An increase in a Chinese manufacturing index combined with faster-than-expected growth in European industrial activity helped boost oil prices early Thursday. U.S. benchmark crude gained 20 cents to $80.72 a barrel in electronic trading on the Nymex, while in London Brent crude was up 25 cents to $84.96, Reuters reports.
California Resources Corp., a production unit that Occidental Petroleum Corp. is planning to spin off next month, saw a drop in net income to $188 million from July to September, which it attributed to lower crude prices and higher production costs, FuelFix reports.
With $9.5 million laid out so far this year on lobbying -– according to figures in disclosure reports filed with the Senate –- Koch Industries has outspent Exxon Mobil and funneled significantly more into advocacy than it did in 2013, E&E reports.
Some ten percent of natural gas produced in drilling fields like those in the Bakken and Eagle Ford shale – most of which is methane -- leaks into the atmosphere, according to a study published in the journal Earth’s Future, E&E reports.
State Department energy envoy Amos Hochstein says the federal government won’t get involved in the dispute between Baghdad and the Kurdistan Regional Government in Iraq over ownership of oil on board the tanker United Kalavrvta, which has been sitting off the coast of Galveston for months, Platts reports.
A greater-than-expected increase in crude inventories, coupled with falling stock prices and a strong dollar, sent oil prices tumbling again Wednesday. U.S. benchmark crude for December delivery slid 2.5 percent, or $1.97, to settle at $80.52 a barrel on the Nymex, while in London Brent lost $1.51 to end the trading day at $84.71, Reuters reports.
An analysis of state environmental data by the Natural Resources Defense Council found that 5 million people in California already live within a mile of an active oil or gas well, and expanding drilling could expose them to greater health risks, the Los Angeles Times reports.
While debate over the ban on crude oil exports gains momentum, shipments of U.S. and Canadian oil already permitted by law reached the second-highest volume since recordkeeping began in 1920, the Energy Department said Wednesday.
Exports of U.S. oil to Canada and re-exports of Canadian crude to customers overseas reached 401,000 barrels a day in July, the Energy Information Administration said in its weekly petroleum markets report.
In order to cope with Western sanctions, the state-owned oil giant Rosneft is asking the Russian government for more than 2 trillion rubles, the equivalent of nearly $50 billion, The Wall Street Journal reports.
Launching personal attacks on environmental activists and celebrity supporters should be part of the oil and gas industry strategy if it wants to fight for expanded drilling, according to advice from consultant Richard Berman as he drums up support for his "Big Green Radicals" PR campaign, The New York Times reports.
The re-election contest for Rep. Fred Upton, R-Mich. and chair of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, is attracting last-minute money -- including some from the American Future Fund for an ad extolling his support for the Keystone XL pipeline -- as polling indicates his race against Democrat Paul Clements is a tight one, The Hill reports.
In an effort to maintain Democratic control of the Senate, environmental groups are supporting some backers of the Keystone XL pipeline –- like Michelle Nunn in Georgia and Sen. Kay Hagan in North Carolina -– as well as fracking supporter Sen. Mark Udall in Colorado, The Wall Street Journal reports.
Word that OPEC has boosted its crude output to a 14-month high sent oil prices plunging again early Friday. West Texas Intermediate crude for December delivery dropped 1 percent, or 81 cents, to $80.31 a barrel in electronic trading on the Nymex, while in London Brent was down 93 cents to $85.31, Bloomberg reports.
A tentative settlement Cheniere Energy has reached with shareholders over lawsuits would block executives from receiving shares authorized in February 2013 but not paid out, according to a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission, FuelFix reports.
Robert MacLean –- now a solar power consultant after he was fired by the Department of Homeland Security for leaking information about the air marshal program -– says many federal employees, including those in the Environmental Protection Agency and the Departments of Energy and Interior, could be affected by the outcome of his lawsuit now before the U.S. Supreme Court, E&E reports.
The capacity market and infrastructure improvements will be the topics of discussion at a conference between New York officials and representatives of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission Nov. 5, Reuters reports.