo. For nearly a century, oil shale has been promoted as the miracle fuel, but it has yet to become commercially viable, let alone become a realistic option to meet America’s growing energy needs…. 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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Obama: Oil and gas corporations are not people
Last night on CNN, President Obama responded to Mitt Romney’s position that “corporations are people,” and singled out oil and gas corporations – identifying them as companies and not people who deserve government handouts. “Well, if you tell me that corporations are vital to American life, that the free-enterprise system has been the greatest wealth… Read more »
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Little victory in permitting lawsuit
The Department of Interior’s (DOI) effort to overhaul public land drilling was setback when the court sided with the Western Energy Alliance (WEA) in a suit against the limited use of categorical exclusions to expedite onshore drilling. According to The Hill, WEA “alleged the policy ran afoul of a 2005 energy law that required the… Read more »
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Gas-Industrial Complex Series – Colorado
Since 2008 more than 6,000 natural gas drilling permits have been issued for gas drilling in Garfield County, Colorado. Almost all of these permits have been approved under the supervision of Garfield County’s governing body, the Board of County Commissioners. Two of the three current commissioners have overseen this proliferation in its entirety. Commissioner Tresi… Read more »
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U.S. increases natural gas export capabilities
This just in from the AP: The federal government granted permission to Lake Charles Exports LLC to export domestically produced natural gas to other countries. This is the second time the US has allowed a company to export liquiefied natural gas. Coupled with the Energy Information Administration¹s announcement earlier in the year that America was… Read more »
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Flawed EIA Report: Checks and Balances to File FOIA Request
On Monday, the Checks and Balances Project, Greenpeace, and Oil Change International will file this Freedom of Information Act request to determine if there were budgetary threats applied by members of the House of Representatives to force the release of a deeply flawed report from the Energy Information Administration (EIA).  We are filing this request… Read more »
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Barrasso and Hastings turn energy discussion into a pro-industry spin zone
The energy debate continued to get more contentious when wildly illogical arguments were tossed out during roundtable discussion hosted by Politico. The voices, from all sides of the energy debate, included Sen. John Barrasso (R-Wyo.), Rep. Doc Hastings (R-Wash.), Rep. Dianne DeGette (D-Colo.), former head of the EPA Carol Browner and Doug Holtz-Eakin formerly of… Read more »
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Steve Pearce working hard for oil and gas companies
On Tuesday, Rep. Steve Pearce (R-NM) proved again that he’s one of the hardest working politicians on Capitol Hill when it comes to the oil & gas agenda. Rep. Pearce incorrectly claimed that wilderness protection is preventing the state from making money. Unfortunately for the congressman, New Mexico media reported just yesterday that the state… Read more »
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