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Under Trump, U.S. drilling permits on federal lands soar
The United States approved nearly 40 percent more oil and gas drilling permits on public lands in 2018 than it did the previous year thanks to an automated online system introduced in the waning days of the Obama.....
US Vice President on Venezuela
Media Stakeout by Mr. Mike Pence, Vice President of the US, on the situation in Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela.
President Trump issues updated presidential permit for Keystone XL pipeline
President Donald J. Trump issued an updated presidential permit for the proposed Keystone XL crude oil pipeline on Mar. 29. The move was seen as an attempt to jump-start the project’s construction after a federal judge..
Bankrupt oil firms must clean up inactive wells, Supreme Court rules
Canada’s Supreme Court ruled that bankrupt oil companies must clean up inactive wells, overturning lower court decisions that prioritized paying creditors and potentially raising the risks of investment in the industry.
Alberta Targets $1.5 Billion Upgrader to Get More From Oil
Alberta is working to encourage construction of a C$2 billion ($1.5 billion) partial-upgrading facility that would turn more of the province’s sludgy bitumen into higher-value products. The facility, designed by Calgary
Rachel Notley unveils carbon tax break for oil and gas drilling companies
Alberta Premier Rachel Notley is handing out tax breaks for oil and gas drillers along with criticism of Ottawa’s lack of appreciation for how damaging are current price discounts on western Canadian oil.
New Produced Water Blueprint Expected in 2019
According to the Ground Water Protection Council (GWPC), a U.S. association of state ground water regulatory agencies, more than 90 percent of produced water – laden with salts, organics, metals, solids and other
Trump orders 'immediate steps' to boost coal, nuclear plants
President Donald Trump on Friday directed Energy Secretary Rick Perry to take "immediate steps" to bolster struggling coal-fired and nuclear power plants to keep them open, calling it a matter of national and economic
Interior Department takes step toward drilling in Alaska’s Arctic National Wildlife Refuge
The Trump administration will take its first step toward oil and gas drilling in Alaska’s Arctic National Wildlife Refuge this week when it officially launches a 60-day review process for holding a lease sale in......
Alberta invests in pipeline 'game changer' but $1B commitment needs to lure investors
Alberta Premier Rachel Notley took to a podium to discuss economic diversification in the province, and then announced a $1-billion commitment for the province's oil industry.Call it diversification, Alberta-style.
Alberta Energy Industry Water Use Report
2018 Alberta Energy Industry Water Use Report
Oilsands producers growing production without increasing use of new water: AER
New data from the Alberta Energy Regulator (AER) shows that while oilsands production is increasing, the industry’s introduction of new water into its processes is not – indicating that the industry has found ways
Newfoundland and Labrador wants more oil, gas production
The Government of Newfoundland and Labrador remains opposed to leaving some or all of the province’s oil and gas resources in the ground as a means of limiting future greenhouse gas emissions.Provincial government
Interior to hold largest oil and gas lease sale in US history
The Interior Department is planning to hold the largest sale of oil and gas leases in the country's history. The plans, would auction off 77.3 million acres of offshore waters to drilling, covering coastal waters in.....
U.S. Energy Department directs $30 million to small oil, gas projects
Six small U.S. oil and natural gas drilling projects will receive about $30 million in federal funding for research and development to help achieve President Donald Trump’s policy of boosting output of fossil fuels......
Energy chief taps emergency oil reserve in wake of Harvey
Energy Secretary Rick Perry said Thursday he is releasing 500,000 barrels of crude oil from an emergency stockpile in a bid to prevent gasoline prices from spiking in the wake of disruptions caused by Harvey. Perry said
Alberta Energy Regulator ready to expand global impact
The Alberta Energy Regulator will take a big leap onto the international stage with the launch of its centre for regulatory excellence.The question is whether this initiative will give the AER the credibility it deserves
Canada Oil Industry Gets $173 Million Loan to Clean Up Abandoned Wells
The oil industry in Canada’s resource-rich Alberta will be on the hook for a C$235 million ($172.7 million) government loan to clean up a rising number of oil wells abandoned by owners who have gone bankrupt. The loan..
Oklahoma's Water for 2060 Produced Water Working Group Releases Study Report
Oklahoma's Water for 2060 Produced Water Working Group (PWWG) today released its study report as part of a review of alternatives for produced water disposal from oil and gas operations in Oklahoma. In December 2015....
Senate approves Zinke’s nomination as next Interior Secretary
The US Senate approved President Donald J. Trump’s nomination of Rep. Ryan Zinke (R-Mont.) to be Secretary of the Interior by 68 to 31 votes on Mar. 1 as several Democrats joined Republicans in affirming the selection.
 
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