Tag: "fracking"

States vs Local Hydraulic Fracturing Bans

In the past few years, hydraulic fracturing/frac bans have become increasingly common in communities opposed to the drilling practice that extracts oil and natural gas from shale rock by injecting sand, water and chemicals into the ground. Such bans focus on either the actual drilling methods or the transportation of waste from the hydraulic fracturing […]

White House Releases Quadrennial Energy Review for Earth Day

Yesterday, the Obama administration released the first installment of the new Quadrennial Energy Review (QER), a four-year cycle of assessments deigned to provide a roadmap for U.S. energy policy. This first installment focuses on the needs and opportunities for modernizing the nationwide infrastructure for transmitting, storing, and distributing energy. Dr. John Holdren and Dan Utech […]

NCPA Hydaulic Fracturing Current and Proposed Restriction/Ban Map

The National Center for Policy Analysis created a national hydraulic fracturing ban and restriction map that shows all of the recent local and state bans, proposed bans and restrictions. By enacting this these bans, states are forgoing much needed revenue from the production of critical energy resources. The following are some of the states that […]

Hundreds of Frac Restrictions Quietly Sweep Across America

Hydraulic fracturing or “fracking” is a well completion technique that is the key to America’s shale boom. Because of hydraulic fracturing, the U.S. has become the world’s top natural gas producer and has gained the capability to become the world’s top oil producer. The shale boom has generated a great majority of jobs created since […]

SOTU NCPA: The Invisible Hand and Unabated Oil Production

In OPEC’s 2014 World Oil Outlook (WOO), the energy giant projects sustained oil prices of over $100 per barrel for 2015 with slight drops in future oil prices as low as $95 per barrel… Recent events have proven their short-run projections to be dead wrong. In his State of The Union (SOTU) Address, President Obama […]

SOTU NCPA: Energy Forecast or Lack of One

With the State of the Union Address tomorrow night, we can expect the president to talk about energy and environment ― much more about environment than energy. The president’s actions show how low of a priority our national security and energy independence is on his list of “top issues.” Besides speaking at international climate summits […]

Looking Under the Crust ― Seismic Activity, Fracking and Graphs

Texas has always been a battleground between skeptics and environmentalists, but a developing trend of seismic activity has also turned it into a promising research laboratory for scientists and seismologists. Volcano Discovery, a group of scientists dedicated towards the global study of volcanoes and earthquakes alike published the following figures which the NCPA has reformatted […]

The Next Saudi Arabia? Lessons from Coober Pedy

In 1977, near the end of a decade of energy headaches, President Jimmy Carter addressed the nation in a speech that would bring the Department of Energy into fruition, give national attention to the need for the development of renewable resources, draw widespread criticism not only from OPEC-supporters but from scorned Americans and perhaps most […]

The Demise of King OPEC

The rise of U.S. shale oil has signaled the beginning of the end for almighty King OPEC. But it has been Saudi Arabia that has hammered the nail in the coffin for the King. OPEC effectively worked in the 1970s influencing world oil supply and price because all members acted as a cohesive unit. Because […]

The Oil Price War Could Be Bringing About Imminent Change

OPEC has declared open season on U.S. shale oil companies through its decision to leave oil production unrestricted. On separate accounts, Matt Phillips and Steve LeVine insist that “the fallout could create a crisis” in the American banking market as well as the energy industry, while Bloomberg notes how China has capitalized on this escalating […]