Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Libya Turmoil 67 and the oil prices

Thanks kermit.

Obama has put a moratorium on oil exploration in the Gulf, the richest off-shore oil fields of the US.
Now he has attacked Libya and probably stopped oil supplies from that country for an unlimited period, whereas OPEC has no supplementary capacity.
Qatar finances meanwhile Sarko's war effort and collects the spoils from the rising oil- and gas prices.
How stupid can you get?
Of course now Obama blames the oil-industry.
How hypocritical can you ger? 
Obama seems to have an unlimited capacity for hypocrisy. 

From: LOGA
Sent: Tuesday, March 29, 2011 6:03 PM
Subject: Interior Department report suggests two-thirds of offshore leases are inactive
 Daily News
From the President's Desk
Interior Department report suggests two-thirds of offshore leases are inactive

Reacting to mounting pressure over rising gasoline prices, President Obama commissioned the Interior Department to conduct a study on oil & gas activity on federal lands.  Today, the Interior released its response report that suggests more than two-thirds of offshore leases in the Gulf of Mexico are sitting idle.  The Administration claims that these leases are neither producing oil & gas resources, nor being actively explored by companies who own the leases.  In addition to a large percentage of stagnant leases in the Gulf, the Interior reports that over 45% of onshore federal leases have been identified as inactive.

Interior Secretary Ken Salazar noted in reaction to the report, "These are resources that belong to the American people, and they expect those supplies to be developed in a timely and responsible manner and with a fair return to taxpayers."

Instead of taking blame due to its failed energy policies, the Administration is attempting to put pressure on oil & gas companies to increase U.S. domestic production.  In an attempt to relieve political pressure, the Administration is claiming that idle activity on federal oil and gas leases is the reason for limited supply and rising oil prices.

It would seem somewhat ironic that while the Interior Department continues its de facto moratorium in the Gulf of Mexico, it would urge companies to develop resources in a timely and responsible manner.  Currently, the BOEMRE has issued six permits to companies operating in the Gulf.  Prior to the federal drilling moratorium, the government was issuing approximately five permits each month.  Logic would suggest that the government, not inactive companies, is to blame for the slow development of our offshore resources.

Leases on federal lands remain inactive due to a number of reasons.  For starters, overburdening environmental regulations and bureaucratic permitting processes with federal government agencies have always been significant hurdles to ensuring projects on federal lands develop in a timely fashion.

A more important reason is simply that idle leases are not idle at all. When companies acquire a lease they must conduct geological analysis, seismic testing, drill a discovery well, and then attempt to determine if the lease has potential for further development and capital investment. The geological surveying alone can take years to identify whether a reserve is even capable of production.  Also, a large percentage of the production in the Gulf of Mexico exists on leases that expired in the past and were re-leased from another company.  Sometimes the ten-year lease process is not sufficient for many potential offshore prospects.  Just because a company has a lease does not mean they are guaranteed production from the geological structures below that lease.

Currently, members of Congress are pushing for the federal government to expand and open up access to domestic resources such as ANWR and offshore leases off the Northeastern coast.  To avoid pressure from environmental supporters and negative heat from consumers suffering from high gas prices, the Administration chooses to blame oil and gas companies for failing energy policies.
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1 comment:

  1. Only one of the permits issued thus for is to drill a new well. The rest are completions after the wells have been drilled, cased & cemented.