Dan Reed

Reports of Energy Industry’s Death are Greatly Exaggerated

Sam Clemens, better known by his pen name, Mark Twain, is credited with having said “Reports of my death have been greatly exaggerated,” or something very near that.

Those predicting the demise of the U.S. shale oil and gas industry in the wake of the dramatic drop in oil prices that began last summer should learn the back story behind what is perhaps the most famous and enduring of Clements’ many quotes.

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Dan Reed

Obama’s Veto of Keystone XL Bill Won’t Last Forever

President Obama’s unsurprising Feb. 24 veto of the bill authorizing construction of the final key leg of the Keystone XL pipeline from Canada through Nebraska took place in private. There was no news conference, no ceremony, no gathering of bill opponents standing behind the President, no TV cameras. The Administration only made a modest statement announcing the veto.

It also means that there continues to be no resolution to the highest-profile energy policy issue of the last decade.

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Dan Reed

Drill Here, Not There: Obama’s Cynical Energy Policy

All Presidents and their Administrations have great potential to make people angry with the decisions they make and actions they take. President Obama’s Administration, however, scored a rare “two-fer” when it unveiled its newest approach to accessing oil and gas resources in regions where drilling wasn’t previously allowed.

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Dan Reed

Diplomatic Normalization Won’t Lead to a Cuban Offshore Oil Boom

Airline executives, resort developers, cigar and rum importers and even bankers may be excited about the new business opportunities created by President Obama’s controversial plans to normalize relations with communist Cuba.

But oil producers? Not so much.

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Dan Reed

Timing of the Halliburton-Baker Hughes Merger Makes Sense

It’s no coincidence that the proposed merger of the second- and third-largest oil field services is coming together against the backdrop of the biggest drop in oil prices in nearly five years.

No. 2 Halliburton and No. 3 Baker Hughes reached agreement in mid-November on a $34.6 billion deal that would, upon consummation and the expected sale and/or spinoffs of certain units to appease antitrust regulators, make the combined company almost as big and powerful as Schlumberger, currently the global leader in oil field services.

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Dan Reed

Will Washington Lift Crude Export Ban?

A real heavyweight title match is about to begin in Washington.

In one corner is a group of the nation’s largest oil and natural gas producers eager to see the 39-year-old ban on the export of American crude oil to foreign nations lifted in part or in whole.

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Dan Reed

Canadian Company Bypassing Roadblock to Heavy Crude Imports

The Obama Administration may have effectively stalled – for now – the Keystone Pipeline, but Toronto-based pipeline and distribution giant Enbridge is moving to demonstrate that Washington cannot entirely block the flow of heavy Canadian Tar Sands crude in the United States.

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Dan Reed

Texas Energy Production Creates Opportunity for U.S.

Oil and gas production in Texas has risen to near-record levels thanks to higher-than-anticipated crude prices and gas production that are, at least partially, a product of increased global instability and geopolitical turmoil.

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Dan Reed

Threat of Iraqi Civil War Puts Gas Prices Front and Center

Despite the mushrooming civil war in Iraq, led largely by the insurgent organization known as the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS), Americans are paying scarcely more to fill up their cars today than they were a month ago. This is especially surprising, considering that Iraq is the world’s fifth-largest oil-producing nation.

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