Last week we "Counted the ways Alaska is being assaulted by the Federal government". Today, the CEA Alaska President Steve Pratt (NGP Photo) tells us that, "This Thursday, May 24th, starting at 7 PM (doors open at 6 PM) at the Campbell Creek Science Center in Anchorage the Bureau of Land Management will be taking testimony on a management plan for the National Petroleum Reserve – Alaska. Despite the fact that federal law forbids the federal government from even studying setting aside additional areas as wilderness or special conservation areas, two of the options being proposed by BLM do just that." Pratt notes that, "Alternative D is the alternative least likely to shut down oil and gas exploration in the Reserve and in the Chukchi Sea. Please consider testifying at the hearing; at a minimum, please take a few minutes to register your views through the following link." http://consumerenergyalliance.org/calls-to-action/allow-energy-access-in-the-alaskan-petroleum-reserve/.
The Keystone XL pipeline might be a good thing for job creation and overall crude oil supply, but the same positive effect on gasoline prices may not be coming. The 1,700-mile pipeline has been at the center of the debate between Republicans and Democrats over job creation, but according to a NPR StateImpact story, the pipeline might have a negative impact on gasoline prices in some areas including Texas. The reason is based on the premise that access to crude oil is uneven.
Businesses are reducing their energy consumption up to 25 percent in response to the recession, according to a Deloitte & Touche survey released today. A slow economic recovery has led businesses to target average reductions in energy consumption by nearly 25 percent over a three- to four-year period, Deloitte & Touche found in its annual ‘reSources 2012” survey. The bulk of these companies are setting goals for lower electricity usage and energy management practices as part of their business, with more than two-thirds saying that cost-cutting has been the main reason for doing so.
Re “Confronting Keystone Again” (editorial, May 15), about TransCanada’s Keystone XL project: At TransCanada, safety is our No. 1 priority. Keystone XL will be built with the strongest steel and to higher safety standards than any pipeline in North America. Our plan has undergone well over three years of environmental review by numerous reputable federal and state agencies. The review was the most comprehensive process ever for a cross-border pipeline.
Good news for Memorial Day weekend: Since peaking at a national average of $3.93 on April 5, the price of regular gasoline has fallen almost 25 cents per gallon. That’s like a $25 billion tax cut for consumers. In fact, gasoline is cheaper now than it was a year ago at this time. Futures markets are signaling further possible declines. All hail President Obama! Clearly his brilliant energy policy has gotten results, and fast.
U.S. Rep. Steve Scalise, R-Metairie, is set to lead a bipartisan congressional delegation on a tour of offshore drilling facilities and to meet with energy industry representatives this Thursday and Friday. Scalise said that Republican House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, R-Va., will join him and three others to visit a drilling rig and an offshore oil production platform. According to Scalise’s office, Rep. Gene Green, a Democrat from Houston, will also be there, along with Republicans Steven Palazzo of Mississippi and John Sullivan of Oklahoma.
Chad Porter wants to run his 18- wheeler trucks on frozen natural gas across Canada’s Rocky mountains even before the world’s longest chain of refueling stations gets built to keep them fueled. The chief operating officer of oil services company Ferus Inc. bought two vehicles to test liquefied natural gas and reckons switching from diesel may cut 22 percent from his fuel bill, or about $1 a gallon. At the moment, Calgary-based Ferus uses mobile tankers to refuel his trucks, which cost about C$100,000 ($99,000) more than conventional vehicles, adding expense to a project that’s about saving money. A Royal Dutch Shell Plc project will make it easier to fill up.