Commentary

09.22.15

U.S. shares with Iran, but not with Canada

Who's a closer ally of the United States: Canada or Iran? The Obama administration doesn't seem to believe the answer is Canada. Its nuclear deal would allow Iran to resume oil exports while [continuing] to refuse oil from Canada by stalling approval of the Keystone XL pipeline. That's both absurd and dangerous for national security.

 

07.06.15

The Growing Case for Ending the Crude Oil Export Ban

The advantages of lifting the ban on crude oil exports are supported by a large and growing body of research by government agencies, academic institutions and think tanks across the political spectrum.

 

06.01.15

Oil and Gas Energize U.S. Job Market

The American job market is the best it's been in six years... This U.S. energy boom is creating many new jobs here in America, and it's a leading contributor to American workers' vaulting out of the unemployment line and into the middle class.

 

02.05.14

Keystone report from State Dept. puts common sense back in the pipeline

Environmentalists have drawn a line in the sand on the Keystone XL pipeline. It's the wrong line in the wrong sand, far away from any realistic assessment of the merits - as yet another government analysis has confirmed. It's past time for President Obama to set aside politics and resolve this bizarre distraction of an issue.

 

07.24.12

Manufacturing's Keystone: Skilled Labor

This Philadelphia Daily News commentary deals specifically with the impact of the Marcellus Shale on Pennsylvania's economy -- but is pertinent to how natural-gas production in the U.S. is boosting the American economy and creating jobs. It also discusses a secondary -- and perhaps longer-lasting -- impact of natural-gas production in America: the potential for a substantial increase in base manufacturing activity.

 

04.18.12

Benefits and opportunities in oil and gas

U.S. oil and natural gas production is higher today than it has been for many years, providing a big boost to the economy at a time of sluggish job and income growth.

 

12.05.11

North Dakota's Hunting Heritage and Oil Development

Hunters and the oil industry can coexist. With the advent of the economic boom of the Bakken Shale, oil development will continue to expand in North Dakota. However, hunting and other outdoor recreational activities have a long tradition in North Dakota and will also continue.

 

11.01.11

Horizontal Drilling Minimizes Footprint

The advent of horizontal drilling - also called directional drilling - has allowed developers to access reservoirs of oil and natural gas thousands of feet beneath the surface that could not be reached with vertical drilling. This technology, combined with hydraulic fracturing, has allowed developers to extract millions of barrels of oil from the Bakken Shale.