LONDON, May 8 (Reuters) – Underground disposal of waste
water produced from oil and natural gas wells has been blamed
for triggering thousands of small earthquakes in Oklahoma and a
number of other U.S. states since 2009.
Heightened seismic activity corresponds closely with the
timeframe and location of increased drilling and hydraulic
fracturing across the southwest United States, according to the
U.S. Geological Survey (“Incorporating induced seismicity in the
2014 United States national seismic hazard model”, 2015).
LONDON, May 6 (Reuters) – U.S. refineries are running at
near-record levels to turn the glut of crude into gasoline and
other refined fuels ahead of the summer driving season.
U.S. refineries processed an average of 16.347 million
barrels per day (bpd) last week, an increase of almost 250,000
bpd compared with the previous week.
LONDON, May 5 (Reuters) – U.S. gasoline demand is running
around 300,000 barrels per day above last year’s level, as lower
pump prices and continued economic expansion encourage motorists
to use their cars more.
Estimates for gasoline supplied to U.S. customers published
by the Energy Information Administration (EIA) show demand
consistently running above the same point in 2014 (link.reuters.com/wav64w).
LONDON, May 1 (Reuters) – Market participants expect the
price of Brent to average around $75 per barrel through the rest
of the decade, not much above the current level.
Spot Brent prices have risen around $20 per barrel from
their mid-January low, from $46 to $66, an increase of more than
LONDON, April 30 (Reuters) – California’s gasoline sales are
rising rapidly as cheaper fuel, rising consumer confidence and a
steadily improving economy encourage motorists to use their cars
Fuel wholesalers reported sales of 1.216 billion gallons of
gasoline in January, up by 3.6 percent or 42 million gallons
compared with the same month a year earlier.
LONDON, April 29 (Reuters) – By focusing on operational
improvements, shipping companies are reducing fuel consumption,
saving money and cutting greenhouse emissions, while continuing
to increase the amount of freight transported.
Maersk Line, the world’s largest container carrier, cut fuel
consumption by more than 13 percent between 2012 and 2014, while
increasing the number of boxes carried by 11 percent, according
to company records.
LONDON, April 28 (Reuters) – Flying has become less energy
intensive than driving, at least in the United States, according
to the surprising findings of an analysis of energy consumption
by the University of Michigan’s Transportation Research
Transporting one person a distance of one mile by aircraft
consumed on average the energy equivalent to 2,465 British
thermal units (BTUs), compared with 4,211 BTUs for moving one
person one mile by car, in 2012.
LONDON, April 27 (Reuters) – “Downing Street has discreetly
let it be known in the City that it would oppose any takeover of
BP,” the Financial Times reported on Sunday.
The prime minister’s office has signalled it would make life
difficult for any bidder, although no bid has been mooted yet,
the newspaper said (“UK ministers make Gallic gesture to keep
the British in BP”, April 26).
LONDON, April 22 (Reuters) – Global oil demand is set to
rise by 1 million or even 1.5 million barrels per day (bpd) in
2015, according to a range of forecasters.
Coupled with a fall in shale output in the second half of
the year, as the decline in the U.S. rig count takes effect,
that should be enough to bring the oil market near to balance by
LONDON, April 21 (Reuters) – Lower oil prices are sharply
reducing the cost of shipping merchandise from Asia to the
United States and Europe as the cost of bunker fuel tumbles.
Container shipping companies deal with the volatility in
fuel prices by adding a separate bunker adjustment factor or
fuel surcharge to their freight rates.