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  • This Top-Five Gold Producer Is In Chaos

    Short but potentially critical item for the gold sector: the collapse of the government of Burkina Faso.The West African nation dissolved its parliament yesterday. Following violent protests in the capital of Ouagadougou.Demonstrators descended on the city's downtown, in reaction to President Blaise Compaore attempting to extend his term in office. Compaore has been in power since 1987, and had been seeking to amend the constitution to allow him to seek another term once his mandate runs out next year.Related: These Gold Numbers Are About To Hit A 15-Year HighProtestors reportedly burned buildings, including government offices and the country's parliament building…

  • Is This "Lost Nation" The Next Big Oil Opportunity?

    We saw an interesting confluence of announcements the last two weeks. With a number of countries announcing potentially important reforms on licensing and permitting of resource projects.These are the kind of changes that can make a big difference to new projects. Perhaps opening up whole districts to exploration and development--for a number of commodities.Indonesia, for example, said this week it will move to simplify licensing for the mining sector. Reducing the number of permits required for miners in the country--and making overall operations more efficient.Related: All Eyes On Kenya: The Next Big Oil ExporterBut the biggest move came from the…

  • Here's A Firesale on $6 Billion in Energy Assets

    A major trend the last decade has been state-run firms investing directly in natural resource projects. With big companies from places like China, Japan, India and Korea stepping up to take ownership of resources in copper to coal to natural gas.But news this week suggests that dynamic may be reversing. Or at least slowing down significantly.Several of Korea's state-run energy companies have reportedly decided to divest a slate of their overseas projects, according to local media.Related: Does This $1.5 Billion Shale Purchase Signal A Change?News sources quoted government officials as saying that six of Korea's national firms will sell up…

  • These Gold Numbers Are About To Hit A 15-Year High

    Things have changed a lot in the gold market--in a very short period of time.And news this week suggests that further structural changes are coming to the market. The kind we haven't seen in over 15 years.Specifically when it comes to gold hedging. The practice of forward-selling bullion in order to lock in a fixed price.With gold rising over a good part of the last decade, investors wanted as much exposure as possible to prices. With buyers betting that prices would continue to rise--generating increasing profits for companies that produce bullion.Related: Here's A New Update in India's Gold SagaThat led…

  • Are More Troubles Coming For This Critical Gold Center?

    Very significant news emerging this week for the gold market.From one of the biggest consuming nations on the planet.That’s India. Where reports from local press suggest that the government may once again tighten restrictions on gold imports into the country.Related: Mick Davis has now almost $5 billion to build new mining empireOfficials are reportedly looking at re-instating the so-called “80:20 rule” on imports. Under which importers of gold were required to re-export 20% of the supply they brought in from abroad.The 80:20 rule was formally relaxed last May after being in force for a year. A move that has allowed…

  • Sky Is The Limit For New Utah Oil Sands Tech

    Utah is home to more than half of America’s known oil sands, but getting it out of the ground requires an unusual twist in the technology flow: This time we’re bringing Canadian expertise to the US. Until only a few years ago, largely brought to mind Alberta, Canada, but the US is experiencing its own oil sands boom across a massive swathe of land covering Utah, Wyoming and Colorado. The land that makes up this Green River Formation may hold some 3 trillion barrels of recoverable oil, and Utah is the heart of this waking beast, with estimated in-place tar…

  • The Evolution of Blackbird Energy: The Building of Montney Player

    In today’s capitally restricted oil and gas environment, it is a difficult task to assemble the right resource and team to attract the attention of the market. Blackbird Energy Inc. (CVE:BBI) has done what many have failed to do over the past several years – graduate out of the perpetually difficult micro-cap arena- and get investors listening with its stock climbing over 400% since last year. This increase in share price has been as a result of Blackbird obtaining a $37.4 million equity financing and last week announcing a high impact multi-well drill program targeting both the Upper and Middle…

  • Majors Turn Their Attention To The Rocky Mountains Again

    One of North America’s older, more mature plays, the Rocky Mountain’s Piceance Basin doesn’t get the same media attention as the newcomers, but there is a beast under the boulders here—and a flurry of game-changing drilling—that will render this liquids-rich haven a major rival.What has really got everyone’s attention here is that the Piceance Basin is prospective for the high-value oil liquids that are coming out of the deeper Niobrara and Mancos shales in this same area—unconventional sand/shale sequences that lie at depths down to 13,000 feet.Much like the sleeping giant of the mature Permian Basin in Texas, where horizontal…

  • They're Desperate For Natgas Here--and Raising Prices

    Sometimes a ho-hum resource destination can go to a superstar overnight.Often driven by changes in local prices.That may be the case in one of the world’s important petroleum production regimes: Egypt.Reports emerged last week from Reuters, suggesting that the Egyptian government is considering raising prices for natural gas. The stated goal being to spur more exploration for the commodity.Related: How will Libya’s ongoing crisis affect MENA region?The move here is driven by need. The country recently reported that its August natgas exports were down more than 86%, as compared to the year-ago period.The reason is a combination of falling domestic…

  • This Copper Major is Staking a New District

    One of the biggest trends going in mining has been less exploration.Especially from major firms, who are cutting costs in the face of lower metals prices.But news this week suggests at least one major miner is taking an interesting departure. And increasing exploration activity--in an unexpected place.The company is Rio Tinto. Which announced it has commenced a new exploration program for copper in northeastern Namibia.Related: Mick Davis has now almost $5 billion to build new mining empireThis represents Rio's first work for copper in the West African nation. Showing that the company isn't afraid to try new ideas--even as most…