Drilled, Baby, Drilled

A decade ago Barack Obama mocked Sarah Palin. Who was right?

In an opinion article By The Editorial Board in the Wall Street Journal, the writer takes a look back at the incredible strides the U.S. has taken towards securing energy independence. 

Drilled, Baby, Drilled
A decade ago Barack Obama mocked Sarah Palin. Who was right?

By  The Editorial Board
Feb. 1, 2018 7:37 p.m. ET

Readers of pre-millennial vintage may recall the 2008 presidential campaign when Republicans and especially Sarah Palin picked up the chant “drill, baby, drill” as a response to soaring oil prices. The theme was much derided, not least by Barack Obama, who as late as 2012 called it “a slogan, a gimmick, and a bumper sticker” but “not a strategy.” Ten years later, who was right?

The U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) reported Thursday that U.S. crude oil production exceeded 10 million barrels a day for the first time since 1970. That’s double the five million barrels produced in 2008, thanks to the boom in, well, drilling, baby."


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Michigan Tech will Lead the Risk Analysis on Line 5.


The State of Michigan announced last Friday that it reached a contract agreement with Michigan Tech to have Guy Meadows, Robbins Professor of Sustainable Marine Engineering and director of the Great Lakes Research Center at Michigan Tech, lead the independent Risk Analysis Report on Line 5 under the Straits.

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Critical Issues Webinar: "Tracking the Global Supply of Critical Materials"


The American Geosciences Institute's Critical Issues Program free webinar,

"Tracking the Global Supply of Critical Materials

When: Friday January 26, 2018, at 11:00 AM EST.

Register Now at http://crm.americangeosciences.org/civicrm/event/info?id=83&reset=1

No country in the world produces all of the mineral resources necessary for modern society. International trade plays a critical role in providing these raw materials, forming a global network of production, export, import, and use. This network must continuously adapt to national and international developments in science, technology, politics, and economics. As a result, information on the global flow of raw materials plays a fundamental role in improving national and international resilience to potential supply disruptions and market changes.

This webinar will focus on U.S. and EU efforts to gather information and develop tools that can be used to ensure a secure national and global supply of mineral resources; identify and quantify vulnerabilities in this supply; and stimulate national and international co-operation, education and outreach, and innovation in the development, recycling, and substitution of key mineral resources.

Speakers Include:
• Nedal Nassar, Ph.D., Chief, Materials Flow Analysis Section, National Minerals Information Center, U.S. Geological Survey 
• Vitor Correia, President, European Federation of Geologists, and co-ordinator of the EU’s INTRAW project 

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Keeping Fossil Fuels Underground Makes No Sense


For the average American, energy has never been more affordable. The Keep it in the Ground Movement would change that. Opinion editor Mike Perry asks and address the question, "What would happen if climateers succeed in their campaign to keep fossil fuels in the ground?" in an opinion piece for for USNews. 

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Regulatory Reform Under the Trump Administration

The Trump Regulatory Game Plan

Message to businesses and families: It’s OK to plan for the future.

An Opinion article featured in the Wall Street Journal by Neomi Rao. Administrator of the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs in the Office of Management and Budget.

Dec. 13, 2017 7:09 p.m. ET

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"Today's Digital Oilfield: Dangers and Opportunities" Webcast

Free Video webcast airing 9 January: "Today's Digital Oilfield: Dangers and Opportunities

This virtual panel discussion, airing 9 January, 2018, will explore the risks and benefits that can accrue from these cutting-edge technologies.

Cybersecurity is a major topic, not just for our industry, but for virtually anyone who touches the Internet. Siv Houmb, CEO of Secure-NOK, and Chair of the IADC ART Cybersecurity Subcommittee, will walk us though the real risk of a cyberattack on drilling assets, motivations behind possible attacks, regulatory initiatives, potential solutions and more.

While the bogeymen of cybervillainy are real and insidious, the upside of digital technology holds great promise for improved efficiencies. One of the most promising is blockchain, the technology behind the burgeoning global Internet currency Bitcoin. Andrew Bruce, CEO of Data Gumbo, will detail the potential for blockchain in oil and gas, including smart contracts that can remove time, expense, and mistrust.


  • Siv Hilde Houmb, CEO, Secure-NOK, and Chair, IADC ART Cybersecurity Subcommittee
  • Andrew Bruce, CEO, Data Gumbo
  • Mike Killalea, Group VP/Publisher, IADC & DrillingContractor.org (moderator)

Mark your calendar for our virtual panel discussion on 9 January. No charge to attend!

To register for this free webcast, click here. If you have already registered for this event, please be on the lookout for your login email on the morning of 6 September.

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MNRTF Board Approves $40.3 Million in Recreation Grants

The Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund, supported by oil and gas lease royalties, continues to make a major impact on Michigan's great outdoors.

Recently, the MNRTF Board recommended more than $40 million in grants for outdoor recreational development and land acquisition projects to the state Legislature.

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Enbridge temporarily stops flow in Line 5 due to inclement weather in accordance with agreement with State



Dec. 5, 2017


Enbridge temporarily stops flow in Line 5 due to inclement

weather in accordance with agreement with State

 LANSING, Mich. – High winds and waves in the Straits of Mackinac today has prompted Enbridge Energy to temporarily suspend operation of its Line 5, meeting one of the provisions in a recent agreement between the State of Michigan and Enbridge aimed at safeguarding the Great Lakes.


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Webinar Opportunity! "Geologic Mapping to Empower Communities: Examples from the Great Lakes

Geologic Mapping to Empower Communities: Examples from the Great Lakes

The American Geosciences Institute's Critical Issues Program free webinar

 Wednesday December 6, 2017, at 1:30 PM EST.

To register for this webinar, click here: https://crm.americangeosciences.org/civicrm/event/info?reset=1&id=80


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Enbridge/State of Michigan Agreement


This week, Enbridge and the State of Michigan signed an agreement setting forward a plan to improve coordination between the company and the State for the operation and maintenance of Enbridge’s Line 5 pipeline, while providing enhanced transparency to the citizens of Michigan.

Here are seven ways this agreement protects Michigan’s waters:

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