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  • What the Loss of Crimea Means for Ukrainian Energy: Interview with Robert Bensh

    What the Loss of Crimea Means for Ukrainian Energy: Interview with Robert Bensh

    Published: 19 March 2014

    Ukraine’s Crimean Peninsula is now Russia’s. It was done with an impressively organized non-violent military operation, and supported by the foregone conclusion of a referendum on independence from Ukraine. One Ukrainian soldier was reportedly killed on 18 March, after Russian President Vladimir Putin signed the treaty to annex the Crimea and troops moved to take over a Ukrainian military facility in Simferopol. The US has imposed largely symbolic sanctions on Russian officials who have no American assets to freeze and would be fine foregoing trips to the US, but the game is over.Ukrainian troops have been ordered to disengage entirely,…

  • Energy, Getting it Wrong Around the World: Interview with Ed Dolan

    Energy, Getting it Wrong Around the World: Interview with Ed Dolan

    Published: 18 March 2014

    Smart energy policies seem to be elusive. The US policy disappoints environmentalists and industry alike; Europe’s policy is economically disastrous but is getting people to change their habits; and developing-country subsidies aren’t helping the people they’re supposed to. At a point in time when even the Chinese are having second thoughts about the balance they have struck between pollution and growth, the United States should be concerned about how much it’s willing to give up environmentally to remain competitive with energy. But there are ways to balance out this equation without further harming the environment or the economy, according to…

  • Russia Aggression Paves Way for Ukrainian Energy Coup: Interview with Yuri Boyko

    Russia Aggression Paves Way for Ukrainian Energy Coup: Interview with Yuri Boyko

    Published: 12 March 2014

    As Ukraine’s Crimean Peninsula is lost to Russia, with a referendum on the peninsula’s independence planned for Sunday and the specter of a Russian military advance on eastern Ukraine looming large, we are witnessing a crisis of international proportions. The key to this crisis is energy.  Russia’s aggressive move on the Crimea may in fact be the international catalyst Ukraine needs to pave its own energy independence--with a little help from its friends. As the standoff between pro-Russian and Ukrainian forces in the Crimea continues following the ouster of Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych, and as Western officials scramble to loosen…

  • Shale, the Last Oil and Gas Train: Interview with Arthur Berman

    Shale, the Last Oil and Gas Train: Interview with Arthur Berman

    Published: 05 March 2014

    How much faith can we put in our ability to decipher all the numbers out there telling us the US is closing in on its cornering of the global oil market? There’s another side to the story of the relentless US shale boom, one that says that some of the numbers are misunderstood, while others are simply preposterous. The truth of the matter is that the industry has to make such a big deal out of shale because it’s all that’s left. There are some good things happening behind the fairy tale numbers, though—it’s just a matter of deciphering them…

  • How Junior Companies Survive in the Exploration Wild: Interview with Blackbird

    How Junior Companies Survive in the Exploration Wild: Interview with Blackbird

    Published: 25 February 2014

    Only the fittest can survive in today’s market for junior oil and gas companies, which must demonstrate a great deal of ingenuity in the balancing of risk and reward. Nothing but the most exceptional oil and gas projects will win capital, and, in the words of one junior, this means “finding plays before they are exciting.” Being a junior in this market means being the best of the best, or being shut out entirely. The question is: Who is up to this make-or-break challenge, and who has the secret weapons to take it on?In this exclusive interview with Oilprice.com, Garth…

  • Boundless Natural Gas, Boundless Opportunities: Interview with EIA Chief

    Boundless Natural Gas, Boundless Opportunities: Interview with EIA Chief

    Published: 20 February 2014

    The U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) has predicted that natural gas production in the US will continue to grow at an impressive pace. Right now output is close to 70 billion cubic feet a day and is expected to reach over 100 billion cubic feet per day by 2040. The trend is likely to continue without hitting a geologic “peak”, and along with this trend will come new marketing opportunities for America. In an exclusive interview with Oilprice.com, EIA Administrator Adam Sieminski discusses:•    What’s at stake in lifting the US crude export ban•    Whether lifting the ban is inevitable•    Why energy-related…

  • The Golden Age of Gas, Possibly: Interview with the IEA

    The Golden Age of Gas, Possibly: Interview with the IEA

    Published: 07 February 2014

    The potential for a golden age of gas comes along with a big “if” regarding environmental and social impact. The International Energy Agency (IEA)—the “global energy authority”--believes that this age of gas can be golden, and that unconventional gas can be produced in an environmentally acceptable way.In an exclusive interview with Oilprice.com, IEA Executive Director Maria van der Hoeven, discusses: •    The potential for a golden age of gas•    What will the “age” means for renewables•    What it means for humanity•    The challenges of renewable investment and technology•    How the US shale boom is reshaping the global economy•    Nuclear’s contribution…

  • Energy at Less than $0.01 per kW-hour: An Interview with Alex Xanthoulis

    Energy at Less than $0.01 per kW-hour: An Interview with Alex Xanthoulis

    Published: 29 January 2014

    It has been a couple of years since Andrea Rossi first showcased his E-Cat and introduced the world to the idea that LENR might actually be possible and could offer a viable, cheap, safe form of renewable energy for the future. Research has been fairly secretive but the end is near as some companies are finally getting ready to release their products to the public. One company leading the way is Defkalion, with its Hyperion Energy SourceIn an exclusive interview with Alex Xanthoulis, the CEO of Defkalion, we discuss:•    The stage that Hyperion is at and when it will be…

  • Are Canadian Energy Stocks Set for a Rebound? Interview with Colin Soares

    Are Canadian Energy Stocks Set for a Rebound? Interview with Colin Soares

    Published: 14 November 2013

    As Canadian energy stocks are finally seeing a bit of a push, and demand for Canadian commodities looks set to rise, juniors are confident that economics will ensure that Canadian oil—the cheapest in the world—will find its way to more markets, with or without Washington’s approval of Keystone XL. In the meantime, some sweet spots in the Western Canada Sedimentary Basin, like the Montney shale formation—are showing promise as gas turns into oil for the bigger players, while the juniors are hoping to piggyback on this new success.  In an exclusive interview with Colin Soares, the CEO of High North…

  • Balancing Geological Potential and Political Risk: Interview with Tony Hayward

    Balancing Geological Potential and Political Risk: Interview with Tony Hayward

    Published: 03 October 2013

    From Kurdistan to Somaliland, for independent oil companies, getting your hands on new exploration acreage where both technical risk and political risk are low is impossible.  Exploring for oil and gas in new frontiers is all about striking the right balance between geological potential and political risk. Take it from Anglo-Turkish Genel Energy, the largest producer in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq (KRI), where it seems nothing can shake investor confidence right now. In an exclusive interview with Oilprice.com, former BP chief and current CEO of Genel Energy, Tony Hayward, discusses: •    Why Kurdistan is a great place to be…