Category: Politics/Policy

Russia likely to stay in the Crimea, experts say

The Ukraine’s weak financial state, combined with a weak and disorganized Kiev government and strong Russian interests in the Crimea, mean that the southern province, which was invaded by Russia over the weekend, will likely stay in their hands, speakers said at a panel on the Ukrainian crisis at IHS CeraWeek Tuesday morning.  More »

Canadian leader: Keystone XL decision coming soon

A final decision on Keystone XL could be coming “fairly soon,” Canadian Natural Resources Minister Joe Oliver speculated Tuesday.  More »

Economic sanctions on Russia would hurt, expert says

The Russian military invasion in the Crimean region of Ukraine could help encourage greater gas and oil exports, an former State department official said Monday afternoon at a national energy conference in Houston.  More »

Senator: US should use oil and gas as strategic weapon in world politics

The United States should use its oil and gas bounty as a strategic weapon, helping to protect allies and tame crises like those unfolding in Russia and Venezuela, Sen. Lisa Murkowski said Monday.  More »

Oil export ban can be lifted piecemeal, analysis says

President Barack Obama should follow the lead of previous commanders-in-chief by creating exceptions to the United States’ 39-year-old ban on exporting American crude, Sen. Lisa Murkowski argued Monday.  More »

Feds slash sulfur limit in gasoline

The Obama administration imposed new limits on the amount of sulfur in gasoline on Monday, overruling the objections of refiners and oil companies who said the new ceiling would be too low and drop too fast.  More »

Maine governor seeks to get rid of wind energy goals

More than five years ago, Maine set ambitious goals to spur wind power development aimed at helping wean the state off fossil fuels. But now Republican Gov. Paul LePage says the targets don’t really help the state and are so far out of reach as to be meaningless.  More »

Hundreds propose places to protect from drilling

The North Dakota Industrial Commission received more than 500 comments from the public on a proposal for places deemed worthy of special protection from energy development.  More »

Judge upholds vote for county fracking ban

A judge on Thursday upheld the results of a bitterly disputed election in the city and county of Broomfield that narrowly approved a five-year ban on fracking.  More »

Feds unveil study paving way for oil and gas research in Atlantic

The Obama administration on Thursday is setting the framework for a new generation of oil and gas research off the East Coast — and potential drilling in those Atlantic waters a decade from now — by releasing an environmental study of seismic surveys to pinpoint those energy resources.  More »

Tax proposal would deal big blows to Big Oil

Rep. Dave Camp’s plan to overhaul the nation’s tax code would deal major blows to independent refiners and the nation’s biggest oil and gas companies, blocking them from taking some long-cherished deductions and forcing them to use an accounting method that would hike their tax bills when crude prices climb. But independent oil and gas producers as well as midstream pipeline companies dodged big hits in Camp’s long-awaited proposal.  More »

Regulatory limbo keeping safer crude cars off the tracks, lawmaker says

The government’s long delay in drafting mandates for stronger tankers to haul crude across the nation’s train tracks is paralyzing companies that want to invest in safer cars, a Democratic lawmaker charged Wednesday.  More »