Archive for '2014'

    Remembering James Schlesinger

    April 22, 2014 4:48 PM by NickS

    James R. Schlesinger probably had seen nearly every kind of US energy policy tried by the time he died of complications from pneumonia on Mar. 27. . . .

    Infrastructure and weather events

    April 16, 2014 3:41 PM by NickS

    The question was how much influence the federal government could exert to make US energy infrastructure less vulnerable to weather events linked to global climate change . . .

    Propane’s ‘perfect storm’

    April 7, 2014 4:19 PM by NickS

    If anyone wants to consider where oil and gas product distribution can go haywire, the recent domestic propane “perfect storm” bears examination. . . .

    More ‘Audacity of Nope’

    March 31, 2014 1:10 PM by NickS

    The US State Department substantially followed prescribed guidance – and sometimes exceeded it – when it selected Environmental Resource Management Inc. to help prepare a supplemental environmental impact statement . . .

    Keeping a good program going

    March 21, 2014 3:26 PM by NickS

    Sen. Tom Udall (D-NM) and Rep. Rob Bishop (R-Utah) sought Interior Secretary Sally Jewell’s help in getting continued funding for a successful Bureau of Land Management pilot program before its authorization expires . . .
     

    Why Congress still matters

    February 28, 2014 2:33 PM by NickS

    Oil and gas industry leaders generally don’t expect Congress to do much about energy in 2014. But they haven’t necessarily written federal lawmakers off . . .

    An exchange of letters

    February 24, 2014 9:04 AM by NickS

    On one hand, a Jan. 16-17 exchange of letters between leaders of 18 national environmental organizations and the White House simply may have been political posturing . . .

    Making a difficult decision

    February 14, 2014 2:41 PM by NickS

    The Western Energy Alliance asked the Interior Department’s Land Appeals Board on Jan. 13 to overturn Bureau of Land Management Utah Director Juan Palma’s Nov. 14, 2013, decision to defer 57 tracts . . .

    NGSA President Horvath reflects on changes

    February 6, 2014 2:45 PM by NickS

    Skip Horvath will wrap up 25 years as a major official in Washington’s oil and gas associations when he retires as president of the Natural Gas Supply Association later this year. . . .

    Old policies vs. new realities

    January 28, 2014 4:02 PM by NickS

    The single biggest oil and gas question for 2014 may be whether long-cherished US policies and assumptions can change to reflect surprising new realities. . . .
     

    China’s delicate balance

    January 21, 2014 1:32 PM by NickS

    China’s increasingly prominent global energy role undoubtedly matters. One intriguing underlying question is whether it can reconcile security and profitability goals. . . .

    Reconsidering OPEC

    January 9, 2014 3:59 PM by NickS

    Soon after OPEC held its regular ministerial meeting Dec. 4 in Vienna, the usual question was asked: Does its decision to maintain the group’s official production level at 30 million b/d even matter? . . .

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