It’s a stark reminder that big changes in energy policy are on the way.
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It’s a stark reminder that big changes in energy policy are on the way.
'Gone is the Obama White House’s page on climate change, which is now archived here for posterity (along with virtually everything else from the Obama-era website). That page had talked about how global warming was a serious threat to future generations, optimistically touted America’s ability to tackle the problem, and listed dozens of actions the Obama administration has taken to reduce carbon dioxide emissions:'
Years of underinvestment in top producer South Africa affecting supply.
'On Friday, the palladium price continued its strong run with Nymex contracts jumping 5% to $794 an ounce, bringing gains for the precious metal so far in January to 18% or more than some $120 an ounce. Sister metal platinum has also gained year-to-date, exchanging hands for $980 an ounce on Friday.'
WACO — Four people were injured while trying to weld a drill shaft at a location east of Russellville in the Waco community, officials said.
'Authorities said there was a four-man crew working to drill the well and three of them had to be flown to a hospital. Medical personnel at the scene said the three men were suffering from burns to their face but none appeared to be life-threatening.'
ELKO – A common bumper sticker seen in Elko states, “If it isn’t grown, it has to be mined.” This phrase, most commonly seen on the back of a vehicle,
'A common bumper sticker seen in Elko states, “If it isn’t grown, it has to be mined.” This phrase, most commonly seen on the back of a vehicle, is quite true, according to the mining industry.'
Representative Ryan Zinke of Montana, President-elect Donald Trump's nominee for secretary of Interior, on Tuesday said he would consider an expansion of energy drilling and mining on federal lands but would ensure sensitive areas remain protected.
'The former Navy SEAL sought to outline a measured approach to the job of managing America’s national parks, forests and tribal lands during a four-hour Senate confirmation hearing that was mostly cordial, lacking some of the hot-tempered grilling that has marked other sessions to vet Trump’s cabinet nominees.'
Drillers will have to begin pouring cash back into oil fields around the world by the end of the year to prevent a global oil-production shortage in coming years, the CEO of Schlumberger said Frida…
'That’s why the world’s top oil field services company is gearing up for a global recovery in oil and gas drilling. In a bid for higher service prices, the company recently began renegotiating contracts for hydraulic fracturing and directional drilling technology in the United States, one of the first signs of a new investment cycle in the oil industry.'
Met coal prices are already down 23% in 2017 as US producers plan to add 9m tonnes to export market.
'At $172.60 on Friday the steelmaking raw material is now $136 below its multi-year high of $308.80 per tonne (Australia free-on-board premium hard coking coal tracked by the Steel Index) hit in November.'
In its final days in the White House, the Obama administration made it easier for the Cuban government to drill for oil in Gulf waters just beyond the country's maritime border with the United States.
'It's the result of a treaty signed Wednesday that defines who controls a 7,700-square-mile area that begins just over 200 miles off the coast of Tampa Bay and Florida, long known as the Eastern Gap.'
New China-Mongolia agreement doubles the rate shifts much of China’s coal production to Mongolia .
'Mongolia recently reached a new deal to sell coal to China, helping it boost its faltering economy and start repaying billions of dollars it owes Wall Street lenders.'
Far above the Arctic Circle, one of the longest-running controversies in U.S. oil drilling is about to reignite.
'There’s just one catch. No one really knows how much oil actually lies beneath the refuge, or how much producers like Exxon Mobil Corp. and ConocoPhillips care about it in a world awash in cheap oil, from Texas shale to offshore Africa. While the government estimates the area could hold 12 billion barrels of crude, making it one of the biggest untapped reserves in the U.S., no one’s sunk a well there since the 1980s.'
Indonesia will not negotiate with Freeport McMoRan Inc on new rules requiring its local unit to convert its 'contracts of work' to a new 'special mining permit' in order to resume copper concentrate exports, a mining ministry official said on Saturday.
'Indonesia will not negotiate with Freeport McMoRan Inc on new rules requiring its local unit to convert its 'contracts of work' to a new 'special mining permit' in order to resume copper concentrate exports, a mining ministry official said on Saturday.'
HOUSTON -- Halliburton has signed a contract with Shell Iraq Petroleum Development to provide drilling services for sustained production at Shell’s Majnoon oil field in Southern Iraq.
'Under the contract, Halliburton will mobilize three rigs to drill development wells and carry out workover activities over the next two years.'
In 2016, the state asked companies that had halted mining -- in the Madia Gond village of Surjagad -- for fear of naxal attacks to resume work.
'This year, there was disquiet among the 1,000 Adivasis who had congregated here from 70 neighbouring villages. As they sat huddled around festive bonfires, they discussed the big push being given to mining activity in the region by government of India's richest state by state gross domestic product.'
With more than 300 proposed mines facing the prospect of becoming non-starters due to their inability to secure environmental clearances before a January 11, 2017, deadline to register mining leases,
'However, miners have been prohibited from initiating operations at such mines till the time they secure the requisite green clearances, as per an order notified by the Mines Ministry.'
The market for a peculiar type of clay is looking up thanks to improved oil and gas drilling prospects, as well as cat owners
'As the oil and gas industry’s fortunes rise and fall, so can bentonite’s. Over the past two years, bentonite mining companies that do a lot of business with the oilfield services industry suffered while the oil and gas industry experienced its worst slump in 20 years or more.'
'In a submission to the Productivity Commission’s five-year productivity review, the Minerals Council of Australia has called for a rethink on the GST distribution formula known as horizontal fiscal equalisation, which it warns is rewarding passive states that do not develop their resources at the expense of states that do.'
The Swiss firm already has a 69% stake in the DRC mine, which jointly owns with Israeli mining tycoon Dan Gertler.
'Glencore, which was severely hit by the recent rout in commodity prices, managed last year to strengthen its balance sheet and cut debt. It also resumed work at a few halted mines, including a few coal operations in Australia.'
The dusty figure is lowered slowly into the ground like a bucket into a well, armed with just a crowbar, a shovel and an old, unreliable headlamp.In the surrounding countryside, bodies rise and sink f
'Sapphires were first discovered in Madagascar in the late 1990s, and already the Indian Ocean island is one of the world’s largest producers of the precious stones. Its 250-kilometre-long deposit is among the biggest in the world and has sparked a sapphire rush.'
'Chariot Oil & Gas Limited (LON:CHAR) has confirmed that its farm-out deal with Eni, bringing the Italian major into the Rabat Deep project offshore Morocco, is now complete. Eni now becomes the operator and a 40% stakeholder in Rabat Deep where a well is planned for 2018, following an environmental impact assessment and the hiring of contractors.'
A small tanker carrying bunker fuel ran into trouble off the Eastern Canadian coastline, but it appears that a disaster has been averted.
'The Joint Rescue Coordinator Centre in Halifax sent out a cormorant helicopter from 14-Wing Greenwood to help, along with Canadian Coast Guard ships Spindrift and Earl Grey, according to the CBC. There was about 15 tonnes of propulsion fuel on board but none appears to have leaked. The six-member crew is also safe, having being plucked off the ship and dispatched to Sydney.'
Alaska's congressional delegation -- with help from party leadership -- is examining how to undo President Obama's executive orders.
'They note too that it will still take as much as 10 years of development before the first 1002 oil would enter the Trans-Alaska Pipeline System. The ANWR area where the lawmakers hope to allow drilling is relatively near the pipeline.'
New legislation was filed in the first week of the congressional session to unlock a portion of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR) to oil and gas development.
'The bill calls for development of a sliver of land on the top of ANWR, called the 1002 area. Although ANWR is a total of 19 million acres, the bill is said to be written so only 2,000 surface acres of land in the Arctic coastal region of the refuge could open up to oil drilling.'
Mining companies are rolling out autonomous trucks, drills, and trains, which will boost efficiency but also reduce the need for human employees.
'BHP Billiton, the world’s largest mining company, is also deploying driverless trucks and drills on iron ore mines in Australia. Suncor, Canada’s largest oil company, has begun testing driverless trucks on oil sands fields in Alberta.'
Findings from researchers at Unitec Institute of Technology in Auckland, New Zealand show a new way of managing land restoration could revolutionise how mining areas are restored worldwide.
'The process, known as ‘ecosystem-scale translocation’, was trialled over 75 hectares at the Stockton mine near the historic South Island mining town of Denniston and gives promise of immediate recovery for the animal and plant life, better environmental outcomes and virtually no long-term management costs.'
The Maine Board of Environmental Protection has voted unanimously to adopt controversial new mining rules for the state. The Legislature has twice rejected
'Staff at the Maine Department of Environmental Protection say the new rules are needed to address gaps and inconsistencies between existing rules and statutes. For months, they’ve been working to set up a review process for potential mining operations and to try to address public concerns along the way.'