Category: Politics/Policy

Oil industry urged to work harder to get its story across

The oil industry has done a poor job in explaining to the public the challenges it faces and the service it performs,  More »

Texas lawmakers focus on oil boom

Above all, the oil boom has emerged as a singular force driving the state’s great challenge of the 21st century, the post-urbanization population surge.  More »

Environmentalists ask Vatican to shun fossil fuel investments

Environmental activists who have persuaded universities and some churches to give up their investments in fossil fuels now are focusing their prayers on the pope.  More »

Energy reforms to increase Mexico’s long-term production by 75 percent, EIA says

The U.S. Energy Information Administration has raised its production estimate for Mexico by 75 percent on the strength of industry reform signed into law this August.  More »

Ending ban on oil exports would mean cheaper gasoline, energy executive says

ConocoPhillips senior economist Helen Currie, citing a study by the energy consulting firm IHS Inc., said prices at the pump would fall by about 8 cents a gallon should crude exports be allowed.  More »

Enbridge avoids U.S. review with plan to boost oil sands flow

The State Department, responsible for approving cross-border energy projects like the Alberta Clipper and the proposed Keystone XL line to the U.S. Gulf Coast, said in a statement that Enbridge can go forward with its plan under authority granted by previously issued permits.  More »

EPA sends biofuel mandates to White House

The White House is now reviewing the Environmental Protection Agency’s planned quotas for renewable fuels, a major milestone in the long path to setting this year’s biofuel mandates.  More »

Uncle Sam to collect $110 million from offshore oil auction

Oil and gas companies are set to pay the government $110 million in high bids for leases in the western Gulf of Mexico, after an auction Wednesday that underscored the industry’s interest in deep-water territory.  More »

Feds boosting oil spill liability limits

The Coast Guard moved Tuesday to boost the liability limits capping how much companies must pay for oil spills that foul U.S. waters.  More »

Conservationists: Collaboration can protect grouse and drilling

The best way to protect the greater sage grouse while keeping drill bits turning in Western states is for environmentalists and oil companies to work together on safeguarding the bird’s habitat, conservationists said Monday.  More »

Environmentalists say Pa. health registry needed

Republican Gov. Tom Corbett’s administration said Monday it has enhanced the state health department’s handling of complaints involving natural-gas drilling, prompting environmentalists to renew their demand for more aggressive action.  More »

EIA to cast new data into oil export debate

The U.S. Energy Information Administration is on track next month to issue two highly anticipated reports that will shape the debate over exporting crude, including an analysis of how the price of oil around the globe affects gasoline costs inside the United States.  More »
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