Category: Politics/Policy

Construction company embroiled in Petrobras scandal files for bankruptcy

Brazil’s biggest builders have been struggling to make payments to creditors as they defend themselves from allegations that they bribed the oil company for contracts.  More »

Mayors from Vancouver and other Canadian cities are trying to halt a Kinder Morgan pipeline

The mayors of seven towns in British Columbia want the proposed Trans Mountain pipeline expansion put on hold.  More »

Shell’s Arctic drilling plans on track as Obama administration OKs lease sale

The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management says there’s more than four times as much oil in the Arctic’s Chukchi Sea as it previously estimated.  More »

Methane leaks from city pipes have dropped sharply, study finds

The research suggests that advancements in equipment and better maintenance are helping drive down emissions of the potent heat-trapping gas.  More »

Another state joins the fight against the White House’s new fracking rules

The Obama administration is requiring companies that drill on federal lands to disclose chemicals used in hydraulic fracturing.  More »

Oil is heading for its longest run of quarterly drops as the deadline for an Iran deal looms

Oil in New York is sliding toward the longest run of quarterly declines since 2003 amid speculation the global surplus that cut prices by almost 50 percent last year will persist.  More »

A Houston oil company’s foiled Venezuelan sale is prompting reorganization talk

The company’s stock was down slightly less than a cent in trading Monday — 0.008 or 1.67 percent — to $0.448.  More »

Oil industry to Obama: Stop excluding Atlantic drilling leases

Oil industry leaders on Monday pressed the Obama administration to reverse course and schedule two auctions of drilling rights in the Atlantic, not just the single sale now penciled in for 2021.  More »

Senate approves long-delayed bill to boost energy efficiency

The Senate bill was co-sponsored by Democrat Jeanne Shaheen of New Hampshire and Republican Rob Portman of Ohio. A similar bill was defeated last year after it became enmeshed in a partisan fight over the Keystone XL oil pipeline.  More »

Report: Arctic oil drilling needed now to sustain U.S. energy security

The analysis makes the case for the United States to aggressively develop Arctic oil and gas resources that can help supply the country with energy long after some onshore fields are depleted.  More »

Wyoming suit contests federal rules for public land drilling

The lawsuit in U.S. District Court of Wyoming also claims the U.S. Bureau of Land Management overstepped its statutory jurisdiction with the rules and that they conflict with the Safe Drinking Water Act.  More »

FERC directs Texas pipeline company to investigate alternatives

The city of Green has proposed moving about 103 miles of the Nexus pipeline away from southern Summit County and northern Stark County into southern Stark and Wayne counties, then western Wayne, Medina and Lorain counties.  More »

Shell conducts drills with Arctic oil spill response system

Shell Oil Co. is conducting the testing for Obama administration officials as it plans a new round of exploratory drilling in the Chukchi Sea north of Alaska later this year.  More »

Oklahoma adds more counties to earthquake list

Letters were sent last week to 92 companies holding permits for waste-water disposal wells directing them to provide evidence that their wells are not at a depth most likely to trigger earthquakes.  More »

Electric industry pushes back against bill restricting minimum-use fees

During a late-night hearing in Austin on Wednesday, the companies argued that “minimum use fees” — charged to customers who use too-little electricity each month — are fundamental to the economics of some power plans.  More »
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