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US: Mexico-TAP and the Dodd Frank Act

May 17, 2013 at 14:12

Bottom Line: US Congress is reviewing House and Senate legislation that could see US companies working under the Mexico-TAP exempted from Dodd-Frank Section 1504 SEC disclosures about payments to foreign…

URUGUAY: Regasification Plant Heralds Major LNG Ambitions

May 17, 2013 at 14:08

Bottom line: With final plans for a regasification plant in the Montevideo Bay approved, Uruguay is aggressively working to position itself as an energy hub despite a lack of conventional…

KURDISTAN: Understanding the Power Brokers

May 17, 2013 at 14:06

Bottom Line: Kurdistan is a good place to be right now for E&P companies, but navigating the playing field of power brokers and gatekeepers is a challenging necessity if you…

This Week in Energy: The Natural Gas Games Begin

May 17, 2013 at 10:46

Let the natural gas export games begin; acronymic US oil and gas forecasts intended to shock and awe; a decisively bad turn for the petro-politics conflict in Syria; and a…

Get Ready for More Energy Unrest in Bulgaria

May 16, 2013 at 17:18

Protests over high energy prices brought down the Bulgarian government in February, and elections last week have brought back essentially the same government so we can expect continued protests and…

Displacing Oil Costs Less than Oil

May 16, 2013 at 17:14

“Innovation is the ability to see change as an opportunity — not a threat.” — Steve JobsAre we running out of oil? Are fuel alternatives overrated? Can fossil…

EU Raids BP and Shell Over Price-Fixing Concerns

May 16, 2013 at 17:12

Following on the Libor and Euribor interest rate fixing scandals, the European Commission (EC, the executive arm of the EU) has just on Tuesday this week raided the offices of…

Do Humans and Energy have the Same Relationship as Predators and Prey?

May 16, 2013 at 17:10

Humans live in equilibrium with other species in a finite world. In such a world, there is never really a Steady State. Instead, there is a constant ebb and flow. …

Study Finds no Trace of Fracking Fluid in Arkansas Drinking Water

May 16, 2013 at 16:52

Samples from drinking water wells show no evidence of groundwater contamination from shale gas production in Arkansas.“Our results show no discernible impairment of groundwater quality in areas associated…

Shale Boom Sees Cheap US Coal Head to Europe and Asia

May 16, 2013 at 16:50

We have heard a lot in the press – and indeed we have written ourselves – about the impact of shale gas and, more recently, shale or tight oil, on…

Finding Bargains in North America’s Hottest Shale Plays

May 16, 2013 at 16:42

Not all the shale plays are created equal, and one in particular is bucking the trend with robust economics and company share prices that show it. But is it too…

Commodity Update: Open Interest Analysis for May 15th, 2013

May 16, 2013 at 15:24

Crude oil:June WTI crude oil gained 9 cents on volume of 743,320 contracts. Open interest increased by a minor 4,653 contracts, which is dramatically below average. The low…

Technical Review of the Energy Markets - 16th May 2013

May 16, 2013 at 08:56

Brent Crude did break lower & we did see a test of 101.30 but just held on here & suddenly shot higher to resistance at 103.80/104.25 for a selling opportunity.…

Brazil’s Petrobras Sells $11 Billion in Debt Bonds

May 15, 2013 at 16:55

In 2001 Jim O'Neill, then Goldman Sachs head of global economic research and commodities and strategy research, coined an acronym that has increasingly come to dominate the last decade in…

U.S. Energy Independence Weakens its Power

May 15, 2013 at 16:50

The United States needs to make some decisions on how to capitalize on its surging oil production. Crude oil exports, except under certain circumstances, were banned in 1979 in response…

As Natural Gas Prices Rise, Who Benefits the Most?

May 15, 2013 at 16:47

Over the past two years the spot price of natural gas fell from nearly $5 per million British thermal units (MMBtu) in June 2011 to less than $2 per MMBtu…

Survey Shows Public Support Fracking, but Only with Tighter Regulation

May 15, 2013 at 16:44

Most Michigan and Pennsylvania residents say hydrofracking is good for the economy, but also have concerns about chemicals used and other environmental risks, a new survey shows.Fracking is…

How Renewable Energy will Benefit from US Natural Gas Exports

May 15, 2013 at 16:42

U.S.-based industries and utilities that consume a lot of natural gas have been trying to figure out just how to respond to proposals in Congress to allow expanded natural…

Commodity Update: Open Interest Analysis for May 14th, 2013

May 15, 2013 at 14:11

On May 15, the dollar index has broken out to new highs, which is the highest level since July 2012. This is affecting the performance of physical commodities, especially the…

Qatar, Saudi Arabia and Petro-Political ‘Peace’ for Syria

May 15, 2013 at 10:44

We’ve got an extremely muddled peace process going on for Syria right now, and petro-politics defines agendas and actions. A US-Russian “peace” conference will be held later this month, and…

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