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Battle brewing in Congress over energy royalties

WASHINGTON – Now that Hurricane Isaac has passed, a political storm is brewing in Congress over a new effort by coastal lawmakers to secure a larger share of federal royalties from energy production off their shores to fund projects such as flood protection.

September 14, 2012 | BY RICHARD SIMON Los Angeles Times (MCT) | Oil & Gas


Oil drilling begins off northwest Alaska shore

SEATTLE – A potential new energy frontier opened early Sunday in the U.S. Arctic as Royal Dutch Shell plumbed a drill bit into the bed of the Chukchi Sea, 70 miles off the coast of northwest Alaska.

September 13, 2012 | BY KIM MURPHY Los Angeles Times (MCT) | Oil & Gas


Iran learns to deal with sanctions — for now

WASHINGTON – To continue selling crude oil to India, Iran is accepting payment in rice, medicine, engineering supplies and steel.

September 13, 2012 | BY SHASHANK BENGALI Los Angeles Times (MCT) | Oil & Gas


Paul Ryan takes on Obama’s energy policies in Colorado

LAKEWOOD, Colo. – Colorado has long been an epicenter of the energy industry, with oil and gas harvested in its western slope, hydraulic fracturing in the northeast and wind farms producing energy on its eastern plains.

August 17, 2012 | BY ALANA SEMUELS Los Angeles Times (MCT) | Oil & Gas


US offers tentative plan to put pipeline across National Petroleum Reserve in Alaska

SEATTLE – The U.S. Interior Department opened the door to the possibility of an oil pipeline across the National Petroleum Reserve in Alaska and to oil and gas leasing on 11.8 million acres of it.

August 17, 2012 | BY KIM MURPHY Los Angeles Times (MCT) | Oil & Gas


Investigator says Chevron refinery fire ‘near disaster’ for workers

RICHMOND, Calif. – More than a dozen workers were nearly killed when the vapor cloud that sparked Monday's massive Chevron refinery fire engulfed them as they worked on a leaky, four-decades-old pipe that the oil giant had not replaced during a round of maintenance last year, federal investigators said Saturday.

August 17, 2012 | BY MATTHIAS GAFNI and SEAN MAHER Contra Costa Times (MCT) | Oil & Gas


Arctic drilling: Groups challenge Shell oil spill response plans

SEATTLE – In an effort to hold oil companies to a higher standard in the Arctic Ocean, a coalition of conservation groups announced Monday that they are suing to challenge the federal government's approval of oil spill cleanup plans for Shell Alaska's upcoming operations in the Beaufort and Chukchi seas.

July 14, 2012 | BY KIM MURPHY Los Angeles Times (MCT) | Oil & Gas


Natural gas growth adds strain to state regulators

WASHINGTON – The surging natural gas industry has sparked a hiring frenzy in Ohio.

July 12, 2012 | BY JIM MALEWITZ Stateline.org | Oil & Gas


Shell may be ready for the Arctic, but its oil spill barge isn’t

SEATTLE – A unique ice-class barge designed to clean up any oil spills that might result from Shell Alaska's upcoming operations in the Arctic Ocean has so far failed to acquire final U.S. Coast Guard certification. Engineers from the oil company say it's no longer appropriate to require them to meet the rigorous weather standards originally proposed.

July 11, 2012 | BY KIM MURPHY Los Angeles Times (MCT) | Oil & Gas


Area intents to drill listed

Below are the intent to drill for oil permits in the area filed with the Kansas Corporation Commission in the past 90 days. The information is listed in this order: File name, permit date, section, township, range, east/west, district number, license and company.

July 10, 2012 | | Oil & Gas


Senator questions why refineries cut production

WASHINGTON (MCT) – West Coast oil refiners cut gasoline production after a fire earlier this year at a Washington state refinery, creating a supply shortage that's left West Coast motorists now paying very high prices at a time when the rest of the nation is seeing prices plunge, according to an influential senator and a veteran energy analyst.

June 09, 2012 | | Oil & Gas


Canada will pursue trade with China regardless of U.S. energy policies

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (MCT) – Let's be clear at the outset, the Obama administration's decision to delay building part of the Keystone XL pipeline has contributed to Canadian public dialogue about the need to seek alternative markets for its oil reserves.

June 09, 2012 | | Oil & Gas


An energy policy that shuns Canadian oil will push America’s best ally into the arms of China

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (MCT) – U.S. energy policies – specifically President Obama's delay of a decision pending further environmental-impact study for a part of the Keystone Pipeline – are pushing Canada into a closer trading relationship with China.

June 09, 2012 | | Oil & Gas


New energy reality

We are an energy rich nation! New discoveries, enhanced production technologies, and efficiency improvements mean we have more oil and natural gas resources than anyone thought possible just 20 years ago.

March 15, 2012 | BY EDWARD CROSS President, Kansas Independent Oil & Gas Association | Oil & Gas


Stocks up on guarded optimism

NEW YORK (MCT) – U.S. stocks gained Thursday, with the S&P 500 extending its advance into a fourth day, as investors held out hopes that Europe would muddle through its debt troubles.

January 15, 2012 | BY KATE GIBSON MarketWatch | Oil & Gas


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BY RALPH VARTABEDIAN

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Recent drilling permits reported

Below are the intent to drill for oil permits in the area filed with the Kansas Corporation Commission in the past 90 days. The information is listed in this order: File name, permit date, section, township, range, east/west, district number, license and company.

March 13, 2015 | Dale Hogg | Oil & Gas


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