Report: Energy production on federal lands is still declining

posted at 2:01 pm on April 18, 2014 by Erika Johnsen

This is a missive from the White House late last year.

Today, the Department of Energy announced that we’ve hit another milestone on our path to a more secure energy future. In October, domestic oil production exceeded crude oil imports for the first time since 1995, while petroleum net imports were the lowest since February 1991. For energy, the last two decades have been a story of resurgence and regaining control of our energy security, and this achievement underscores the changes in how we produce and use energy.

But how did we get from 1995 to today? The actions that President Obama and his Administration have taken to reduce our reliance on foreign oil play a significant role in this story. One of the very first actions the President took to implement his energy and climate strategy was to direct the Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of Transportation to work with the auto industry to develop new fuel economy standards for cars and trucks…

At the same time, new technology, driven in part by research at the Department of Energy, has helped to unlock new domestic energy supplies in places like North Dakota and Texas. This month, oil production hit a 24-year high, bucking a trend that saw more nearly two decades of decline and slipping production.

This, however, is information from a report released by the Congressional Research Service this week, via the Daily Caller:

Oil and gas production has stalled on federal lands for the third year in a row under the Obama administration, despite booming energy production on private and state lands, according to a new government report.

The Congressional Research Service (CRS) says that the share of oil and gas production coming from federal lands have plummeted from 2009 to 2013. Oil production on federal lands fell by 11 percent over this time period and natural gas production fell by 28 percent.

Federal onshore oil production fell for the third year in a row, while offshore oil production increased slightly — just enough to increase total oil production by 15,300 barrels per day in 2013 above 2012 levels.

But total federal oil production is still 316,800 barrels per day below 2010 levels of 1,975,100 barrels per day. …

Last year, the Obama administration sold the lowest amount of oil and gas leases since 1988 and approved the fewest drilling permits since 2002.

Cliffs-notes version: The United States has been undergoing a transformative energy boom that has completely revamped our production prospects, diversified our resources portfolio, and reduced our net greenhouse gas emissions in a matter of just a few short years while consistently acting as one of the main drivers of our otherwise listless economy — no thanks to the Obama administration. They sort of blithely want us to think that a major chunk of the illustrated decline in oil imports is because of the overwhelming excellence of their fuel efficiency standards and their amazing ethanol policies, but c’mon. The best that can be said of their policies is that they haven’t gotten too eager to actively impede the energy boom taking place on private and state lands, reluctantly allowing it to proceed while accruing justifications for more regulation, and allowing production on federal lands to remain almost-but-not-quite static. Yes, the private-sector boom is doing pretty darn well all on its own, but there are direct economic opportunity costs to effectively shelving the many possibilities for greater production on the third of the surface area of the country the federal government owns, not to mention offshore drilling to boot.


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Oil and Gas our Country’s saviour!

Sven on April 18, 2014 at 2:05 PM

Next up Keystone XL…not a chance…

PatriotRider on April 18, 2014 at 2:06 PM

As Obama continues to (commit Acts of Treason and) assign more and more power and authority to himself, you know that at some point his “phone and pen” are going to “legislate” a shutdown of energy production on PRIVATE LANDS as well.

ConstantineXI on April 18, 2014 at 2:07 PM

The Obama administration won’t be happy until every single American has become a Federal benefits receiver.

MTF on April 18, 2014 at 2:18 PM

And of course the Dems keep trying to take credit for something they actively trying to stop, and that’s happening DESPITE their best efforts against it.

dentarthurdent on April 18, 2014 at 2:19 PM

The easiest way to make anything non-productive is to get the federal gummint involved.

viking01 on April 18, 2014 at 2:21 PM

And of course the Dems keep trying to take credit for something they actively trying to stop, and that’s happening DESPITE their best efforts against it.

dentarthurdent on April 18, 2014 at 2:19 PM

…E X A C T L Y !
…and how many times has JugEars taken credit for the increase?

KOOLAID2 on April 18, 2014 at 2:23 PM

dentarthurdent on April 18, 2014 at 2:19 PM

…oh hey!…did your bride finally get in?

KOOLAID2 on April 18, 2014 at 2:24 PM

Next up Keystone XL…not a chance…

PatriotRider on April 18, 2014 at 2:06 PM

Yep…

Breaking news…

The State Dept has announced that the public comment period for the Keystone XL Pipeline will be (conveniently) extended until AFTER the November elections. So obviously, no decision until after that.

(No linkie, just heard it on Fox Business.)

climbnjump on April 18, 2014 at 2:11 PM

climbnjump on April 18, 2014 at 2:27 PM

…oh hey!…did your bride finally get in?

KOOLAID2 on April 18, 2014 at 2:24 PM

Nope. Still didn’t work – even from the library using an old (but still valid) college email address. But – no Forbidden IP Address message – so she may just have had bad timing with when they shut it down for the Error404 situation. Never got a response email.

She’s starting to think HA has some kind of conspiracy against her personally….

dentarthurdent on April 18, 2014 at 2:31 PM

As Obama continues to (commit Acts of Treason and) assign more and more power and authority to himself, you know that at some point his “phone and pen” are going to “legislate” a shutdown of energy production on PRIVATE LANDS as well.

ConstantineXI on April 18, 2014 at 2:07 PM

I expect that they will do that through the fascist EPA.

slickwillie2001 on April 18, 2014 at 2:32 PM

If you go to the Baker Hughes Inc. rig count site and download their historical rig counts, you’ll see that in the State of New Mexico — where the majority of the rigs are on government-owned land in the Permian Basin area of the southeast corner of the state — the number of rigs in operation in April of 2004 was 95.

In the most recent report for New Mexico on April 14, after a decade of a boom in fracking-related drilling across the country, New Mexico’s rig count stands at 90, or five fewer than 10 years earlier.

In contrast, the number of rigs in operation in Texas’ District 8, which covers the state’s share of the Permian Basin, was 80 in April of 2004. In the April 14 report, District 8 has 314 drilling rigs in operation, which represents just under a 300 percent increase in drilling activity.

Same oil and gas deposits under both areas. The only difference is the Bureau of Land Management runs New Mexico’s lands, while across the border, either the State of Texas or private landowners hold the mineral rights to the land.

jon1979 on April 18, 2014 at 2:33 PM

…oh hey!…did your bride finally get in?

KOOLAID2 on April 18, 2014 at 2:24 PM

In fact, she even tried a different screen name than she originally wanted to use because she thinks HA has something against the first one (zaychikmoi – from RED). She thinks because it’s Russian, HA won’t allow it.

dentarthurdent on April 18, 2014 at 2:33 PM

I’m waiting for The One and his Department of (No) Energy to go full Imperial China on the LNG industry on private land, to wit;

The Chinese originated deep drilling (for NG) by the first century BC and, with their traditional methods, were able to drill boreholes up to 4,800 feet deep. The deep drilling for today’s supplies of oil and natural gas is a development from these Chinese techniques.

(snip)
As for the number of deep boreholes, there were hundreds of them. An imperial edict of 1089 limited the number of them in the prefecture and privince of Ch’engtu alone to 160 wells. An earlier tally said that in six districts of Tzu-chou there were 157 wells in working order and 50 plugged by government officials as a penalty for tax evasion.

The salt (brine) industry was supposed to have been nationalized in the second century BC, and entrepreneurs continually tried to conceal their wells by removing the derricks before government inspectors came along. And without signs on the surface, who is going to spot a hole a few inches across with a stone placed over it, even if it does extend downwards 3,000 feet?

But the government ‘revenuers’ were as assiduous in hunting down bootlegging brine distillers as their counterparts have been in modern times looking for illicit stills of moonshine whiskey in the Appalachian Mountains of Kentucky and Virginia.

One hotbed of tax evasion in the eleventh century was the district of P’ei-ch’eng where, out of 55 boreholes, 45 were plugged by ‘revenuers’ who found them out. In 1095, a complaint to the emperor said, In the prefecture and province of Ch’engtu all the brine boreholes are plugged up, and because of their closure thousands of families are unemployed.”

- Robert Temple, The Genius of China; 3,000 Years of Science, Discovery, and Invention. NY; Simon & Schuster, 1986, pp.51-54.

In short, the government let the drillers absorb the expense of the work, then moved in, closed them down, and nationalized the industry; a pattern repeated over and over again in Chinese history.

Keep in mind that The One and his cronies are great admirers of the “efficiency” of China’s totalitarian rule, past and present.

Don’t be too surprised if nationalization of the land, followed by confiscation and nationalization of the industry, is The One’s next gambit. With “saving the environment” as the excuse.

clear ether

eon

eon on April 18, 2014 at 2:44 PM

(No linkie, just heard it on Fox Business.)

climbnjump on April 18, 2014 at 2:11 PM

Linkie:

Obama administration extends review period for Keystone XL oil pipeline

climbnjump on April 18, 2014 at 2:48 PM

(No linkie, just heard it on Fox Business.)

climbnjump on April 18, 2014 at 2:11 PM

I heard only for 90 days, which would be mid-August

ConservativePartyNow on April 18, 2014 at 2:50 PM

Nope. Still didn’t work – even from the library using an old (but still valid) college email address. But – no Forbidden IP Address message – so she may just have had bad timing with when they shut it down for the Error404 situation. Never got a response email.

She’s starting to think HA has some kind of conspiracy against her personally….

dentarthurdent on April 18, 2014 at 2:31 PM

*sigh*

email Ed directly. He can correct the issue. I got in during an open enrollment of ONE!!!! Stop whining.

ladyingray on April 18, 2014 at 2:56 PM

email Ed directly. He can correct the issue. I got in during an open enrollment of ONE!!!! Stop whining.

ladyingray on April 18, 2014 at 2:56 PM

I tried that the first time – previous open reg – nobody from HA ever responded to any of my emails / messages.

dentarthurdent on April 18, 2014 at 3:01 PM

Obama has not issued a single new permit for drilling or producing fossil fuels on federal lands. Not one. 100% of the production on federal land is coming from leases/permits approved by Bush or earlier Presidents.

He also dragged his heels until even federal judges complained about reauthorizing drilling in the Gulf.

Obama is a liar and a fraud, and always has been nothing more.

Adjoran on April 18, 2014 at 3:23 PM

Obama is a liar and a fraud, and always has been nothing more.

Adjoran on April 18, 2014 at 3:23 PM

He would have to improve just to get back to liar and fraud. The best you can say about him is that he gives credence to the belief of Darwinists, that we actually did come from pond scum!!

Deano1952 on April 18, 2014 at 3:32 PM

He would have to improve just to get back to liar and fraud. The best you can say about him is that he gives credence to the belief of Darwinists, that we actually did come from pond scum!!

Deano1952 on April 18, 2014 at 3:32 PM

Worse – Golgafrinchan refugees.
Pond scum would have been a better source….

dentarthurdent on April 18, 2014 at 3:40 PM

It is beyond absurdity that the Keystone Pipeline has not been approved years ago. We continue to purchase oil from countries such as Saudi Arabia, who use our dollars for support of Muslim terrorists, and Venezuela, who use our dollars to subjecate the masses under a communist regime. Why????? Instead we should be buying oil from Canada, our long time friend and ally. There is no common sense in government anymore.
The eco-nazis who oppose this pipeline do not have any semblance of a credible argument. Their premise that it will increase global warming is laughable: 1. There is no global warming, I believe that due to the sun’s cycles we are entering a cooling trend. 2. Building the pipeline will actually DECREASE CO2 emissions by eliminating the ground transportation by rail or truck that is currently taking place. 3. The argument that it will ruin tribal lands is moot since the development of the lands will happen whether the pipeline is built or not. If not, there is contigency plans to build a pipeline to the west coast and ship the oil to China.
There is no viable reason not to approve the Keystone Pipeline.

edgarthered on April 18, 2014 at 3:56 PM

As Obama continues to (commit Acts of Treason and) assign more and more power and authority to himself, you know that at some point his “phone and pen” are going to “legislate” a shutdown of energy production on PRIVATE LANDS as well.

ConstantineXI on April 18, 2014 at 2:07 P

Or they could nationalise it. I’m sure they have plans to do one or the other.

crankyoldlady on April 18, 2014 at 5:49 PM

So, having a pic up at HA with Blue Collar types holding signs that say “Save American Jobs” is cool when it’s an anti-Obama article, but otherwise would be a pic highlighting an article attacking unionized workers including much schadenfreude for them losing their jobs to the Chicoms, et al? Can’t say I wouldn’t agree with that, but it still seems disingenuous, smarmy and of course highly political red meat.

At any rate, I maintain that this oil and gas boom will benefit us little. If this were 1930 or even 1950 it probably would. They’ve known this stuff was down there decades before the “Arab Oil Crisis” of the ’70s. They sat on it claiming they didn’t have the technology to get it, while all along it was the fact that it wasn’t as profitable to get as sweet crude that they left it there virtually undisturbed. Meanwhile, Americans and Europeans pay higher and higher energy prices because of “supply and demand” principles-that are pretty much artificial in this case.

The Alaska Oil Pipeline supplies mostly east Asian customers. The oil subsidy-rebates that Alaskans get probably only offset the higher cost of living up there. But, that is a politically-expedient program with which the PTB can say, “Look, Americans are benefiting from that oil!”

There’s no way that for the time being (until there is no more oil) that the PTB are going to tick off the Saudis by undercutting their profit margins. They obviously have too many assets over here and too much $ to ignore. I’m still wondering to what extent that Obama (and others) is actually their employee?

Selling to China seems to be something Riyadh can live with…but I wonder how involved the Saudis are in the U.S. and Canadian oil sands and natural gas/fracking operations? Anyone with the money (and muscle) can buy in. Same goes for farm land, fresh water and mining operations as well.

It’s an international market. We can’t continue to embrace free market principles as the greatest thing since Jesus, and then complain about it when it reduces our standard of living. Nationalizing the stuff, or getting close by saying that American fossil fuels can only be used in America, wouldn’t do any good anyway because we know the crooks in Washington and their bureaucracy would manage to inflate the prices (“necessarily skyrocket” I believe is the term) still more than even manipulated market forces would.

Dr. ZhivBlago on April 19, 2014 at 1:26 PM