Antioil agenda lies behind fights over pipelines, fracing

In battles over hydraulic fracturing and the Keystone XL pipeline, the oil and gas industry must never underestimate the resolve of its opponents. Groups hostile to oil and gas know they have much to lose. Hydraulic fracturing and extension of the Keystone system between Canada and the US accommodate development of resources considered unconventional—because of low reservoir permeability in one case and high-viscosity oil in the other. The ability to produce hydrocarbons from resources such as these is advancing rapidly. Unconventional oil and gas therefore occupy a rapidly growing share of total production, mostly at the high end of the cost spectrum. While the additional supply affects ...

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