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Looking for the next oil boom? Follow the tech

Posted on July 17, 2014

The Permian is back and bigger than ever.

Could gang violence end Mexico's shale dream?

Posted on July 1, 2014

Thinking twice about moving south of the border.

The world's five most important oil fields

Posted on June 13, 2014

The Middle East has dominated the world of oil for half a century and as the list below shows, it remains king.

How much energy will the 2014 World Cup consume?

Posted on June 13, 2014

While the 2014 World Cup is going to be bigger than ever — it's shaping up to be the most watched, most lucrative and expensive tournament in soccer history — it's also going to be one of the biggest energy-consuming, greenhouse gas-spewing World Cups in history.

Peak pollution: China aims for the top so it can go down

Posted on June 12, 2014

City-dwelling Chinese may still be choking on smog, but amid all the haze, China may turning a corner in its fight on pollution.

Obama's climate plan is leaking methane

Posted on June 8, 2014

Natural gas, which is essentially methane (CH4), may burn cleaner than coal, but what happens when it isn't burned?

Canadian law makes it cheaper to prevent oil sands leaks than clean them up

Posted on June 3, 2014

As the Canadian government pushes a new law rendering pipeline companies liable for all damages from leaks and spills, the only friend to both sides in this polarized world of dirty oil sands is leak prevention technology.

Ukraine: The real energy crisis starts in June

Posted on May 29, 2014

On June 3, Russia plans to reduce the gas supply to Ukraine — and hence, to Europe — if Kiev has failed to pay in advance for next month's gas deliveries, the price for which has been doubled as a result of the political crisis.

China's oil giant at center of corruption probe

Posted on May 27, 2014

Grins were on the faces of China National Petroleum executives this week as they celebrated a blockbuster 30-year deal for Russian gas. For some, however, those grins could soon turn to grimaces.

Why hasn't the U.S. gone after Gazprom?

Posted on May 6, 2014

Significantly, the new U.S. list does not include Alexei Miller, CEO of the Russian natural gas state monopoly, Gazprom.

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.

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