A surge in production in the Permian Basin of west Texas—-already the nation’s highest producing oilfield — is extracting more crude oil than refiners in Texas can handle. But now, producers in the Permian have new outlets for that oil with economic implications hundreds of miles away from the flatlands of west Texas. Based on crude oil export projections, port officials say they expect to add 5000 direct and indirect jobs in 2017.
“This is not a bubble, this is real growth,” said vessel traffic controller Mike Stineman, as he scanned real time navigation charts indicating vessel traffic at the port. Radio chatter between vessels, the Coast Guard and the Vessel Control Center provided a non-stop soundtrack of the the pulse of the port. A longtime ban on U.S. crude exports was lifted last year.
The pipeline protests at the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation last year drew national attention. Inside Energy teamed up with the Center for Investigative Reporting’s Reveal to go behind the scenes and meet the young people who started the fight. The program looks at how those protests put at-risk teens on a healthier path, and how other Native American tribes are grappling with energy projects on their sovereign land.
Inside Energy, in collaboration with Rocky Mountain PBS and Fast Forward Films, presents “Beyond Standing Rock” a documentary exploring the conflict surrounding the Dakota Access pipeline and the struggle for Native American rights against the backdrop of the new Trump administration.
What’s going on with that pipeline in North Dakota? Momentum behind the Dakota Access pipeline protests has been building for months. The 1,200 mile-long pipeline project is controversial, involving many big-picture interests, issues, and plenty of misinformation. You’ve been flooding us with great questions, and we’re answering them.
2015 was a year marked by a dramatic reversal of fortune in the oil industry. Crude oil prices dropped down to a third of their 2014 highs, effectively pouring ice water on America’s shale revolution. What does that mean for the year ahead?
Montana Department of Environmental Quality | The oil spill in Montana’s Yellowstone River is the second of its kind in five years. Can the nation’s aging pipeline system keep up with its oil and gas boom?