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hurricane-preparedness  safe-operations  oil-and-natural-gas  offshore-operations 

Mark Green

Mark Green
Posted May 22, 2018

Hurricane Season 2018 finds our industry, the refinery and pipeline sectors and associated industries prepared to protect energy production facilities and infrastructure that are vital to keeping Americans well supplied, even during severe weather conditions.

That was the message from natural gas and oil and other energy-related sectors during a conference call with reporters. The 2017 hurricanes, Harvey and Irma, confirmed the importance of pre-event training, established emergency protocols, coordinated communications and overall preparation – which our industry and others already are undertaking as June 1, the official start of hurricane season, approaches. API was joined on the call by the Petroleum Marketers Association of America (PMAA), American Fuel and Petrochemical Manufacturers (AFPM), American Gas Association (AGA), Interstate Natural Gas Association of America (INGAA) and the National Ocean Industries Association (NOIA).  

Major weather events test preparations; we and our energy partners are focused on being as prepared as possible for this season. 

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power-past-impossible  technology  oil-and-natural-gas  renewable-energy 

Mark Green

Mark Green
Posted May 17, 2018

We hope you’ve seen “Brainpower,” API’s new ad highlighting the smart technologies and data analysis that natural gas and oil use to safely and efficiently bring Americans the energy that empowers their modern lives while also meeting seemingly impossible challenges.

“Brainpower” also is about natural gas and oil deploying technologies and innovating to get cleaner and help the United States reduce its emissions, leading to cleaner air. The women and men of natural gas and oil are focused on this. They want other Americans to know that they care – about lowering emissions and the environment – because they’re members of the community, too. You’ll see it in behind-the-scenes interviews conducted during the “Brainpower” ad shoot.


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access  eastern-gulf-of-mexico  offshore-energy  security  military 

Mark Green

Mark Green
Posted May 16, 2018

For some time we’ve stressed that offshore oil and natural gas production is compatible with a variety of other ocean uses such as fishing and tourism – and most significantly, with the U.S. military’s need for open-water areas to conduct training exercises, advanced weapons testing and the like. Industry has a long track record of developing offshore energy in a manner that successfully coexists with the military’s needs in the Gulf of Mexico and other areas.

The same would be true in the Eastern Gulf of Mexico if a moratorium on offshore development there, in place since 2006, is allowed to expire in 2022 – creating access to key new areas for safe exploration and development of strategically important oil and natural gas. A new analysis by the Defense Department agrees

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emission-reductions  renewables  technology  investments 

Mark Green

Mark Green
Posted May 15, 2018

A new study by T2 and Associates quantifies natural gas and oil’s leadership in reducing greenhouse gas emissions – through its investments in renewables and other low-carbon technologies and cutting its own emissions – resulting in cleaner air for the country. In all, industry directly invested more than $108 billion in zero- and low-carbon technologies between 2000 and 2016. This is on top of the carbon emissions-reducing benefits of from increased use of abundant domestic natural gas from shale. API’s Kyle Isakower, vice president for regulatory and economic policy, briefed reporters on the study during a conference call.

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endangered-species-act  conservation  texas  new-mexico  oil-and-natural-gas 

Mark Green

Mark Green
Posted May 11, 2018

Protecting the environment is a core industry value. The environment belongs to everyone, and our companies and their employees are committed to producing natural gas and oil as safely as possible. This commitment includes preserving habitat and looking out for wildlife.

In this 2016 post and this post earlier this year, API colleague Kate Wallace detailed how companies have monitored elk populations in Wyoming and polar bears in Alaska, created artificial reefs off the Gulf Coast, developed pollinator gardens and bee sanctuaries and more. Companies also worked across five western states to create conservation areas for the lesser prairie chicken and preserve habitat for the sage-grouse. Our commitment is backed up by action.

That’s why we’re optimistic a constructive and comprehensive plan can be crafted to take care of the dunes sagebrush lizard in West Texas and southeastern New Mexico while also maintaining critically important natural gas and oil production in the region – which would be unlikely if a new effort to list the lizard as endangered under federal law succeeds.

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trade  investments  canada  mexico 

Mark Green

Mark Green
Posted May 8, 2018

There’s no denying that North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) has been very good for U.S. energy over the years. Yet, whether we will be able to say the same about NAFTA 2.0 years down the road is an open question.

That’s because the Trump administration has signaled a key NAFTA provision safeguarding U.S. energy investments in Canada and Mexico shouldn’t be included in a revised agreement. It’s an outcome that would be a significant setback for our energy and security interests.


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oil-and-natural-gas  technology  innovation  power-past-impossible 

Mark Green

Mark Green
Posted May 4, 2018

The message in “Brainpower,” API’s newest ad, is straightforward: The natural gas and oil industry leverages smart technologies, data analysis and more to safely and efficiently develop the energy Americans use to meet the challenges of today and tomorrow.

An industry that already was pretty brainy has upped its IQ.


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trade  canada  mexico  us-energy-security 

Mark Green

Mark Green
Posted May 3, 2018

More on NAFTA – the North American Free Trade Agreement – which U.S., Canadian and Mexican negotiators are working to modernize.

Critically important to U.S. interests in any NAFTA 2.0 is keeping investor-state dispute settlement (ISDS) protections in the deal so that American investments and American property are protected against unfair treatment by host nation governments. ISDS is fundamental to this, which supports continuing U.S. investment in natural gas and oil projects outside this country. That, in turn, is fundamental to U.S. energy and national security. A couple of new videos underscore those points. 

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offshore-leasing-plan  gulf-of-mexico  us-energy-security  economic-benefits  access 

Mark Green

Mark Green
Posted May 2, 2018

The most recent federal Gulf of Mexico oil and natural gas lease sale was described in some media reports as “disappointing,” “modest” and “tepid.” But there’s another, more positive way to look at it.

First, every offshore lease sale the federal government holds is welcome by industry, because each represents new opportunity for the market to work as it should – with companies making investment decisions based on the potential for significant natural gas and oil production.

A more important point underscored with the Gulf sale is one we’ve been making for some time – that the federal government needs to make available new offshore areas for study, research, exploration and development.


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trade  regulation  pipeline-construction  oil-and-natural-gas 

Mark Green

Mark Green
Posted May 1, 2018

While the Trump administration continues to sort out who will or won’t be subject to steel and aluminum tariffs, the under-reported aspect of the larger tariff-trade story is the potential impact of the tariff exemption process on U.S. industries that use lots of steel – including ours.

The reality is that businesses and industries that rely on imported steel to complete important projects efficiently and economically are in the middle of a nightmarish, bureaucratic mishmash only Washington could foist on private enterprise. That is, the laborious application for an exemption from the steel tariff – an import duty that could end up impacting consumers and our nation’s energy security.

To understand what’s going on, start by imagining the world’s largest snarl of red tape. It might look something like the world’s largest ball of twine, only red.


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