Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau appears to be following through on his pre-election promise of banning crude-oil tanker traffic. In a mandate letter published Nov. 13, Trudeau requested Transportation Minister Marc Garneau to “formalize a moratorium on crude-oil tanker traffic on British Columbia’s North Coast.” continue reading
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency wants natural gas-processing plants to be required to report toxic chemicals released from their sites for inclusion in the federal Toxics Release Inventory (TRI). continue reading
The U.S. Dept. of Energy’s Fossil Energy Office (FEO) recently announced that the Utica Shale could hold more oil and natural gas than previously thought.
The announcement comes after a two-year study led by West Virginia University, and funded by the Dept. of Energy’s National Energy Technology Laboratories (NETL) and 14 industry members of the Utica Shale Appalachian Basin Exploration Consortium released estimates of technically recoverable volumes of nearly two billion barrels of crude oil and 782 trillion cubic feet of natural gas. continue reading
Oil-industry representatives are pleased with preliminary research and comments by several federal agencies showing that Bakken crude has been unfairly singled out in North Dakota crude-oil volatility safety discussions. continue reading
U.S. Oil Sands, a Canadian company, is about to make history. For the first time, commercially extracting petroleum from sticky, black, tar-soaked sand is about to begin in the United States. continue reading