Category: Politics/Policy

Colorado methane compromise could be model for other states

Oil companies and environmentalists can find common ground, Noble Energy Inc. CEO Chuck Davidson said Tuesday, pointing to first-of-their-kind regulations in Colorado aimed at corralling methane emissions from drilling.  More »

Grouse measures defer drilling in much of Wyoming

The total area of federal oil and gas leases deferred in Wyoming to protect the greater sage grouse — ahead of next year’s expected decision on whether the bird is a threatened or endangered species — substantially exceeds the combined size of Yellowstone and Grand Teton national parks, U.S. Bureau of Land Management figures show.  More »

Colorado compromise aims to head off fracking showdown at ballot box

WASHINGTON — A last-minute deal in Colorado is aimed at averting a ballot showdown in November over the future of hydraulic fracturing and drilling regulations in the state that threatened to strand oil industry investments and divided Democrats.  More »

Former UN head: Show Africa where the money is

The United States should take a leadership role in forcing companies to disclose what they pay other countries in exchange for oil, gas and other natural resources, former United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan says.  More »

Mexico lower House passes final oil bills, sends them to Senate

Mexico’s Lower House early passed the last package of bills to regulate an end to Petroleos Mexicanos’s state-oil monopoly, sending the legislation to the Senate for final approval after making minor changes on pension and retirement issues.  More »

One condensate cargo sails away, but others could take time

A cargo of minimally processed condensate is now sailing away from the port of Galveston, becoming the first known export of that ultra-light oil to a country other than Canada. But Eagle Ford oil producers are hoping it isn’t the last.  More »

3 West Coast governors oppose offshore drilling

The Interior Department is developing an updated plan for its Outer Shelf Oil and Gas Leasing Program, and the governors formally stated their opposition to the inclusion of any oil or gas lease sales off the coast as part of any new plan.  More »

Shell keeps Arctic drilling on table for 2015

The future of oil exploration in some U.S. Arctic waters may rest with federal courts, but Royal Dutch Shell’s CEO said Thursday the company is undaunted by the legal logjam.  More »

Northern Courier Approval Highlights Pipeline Politics

In stark contrast to the continuing delay of the Keystone XL pipeline project, Trans Canada’s Northern Courier pipeline project has gone from initial application to regulatory approval in a mere 16 months. The Northern Courier project is actually two parallel pipelines, one to carry bitumen and another to carry diluent from the Fort Hills mine […]  More »

Boston protesters rally against Kinder Morgan gas pipeline

The protest, attended by hundreds of supporters, was the culmination of a month-long “rolling rally” that marched through towns likely impacted by Kinder Morgan’s proposed 250-mile long pipeline expansion in Berkshire, Worcester and Franklin counties.  More »

Oil companies forfeit Arctic drilling rights

Oil companies that had locked up more than 1.3 million acres of the Beaufort Sea for drilling in 2007 have since relinquished nearly half that territory, signaling the industry’s appetite for tapping those Arctic waters may be waning even as the Obama administration makes plans to auction off more of the area.  More »

Winemakers want NY to deny gas storage permit

Opponents of Houston-based Crestwood Midstream’s project said at a news conference in Albany that it would endanger drinking water, the local economy and the region’s wine and tourism industry.  More »

Chevron gets approval for $1 Billion Calif. refinery project

Chevron must meet several conditions imposed by the Richmond planning commission while installing a new hydrogen plant at its complex, including limits on sulfur processing and emissions.  More »

Feds extend deadline for offshore drilling comments

Oil companies, environmentalists and other stakeholders will have more time to weigh in on what coastal waters should be available for drilling beginning in 2017.  More »

City: Emails show ‘cozy’ ties of PG&E, regulator

The 7,000 pages of emails between leaders at PG&E and California Public Utilities Commission President Michael Peevey and his staff were released as the result of a lawsuit filed by the city of San Bruno.  More »