International News for old and gas professionals
Last summer this editor had the opportunity to visit two corporate-backed oil and gas apprenticeship programs in Scotland. Aberdeen College and Forth Valley College offer programs to recent high school graduates which over the course of their college career train them for a particular position at a particular company.
The US Bureau of Ocean Energy Management has described conditions under which it might consider allowing geologic and geophysical studies off the eastern US south of New Jersey.
Demand for all types of energy continues to increase as oil and gas companies adapt to handle the ever-rising costs of finding and producing hydrocarbons, said the chief executive officers of Chevron Corp. and BHP Billiton during the IHS CERAWeek conference on Mar. 4.
US Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alas.) told IHS CERAWeek participants on Mar. 3 that she plans to ask the US Energy Information Administration for an economic analysis regarding the lifting of the ban on crude oil exports.
The US holds ample reserves of natural gas to help supply rising world gas demand, particularly for gas-fired electric power generation in Asia, speakers told the IHS CERAWeek energy conference during the Mar. 5 opening gas keynote speech and the global gas plenary.
Russia's Energy Minister Alexander Novak cancelled his Mar. 4 appearance at IHS CERAWeek given rising tensions between Russia and the Ukraine, and conference panelists discussed the emerging geopolitical situation and what it might mean for energy.
An American Petroleum Institute official and two Republican US senators separately called for accelerated US LNG exports in response to the Russian-Ukrainian confrontation over control of the Crimean Peninsula.
The White House proposed repealing six federal tax code provisions it considers unnecessary breaks for the oil and gas industry in its fiscal 2015 budget request.
The US Department of State substantially followed prescribed guidance—and sometimes exceeded it—when it selected Environmental Resource Management Inc. (ERM) to help prepare a supplemental environmental impact statement for the proposed Keystone XL crude oil pipeline, a DOS Office of Inspector General investigation concluded.
US House Ways and Means Committee Chairman David L. Camp (R-Mich.) released a federal tax reform proposal that quickly drew fire from oil and gas associations because it called for repealing several provisions much of the industry considers essential.
The US Environmental Protection Agency has reached an agreement to settle a lawsuit filed by community groups in Texas and Louisiana forcing it to review, and if necessary, revise formulas that refineries and chemical plants use to report toxic emission levels.
The US Department of Transportation issued an emergency order requiring shippers to test Bakken crude oil to ensure it is properly classified before being transported by rail.
Alberta's oil sands producers have monitored emissions for potential public health impacts with the province's government for a while, the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers said.
The US oil and gas drilling boom is creating jobs far faster than the general economy and generating enough wealth to prevent a lapse back into recession, according to a report by the conservative Manhattan Institute.
Industrial Europe has challenged Environmental Europe over the price of reengineering energy use in deference to climate.