Companies looking to turn Australian coalseam gas into LNG for export are facing increasing resistance from environmental groups. In this week’s Regulation & Environment column in Oilgram News, Christine Forster discusses how producers are pushing back.
By News Desk | May 20, 2013 12:01 AM Comments (0)
By Katharine Fraser | May 17, 2013 04:21 PM Comments (1)
Alarm bells rang along the US Eastern Seaboard not too long ago that the region would face fuel shortages due to refinery closures in the region, but the dynamics changed with the entrance of some new players as well as domestic crude supply via rail from the Bakken Shale play.
The region is study in contrasts in a matter of a few short years. A couple of years ago, it seemed three major plants might close: the then Sunoco-owned refineries in Marcus Hook and Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and the then ConocoPhillips-owned Trainer, Pennsylvania, refinery. All that came amid Hess and partner PDVSA initially scaling back operations of the Hovensa refinery on St. Croix, which exported to the US Atlantic Coast, to 350,000 b/d in 2011 before shutting it in January 2012.
By John Kingston | May 16, 2013 04:31 PM Comments (0)
The schizophrenic battles over natural gas in Vermont — a state that was the first to have its governor sign a permanent fracking ban – just keep coming.
At the heart of the latest issue is a plan by Vermont Gas, the state’s natural gas utility, to add a 41-mile extension to its existing 750 miles of natural gas pipelines in the state. The new line would extend service to Middlebury, home of Middlebury College. And that’s where Bill McKibben works.
By News Desk | May 15, 2013 01:43 PM Comments (0)
By Brian Scheid | May 15, 2013 12:01 AM Comments (0)
Billions of dollars in tax breaks for oil and natural gas producers will be eliminated under a proposal US congressional tax writers are floating. But they’re also floating a proposal that would make these tax breaks pretty much permanent.
They are thinking about getting rid of the controversial production tax credit for wind and also thinking about keeping it for a very long time. They might take up a carbon tax, they might not and they might raise the federal gasoline tax, or lower it. It’s really unclear at this point.
By Melanie Wold | May 14, 2013 12:01 AM Comments (0)
Once the darling of hedge funds, commodities are now looking like a poisoned chalice. Last year, hedge funds such as BlueGold, which specialized in crude oil; Centaurus, in natural gas; and Fortress Commodities, across all raw materials, shut down. Several commodities fund of funds also closed last year after clients fled.
Commodities trading, it seems – and in particular oil – is not for the faint of heart. The field is littered with failed ventures and prison sentences.
International sanctions on exporting countries such as Iran can make trading crude an even more dangerous game. On May 9, the US Treasury said it was penalizing Sambouk Shipping for contravening these sanctions. Sambouk is allegedly associated with Dimitris Cambis, who, along with a network of front companies, was executing ship-to-ship transfers of Iranian oil to obscure its origin.
By News Desk | May 13, 2013 03:41 PM Comments (0)
By John Kingston | May 13, 2013 02:59 PM Comments (0)
Some notes from day 1 of the Platts London Crude Oil Summit:
By News Desk | May 13, 2013 12:01 AM Comments (1)
By John Kingston | May 10, 2013 05:41 PM Comments (0)
A few random things at the end of the week: