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Fracking ban could have unintended consequence of boosting coal

09/22/2019 | The Hill— A big environmental talking point this election season is a call to ban fracking. The argument is supported by the likes of Sens. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Kamala Harris (D-Calif.).

Saudi oil attacks didn't spark a U.S. fuel crisis. Thank Texas

09/16/2019 | Dallas Morning News Editorial— The world is not facing an oil crisis. Yes, half of Saudi Arabia’s daily production capacity was knocked out last week when facilities were damaged by airstrikes. Yes, if it takes many months for the Saudis to repair the facility, that could keep oil prices elevated.

Methane Emissions Continue to Drop

09/5/2019 | The Hill— In the oil and natural gas industry, you don’t get very far without making use of valuable resources rather than treating them as waste. So, it probably shouldn’t surprise you that methane emissions in the United States have dropped 15 percent since 1990 even as natural gas production increased more than 50 percent over that same period.

Policymakers Increasingly Intolerant of Acts Targeting Infrastructure

06/15/2019 | Midland Reporter Telegram— In recent years, we've watched as environmental activists have adopted more aggressive tactics designed to block the development of infrastructure projects that benefit our nation, at times even taking destructive and violent action to stop the construction of pipeline systems and other oil and gas facilities in the United States.

Environmentalists Say the Time to Act on Climate is Now. Voters Aren’t So Sure.

11/12/2018 | PEW— Although numerous left-leaning measures found success at the ballot box last week, many voters said “no thank you” to policies that could curb climate change. Washington state, for the second election cycle in a row, rejected putting a price on carbon emissions. Arizonans won’t require utilities to get half of their energy from renewable sources.

The Mid-Term Elections Were Generally Good for Oil and Gas

11/08/2108 | Forbes— As a general rule, a divided federal government is the best kind of federal government where the oil and gas industry is concerned. This is an industry that places a high degree of importance on regulatory and statutory certainty, and a divided government tends to result in a slower pace of change in these areas. The unified, Republican-controlled government of the past two years produced a rapid pace of change, though much of it has actually been favorable for the industry, as the Trump Administration has gone about revising and repealing a raft of Obama-era actions.

Voters Rejected Most Ballot Measures Aimed at Curbing Climate Change

11/7/2018 | The Washington Post— From Arizona to Colorado, voters reject measures to ramp up renewables and limit drilling. In Arizona, voters said no to accelerating the shift to renewable energy. In Colorado, they said no to an effort to sharply limit drilling on non-federal land. And a measure to make Washington the first state to tax carbon emissions appears to have fallen short.

Methane Emissions Continue to Fall as Oil, Gas Production Soars Says EPA

10/18/2108 | News West— Data was released Thursday from the United States Environmental Protection Agency that show methane emissions from oil and natural gas production in the Permian Basin declined from 2016 to 2017. From 2016 to 2017, methane emissions in the Permian Basin fell by approximately 100,000 metric tons of CO2 equivalent, continuing a downward trend that Texans for Natural Gas highlighted last year. The data were released this month by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and include emissions from production, gathering, and boosting equipment in the Permian Basin, which covers parts of West Texas and Southeast New Mexico.

Natural Gas Helps Texans Save Almost $60B in 10 Years

10/16/2018 | Rigzone— Throughout the years, advances in horizontal drilling and hydraulic fracturing have helped boost natural gas production in Texas. In fact, Texas leads the United States in oil and gas production and produces more than one-third of the nation’s crude oil supply. In 2016, Texas led the United States in natural gas production. Production helped consumers save nearly $60 billion between 2006 and 2016, according to a report by the Consumer Energy Alliance (CEA) released Oct.

The Hill: Five energy and environment ballot questions to watch

10/16/2018 | The Hill— Voters in various states will be weighing in next month on high-stakes ballot initiatives that seek to implement major changes to environment and energy policies. From banning offshore drilling to levying what would be the country’s first tax on carbon dioxide emissions, the Nov. 6 ballot measures aim to push back on dominant forces at the state or federal level.