Category: Crude oil

China cuts Saudi oil imports amid Colombia shipment boost

China reduced oil imports from Saudi Arabia even as the world’s largest crude exporter cuts prices to lure Asian customers amid intensifying competition from Colombia to Oman.  More »

Trinidad refinery swaps crude sources on Ebola scare

The decision follows the refusal of workers from Petrotrin, which operates Trinidad’s sole refinery, to assist with the berthing of a tanker that arrived in Trinidad waters.  More »

WTI oil climbs as U.S. motor-fuel supplies seen lower

December futures increased as much as 0.5 percent in New York, adding to a 0.7 percent rise yesterday.  More »

Oil at $80 a barrel muffles forecasts for U.S. shale boom

The bear market in oil has analysts reassessing the U.S. shale boom after five years of historic growth.  More »

WTI crude oil seen supported near $75 a barrel

Prices have tumbled more 20 percent from their June peak, meeting a common definition of a bear market.  More »

Federal agency says oil exports would lower pump prices

Ending the United States’ longstanding ban against most crude exports could lift oil prices inside the country while decreasing the cost of gasoline, according to a Government Accountability Office report released Monday.  More »

Islamic State fuels terrorist operations with oil production

Oil production has provided the extremist Sunni group with a significant source of revenue, even though the Islamic State produces only a fraction of the oil capacity from the territory it controls and likely sells its oil at a deeply discounted price on the black market.  More »

Government lags in measuring gush of U.S. crude

The federal Energy Information Administration relies on state agencies for data about oil production, sometimes two years late. For natural gas, the EIA is collecting data from an outdated survey of producers in five states that was designed before technological advancements opened up new plays across the country.  More »

Hedge funds cut bullish bets on crude as prices tumble

Crude is now trading in a bear market, underpinned by speculation that OPEC members are favoring market share over prices.  More »

India PM uses oil price slump to ease curbs deterring Chevron

India’s recently elected prime minister, Narendra Modi, has made energy security his priority.  More »

Officials say oil spill has not reached Caddo Lake

Officials said Saturday that the oil has been contained without reaching Caddo Lake, which straddles the Texas-Louisiana state line and provides drinking water for some water systems.  More »

Oil rigs slump by most in two months after prices slide

Rigs targeting oil in the U.S. fell by the most in two months as producers curbed drilling following the biggest price rout since 2012.  More »