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Do Crude Oil Export Permits Signal A Change In U.S. Policy?
(Tuesday, July 22, 2014) BIS appears to have changed the definition of what it means to be "processed through a crude oil distillation tower."

Maine Port City Bans Oil Loading As Canada Seeks Export Options
(Tuesday, July 22, 2014) City councilors in South Portland vote to ban the loading of crude oil onto tankers along its waterfront.

Oil Slips As Supplies Flow Despite Conflicts
(Tuesday, July 22, 2014) Brent and US crude settle lower after a choppy trading session as oil supplies remain unaffected by continuing violence in Iraq, Ukraine and Gaza.

Delta Signs Five-Year Pact for U.S. Crude Supply to its Refinery
(Monday, July 21, 2014) Delta Air Lines reaches a five-year agreement with a Dallas energy company for 65,000 daily barrels of U.S. crude oil to be supplied to its Pennsylvania refinery.

Banamex, Regulator Clash Over Who Played Key Role in Loan Fraud
(Monday, July 21, 2014) Preliminary findings of a probe by Citigroup's Mexican unit, Banamex, into how it lost more than $500 million in a corporate loan fraud differ markedly from the results of a separate investigation by the Mexican banking regulator.

Mexico's CFE to Tender $2.8 Bln in Power Plant, Pipeline Projects
(Monday, July 21, 2014) Mexico's national power company CFE will offer $2.8 billion in natural gas and electricity infrastructure project contracts by year-end to boost economic growth.

Chevron Starts Commercial Ops at New Pascagoula Facility
(Monday, July 21, 2014) Chevron begins commercial production of premium base oils from a newly constructed manufacturing facility at the company's Pascagoula refinery.

Oil Prices Rise Above $104; Natural Gas Sinks
(Monday, July 21, 2014) The price of oil rises more than a $1 for the third time in the last four trading days, and closes above $104 for the first time since July 3.

Exxon, Alaska File Permit Request To Export Alaska Natural Gas
(Monday, July 21, 2014) ExxonMobil, its partners and the state of Alaska are seeking federal permission to export LNG from a project that includes an 800-mile pipeline cutting across the state from Alaska's North Slope.

Shell Suspends Development of Canada's Jumping Pound Gas Liquefaction Unit
(Friday, July 18, 2014) Royal Dutch Shell suspends development of a liquefaction unit at Canada's Jumping Pound facility.

Oil Trains, Born of U.S. Energy Boom, Face Test in New Safety Rules
(Friday, July 18, 2014) North Dakota's Bakken oil patch has thrived thanks in large part to the once-niche business of hauling fuel on U.S. rail tracks. New safety rules may now test the oil train model.

Inter Pipeline Says New Diluent Line to Oil Sands in Service
(Friday, July 18, 2014) Inter Pipeline completes a $1.03 billion conduit serving two northern Alberta oil sands projects operated by Cenovus Energy.

Oil Price Remains High On Global Turmoil
(Friday, July 18, 2014) The price of oil retreats slightly but remains elevated because of political turmoil around the world.

Hawaii-based Firm Scaling Up Nanotech for Oil, Gas Apps
(Friday, July 18, 2014) Nanotech surface treatment could boost pipeline flow assurance, says exec.

Oil Rises Past $103 On Geopolitical Turmoil
(Thursday, July 17, 2014) The price of oil rises 2% on lower US inventories and concerns that geopolitical tensions could disrupt global supplies.

Oil Train Sector Has Work to Settle Safety Concerns -Trade Group
(Wednesday, July 16, 2014) The U.S. refining industry has not agreed to a deal reached by oil producers and railroads on improving the safety of oil tank cars, it said on Tuesday.

Canada Regulator Delays Decision on West Coast Pipeline Expansion
(Wednesday, July 16, 2014) The National Energy Board now expects to release its final recommendation on the proposed expansion by Jan. 25, 2016, rather than a previous deadline of July 2, 2015.

Enviro Group, Google Map US Urban Natural Gas Leaks
(Wednesday, July 16, 2014) Environmental Defense Fund Tuesday unveiled interactive online maps showing natural gas leaks beneath the streets of Boston, Indianapolis and New York City's Staten Island.

California Hearing Addresses Oil Refinery Rules
(Wednesday, July 16, 2014) Residents of modest neighborhoods near three of the largest oil refineries in California called on the Environmental Protection Agency on Wednesday to crack down on plant emissions.

Plains May Build Condensate-only Pipelines in Texas Permian Basin
(Wednesday, July 16, 2014) Plains All American may build new pipelines dedicated solely to a very light form of crude oil known as condensate in parts of the Permian Basin in West Texas as output increases, an executive of the U.S. company said this week.




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