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Tell the EPA Not to Stifle Natural Gas Exploration

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Categorized in: National, Natural Gas

The EPA has ambitious plans to study-and potentially restrict-a safe, well-tested drilling technology called hydraulic fracturing. There is a lot at stake, and it’s vital that Energy Citizens take action to let the EPA know that Americans support the use of hydraulic fracturing.

The EPA plans to study the potential impact of hydraulic fracturing on groundwater. Hydraulic fracturing uses water mixed with other materials to bore into shale to extract natural gas.

On the face of it, a simple EPA study to ensure groundwater remains clean makes sense. But there is already a significant track record on hydraulic fracturing. Used in drilling more than 1 million wells over 60 years, hydraulic fracturing has never caused groundwater contamination. Not once. EPA policies should be based on fact, not fear-especially when restrictions would come at taxpayers’ expense.

Hydraulic fracturing not only provides domestic natural gas; it also supports jobs. Developing Pennsylvania’s Marcellus Shale, for instance, could create hundreds of thousands of new jobs and be an important national source of clean-burning natural gas. But not if the EPA puts a moratorium on hydraulic fracturing!  

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Energy = Illinois Jobs. JOIN THE RALLY!

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Categorized in: Domestic Oil, Illinois

America’s energy policies must support American jobs-and Illinois Energy Citizens are rallying to make sure that happens!

Join us on September 8 for the ILLINOIS RALLY FOR JOBS, a day when all of us concerned about American energy jobs will unite to voice our support! 

We’ll be gathering at the Pipefitters Training Center in Mokena from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm to tell lawmakers that:

  • U.S. oil and natural gas operations support 9 million American jobs.
  • Higher energy taxes will weaken the economy, destroy jobs, and jeopardize our energy security.
  • Millions of other American jobs depend on abundant, affordable energy.
  • Affordable energy is vital to American businesses and households.

How can you get involved?

  • SPREAD THE WORD! Tell your friends and family about the rally. Learn more.
  • SHOOT A VIDEO! Yours might be shown at the rally. Find out how.
  • SHARE YOUR STORY! At the rally, visit the Action Center to share your story. Learn more.

RALLY EXTRAS!

  • Great entertainment
  • Dynamic guest speakers
  • Giveaways and prizes
  • Free food for all!

We’re building a movement.

In July, 12,000 people rallied for jobs at the Louisiana Rally for Economic Survival. Let’s build on their success! In September, join Energy Citizens in Texas, Ohio, Illinois, Colorado, and New Mexico.

Stand up for American energy jobs.

For more information, visit www.rallyforjobs.org.

 

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Energy = Colorado Jobs. JOIN THE RALLY!

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Categorized in: Colorado, Domestic Oil, Taxes

America’s energy policies must support American jobs-and Colorado Energy Citizens are rallying to make sure that happens!

Join us on September 10 for the COLORADO RALLY FOR JOBS, a day when all of us concerned about American energy jobs will unite to voice our support! 

We’ll be gathering at the Two Rivers Convention Center from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm to tell lawmakers that:

  • U.S. oil and natural gas operations support 9 million American jobs.
  • Higher energy taxes will weaken the economy, destroy jobs, and jeopardize our energy security.
  • Millions of other American jobs depend on abundant, affordable energy.
  • Affordable energy is vital to American businesses and households.

How can you get involved?

  • SPREAD THE WORD! Tell your friends and family about the rally. Learn more.
  • SHOOT A VIDEO! Yours might be shown at the rally. Find out how.
  • SHARE YOUR STORY! At the rally, visit the Action Center to share your story. Learn more.

RALLY EXTRAS!

  • Great entertainment
  • Dynamic guest speakers
  • Giveaways and prizes
  • Free food for all!

We’re building a movement.

In July, 12,000 people rallied for jobs at the Louisiana Rally for Economic Survival. Let’s build on their success! In September, join Energy Citizens in Texas, Ohio, Illinois, Colorado, and New Mexico.

For more information, visit www.rallyforjobs.org.

 

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Energy = New Mexico Jobs. JOIN THE RALLY!

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Categorized in: Domestic Oil, New Mexico

America’s energy policies must support American jobs-and New Mexico Energy Citizens are rallying to make sure that happens!

Join us on September 8 for the NEW MEXICO RALLY FOR JOBS, a day when all of us concerned about American energy jobs will unite to voice our support! 

We’ll be gathering at McGee Park from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm to tell lawmakers that:

  • U.S. oil and natural gas operations support 9 million American jobs.
  • Higher energy taxes will weaken the economy, destroy jobs, and jeopardize our energy security.
  • Millions of other American jobs depend on abundant, affordable energy.
  • Affordable energy is vital to American businesses and households.

How can you get involved?

  • SPREAD THE WORD! Tell your friends and family about the rally. Learn more.
  • SHOOT A VIDEO! Yours might be shown at the rally. Find out how.
  • SHARE YOUR STORY! At the rally, visit the Action Center to share your story. Learn more.

RALLY EXTRAS!

  • Great entertainment
  • Dynamic guest speakers
  • Giveaways and prizes
  • Free food for all!

We’re building a movement.

In July, 12,000 people rallied for jobs at the Louisiana Rally for Economic Survival. Let’s build on their success! In September, join Energy Citizens in Texas, Ohio, Illinois, Colorado, and New Mexico.

Stand up for American energy jobs.

For more information, visit www.rallyforjobs.org.

 

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Energy = Ohio Jobs. JOIN THE RALLY!

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Categorized in: Domestic Oil, Ohio, Taxes

America’s energy policies must support American jobs-and Ohio Energy Citizens are rallying to make sure that happens!

Join us on September 7 for the OHIO RALLY FOR JOBS, a day when all of us concerned about American energy jobs will unite to voice our support! 

We’ll be gathering at the Canton Civic Center from 12:00 – 2:00 pm to tell lawmakers that:

  • U.S. oil and natural gas operations support 9 million American jobs.
  • Higher energy taxes will weaken the economy, destroy jobs, and jeopardize our energy security.
  • Millions of other American jobs depend on abundant, affordable energy.
  • Affordable energy is vital to American businesses and households.

How can you get involved?

  • SPREAD THE WORD! Tell your friends and family about the rally. Learn more.
  • SHOOT A VIDEO! Yours might be shown at the rally. Find out how.
  • SHARE YOUR STORY! At the rally, visit the Action Center to share your story. Learn more.

RALLY EXTRAS!

  • Great entertainment
  • Dynamic guest speakers
  • Giveaways and prizes
  • Free food for all!

We’re building a movement.

In July, 12,000 people rallied for jobs at the Louisiana Rally for Economic Survival. Let’s build on their success! In September, join Energy Citizens in Texas, Ohio, Illinois, Colorado, and New Mexico.

Stand up for American energy jobs.

For more information, visit www.rallyforjobs.org.

 

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Oklahoma's Natural Gas Industry Confronts Opposition in Congress

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Categorized in: Natural Gas, Oklahoma

Oklahoma’s new clean energy law will maximize development of the state’s natural gas resources-yet Oklahoma’s natural gas industry is facing a tough fight in Congress.

Oklahoma’s natural gas industry is facing big opposition.

The state’s natural gas companies have been called to testify before a congressional committee examining hydraulic fracturing, a proven technology that uses water pressure to create fissures in deep underground shale formations that allow oil and natural gas to flow. Critics say the practice endangers the environment, and opponents in government say it’s too risky.

But Oklahoma Corporation Commissioner Bob Anthony says there is nothing to fear about hydraulic fracturing. He estimates hydraulic fracturing has been used on 100,000 Oklahoma oil and gas wells over the past 50 years, with no documented case of groundwater contamination.

State government leaders believe that natural gas is the fuel of the future for Oklahoma, and legislators have passed a new energy law focused on clean energy and energy efficiency. While the new law will expand the use of renewable energy, it also centers on the state’s old reliable source of energy-natural gas.

To boost the development of the state’s abundant natural gas resources, the new law sets a natural gas energy standard, and declares natural gas to be the state’s preferred fuel for electricity generation.

But to access those vital resources, the natural gas industry must be allowed to continue using hydraulic fracturing and other drilling methods that unlock vast new supplies of the underground gas.

How can Energy Citizens help?

We can learn more about hydraulic fracturing and tell our legislators-accessing Oklahoma’s natural gas is good for America’s energy stability.

 

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North Dakota now produces more oil than Louisiana

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Categorized in: Domestic Oil, Louisiana

The Wall Street Journal recently reported that North Dakota has passed Oklahoma and Louisiana to become the 4th-largest oil producer in America. While people in other states watch their unemployment benefits run out and face foreclosure, North Dakota employers are begging for workers and homebuilders can’t keep up with the demand.

The success of North Dakota’s oil industry is a textbook example of domestic energy producers using modern technologies to meet demand and grow our economy.

The figures on North Dakota’s oil boom are impressive: 

  • Oil production doubled in three years, to 80 million barrels in 2009.
  • North Dakota added 21,300 jobs between 2005 and 2010-while the nation lost 4.51 million jobs.
  • The state’s unemployment rate was 4.3% in December 2009, five points below the national average.
  • State government projects a budget surplus for 2010.

This boom has been made possible by private-sector companies investing in America and using innovative technologies to tap domestic energy reserves. Drilling here isn’t cheap – a North Dakota well costs about $1 million more than the national average – but U.S. companies are willing to invest their capital to increase production and return value to their shareholders.

This is what the U.S. energy industry is about: Private companies using their investors’ money to fuel our nation and grow our economy. People who want to inhibit domestic energy production – like those calling for a moratorium on offshore drilling or higher industry taxes – aren’t seeing the big picture.

North Dakota energy companies have an excellent safety record and are very respectful of the environment. Handcuffing these companies with anti-competitive regulations or excessive tax burdens simply doesn’t make sense. We should all become Energy Citizens – learning about energy issues, participating in energy discussions, and letting those in Congress know how important energy production is to our families.

 

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New York Harbor is one of the largest petroleum hubs

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Categorized in: Domestic Oil, New York

With total state energy consumption among the highest in the nation, the New York economy needs reliable, affordable energy to fuel jobs and economic growth. 

If Wall Street is the beating heart of American finance, New York Harbor-with a petroleum bulk terminal storage capacity of over 75 million barrels-is a major hub in the nation’s energy circulatory system.  And for this system to keep our nation healthy and functioning, it needs reliable, affordable energy sources.

Even though New Yorkers use less than many others in terms of per capita energy consumption, as a whole, the state uses more than most.  It takes a lot of energy to fuel such a large and dynamic economy.

And this is an issue that affects more than just New Yorkers.  While every state’s economy is important, some state economies-like New York’s-have a larger regional or national impact.

A successful New York economy has a direct and significant impact on Connecticut and New Jersey, as well as the Northeast as a whole.  And, with the financial capital of the nation (and the world) located in New York City, the Empire State’s financial fortunes can affect the entire country and beyond.

Like everywhere else, these financial fortunes depend on oil and natural gas, and the New York Harbor is central to that.  Just how much do New Yorkers depend on oil and natural gas to fuel their economy?  A lot.  About a fifth of businesses (20%) and employees (22%) in New York are heavily affected by oil and natural gas policies.

If we really want to get the economy moving again, we need policies that keep the New York Harbor busy fueling our region.

 

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North Carolinians Still Favor Offshore Drilling

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Categorized in: Domestic Oil, North Carolina

Offshore oil and natural gas drilling in North Carolina is still popular, even though some policymakers are expressing concern. 

Earlier this year, President Obama announced that the areas of the Atlantic off North Carolina’s coast would be opened to offshore oil and natural gas drilling. Many politicians and much of the North Carolina public support offshore oil drilling. Even though support declined after the Deepwater Horizon incident, more North Carolinians desire drilling than oppose it.

Some North Carolina politicians aren’t in line with public sentiment, though.  Rep. Mike McIntyre, for instance, said that although he supported offshore drilling in the past, he now favors waiting to introduce drilling off North Carolina’s coast.

The policymakers and public who support drilling realize the immense benefits North Carolina could reap from the presence of the oil and natural gas industry. The high-paying jobs from oil and natural gas exploration would be a huge boost to the state’s economy. With legislators grappling with billion dollars in budget deficits, the state could certainly use the revenue drilling would bring.

The Deepwater Horizon spill has been tragic for the Gulf of Mexico and has rightly raised concerns about safety.  But while accidents will happen again, it would be misguided to think of that type of incident as anything other than a freak occurrence.   And since it is likely that natural gas, not oil, would be found off North Carolina’s coast, there would be no potential for an oil spill to affect the state.

The politicians need to listen to the people, but perhaps we need to have a more powerful voice. Being involved with Energy Citizens will give you a platform to take action in support of offshore drilling.

 

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Hydraulic Fracturing Vital to New Mexico’s Energy Supply

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Categorized in: Natural Gas, New Mexico

Getting to New Mexico’s rich supply of natural gas isn’t always easy-but opponents of hydraulic fracturing want to make it even harder.

Underneath New Mexico’s vast desert landscape lie some of the largest fields of natural gas in the country. But getting to that gas isn’t always easy-and now new technology for harnessing those resources is being delayed by Washington politics.

In 1967, an Atomic Energy Commission program called Operation “Gasbuggy” used an underground nuclear bomb to try to stimulate the release of natural gas in New Mexico. The blast was termed a “bust,” fracturing the rock much less than they had hoped.

Today’s methods are more efficient, much safer, and free up much more energy. Hydraulic fracturing long ago replaced explosive stimulation of natural gas wells, and now plays a critical role in New Mexico’s energy supply.

Hydraulic fracturing uses water pressure to create fissures in deep underground shale formations that allow oil and natural gas to flow. Recent innovations have unlocked abundant new supplies of natural gas and are changing the face of New Mexico’s energy future.

But even though the Environmental Protection Agency determined hydraulic fracturing safe in 2004, Politicians in Congress have ordered the Agency to revisit the issue, suggesting that conflicts of interest and politics associated with the previous administration may have compromised the results.

Bob Gallagher of the New Mexico Oil and Gas Association told the Sante Fe New Mexican that there hasn’t been one case of contamination of drinking water supplies from oil and gas production and none proven from hydraulic fracturing.

The EPA is holding public information meetings to discuss the issue and is seeking public comment at hydraulic.fracturing@epa.gov.

Now is the time for Energy Citizens to speak out in support of proven methods of unlocking New Mexico’s natural gas.

 

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