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Tillerson Flap Bad Timing for Iran Decision: Balance of Power
Thursday, October 05, 2017 Signs of friction are again plaguing Donald Trump's White House at a pivotal moment for his policy agenda.

Oil Drillers May See Big U.S. Tax Cut - If Deductions Survive
Thursday, October 05, 2017 U.S. oil explorers could see a multibillion-dollar benefit from a move to slash the U.S. corporate tax rate but some of the industry's biggest tax breaks could also be under fire.

Amid Skepticism, Nigeria Continues to Move Forward to Revamp its Government
Thursday, August 10, 2017 Operators, experts remain cautious as Africa's No. 1 oil producing nation passes a bill to reduce corruption.

US Energy Agency to Take on $50 Billion Backlog as Senate Acts
Friday, August 04, 2017 The main US energy regulator can get back to the business of approving multibillion-dollar natural gas pipelines after the Senate moved to fill two of four vacancies at the long-crippled agency.

Japan To Start Work On Revising Basic Energy Policy Next Week
Tuesday, August 01, 2017 Tokyo will begin discussions on a revision of Japan's basic energy plan next week, Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry Hiroshige Seko says.

Pennsylvania May Impose Severance Tax
Friday, July 28, 2017 Operating in the Keystone State might get more expensive for the natural gas industry.

House GOP Leader Says Energy Tweak Near in Sanctions Bill
Wednesday, July 19, 2017 House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy said there's a consensus among lawmakers to change legislation on Russian sanctions so that US companies won't be blocked from lucrative foreign oil deals.

French Court Repeals Law On Regulated Gas Prices
Wednesday, July 19, 2017 France's highest administrative court repeals a law on regulated gas prices.

Trump Administration Reduces Royalty Rates In First US Oil, Gas Lease Sale
Thursday, July 13, 2017 The Trump administration announces its first offshore oil and gas lease sale.

Could Argentinian Politics Beat the Vaca Muerta?
Monday, July 10, 2017 Upcoming election results could jeopardize the current administration's tenure and snuff out the oil and gas industry's confidence in one of the world's richest shale basins.

Climate Change Action Needs To Go Beyond Paris Accord, Macron Says
Thursday, July 06, 2017 Climate change action needs to go beyond the 2015 Paris agreement, French President Emmanuel Macron says.

Tanzania Laws Would Allow Govt to Tear Up Mining, Energy Deals
Thursday, June 29, 2017 The Tanzanian government submitted three bills to parliament on that would allow it to force mining and energy companies to renegotiate their contracts, the latest in a string of moves that have alarmed foreign investors.

Document: Trump Admin To Suspend Rule On Natural Gas Waste
Wednesday, June 14, 2017 The Trump administration will suspend compliance dates on a rule limiting methane emissions from oil and gas companies working on public lands as soon as Thursday.

UK Hung Parliament Can Only Lead to Potential For 'Further Uncertainty'
Friday, June 09, 2017 A hung parliament in the UK can only lead to the potential for further uncertainty for the region's oil and gas industry, Michael Burns, oil and gas partner at law firm Ashurst tells Rigzone.

Key Shale-Boom Booster Threatened by Trump's Spending-Cut Plans
Wednesday, June 07, 2017 An agency instrumental to America's surge in energy production would lose half its funding in President Donald Trump's proposed federal budget.

Green Groups Ask Court To Reverse EPA's Freeze Of Methane Rule
Monday, June 05, 2017 Green groups responded to the US EPA's attempt to freeze a rule requiring oil and gas companies to fix methane leaks in their equipment.

Nigeria Oil Governance Bill Aims To Break Up State Oil Company NNPC
Friday, May 26, 2017 The long-awaited oil governance bill passed by Nigeria's upper chamber of parliament proposes breaking up the state oil company.

Nigeria's Senate Passes Long-Awaited Oil Governance Bill
Thursday, May 25, 2017 Nigerian Oil Minister Emmanuel Ibe Kachikwu says Nigeria was not opposed to joining OPEC production caps but would have to wait and see if production came back to acceptable levels.

UK's Conservatives To Support Shale Energy, Cap Household Energy Tariffs
Thursday, May 18, 2017 Britain's Conservative Party will introduce legislation to support shale energy development and impose a household energy tariff cap if it is re-elected in June.

Panel: Regulator Should have Final Say on Canada Energy Projects
Monday, May 15, 2017 Canada should reverse the approval process for major energy projects, making them go through a review by the federal government before a final decision by regulatory bodies, an official panel recommended.

Bid To Revoke Obama-Era Methane Rules Fails In US Senate
Wednesday, May 10, 2017 A Senate resolution to revoke a rule to limit leaks and flaring of methane from oil and gas production on federal lands falls short of votes.

Trump's Arctic Drill Plan Challenged by Environmental Groups
Wednesday, May 03, 2017 Environmental groups are challenging President Trump's attempt to restore oil and gas leasing on more than 125 million acres in the Arctic and Atlantic ocean

Trump's US Looks Past Energy Independence to Global Dominance
Tuesday, May 02, 2017 The US is in the position to be energy-dominant, not just independent, thanks to fracking and plans to loosen drilling regulations, Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke says.

Trump Open to Raising Gas Tax and Negotiating Tax Overhaul Plan
Monday, May 01, 2017 President Donald Trump said he's willing to raise the US gas tax to fund infrastructure development and called the tax-overhaul plan he released last week the beginning of negotiations.

Trump to Expand Offshore Drilling, Review Post-Spill Rules
Friday, April 28, 2017 President Donald Trump moves to expand offshore oil drilling and to reconsider rules that safeguard the activity.