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Let’s Face it Friday: Oil & Gas Industry Round Up – Week 7

Let's Face it Friday logoWelcome to Let’s Face it Friday, where I distribute interesting news articles, opinion pieces, info graphics, quizzes and anything else interesting I’ve collected throughout the week about the oil and gas industry to pass on for you to enjoy over the weekend. Please feel free to share anything you read as well or throw your two cents into the articles I’ve selected.

Happy Friday!

State seeks resolution – A U.S. District Court judge orders the Department of Interior to begin issuing permits for Gulf Coast drilling, as Louisiana’s delegation sends President Obama a letter detailing the negative impact on not only the state but the country if the delays continue.

Oil companies unveil spill containment system – Oil giants have pooled together funds to create a spill containment system with the ability to handle worse blowouts than the Deepwater Horizon well blowout nearly a year ago, with plans for an additional system able to handle twice the amount of barrels of oil and twice as deep expected later in the year.

BP Oil Spill Commission Chief Counsel Blames BP Instead of Entire Industry – This article was a fascinating read as finally someone woke up from the oil spill commission and palced the blame on BP instead of casting doubt on the entire industry. The reporter catches excerpts from chief counsel Fred Bartlit’s recently released report on the spill as well as a look at BPs culture.

Hinchey to reintroduce bill to federally regulate fracing – It’s no surprise that US Rep. Hinchey will reintroduce his co-sponsored bill to Congress to federally regulate hydraulic fracturing under the Safe Drinking Water Act. The bill is highly endorsed by, gasp, Gasland documentary filmmaker Josh Fox and actor Mark Ruffalo.

Why do the major oil companies keep making shale gas acquisitions? Because they can’t find enough oil! – The author looks at how big league oil companies have to reinvest their money to attempt to find oil and keep up with the vast majority of state owned oil companies around the world that hold onto most of the world’s oil reserves.

Does EPA want to take over regulation of Texas oil and gas? – An opinion piece out of San Angelo, Texas, about how the state’s EPA seems to be putting politics before its job to investigate and protect the environment.

The oil and gas industry and the image problem – Oil and gas executives discuss how to improve the industry’s image in wake of a bad year for publicity and problems and out of control media in 2010.

Will the anti-drilling piece Gasland take home the Oscar?

The Oscars are five days away and the oil and gas industry will anxiously be waiting to see if the anti-oil and gas drilling piece, Gasland, takes home the top honor for feature-length documentary. Although it’s not like the industry has been sitting around twiddling its thumbs for the past year since Josh Fox introduced his documentary at the Sundance Film Festival. Energy In Depth, a coalition of the country’s oil and gas producers, backed by the states’ individual oil and gas associations, created a website intent on “debunking Gasland.

Oscar statueThe EID even went as far as to send a letter to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences to ask it to reconsider allowing the documentary to be included because as executive director Lee O. Fuller put it, “it is an expression of stylized fiction.” The letter outlined the falsehoods, inconsistencies and errors the industry has seen throughout the film and hoped for a well-received response from the Academy.

The response from the Academy, as taken from EID’s website, was that since they don’t have the resources or time to check out every implication for films that compete for the awards each year they, “simply put the movies out there and trust the intelligence of our members. If facts have been suppressed or distorted, if truth has been twisted, we depend on them to sniff that out and vote accordingly.”

Interesting theory. We’ll see how it works out this year. The other four documentaries up for the award are: Exit Through the Gift Shop, Inside Job, Restrepo and Waste Land. Before I explain who I think will win the Oscar and if it even matters, let me explain how the voting process works for the Oscars.

How the Oscars work

Nearly 6,000 people, big names in the industry and not, make up the members of the Academy that will actually vote for who takes home the golden statuettes each year. The members make up 15 branches of the film world such as actors, animators, directors, film editors, producers, sound artists, visual effects and writers.

Each person who is part of the Academy must first be invited by the Board of Governors and to even be considered for the invitation, that person must first have “achieved distinction in the art and sciences of motion pictures,” according to the Academy’s website.

The purpose of the Oscars is to honor outstanding achievements in theatrically released feature-length films. In addition to the famous categories everyone is familiar with like best actress, best supporting actor, best film, etc., the Academy also awards best film editing, best art direction, best original score and costume design.

Members of each branch nominate films for those that apply for their respective category except for Best Film. This year the Academy had until Jan. 14 to nominate films, and then the poll closed yesterday for all members to mail in their secret ballot for voting before its announced Sunday.

To be considered in the documentary category, an eligible film has to be a “theatrically released nonfiction motion picture dealing creatively with cultural, artistic, historical, social, scientific, economic or other subjects” and the “emphasis should be on fact and not fiction,” according to the Academy’s website.

The feature-length documentary must be at least 40 minutes long, featured in a commercial run theater in Los Angeles County and in the Borough of Manhattan during September 2009 – August 2010, must be paid for admission, and must be advertised in a major newspaper.

Members of the Documentary Branch (157 this year) view all the documentaries, make a short list of the best 10-15 and then nominate the best five. Once the documentaries have been nominated, they go to the full Academy for voting, but for this category and a few others, members of the category must first attest that they’ve seen all the films in the category before they can vote.

Who will win and does it matter?

While I’ve seen research on whether winning an Oscar statue means anything for actors or actresses, (apparently if you win as an actor or actress it increases your life expectancy by three years), I could not find any link to winning in documentary category and it making much of a difference other than a greater exposure to the public – which in this case, would be detrimental, since the public is already inflamed against the oil and gas industry, and the film is short on truth, to put it in a friendly way.

With that said, I think a large part of the public may already be familiar with Gasland because of the industry’s efforts to correct its errors, but that couldn’t be avoided. It would be far worse to say nothing and allow those who have seen it to assume that’s how the industry really works, than for the greater public to know that our industry is outraged by its falsity.

I don’t often watch documentaries – check that, I rarely watch any of the documentaries and this year was no different. I only watched Gasland so I could see what it was all about, so I can’t attest to how well the others were produced. With that said, it seems like the two most likely to win tonight from those who actually watch documentaries, thankfully aren’t Gasland, but instead Exit Through the Gift Shop or Restrepo. We’ll see what happens on Sunday!

Gasland: Anti-oil, gas film compels with real people, false assertions

The Oscar-nominated documentary Gasland follows Josh Fox, a film director and possible Pennsylvania royalty landowner, through a cross-country trek to meet other landowners in heavily industrialized oil and gas industry states to see why he should (or mostly shouldn’t) sign the lease to allow Cabot Oil & Gas to drill for natural gas on his home’s 15 acres.

Gasland reviewThe documentary has an interesting storyline and instead of it being a documentary that only slams the oil and gas industry, (yes, it definitely does that), it also has a compelling story behind it tied to Fox’s birth year, Woody Guthrie and Pete Seeger’s rendition of “This Land is Your Land” as a social protest, and his deep tie to the large stream running behind his house.

As a broad way of review, if you knew nothing of how the oil and gas industry works and the history behind how they do what they do, you would be clearly irked, as was my husband who knows nothing, and think that oil and gas companies are the shadiest businesses around after watching even the first 20 minutes of the documentary.

Even if you know how the industry works and some of the background behind its practices, like me, you may be ruffled after watching the nearly two-hour film. For those that actually do hydraulic fracturing for their wells, this entire documentary may be rubbish, I don’t know.

Fox narrates a question posed something like this for the basis of the film: What would it look like if we embraced natural gas as the future of our energy?

While a very good question, this picture of what it could look like (or does according to Fox) is one-sided and doesn’t bring the industry’s side into it at all. In the documentary it appears that no one from Halliburton to Chesapeake Energy to Cabot Oil & Gas or T. Boone Pickens would respond to his request for an interview. Whether it happened like that or not, I don’t know, but it clearly is missing any kind of objectivity without the oil and gas’ side.

One of the biggest parts of this debate about the safety of hydraulic fracturing in the media and political realm today, is that those against the industry claim that it is exempt from all environmental laws protecting the earth such as the Safe Drinking Water Act, Clean Air Act, Superfund Act, etc., while those in the oil and gas industry try to explain that it isn’t true.

I covered this word debate regarding “exempt” a bit in my previous post, but how I understand it, is the industry is not exempt as environmentalists and the media claim. The industry is still regulated under the same federal laws as other industries, but only the parts that are relevant to oil and gas operations applicable, and that the Safe Drinking Water Act is not applicable to hydraulic fracturing in this sense. This supposed “loophole” all stemmed from the legal battle between LEAF and the EPA in 1997 over who should regulate hydraulic fracturing in Alabama and whether it was breaking the Safe Drinking Water Act.

The chemicals involved

At first the documentary attacks the process and method of hydraulic fracturing by describing it as “a mixture of water and chemicals being injected into the ground” and describes it as a mini-earthquake. Fox soon after says it’s also a mixture of 596 chemicals in the fracing fluid. Even though I’ve never been on a frac job or worked in the field of the oil and gas industry, I know there are not 596 chemicals involved in hydraulic fracturing. He appears to get his number from Dr. Theo Colborn, an environmental health analyst who focuses her endocrine research on the hazards of low concentration chemicals and its effects on humans and the environment, who claims to have identified these 596 chemicals in water samples of fracing fluid. (which is since up to 944 chemicals on Gasland’s website)

At the time when this documentary was filmed, it is my understanding that the names of chemicals that made up the hydraulic fracturing fluid were not often released because they were considered a proprietary secret. Since then, large corporations have begun posting what chemicals are used voluntary, and in addition many states are now requiring them by law to disclose them as well.

Wasting all the country’s water

The second point that Fox brings up in his documentary is the vast amount of water used in the hydraulic fracturing process. It’s true that millions of gallons are used during the process when fracing a well, and Fox hypes that point up over and over as he adds up how many millions and billions of gallons of water that have been used since wells began to be hydraulically fractured in 1949. What he fails to point out, is how other industries use water as well. Put into perspective, as many oil and gas proponents have already done, it isn’t an insane amount of water as it seems on screen.

Energy In Depth, (EID) the industry’s watchdog association made up of oil and gas producers across the country and affiliated with the state’s individual oil and gas associations, writes on its site that golf courses use 1.5 million gallons of water every five days – whereas a frac job uses 1-5 million gallons per frac job (which is typically one to several per well, depending on if it’s a horizontal or vertical well).

Once you get past the first 10-15 minutes of the movie jumping around from image to image with a voiceover on top, the film itself is actually quite captivating, as much as it pains me to admit it. I found myself wrapped up in the dialogue and disturbing graphics and interviews with landowners, whether any of it was true or not.

Many of these points I bring up here were refuted with documentation by EID and I’ll discuss what they refuted. You can read their entire claims here. Some are simply observations from the top of my head that I’d like to discuss with oil and gas producers who regularly deal with hydraulic fracturing in an upcoming question and answer post because they, more than anyone, would know the facts about how hydraulic fracturing really works.

Who is responsible?

The one part of the film that I can’t get past is that in the documentary, no one involved in the oil and gas industry would drink the water offered to them from the homes of landowners whose water was clearly mucked up with something. All landowners, especially in Dimock, Pa. where the film begins, went on record for the documentary and said that the changes for worse to their water took place after drilling happened near or on their land. If nothing was wrong with their water according to oil and gas companies and the state agencies, why would no one drink it and water have to be hauled in?

If something clearly did happen to a landowner’s water supply – whether it can be clearly attributed to oil and gas drilling or hydraulic fracturing or not, who is responsible? It isn’t the fault of the landowners, obviously, but who takes care of them and their right to clean water if something happens? I haven’t found an answer yet, but I’ll keep looking.

Lighting water on fire

The films biggest draw for those watching the documentary is when homeowners begin lighting their water on fire. In researching hydraulic fracturing, I’ve come across these terms often: biogenic and thermogenic gas – and the difference in when one comes from oil and gas drilling or not. For many of the homes on the film, biogenic gas, naturally occurring methane gas underground, is to blame for being able to light the water on fire.

I’m not going to delve into a bunch of science because I hated it so much in school, but apparently there is a chemical makeup that is different between these two gases, with thermogenic gas appearing as a result of drilling and biogenic not.

The EID explains some of the differences and what the Colorado Oil & Gas Conservation Commission found for these homes in their Debunking Gasland website.

As Rhonda Reda, executive director of the Ohio Oil and Gas Energy Education Program, explained at a recent Ravenna Tea Party for oil & gas in Ohio a few weeks ago, “No, your water can’t catch fire from hydraulic fracturing. There is a natural gas that occurs in your water. You can’t drink natural gas. It immediately dissipates. You need oxygen and an ignition source and that’s why you can see some faucets on fire, but you’re not drinking that and it is not from hydraulic fracturing.”

Chemical burns

Fox asserts near the beginning of the film that a “cover-up” is taking place and that he’s heard throughout his travels of employees of oil and gas drilling companies who often have terrible chemical burns on their hands and face after dealing with hydraulic fracturing fluids and the waste water that’s salvaged afterwards.

I found this statement fascinating, as I’ve never heard of chemical burns as a result of handling fluids ever, nor could I find any correlating evidence that this had happened. I imagine that with all the media hype hydraulic fracturing is getting in general, that if there were chemical burns as a result of this process, the media would be all over it. Am I missing something here?

Weston Wilson

I’m not quite sure what to write about the infamous “whistle-blower” at the EPA, Weston Wilson. He has long fought the results of the 2004 EPA study that cleared hydraulic fracturing as being unsafe or that it contaminates water supplies, and he goes on record again for this documentary that hydraulic fracturing is unsafe, that the EPA got it wrong in 2004 and those on the committee were terribly biased and that “the oil and gas industry has had 100 years of purchasing those they’ve contaminated.”

This statement irked me as it makes the entire industry sound cavalier and unaffected by the industry in which they work. As a whole, I think most producers produce and drill in the areas which they live. Granted, many do go across country and lease in other states, but I think the majority also drill in their own communities. Oil and gas companies have a million reasons with which to drill safely and responsibly, one of the biggest reasons being because it would affect their own homes, families, friends, neighbors, etc. if a well was jacked up that they drilled in their hometown.

If the oil and gas industry is as money-hungry and ruthless as this documentary makes them out to be, then we have millions of moral-less and soulless people in our country, and for the hundreds that I’ve met and worked with for my job here, I can say that is absolutely not true.

These oil and gas producers care about what they do and are proud of the way they complete their job safely and responsibly.

Flowback pits

Fox stands in front of a pit in Wyoming wearing a gas mask and playing his banjo. Why his banjo is such a prominent feature in the documentary, I don’t know. But nonetheless it sets the tone for this section as he plays and has a voiceover for how terrible these pits are. The film shows a large pit filled with dirty water and covered with flag banners like you would see at a used car dealership. Fox wears a gas mask throughout this portion of the film and narrates how the “toxic wastes” are seeping back into the land to contaminate the earth and water from the pits, as well as causing air pollution and endangering animals and entire species.

I was glad to see that EID refuted this in their document, but I also know from reading some of the regulations myself that each state has strict laws and mandates for how all parts of a well should be built, cased, sealed, drilled, plugged, reclaimed and importantly for this point, how the pits should be built and maintained, including using steel storage tanks to store the waste water when possible.

Other points

There are so many other points that I could discuss about this documentary, but I’ll just sum them up instead for lack of space.

– Fox claims hydraulic fracturing inserts large quantities of toxic chemicals directly into the water tables, which he continues to assert on his counter-attack document to the EID’s Debunking Gasland website. If you’ve learned nothing about hydraulic fracturing so far in the past few posts, it’s that it definitely is not injected anywhere near water supplies.


– The film shows how hydraulic fracturing is popular in southern states such as Texas, Alabama, Louisiana, and then the film voices over, “and now they are coming east.” Hydraulic fracturing is not taking over the country. It’s already used across the country in all 27 states that produce oil and gas and is used on 90 percent of wells drilled. It’s a fact of life in the drilling world and one that’s been well documented and practiced more than one million times since it was first started in 1949.


– The last part of the film focuses on air pollution, which I have not had the time or resources to appropriately research. Since the biggest debate today remains on safe water to drink, I’m going to ignore the air pollution parts until I can further research it and know what I’m talking about.


– Fox attributes a 35-mile stretch of dead fish in Dunkard Creek, Pa., to natural gas development, even though it was investigated and discovered prior to the taping of his documentary that it was not a result of any oil or gas development, but because of an algal bloom that led to the fish kill. You can read the state’s interim report here by Louis Reynolds.


– Fox suggests that hydraulic fracturing shouldn’t occur because some of the chemicals are left in the ground that can’t be recovered. Chris Perry, a geologist from the Ohio Department of Mineral and Resources Management, explained at the same tea party Reda spoke at several weeks ago how the ground is the perfect place to store “hazardous” or unwanted materials. In discussing the chemicals found in hydraulic fracturing fluid he said, “Most of these chemicals are very common and found in materials used in your house, and very few are considered hazardous.

“The fact that they are thousands and thousands of feet underground, even if they were hazardous, puts them far out of reach as them being accessible to us or for us to ever be exposed to them. Typically deep geological formations make an excellent place to get rid of things that you don’t want,” Perry said.

He spent a lot of time studying where to store nuclear wastes deeply underground earlier in his career and said, “Myself and other geologists feel it is an excellent place to put those things to protect people for a long, long time.”

Final thoughts

Throughout the course of a week or so that I’ve taken to digest the documentary and come up with some rational conclusions, I’ve decided that no energy source is going to perfect. With that said, there are also no industries where accidents do not occur and where rules are always followed, and I’m not saying it as an excuse, but as a fact.

I believe the oil and gas industry as a whole has a very good handle on how to safely extract and drill for oil and gas in our country. They’ve been drilling for hundreds of years and now have the technology and innovations to keep making it safer. The country’s need for fossil fuels is not going to diminish quickly for alternative sources such as wind and solar, no matter how hard everyone tries to become green today. I believe it’s not only economical, but also a safe method of drilling that should not be shut down by environmentalist groups and an ill-informed public based on very slanted documentaries.

While some things in this documentary may be true and many false, I don’t believe that the industry as a whole is negligent. If there are problems with the drilling process or something happens to the water or land where oil or gas is drilled, however, I do think that the oil and gas companies should take responsibility and take care of the landowner. This documentary is slanted enough and with enough false assertions to make me questions its legitimacy, although it did raise a few good points.

Josh Fox’ goal is to shut down the oil and gas industry by banning hydraulic fracturing. While I don’t think this is necessary, I do think that the oil and gas industry has room for improvement and can continue to improve its 1) drilling methods and techniques to find safer alternatives that don’t use toxic chemicals when possible, like Halliburton has created with its CleanSuite technology; 2)the industry can amp up its efforts to educate the public on how the process really works for operating, drilling and using hydraulic fracturing on wells so that documentaries, environmental protests and city hall meetings aren’t their only source of information and 3)that the industry as a whole can address who takes responsibility when something does happen to groundwater.

You can watch for yourself and read the debating “debunking” documents released by both the EID and Gasland producers to decide for yourself what the truth is with hydraulic fracturing, as Fox urges watchers to do at the end of his film. It is showing on HBO throughout this year and showing at other random locations across the country for those that decide to host a screening. Let me know what you thought of the film!

Let’s Face it Friday: Oil & Gas Industry Round Up – Week 6

Let's face it FridayWelcome to Let’s Face it Friday, where I distribute interesting news articles, opinion pieces, info graphics, quizzes and anything else interesting I’ve collected throughout the week about the oil and gas industry to pass on for you to enjoy over the weekend. Please feel free to share anything you read as well or throw your two cents into the articles I’ve selected.

I’ve been caught up in writing a review of Gasland that I forgot to post this! Happy Friday!

The Unintended Consequences of Obama’s “Sputnik Moment” – A fantastic article looking at how despite the camaraderie and unity that President Obama’s State of Union analogy to the space race encouraged in January, the speech may also fuel an “enemy” in China.

Arctic Oil and Gas – The Emerging Question – Will drilling become a reality in the Arctic Circle anytime soon? What countries are looking to drill up north and when, and what difficulties do they face in the future, in light of the Deepwater Horizon disaster?

Cutting Fossil Fuel Subsidies: Third Time’s the Charm? – President Obama’s just-released budget for 2012 aims to cut the subsidies he promised he would in his State of the Union address earlier this year. The reaction is expected from the oil and gas industry, but will it become a reality this year even with Republicans controlling the House?

DOE Favoring Renewables or Reality? – The author opines that perhaps renewable energy sources are the reality and that fossil fuels are on the decline, making a case for why we should be OK with President Obama’s budget reflection towards renewable energy.

Oil industry pounces on Obama’s budget request – Jack Gerard of the American Petroleum Institute states the President’ proposed budget will hurt the economy and future jobs if passed.

West Texas Lizards Causing Stir in Oil and Gas Industry – The dune sagebrush lizard, quite possibly a soon-to-be-extinct species, is causing a stir in New Mexico and West Texas as environmentalists and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Public Affairs office look into controlling the areas where they live –and where some of the biggest oil and gas production fields are.

Greenest cars? Not all are electric or hybrids – An interesting look at the top eco-friendly cars and how they are surprisingly powered.

The Academy Responds – The Academy Awards responded to the Independent Petroleum Association of America this week after its members wrote a letter asking the panel to review the documentary up for an Academy Award , Gasland, citing numerable misstated and ignored facts in the film.

Growing in Power, Natural Gas Attracts Enemies – As the need for cleaner energy sources emerges stronger each day, proponents of natural gas as that source are finding themselves in the crossfire and under demands for stronger regulations all around from environmentalist groups.

National oil leak panel grilled on findings – An editorial look at how Congress addressed members of the oil spill commission since the group released its findings.

The Truth about Hydraulic Fracturing: An oil & gas perspective

Hydraulic fracturing has been making a splash in the headlines in the past six months regarding everything from Congress debates regarding oil and gas industry loopholes, to illegal use of diesel fuel in fracing fluids and slanted documentaries regarding fracing natural gas wells.

hydraulic fracturingIn a series of posts throughout the rest of February, I’m going to take a look at some of the issues in the news today, as well as the infamous documentary Gasland to look at what’s fact versus hyped fiction and how it could affect the oil and gas industry.

Here’s a brief look at what the posts will contain in the next two weeks:

What is hydraulic fracturing? How does the process actually work, what happens underground when a well is drilled and what’s some of the history regarding fracing?

A review of the documentary Gasland, which is up for an Oscar (Academy Award) on February 28 in the feature-length documentary category. From research and watching the film, what are my perceptions on its accuracy and what, if any, valid points does it make?

Who gives a hoot about the Oscars? What effect, if any, does a nomination or win have on movies in the industry as far as reach, sales and notoriety? What are the other films its up against and what are its chances of winning?

Q & A with industry leaders regarding the documentary. Why does the film irk them? What affect do they hope to have in fighting its submission, why is hydraulic fracturing getting all this bad press and can it be fixed?

Those of you the industry know how imperative hydraulic fracturing is in oil and gas production in America. I look forward to hearing your response to the hydraulic fracturing debate going on in the media today.

Stop! Do Nothing for 2 Minutes

After waking up at the crack of dawn Saturday and jumping on an airplane with my 20-month toddler, who, while she’s an expert traveler and very well-behaved, drove me batty with incessant needs to sing and watch Elmo, I thought I’d post a little something different today.

do nothing for two minutesPerhaps you’ve seen this site already as it’s starting to make its way across the web, but the site Do Nothing For 2 Minutes is a site that quite actually forces you to do nothing for 2 minutes. The site provides a picturesque background of the ocean and you hear quiet waves crashing in the background, as it counts down for 2 minutes to get you to relax.

If your desk looks anything like mine with projects and to-do lists piled to the ceiling and an endless amount of work always waiting to be done, I found this exercise quite hard. I have to admit, I did get a big red FAIL the first time I went to the site.

If you touch your mouse or keyboard, the exercise stops and tells you you’ve failed. Now who want to fail, especially at relaxing?!

While two minutes may seem like eternity if you’re having a stressful Monday, take a quick break and enjoy the sounds of the ocean. If you close your eyes and sit near a window, you may just feel transported to an actual vacation spot.

Let’s Face it Friday: Oil & Gas Industry Round Up – Week 4

Let's face it fridayWelcome to Let’s Face it Friday, where I distribute interesting news articles, opinion pieces, info graphics, quizzes and anything else interesting I’ve collected throughout the week about the oil and gas industry to pass on for you to enjoy over the weekend. Please feel free to share anything you read as well or throw your two cents into the articles I’ve selected.

Happy Friday!

Articles about fracing and related topics

1. Egypt fallout – follow Exxon and T Boon Pickens; go long natural gas and frack-baby-frack – A fantastic, serious look at why natural gas is the place for us to focus our energy, (pun intended) and how it will help turn around our foreign energy dependency.

2. Diesel fuel in fracing fluid: Who can you trust? – This article by a Pittsburgh, Pa., reporter discussing how “facts” vary depending on which side of the equation you are on regarding the use of diesel fuel in fracing fluids in Texas and Pennsylvania between 2005-2009. What’s your take on her questions?

3. Drilling Industry says Diesel Use was Legal – An article discussing the industry’s view of the EPA’s claim the industry broke the law by using diesel fuel in fracing fluids and how the two sides are so different.


Articles reacting STILL to Obama’s remarks in his State of the Union address

4. ‘Big Oil’ subsidies? Words mean things. – A conservative’s (And I mean a super-conservative, so read with a grain of salt) thoughts on subsidies versus tax breaks and how it will affect oil and gas companies with President Obama’s green energy goals.

5. Obama’s Plans will Affect W. Va – Another editorial look at how President Obama’s State of  Union address last week has implications for more than the ‘big’ oil and gas companies it proposed to affect. An interesting read from strictly how it could affect one state.

6. Is Obama’s move to slash subsidies for big oil for real? – An interesting look at how the Republicans and Democrats are going to dig in regarding President Obama’s remarks during his State of the Union address in January regarding cutting subsidies to the oil and gas industry.


Other industry- related articles

7. Natural Gas: the commodity world’s ugly ‘duckling’ – An article looking at although natural gas has dismal outlook right now with the glut of supply and low prices, it will turn out a pretty good investment in the future.

8. Cap and Trade Returns from the Grave – A look at how President Obama’s strategy to focus on cap and trade hasn’t changed — just the wording and the strategy he will now try to employ it with.

9. Chinese increase oil search in U.S. – China, the country that’s energy demand is growing the most rapidly today, is looking gain access to drilling in the U.S. such as Colorado and Wyoming.

10. Egypt’s unrest sparks fears about oil – Political upheaval in a Middle Eastern country will no doubt cause price spikes and a new surge of oil and gas fears in America. This article looks at how Egypt’s unrest could affect prices in America this year and why it’s important.

11. Fueling the Future: Women in the Oil & Gas Business – An international conference for women in the oil and gas industry where women can lean about opportunities, best practices, barriers to working in this field. An interesting read in their brochure about the role women play in the industry if you don’t want to travel to Canada in March.

12. GOP members walk out on oil-and-gas talk – Could New Mexico’s recent House Energy and Natural Resources Committee meeting on environmental and energy legislation up for debate this session be a harbinger of what’s to come on a national scale for the oil and gas industry?

13. Peak Not: Running into Oil & Gas – An editorial piece looking about peak claims for oil and gas and whether it should be taken seriously or not.

14. Politicians build oil case on Egypt chaos – Politicians convene meetings and urge the president to focus on domestic drilling in light of Egypt’s unrest.

15. Gas Industry lawsuits undermine Americans’ right to know about dangerous pollution – The author discusses the lawsuits that large firms and organization such as the American Gas Association, Gas Processors Association and Chesapeake Energy Corporation have filed in the U.S. Court of Appeals regarding greenhouse gas pollution inventorying and disclosure requirements for the oil and gas industry. One question the author doesn’t answer or get a response for is why the industry opposes this. Can someone give me the oil and gas’ side for trying to appeal these requirements?

16. A giant pipeline carrying dirty oil from Canada to Texas. What could go wrong? – While the premise of this article could be very interesting, there is actually little reporting in it except for a laundry-like list of oil and gas related disasters in 2010. With no meat for this article, the only thing interesting about it is an interactive map about the proposed pipeline across the Midwest.