A Whopping Sum of Money   
By David Curtiss / April 2009

April 15 is the day of financial reckoning for most U.S. taxpayers. That is the day when many of us rush to the post office at the stroke of midnight to send our tax forms to the IRS, typically accompanied by a check for taxes owed (those getting a refund have reason to file much earlier).

Fuel Rule Could Ripple Upstream  
By David Curtiss / March 2009

In January 2007 California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger issued an executive order announcing that California would develop a low carbon fuel standard (LCFS). The purpose of the LCFS is to reduce by at least 10 percent the carbon intensity of fuels used for passenger vehicles in California by 2020. The governor’s action put the state into the familiar position of crafting unique and occasionally controversial environmental policy. And there is an old saying about these policies:

Reserves Disclosure Rules Revised  
By David Curtiss / February 2009

Oil and natural gas professionals have been urging the SEC to modernize its disclosure rules for oil and natural gas reserves for many years.   The principal criticism of the original rules is that they were introduced more than a quarter century ago.

Energy Likely High on ‘To Do’ List  
By David Curtiss / January 2009

The beginning of a new year is the time we traditionally resolve to make the changes necessary to improve our lives. It is also the time we ponder what opportunities and challenges the new year will bring.

CO2 Statement Adopted by AAPG  
By David Curtiss / December 2008
There are differences between CO2 flooding for EOR and long-term geological carbon sequestration. Sequestration requires injecting large volumes of CO2 through the smallest number of wells possible, and ensuring the CO2 remains confined over long periods of time. The technical challenges are issues of scale.
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By David Curtiss / November 2008

geoCVD Covers a Lot of Ground  
By David Curtiss / October 2008
There may be no peer-reviewed study of this phenomenon, but I submit that cobblers do good business in election years. 
Energy Issues Action Still Pending  
By David Curtiss / September 2008
Congress returns to work this month after its August recess – and if legislators feel a sense of déjà vu, it is because their agenda includes many issues left unresolved in June and July.
SEC, ‘Use It or Lose It’ Tops Agenda  
By David Curtiss / August 2008
The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) continues its march to modernize oil and gas reserves disclosure rules for companies traded on U.S. stock exchanges.
Alliances, Coalitions Build Strength  
By David Curtiss / July 2008
Every presidential election features news stories and political ads showing the candidates engaged in vigorous outdoor activity. Whether they are chopping logs, racing boats, jogging, clearing brush or wind-surfing, the idea is to demonstrate that the candidate has what it takes for the top job.
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