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With crude prices stuck firmly below $40 a barrel, and energy companies predicting another austere year in 2016, here’s a look back at some of the most popular stories that appeared on FuelFix.com this year.
Enterprise Products Partners evacuates three offshore platforms; other companies watching tropical storm closely
Oil companies and refiners are keeping a close eye on a tropical disturbance in the Gulf of Mexico, but the storm hasn’t shut down operations or triggered evacuations of essential personnel.
In June 2012, when Lance spoke at the last biennial seminar held by the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries, the U.S. was pumping 6.2 million barrels a day. Now, it produces 9.5 million barrels at day, the highest since 1972.
The decision is a shift from the alternative that BLM had earlier selected as its preferred option. But it aligns with the alternative chosen by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.
Chevron, the second largest U.S. integrated energy company, announced Tuesday that its budget won’t be made public until early next year.
A tanker full of Alaskan crude is now heading to South Korea, courtesy of an exception in the 39-year-old law that blocks most U.S oil from being sold overseas. The shipment is the first of its kind in a decade.
Oil companies hoping to find crude under Arctic waters north of Alaska are imploring the Obama administration to ensure new rules governing drilling in the region don’t force them to stash emergency equipment nearby nor block them from using chemical dispersants to clean up any spills.
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.