Category: Politics/Policy

Ukraine, Moscow clinch deal on Russian natural gas supply

Moscow and Kiev on Thursday clinched a multi-billion dollar deal that will guarantee that Russian gas exports flow into Ukraine and beyond to the European Union throughout the winter despite their intense rivalry over the fighting in eastern Ukraine.  More »

Fracking advocates urged to win ugly by discrediting foes

The fight over fracking in Colorado has been viewed as a bellwether for similar debates brewing from New York to Sacramento.  More »

Mexico Supreme Court rejects energy referendum

In identical 9-1 rulings, the court found that referendum petitions filed by two leftist parties were unconstitutional because matters involving state revenue cannot be subjected to popular vote.  More »

Who sets gas prices? Look to London, not US, report says

The government’s top energy analysts weighed into the debate on exporting crude Thursday, releasing a study asserting that the cost of gasoline inside the United States is closely tied to the price of international crudes, not domestic oil.  More »

New crude export campaign launches

Free-market economists are launching an initiative to tout the promise of crude exports on Thursday, buttressing separate campaigns by oil companies and their allies on Capitol Hill.  More »

Commentary: New poll shows generation gap applies to energy stances

Respondents to a University of Texas at Austin poll has shown that Americans’ opinions on energy and the environment vary drastically depending on how old they are.  More »

Feds set ground rules for ConocoPhillips project in Alaska

ConocoPhillips’ plans for the first oil production facilities from federal lands in Alaska moved one step closer to reality on Wednesday, as the Interior Department released a critical environmental study on the project.  More »

South Dakota poll: 60 percent support Keystone pipeline

The TransCanada Corp. project would transport oil from Canadian tar sands through Montana and South Dakota to Nebraska, where it would connect with existing pipelines to carry more than 800,000 barrels of crude oil a day to refineries along the Gulf Coast.  More »

Oil companies want more time for Arctic drilling

Three oil companies with billions invested in Arctic drilling leases are pleading with the Obama administration for extra time to hunt for crude under waters north of Alaska, but so far, federal regulators have been skeptical.  More »

Report: Look for offline oil, find political unrest

Oil production around the globe is a canary in the coal mine, with major disruptions providing a strategic warning about growing instability and persistent violence around the world.  More »

Shell seeks five more years for Arctic oil-drilling drive

Shell, which has spent eight years and $6 billion to explore the Arctic’s Beaufort and Chukchi seas, said in letter to the Interior Department that “prudent” exploration before leases expire is now “severely challenged.”  More »

Sage grouse classification could affect Colorado, Utah oil and gas development

The Fish and Wildlife Service has decided whether to classify the bird species as “threatened,” but only a few now know the verdict.  More »
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