Wyden: Natural gas proposal coming ‘soon’

Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee Chairman Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) said lawmakers on the panel will soon unveil proposals on natural gas policy, a topic that has been a top committee focus this year.



Fracking has considerable energy potential for U.S.

President Barack Obama was right when he conceded recently that the boom in U.S. natural gas production is both good for the environment and good for the economy.



Shale Gas Boom Keeps Utility Bills Lower for PA Consumers

The Scranton Times-Tribune reports Pennsylvania’s boom in natural gas drilling has helped keep prices low for consumers.



Vets4Energy to Meet with Senators to Discuss Energy Policies

Paul Connors, a US Air Force veteran, and volunteer wwith Vets4Energy, is scheduled to meet with Missouri Senators Claire McCaskill and Roy Blunt in Washington, DC to urge swift action on energy policies that would enhance national security.



Oil to flow through Keystone XL’s southern leg this year

The northern leg of TransCanada’s Keystone XL pipeline may be mired in controversy, but the southern portion of the project is almost complete, company officials said Friday.



How Obama Could Approve Keystone

I see a decision coming on the Keystone XL pipeline on a cold December day when most people have holiday shopping on their minds. Based on conversations with administration insiders, here's how I envision the final act of the long-running Keystone drama playing out...



How to reap the rewards of the shale gas boom

In the early part of 2008, I began delving into the big story of the day in North Texas and Dallas, the prolific activity from the recovery of natural gas in the Barnett Shale. At the time, other shale plays were being explored as well, such as the Fayetteville play that confirmed the Barnett’s results; the Marcellus was just being sized up. I was challenged with attempting to figure out how to communicate what shale could be physically described as — in essence, a dead ocean from a geologic perspective.



Offshore exploration would help, not hurt, Hampton Roads economy

US Senator Mark Warner, US Senator Tim Kaine, and US Representative Scott Rigell (all from Virginia) address the concerns raised in a previous Virginia Pilot editorial.



Underground Economy: How Shale Is 'Fracking' the Old Order

CNBC's top states for business ranking reflects a reordering because of a U.S. energy surge that "has literally transformed the financial landscape of the central corridor; creating jobs and rising incomes." According to CNBC, this points to the importance of policies that encourage more energy development. "The reality is, California could reap the same shale-oil and shale-gas bounties now benefiting North Dakota. Politicians simply choose not to."



Colleges plan training for gas drilling jobs

Two colleges in southern Illinois have announced a cooperative agreement to provide training in the emerging field of high-volume oil and gas drilling.

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