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Natural Gas Producers Squeezed by High Costs and Low Prices

Nov 21, 2010 at 09:06 | Dave Forest

It's hard to believe, but just ten years ago $2/mcf was a pretty good natural gas price. North American gas sold for around that level throughout most of the 1980s…

Can Hydrocarbons Survive in the Hot, Pressured, Mantle?

Nov 20, 2010 at 10:45 | Al Fin

The mantle is a dense, hot layer of semisolid rock approximately 2,900 kilometers thick. The mantle, which contains more iron, magnesium and calcium than the crust, is hotter and denser…

Oil Will Run Out Before Replacements are Ready

Nov 19, 2010 at 08:31 | Brian Westenhaus

So says UC Davis Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering Debbie Niemeier in a forecast that published on Nov. 8 in the journal Environmental Science & Technology. Sound nuts? …

Oil Demand in the West to Decline, According to the IEA

Nov 18, 2010 at 13:52 | The Oil Drum

For those addicted to more roads, airports and the sweet smell of gasoline, the IEA's 2010 World Energy Outlook includes some pretty sober reading. As they did in last year's…

Turkmenistan's Gas Export Options

Nov 17, 2010 at 11:10 | IWPR

Turkmenistan’s gas export interests will inevitably lead to an estrangement from key ally Moscow in years to come, a top expert on Central Asia says Alexei Malashenko, a specialist on…

Why I Wrote Prelude, a Peak Oil Novel

Nov 16, 2010 at 08:10 | Kurt Cobb

Every culture lives by its narratives. And, these narratives come to us not just in the form of novels, plays, movies and television shows. They also come in the form…

Converting Plastic Back to Oil

Nov 16, 2010 at 08:08 | Brian Westenhaus

Blest, a Japanese company has invented a safe and user-friendly machine that can convert plastic back to oil. The machine is effective in recycling different kinds of plastic into oil.…

Natural Gas Opportunities Beckon in Asia

Nov 15, 2010 at 18:41 | Dave Forest

Natural gas is a broken global market. For oil, there's enough import-export capacity worldwide that global prices tend to align closely. In natgas, global markets are fragmented. Leading to disparate…

Iran's Coming Presidency of OPEC is Less Significant than it Seems

Nov 15, 2010 at 10:48 | IWPR

While officials in Tehran are excited at the prospect of Iran taking over the chair of the international oil producers’ grouping OPEC, analysts say the honour is less significant than…

Oil Exploration Boom in the U.S.

Nov 15, 2010 at 10:41 | Al Fin

The de facto Obama moratorium on oil well drilling in the Gulf of Mexico has spurred new exploration and production on the US mainland. Local economies are beginning to experience…

Another Reason to Keep Watching Asian Coal

Nov 12, 2010 at 11:31 | Dave Forest

I've been saying for awhile that Asian coal is the place to be. Yet another indicator this week. Thai energy major PTT announced a deal yesterday to buy Australia's Straits…

A New Way to Prospect and Discover Oil and Gas

Nov 12, 2010 at 08:10 | Brian Westenhaus

Scientists from Royal Holloway, University of London and The Spanish Research Council have revealed a new model that explains what happens as the continents thin as well as helping…

What it Takes to Get a Pipeline Built

Nov 11, 2010 at 11:31 | The Oil Drum

There are regularly stories in the media or in the blogosphere about various pipeline projects that are announced with much publicity, and are seen to have major strategic consequences, or…

Regenerative Agriculture in a Peak Oil World

Nov 11, 2010 at 11:28 | Professor Chris Rhodes

In the face of peak oil and in order to curb carbon emissions, methods of farming that depend less on oil and natural gas, respectively to run machinery and to…

Eliminating CO2 Emissions at Low Cost

Nov 11, 2010 at 09:33 | Brian Westenhaus

The TU Darmstadt’s Institute for Energy Systems and Technology’s newly dedicated pilot plant will be utilized for investigating two new methods for CO2 capture that will allow nearly totally eliminating…

Why the Age of Oil May Soon End Even Though It Has Only Just Begun

Nov 10, 2010 at 11:56 | Al Fin

Petroleum is thought to have originated mainly from the remains of sediments of photosynthetic organisms which sedimented from ancient seas, and were heated and compressed by geological processes. Assuming that…

Higher Energy Prices Help Russia Regain its Fiscal Footing

Nov 10, 2010 at 08:51 | Richard Weitz

Higher energy prices have helped Russia regain its fiscal footing after the global financial crisis walloped the country in 2008. But some experts say the economic forecast for the Kremlin…

Waste Plastics to Diesel Being Scaled up in the UK

Nov 10, 2010 at 08:44 | Al Fin

STA UK is gearing up to build 10 new waste plastic to diesel plants in the UK. The first plant is to be built in Port Laoighise, Ireland. The process…

Is the Kyrgyz Government About to put the Brakes on the Pentagon Fuel Contract

Nov 10, 2010 at 08:41 | Deirdre Tynan

It seems the $315 million contract awarded by the Pentagon to a controversial and secretive fuel-supplier is only part of the story about future operations at Kyrgyzstan’s Manas Transit Center.…

Here's an Unexpected Shale Gas Play

Nov 09, 2010 at 12:17 | Dave Forest

Argentina. - U.S. producer Apache said Friday it plans to drill a well by year-end to test shale gas potential in the La Calera field of the Neuquen Basin. The area…

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