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Activist group steps on a rake with endangered river report

Activist group steps on a rake with endangered river report

River report uses scare tactics pushing misinformation about threats that don’t actually exist by Nicole Jacobs, EnergyInDepth American Rivers has just released its annual list of the top-10 “most endangered” U.S. rivers, which is based on decisions the group feels could impact the rivers and communities around them. Virginia’s Rappahannock River happens to come in […]

Canadian scientists’ develop revolutionary oil spill device

Canadian scientists’ develop revolutionary oil spill device

Tests show the technology can clean up nearly 100% of a spill Oil spills are one of the most dreaded, detrimental events on the planet: BP estimated the clean-up costs of 2010’s Deepwater Horizon spill to be $62bn in 2016 – and researchers have found Americans would pay $17.2bn to prevent the same thing ever happening […]

Permian Basin oil production, resource assessments continue to increase

Permian Basin oil production, resource assessments continue to increase

Permian Basin covers over 75,000 square miles in 43 counties of western Texas and southeastern New Mexico Crude oil production in the Permian Basin is expected to increase to an estimated 2.4 million b/d in May, based on estimates from EIA’s Drilling Productivity Report, according to the US Energy Information Administration. Between Jan. 2016 and March 2017, […]

Fewer natural gas companies operating in western Canada – NEB

Fewer natural gas companies operating in western Canada – NEB

Total natural gas production in 2009 and 2016 was almost the same New technology has reshaped the upstream oil and gas sector. In 2009, over 600 companies operated natural gas production wells in western Canada, according to the National Energy Board. In 2016, that number had fallen to less than 500 operators despite total natural gas […]

Distillate export boom keeps US refiners busy: Kemp

Distillate export boom keeps US refiners busy: Kemp

Most distillate being exported to Mexico, Brazil and other countries in Latin America By John Kemp US refiners have become a powerhouse of distillate exports, causing the supply-demand balance for fuels from the middle of the barrel to tighten in the United States despite a very warm winter. Exports of distillate fuel oil (e.g. diesel) […]

US natural gas prices soften, market eyes big hedge fund longs: Kemp

US natural gas prices soften, market eyes big hedge fund longs: Kemp

Power producers gradually shifting from gas to coal since Oct. 2016 as a result of higher gas prices By John Kemp Hedge fund managers have accumulated a near-record bullish position in US natural gas futures and options as gas stocks have remained at a modest level despite an exceptionally mild winter. Hedge funds and other […]

Ohio, Pennsylvania increased natural gas production more than other states in 2016

Ohio, Pennsylvania increased natural gas production more than other states in 2016

Louisiana, West Virginia, and North Dakota also increased natural gas production in 2016 After reaching a record high of 79 billion cubic feet per day (Bcf/d) in 2015, US marketed natural gas production fell to 77 Bcf/d in 2016, the first annual decline since 2005, according to the US Energy Information Administration. Texas, the state […]

Oil prices falter as hedge funds stop buying: Kemp

Oil prices falter as hedge funds stop buying: Kemp

With few short positions left to be covered, rally in Brent, WTI prices ran out of steam By John Kemp Hedge funds have tempered their bullishness towards crude oil as the short-covering rally that gripped the market since the end of March ran its course. Hedge funds and other money managers increased their net long […]

Utility-scale solar PV tracking systems increase efficiency in sunny US southwest

Utility-scale solar PV tracking systems increase efficiency in sunny US southwest

Solar tracking systems are more expensive, but produce more electricity The electricity generated by a solar photovoltaic (PV) system depends on the orientation and tilt of the PV panels, and in some cases, its ability to track the sun throughout the day, according to the US Energy Information Administration. Because photovoltaic panels operate more efficiently when […]

TransAlta board approves plan to accelerate transition to clean power in Alberta

TransAlta board approves plan to accelerate transition to clean power in Alberta

TransAlta expects federal, provincial regulations will be adopted to facilitate coal-to-gas conversions TransAlta Corporation announced its board of directors approved a strategy to accelerate the transition of the company to gas and renewables generation, according to a press release. This strategy includes: retirement of Sundance Unit 1 effective Jan. 1, 2018; mothballing of Sundance Unit 2 […]