North America
Big Oil set for Senate finance committee show-down
10 May 2011
US oil executives are preparing for a face-off with the Senate finance committee on Thursday as lawmakers called on the industry to defend tax breaks worth an estimated $4 billion a year, even as consumers face rising gasoline prices
Industry riled by ‘no we can’t’ US energy policy
5 May 2011
Representatives of the US offshore industry are demanding that the Obama administration lift political obstacles to exploration
Texas governor asks Clinton to back Keystone XL
7 April 2011
Texas governor Rick Perry has written to US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton asking her to approve a controversial pipeline from the Canadian oil sands to the US Gulf coast
US corporate transparency legislation: Lifting the veil
31 March 2011
The oil industry is worried that new US corporate-transparency legislation will undermine the EITI and its strategy of good governance
Energy policy: A state of disunion in the US
24 February 2011
President Obama's plans to green the US economy face political and financial obstacles
What they said about Obama's State of the Union address
24 February 2011
Opinions on the SOU, energy and the US economy from across the industry and political spectrum
The US: A gas market turned on its head
24 February 2011
US LNG-import terminals are signing agreements to export North American gas, but many variables affect the economics of these potentially risky ventures
What the spill commission didn't say about Deepwater Horizon
27 January 2011
Obama's White House has failed to deliver the energy-policy reform the US needs
After the US mid-terms
28 October 2010
US energy policy remains President Obama's number-one priority, but with control of Congress in the balance, it will remain in limbo
$80/b oil: An obstacle to US economic recovery
28 October 2010
US unemployment data suggest the country's economic recovery remains weak. This will weigh on world energy markets in the coming months
China and Canada building bridges
28 October 2010
Canada is under mounting pressure to decide how far it will allow foreign state ownership of natural resources
Worried, big oil fights back
30 September 2010
The US oil and gas industry's leading trade association has launched a powerful campaign aimed at mobilising Americans to oppose legislation it says would hinder economic growth, cost jobs and erode energy security
Who's who in the congressional climate-change battle
1 September 2010
THE US' debate over GHG emissions has become as heated as the effect of those emissions on the earth's air and oceans. Emotions have been running high as fierce advocates of both sides of the issue take their battle to the House and Senate floor
US Congress looks at spill-liability limits
1 September 2010
COSTS associated with BP's massive oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico have already risen to more than $6bn, including over $300m to compensate people and businesses adversely affected by the incident
United States: Obama misses opportunity on climate change
1 July 2010
PRESIDENT Barack Obama addressed the US from the Oval Office last month, intending to reframe the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico in terms of a push for legislation on climate change. He failed
Gulf oil slick: A potential boon for Canada
1 July 2010
A ban on drilling offshore the US and the likely stiffer regulation on oil and gas companies to come should mean a greater reliance on Canadian energy
US: Impact of BP's slick spreads to the authorities
3 June 2010
The Minerals Management Service (MMS), the body blamed for ineffectual oversight of deep-water drilling in the Gulf, is to break up
United States: Obama reveals offshore development strategy
4 May 2010
THE LONG-awaited strategy for energy exploration and development in US coastal waters is a comprehensive plan that Interior Department secretary Ken Salazar hailed as "a new direction" for the Outer Continental Shelf (OCS)
Unites States: EPA expands greenhouse-gas reporting rule
4 May 2010
The proposal would cover all production, transmission, processing and other facilities that produce at least 25,000 tonnes of CO2-equivalent of fugitive and vented emissions each year. Companies would begin collecting data on 1 January 2011, and would submit reports each year, beginning 13 March 2012
We must change: Alberta's peace overture to energy sector
6 April 2010
The long-awaited competitiveness review of Alberta's oil and gas royalty rates offers a new tone, but the details are still obscure
We've lagged behind the US and now we need to catch up, says Capp
6 April 2010
The Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers says changes to Alberta's oil and gas royalty system are needed to encourage investment
Finding gives US EPA power to regulate greenhouse-gas emissions
1 February 2010
The US government has authorised itself to regulate greenhouse-gas emissions, with potentially costly consequences for the oil and power sectors
SEC oil reserves-reporting changes: now for the fun part
4 January 2010
The US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) last month introduced updated guidelines for its system for oil and gas reserves-evaluation, the most commonly used accounting standard
Canada's climate-change wait
4 January 2010
Forget Copenhagen. The climate-change decisions that will affect Canada's oil and gas industries will come from another capital – and it isn't Ottawa, writes Derek Brower