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The Interstate Oil and Gas Compact Commission promotes the conservation and efficient recovery of our nation's oil and natural gas resources.

Monday, August 01, 2005

Welcome to the IOGCC Blog

Welcome to the Interstate Oil and Gas Compact Commission's new blog. Our topic today is "The Energy Policy Act of 2005." Post here to tell us what you think. We're listening...


  • At 2:12 PM, Blogger Black Lassy said…

    Seems to me like gas prices are going through the roof. What can we do about it?

  • At 11:39 AM, Blogger Interstate Oil and Gas Compact Commission said…

    First, we need to reduce our dependence on foreign oil. We have pleny of energy resources here in the United States, but it's difficult to educate people about why they are so important. What do you think?

  • At 12:58 PM, Anonymous Kathy said…

    Gasoline is actually cheaper in the US than the rest of the world and is less per gallon, when adjusted for inflation, than it was 30 years ago. To control our cost of gasoline, we can drive less by carefully planning trips, combining trips and avoiding rush hour driving. Gasoline use continues to increase in the US, driving the world demand up and that demand is pusing up prices. By decreasing US gasoline use, we can cut world demand and push crude oil prices down.

  • At 8:20 AM, Blogger Interstate Oil and Gas Compact Commission said…

    Conservation is definitely the key to cheaper prices for consumers. It's also important to realize that we have an abundant amount of resources here in the United States, don't you think?

  • At 3:31 PM, Anonymous Kathy said…

    While we have a lot of natural gas in the US, can it really be supplied to parts of the country that need home heating the most? These hurricanes have put a lot of natural gas off of the market just as the heating season sets in. That's why conservation needs to be the focus for everyone -- in your home, in your business, in schools and church.

  • At 11:28 AM, Anonymous Christine said…

    This statement was just released by the House Committee on Resources. This sounds very serious for US consumers.

    Washington, DC - With supplies of natural gas, America's most popular home-heating fuel, running tight, families face chilly prospects for their heating bills this winter. Cold temperatures could push home heating bills up more than 60 percent in some areas, according to the Energy Information Administration (EIA) winter forecast released today. House Resources Chairman Richard W. Pombo (R-CA) pledged his commitment to lowering U.S. energy prices by supplying our national demand with America's abundant domestic resources.

    "The energy problems we predicted in the Speaker's 2003 Task Force on Natural Gas are real and they're now. As we said before, there is no reason families in our country should pay the highest natural gas prices in the world," Pombo said. "We have enough natural gas supplies to make a real difference in prices, but we don't have the regulatory framework to let American workers go get it. Until then, we will continue to see high prices."

    American families can expect to spend on average an additional $350 or more in some areas to heat their homes with natural gas this winter. And even as the EIA expects conservation to lead to a slight decrease in natural gas demand this winter, the agency still predicts serious prices hikes due to a lack of available supply.

    But natural gas is not the only home heating fuel expected to rise. Families in the northeast that depend on heating oil most should anticipate an additional $378 on their heating bills this winter, a 30 percent increase in costs.

    The smaller portion of American homes that rely on electricity as their primary heating fuel can also expect a slight increase in costs; although not nearly as high as natural gas users. Families in the south, where electricity is used most, can expect a 9 percent increase in their electricity bills this winter.

    "While this year's energy bill was a good first step to meeting America's demands, nature exposed the problem with current U.S. energy policy. America's energy prices are incredibly vulnerable when we don't have access to diverse supplies," Pombo said. "Until more supplies are brought to market, prices will remain high. But absolutely nothing will change for American families if Congress continues to stand around, admiring our resources under lock-and-key."

  • At 9:16 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    The energy bill relies on nuclear power as a part of the solution. As a geologist I leased and sold uranium deposits and followed the trends. Uranium is unique in that it can be detected with airborne surveys. Most of the high quality uranium deposits were discovered long ago for this reason. We have not improved our resource base since the 1970's. To switch to low concentration deposits like the Chattanooga shale in Tennessee which are hundreds of times lower concentration is uneconomic and would require extensive strip mining plus lots of energy to do it. Then there's the problem of processing the uranium and concentrating or enriching it to higher concentrations of fissionable isotopes. Most of this is done in Oak Ridge, Tennessee with less than a cent/kwh waterfall electricity. That cheap electricity is all committed to the current reactors. If one switches to conventional electricity ($.07 to .09/kwh)I doubt the conversion is economic. The lack of cheap available electricity is the reason we don't salvage current spent fuel rods for their remaining contained fissionable uranium, and the plutonium they create. So the so-called "fast breeder" plutonium reactors won't work either. We have about enough uranium resources to fuel our current reactors. The answer I got from inquiries about the feasibility of using nuclear reactors in face of these practical problems is we'll buy the uranium from overseas suppliers. Sound familiar? Trust the energy wizards in Washington to come up with exactly the import problem our current energy situation has placed upon us. Rely on the friendly folks in Angola or Iran or Russia? And, surely they wouldn't hold us up like bandits or use their resources as political blackmail…besides the minor problem of our balance of trade payments.

    I am presently an oilman. I've spent a lifetime in the oil patch but also worked with uranium, coal, and many other minerals. My feeling is we need to invest our current remaining fossil fuel resources wisely into wind, solar and renewable resources. We need to and will find more domestic oil and gas with the higher prices, but this may be our last chance to get the mix right for my grandchildren. Wind farms and photovoltaics can produce hydrogen gas when not consumed directly. It can be stored like natural gas in spent oil and gas fields, to be produced and generate more electricity when the wind doesn't blow and sun doesn't shine. I think that's where we need to head if we have any chance of energy independence. It will take governmental action, perhaps tax incentives, etc. to encourage the industries, utilities and homeowners to do it. But fortunately it is technology that is here now. We don't have to wait for a miraculous fusion reactor or some Space Age discovery. We just need political leaders who think independently and look at the facts rather than listen to lobbyist for the nuclear industry which has failed, is guaranteed to fail and spent it's flush run of resources already.

  • At 11:54 AM, Blogger June said…

    The last post I see here was in 2005 - is anyone still here?


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