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April 10, 2014

The oil and natural gas boom continues

The recent uptick in American energy production is one of those economic miracles not thought possible a decade ago. Oil and gas production will reduce the United States' dependence on imports, and we may be become an energy exporter, something that will strengthen our international status, which is at a low point under the present Administration's policy. 

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April 10, 2014

Pennsylvania takes advantage of Marcellus jobs boom

Pennsylvania's economy is the sixth-largest in the nation and ranks 21st in the world. Employment tops 6 million workers with unemployment at a five-year low of 6.2 percent. State growth is being fueled by the Marcellus shale industry. Pennsylvania has the second-largest energy field in the world.

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April 10, 2014

Two state studies tout economic benefits of energy production

Separate academic studies in California and Colorado emerged last week supporting the macroeconomic benefits of oil and natural gas development and warning against bans on hydraulic fracturing.

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April 10, 2014

When will Obama make call on Keystone?

Like a blockbuster movie that never quite arrives, President Obama’s decision on the Keystone XL oil pipeline has been “coming soon” for years.

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April 10, 2014

Supreme Court removes aggregate limits for individual contributions

The Supreme Court of the United States struck down federal “aggregate limits” on how much an individual may spend on otherwise legal contributions in a two-year election cycle to federal candidates, political parties, and political action committees.

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April 10, 2014

Oil industry rallies at Oklahoma state Capitol

The Oklahoma Independent Petroleum Association staged a Rally for the Rigs this week at the state Capitol to lobby for the industry.

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April 02, 2014

Kansas HOR panel approves lesser prairie chicken bill

A Kansas House committee has approved a bill declaring that the federal government has no authority to regulate prairie chickens or their habitat in the state.

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April 02, 2014

Statewide fracking ban would be billion-dollar blow

A ban would cut 93K jobs, billions in tax revenue, University of Colorado researchers say.

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April 02, 2014

Don’t raise taxes on oil, gas industry

Montanans should be concerned about economic fallout from less energy production if Congress clamps additional taxes on the oil and gas industry.

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March 27, 2014

Lesser Prairie Chicken listed as Threatened

The Obama administration announced today it is placing the lesser prairie chicken on a list of threatened species, a move that could affect oil and gas drilling, wind farms and other activities in five central and southwestern states.

The decision by the Fish and Wildlife Service is a step below "endangered" status and allows for more flexibility in how protections for the bird will be carried out under the Endangered Species Act.

Dan Ashe, the agency's director, said he knows the decision will be unpopular with governors in the five affected states — Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas, Colorado and New Mexico — but said the agency was following the best science available.

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