Category Archives: Oil

Big Oil Defeats Attempted Offshore Drilling Ban

The ECOreport reposts news from the California senate, where Big Oil defeats attempted offshore drilling ban

Originally published on the Daily KOS

by Dan Bacher

Showing the enormous power of the oil industry in California despite the state’s “green” image, every bill except one opposed by the powerful oil industry has failed to make it out of the state legislature this year and during the 2015-2016 session.

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Did Big Oil Spend $10.8 million To Pass California’s Cap &Trade Bill?

The ECOreport reposts another Op-ED about corporate influence, Did Big Oil spend $10.8 million to pass California’s Cap &Trade Bill?

Originally Posted on the Daily KOS

by Dan Bacher

State officials and the mainstream media depicted the passage of Governor Jerry Brown’s cap-and-trade bill last month as a “historic climate victory,” but over 65 environmental justice, conservation and public interest organizations slammed the bill because of the devastating impact it will have on front line communities, the people of California and our air and water.

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No Social License to Drill

The ECOreport reposts an analysis of the Trump Administration’s fossil fuel policies that concludes they have no social license to drill

Originally Published on Center for American Progress

By Mary Ellen Kustin and Kate Kelly

In April, Maryland became the second state after New York to ban hydraulic fracturing, better known as fracking. This action may affect industry’s access to pockets of the Marcellus Shale formation, one of the nation’s largest oil and gas plays.
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Oregon Fails To Pass Oil Train Emergency Response Legislation

The ECOreport reposts news of a state legislature’s failure to take action,  Oregon Fails To Pass Oil Train Emergency Response Legislation

Press Release from Stand Up to Oil

Salem, OR  At the close of the 2017 session the Oregon Legislature has failed to pass legislation that would have improved oil train emergency response requirements and oil terminal review standards, including House Bill 2131.
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Alberta’s Tailing Ponds Hold One Trillion Litres Of Toxic Waste

The ECOreport reposts a report on overlooked impact from the oil sands, Alberta’s tailing ponds hold one trillion litres of toxic waste 

Press Release from ENVIRONMENTAL DEFENCE and NATURAL RESOURCES DEFENSE COUNCIL

Ottawa, ON – The volume of oil sands tailing ponds are now over 1 trillion litres, while the cost of cleanup is now greater than total lifetime royalty revenues collected by Alberta from oil sands companies, according to a new report released today by Canada’s Environmental Defence and the U.S.’s National Resource Defense Council.

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Oil Prices Could Be Lower For Longer

The ECOreport reposts an analysis of market conditions, Oil prices could be lower for longer

Originally Posted on Oilprice.com

By Nick Cunningham

Oil prices have cratered in recent weeks, dipping to their lowest levels in more than seven months and any sense of optimism has almost entirely disappeared. All signs point to a period of “lower for longer” for oil prices, a refrain that is all too familiar to those in the industry.

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Big Oil Vs the People of California

The ECOreport reposts an OP-Ed & photo essay about the struggle with corporate interests, Big Oil Vs the People of California

Originally Posted on Indybay.com

by Dan Bacher

On Thirteenth Street in front of the Sacramento Convention Center where the Democratic Convention was being held on May 20, a group  of activists held a mock “tug of war’” between the people of California and the oil industry for the loyalty of Governor Jerry Brown.

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Is The US Shale Industry’s “Low Hanging Fruit” Disappearing?

The ECOreport reposts an OP-ED,  Is The US Shale Industry’s “Low Hanging Fruit” Disappearing?

Originally posted on Oilprice.com

By Nick Cunningham

The U.S. shale industry might have just received a huge windfall with the nine-month extension of the OPEC cuts. Shale output was already expected to come roaring back this year, but the extension of the cuts provides even more room in the market for shale drillers to step into.

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California’s Top Lobbyist Is The Western States Petroleum Association

The ECOreport reposts news from California where, once again, California’s Top Lobbyist Is The Western States Petroleum Association

Originally Published on the Daily KOS

By Dan Bacher

As is normally the case, the Western States Petroleum Association (WSPA) topped the list of California lobbying expenditures in the first quarter of 2017, spending a total of nearly $1.4 million.

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Statoil Safety Incidents Increase As Arctic Drilling Begins

The ECOreport reposts a story from the Norwegian Arctic, Statoil Safety Incidents Increase As Arctic Drilling Begins

Originally Posted on Greenpeace Energydesk

By Zachary Davies Boren

Norway’s oil regulator has voiced ‘concerns’ over a surge in serious safety incidents as the industry prepares for its latest Arctic drilling drive.

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