Watching Government: Obama's ozone remarks

When he addressed the Business Roundtable on Sept. 15, US President Barack Obama acknowledged there could be problems for states and cities when the US Environmental Protection Agency issues possibly more stringent ozone rules on Oct. 1. Source: News

White House not inclined to end crude oil export ban, official says

The White House believes a decision on whether to end a 40-year-old ban on exports of US-produced crude oil should come from the US Department of Commerce instead of the Oval Office, White House Press Sec. Josh Earnest said. Source: News

Owning the agenda

Senate Democrats and former Sec. of State Hillary Clinton have joined US President Barack Obama’s escalating campaign to sacrifice welfare from fossil energy to newly sanctified fear about climate change. Source: News

Poland's energy challenge

Amid the economic chaos of the past decade that has befallen Europe, Poland has managed a steady, uninterrupted climb.  Source: News

Cheetah exploration well off Cameroon proves noncommercial

Noble Energy Inc.’s Cheetah exploration well in the Tilapia license offshore Cameroon reached the targeted Cretaceous interval, encountering both crude oil and natural gas shows in multiple noncommercial reservoir sands. Source: News

BHI: Recent downward shift continues for US rig count

The US drilling rig count fell 4 units to 838 rigs working during the week ended Sept. 25, marking the fifth straight week of declines, according to data from Baker Hughes Inc. Source: News

North Dakota regulators give Bakken producers extension to meet flaring requirements

The North Dakota Industrial Commission (NDIC) gave the oil and gas industry 10 extra months to reduce the amount of associated natural gas flared at oil wells, citing industry’s comments that pipeline construction delays have made it all but impossible to meet existing targets. Source: News

Walker calls Alaska legislature into special session on gas issues

Alaska Gov. Bill Walker (I) called the state legislature into special session starting Oct. 24 to discuss natural gas pipeline issues. He asked lawmakers in his Sept. 24 proclamation to consider reinstating a tax on undeveloped Alaska North Slope gas reserves, and exercising the state’s option to acquire TransCanada Corp.’s interest in the Alaska LNG […]

Thai operator plans revamp, restart of idled Louisiana ethylene cracker

Indorama Ventures Olefins LLC (IVO), a subsidiary of Thailand’s Indorama Ventures Public Co. Ltd. (IVL), Bangkok, has entered an agreement to buy, renovate, and restart a dormant ethane cracker in Carlyss, La., just west of Lake Charles in Calcasieu Parish. Source: News