The Link-Up: 11/29
Welcome back to The Link-Up, your rundown of our favorite stories from the past sev...errr 14 days in the oil and gas industry!
Alaska reports record sales of oil and gas leases
Before I worked here, I always thought Alaska was like this huge oil state, maybe behind only Texas. It kinda is, but it's also kinda not - as the article points out, its production has been in decline for 15 years. That might be changing with advancing technology, new estimates of recoverable resources, and the show-out on the bidding from this latest round of leases.
Guernsey County CDC receives donation for hybrid van
ThisWeek Community News
Utica Resources donated a new Chrysler Pacifica to the Guernsey County Community Development Corporation, which will be used for a CDC program that transports local veterans to their medical appointments. So that's pretty wonderful. But you have to admit that it's at least a little funny that they got a hybrid (in order to save the CDC money on fuel costs).
High Line Train State revitalization continues
A historic train station is roaring back to life after being shuttered three years ago, thanks in part to Marcellus Shale Impact Fee money. Gosh, this is all so horrible.
New England power, natgas prices soar ahead of cold Thanksgiving holiday
Hey, you guys should build a pipeline or something.
Shale boom raises specter of Gulf Coast oil terminal glut
Ohio dot com
Hey, you guys should build some terminals and pipelines too (they are, but the joke doesn't work if you acknowledge that...oh wait).
Is pig poop the next fracking? Smithfield Foods about to put energy goals to the test
Raleigh News & Observer
Wait, what's wrong with the current fracking that we need to be messing around with pig poop?
Hickenlooper hopeful about oil, gas future
Grand Junction Daily Sentinel
Leading up to the recent election, Colorado was among the most-discussed states thanks to Prop 112 and a hotly-contested gubernatorial race, among other things. After the election, however, it still rates up there, particularly in oil and gas as the industry simultaneously celebrates 112's defeat and wonders what will happen next in light of the Democrats winning both the legislature and the governor's chair. Outgoing term-limited governor John Hickenlooper (a former oil and gas geologist, so obviously pretty industry friendly) believes incoming Jared Polis will do a good job balancing industrial and environmental interests, however.
Oil and gas poised to fight back over rules and politics
Colorado Springs Gazette
Following up on that, here's an interesting, multi-faceted look at Colorado as we now know it - with particular emphasis on the idea that the newly-elected Democratic majorities could shoot themselves in the foot for the next cycle by pushing regulation too aggressively.
It looks like fracking is turning OPEC into the walking dead
Boom. Here's 10 hours of an American flag waving in HD (I wouldn't joke about this).
See you next week!