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Ukraine falling to economic warfare and its own missteps

Posted on April 15, 2014

As protests in Ukraine's eastern region turned violent on Sunday leading to the death of a Ukrainian security officer in a shootout with pro-Russian militia, Kiev threatens military action while Moscow flexes its geo-economic warfare muscles.

The most profitable gas in the world

Posted on April 2, 2014

There is only one certainty in Ukraine: The energy sector must and will be transformed, and how long this takes will depend on who ends up in the driver's seat and how serious they are about becoming a part of Europe and reducing dependence on Russia.

White House targets methane emissions

Posted on April 1, 2014

For oil and gas drillers, the prospect of regulations on emissions from flaring and fugitive methane has been watched closely by both the industry and environmental groups for several years now.

Soros promotes oil sales to punish Putin

Posted on March 30, 2014

The billionaire philanthropist George Soros is lobbying for the release of more reserves on the market to punish Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Why Ukraine's next President doesn't matter

Posted on March 27, 2014

Having ridden roughshod over Ukraine, Russia's annexation of the Crimea is now over and a new chapter in Ukrainian politics is about to begin—but it won't be much different than the last chapter, with the same old faces surfacing for May presidential elections.

Small oil companies eye huge prize in Ghana

Posted on March 26, 2014

West Africa's emerging hotspot of Ghana is one of the best indicators of how the oil and gas playing field is undergoing a major transformation.

Russia looks east as relations with Europe deteriorate

Posted on March 24, 2014

The more or less severing of relations between Russia and Europe will accelerate a Russian pivot towards China.

Birth of new Ukrainian nation? Interview with Robert Bensh

Posted on March 23, 2014

With Crimea, Ukraine loses some prospective offshore oil and gas territory in the Black Sea, but it doesn't lose any shale. All the shale is in Ukraine's east and west.

Birth of a new Ukrainian nation? Interview with Robert Benshn

Posted on March 22, 2014

What the lof Crimea means for Ukrainian energy?

Where are oil industry insiders investing their money now?

Posted on March 21, 2014

Oil company executives are investing in these 5 game-changing energy trends and informed investors can position themselves in front of this avalanche of money.

New technology meets an ancient foe in Alberta

Posted on March 20, 2014

New technologies have revolutionized the oil industry but they also seem to have created a bizarre vulnerability.

Russia eyes Crimea’s oil and gas reserves

Posted on March 17, 2014

Crimea may nationalize oil and gas assets within its borders belonging to Ukraine, and sell them off to Russia.

Shale, the last oil and gas train: Interview with Arthur Berman

Posted on March 10, 2014

How much faith can we put in our ability to decipher all the numbers out there telling us the US is closing in on its cornering of the global oil market?

Ukraine: Vultures of political capital descend

Posted on March 9, 2014

There are two countries that could use this situation to the benefit if they play their cards wisely: Belarus and Canada.

New spy technology to spawn oil revolution

Posted on February 28, 2014

The future of oil exploration lies in new technology–from massive data-processing supercomputers to 4D seismic to early-phase airborne spy technology that can pinpoint prospective reservoirs.

Supermajors balk at Canadian LNG profit tax

Posted on February 28, 2014

Profits from LNG projects will be taxed at an initial rate of 1.5% but the rate will rise to as much as 7% after companies recover the costs of building the shipping terminals.

Boundless Natural Gas, boundless opportunities: interview with EIA Chief

Posted on February 24, 2014

The Energy Information Agency (EIA) has predicted that natural gas production in the US will continue to grow at an impressive pace.

Second coal ash leak at North Carolina site

Posted on February 18, 2014

Duke Energy’s problems grew worse on February 18, with reports surfacing that a second toxic leak has occurred at its Eden plant on the Dan River.

Wyoming coal production falls for fourth straight year

Posted on February 18, 2014

Bad weather, including a lot of rain, contributed to a cut back in operations.

As drought hits, fracking poses threat to water supply

Posted on February 9, 2014

A new report finds that hydraulic fracturing is posing a growing risk to water supplies in several regions around the country

Coal industry in structural decline

Posted on February 5, 2014

Some investor analysts agree, and think that the coal industry is set for a comeback. That may be the case in the short-term, but the longer-term picture is much shakier.

The weirdest mining M&A partner I've seen

Posted on January 31, 2014

This is a significant signal showing us that Chinese interest in platinum is perhaps ramping up.

Market disruptor: Nuclear restarts spells trouble for LNG

Posted on January 27, 2014

If Japan moves to restart some or all of its nuclear reactors, many LNG terminals may cease to be profitable.

All eyes on implementation of Mexican oil reform

Posted on January 24, 2014

There remains some ambiguity as to when bidding rounds would actually be opened up to international oil companies, with most predicting sometime next year.

Norway's oil fund makes every Norwegian a Kroner millionaire

Posted on January 19, 2014

The country’s Government Pension Fund Oljefondet, through careful investment has made every Norwegian a millionaire. Norway’s success with its Oljefondet stands in stark contrast to Britain, with whom it jointly developed the North Sea.

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