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Santos tries a new tack in PR war over New South Wales CSG project

Australian upstream company Santos concedes it is coming a distant second in the public relations battle with environmental activists over the development of its coalseam gas reserves in the eastern state of New South Wales.

Santos is clearly exasperated with the lack of traction its message has been getting in the public debate, which is being driven by anti-CSG lobbyists including the Greens political party and high-profile conservative radio commentator Alan Jones.

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Do you want to know an oil refinery secret? Look to Twitter

It’s hard to keep the cat in the bag when you’ve got a few hundred people pulling its tail.

Consider what goes on behind the fence at a refinery. Sure, there’s always flaring, and steam being released, and hard-hatted workers rushing to and fro.

But what’s really up? The companies would rather the public didn’t know the nitty-gritty, mainly for the cause of staying competitive in a business where regulation and a general downdraft in gasoline prices always put considerable pressure on the bottom line.

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Renewed life enters the key state hosting the Bakken oil field

The oil boom in the Bakken Shale play has done more than provide the US with a major source of sweet crude oil. It has helped revitalize an entire state.

While ever-growing oil production in North Dakota is nothing new — the state will likely hit 1 million b/d in early 2014 — life surrounding the wellheads has started to grab headlines.

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A single month moves Europe forward in growing the role of natural gas

June ended with some major and long-awaited developments in the world of European gas.

In no particular order: the Shah Deniz consortium picked the winner for the 10 Bcm/year Caspian Sea gas pipeline project; the UK government announced that it had enough gas trapped in a part of its shale rock to last it for 43 years; Cyprus signed agreements with producers that could lead to an LNG export project later this decade; and Israel came up with a compromise on the amount of gas that may be exported: some 400 billion cubic meters in total over a few decades.

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Caltex Australia shows its feminine side

In what is traditionally a male-dominated industry, one of Australia’s oil refiners is showing its feminine side, recently unveiling what is believed to be the nation’s most generous workplace support package for new parents.

Caltex Australia, which is chaired by a woman, says the move is “ground-breaking” because it goes beyond corporate Australia’s traditional focus on giving employees paid leave just before and after the birth of a baby, to focus on providing cash for parents to make their own childcare choices after they are back at work. Read the rest of this entry »

Australia’s Woodside: a tale of two CEOs

Former Woodside Petroleum chief executive Don Voelte made a surprise return to the Australian corporate scene in late June when he was appointed chief executive and managing director of Perth-based Seven West Media, the largest diversified media business in the country.

Analysts, who professed to being shocked by the announcement, were quick to point out Voelte’s lack of experience heading a business which owns Australia’s largest commercial television network and its second-biggest magazine publisher. Seven West Media also owns The West Australian, the leading metropolitan newspaper in the state of Western Australia, of which Woodside’s home Perth is the capital.

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In the energy debate, is there hope for a “rational middle?”

The Kid’s Page in the July 3 Washington Post features a story with an intriguing headline: “Where does electricity come from? Hint: Not from that switch on your wall.”

Documentary film maker Gregory Kallenberg, maker of the 2009 film “Haynesville,” found while promoting the movie that many adults were equally in the dark about vital energy issues. ”Running into people who didn’t understand where energy came from or how much we used of it was a common occurrence,” Kallenberg says in one of several new short films he is making under the title of “The Rational Middle.”

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Back to the future: “Dallas” and the oil biz returns to TV

The saying goes, what’s old is new again. Certainly fashion trends follow this notion, as bright-colored articles of clothing are everywhere again, like blinding lights from a disco floor.

Look no further than television: “Dallas” is back. 

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The 1920s oil boom, a booted-out oil executive and film noir

Had an oil executive not been fired during the Great Depression 80 years ago, some of the greatest 1940s film noir detective movies might have never been made and screen greats Humphrey Bogart and wife Lauren Bacall might never have achieved such renown as one of Hollywood’s most sizzling couples of that era.

The booted-out oil executive was Raymond Chandler, one of the greatest writers of hard-boiled private eye fiction, who penned such classics as “The Big Sleep,” “Farewell My Lovely,” and “The Long Goodbye.”

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Checking back in: what’s the relationship between oil and gold?

A few months ago, we took a look at the oil to gold relationship. The two have no obvious physical relationship: one being the industrial lifeblood of the world, as well as a financial proxy, and another a minimally important commercial product but one as a historical barometer of inflation and fear.

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