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Scottish Government Wins Fracking Case Against Ineos
Tuesday, June 19, 2018 Scotland's highest court has ruled in favor of a government ban on fracking which had been challenged by Ineos.

US Approves Work On EQT Mountain Valley Natural Gas Pipe
Monday, June 18, 2018 US federal energy regulators approve EQT Midstream Partners LP's request to proceed with construction.

Norway Awards Oil Permits To 11 Firms In Arctic Licensing Round
Monday, June 18, 2018 Oslo believes the Arctic has the greatest potential for significant new discoveries.

EPA Won't Force Refiners to Make Up Waived Biofuels Volumes
Friday, June 15, 2018 The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said it cannot make large oil refineries blend additional biofuels into their gasoline to make up for volumes waived under the small refinery hardship waiver program, unless Congress authorizes it.

BP: Coal Comeback Spurs New Carbon Emissions Growth
Wednesday, June 13, 2018 Global greenhouse gas emissions began rising again last year as the first pick-up in coal burning since 2013 overshadowed a record expansion in renewable energy, a BP report says.

Congo Republic To Launch Call For Oil License Tenders In September
Wednesday, June 13, 2018 Congo Republic will open a call for oil license tenders in September followed by a promotion campaign at an oil conference in South Africa in November.

Russia and Saudi Arabia Pursue OPEC Deal at World Cup Meeting
Wednesday, June 13, 2018 Vladimir Putin and and Mohammed bin Salman will discuss how to boost oil production while maintaining their petro-alliance when they meet.

China's CNOOC Sees Ugandan Oil Production Starting In 2021
Wednesday, June 13, 2018 Oil production in Uganda is likely to start in 2021 at the earliest, China's CNOOC said, giving a later date than the government's 2020 target.

Italy's Top Court Rejects Appeal To Stymie Shell, Eni Corruption Trial
Wednesday, June 13, 2018 Italy's Supreme Court throws out an appeal from Shell and four former Shell managers to stymie a corruption trial.

US Crude, Gasoline Inventories Drop Sharply
Wednesday, June 13, 2018 US crude oil inventories fall more than anticipated last week, while gasoline and distillate stocks surprise with unexpected declines, EIA says.

Trump Renews Twitter Assault on OPEC
Wednesday, June 13, 2018 Trump pushes the case for lower oil prices a week before the cartel meets to set production policy.

Finland Cuts Stake In Biofuel Firm Neste With $1B Deal
Tuesday, June 12, 2018 Finland says it will sell shares in oil refiner Neste.

US Regulators Urge Better Oversight for Pipeline Cybersecurity
Tuesday, June 12, 2018 The federal agency now charged with overseeing cybersecurity for US pipelines is ill equipped to do the job, say two top regulators.

Equinor: Transition to More Sustainable Energy System 'Too Slow'
Monday, June 11, 2018 Equinor says the transition to a more sustainable energy system isn't happening quickly enough.

OPEC Likely To Reject Iran Request For Discussion Of US Sanctions
Friday, June 08, 2018 OPEC is likely to reject a request by Iran to discuss US sanctions against Tehran at this month's meeting of the oil producer group, a source says.

No Natgas Flows Through W. Va. Leach Xpress, Producers Use Other Pipes
Friday, June 08, 2018 TransCanada Corp says it cannot move natural gas until further notice.

Construction Planned To Prepare Alaska's Arctic Refuge For Oil Drilling
Friday, June 08, 2018 The Trump administration says it will spend $4 million on construction projects in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge in preparation for oil drilling in the nation's biggest wildlife park.

Algeria Sees Energy Law Amendments In Early 2019
Friday, June 08, 2018 Long-awaited amendments to Algeria's energy law are expected to be finalized by early next year, Energy Minister Mustapha Guitouni says.

BP Complains To Canada Regulator About Enbridge Oil Pipeline Actions
Thursday, June 07, 2018 BP complains to Canada's NEB regulator about Enbridge's implementation and then abrupt reversal of new rules for shipping crude on its Mainline pipeline system, NEB documents show.

Possible To Reduce Groningen Gas Output Faster - Dutch Minister
Thursday, June 07, 2018 Production at the Groningen natural gas field could be reduced faster than planned.

EIA: US Crude Stocks Unexpectedly Build Despite High Refining Rates
Wednesday, June 06, 2018 US crude oil stockpiles rose unexpectedly last week even as refineries hiked output to the highest in five months.

Trump's Move To Please Farmers On Biofuels Reform Draws Refinery Union Ire
Wednesday, June 06, 2018 President Donald Trump has abandoned an overhaul of biofuels policy aimed at reducing costs for the oil industry.

Safety 30: Nothing More Important Than Ensuring Safety of Those Offshore
Wednesday, June 06, 2018 Day 2 of the safety conference in Aberdeen is in full swing.

Malaysia To Probe Najib Govt's $2B Payments To Chinese Pipeline Firm
Tuesday, June 05, 2018 Lim Guan Eng has been driving a campaign to expose financial scandals in the administration of former Prime Minister Najib Razak.

Jobs Report: US Adds Thousands of Mining Jobs in May
Tuesday, June 05, 2018 Once again, the oil and gas industry adds jobs in the U.S.

Safety 30: UK Offshore Sector Must Maintain Relentless Focus on Safety
Tuesday, June 05, 2018 The UK offshore oil and gas industry must maintain a relentless focus on safe operations, a two-day safety conference opening today in Aberdeen has been told.

New Proposals May Help Resolve Israel/Lebanon Oil And Gas Dispute
Tuesday, June 05, 2018 New ideas proposed in US back-channel mediation of an Israeli-Lebanese maritime dispute raise the prospect of a partial deal this year, Israel's energy minister says.

Sri Lanka Exploration Interest 'Rebounding'
Tuesday, June 05, 2018 Interest in oil and gas exploration in Sri Lanka is showing signs of rebounding, according to oil and gas analysts at BMI Research.

Poland Confident Of Meeting 2022 Deadline For Completing Gas Link To Norway
Monday, June 04, 2018 Poland is confident of meeting a 2022 deadline for completing a new Baltic Sea gas pipeline to Norway, a government official says.

Poland Confident Of Meeting 2022 Deadline For Completing Gas Link To Norway
Monday, June 04, 2018 Poland is confident of meeting a 2022 deadline for completing a new Baltic Sea gas pipeline to Norway, a government official says.

Saudi Crown Prince, UK PM Note Importance Of Oil Market Stability
Monday, June 04, 2018 Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and British Prime Minister Theresa May discuss the importance of oil market stability, May's office says.

Total Keeps Biorefinery Launch On Track Despite Farmer Blockade Threat
Friday, June 01, 2018 Total is continuing talks with farmers opposed to its planned La Mede biodiesel refinery.

Pope To Address Oil Majors In Vatican Climate Conference
Friday, June 01, 2018 The Vatican will host executives of the world's top oil companies for a conference next week on climate change.

Oil Major Total's CEO Says Possible To Return One Day To Iran
Friday, June 01, 2018 Oil major Total would be able to return to Iran one day if it is forced to abandon the South Pars 11 gas project due to U.S. sanctions.

French Farmers Threaten To Block Refineries Over Palm Oil Imports
Thursday, May 31, 2018 France's largest farmers' union calls for French oil refineries to be blocked.

EIA: US Oil Output Jumps To Record 10.47 MMbpd In March
Thursday, May 31, 2018 US crude oil production jumps to 10.47 million bpd in March, the highest on record.

Exxon CEO Urges New York Prosecutor To Rethink Climate Change Probe
Wednesday, May 30, 2018 ExxonMobil's chief executive hopes the new attorney general in New York 'comes to a different conclusion.'

Trudeau's Pipeline Takeover Is Bittersweet Win for Oil Sands
Wednesday, May 30, 2018 Canada's purchase of Kinder Morgan Inc.'s embattled pipeline is good news for the oil patch, so long as it doesn't become the norm.

Canada Buys Kinder Trans Mountain Pipeline for $3.5 Billion
Tuesday, May 29, 2018 Canada will buy Kinder Morgan Canada Ltd.'s Trans Mountain oil pipeline in a bid to ensure it gets built amid fierce opposition.

Lebanon Begins Offshore Oil And Gas Exploration
Tuesday, May 29, 2018 Lebanon's search for its first oil and gas reserves begins.

Norway's Oil Exploration Rises More Than Expected -Regulator
Tuesday, May 29, 2018 Oil companies in Norway are raising their exploration spending more than expected, the head of the country's industry regulator tells Reuters.

Under Pressure From Trump, Saudis Put Brakes on Oil's Rally
Friday, May 25, 2018 The world's largest oil exporter just made quite a policy swerve.

Rosneft Boosts Clout In Iraqi Kurdistan With Gas Pipeline Deal
Friday, May 25, 2018 Russian state oil major Rosneft signs a deal to help Kurdistan develop its gas reserves and build a gas pipeline.

Russia Says It, Saudi Arabia Have Common View On Oil Deal
Thursday, May 24, 2018 Russia and Saudi Arabia have a common position on the future of the oil output cut deal, Russian Energy Minister Alexander Novak says.

UKCS Licensing Round 'A Great Success'
Thursday, May 24, 2018 The Oil and Gas Authority's 30th Offshore Licensing Round has been dubbed 'a great success' by Wood Mackenzie.

Sources: Trump Administration Officials To Meet On Biofuel Policy Changes
Wednesday, May 23, 2018 Top officials from the US Environmental Protection Agency and the departments of Energy and Agriculture plan to meet on Thursday.

US Senate Democrats Want Trump To Prod OPEC To Lower Oil Prices
Wednesday, May 23, 2018 US Senate Democrats urge President Donald Trump to try to prod OPEC to take steps to lower oil prices.

EIA: US Crude, Gasoline Inventories Rise Unexpectedly
Wednesday, May 23, 2018 US crude oil stockpiles climbed unexpectedly last week as net imports jumped, the EIA says.

Peru President Cancels London-Based Tullow's Offshore Oil Contracts
Wednesday, May 23, 2018 The government of Peruvian President Martin Vizcarra cancels five offshore oil contracts.

OGA: The UKCS is Back
Wednesday, May 23, 2018 The Oil and Gas Authority offers 123 licenses, over 229 blocks or part-blocks, to 61 companies in the 30th Offshore Licensing Round.