EnergyBiz by Barry Cassell.  Republican leaders of the U.S. House Energy and Commerce Committee wrote a Nov 30 letter to U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Lisa Jackson to follow up on prior requests that the agency make certain information relating to rulemaking activities publicly available.  In an effort to improve transparency for taxpayers, committee leaders previously requested EPA post rulemaking petitions and notices of intent to sue to the agency’s website, but they said the agency has yet to take action.


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Houston Chronicle: Luring top oil talent demands perks.  Skyrocketing demand for petroleum engineers and other oil and gas workers has companies going to new lengths to lure top talent and keep employees out of competitors’ grasps. 
 
Huffington Post: Susan Rice Keystone XL Attacks Put White House In A Bind.  As secretary of state, Rice would have to oversee the review of that project, the Keystone XL pipeline, which has dragged on for several controversial and tortured years. It would be an obvious conflict of interest, and were she to be confirmed as secretary of state, Rice would almost certainly have to divest from her shares in Transcanada. 
 
Houston Chronicle: Finding the sweet spots of the Eagle Ford.  Even though companies have largely locked in their acreage, an intense race to find the sweetest spots means that nearly as soon as an oil and gas company hits a good well, other companies cluster drilling rigs nearby — often within sight of each other — to try to replicate the results. 
 
AOL Energy: Are US Shale Gas Resources Overstated? Part 1.  A forthcoming book argues that the country’s shale gas plays contain only about a quarter of the fuel that has been estimated by the US Energy Information Administration, and other widely used industry and academic assessments.
 
Wall Street Journal: Global Gas Push Stalls.  Exporting the U.S. shale energy revolution overseas turns out to be far tougher than anyone expected—giving the U.S. a significant competitive advantage. Shale oil and natural gas have rejuvenated the North American energy industry and boosted the economy by supplying companies and consumers with cheap fuel. There are huge shale deposits outside of North America that global energy companies and governments are eager to tap. But oil companies are running into obstacles as they try to replicate the U.S. experience on other continents. The result is that significant overseas shale energy production could be a decade away.