LONDON (Reuters) – Trains carrying oil or ethanol have derailed and caught fire at more than a dozen locations across the United States and Canada in the last five years.
Train fires have prompted a fierce debate about the risks of moving large volumes of highly flammable liquids across the rail network and who should be responsible for improving safety.
LONDON (Reuters) – Demand for oil is intimately connected to the demand for transportation in the United States and the other advanced industrial economies.
Cars, trucks, airlines, railways and shipping accounted for 71 percent of total U.S. oil consumption in 2013, according to the U.S. Bureau of Transportation Statistics.
LONDON, March 17 (Reuters) – Demand for oil is intimately
connected to the demand for transportation in the United States
and the other advanced industrial economies.
Cars, trucks, airlines, railways and shipping accounted for
71 percent of total U.S. oil consumption in 2013, according to
the U.S. Bureau of Transportation Statistics.
LONDON, March 16 (Reuters) – Fuel demand in Texas is growing
strongly as lower oil prices encourage motorists to use their
vehicles more and buy larger replacements.
Receipts of motor fuel taxes in February 2015 were 6 percent
higher than in the same month in 2014, according to the Texas
Comptroller of Public Accounts.
LONDON, March 12 (Reuters) – Britain’s North Sea oil and gas
operators are mounting an impressive lobbying campaign to win
tax concessions and other government help ahead of the final
budget of this parliament on March 18.
In an editorial in Thursday’s Financial Times newspaper
endorsed the idea of “a new deal to keep North Sea oil flowing”.
The newspaper wants the complex system of tax allowances to be
simplified, rates cut, and more risk-sharing between exploration
companies and taxpayers.
LONDON, March 11 (Reuters) – Oil watchers have spent much of
the last two months speculating about whether overproduction and
the rapid accumulation of crude oil inventories in the United
States would cause storage space to run out and trigger another
fall in spot prices.
Commercial crude stocks held at refineries, tank farms and
in pipelines across the United States have surged by more than
63 million barrels, an average of more than 6 million barrels
per week, this year and are at their highest since the 1930s,
according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA).
LONDON, March 10 (Reuters) – U.S. shale producers are
falling behind in the Red Queen’s Race as the downturn in
drilling means that new oil production is failing offset falling
output from existing wells.
The famous race is named after the scene from Lewis
Carroll’s novel “Through the Looking-Glass”, in which the Red
Queen warns Alice: “It takes all the running you can do, to keep
in the same place. If you want to get somewhere else, you must
run twice as fast.”
LONDON, March 9 (Reuters) – Two more serious derailments and
fires involving trains carrying crude oil in the past week
confirm there is a serious problem with the safety culture on
North American railroads.
The latest fiery derailments occurred in northern Illinois
involving a train operated by BNSF and northern Ontario
involving a train operated by Canadian National Railway.
NEW YORK, March 4 (Reuters) – The United States produced a
record 25.7 trillion cubic feet of natural gas in 2014 according
to preliminary estimates published by the Energy Information
Administration (EIA) on Feb 27.
Gas production has risen 27 percent since 2008 even though
the number of rigs employed drilling for gas has declined by
more than 80 percent over the same period (link.reuters.com/sub34w).
LONDON (Reuters) – More than ever before, U.S. shale producers are becoming the victims of outdated restrictions on the export of crude oil from the United States.
Export controls have ensured the most oversupplied part of the global oil market is at home in the United States.