Private oil companies soon could partner with Mexico's Pemex on operations like this in the Bay of Campeche. (Susana Gonzalez photo/Bloomberg)

Big Oil to battle for Mexico’s deep crude after auction snub

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International energy producers that sat out Mexico’s historic oilfield auction this week will be among the fiercest competitors for potentially massive deepwater prospects that go up for sale as soon as next month.
FILE - In this Dec. 22, 2014 file photo, an Iranian oil worker rides his bicycle at the Tehran's oil refinery south of the capital Tehran, Iran. Oil prices that slumped steeply earlier this year may take another hit once a historic deal between the West and Iran allows that country to start pouring more crude into a market already brimming with supply. (AP Photo/Vahid Salemi, File)

Eni CEO: Iran could double oil output by 2020

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The flood of Iranian oil into a global market that’s already oversupplied will keep crude prices low for the rest of the decade, Eni SpA Chief Executive Officer Paolo Scaroni said on Wednesday.
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Dragon Oil’s largest shareholder calls on company to end dividend

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Dragon, while focused mostly on Turkmenistan, has ambitions to expand outside Central Asia in a bid to maintain production at 100,000 barrels a day.
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Texas company to pay $170,000 for 2010 Wyoming oil spill

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In March 2010 162 barrels of crude oil discharged from a pipeline into a tributary of the Norwood River. The spill has been fully cleaned up.
A worker from Oceanografia SA walks down a set of stairs on a section of the Petroleos Mexicanos (Pemex) Pol-A Platform complex, located on the continental shelf in the Gulf of Mexico, 70 kilometers offshore from Ciudad del Carmen, Mexico, on Friday, March 28, 2014. "Production is stable and we foresee production reaching our target levels above 2.5 million barrels per day,? Pemex chief executive officer Emilio Lozoya said in an interview last week. Photographer: Susana Gonzalez/Bloomberg

Oil majors shun Mexico offshore auction as blocks go unsold

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Exxon Mobil Corp., Chevron Corp. and Total SA all passed on the first 14 shallow-water oil blocks auctioned by Mexico today in the country’s first-ever sale of territory in the Gulf of Mexico. Only one of Mexico’s first five oil blocks auctioned received a qualifying bid.
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Iran oil boost on hold to 2016 as nuclear inspectors go to work

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OPEC’s fourth-largest member won’t achieve a crude-export boost of more than 500,000 barrels a day, or about 50 percent, until next year as Iran’s compliance with curbs on its nuclear program is verified, a pair of banks said.
Over thirty oil drilling rigs are idle in a Helmerich & Payne, Inc. yard along Groening Street in Odessa, Texas, as rig counts drop in the Permian Basin, Monday, May 18, 2015. (Courtney Sacco/Odessa American via AP)

Sabine sixth U.S. producer to seek bankruptcy protection this year

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Sabine Oil & Gas Corp. is seeking Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, making it the sixth and the largest U.S. oil producer yet to file for bankruptcy because of cheap oil prices.
In this July 29, 2010, photo, oil and water flow down Ceresco Dam as oil spill clean up continues along the Kalamazoo River near Ceresco, Mich. (AP Photo/Detroit Frtee Press, Andre J. Jackson)

Michigan wants to ban heavy oil from an Enbridge pipeline running under a Great Lakes waterway

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The Great Lakes would be at “greatest risk” from a spill of “diluted bitumen” oil from Canada’s tar sands region, according to Attorney General Bill Schuette and Department of Environmental Quality Director Dan Wyant, who led a yearlong task force studying pipeline issues.
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North Dakota is seeing fewer passenger and freight rail delays due to drilling decline

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Rail currently accounts for about half of North Dakota crude oil shipments, down from a high of 75 percent two years ago.
Roughnecks take a break from working the Peterson Drilling Company rig in Carlsbad, New Mexico, February 26, 2000.  (Photo by Joe Raedle)

Judge could halt oil drilling permits in Mancos Shale

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Two oil companies have drilled 150 wells since 2011 into the hard shale covering oil in the Mancos, an area made accessible through new techniques like horizontal drilling and hydraulic fracturing.