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The oil & gas industry needs a “Top Gun” moment

It’s disappointing that people can’t separate expertise in entertainment from expertise in other topics, particularly in matters of science and engineering. Taking that further, it’s an unfortunate sign of the times in the US that on matters of science, it actually seems that the more someone possesses scientific expertise, the more they are to be seen as shills for some large corporation, and therefore not worthy of the public’s trust.  More »

Chevron banks on Mideast oil for Calif. refinery

Chevron Corp. plans to run higher- sulfur Alaskan and Middle Eastern crudes when it completes work at Northern California’s largest refinery in 2016, not the Bakken oil helping spur the U.S. path to energy independence.  More »

Noble Energy earnings down 23 percent

Exploration and production company Noble Energy saw its first quarter profits slide 23 percent but pointed to growing production domestically and abroad.  More »

Small Wyoming town evacuated after natural gas explosion

A small town in southwest Wyoming was evacuated Wednesday after an explosion and fire at a natural gas processing facility and major national pipeline hub. There were no reports of injuries.  More »

Report: US ill prepared to tackle Arctic oil spills

The United States is ill prepared to tackle oil spills in the Arctic, whether from drilling or vessels traveling through newly passable waterways once clogged with ice, according to a National Research Council report released Wednesday.  More »

Report: Geothermal market booming abroad, flat in U.S.

A new report says the geothermal industry is booming internationally but is stagnant closer to home.  More »

Safety of oil tank cars draws scrutiny

Rail industry representatives on Tuesday told federal investigators they need clear government guidance on how to boost the safety of tank cars carrying crude oil and ethanol across the United States, lest they be penalized for making voluntary improvements that fall short of later mandates.  More »

Wearable technology in oil & gas: don’t be so hung up on the hardware!

A few weeks back I wrote a piece addressing some of the early skepticism some people have had with regards to using Google Glass for applications in oil & gas fields. I’ve gotten a few more similar comments (again focused on the possibility of a transmitting device such as Glass setting off other pieces of equipment, such as explosive wireline charges), so I thought I would elaborate more on why I’m optimistic about wearable technology transferring over to the oil & gas industry.  More »

Austrian company launches $740 million Corpus port project

The voestalpine Group will break ground this week on a $740 million plant at the Port of Corpus Christi.  More »

Catastrophe is always on the Horizon

The IPCC just released its last assessment report dealing with mitigation.  Like the two previously released work group reports, the latest also sounds the alarm bell that catastrophe is just around the corner unless dramatic action is taken soon.  The latest report calls for a 40% reduction in emissions from 2010 levels by 2050. With […]  More »

IPCC Panel: Big Technological Gains in Transport Technically Possible but Threatened by Institutional, Behavorial and Business Challenges

This post was written by Daniel Sperling, Director, Institute for Transportation Studies, University of California, Davis. The United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) met last week in Berlin to finalize its scientific assessment of solutions to curb greenhouse gases emissions. One of the key take-aways in the report is the opportunity for large […]  More »

Beaumont LNG provider to buy Encana natural gas assets

Stabilis Energy, a Beaumont liquefied natural gas distributor that is building plants in South Texas, said Monday it plans to snap up U.S. storage, regasification and mobile fuel units from Canadian oil producer Encana Corp. for an undisclosed price.  More »

Russia and Ukraine: The Energy Angle Part 2

Prior to Russia’s invasion of the Crimea, the United States tried to re-engage Russia as a strategic partner in the Middle East. Moscow has at least one concrete interest that is the same as Washington: radical Islamic jihadism is a national security threat in Moscow. This fact created at least a modest synergy on outcomes […]  More »

Activist Threaten the Nation’s Energy Boom

If industry or government estimates are close to accurate, a potential decline in shale energy supply is multiple decades down the road. The immediate threat is from anti-development activists pursuing litigation in a attempt to stop any production, anywhere at any time under any circumstances. For state government budget writers, shale energy provides tremendous opportunity […]  More »

The Bankrupt Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC)

Last week with much fanfare, the IPCC released its Summary for Policy Makers on climate change impacts.  The Panel’s chairman declared that this report was its most terrifying because human caused climate change was going to cause famine, disease, extreme weather, and war.  These effects will occur because crop yields will be reduced as will […]  More »