North America
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
The emerging energy superpower
1 September 2009
Canada's oil and gas industry is surviving the economic downturn. The boom times may be over, but stories of a bust are wide of the mark
Obama set to reinvigorate climate-change talks
25 November 2008
Under Barack Obama, the US will introduce its own cap-and-trade greenhouse-gas emissions scheme and take centre stage in international climate talks, writes Tom Nicholls
Tide could be turning for troubled US ethanol industry
25 November 2008
Volatile corn and ethanol prices have hit industry profits, but the election of Barack Obama could bring a reversal of fortunes, writes Anne Feltus
Confusion reigns over energy policy
1 November 2008
October's federal election barely changed the balance of power, but the Conservative party's energy plans face growing opposition, writes WJ Simpson
Testing times for Alberta's oil sands
1 November 2008
With project costs rising and credit hard to secure, forecasts for oil-sands production are being scaled back, writes WJ Simpson
US GOM: Rig market stalls development
1 October 2008
Despite a rush to build new vessels, a lack of ultra-deep-water drilling units will hinder GOM development for at least four years, writes Anne Feltus
Petro-Canada's operational struggles
1 October 2008
Cost inflation in the oil sands and a mixed performance elsewhere are disappointing Petro-Canada's investors. Derek Brower reports
The energy election
1 October 2008
John McCain and Barack Obama both want the US to buy less foreign oil. Will the Republicans' wish to open the country's offshore to drillers make a difference? Derek Brower reports
Alberta's chronicler
1 September 2008
David Finch's historical perspective on Canada's energy sector has made him a prominent commentator on Alberta's oil patch. But he still found time to take a canoe trip with Petroleum Economist. Derek Brower braved Calgary's Bow River
What's driving the US?
1 August 2008
Americans' taste in motor vehicles are changing in response to high oil prices and climate change, writes Anne Feltus