Gas Exploration: Separating Fact from Fiction

By May 12, 2006Energy

Ever heard these whoppers?

“You can’t drill for natural gas without drilling for oil.”

“Almost 80% of the Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) is already open to exploration.”

“Offshore natural gas production won’t affect domestic prices for 7-10 years.”

Most of these came up during the debate over the Peterson Amendment this week. And, you’ll even hear them repeated in the mainstream media (MSM) from time-to-time. Only problem is, they ain’t so.

Here’s a link to a great “Fact vs. Fiction” piece put out by Chris Tucker, Rep. Peterson’s communications guy and all-around warrior. You’ll see these whoppers and others debunked therein.

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  • This comment is directed to Gov. John Engler.

    I am a policy researcher at George Mason University, Fairfax VA. My special interest is in the destructive conflict between environmentalists and industry in the United States, and the resource and environmental policies and consequences of that conflict.

    If you or staff are interested in my points and research, summarized briefly below, I’d welcome closer contact. I believe that there is a window of opportunity now opening for policy reform, but it is not being utilized as well as it could in the remarkable – even virtuosic efforts of Rep. Pombo and the Resources Committee.

    Your remarks on offshore oil and gas issues were
    cogent and timely, in my opinion. But my research suggests there is more to the story. In the past two years I have tracked the history and evolution of the conflict and published two articles relating to the conflict. I suggest that that it has not only blocked offshore oil and ANWR drilling, but has also had a wider and underappreciated role in eroding the U.S.’s industrial and infrastructural base, including port and harbor development, manufacturing, mining and minerals industries, airport siting, and inhibition of renewable energy development from geothermal, biomass, and wind sources.

    Not realized by partisans on the enviro side is the fact that the conflict has blocked their major goals of the environment. These include energy conservation, accelerated development of alternative energy sources, and U.S. participation and leadership in international cooperation on issues relating to global climate change. U.S. environmental performance, assessed by the Yale-Columbia study released in January 2006, has fallen to something like 16th among nations evaluated.

    The conclusions in my article on mining and environmental policy in the April Geotimes include that efforts by either the environmentalists to roll over industry and its supporters or the reverse have minimal chances for successful outcomes. We need a different approach.

    Regards, Frank T. Manheim (D.Sc.)
    Fairfax VA 22033

    It has also set back the goals of environmental organizations