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Nineteen Straight Dry Holes

December 18, 2013 by Jim Baird

Drilling for Oil

My late father’s old Air Force buddy related to me a few years back how he had drilled nineteen straight dry holes before finally bringing in a producer. Not only am I in awe of the man’s tenacity, I am amazed in the light of current events how he was able to raise the funds necessary to drill his twentieth well.[read more]

Colorado: Put Clean Air and Health Before Oil and Gas Profits [INFOGRAPHIC]

August 30, 2013 by Amy Mall

Colorado Wells

Last week the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment delayed consideration of important new clean air rules that are essential to rein in dangerous ozone being generated by emissions from oil and gas polluters in Colorado.[read more]

Public Health: Fossil Fuel Collateral Damage

August 22, 2013 by Bill Chameides

Crude Lines

Neighborhoods can be turned upside down by shale oil and shale gas drilling, by pipelines dug through backyards, and by pipeline spills that send crude oil across entire neighborhoods. All of it gives me the willies, but it had always been theoretical, until recently.[read more]

Study: Higher Methane Levels in Water Wells Near Shale Gas Sites

June 26, 2013 by Amy Mall

On average, methane concentrations were six times higher and ethane concentrations were 23 times higher at homes within a kilometer of a shale gas well. Propane was detected in 10 samples within a kilometer of drilling.[read more]

Does Energy-Related Drilling Trigger Earthquakes?

June 21, 2012 by Geoffrey Styles


Last week the National Research Council published a comprehensive study of the seismic hazards and risks of a variety of energy-related drilling activities.  Despite widely publicized reports of drilling-related quakes in Ohio and Arkansas, the report concluded that such events are very rare, compared to both the total number...[read more]

House Transportation Bill is Fiscally Reckless

February 9, 2012 by Deron Lovaas

This week we have confirmation that the Republican Leadership has hijacked the transportation bill, with Congressman LaTourette of Ohio confirming that the bill was written by Speaker John Boehner (although LaTourette himself, along with many others, doesn’t support it). This helps to explain why the bill is larded with extreme measures...[read more]

Telling the Simple, Hard Truth About Domestic Oil Drilling: It Doesn't Matter

May 4, 2011 by Deron Lovaas

With wrongheaded bills offered in the House of Representatives as described by my colleague David Goldston, I think it's worth reviewing evidence of the effect of drilling on how much we pay for gasoline every day. First, there is the basic question of the possible effect of bringing additional supply online assuming all other...[read more]

President Obama's Blueprint for Energy Independence Leaves Something to be Desired

April 1, 2011 by Nathanael Baker

Stepping up to the microphone yesterday, President Obama said exactly what each of his predecessors since Richard Nixon has stated before him -- it is time for the United States to achieve energy independence. Therefore, the President and his Administration have developed a comprehensive energy plan, Blueprint for a Secure Energy...[read more]

Shale Gas and Drinking Water

February 23, 2010 by Geoffrey Styles

Life is full of unintended consequences, and the energy industry is currently dealing with a significant one related to the step-change in US natural gas reserves and production made possible by exploiting gas resources locked up in deposits of a sedimentary rock called shale. The very success of these efforts has placed a decades-old,...[read more]

Should Americans Be Rooting For More Oil and Natural Gas Consumption?

February 17, 2010 by Rod Adams

The coal industry is not the only one that has decided that it is worthwhile to spend serious money on focused advertising that plays on the patriotic feelings that Americans have while watching its athletes compete against those from other countries. I have also noticed a series of well produced ads talking about the benefits that can...[read more]

American Freedom from Oil: A Bipartisan Pipedream

December 19, 2009 by Robert Rapier

The following guest essay is by Kevin Kane. Kevin is a market analyst, economist, Asia political affairs strategist, and Korean language linguist living in Seoul, South Korea. American Freedom from Oil: A Bipartisan Pipedream By Kevin Kane During election campaigns, presidential candidates, policy leaders, and pundits pander to both...[read more]

Caveat Emptor - Be Wary of Gas Salesmen Claiming Long Term Low Prices

November 5, 2009 by Rod Adams

My years as an operating engineer has turned me into a contrarian and a pessimist who is constantly looking for signs of trouble, especially as others get excited and focused on temporary good news. My years as a critical consumer of commercially sponsored media has also made wary of sales pitches disguised as news stories. When the...[read more]

Breakthrough Senate climate partnership: Graham (R-SC) and Kerry (D-MA) join forces and assert they are “convinced that we have found both a framework for climate legislation to pass Congress

October 11, 2009 by Joseph Romm

Yes We Can (Pass Climate Change Legislation) That is the stunning banner headline from a must-read op-ed in today’s NY Times by two unlikely legislative partners — Lindsey Graham, Republican senator from South Carolina, an ally of Sen. John McCain (R-AZ), and John Kerry, Democratic senator from Massachusetts, lead author of the...[read more]

Legal Limbo Relief

July 29, 2009 by Jane Van Ryan

In a move that relieves some of the legal worries about offshore oil and natural gas development, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia has ruled that the 2007-2012 offshore leasing plan can move forward uninterrupted...[read more]

Signs of the Apocalypse, Part 10: “Drill Here, Drill Now” by Aaron Tippin

October 11, 2008 by Joseph Romm

The first (and hopefully last) song ever inspired by Newt Gingrich — and the only song I am aware of that actually disses alternative energy — certainly makes the list, even if it hadn’t debuted on the Sean Hannity show: All together now: Drill here, drill now How ’bout some oil from our own soil that belongs to us anyhow No more...[read more]