Understanding the Federal pipeline permit system

CNN’s Matt Egan just posted on the U.S. shale oil industry, Why American oil can keep booming despite crazy swings. The article shows how U.S. oil companies are cleaning up their balance sheets and adopting a more disciplined approach to launching major projects to avoid financial troubles...

Dawson colleague heads Harvard water panel

Water and proper infrastructure are necessary for societies to flourish. On April 3, I was honored to moderate a panel discussion at Harvard Business School featuring entrepreneurs, World Bank representatives and government regulators. The panel’s title was “Energy, Infrastructure & Vital Industries” and our focus also included water issues in the Mideast, a place where, as panelist Uri Shani wisely noted, scarcity is the essential element...

D.C. Circuit finds that Illinois to Oklahoma oil pipeline does not require full scale NEPA review

In a significant decision impacting federal review of energy pipeline projects, the D.C. Circuit on September 29 ruled that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers was justified in not conducting a National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) review of the entire length of a 593 oil mile pipeline...

Oil, gas, and pipelines, oh my!

How urgent is America’s need to develop new ways to transport oil and natural gas? A recent article in The Wall Street Journal summarized our unhealthy dependence on rail for energy transportation: “Today, about 939,000 barrels of oil a day are riding the rails, about 11% of the total pumped in the U.S., according to data from the federal Surface Transportation Board, chugging across plains and over bridges, rumbling through cities and towns on their way to refineries on the coasts and along the Gulf of Mexico...

Oil in a day’s work

There’s a great article in yesterday’s Wall Street Journal for anyone concerned about U.S. efforts to meet our energy needs while reducing our dependence on foreign oil. As reporters Russell Gold and Daniel Gilbert explain: The U.S. is overtaking Russia as the world’s largest producer of oil and natural gas, a startling shift that is reshaping markets and eroding the clout of traditional energy-rich nations...