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84th Texas Legislature: This Week’s Energy Consumer Bills

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Of the thousands of bills so far filed during the 84th Texas Legislature, more than 120 potentially impact gas and electric utility customers. Some would tend to lower prices. Others would have the opposite effect. Some legislation would impact customers in other ways. Here’s what to watch for this week: Senate Bill 1444, by Sen. […]
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Libya’s biggest oil port may reopen as groups vie for buyers

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Libya, holder of Africa’s largest oil reserves, has been split since last year when a coalition of Islamist militias captured Tripoli, forcing the elected government to move to the eastern region.
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In this Thursday April 2, 2015, handout photo provided by Petroleos Mexicanos (Pemex), emergency boats works to put out a fire at the Abkatun-A Permanente shallow-water oil platform in the Campeche Sound. Three workers are missing following the huge blaze on the platform in the Gulf of Mexico that killed four workers and burned for hours, Mexico's state oil company said Thursday. (AP Photo/Pemex)

Pemex still searching for missing workers

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Mexico’s state-run oil company continues to search for three missing workers from a platform fireball that killed four others, while beginning to restore production at the damaged Gulf of Mexico facility, officials said Sunday
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Louisiana oil port, made for import, rents domestic storage

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The Louisiana Offshore Oil Port recently auctioned 11.3 million barrels of monthly storage space and has scheduled another auction Tuesday, The Advocate reported.
Screen grab from a video released by Diario Campeche Hoy of the Abkatun A-Permanente platform  on the Gulf of Mexico's Campeche Sound on fire on April 1, 2015.  An explosion and a fire erupted on an offshore oil platform operated by Mexico's Pemex on Wednesday, killing at least four workers, injuring 16 and forcing 300 to be evacuated. (AFP photo/Diario Campeche Hoy)

Mexico’s Pemex: 3 workers still missing after platform blaze

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Petroleos Mexicanos, or Pemex, said it became aware of the missing workers when it recounted personnel after Wednesday’s fire on the Abkatun-A Permanente shallow-water platform in the Campeche Sound.
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Commentary: Geopolitics and oil prices — between a rock and a hard place

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Voices blogger Amy Myers Jaffe writes on how oil traders that appear to be hedging themselves against a possible deal between the West and Iran on the nuclear question miss the increasingly complex forces at play today in oil geopolitics.

Supreme Opportunity for a Supreme Correction

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In 2007, the Supreme Court ruled that EPA had authority under the Clean Air Act to regulate CO2 as a pollutant.  It reached that conclusion even though Congress in the 1990 Amendments explicitly denied EPA that regulatory authority.  The Court also ignored the scientific facts that CO2 is a nutrient, has been much higher in […]
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An oil tanker, right, cruises past a new liquefied natural gas tanker at the Cheniere terminal in Cameron Parish, La. (Michael Stravato/The New York Times)

Analyst sees little chance oil export ban will end soon

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An energy analyst says the U.S. prohibition on most crude oil exports probably will remain in place because policymakers have more pressing concerns than lifting the ban.
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An oil tanker, right, cruises past a new liquefied natural gas tanker at the Cheniere terminal in Cameron Parish, La. (Michael Stravato/The New York Times)

Brownsville eyed for LNG export plant

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NextDecade, a privately owned company based in the Woodlands, has asked federal regulators for permission to build a liquefied natural gas export plant in Brownsville.

New Interior Fracking Rules Might Help Ease Ban Momentum

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Industry would do well to embrace the new US Department of Interior Bureau of Land Management (BLM) rules for hydraulic fracturing on public lands. Stronger regulation and compliance in the sector is the industry’s best avenue to roll back an increasing trend for localities to seek outright bans. Twenty four US states currently have municipal […]
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