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  • EU extends trade and investment ban on Crimea Friday, 19 Jun 2015 | 8:21 AM ET

    *Ministers expected to extend economic sanctions on Russia. BRUSSELS, June 19- EU governments extended for a year a ban on trade and investment with Crimea on Friday, meaning European help for Russian Black Sea oil and gas exploration and visits by European cruise ships will remain outlawed. The measures were adopted following Russia's annexation of Ukraine's...

  • *First well drilled with help of ExxonMobil. Sources told Reuters last week that the state oil producer would be forced to postpone drilling a second well in the Kara for at least two more years, a result of Western sanctions on Russia over the Ukraine crisis. Rosneft, the world's top listed oil firm by output, drilled a first exploration well known as...

  • Drill, drill, drill! And then maybe go bankrupt Tuesday, 16 Jun 2015 | 12:32 PM ET
    Oil workers using chain to position drill on drilling platform.

    Bankruptcy and dealmaking has yet to hit the U.S. oil patch, but drillers face another crucial test of their health this fall.

  • Lower oil prices may cut into skilled energy jobs Thursday, 11 Jun 2015 | 3:44 PM ET
    Drilling in the Bakken shale formation outside Watford City, N.D.

    Lower oil prices could exacerbate potential labor shortages in the energy industry, according to The Times-Picayune.

  • CARACAS, June 9- Venezuela on Tuesday demanded that neighboring Guyana halt oil exploration being carried out by Exxon Mobil Corp in disputed offshore territory in an escalation of a long-running border dispute between the two South American nations. Exxon last month said it found oil off Guyana's coast, spurring complaints from Caracas that Guyana is...

  • CARACAS, June 9- Venezuela on Tuesday demanded that neighboring Guyana halt oil exploration being carried out by Exxon Mobil Corp in disputed offshore territory in an escalation of a long-running border dispute between the two South American nations. Exxon last month said it found oil off Guyana's coast, spurring complaints from Caracas that Guyana is...

  • June 5- U.S. oil drillers boosted activity in four key basins this week, bringing the promise of additional oil to a market that faces OPEC's Friday decision to leave production caps unchanged. In the latest week, drillers added one oil rig in the Permian basin in West Texas and eastern New Mexico, the biggest and fastest growing U.S. shale oil basin.

  • June 5- U.S. oil drillers boosted activity in four key basins this week, bringing the promise of additional oil to a market that faces OPEC's Friday decision to leave production caps unchanged. With some OPEC countries like Saudi Arabia and Iraq pumping oil at record or near record levels, the group is trying to keep crude prices low enough to support global oil...

  • Pickens: Saudis bluffing on oil production Thursday, 4 Jun 2015 | 9:04 AM ET
    T. Boone Pickens.

    T. Boone Pickens says Saudi production is topping out at about 10 million barrels per day and oil prices will return to $70 per barrel by year end.

  • *Croatia to sign oil, gas exploration licences in June/July. SALI, Croatia, June 1- When Croatia announced in 2013 it would set a tender to explore for oil and gas in its pristine Adriatic waters, the government evoked the hydrocarbon riches of Norway to win over the plan's many detractors. "If it's not dangerous for Norway or Scotland, it shouldn't be dangerous for us,"...

  • RIO DE JANEIRO, May 28- Brazil's state-run oil company Petrobras canceled leases with Schahin Petroleo e Gas SA for five offshore oil drilling and production vessels after a cash crunch forced the ship leaser to remove the equipment from service for nearly a month, Schahin said on Thursday. The decision, if upheld, will result in the loss of more than 1,000 related...

  • Schahin says Petrobras cancels offshore ship leases Thursday, 28 May 2015 | 5:40 PM ET

    RIO DE JANEIRO, May 28- Brazil's state-run oil company Petrobras canceled leases with Schahin Petroleo e Gas SA for five offshore oil drilling and production vessels after a cash crunch forced the ship leaser to remove the equipment from service for nearly a month, Schahin said on Thursday. The decision, if upheld, will result in the loss of more than 1,000 related...

  • KHOBAR, Saudi Arabia, May 28- Saudi Aramco may raise the number of its oil and gas drilling rigs to as high as 250 next year if oil prices continue to firm and as domestic demand for gas increases, industry sources said on Thursday. Brent oil is now around $62 a barrel, up from a low of $45 in January though still far from the $100 mark which Saudi officials said they...

  • The next fracking boom could be in Saudi Arabia Tuesday, 26 May 2015 | 12:25 PM ET
    Workers at an oil facility near Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.

    Technology made the US oil shale boom. New technology may allow oil giants Saudi Arabia and Norway to become the next fracking boomers.

  • WASHINGTON, May 22- A group of 18 mostly Democratic U.S. senators on Friday urged the Obama administration to stop Royal Dutch Shell's preparations for oil exploration in the Arctic, saying the region has a severely limited capacity to respond to accidents. The appeal was spearheaded by Senator Jeff Merkley of Oregon and the letter was signed by other liberals,...

  • OSLO, May 22- Wage talks involving thousands of Norwegian offshore oil workers broke down late on Thursday, unions and employers said, raising the risk of a strike that could disrupt oil exploration and efforts to raise output from existing fields. The talks between the Norwegian Shipowners' Association and three labour unions affecting more than 9,000...

  • OKLAHOMA CITY/ WASHINGTON, May 20- Facing a backlash over the side effects of its oil and gas boom, Oklahoma is poised to overturn an 80- year-old statute that allows cities and towns to ban drilling operations within their borders. The move by Oklahoma's Republican-majority legislature follows a similar law signed on Monday by Texas Governor Greg Abbott in...

  • Smog over Beijing, China.

    Governments globally charge prices for energy that do not account for its harmful side effects, amounting to a $5.3 trillion subsidy, the IMF said.

  • SEATTLE, May 16- Hundreds of activists in kayaks and small boats fanned out on a Seattle bay on Saturday to protest plans by Royal Dutch Shell to resume oil exploration in the Arctic and keep two of its drilling rigs stored in the city's port. Environmental groups have vowed to disrupt the Anglo-Dutch oil company's efforts to use the Seattle as a home base as it...

  • WASHINGTON, May 15- U.S. industrial production unexpectedly fell for a fifth straight month in April due in part to a further decline in oil and gas drilling, suggesting that the economy is growing at only a modest pace in the second quarter. The economy's struggle to pick up steam after a dismal first quarter was underscored by other data on Friday showing a drop in...