Category: Politics/Policy

Environmentalists challenge Obama on natural gas exports

More than a dozen environmental groups on Tuesday called on President Barack Obama to reject his previous support for natural gas and the drilling practices yielding the fossil fuel. The organizations also insisted that the administration’s handling of a proposed natural gas export facility on the Maryland coast is a test of the White House’s commitment to combating climate change.  More »

Russian gas exec defiant in face of sanctions

The chief executive of Russian oil giant Rosneft and a close ally of President Vladimir Putin has spoken defiantly of possible sanctions by Western powers against him, threatening to move business elsewhere.  More »

US energy boom demands $641B in infrastructure, study finds

Companies will need to invest $641 billion over the next two decades in pipelines, pumps and other infrastructure to keep up with the gas, crude oil and natural gas liquids flowing from U.S. fields, according to a study released Tuesday.  More »

Tackling gas corruption means potatoes for Ukraine’s poor

The new Ukrainian government soon will need its poor to pay even more for power and gas as it wrestles with protracted economic and political crisis.  More »

Independent refiners form ‘CRUDE’ group to fight export efforts

The group’s founding members are all independent refiners: Dallas-based Alon USA Energy Inc.; Parsipanny, N.J.,-based PBF Energy, Delta Air Lines subsidiary Monroe Energy, based in Trainer, Pa.; and Philadelphia Energy Services.  More »

Norway’s oil stimulus nears tipping point as growth fades

A near half-decade boom in oil investments in Norway is about to come to an end, sapping momentum in the economy of western Europe’s largest crude producer, the country’s main economic forecaster said.  More »

Feds lift ban blocking BP from new offshore drilling contracts

BP inked a deal with the Obama administration on Thursday ending its 16-month suspension from new contracts to supply the Pentagon with fuel and drill in U.S. waters.  More »

US to tap strategic petroleum reserve

The Obama administration will release 5 million barrels of sour crude from the United States’ emergency stockpile in what officials described as a “test” of the nation’s capability to respond to oil supply disruptions around the globe.  More »

Senate panel blocks vote on LNG export plan

A plan to accelerate U.S. natural gas exports in response to Russia’s invasion of Crimea failed in the Senate on Wednesday, amid criticism that it could derail a Ukraine aid package.  More »

Texas leads growth in clean energy jobs

Texas, California and New York were among the nation’s leaders in adding green energy jobs during the final months of 2013, according to a new analysis. New wind projects helped drive the growth in the Lone Star State.  More »

Senate panel to consider opening US gas exports amid Ukraine crisis

The Senate Foreign Relations Committee is set to vote as early as Wednesday on a plan to accelerate exports of U.S. natural gas as part of a broader measure to steer aid to Ukraine.  More »

TransCanada makes final appeal for Keystone XL

Keystone XL is the safest and most environmentally sound way to transport Canadian and North Dakota oil to Gulf Coast refineries, TransCanada Corp., said in its last-ditch appeal for the pipeline’s approval. The Calgary-based company’s assertions joined more than 100,000 comments filed with the State Department, as it weighs whether Keystone XL is in the “national interest.”  More »