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Energy / Crude Oil

Albertan Bitumen Heading for the Great Lakes

Dec 31, 2013 at 12:54 | Rory Johnston

It is no secret that oil transportation infrastructure in North America is strained and Albertan oil is having a difficult time getting to market. Pipeline construction is chronically delayed and…

Will the Mexican Oil Bubble Burst Before its Even Begun?

Dec 31, 2013 at 12:45 | Kurt Cobb

Recent reforms that would open oil exploration and development in Mexico to major oil companies for the first time in decades has the media all atwitter about the prospects…

Gazprom Flag Planted Firmly in Arctic

Dec 30, 2013 at 12:13 | Daniel J. Graeber

Greenpeace International continued to express alarm over oil activity in the pristine arctic climate even as the last of its non-Russian activists were freed from prison. For Russia's Gazprom, their…

Canada’s Largest Refiner’s Records Seized in Investigation

Dec 26, 2013 at 14:14 | John Daly

On 6 July a Montreal, Maine & Atlantic train carrying 72 tank cars filled with oil exploded after its brakes apparently failed, sending it rolling into Lac-Mégantic, where it derailed…

Why North Dakota's Oil Future Just Got Brighter

Dec 20, 2013 at 12:47 | Daniel J. Graeber

U.S. Sens. John Hoeven and Heidi Heitkamp, bipartisan leaders from North Dakota, said the oil boom in their state just got louder with the passage of the Bureau of Land…

Ending the Oil Export Ban: Who will be the Winners and Losers?

Dec 19, 2013 at 21:54 | Dan Dicker

One of the energy themes we need to keep track of in 2014 is the possible end of the crude oil export ban here in the US, in place since…

Desperate to Boost Oil Production, Venezuela Moves to Devalue Currency

Dec 19, 2013 at 16:13 | Nick Cunningham

On December 16, 2013, Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro outlined plans to use a weaker exchange rate in order to lift the prospects of its ailing oil sector and deal with…

New Commodity Trading Rules Good for Big Oil

Dec 19, 2013 at 15:35 | Charles Kennedy

The move by banking and securities regulators to ban proprietary trading at financial institutions could put an end to Wall Street’s dominance in the commodity hedging game, giving greater…

Smart U.S. Oil Money is on Rail

Dec 17, 2013 at 17:14 | Daniel J. Graeber

U.S. oil production is breaking records standing for more than 20 years. With the International Energy Agency suggesting the boom won't last, smart investors will get behind rail as the…

Energy Secretary Signals Support for Revisiting U.S. Crude Export Ban

Dec 16, 2013 at 17:00 | Rory Johnston

U.S. Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz, speaking to the Platts Global Energy Outlook Forum in New York on Thursday, said that it might be time for the U.S. to reconsider its…

Texas 2014 Oil Output to Surpass Some OPEC Members

Dec 13, 2013 at 18:39 | John Daly

Texas oil production is surging, and estimates for 2014 predict that output of more than 2.7 million barrels per day will push the Lone Star State’s production above OPEC members…

3 Never-Seen Events That Mean Big Changes For Oil Investing

Dec 13, 2013 at 14:19 | Editorial Dept

This past month saw not one, but three first-ever happenings in crude oil markets. Oil is moving to places it never did before. With new alliances between buyers…

Creating Invisible Oil Repellent Barriers to Contain Spills

Dec 09, 2013 at 17:29 | Futurity

Researchers have designed an invisible “wall” that stops oily liquids from spreading and confines them to a certain area.The outer shell of a droplet of oil on a…

Russia Readies to Take Shale Oil Lead

Dec 06, 2013 at 19:07 | Daniel J. Graeber

President of Russian energy company Rosneft, Igor Sechin, said he was eager to unlock the shale oil potential in the Samara region of western Russia. With forecasts warning the U.S.…

Bosnian Federation: Oil Legislation Sets First Concessions in Motion

Dec 06, 2013 at 15:43 | Editorial Dept

Earlier this year we let you in on a little known secret about an up-and-coming oil venue in an unlikely corner of the world—Bosnia and Herzegovina. The paralytic “multi-ethnic” government…

Oil Majors Pushing Offshore, but Obstacles Remain

Dec 05, 2013 at 17:10 | Nick Cunningham

Major oil companies continue an aggressive push into deeper water as the memory of the 2010 Deepwater Horizon blowout recedes. Spurred on by consistently high prices for crude oil, the…

No Need for More Iranian Oil, U.S. Says

Dec 03, 2013 at 16:55 | Daniel J. Graeber

Iran says it expects a major boost in oil exports now that it has a nuclear deal in hand. In a sign the market is able to do without, however,…

Higher U.S. Oil Drilling Has An Unexpected Effect

Dec 02, 2013 at 17:02 | Dave Forest

Platts reported some unusual findings last week as part of a new study.Looking at oil versus natural gas drilling in the U.S.The analysts found that since…

Small Company’s New Subsea Wellhead Tap Design Attracts Oil Majors Interest

Nov 29, 2013 at 16:39 | John Daly

As offshore drilling moves into deeper waters, new engineering techniques are needed to cope with temperatures that can hit 150 degrees Celsius, with crushing pressures that can exceed 25,000 pounds…

Only Oil Insiders Are Looking At This Play

Nov 29, 2013 at 16:11 | Editorial Dept

U.S. oil men usually love their home turf. Especially today, with U.S. shale plays yielding some of the best production and reserves numbers on the planet.But one industry…

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