Energy Realities


It is a reality that our world continues to demand and use more and more resources. Global population has increased to 7 billion with projections of 9 billion in just a few years. We have learned that economic and social stability relies on having a sufficient supply of at least three critically important resources: food, water and energy. Shortage of even one of these and a country is subject to buying (importing) on the open market. Can anyone imagine the U.S. having to buy food and/or water? But yet, we have become all to accustomed to being a nation that buys energy to help meet our expectations as a world economic leader and powerful international ally.
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Baker Hughes Move: Prescription for Industry’s Future?


It’s been a long time coming: Baker Hughes’ announcement in April that it will disclose the chemicals used in its fracking fluids may just signal the start of a much-needed tidal change in the oil and gas industry.
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Top Land Use and Environmental Issues Facing Onshore Oil and Gas Operations


For onshore oil and gas operators, land use and environmental issues can present significant hurdles in the establishment of new facilities or the expansion of existing facilities. Land use and environmental challenges may even arise in the continued operation of existing facilities, particularly where there are new external developments or political pressures. Responding to and addressing these issues can result in significant costs and delays that may not be apparent on the face of the project. Operators need to be aware of these issues and the potential hidden costs. This article identifies top land use and environmental concerns facing oil and gas operators, and how they may arise.
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Local Law 43 – Less Costly Clean Fuel for New York


Following a winter that has added the term “polar vortex” to our vocabulary, it isn’t hard to imagine that one scene likely played out over and over in households across the country: a homeowner tears open an envelope and sighs, wondering how bills for heating oil ever got so high. Thankfully, recent legislation in New York City will help some residents dramatically lower costs by discontinuing heavy oil in favor of natural gas or other clean burning fuels.
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