Obama's New Proposed Regulations On Coal Energy Production Met With Ire Through Kentucky's Coal Country

A proposed coal export terminal in Oregon was denied a permit because the project would cause harm to tribal fisheries along the Columbia River. “Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber (D) applauded the state agency’s rejection of the permit, telling the Oregonian, ‘Columbia River tribes have fundamental rights to these fisheries,’ and any project that threatens those rights should be held to high standards.” [The Hill]

US islands states like Hawaii have traditionally relied on petroleum-based fuels for transport and power generation given their lack of indigenous resources and the relative ease with which petroleum products can be transported as opposed to more expensive and complex LNG. But small-scale LNG technology is reducing costs and allowing US territories to access less expensive natural gas. “The combination of relatively low natural gas prices and the development of standardized cryogenic (refrigerated) shipping containers means small amounts of LNG can now be trucked, railed, and shipped like other containerized cargo. Once received by ship, the LNG is connected to portable regasification units adjacent to electric power plants or industrial facilities. The containers are typically filled on the mainland at utility peak-shaving units or, more recently, at small-scale liquefaction plants built to serve transportation, industrial, and marine uses.” [EIA]

Recently passed Mexican energy reforms look set to open new investment opportunities for international oil companies, but security concerns in Northern Mexico where shale resources are located could impede development. On the other hand, relatively strong rule of law with regard to contract sanctity could make Mexico more attractive than other countries like Nigeria or Libya where contract law is less certain. [Forbes]