The Shale Controversy – Understanding Both Sides
NEPA Reforms and Their Impact on Shale Environmental activists who have been critical of President Trump’s proposed regulatory reforms have engaged in abusive litigation practices that delay vital infrastructure projects making it necessary to revisit the federal rulemaking process, according to congressional figures and energy policy analysts. In January, Trump detailed...
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One of the oil and natural gas industry’s near-term priorities was passage of a U.S. Congressional Review Act (CRA) resolution overturning the Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) methane venting and flaring rule. The CRA provides a streamlined process for Congress to disapprove of a federal rule adopted in the...
How Natural Gas Keeps Electricity Cheap and Plentiful in Pennsylvania
A recent article at the Energy Information Administration’s “Today In Energy” site reveals an important but seldom appreciated fact about natural gas: that an electricity generating facility using it can achieve capacity factors of over 70%, which is ordinarily more than twice that of solar and wind. Additionally, gas-fueled power...
SHALE Leslie Beyer Article May 2019
I’m often invited to speak at various conferences and contribute to publications on the topic of gender diversity and inclusion in the oil and gas industry. It’s a huge honor to be asked to share my opinion on this critical issue, and I always want to make valuable contributions...
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Permian pipeline connections are beginning to bottleneck, as revealed by Kayrros data. The bottleneck is caused by the pipeline capacity reaching saturation, limiting the flow of oil to storage hubs, which comes at a time when Kayrros sees the output from the basin rising in August 2018. Price differentials...
Blackouts Present Opportunities to Implement Reliability Solutions
Texas temperatures have normalized, and power has been restored, but the question remains how can future blackouts be prevented? Additionally, what can the rest of the country learn from the blackouts in both Texas and California? There are several lessons we can learn from these blackouts, which happened just seven...
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Several factors drive the success of America’s oil and gas industry. Today, for instance, technology and innovation are central to our global energy leadership. But ultimately, two extraordinary resources are at the heart of our industry’s strength — our skilled workforce and America’s tremendous natural resources. The future growth and prosperity...
Newsom Wants to Ban Fracking and Gas-Powered Cars
Permian Strategic Partnership (PSP) - Nineteen oil and gas companies came together in 2018 and pledged $100 million to help Permian Basin communities. There is something about getting older — age brings experience, which can often appear to be wisdom. Wisdom can also come from intelligence and education. But, in...
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In early January, the Department of the Interior released the National Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) Oil and Gas Leasing Program (National OCS Program) for 2019-2024. The draft National OCS Program proposes to make more than 90 percent of the OCS acreage available for consideration for future exploration and development....
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Environment, education, and experience contribute to perception and bias, which, in turn, create the opportunity, if not the likelihood, for a willingness to accept certain propositions uncritically or reject converse propositions out of hand. When I represented the oil and gas industry in high-stakes lawsuits involving claims of catastrophic...
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