Category Archives: Oil

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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America Ramps Up Offshore Oil & Gas Development

The ECOreport reposts a public announcement, America ramps up offshore oil & gas development

Editor’s Note: The following press release is being printed for public information, definitely NOT as an endorsement.

Press Release from the United States Department of Interior

HOUSTON – On the stage of the Offshore Technology Conference, flanked by men and women who work on offshore oil and gas platforms, Secretary of the Department of the Interior Ryan Zinke today signed two secretarial orders aimed at unleashing America’s offshore energy potential and growing the U.S. economy. The first order implements President Trump’s Executive Order signed Friday and directs the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) to develop a new five-year plan for oil and gas exploration in offshore waters and reconsider a number of regulations governing those activities. The second order establishes a new position – Counselor to the Secretary for Energy Policy – to coordinate the Interior Department’s energy portfolio that spans nine of the Department’s ten bureaus.
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Danish Pension Fund Divests From Canadian Oil Producers

The ECOreport reposts a story about potential stranded assets,  Danish Pension Fund Divests From Canadian Oil Producers 

Originally Published on Clean Technica

By Joshua Hill

The fourth largest pension fund in Denmark has apparently divested itself of investments in five Canadian oil producers, and is assessing another 44 oil and gas companies, amidst concerns that fossil fuel companies are at risk of becoming stranded assets and facing long-term heavy financial losses.

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Some US Oil Companies Want To Stay In Paris Agreement

The ECOreport reposts a story of unexpected allies, Some US Oil Companies Want To Stay In Paris Agreement

Originally Published on Clean Technica

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 With insiders predicting Donald Trump’s senior advisers will aim to decide whether the United States will stay a part of the Paris climate agreement or not by Tuesday, a growing number of unlikely climate allies have arisen, including Washington’s new power-couple, JIvanka, as well as officials from fossil fuel companies such as Exxon and Shell.

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Big Oil Lobby Group Hires Former California Assemblyman

Big Oil Lobby Group hires former California Assemblyman

Originally Published on the Daily KOS

By Dan Bacher

The Western States Petroleum Association (WSPA), the most powerful corporate lobbying group in Sacramento, announced the hiring of former Assemblyman Henry Perea (D-Fresno) as Senior Vice President, Policy and Strategic Affairs, on March 27.
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Big Oil Companies Leaving The Tar Sands

The ECOreport reposts another report of the troubled fossil fuel sector,  Big Oil Companies Leaving The Tar Sands

Originally posted on Clean Technica

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 It looks like the long honeymoon with the world’s most notorious “carbon bomb” is winding down. ConocoPhillips has just announced that it will join a growing list of major oil companies that are selling off Canadian tar sands oil assets. It looks like the company doesn’t see much of a future in Canadian tar sands oil…or does it?

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Approving The Keystone XL Pipeline Is About Our Future

The ECOreport publishes an Op-ED about plans to expand North America’s fossil fuel production, Approving The Keystone XL Pipeline Is About Our Future 

By Roy L Hales

Alberta’s oil industry won a symbolic victory. President Trump calls his approval of the Keystone XL pipeline “a great day for jobs and energy independence” in the United States. Canada’s National Energy Board (NEB) admits the industry is not using its’ current pipeline capacity1 and adding more pipelines is “not consistent with the Paris Accord’s commitment to keep (Global) warming to two degrees Celsius, or its aspirational goal of limiting it to 1.5 degrees Celsius.”2 Approving the Keystone XL Pipeline is about our future on a planet where the scale and pace of extreme weather events is increasing.

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  1. Canadian crude oil export pipelines are utilized at 85 to 90 per cent of their capacity … based on respective historical utilization rates.” – Canada’s Energy Future 2016, National Energy Board, p 92
  2.  Ibid, p 115

Canada’s Budget Props Up Failing Tar Sands Industry

The ECOreport reposts an Op-Ed critical of the 2017 budget, Canada’s Budget Props Up Failing Tar Sands Industry

Editor’s note: Canada is a Petro-state, whose currency fluctuates with the rise and fall of oil prices. This would not be a healthy situation even if fossil fuel emissions were not triggering climate change. The  government needs to develop other industries without collapsing our Petro-economy.

Press Release from the Wilderness Committee

While the federal government invests in moving Canada towards a low-carbon economy, Budget 2017 throws good money after bad in its attempts to prop up a failing tar sands industry.

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Big Oil Receives Political Favours For Gifts Given To California Democrats

The ECOreport reposts an Op Ed, Big Oil Receives Political Favours For Gifts Given To California Democrats

Originally Published on the Daily KOS

by Dan Bacher

State officials and the mainstream media have for many years portrayed California as the nation’s “green leader,” but a new analysis exposing a correlation between oil industry gifts and California lawmakers’ voting records shows a much different California, one heavily influenced by the oil and gas industry.
This report reveals that California legislators received $253,771.98 in 2016 in free trips, dinners, and hotel stays from groups at least partly funded by or affiliated with companies from the oil and gas sector, according to legislators’ financial disclosure forms released last week and analyzed by the Energy and Policy Institute, a pro-clean energy watchdog organization.

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