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Oct 18, 2013

Oklahoma is next destination for shale revolution: Kemp

LONDON, Oct 18 (Reuters) – Oklahoma is emerging as the next
big shale oil play, with production growing faster than in any
other U.S. state apart from Texas and North Dakota.

Thanks in big part to shale, the state’s oil output in May,
June and July hit the highest level since January 1990.

Oct 17, 2013

Sceptics are wrong to bet against shale expansion: Kemp

LONDON, Oct 17 (Reuters) – Sceptics are too quick to dismiss
the potential expansion of horizontal drilling and hydraulic
fracturing to other shale areas in the United States and around
the world.

Based on early setbacks and the slow rate of progress
outside Bakken and Eagle Ford, they doubt whether the revolution
can be replicated. But shale entrepreneurs are
investing heavily to prove them wrong.

Oct 16, 2013

Why shale plays really are different: Kemp

LONDON, Oct 16 (Reuters) – North Dakota’s rapidly rising oil
output continues to defy the sceptics, who have predicted that
production would stop growing as declining output from existing
wells offsets extra production from new drilling.

Oil production soared to 911,000 barrels per day in August,
up more than 200,000 bpd compared with the same month last year,
the state’s Department of Mineral Resources (DMR) said this
week.

Oct 4, 2013

powered trains could arrive by 2017: Kemp

LONDON, Oct 4 (Reuters) – LNG-powered locomotives could be
in widespread use on North American railroads as early as 2016
or 2017, according to Railway Age, one of the industry’s leading
technical publications – which is far sooner than most energy
analysts expect.

Burlington Northern Santa Fe (BNSF) railroad, owned by
Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway, made headlines earlier this
year when it announced it would begin experimenting with an
LNG-fuelled locomotive and might in future switch a large
proportion of its train fleet from diesel to cleaner-burning and
cheaper natural gas.

Oct 3, 2013

Divided judges nudge BP lawsuit closer to U.S. Supreme Court: Kemp

LONDON, Oct 3 (Reuters) – BP has finally found a
court prepared to look sympathetically on its arguments about
the eligibility and calculation of compensation claims stemming
from the Deepwater Horizon oil spill.

In the ruling published on Wednesday, a panel of three
federal judges from the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals instructed
the U.S. District Court in New Orleans to look again at whether
the class-action settlement requires claims for business
economic losses to be based on accrual rather than cash
accounting.

Oct 2, 2013

Commodity markets will go dark if shutdown continues: Kemp

LONDON, Oct 2 (Reuters) – If the U.S. government shutdown
continues for more than a few days, commodity markets will find
themselves flying blind, as the public servants responsible for
producing statistics on which traders and investors rely are
sent home.

The Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) said Tuesday
it will not publish the commitments of traders and other market
reports during the shutdown, depriving participants in the
world’s biggest derivative markets for energy and agricultural
products of price-moving information about the positions of
other producers, consumers and speculators.

Oct 1, 2013

Welcome to the US Gulf Coast, home of CO2 storage: Kemp

LONDON, Oct 1 (Reuters) – Giant sedimentary basins
underneath the United States have the capacity to store 500
years’ worth of the country’s energy-related carbon dioxide
emissions, and the biggest are located in the traditional
petroleum producing states along the Gulf Coast, according to
U.S. government scientists.

Capturing carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions from large
stationary sources like power plants and cement factories and
storing them deep underground in porous rock formations is
“critical” for reducing greenhouse gases according to the
International Energy Agency.

Sep 27, 2013

Britain’s Miliband throws grenade into energy policy: Kemp

LONDON, Sept 27 (Reuters) – With his promise to freeze
utility bills if his party wins the next parliamentary election,
Labour leader Ed Miliband has lobbed a metaphorical grenade into
the heart of the country’s delicate political consensus on
energy and climate change.

Despite fierce disagreements over some details, such as the
siting of wind farms and how to finance new nuclear power
stations, there is a high degree of consensus among Britain’s
three big political parties, at least at leadership level, as
well as business groups and environmental campaigners over the
broad outlines of energy and climate policy.

Sep 25, 2013

Playing politics with energy bills in Britain: Kemp

LONDON, Sept 25 (Reuters) – Britain’s Labour Party has
seized the initiative by promising to freeze gas and electricity
prices for 20 months if it wins the next general election, due
in May 2015, putting utilities and its political opponents on
the defensive.

Price freezes may be poor policy, perhaps even
irresponsible, but as a way to seize political advantage the
pledge was a master-stroke, pushing questions about the cost of
living to the top of the political agenda.

Sep 24, 2013

Energy efficiency bill threatens to sink in Senate swamp: Kemp

LONDON, Sept 24 (Reuters) – The Energy Savings and
Industrial Competitiveness Act (S 1392) is the sort of dull but
worthy law that should easily pass the U.S. Senate, even in an
era of extreme partisan polarisation.

Running to 48 pages, the bill, co-authored by Democrat
Jeanne Shaheen from New Hampshire and Republican Rob Portman
from Ohio, would encourage more energy efficiency by
strengthening voluntary building codes, helping train workers,
and directing the Energy Department to work closely with the
private sector on energy efficient manufacturing.

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      "John joined Reuters in 2008 as one of its first financial columnists, specialising in commodities and energy. While his main focus is on oil markets, he has written broadly on the emergence of commodities as an asset class, regulatory issues and macroeconomic themes. Before joining Reuters, John spent seven years as a senior analyst for Sempra Commodities (now part of JP Morgan) covering base metals and crude oil. Previously, he worked as an analyst on world trade, banking and financial regulation for consultancy Oxford Analytica."
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