COMMENT: US can learn from European experience with cap and trade
Cap-and-trade responses to climate change are in place in Europe and are in prospect in the US.
Bodman criticizes gasoline tax suspension pitch
US Secretary of Energy Samuel W. Bodman has criticized a call by both Republic Party presumptive nominee Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) and Sen. Hillary Clinton (D-NY) for a suspension of the 18.4¢/gal federal gasoline tax during the US summer driving season.
WATCHING GOVERNMENT: Wyoming Range leasing resisted
When the US Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee sent 45 public land, forest, park, and water bills to the floor on May 7, the measures included closure of 1.2 million federal acres in Wyoming to future oil and gas leasing.
Senate, House approve bills to suspend SPR crude oil purchases
The US Senate and House overwhelmingly approved bills on May 13 to suspend crude oil purchases for the Strategic Petroleum Reserve through the end of 2008 unless prices fall below $75/bbl for 90 days.
OTC: Dialogue with consumer groups can influence policy
The oil and gas industry is headed for an energy policy “train wreck” unless it can successfully communicate with and engage the public in a way that will influence governmental actions favorable to the realistic provision of energy, said Consumer Energy Alliance Vice-Pres. Michael Whatley at the Offshore Technology Conference in Houston May 8.
Refiners’ storm plans greatly improved, NPRA says
Refiners have greatly enhanced their storm preparation procedures in the wake of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, reported National Petrochemical & Refiners Association Pres. Charles T. Drevna to a US Senate committee May 13.
WATCHING THE WORLD: A shamrock or shillelagh?
Believe it or not, in Ireland’s County Mayo they’re still arguing over the route of the pipeline Shell E&P Ireland wants to construct from offshore Corrib gas field (OGJ, Nov. 20, 2006, p. 30).
OTC: Natural gas hydrates research active, promising
Methane hydrates research has made unexpected strides since 2000, but technical and economic obstacles have to be resolved before hydrates production can be proved feasible, a speaker told the Offshore Technology Conference in Houston on May 8.
COMPANY NEWS: EnCana plans split into separate oil, gas companies
The board of Canadian oil and natural gas company EnCana Corp. has approved a proposal to split along distinct business linesoil and gasto create two Calgary-based energy firms.
PERSONNEL MOVES AND PROMOTIONS: Dragon Oil appoints chief executive officer
Dragon Oil PLC has appointed Abdul-Jaleel Al-Khalifa as chief executive officer.