-- Outlook for global LNG trade growth dims just when it needs to The outlook for global gas trade has dimmed of late, largely because the Asian economic downturn caused expectations for LNG demand in that region to lose their luster. But that may not be such a bad thing after all, given the growing likelihood of a big surplus in LNG capacity emerging in the coming decade.
-- Crude prices Energy Sec. Bill Richardson has come under fire for saying the Clinton administration would take ?whatever steps are necessary? to thwart rising oil prices.
-- Royalty rule moratorium White House and congressional negotiators have agreed to changes in the Interior Department Appropriations bill that would allow the Minerals Management Service to issue its controversial royalty reform rule Mar. 15.