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Apr 23, 2015

U.S. EPA chief defends coal plant emissions rules

HOUSTON, April 23 (Reuters) – A proposed plan that would
force American coal-fired power plants to slash emissions would
not cost jobs and would help the country move toward a
low-carbon future, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Administrator Gina McCarthy said on Thursday.

“Our rule creates a dynamic where cutting carbon pollution
and investment decisions align,” McCarthy said at the IHS
CERAWeek conference in Houston, the world’s largest gathering of
energy executives. “Environmental protection isn’t window
dressing; it’s foundational to strong, lasting economic growth.”

Apr 22, 2015

U.S. energy secretary touts nuclear deal with Iran

HOUSTON, April 22 (Reuters) – An agreement between the
United States, Iran and other world powers designed to curtail
Iran’s nuclear program is effective and would work if
implemented, U.S. Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz said on
Wednesday.

“I think we’ve established a very strong set of parameters
around the agreement,” Moniz said at the IHS CERAWeek conference
in Houston, the world’s largest gathering of oil executives.
“It’s a long term process with constraints coming off at various
time frames as confidence improves” in Iran’s nuclear
intentions.

Apr 21, 2015

Statoil pushes oil industry to take bold climate steps

HOUSTON, April 21 (Reuters) – The oil and natural gas
industry cannot ignore climate change and must support work to
help curb its effects through a carbon tax, increased natural
gas production and other means, Statoil ASA Chief
Executive Eldar Sætre said on Tuesday.

It was the strongest stance yet from the leader of a major
oil producer on the need to limit carbon emissions. Some major
energy companies, especially in Europe, have been pushing for an
industry-coordinated response to stem climate change.

Apr 20, 2015

U.S. Interior to look at flexible onshore oil royalty model

HOUSTON, April 20 (Reuters) – The U.S. Department of the
Interior will evaluate whether it should adopt a more flexible
approach to setting the rates for royalties it collects from oil
and natural gas wells on federal land, including the possibility
of granting so-called royalty relief in new areas, Secretary
Sally Jewell said on Monday.

Currently companies that produce oil and gas on federal
lands pay a flat 12.5 percent royalty rate, according to federal
law. In some cases that is far higher than the rate paid on
private land that may be nearby the federal land.

Apr 20, 2015

Evoking Iran, U.S. senator pushes for oil exports

HOUSTON, April 20 (Reuters) – Senator Lisa Murkowski
(R-Alaska) said on Monday she will introduce legislation this
year to allow U.S. crude exports, saying the Obama
administration shouldn’t dare lift sanctions on Iran before
scrapping the U.S. crude export ban.

“It’s time to lift America’s ban on crude oil exports,”
Murkowski said at IHS CERAWeek conference in Houston, the
world’s largest annual gathering of oil executives.

Apr 20, 2015

‘Ducks’ and oil: no need to fear US crude supply deluge

HOUSTON, April 20 (Reuters) – Conventional wisdom holds that
come June a pending $5.3 billion tax break in the No. 2 U.S. oil
producing state, combined with a modest uptick in oil prices,
will unleash a tsunami of new shale crude supply so big that
prices may slump again.

Just one problem with that scenario: oil producers say this
is not going to happen.

Apr 17, 2015

Big U.S. investors push SEC for oil industry to detail risks of climate change

, April 17 (Reuters) – Calpers, the largest
American public pension fund, and nearly 60 other institutional
investors will ask the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission
on Friday to require oil and natural gas companies to publish
detailed analysis of the risks posed by climate change to their
business models.

The letter, also signed several U.S. state treasurers, asks
SEC Chair Mary Jo White to require oil producers to publish
“meaningful, substantive carbon asset risk disclosures,” much in
the way they already disclose information on factors outside
their control, such as commodity and currency price swings.

Apr 14, 2015

EOG has lion’s share of 900 North Dakota wells awaiting fracking

, April 14 (Reuters) – Oil producer EOG
Resources Inc has the lion’s share of an estimated 900
North Dakota wells waiting to be fracked, according to state
data, showing that even major oil titans are mothballing
operations while they hope for a rebound in oil prices.

For months the conventional wisdom in North Dakota’s Bakken
shale formation had been that smaller producers with weak cash
flow comprised the bulk of that estimate.

Apr 14, 2015

North Dakota’s oil output slips again on cheap crude prices

By Ernest Scheyder

WILLISTON, N.D. (Reuters) – North Dakota’s oil production slid for the second month in a row in February as falling crude prices zapped producers’ incentives to keep the spigots fully open, according to data released on Tuesday by the state’s Department of Mineral Resources.

Even more ominous for the No. 2 U.S. oil producer: While the number of producing wells in the state’s four most prolific counties jumped during February, the amount of oil output dropped in each of them.

Apr 8, 2015

Analysis – Shell’s BG purchase could be catalyst needed for U.S. shale deals

HOUSTON (Reuters) – Royal Dutch Shell Plc’s $70 billion (47 billion pounds) agreement to buy BG Group Plc (BG.L: Quote, Profile, Research) may be just the signal that other dealmakers need to make their own energy takeover bets, particularly in the U.S. shale sector.

Bankers and analysts say that Shell’s move is telling potential acquirers that one of the biggest players is now confident enough to make a big play – that the fears of a further big slide in oil and gas prices may be fading.