OPEC sees rivals’ oil output rising as it over-delivers on cuts: If OPEC continues to over-deliver cuts, US shale oil will continue to increase apace.

Thought Piece [The shale oil development of the lower the 48 states will continue apace and the new Alaskan shale oil discoveries will begin in earnest, when OPEC tries to reduce production more. Unsurprisingly, most monopolies and hegemonies end with a sigh of future pain by those previously in power and a sigh of relief by those who [...]

By | 2017-04-17T21:11:11+00:00 April 16th, 2017|Categories: Energy, Thought Piece|Tags: , |0 Comments

Fracking comes to the Arctic in a new Alaska oil boom: This comes at a time of low oil prices, when observers felt the Arctic would remain off-limits.

Thought Piece [While the discovery of 5 to 6 billion oil and untold natural gas is good news for Alaska, the U.S. and the global energy markets, the logistics of the harvesting the oil will require vast quantities of water and sand needed for fracking, which will be challenging, and probably more expensive than the lower 48 states. Of the [...]

By | 2017-04-14T21:58:37+00:00 April 14th, 2017|Categories: Energy, Environment, Thought Piece|Tags: , , , , , |0 Comments

Legal Group Wants ‘Partisan’ AG Punished Over Handling Of High-Profile Public Records Request: Another New York Attorney General without boundaries?

Thought Piece "Legal Group Wants ‘Partisan’ AG Punished Over Handling Of High-Profile Public Records Request." Another New York Attorney General without boundaries? [Below, you will find two pieces about New York Attorney General Eric Scheiderman. In many ways, his AG office's activities have been  reminiscent of Elliot Spitzer's attack on Wall Street: Highly political, very ambitious and utterly [...]

By | 2017-04-14T21:48:53+00:00 April 13th, 2017|Categories: Energy, Environment, Thought Piece|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

“Innovation Related To Hydraulic Fracturing Dominates Oil, Gas Patent Arena” Since 2006, nearly 1,000 patents related to hydraulic fracturing filed.

Thought Piece [It is worth mentioning that many of these patents involve improved environmentalism and safety, what I have called "practical environmentalism" over 15 years ago. Deloitte expects these innovative fracking solutions to continue: Recent filings and ongoing research in "the field of nanoparticles, monitoring and sensing" suggests the drive toward faster, cheaper and cleaner hydraulic fracturing will [...]

By | 2017-04-05T21:03:04+00:00 April 3rd, 2017|Categories: Energy, Thought Piece|Tags: , , |0 Comments

The Climate Yawns: Donald Trump is no more a planet wrecker than Barack Obama (as measured to the third decimal).

Thought Piece [While many people seemingly have forgotten that Clean Power Plan was a legalistic nightmare, I think it is important to remember the CPP was opposed by 31 states (out of 50) in court. Ultimately, it was a poorly-written, over-politicized document in search of a political cause. Now that it is just another example of a failed federal over-reach, I wanted to make [...]

By | 2017-04-03T22:50:20+00:00 April 3rd, 2017|Categories: Energy, Thought Piece|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Fracking 2.0: Shale Drillers Pioneer New Ways to Profit in Era of Cheap Oil

Thought Piece [The technology of horizontal drilling and fracking is moving at hyper-speed in the US, thanks to the Internet of Things and the innovations of the American private sector. As expected, the energy industry continues to extract more oil faster and cheaper than OPEC. Yes, Virginia, the slow moving, unwieldy methods used by OPEC are showing. In [...]

By | 2017-04-03T22:53:34+00:00 March 31st, 2017|Categories: Energy, Environment, Thought Piece|Tags: , , |0 Comments

EPA’s Clean Power Plan and its Many, Many, Many Flaws

[I have up-dated a piece I wrote last year, "EPA's Clean Power Plan and its Moment of Truth." While many people seemingly have forgotten that it was a legalistic nightmare, I think it is important to revisit its many flaws. Ultimately, it was an over-politicized document in search of national problem. Even Gina McCarthy admitted that the Clean Power [...]

By | 2017-04-03T22:53:34+00:00 March 28th, 2017|Categories: Energy, Environment, Original Heins|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments

U.S. oil and gas industry reaps the benefits of international trade, aided by new technologies and growing transportation hubs.

Thought Piece [The following piece by John Kemp is a well-nuanced look at the current US gas and oil industry. While increasing flows of oil and gas are doing well, thanks to the return to free trade for US exports, the overall production of shale oil, natural gas and feedstock has just started to hit its stride. [...]

By | 2017-04-03T22:53:35+00:00 March 22nd, 2017|Categories: Energy, Environment, Thought Piece|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Saudi Arabia’s Oil Supremacy Falters: Rejiggering its long-held strategy of clinging to market share

Thought Piece [No amount of rejiggering its long-held strategy can help Saudi Arabia keep its market share. Simple supply and demand economics has hit the international oil markets right between the eyes. Thanks mostly to the growing efficiencies and supply in the US, we are witnessing a fundamental change in the way the oil business is done. It doesn't matter which [...]

By | 2017-04-03T22:50:20+00:00 March 21st, 2017|Categories: Energy, Thought Piece|Tags: , |0 Comments

New era of energy and its transportation in US begins tomorrow (or the day after). Quietly, the long years of engineering come to fruition….

Thought Piece [Below, please find two stories that effectively announce a new era without being all that much different than the old era. Oil and natural gas will continue to flow from North Dakota to the outside world, just as it has always done. The Courts have given their final approval to the Dakota Access Pipe Line, with [...]

By | 2017-04-05T21:30:21+00:00 March 21st, 2017|Categories: Energy, Environment, Thought Piece|Tags: , |0 Comments