Category: ‘ Energy Supply ’

 

Latin America, Heavy Crude, and Resource Nationalism

Mexico nationalized its oil industry in 1938, expropriating foreign assets and forming a decisive monopoly around exploration, production, refining, and distribution. In 1975, Venezuela did the same thing while retaining the r...

Harsh Arctic Conditions Test Industry’s Capabilities

Federal regulators this week received Royal Dutch Shell’s application to bore an exploratory well in the Arctic waters of the Chukchi Sea. Although the company has not made any final decisions, the application, filed with th...

China Seeks to Replicate Shale Boom in Quest for Natural Gas

Here in the United States, oil and gas extraction via hydraulic fracturing remains somewhat controversial from an environmental perspective. But right now, China is hoping that a shale gas revolution will bring significant environ...

Hurricanes Pose Continued Threat to Gulf of Mexico Fuel Production

As summer heats up, more Americans spend time venturing into the great outdoors. So many, in fact, that 41 million people traveled 50 miles or more during the Fourth of July holiday, a 2 percent increase over last year. As vacatio...

DOT Buckles Down on Crude by Rail

Today, the Department of Transportation (DOT) issued long-awaited proposed rules to improve the transportation of various materials including crude oil, ethanol, and other hazardous materials. In making the announcement, Transport...

Understanding Crude Quality in the Strategic Petroleum Reserve

With ISIS militants targeting Baghdad and possibly Basra, the threat of a significant disruption to Iraqi oil supplies is very real. Given OPEC’s current razor-thin spare capacity, SAFE’s latest issue brief finds that a major ...

Scalpel Sanctions: Targeting the future of Russian energy

Ineffective Russian sanctions got you down? It’s no wonder. For fear of disrupting the global economy, leaders in the United States and the European Union have thus far come short of hitting Russia where it hurts: oil and gas ex...

Oil Dependence: Bad actors, good solutions

Two energy-related reports were publicized this week, which might not appear to be all that “linked” at first glance. However, the two illustrate one of the most severe threats stemming from oil dependence, and one of the most...

When Frackers Disappoint

According to legal and energy experts, the fracking landscape has been permanently changed by the verdict of the “first fracking trial,” a recent court ruling that finds small independent operator Aruba Petroleum accountab...

Ohio, Fracking, and Earthquakes: Taking a Prudent Approach

It’s been announced recently that Ohio has tightened hydraulic fracturing regulations on findings from the state’s Department of Natural Resources linking drilling to seismic activity. The connection between earthquakes a...
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