Category: Politics/Policy

Oil industry wants 7-10 years to phase out tank cars

Leading oil industry trade groups on Tuesday told federal regulators that proposed regulations to boost the safety of transporting crude by trains need to be phased in more slowly and should not mandate tank cars with extra-thick shells.  More »

Democrats to Obama: Get tough on oil companies drilling on public land

At issue is the Interior Department’s proposed rule to tighten standards for wells on federal and Indian lands, including new mandates for the hydraulic fracturing process used to coax oil and gas out of dense rock formations.  More »

U.S. could press for international Arctic drilling standards

The United States may use its role heading the Arctic Council to push for standards governing oil drilling and development throughout the region, the Obama administration’s top Arctic envoy said Tuesday.  More »

Condensate export numbers trickle out

New government data about crude exports includes information about the first-known U.S. exports of lightly treated condensate, but the real details are hidden from view.  More »

Oregon senators ask for more oil train notifications

Four West Coast senators are asking the federal government to expand a recent order for railroads to notify state emergency responders of crude oil shipments.  More »

Dominion Natural Gas exports plan gets federal OK

In its decision, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission concluded that the project would minimize potential adverse impacts on landowners and the environment.  More »

Rare Alaskan crude shipment heads to South Korea

A tanker full of Alaskan crude is now heading to South Korea, courtesy of an exception in the 39-year-old law that blocks most U.S oil from being sold overseas. The shipment is the first of its kind in a decade.  More »

CEO says oil industry cedes its message to opponents

Chris Faulkner of Breitling Energy says the oil and gas industry does a poor job of getting its message to the public, and he’s trying to change that.  More »

West Virginia opens bids on drilling under Ohio River

Noble Energy, Gastar Exploration and Statoil submitted bids with 20 percent royalty rates. State officials plan to pick winners in the next week or two.  More »

Lawmakers fear voters won’t approve of easing export ban

Some Republican congressional leaders and lawmakers from oil states have been reluctant to say much on the topic of easing the federal ban on oil exports.  More »

Mexico’s energy overhaul will bring benefits, challenges

Mexico’s move to open up its energy sector can be a boon to both sides of the border, but achieving the potential will require work,  More »

Romanian prime minister in Houston urging U.S. investment

Romania traces its oil industry to the 1850s, but as it production has declined in recent years, it’s urging American investors to pump their money into the country to help it develop shale and deepwater resources.  More »
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