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Window Closing on Colorado Initiative 97: Voter Signature Collection Period Ends this Weekend

Window Closing on Colorado Initiative 97: Voter Signature Collection Period Ends this Weekend

Initiative 97 imposes a mandatory statewide minimum 2,500-foot drilling setback, also cedes power to local governments to increase setbacks This is the final week for environmental activist groups 350.org and Colorado Rising to gather signatures for Colorado ballot initiative 97. It’s the initiative that asks voters to change existing state law to impose a 2,500-foot setback on new oil and[Read More…]

August 1, 2018 - 1:42 pm 360 Articles, Closing Bell Story, Fracing, Politics, Regulatory
Colorado 2,500-Foot Setback Initiative 97 Enters the Stretch, Proponents Accelerate Grassroots Campaign

Colorado 2,500-Foot Setback Initiative 97 Enters the Stretch, Proponents Accelerate Grassroots Campaign

Extremely well-organized ‘keep it in the ground’ groups tell like-minded voters exactly what to do to get initiative 97 on the ballot, what to say at the COGCC hearing  “We’re calling on the COGCC to prioritize public health and safety over profit – and to get on the right side of history” – 350 Colorado campaign promoting initiative 97 Campaign[Read More…]

July 17, 2018 - 2:57 pm 360 Articles, Closing Bell Story, Fracing, Politics, Regulatory
Colorado Regulator Outlines Disruption if Proposed 2,500 Foot Setback Rule Makes the 2018 Ballot, Wins Voter Approval

Colorado Regulator Outlines Disruption if Proposed 2,500 Foot Setback Rule Makes the 2018 Ballot, Wins Voter Approval

Of the 7 million acres of non-federal land in Colorado’s top oil and gas producing counties, proposed initiative #97 would exclude 6.5 million acres from drilling and development An estimated 54% of Colorado’s total land surface would be unavailable for new oil and gas development by adopting the buffer zone setbacks and federal land exemption proposed by initiative #97, according[Read More…]

July 16, 2018 - 7:57 am 360 Articles, Closing Bell Story, E&P, Law, Politics
Present Day Middle Eastern Game of Thrones – Part Two

Present Day Middle Eastern Game of Thrones – Part Two

[EDITOR’S NOTE: this is the final installment of the OAG360 story in which Helen El Mallakh, director of the International Research Center for Energy and Economic Development (ICEED), discusses the changing political scene and the shifting geopolitical sands that are challenging the balance of oil producers in the Middle East. El Mallakh was keynote speaker at the Energy Finance Discussion[Read More…]

Present Day Middle Eastern Game of Thrones – Part One

Present Day Middle Eastern Game of Thrones – Part One

“The Middle East shapes energy politics, energy crises, and it has a huge impact on geopolitics” – Helen El Mallakh Ahead of the upcoming 174th OPEC meeting in Vienna, Austria, (scheduled for Friday, June 22, and immediately followed by the fourth OPEC/non-OPEC ministerial meeting Saturday), Helen El Mallakh, director of the International Research Center for Energy and Economic Development (ICEED)[Read More…]

"El Merk, Algeria, March 2013: The CPF


Photo by Mike Goldwater"

Canada’s Proposed Bill C-69 Would Require Energy Project Environmental Assessments to Take Climate Change into Account

Bill gives cabinet and environment minister final power to approve or reject a project regardless of the findings of an environment assessment In February 2018, Catherine McKenna, the federal Minister of Environment and Climate Change, introduced Bill C-69. The bill may replace the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act of 2012 (CEAA 2012) with the Impact Assessment Act. McKenna claimed the new[Read More…]

Africa’s Largest non-OPEC Producer is on a Roll

Africa’s Largest non-OPEC Producer is on a Roll

Egypt is the largest non-OPEC oil producer in Africa and the third-largest dry natural gas producer on the continent, according to the EIA’s newest report on Egypt. In recent years, the country has seen political instability accompanied by growing power demand and a recovering energy industry. Natural gas supply shortages often cause frequent blackouts in Egypt – and 2011’s political[Read More…]

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A Minimum of 5.7 Billion Barrels Await Drillers at ANWR

The Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR) is located on the northern coast of Alaska, due east of both Prudhoe Bay and the National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska (NPRA). The coastal plain (the 1002 Area) covers 1.5 million acres and is about 8% of the total area of ANWR. USGS 1002 Area Map In its latest (1998) resource assessment, the United States Geological[Read More…]

Colorado’s 2,500-Foot Oil & Gas Setback Ballot Initiative in Signature-Gathering Mode

Colorado’s 2,500-Foot Oil & Gas Setback Ballot Initiative in Signature-Gathering Mode

Will they gather enough signatures this time around? The 2018 Colorado ballot initiative that would change state law to require 2,500-foot setbacks from occupied structures, playgrounds and water sources for new oil and gas development projects is in the signature gathering phase. It is Initiative #97. The groups behind the newest setback initiative have just 68 more days to collect[Read More…]

May 29, 2018 - 2:19 pm 360 Articles, Closing Bell Story, Politics, Regulatory
The U.S. Sanctions Venezuela

The U.S. Sanctions Venezuela

On May 21, 2018 the United States president signed an executive order prohibiting certain transactions with the government of Venezuela. The order restricts transactions involving debt owed to the Venezuelan government. Source: WhiteHouse.gov According to law firm Akin Gump, the new prohibitions target three categories of transactions: The purchase of any debt owed to the government of Venezuela, including accounts receivable Any[Read More…]

Iran’s Short-Lived Oil and Gas Boom

Iran’s Short-Lived Oil and Gas Boom

Iran’s energy sector will feel the repercussions of renewed sanctions Iran has the world’s fourth-largest proved crude oil reserves and the world’s second-largest natural gas reserves, but production in the country has been suppressed by international sanctions and underinvestment. Although some sanctions targeting the energy industry were temporarily lifted, and oil production reached ~3.8 MMBOPD in 2017, growth has remained[Read More…]

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OECD Inventories Lowest in Three Years: IEA

Inventory declines have brought prices to three-year highs The International Energy Agency (IEA) released its monthly Oil Market Report today, outlining the group’s analysis of the overall oil market. In March 2018, OECD stocks declined by 27 million barrels to 2,819 million barrels – 214 million barrels below year-ago levels. This is the lowest level in three years, the IEA[Read More…]

Canada’s Energy Sector Faces Rough Waters

Canada’s Energy Sector Faces Rough Waters

Stiff U.S. competition, an inter-province pipeline row prolongs limited export opportunity, and U.S. is its only big export customer   With U.S. shale on a tear, imports are dropping Total U.S. crude production reached 10 MMBOPD in November 2017 and the Canadian Industrial Outlook report from The Conference Board of Canada estimates that U.S. production will pass 11 MMBOPD in[Read More…]

ConocoPhillips Doubles Down in British Columbia’s Montney with 35,000-Acre Acquisition

ConocoPhillips Doubles Down in British Columbia’s Montney with 35,000-Acre Acquisition

Oil and gas investment in politically risky British Columbia Just a few days before Kinder Morgan Canada said it would halt investment and construction on the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion due to political risk in British Columbia, ConocoPhillips (ticker: COP) announced an acreage buy in British Columbia’s Montney play. ConocoPhillips Company acquired about 35,000 net acres in the Montney play[Read More…]

Crestone Peak’s “Re-entry into Boulder County” Takes Another Step Forward

Crestone Peak’s “Re-entry into Boulder County” Takes Another Step Forward

Crestone Peak submits 4th Draft of Comprehensive Drilling Plan to COGCC Crestone Peak Resources, the privately held DJ Basin operator that is developing Encana’s former assets in in Northern Colorado, is getting a little closer to planting its flag on three planned drill pads in Boulder County. Developing the Encana DJ Basin assets Crestone Peak was formed in 2015 through[Read More…]

April 6, 2018 - 2:23 pm 360 Articles, Closing Bell Story, E&P, Fracing, Politics, Regulatory
COGCC Full House, Mar. 19, 2018

Martinez v. COGCC: Opening Briefs at the Colorado Supreme Court

Case background The beginning of the Martinez v. COGCC case dates back to November 15, 2013, when petitioners Xiuhtezcatl Martinez, Itzcuahtli Roske-Martinez, Sonora Brinkley, Aerielle Deering, Trinity Carter, and Emma Bray, minors appearing by and through their legal guardians Tamara Roske, Bindi Brinkley, Eleni Deering, Jasmine Jones, Robin Ruston, and Diana Bray, petitioned the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission[Read More…]

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Colorado High Court Set to Hear Opening Briefs for Martinez v. COGCC

Oil & Gas 360® has learned that the Colorado Supreme Court will hear the opening briefs for Martinez v. COGCC (docket number 2017SC297) on April 2, 2018. It’s a meaningful case because the outcome could force a change to the criteria which Colorado’s oil and gas regulator—the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission (COGCC)—must use when approving or denying permits[Read More…]

Director Julie Murphy Begins Her Era as Colorado’s Top Oil Regulator

Director Julie Murphy Begins Her Era as Colorado’s Top Oil Regulator

Julie Murphy was welcomed by her fellow colleagues as the COGCC held its March 19, 2018 hearing, and during a lively public comment session, voices both for and against oil and gas development were inked into the record COGCC Offices The Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission started the day with a brief roll call and welcomed a new honcho,[Read More…]

Oil Production Diving, Inflation Climbing Fast: Venezuelans Squeezed

Oil Production Diving, Inflation Climbing Fast: Venezuelans Squeezed

Venezuela’s citizens are left holding a bag, one that is saddled with $60 billion dollars worth of debt. Citizens of Venezuela have been buying into bonds due to government policies of subsidizing the purchase of foreign debt by individual investors, Reuters reported in December 2017. Big businesses in the country have also poured money into the bonds, hoping to capitalize[Read More…]

Climate Movement Sends Highly Organized Members to Colorado Caucuses

Climate Movement Sends Highly Organized Members to Colorado Caucuses

Securing political support for 2,500 foot drilling setbacks, abolishing the COGCC, removing public funds from banks who make loans to fossil fuel companies  The movement against shale development has progressed considerably beyond a group of activists holding signs and shouting anti-fracing slogans in front of the capitol. The “climate justice” movement, which calls its goal of replacing fossil fuels with[Read More…]

March 6, 2018 - 2:50 pm 360 Articles, Closing Bell Story, Fracing, Politics, Regulatory
Colorado 2018 Legislators Have Introduced a New “Local Control” Bill—Senate Bill 48, the “Protect Act”

Colorado 2018 Legislators Have Introduced a New “Local Control” Bill—Senate Bill 48, the “Protect Act”

Colorado State Senator Matt Jones and Representative Mike Foote have introduced Senate Bill 48, which would remove sole regulation of oil and gas siting and permitting from the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission, give municipal and county governments authority over oil and gas drilling and siting of operations, and allow those local governments to plan, zone and refuse such[Read More…]

January 15, 2018 - 6:44 pm 360 Articles, Closing Bell Story, Law, Politics
Source: http://www1.nyc.gov/office-of-the-mayor

New York City Plans to Sell $5 Billion of Fossil Fuel Pension Holdings, Sues Oil Majors

Mayor Bill de Blasio, Comptroller Scott M. Stringer and other trustees of the city’s $189 billion pension funds announced today a plan to divest city funds from fossil fuel reserve owners within five years, which would make New York City the first major U.S. pension plan to do so. In total, the city’s five pension funds hold roughly $5 billion[Read More…]

January 12, 2018 - 1:26 pm 360 Articles, Closing Bell Story, Finance, Law, Politics
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Regulators Reduce Offshore Drilling, Onshore Fracing Rules

Offshore rule amendments would save $228 million – BSEE The Trump administration is fulfilling its promise to reduce oil and gas regulation, rolling back offshore and onshore rules. The Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement is considering revising the Production Safety Systems Regulations, regulations concerning offshore operations passed late last year. These rules require operators to use third parties to[Read More…]

December 29, 2017 - 4:55 pm 360 Articles, Closing Bell Story, Law, Politics
Source: University of Colorado

Drilling the Western Side of the Wattenberg: Boulder County Commissioners Ask State to Deny Drilling Permits to Extraction Oil & Gas Subsidiary

This week, the Boulder County Commissioners told its residents that 8 North LLC, a subsidiary of Extraction Oil and Gas, LLC had applied with the State of Colorado for permits to drill a 1,280-acre area at the far eastern edge of Boulder County, right up to the line on the map that separates long time oil-friendly Weld County and the[Read More…]

October 20, 2017 - 4:19 pm 360 Articles, Closing Bell Story, E&P, Fracing, Politics
San Francisco and Oakland Sue Oil Companies for Producing Fossil Fuels

San Francisco and Oakland Sue Oil Companies for Producing Fossil Fuels

“…defendants continue to engage in massive fossil fuel production. They also continue to promote fossil fuels, and have developed multi-decade future business plans based upon increased fossil fuel usage even as global warming has progressed into a severe danger zone…”  – San Francisco City Attorney It was kind of a ‘say what?’ moment that emerged from the San Francisco Bay area[Read More…]

Source: University of Colorado

Commissioners Warn Boulder County Residents that Oil Companies are Making Plans to Drill

Extraction’s 8 North LLC and Crestone Peak Resources have submitted drilling plans to the state to start developing Boulder County Wattenberg assets; commissioners “are very concerned” In a county that is host to a symposium this weekend called “Warrior Principle, Climate Action,” it is not a total surprise that the Boulder County Commissioners sent out a county-wide email this week[Read More…]

September 15, 2017 - 4:57 pm 360 Articles, Closing Bell Story, E&P, Politics, Regulatory
BOEM Offers GOM Leases at Reduced Royalty Rate for Shallow Water Leases

BOEM Offers GOM Leases at Reduced Royalty Rate for Shallow Water Leases

In a step towards fulfilling the Five-Year National Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) Oil and Gas Leasing Program, U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke made known on July 13th the availability of 75.9 million acres in the Gulf of Mexico for lease for the purpose of oil and gas exploration. The acreage lies off the coast of Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi,[Read More…]

July 17, 2017 - 4:38 pm 360 Articles, Closing Bell Story, E&P, Offshore, Politics, Regulatory
OPEC Output Pierces Ceiling at 32.5 MMBOPD

OPEC Output Pierces Ceiling at 32.5 MMBOPD

According to the latest S&P Global Platts OPEC survey released July 6, 2017, OPEC’s crude oil output increased by approximately 500,000 BOPD within the last two months, pushing the organization’s total output to 32.49 MMBOPD. OPEC’s June output was 220,000 BOPD larger than May’s output, Platts said. Rises in production from Libya and Nigeria assisted in keeping the organization’s output[Read More…]

July 6, 2017 - 4:00 pm 360 Articles, Closing Bell Story, OPEC, Politics
President Trump, Secretary Zinke Begin Comment Period for 5-Year Offshore Oil and Gas Lease Program

President Trump, Secretary Zinke Begin Comment Period for 5-Year Offshore Oil and Gas Lease Program

“This is a truly amazing moment in the energy sector…” – Secs. Perry, Zinke and Pruitt At an event on Thursday, June 29, 2017, in order to help kick off what the Trump Administration has dubbed “Energy Week,” President Trump announced a public comment period for a new 5-year National Offshore Oil and Gas Leasing Program. The Secretary of the[Read More…]

June 29, 2017 - 6:03 pm 360 Articles, Closing Bell Story, Offshore, Politics, Regulatory
Two New Bills to Expedite Pipeline Approval Process Begin Markup

Two New Bills to Expedite Pipeline Approval Process Begin Markup

In an attempt to modernize the United States’ energy infrastructure, the Subcommittee on Energy and Power, within the United States House Committee on Energy and Commerce, began considering a group of bills on June 20th, 2017, which are related to energy infrastructure and national energy security. Oil and gas related bills Two of the bills affect international cross-border pipelines and[Read More…]

June 21, 2017 - 4:28 pm 360 Articles, Closing Bell Story, Law, Politics, Regulatory