Monthly Archives: May 2012

Keystone plan avoids wetlands on Texas coast

An Army Corps of Engineers official said TransCanada submitted a new permit application.  More »

Motiva celebrates completion of big refinery expansion in Port Arthur

Motiva, a joint venture of Saudi Aramco and Royal Dutch Shell, celebrated a $10 billion expansion of its Port Arthur refinery that doubled its capacity and makes it the largest U.S. refinery.  More »

Oil drops on disappointing U.S. economic data

The government reported U.S. oil supplies grew more than expected last week.  More »

UN study foresees job gains with greener policies

Some 15 million to 60 million jobs could be created worldwide over the next two decades if nations took better care of the planet, according to a U.N. study released Thursday ahead of an international summit on sustainable development.  More »

Apache shareholders back annual board elections

Apache Corp.’s shareholders overwhelmingly supported a proposal calling for annual election of directors that the company’s management fought to keep off the agenda at last week’s annual meeting.  More »

Chevron sued in Canada by Ecuadorans over pollution

Ecuadorans who have waged a bitter legal battle against Chevron over pollution in the Amazon rain forest sued the company in Canada Wednesday in an attempt to seize $18 billion of the oil giant’s assets, after Chevron refused to pay a verdict against it in their homeland.  More »

BP’s Wash. refinery back to work after Feb. fire

A BP refinery in Washington state that shut down after a February fire has resumed normal operations.  More »

Names, Refrains, And Hurricanes

Given I am completely immersed in economic nerdiness as I prep for next week’s Platts conference, the burrito side of my brain has staged a coup and steered me back toward the more lighthearted ( / stormy) side of Energyland™. So with the official start to Atlantic hurricane season beckoning tomorrow (June 1), let us take […]  More »

Americans gripe about gasoline prices as summer driving begins

How do you feel about gasoline prices?  More »

Solyndra takes center stage in presidential debate

Solyndra is becoming a focal point in presidential politics again after Mitt Romney released a new ad that paints the failed California-based solar panel maker as an example of President Barack Obama’s failed energy policy and cozy government spending.  More »

Only 3 of 12 lots sold in Iraqi energy auction

Iraq’s government signed deals for only three of 12 oil and natural gas exploration sites offered in a two-day energy auction that ended Thursday, reflecting reluctance of foreign bidders to risk money in unexplored areas.  More »

Driving, Demographics and Policy

For the past 60 years or so, owning a car, and the mobility it provides, has been one of America’s most idealized priorities.  The automobile has been canonized countless times across the silver screen, and for generations getting one’s drivers’ license has been a rite of passage.  But just as industry met the increased demand […]  More »

Dry holes illustrate deep-water drilling gamble

Two headline-grabbing oil prospecting failures in a week’s span offer a fresh reminder of the high-stakes gamble that is offshore drilling.  More »

Steffy: For BP, it’s from Russia, with heartache

The TNK-BP venture is symbolic of both BP’s ambitions and its persistent difficulty in executing those ambitions.  More »

Warming gas levels hit ‘troubling milestone’

The world’s air has reached what scientists call a troubling new milestone for carbon dioxide, the main global warming pollutant.  More »
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