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Rio Hosts Annual Oil And Gas Conference

There is a saying in Brazil, “he who steals a little is a thief but he who steals a lot is a baron.” Apparently, executives at Brazilian oil giant Petrobras were stealing a lot. Corruption charges are turning the company upside down as investigators unravel kickback schemes and inflated construction budgets that involved some of the country’s largest firms.… Keep reading →

Venezuelans Loyal To Former President Hugo Chavez Mark One Year Anniversary Of His Death

  Times are changing and Opec is not what it once was in terms of oil price influence, but it’s too soon to completely dismiss the producer group that collectively controls such a large share of the world’s oil production, reserves, exports and thus supply. In this article, a Saudi diplomat argues his country “gets… Keep reading →

Meeting of Vladimir Putin with Libyan leader Muammar Qadaffi

Here’s an interesting look at the peculiar personalities that often accompany top leadership in major oil producing countries like Russia, Iran and Venezuela. “If oil is a factor in the petrostate personality, one might ask whether we might see some change in the leaders, since oil prices have tanked by about 40% in the last… Keep reading →

Venezuela Tense As Unrest Over President Maduro's Government Continues

Analysts and investors are trying to figure out the point at which oil prices fall too low for Venezuela to continue servicing its debt. The country’s export revenues are 95% oil reliant. “But this week’s fall in the oil price has further fomented worries of a possible default, pushing up Venezuelan bond yields to more than 18… Keep reading →

Central Utah Anchors State's Coal Mining Industry

Scientists using satellite data discovered a major source of methane emissions in the Four Corners region of the US Southwest that comprises Arizona, Utah, New Mexico and Colorado. The methane appears to be coming from coal-bed methane mining operations. “The hotspot, which predates the current hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, boom in the region, is over… Keep reading →

Tamar, The Natural Gas Production Platform Off The Israeli Coast, Is To Begin It's Natural Gas Production

The companies developing the Leviathan field off the coast of Israel have reportedly signed an initial agreement with a Jordanian power company for a multi-billion dollar, long-term natural gas supply deal. “Under the terms of the latest agreement, the gas is to be sold at oil-linked prices and will be delivered to a border location… Keep reading →

Chicago Hit With Protests Leading Up To NATO Summit

A recent report by consultancy IHS Cera takes aim at common arguments against development of Canadian oil sands, but acknowledges the need for continued – and improved – environmental monitoring and regulation. Groups opposed to construction of the Keystone XL pipeline frequently feature the following claims on their websites: that the pipeline will not enhance… Keep reading →

U.S. Consumer Confidence Rises For Second Straight Month

Luxury electric car manufacturer and Wall Street darling Tesla announced 3rd quarter earnings yesterday that contained mixed results. The company reported a record 5,500 Model S deliveries, which beat its own expectations, but the financials were mixed. “The company’s earnings, excluding special charges, came in at $16 million, or 12 cents a share, just ahead… Keep reading →

Mt. Rushmore Closed Due To Government Shutdown

The Center for Biological Diversity is accusing the Obama Administration of violating a 19th-century law by allowing oil and gas companies to continue drilling on public lands that are now closed to other visitors during the government shutdown. “Previously permitted oil and gas development on public lands isn’t affected by the shutdown.” [Fuel Fix] An… Keep reading →

Activists Against The Keystone Pipeline Project Demonstrate At The State Department

The ongoing controversy over the proposed Keystone XL Pipeline linking Alberta’s oil sands to US markets covers a vast amount of factual territory, from refinery configuration to logistics to international crude oil trading to carbon dioxide emissions. But at times, all of these issues take a back seat to the emotional, or symbolic, component of… Keep reading →

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