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Energy

Iran Storing Oil at Sea Due to Weak Demand

Apr 16, 2010 at 19:00 | Business Insider

Iran, the world's fifth-largest oil producing nation, is increasing the amount of oil is stores in tankers at sea. Iranian officials say this is due to refinery overhauls and seasonality,…

SEC Charge Against Goldman has Volcanic Impact on Energy Markets

Apr 15, 2010 at 19:00 | Darrell Delamaide

Oil Market Summary for 04/12/2010 to 04/16/2010. Oil prices plunged on Friday after the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission charged Goldman Sachs with fraud in its marketing of certain subprime…

U.S. Coal Industry Fights Climate Legislation at Congressional Hearing

Apr 14, 2010 at 19:00 | Darrell Delamaide

Under the shadow of the West Virginia coal mine disaster earlier this month, a congressional hearing Wednesday on the future of coal in a “new energy age” seemed at times…

Chinese Purchase of Oil Sands Stake Could Revalue Resource

Apr 11, 2010 at 19:00 | Darrell Delamaide

The acquisition of a 9% stake in the Syncrude oil sands venture by China’s Sinopec for $4.65 billion – substantially more than expected – could pave the way for a…

Do Rising Oil Prices Threaten the Economic Recovery?

Apr 11, 2010 at 19:00 | James Hamilton

Ten of the 11 recessions in the United States since World War II have been preceded by a sharp increase in the price of crude petroleum. Oil had been…

High Inventories Keep Crude Oil Prices from Advancing on Week

Apr 08, 2010 at 19:00 | Darrell Delamaide

Oil Market Summary for 04/05/2010 to 04/09/2010. Crude oil prices ended the week virtually unchanged from a week ago as optimism about demand warred with trepidation about historically high inventories…

Alaska Pipeline Project May Cost as Much as $40 Billion

Apr 07, 2010 at 19:00 | Darrell Delamaide

Two competing projects for a natural gas pipeline from Alaska to the lower 48 states put the cost somewhere between $32 billion and $40 billion, even as the explosion of…

Gas Producers Go to the Dark Side

Apr 06, 2010 at 19:00 | Dave Forest

It's finally happening. Gas producers are starting to crack. With the natural gas to oil price ratio running at a nearly-unprecedented 21-to-1 ($86.80 per barrel for crude versus $4.12 per…

Texas Acquisition Shows Shift of Gas Producers to Oil Investment

Apr 05, 2010 at 19:00 | Darrell Delamaide

SandRidge Energy’s agreement this week to acquire Arena Resources, a producer of conventional oil in West Texas, for $1.6 billion is the latest example of natural gas companies seeking to…

Crude Prices Surge in Week, but Jobless Figures May Dampen Rise

Apr 02, 2010 at 19:00 | Darrell Delamaide

Oil Market Summary for 03/29/2010 to 04/02/2010 In a week shortened by a holiday, crude oil futures reached an 18-month high, but U.S. jobless data released on Friday while commodities…

Good Day for Oil and Gas Companies as US East Coast Officially Opens for Drilling

Apr 02, 2010 at 14:33 | Dave Forest

On wednesday, the Obama administration announced comprehensive new regulations on offshore oil and gas drilling. Potentially opening some significant new acreage previously off limits to the petroleum industry. Under the…

U.S. Decision on Offshore Drilling Holds Promise of Future Oil, Brings Immediate Debate

Apr 01, 2010 at 15:34 | Darrell Delamaide

President Barack Obama’s move to lift a moratorium on new offshore drilling leases and to designate further areas for exploration won’t produce much oil in the near future, but is…

OPEC Adding to Capacity Amid Concern Supply will Dampen Oil Prices

Mar 31, 2010 at 15:15 | Darrell Delamaide

OPEC member countries have resumed work on 35 new projects that will increase production capacity by 5 million barrels a day, adding to concerns that the increasing world capacity will…

EU Fuel Standards Become Latest Oil Sand Battlefield for Environmentalists

Mar 30, 2010 at 15:05 | Darrell Delamaide

The latest draft of European Union fuel standards appears to mark a lobbying victory for the Canadian oil industry because it drops tighter restrictions originally envisaged for crude oil derived…

Demand from India Reshaping the Global Coal Market

Mar 26, 2010 at 17:16 | Dave Forest

Attention international coal industry. There's a new kid on the block. The nation of India. India is emerging as a major re-shaping force for the global coal market. With in-country…

Flaws in Weekly EIA Inventory Reports

Mar 26, 2010 at 00:09 | Editorial Dept

"The numbers in this report can't be right -- and yet the market is reacting to them!" -- there's a complaint we've heard so many times about USDA reports, but…

Shell's China Connection Grows Stronger with Another New Gas Venture

Mar 25, 2010 at 15:27 | Darrell Delamaide

Royal Dutch Shell further intensified its relationship with China in a new 30-year accord to appraise and develop tight gas reserves in the Sichuan basin. The new project in the…

Oxford Study Sparks New Round of "Peak Oil" Debate

Mar 24, 2010 at 16:38 | Darrell Delamaide

The debate about “peak oil” flared up again following a new report from Oxford University claiming that conventional oil reserves are inflated by a third and that added reserves from…

Politics and Peak Energy - Have we Reached the Tipping Point?

Mar 22, 2010 at 23:36 | John Howe

Economic success, growth, and an affluent (happy) consumer lifestyle directly depend on an abundance of inexpensive energy. Conversely, the quantity and type of energy consumed can have a very adverse…

As Natural Gas Prices Languish the Gulf of Mexico Executes a Successful Oil and Gas Lease Sale

Mar 22, 2010 at 19:30 | Dave Forest

The Central Gulf of Mexico Oil and Gas Lease Sale 213 attracted 642 bids from 77 companies on 468 lease tracts. Most impressive was what these companies paid. High bids…

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