The Global Energy Game Changer @ Work

The Global Energy Game Changer @ Work The US oil and gas business is booming because of the shale revolution at work, but in many parts of the industry there are growing pains.  The super majors face rising costs for finding and developing new reserves.  The midstream players face infrastructure bottlenecks.  Refineries face a glut Read more about The Global Energy Game Changer @ Work[…]

Light Sweet Crude Displacement

I live in the San Francisco Bay Area and despite its well-deserved ‘tree hugger’ image the inland part of the Bay is home to a concentration of refineries essential to California’s economic vitality.  These refineries produce the boutique blend of gasoline not available anywhere else.  The EPA’s insistence on these unique regional gasoline blends is Read more about Light Sweet Crude Displacement[…]

The Big Shift in Energy is a Complete Reversal of Fortunes

As we all read the 2012 economic reports last year we collectively thought of the right technical terms—the results sucked!  GDP growth had slowed to 1.5%, unemployment rates remained stubbornly high at 8.2% over average nationwide but the damage to youth, black and Hispanic and those with less than college educations are still horrible.  Clearly we Read more about The Big Shift in Energy is a Complete Reversal of Fortunes[…]

American Shale E&P Growth is Creating a Global Energy Independence Transformation

The growth of oil and gas exploration in shales begun in North America is setting off a global race for shale E&P development and threatens to turn the old conventional energy order on its head. Based primarily on the phenomenal growth of domestic energy production from shale E&P in the United States, the world is Read more about American Shale E&P Growth is Creating a Global Energy Independence Transformation[…]

Wait a Fracking Minute!

Pennsylvania Act 13 rules superseding local zoning rules were overturned in a lower court decision.  Act 13 was adopted by the Pennsylvania Legislature five months ago and signed into law by Governor Corbett.  It was designed to create a common set of rules to govern drilling and hydraulic fracturing across the Commonwealth and avoid the Read more about Wait a Fracking Minute![…]

Death by a Thousand Fracking Rules: An Update

On June 26, 2012 the US Department of the Interior extended the comment period on its proposed rules of hydraulic fracturing on federal lands for sixty days to September 10, 2012 at the request of the Governor of Wyoming and others who said they needed more time to study the implications of the proposed rules.  Read more about Death by a Thousand Fracking Rules: An Update[…]

Risk is Still a Four Letter Word

The convergence of forces creating profound changes in domestic energy production is being driven by technology, globalization, demographic changes and by economies turning things upside down. But only recently and only in selected places across the energy value chain has it hit critical mass.  One of them is reflected in the graphic above from the Read more about Risk is Still a Four Letter Word[…]

The Gift: Energy Security and Economic Growth from Unconventional Oil & Gas

The latest economic reports paint a discouraging picture of our anemic economic recovery.  Our politicians in Washington seem more interested in scoring points with each other than resolving the problems that prevent a return to sustainable growth.  Back home on Main Streets across America the locals are (1) worried; (2) angry and (3) ready for Read more about The Gift: Energy Security and Economic Growth from Unconventional Oil & Gas[…]