U.S. Petroleum Exports Exceed Imports for the First Time Ever

For the first time in history, the U.S exported more petroleum products to overseas markets than it imported in October, according to the Energy Information Administration’s recently-released “Short-Term Energy Outlook” It represents an historic shift as the United States solidifies its role as an oil and natural gas powerhouse that’s able to provide for its

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Does the President Have the Authority to Ban Fracking?

Several Democratic presidential candidates are campaigning on promises to ban fracking on federal lands, or on some more extreme platforms – from Sens. Elizabeth Warren, Bernie Sanders and Kamala Harris – place a ban on all fracking in the United States including on private property. World leaders have advised against a U.S. ban for a

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Has the US shale oil boom peaked?

Has the technology that drove the U.S. shale boom finally peaked? One thing is clear, oil production is leveling off as innovation plateaus, according to a recent article by The Wall Street Journal. U.S. oil production increased by less than 1% during the first six months of 2019, according to the Energy Department. Over the same

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No Surprise: AOC Gets the Facts Wrong In Visit to Colorado

This past weekend, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) paid a visit to Colorado and took the opportunity to tweet out fear-mongering nonsense about the oil and gas industry without bothering to confirm any facts beforehand. Namely, Ocasio-Cortez incorrectly characterized heat picked up on an infrared camera as “toxic fumes” and publicized results from volatile organic compound

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New Report Shows No Link Between Fracking and Health Problems

A scientific review of more than two dozen studies aimed at linking oil and natural gas development to poor health found no direct association between fracking and illnesses, dealing another blow to activists trying to link the two together. The new report by the Health Effects Institute’s (HEI) Energy Research Committee examined 25 studies published

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Study Shows Rarity of Fracking-Related Methane in Groundwater

The overwhelming majority of methane found in groundwater samples near natural gas and oil drilling sites in Pennsylvania is naturally occurring, and not related to fracking, according to a new study from Penn State University. The research, which was funded by the National Science Foundation and U.S. Geological Survey, found 99.92 percent of the 20,751 water

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U.S. Breaks Records to Become Global Leader in Oil and Natural Gas Production

The U.S. energy revolution that’s taken place since 2000 catapulted the country to become the global leader in petroleum, including oil, and natural gas production in 2018, according to a recent report from the Energy Information Administration: “Last year’s increase in the United States was one of the largest absolute petroleum and natural gas production

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President Trump Sees First Hand the Results of the Appalachian Basin’s Record Shale Production

The Appalachian Basin’s energy future has never looked better. As President Trump explained in a speech during his visit to Shell Chemical’s ethane cracker facility that is currently under construction in Beaver County, Pa.: “With your help, we’re not only unleashing American energy, we’re restoring the glory of American manufacturing and reclaiming our noble heritage

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West Virginia Sets New Oil and Natural Gas Production Record (Again)

West Virginia continues to add to the prolific Appalachian Basin’s status as one of the world’s top-producing natural gas regions. [embedded content] For the 10th year in a row, West Virginia set a new oil and natural gas production record, according to the state Department of Environmental Protection. Between 2017 and 2018, natural gas production

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Debunked Research is Used Yet Again to Attack Oil and Natural Gas Production

A recent Corpus Christi Caller-Times opinion column begins with an emphasis on a claimed lack of “Science. Evidence. Facts.” in policymaking decisions surrounding fracking. And yet, the notable absence of these very things in the author’s claims demonstrates just how out-of-touch with reality the piece’s calls for a ban on fracking and a halt to

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USA Today’s Flaring Editorial Is Glaringly Inaccurate

While a recent USA Today editorial demonstrates the outlet’s desire to add some “flare” to its content, it also showcases a limited knowledge of the oil and natural gas industry’s flaring process. As Texas Railroad Commission Chairman Wayne Christian explained in a rebuttal to the piece: “’Flaring’ is an important part of America’s rise to

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Voluntary Environmental Partnership Leading Emissions Reductions Across Oil and Natural Gas Industry

The U.S. oil and natural gas industry is working together to reduce emissions, and these efforts by many of the nation’s leading energy companies are seeing significant results.  In fact, companies voluntarily participating in the Environmental Partnership found methane leakage rates across their operations to be only 0.16 percent – 10 times lower than U.S.

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