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December 14, 2011
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Q&A with Devon Energy's Bill Whitsitt and Dave Hager
  
Devon Energy's Bill Whitsitt, executive vice president of public affairs, and Dave Hager, executive vice president of exploration and production, sat down with SmartBrief to look back at their year. Hydraulic fracturing and community relations remained a priority for Devon, as it did for other companies. "This year we have seen new and better industry efforts -- from the community level to the national level -- to explain how we conduct our business, so as to maintain trust and what we call our 'social license to operate.' ... We've worked with a number of states, moving to update their rules, regulations and enforcement in the face of new shale-related activity," said Whitsitt. Read the interview.
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What was the biggest onshore oil and gas story of 2011?
43%   Rapid growth in North Dakota
24%   Regulatory battles in Marcellus Shale states
17%   ConocoPhillips spinning off its refining unit
11%   EPA emissions-regulation enforcement
7%   The Silvertip pipeline leak in Montana
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What is your opinion of the delay of the decision on TransCanada's Keystone XL pipeline?
90%   It should have been approved
7%   It was right to delay
3%   It should have been denied
2%   Unsure/No opinion
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How would you rate the pace of the resumption of offshore drilling in the Gulf of Mexico?
88%   Slow
7%   Neutral
5%   Fast
2%   Unsure/No opinion
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What was the biggest offshore oil and gas story of 2011?
29%   ExxonMobil's new finds in the Gulf of Mexico
27%   The federal government reports on the Deepwater Horizon incident
27%   Allegations of slow-walking federal offshore drilling permits
14%   Structural changes at the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation and Enforcement
6%   The release of the draft federal offshore-drilling program
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