Obama EO targets fracking

posted at 12:11 pm on April 16, 2012 by Ed Morrissey

Lost in the blizzard of tax returns, Buffett Rule arguments, and Axelrod endorsements this weekend was a story from The Hill on yet another unilateral White House move to burden energy exploration and extraction.  Barack Obama issued an executive order on Friday that launches a task force with the mission of expanding federal intervention into hydraulic fracturing, the technique that could unlock a vast trove of natural-gas deposits … if the government allows its use:

President Obama signed an executive order Friday establishing a high-level task force charged with coordinating federal oversight of domestic natural-gas development.

The task force is charged with ensuring that rapidly growing efforts to tap vast natural-gas supplies in the country’s shale formations, which require advanced drilling techniques including “fracking,” are “safe and responsible.” …

“While natural gas production is carried out by private firms, and States are the primary regulators of onshore oil and gas activities, the Federal Government has an important role to play by regulating oil and gas activities on public and Indian trust lands, encouraging greater use of natural gas in transportation, supporting research and development aimed at improving the safety of natural gas development and transportation activities, and setting sensible, cost-effective public health and environmental standards to implement Federal law and augment State safeguards,” the executive order says.

The order sets up a task force to “facilitate coordinated Administration policy efforts to support safe and responsible unconventional domestic natural gas development.”

The task force is being run through the Domestic Policy Council and will be chaired by White House energy adviser Heather Zichal. Members will include “deputy-level representatives” from the Defense Department, Energy Department, Interior Department, Commerce Department and the Environmental Protection Agency, among other federal agencies.

Hey, this could be good news, too.  Maybe Obama has decided that the federal oversight of fracking activities has become too fragmented for efficient issuance of permits and clearances, and wants to streamline the process.  Getting all of the executive-branch stakeholders together for that effort could relieve a lot of red tape and costs to producers.

Does anyone believe that, though?  Anyone?  Bueller?  Bueller?  If the Obama White House wanted that as an outcome, the EO would have been signed in time to get play in the news cycle, with its own press event.  Obama would have declared his support for fracking and oil extraction.  The EO wouldn’t have been snuck out of the West Wing in a Friday night news dump, to be buried by Buffett Rule arguments and demands to see Mitt Romney’s tax returns.

Given this administration’s factually-deficient attacks on fracking, especially through the EPA, I’d consider this more of an attempt to consolidate opposition to the practice.  Zichal is an environmental activist in charge of the climate-change effort in the White House after Carol Browner’s departure, which gives even more reason for skepticism in the motives behind this EO.  And with this administration’s pattern of regulatory adventurism already well established, I’d guess that we’re likely to see even more obstacles to fracking from this EO-created consortium of bureaucracies than red-tape reductions.


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Another article about the secret service?

topdog on April 16, 2012 at 12:17 PM

So His Highness can now deign to regulate natural gas production without an authorizing legislation from Congress. This should end up about as well as everything else he touches – negative consequences for the country.

I live on the edge of the new gas exploration in SE Ohio. You cannot imagine what it has done for the economy of SE Ohio, SW Pa., and N W..V. But these people are too busy clinging to their guns and religion to vote for His Highness.

AcidReflux on April 16, 2012 at 12:17 PM

Fracking is successful, providing jobs and energy.

So obviously, we need to stop it.

Can’t have jobs and energy.

Obama’s plan is to buy the energy from foreigners and force the jobs overseas.

Then blame Republicans.

NoDonkey on April 16, 2012 at 12:17 PM

Best case scenario is that he’s setting up another blue ribbon task force that he will ignore just so he can tell the greenies that he’s addressing the issue.

But it’s more likely he’s going to destroy the industry if reelected.

forest on April 16, 2012 at 12:19 PM

“All of the above” … regulations.

RedManBlueState on April 16, 2012 at 12:20 PM

More government intrusion into a successful industry so that we can destroy it, regulate it, raise the price and lower efficiency…

I hope the next president spends the first 3 months voiding everything Jugears has done…

PatriotRider on April 16, 2012 at 12:21 PM

All energy options are on the table…except the ones that are successful.

B. Heussein 0bama

jukin3 on April 16, 2012 at 12:22 PM

This is why a second term would be an unmitigated disaster squared. Congress has ceded too much power to the executive branch and Dear Liar will push the bounds to where they’re no longer recognizable. It’ll be Rule by Decree.

rbj on April 16, 2012 at 12:22 PM

“unconventional”. Hasn’t “fracking” been in use for decades in established fields?

unclesmrgol on April 16, 2012 at 12:22 PM

Hopefully he’s gone before he can do any damage here.

tim c on April 16, 2012 at 12:22 PM

coordinating federal oversight of domestic natural-gas development.

There is already a Federal agency that does this.. it is called the Interstate Oil and Gas Compact Commission (IOGCC) based in Oklahoma. It has been around since the 1930′s. They have regulations for every state that is associated as well as NATIONS. Yes, individual NATIONS.. like Canada. Hello!

The Obama Admin is trying to reinvent a wheel and waste money.

upinak on April 16, 2012 at 12:23 PM

No form of real energy production goes unobstructed with these neo-Luddites.

Cicero43 on April 16, 2012 at 12:24 PM

That derrick is made entirely of palm trees and vines.

rogerb on April 16, 2012 at 12:25 PM

President Obama signed an executive order Friday

I thought King Obama was in Columbia on Friday scouting out new vacation destinations for Mooch?

JPeterman on April 16, 2012 at 12:25 PM

No “Flukeing” way is the Obama Regime going to allow ANY production of any actual energy anyone can actually use.

There isn’t a war on women. Obama is fighting a WAR ON AMERICANS.

wildcat72 on April 16, 2012 at 12:25 PM

I live on the edge of the new gas exploration in SE Ohio. You cannot imagine what it has done for the economy of SE Ohio, SW Pa., and N W..V. But these people are too busy clinging to their guns and religion to vote for His Highness.

AcidReflux on April 16, 2012 at 12:17 PM

Which means that Romney needs to travel to OH and PA and extol the virtues of fracking, and its effect on the economy. If Romney could win those two states and Florida, he wins the White House.

Steve Z on April 16, 2012 at 12:26 PM

Gee, who needs Congress when we got Obama?

Congress had better get off their rear and start condemning these unconstitutional actions by the president or one day Obama will just dissolve Congress by Executive Order.

Axion on April 16, 2012 at 12:27 PM

which require advanced drilling techniques including “fracking,” are “safe and responsible.

These are not objective terms. Both are subject an individual’s own thinking.

What is perfectly safe in my opinion may absolutely horrify another person. Without some sort of metrics, such as MIL-STD-882, being applied, this is just cover the coming “unsafe at any speed” POTUS decision.

And keep in mind that this EO was signed by a guy who thinks killing your unborn baby is being responsible.

BobMbx on April 16, 2012 at 12:27 PM

I just don”t get it, unless he’s doing it on purpose. Nah..he’d never do that.

D-fusit on April 16, 2012 at 12:28 PM

When you’re a hammer (government) everything looks like a nail (energy production in the US). This EO is designed to throw another monkey wrench into the economic gears (and job production) in this country. It’s what the green movement is best at. Worst president – evah!!!!

Bob in VA on April 16, 2012 at 12:29 PM

(a) Membership. In addition to the Chair, the Working Group shall include deputy-level representatives or equivalent officials, designated by the head of the respective agency or office, from:

(i) the Department of Defense;
(ii) the Department of the Interior;
(iii) the Department of Agriculture;
(iv) the Department of Commerce;
(v) the Department of Health and Human Services;
(vi) the Department of Transportation;
(vii) the Department of Energy;
(viii) the Department of Homeland Security;
(ix) the Environmental Protection Agency;
(x) the Council on Environmental Quality;
(xi) the Office of Science and Technology Policy;
(xii) the Office of Management and Budget;
(xiii) the National Economic Council; and
(xiv) such other agencies or offices as the Chair may invite to participate.

i – DOD – They are involved in the National Petroleum Reserve
ii – BLM – ANWR comes to mind
iii – Agriculture – North Dakota anyone?
iv – IOGCC and the affiliate State that participate…
v – The Dept of Mental Health does drilling in most states (not many know this)
vi – DOT – why?
vii – DOE – USGS comes to mind
vii – DHLS – why?
ix – EPA – clean air and clean water

do I need to go on?

upinak on April 16, 2012 at 12:29 PM

Obama 2012. Welcome to Mud Hut America, Proles.

Cicero43 on April 16, 2012 at 12:29 PM

Another opportunity for a state to step up to the plate, stand in solidarity with an energy producer, tell the federal government that edicts or interference from this “Task Force” will be seen as illegitimate and non-binding, and that any effort by the federal government to impede energy production in their state will be viewed as a hostile action, and state law enforcement will prevent that interference, and the state will prosecute any attempts to interfere.

This is the kind of resistance that will be required to turn back this illegitimate federal beast. Anything short of it will only end in tyranny.

http://www.itsaboutliberty.com

IronDioPriest on April 16, 2012 at 12:30 PM

The energy industry will be partially nationalized by 2014. Guaranteed.

Washington Fancy on April 16, 2012 at 12:32 PM

Gee, who needs Congress when we got Obama?

Congress had better get off their rear and start condemning these unconstitutional actions by the president or one day Obama will just dissolve Congress by Executive Order.

Axion on April 16, 2012 at 12:27 PM

After November, our Emperor might just DISSOLVE the Congress permanently, thus the last remnants of the Old Constitutional Republic would be swept away.

wildcat72 on April 16, 2012 at 12:32 PM

This is the road we’re on. And Obama is driving the bus.

Curtiss on April 16, 2012 at 12:34 PM

Well, for those idiots who want $10.00 or more per gallon of gasoline… they are getting what they wanted.

As for the majority of the nation, we are screwed.

upinak on April 16, 2012 at 12:34 PM

I can not tell you how much I detest, loath, and dare say ha!e bho!

Here in TX they are using fracking and there are so many jobs needed, they are having problems filling them!

Does this effect fracking on private land?
L

letget on April 16, 2012 at 12:34 PM

The Obama Admin is trying to reinvent a wheel and waste money.

upinak on April 16, 2012 at 12:23 PM

Stand by for a square wheel that costs $1 billion.

And if you don’t like it, it’s the GOP’s fault.

NoDonkey on April 16, 2012 at 12:34 PM

demands to see Mitt Romney’s tax returns.

Romney should say that he’ll release his tax returns from the 1980′s and 1990′s as soon as Obama releases his college and law school transcripts from the same period.

That’ll shut Barry/Baraka up.

AZCoyote on April 16, 2012 at 12:34 PM

Domestic Policy Council kick-off ‘conference’ in Vegas?

Tsar of Earth on April 16, 2012 at 12:35 PM

Stand by for a square wheel that costs $1 billion.

And if you don’t like it, it’s the GOP’s fault.

NoDonkey on April 16, 2012 at 12:34 PM

1 billion? Higher No, think trillions and trillions.

upinak on April 16, 2012 at 12:36 PM

If the Obama White House wanted that as an outcome, the EO would have been signed in time to get play in the news cycle

But whom does he fear offending more? His base, or conservatives? Obama may be serious. Certainly, Soros stands to gain by lower natural prices. NAT GAS Act for example.

topdog on April 16, 2012 at 12:36 PM

If something is successful: REGULATE IT!
If it continues to be successful: INVESTIGATE IT!
If it continues to be successful: TAX IT!

It’s the Obama/Socialist/Democrat way with everything, particularly with the energy industry.

stefano1 on April 16, 2012 at 12:36 PM

Domestic Policy Council kick-off ‘conference’ in Vegas?

Tsar of Earth on April 16, 2012 at 12:35 PM

Chill bro, NSA was in other cities as well. Don’t be like obambi and bash Vegas.

VegasRick on April 16, 2012 at 12:37 PM

If something is successful: REGULATE IT!
If it continues to be successful: INVESTIGATE IT!
If it continues to be successful: TAX IT!

It’s the Obama/Socialist/Democrat way with everything, particularly with the energy industry.

stefano1 on April 16, 2012 at 12:36 PM

You’re close …

The government’s view of the economy could be summed up in a few short phrases: If it moves, tax it. If it keeps moving, regulate it. And if it stops moving, subsidize it. ~Ronald Reagan

Lost in Jersey on April 16, 2012 at 12:42 PM

So when is the Major Media going to start mentioning this Mother Fracking power grab 24/7!…can you imagine Bush doing all this?
We wouldn’t be able to watch regular programmed TV…Newscasts would be interupting all the time with “Crisis in America” updates!

KOOLAID2 on April 16, 2012 at 12:44 PM

Obama is determined to destroy Texas.

pat on April 16, 2012 at 12:46 PM

So when is the Major Media going to start mentioning this Mother Fracking power grab 24/7!
KOOLAID2 on April 16, 2012 at 12:44 PM

Why would they? They are in the tank for AGW and remember Deepwater Horizon and the “WORLD IS GOING TO END” because of the oil.

You forgot your sarc tag.

upinak on April 16, 2012 at 12:47 PM

The order sets up a task force to “facilitate coordinated Administration policy efforts to support safe and responsible unconventional domestic natural gas development.”

Any time Barry wants to stall making a decision on an issue being pressed by his left-wing cohorts, he appoints a ‘task force’ or ‘committee’.

GarandFan on April 16, 2012 at 12:47 PM

unclesmrgol on April 16, 2012 at 12:22 PM

According to J.C. Watts it has been used in OK since the 40′s.

Cindy Munford on April 16, 2012 at 12:51 PM

Heather Zichal is entirely unqualified to be a chair. She knows nothing about extraction other than all of it is bad. She is a Sierra Club nutcase and that is her background.

pat on April 16, 2012 at 12:52 PM

Somebody better get on this and follow the money. He can not be trying to do this much damage for half a million dollars in campaign bundling. There has to be more to this than meets the eye.

Cindy Munford on April 16, 2012 at 12:52 PM

Does anyone believe that, though? Anyone? Bueller? Bueller? If the Obama White House wanted that as an outcome, the EO would have been signed in time to get play in the news cycle, with its own press event. Obama would have declared his support for fracking and oil extraction.

And a few hundered drillers with WH issued hard hats would be passed out, (remember the “white coated doctors”). More smoke and mirrors.

Rovin on April 16, 2012 at 12:55 PM

unclesmrgol on April 16, 2012 at 12:22 PM
According to J.C. Watts it has been used in OK since the 40′s.

Cindy Munford on April 16, 2012 at 12:51 PM

Um, yeah, the majority of wells have to be “fracked,” so fracking has been going on for AT LEAST decades.

Just another strawman to attack instead of having an ENERGY POLICY.

‘Look, a unicorn!”

Tenwheeler on April 16, 2012 at 12:56 PM

Somebody better get on this and follow the money. He can not be trying to do this much damage for half a million dollars in campaign bundling. There has to be more to this than meets the eye.

Cindy Munford on April 16, 2012 at 12:52 PM

cindy this isn’t just about money, but control.

There are agencies all over the Nation, who have all joined what is called the IOGCC. These “agencies” are also federally mandated and all regulations GO to Congress for approval. These agencies are maingly for their own states and state regulations, but the feds also have to go BY the state regulations as well.

What obama is doing with the administration is convert it all into one federal body. If that happens, do you see any drilling… or mining… or anything?

The tree-hugging-bunny-humpers who live in mudhuts got their wish.

upinak on April 16, 2012 at 12:58 PM

It has long been the agenda of the progressives, to export America’s wealth to 3rd world crapholes because it’s somehow our fault they are crapholes.

Amrican wealth being retained in America, by producing energy here – simply cannot be allowed, at least until we’re turned into a 3rd world craphole also.

Because that would be “social justice”, don’t you wingnuts understand?

Rebar on April 16, 2012 at 12:59 PM

Any time Barry wants to stall making a decision on an issue being pressed by his left-wing cohorts, he appoints a ‘task force’ or ‘committee’.

GarandFan on April 16, 2012 at 12:47 PM

It’s called plausible deniability GF. If there’s any backlash or failures in the process, it’s not the dear leader’s fault.

Rovin on April 16, 2012 at 12:59 PM

President Obama signed an executive order Friday

I thought King Obama was in Columbia on Friday scouting out new vacation destinations for Mooch?

JPeterman on April 16, 2012 at 12:25 PM

One word: autopen.

PatriotGal2257 on April 16, 2012 at 1:01 PM

upinak on April 16, 2012 at 12:58 PM

I don’t know, I think there has to be more long term benefits to him. He’s not even being subtle.

Cindy Munford on April 16, 2012 at 1:02 PM

Just part of his “None of the Above” energy policy.

jnelchef on April 16, 2012 at 1:04 PM

I don’t know, I think there has to be more long term benefits to him. He’s not even being subtle.

Cindy Munford on April 16, 2012 at 1:02 PM

there is.. leases. If the states stop regulating, the land can be turned over to the feds and they will begin the leasing process.

So instead of states regulating their land for leases and drilling, it will ALL go through the feds. More money for them.. not our states.

Also, it is easier for enviro orgs to sue federal leases than states.. because feds take so much longer for the processing. if you want to drill… you better have some deep pockets. As it is usually independents who find the new pools of oil anymore.

upinak on April 16, 2012 at 1:05 PM

Obama is determined to destroy Texas the entire country.

pat on April 16, 2012 at 12:46 PM

FIFY

dogsoldier on April 16, 2012 at 1:16 PM

This clown won’t be happy until we are living in caves, cold, no guns, no God and waiting quietly for the daily Government food delivery.

MTF on April 16, 2012 at 1:17 PM

Its obvious to me that the Obama administration is run by a bunch of fracking idiots. No one has a fluking clue about how to “manage” energy, much less how to let the market decide how best to resolve energy issues. If the gas and oil industry came up with some other novel way of extracting resources from the ground, you can bet Obama’s cronies would find a way to fluke it up… let’s face it, there is no way the free market can find an answer to this whole fracking problem with constant government interference.

My honest opinion: Obama’s cronies can go frack themselves.

Turtle317 on April 16, 2012 at 1:18 PM

And the deceiver in chief says he can do nothing to control energy prices…another day another lie…..pink slip….

crosshugger on April 16, 2012 at 1:21 PM

Back in the 50s, my dad was what was known as a “perforation engineer”. That is, when drilling reached bedrock, he would lower an electrical cable loaded with small bombs that he had built into the drill hole, and blow through the bedrock to get at the oil underneath. Hydraulic fracking cannot be a tenth as dangerous as that, and it was the standard operating procedure at oil wells for decades.

Environmentalists (and I use that word reservedly) are idiots if they believe Obama is throwing monkey wrenches into this country’s energy production to “save the environment”. He’s playing politics, pure and simple, and he doesn’t care how many people he hurts if it gets him reelected.

RebeccaH on April 16, 2012 at 1:27 PM

He is without a doubt the DOTUS.

Name an industry that hasn’t been affected by some type of EO or mandate or regulation that hasn’t been burdensome of designed to put the businesses in it into bankruptcy?

Maybe the FedGov needs more collateral and will be able to close off more areas to development and make the lands “preserves” or national parks?

DOTUS 24/7 (Accidental or intentional, same result).

PappyD61 on April 16, 2012 at 1:53 PM

I live in PA and have followed all the liberal screaming about the fracking being done in western PA. The EPA has already issued their report and have confirmed that fracking hasn’t created any problems with the drinking water. This supported Corbett’s environmental study that liberals refused to accept.
Now, Obama created a new group to do what? Their only mission will be to undermine the EPA and not be accountable to the American taxpayers. Maybe this will help Romney carry the commonwealth in November.

djaymick on April 16, 2012 at 1:54 PM

Gee, who needs Congress when we got Obama?

Congress had better get off their rear and start condemning these unconstitutional actions by the president or one day Obama will just dissolve Congress by Executive Order.

General Gates: The Conservatives will continue to gain influence in the American Senate….

Darth Jarrod: The American Senate is no longer of any consequence, Emperor Obama has dissolved that body permanently.

General Gates: But how will the Emperor maintain Control without the Bureaucracy?

Darth Jarrod: The Individual State Governors now have direct control over their territories. Fear, Fear of this Administration will keep the local Conservatives in line.

Bulletchaser on April 16, 2012 at 1:57 PM

Buy wooded land nearby and a decent chainsaw. (3 to 10 acres for an average family). Doesn’t have to be flat, hillsides are cheaper, south facing hillsides best.

Learn the principles behind the wood gasifier and connecting one to a generator.

Advanced students may also want to explore porting a WG to an older model vehicle (easy=pick-up; better but harder=suburban).

If nothing else, you’ll have firewood for heating and cooking.

Bonus pts. – Learn how to grow healthy saplings and transplant. There’s no quick fix for what’s happening.

Jason Coleman on April 16, 2012 at 2:03 PM

Coal? Regulate it out.
Natural Gas? Ban fracking.
Oil? Block pipelines.
Hydro? Tear down dams.
Nuclear? Block construction and wast disposal.

Now that we’ve removed any possibly effective new electricity production choices; lets put 300 million cars onto the grid plugging them in and see what happens.

Solar and Wind? Sure… set up a grid with nothing but Solar and Wind on it. Oh you can’t maintain the minimum required to charge the lines and it crashes more than it runs?

I remember in the “good old days” when we had electricity. Good times, good times.

gekkobear on April 16, 2012 at 2:20 PM

I’m glad I parted with some change for Ann and Phelim.

Bob's Kid on April 16, 2012 at 2:22 PM

Fracking causes STD’s among the women folk. What with all the money and whorin’ around.

BL@KBIRD on April 16, 2012 at 2:24 PM

Environmentalists (and I use that word reservedly) are idiots if they believe Obama is throwing monkey wrenches into this country’s energy production to “save the environment”. He’s playing politics, pure and simple, and he doesn’t care how many people he hurts if it gets him reelected.

RebeccaH on April 16, 2012 at 1:27 PM

If I had a laugh track recorded, I’d play it now. No one seems to realize that the natural gas industry is getting decimated by excessive supply and historically low prices. The industry itself would love to see nothing more than the government slow down the permitting process… as if that were even in the cards.

Cheseapeake and several other natural gas leaders can’t sell fields and other assets quickly enough to cope with the depressed pricing and the resulting damage to their balance sheets. And natural gas supplies are only affected by producer decisions to take existing, non-profitable production offline. There’s no story here. More HA reader angst based on a lack of information.

bayam on April 16, 2012 at 2:33 PM

No one seems to realize that the natural gas industry is getting decimated by excessive supply and historically low prices. The industry itself would love to see nothing more than the government slow down the permitting process

bayam on April 16, 2012 at 2:33 PM

But Soros would love to see lower natural gas prices:

http://blog.heritage.org/2012/01/26/soros-may-benefit-from-white-houses-natural-gas-proposal/

topdog on April 16, 2012 at 2:38 PM

But Soros would love to see lower natural gas prices:

http://blog.heritage.org/2012/01/26/soros-may-benefit-from-white-houses-natural-gas-proposal/

topdog on April 16, 2012 at 2:38 PM

T. Booone Pickens would realize much higher profits.
Then again, the US economy and consumers will realize a major windfall- at the expense of oil producing countries- if transportation costs fall sharply with the transition to CNG.

bayam on April 16, 2012 at 2:44 PM

bayam on April 16, 2012 at 2:33 PM

Pretty much true, as an employee with a utility who works on natural gas power plants I can tell you that the inflated supply and low prices is hurting the bottom line. Combine that with the mild winter we had recently and utilities nation wide probably do support such a move, including my employers.

That said, if this ends up in a ban on fracking, expect energy prices to skyrocket this summer/winter to the point of people dying from exposure. If fracking is banned and the blanket de-facto ban on coal is still in effect, combined with the moratorium on offshore drilling, and the lack of nuclear energy, and the end of tax credits for wind and solar (not that they contribute much anyway), then we will finally be banned from producing our own energy.

Obama will win, since clearly this was his desire all along, to destroy America.

Blacksoda on April 16, 2012 at 2:48 PM

Haven’t we been fracked over enough by Obama?

ProfShadow on April 16, 2012 at 3:01 PM

T. Booone Pickens would realize much higher profits.

bayam on April 16, 2012 at 2:44 PM

You are right. Pickens is also heavily invested in natural gas driven transportation:

http://www.mcclatchydc.com/2011/04/01/111409/obama-oilman-pickens-allied-on.html

Clearly cheap natural gas benefits Obama’s cronies Soros and Pickens and hurts Republicans’ buddies in the oil and gas production industry. So, a Friday night dump provides cover from Obama’s environmentalist base while he helps his friends.

topdog on April 16, 2012 at 3:02 PM

Sure there is. Reducing the industry’s ability to tap source rock in unconventional formations would drive natural gas prices much higher. That might be great for companies that are positioned well to profit from this, but this would be terrible for consumers.

Where’s the evidence this is going to happen? The White House is actively supporting T. Boone’s goals and other efforts to drive natural gas adoption, not reduce it through higher prices. You’re getting excited about a blog site rumor and ignoring the actual policy that’s leading UPS (and probably FedEx soon) to start the transition to CNG.

Obama will win, since clearly this was his desire all along, to destroy America.

Blacksoda on April 16, 2012 at 2:48 PM

Yes, and that’s why his economic policies prevented another depression. You may want to ask yourself who’s responsible for this country’s massive accounts deficit and the resultant, extraordinary loss of jobs and wealth to China and other competitors.

bayam on April 16, 2012 at 3:04 PM

Pickens and hurts Republicans

Pickens is a Republican and was a major contributor to the Swift Boats for Truth. What are you smoking?

bayam on April 16, 2012 at 3:06 PM

and historically low prices.

2. On what planet are prices “historically” low? Are you actually claiming that natgas has historically never been below $2/mcf?

It’s historically low on a 10 year chart and even longer when adjusted for inflation. But the most dramatic and historical change is in the crude to natural gas price ratio:
http://community.nasdaq.com/News/2012-04/crude-oil-to-natural-gas-ratio-explodes-to-521.aspx?storyid=133820

The industry itself would love to see nothing more than the government slow down the permitting process… as if that were even in the cards.

This isn’t true at all. The industry doesn’t want government making capacity reduction decisions.

Yes, that’s the official line. This may surprise you, but large corporations often direct their lobbyists to support government intervention that supports their bottom line or hurts their competitors.

bayam on April 16, 2012 at 3:21 PM

Translation: “Spend as much money as it takes to find an excuse to make this illegal.”

logis on April 16, 2012 at 3:28 PM

Who’s in your Wallet?

stormridercx4 on April 16, 2012 at 3:29 PM

Obama is determined to destroy Texas America.

pat on April 16, 2012 at 12:46 PM

No charge for fixing that for you.

Axion on April 16, 2012 at 3:31 PM

bayam, why won’t you tell me the reason that you hate science?
blink on April 16, 2012 at 2:55 PM

That’s an unfair characterization. Liberals dearly love SETTLED science; the kind where the conclusion is foregone, and it’s just a question of spending billions of dollars to excuse transferring trillions more to Communist countries.

Liberals only hate the OTHER kind of science; the kind where you go in with an open mind and try to learn something new about the world, whether it advances the cause of collectivism or not. Because, let’s face it, that’s always unsettling.

logis on April 16, 2012 at 3:36 PM

The Ogallala Aquifer that has been in the news so much lately extends from Nebraska south to West Texas. Oil and gas wells have been being drilled in that part of West Texas and Oklahoma through the Ogallala since the 1920′s. Hydraulic fracking of oil and gas wells began in the 1940′s. There are places in the Texas panhandle where there are 16 wells per square mile that all punch a pipeline through the Ogallala, most if not all of these wells have been frac’d. I’m not hearing water well “fracking fear” from the folks that live in this area and they’ve been living with it for a long time.

In May 2011 a congressional committee held a hearing on fracking. The panel represented several several states and government officials. All of the witnesses, including Dr. Paul Anastas of the EPA, conceded that not a single case of drinking water contamination caused by fracking has ever been substantiated in the U.S. Did the EPA choke on that one or what? The problems with water contamination have been attributed to problems with oil and water well casings, not fracking.

So, why rush this Executive Order on a Friday night dump to study a 70 year old technology? Could it be because of George Soros benefiting from Obama’s $10 billion Brazilian Oil investment? Could it be because of Warren Buffet’s railroad benefiting from Obama’s TransCanadian pipeline shut down? crickets.

WestTexasBirdDog on April 16, 2012 at 3:56 PM

No, it wouldn’t. Why do you keep lying about this? And don’t try linking to some article which anecdotally quotes a couple companies that are positioned to benefit from such a slow down.

Yes, good way to intercede any evidence that might exist by pre-labeling it as ‘anecdotal’. Your trolling attacks don’t express anything of value.
Try not to get so excited by a blog post rumor while ignoring actual White House policies that are supporting a national move toward CNG and natural gas.

bayam on April 16, 2012 at 4:03 PM

Why don’t you try finding out what the American Gas Association says about the EO first?

http://www.aga.org/Newsroom/news-releases/2012/Pages/AGA_Encouraged_by_Obama%E2%80%99s_Executive_Order.aspx

Kermit on April 16, 2012 at 4:17 PM

Why don’t you try finding out what the American Gas Association says about the EO first?

http://www.aga.org/Newsroom/news-releases/2012/Pages/AGA_Encouraged_by_Obama%E2%80%99s_Executive_Order.aspx

Kermit on April 16, 2012 at 4:17 PM

Don’t do that. You’ve just killed all the angst generated by the HA fact vacuum. And as another commenter said, it’s only anecdotal evidence. Move on, ignore the industry group.

bayam on April 16, 2012 at 4:27 PM

Fraccing (I use the spelling seen in brochures on the matter circa 1980) is not just for natural gas.

Kermit on April 16, 2012 at 4:33 PM

Why don’t you try finding out what the American Gas Association says about the EO first?

http://www.aga.org/Newsroom/news-releases/2012/Pages/AGA_Encouraged_by_Obama%E2%80%99s_Executive_Order.aspx

Kermit on April 16, 2012 at 4:17 PM

From your link:

The American Gas Association, founded in 1918, represents more than 200 local energy companies that deliver clean natural gas throughout the United States.

Am I correct that the AGA does not represent natural gas producers?

topdog on April 16, 2012 at 4:45 PM

bayam on April 16, 2012 at 2:33 PM

Right on cue.

The Monday morning Talking Points Memo must have come in.

Solaratov on April 16, 2012 at 4:54 PM

This matter is better dealt with at the State level where it always has been. One size fits all regulations from the Federal level will destroy innovation and prevent accomodation to local circumstances.

If Blue states wish to eliminate oil and gas production, that is their perogative within their state but that will only damage their economy not the economy of the whole nation.

KW64 on April 16, 2012 at 4:55 PM

Since when is a 10 year low an “historically low” price? History goes back much longer than 10 years.

Not in LeftyLand.

Solaratov on April 16, 2012 at 5:00 PM

topdog on April 16, 2012 at 4:45 PM

They like inexpensive supply. Most producers actually sell to the pipeline companies. More gas = lower cost.

Kermit on April 16, 2012 at 5:00 PM

Since when is a 10 year low an “historically low” price? History goes back much longer than 10 years.

Not in LeftyLand.

Solaratov on April 16, 2012 at 5:00 PM

It’s longer than 10 years if you adjust for inflation. It’s unprecedented by other cost comparisons, such as gas vs texas crude.
But this is going off topic.

http://qvmgroup.com/invest/2012/04/07/20-year-history-price-of-natural-gas-to-west-texas-crude-oil/

bayam on April 16, 2012 at 5:07 PM

Kermit on April 16, 2012 at 5:00 PM

Guess who is a member of the AGA.
Westport Innovations, which specializes in converting diesel engines to natural gas.
And guess who holds 3,160,063 company shares of Westport.
Soros’s hedge fund!

Want to bet whether there is a Pickens connection as well?

topdog on April 16, 2012 at 5:17 PM

topdog on April 16, 2012 at 5:17 PM

So? Natural gas engines (made by diesel engine manufacturers) have long been a staple of the natural gas pipeline infrastructure from the wellhead to you home, and also to industrial consumers. Almost all compressors along that pipeline are powered by natural gas engines, except of course those powered by gas turbines.

Kermit on April 16, 2012 at 5:21 PM

topdog on April 16, 2012 at 5:17 PM

You want to cut your nose off to spite your face, while you’re at it?

Kermit on April 16, 2012 at 5:22 PM

The more I dig, the clearer it becomes to me.
Soros benefits from cheaper natural gas, which relies on fracking.
Obama benefits from Soros, so Obama benefits from fracking.
Supporting fracking causes him trouble with his base.
Obama’s new task force is designed to give him some political cover.
Releasing the news on Friday night makes it less obvious to his base.

topdog on April 16, 2012 at 5:25 PM

You want to cut your nose off to spite your face, while you’re at it?

Kermit on April 16, 2012 at 5:22 PM

Not at all. I like cheap natural gas. I am just trying to understand Obamas motivation in seemingly supporting expediting fracking. Others suspect his support is insincere. Just looking for the truth. What is your take on it?

topdog on April 16, 2012 at 5:28 PM

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