FOSSIL FUELS

EIA Report: U.S. Liquid Fuels Growth Counterbalances Global Supply Disruptions

According to EIA, U.S. liquid fuels production growth has significantly contributed to counterbalancing unplanned global supply disruptions and decreasing crude oil price volatility since 2011. On August 27, 2014, the Energy Information Administration (EIA) released a report highlighting the significant role of U.S. liquid fuels production growth in counterbalancing global supply disruptions in recent years,…...

Final Revised Procedures for LNG Export Decisions

The DOE will act on LNG export applications involving non-FTA countries only after completing the National Environmental Policy Act review and halt its practice of issuing conditional authorizations. On August 15, 2014, the Department of Energy’s (DOE) Office of Fossil Energy published final revised procedures for liquefied natural gas (LNG) export decisions involving non-Free Trade…...

[Report] Oil and Gas Production from Federal Lands Faces Permitting Challenges

Federal lands contain significant oil and gas reserves, however federal staffing resource challenges have led to decreases in resource development and delayed state and federal revenue. The proposed BLM Permit Processing Improvement Act of 2014 (S. 2440) has significant bipartisan support, and its passage would expand and extend upon the current federal land permitting program…...

DOE Approves Oregon LNG Export Project

DOE has conditionally authorized LNG Development Co. LLC, Oregon to export LNG sourced from Canadian and domestic natural gas supplies. On July 31, 2014, the Department of Energy (DOE) conditionally granted long-term multi-contract authorization for LNG Development Co. LLC (Oregon LNG) to export liquefied natural gas (LNG) to non-Free Trade Agreement (FTA) countries from the…...

DOE Initiatives to Modernize Natural Gas Infrastructure

DOE has announced natural gas infrastructure modernization initiatives to reduce methane emissions. On July 29, 2014, the Department of Energy (DOE) announced measures to modernize the natural gas transmission and distribution systems as part of the Administration’s “Strategy to Reduce Methane Emissions.”  The announcements came after the fifth and final Capstone Roundtable on reducing methane…...