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President Trump Issues Energy-Related Executive Orders
On April 10, 2019, President Trump issued two Executive Orders (EOs) to facilitate the construction of primarily energy-related infrastructure, including pipelines. EO 13867, Issuance of Permits with respect to Facilities and Land Transportation Crossings at International Borders, was issued to expedite permitting of facilities crossing the international border, such as oil and gas pipelines to...
Pipeline Boom in Ohio
The Toledo Blade reports on the boom in pipeline construction in Ohio: Three proposed pipelines are winding their way through the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission approval process now. A major pipeline company has hinted it may build a fourth large pipeline. The largest project is Energy Transfer Partner L.P.’s $4.3 billion Rover Pipeline, an 823-mile...
Keystone XL Pipeline Bill Defeated in Senate
From the Washington Post: “On a 59 to 41 vote, Landrieu lost her bid to pass legislation meant to compel the Obama White House to approve the nearly 1,700-mile, $7.6 billion Keystone XL pipeline, which if built would deliver 830,000 barrels of oil a day from western Canada into the American heartland.” Read the full...
A Case For Domestic Oil Production
Surprise! The NYT ran an op-ed this week making the case for increased domestic oil production. A sample: “According to the Energy Information Administration, in 2010 some 49 percent of American crude oil and petroleum product imports came from the Western Hemisphere — about 25 percent of that from Canada alone, making it our single...
This article in The Intelligencer looks at the prospects for Ohio refineries: “Marathon now refines 78,000 barrels of oil per day at the Canton plant. Khiery [sic] said the company gets 61 percent of its oil for refining from domestic sources such as Light Louisiana Sweet crude, 10 percent from Canada and 29 percent from...
Gulf Coast to Impact Lake Erie Natural Gas Production?
The Chicago Tribune is reporting that Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich) is urging U.S. officials to persuade Canada to halt natural gas drilling in Canadian waters of Lake Erie over concerns raised by the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. Really. [Natural gas production is prohibited in the U.S. side of Lake Erie already.]
Canadian Producers Focus on Shale
The WSJ has an article on the migration of shale exploration to our friends in the north, leading to uncertainty for Canadian producers. “Over the course of six months last year, Canada’s National Energy Board shifted from a prediction that the decline in conventional gas output would far outstrip new shale supplies, to saying that...
NRDC v. TransCanada Keystone Pipeline
The court in Natural Resources Defense Council, Inc. v. U.S. State Department, et al., recently dismissed claims against the U.S. State Department that it violated the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) by issuing a presidential permit to TransCanada Keystone Pipeline, LP, for a cross-border pipeline between the U.S. and Canada without a sufficient assessment of...
EIA: Natural Gas Imports and Exports 2008
The Energy Information Administration (EIA) has issued its overview of the U.S. – International natural gas trade for 2008. It finds, for example, “In 2008 there was a 9 percent decrease in net imports from Canada. Despite this decrease Canadian pipeline imports continued to account for the vast majority of U.S. natural gas imports.” A...
Nuclear Energy to Produce Oil
The NYT has an article on how nuclear power may be used to produce oil from oil sands in Canada. Very interesting.
Carbon Capture and Oil Sands
At a meeting between President Obama and Prime Minister Harper of Canada, cooperation on research and development of carbon capture and storage technology was discussed as a means of addressing, in part, greenhouse gas problems long-associated with Canada’s oil sands industry according to this NYT report.