http://www.worldoil.com WorldOil Texas issued nearly 69% fewer drilling permits in June 2020 than in year prior https://www.worldoil.com/news/2020/7/6/texas-issued-nearly-69-fewer-drilling-permits-in-june-2020-than-in-year-prior The Railroad Commission of Texas issued a total of 312 original drilling permits in June 2020 compared to 1,001 in June 2019. The June 2020 total includes 262 permits to drill new oil or gas wells, three to re-enter plugged well bores and 21 for re-completions of existing well bores. API calls for pipeline permit reforms following shutdowns https://www.worldoil.com/news/2020/7/6/api-calls-for-pipeline-permit-reforms-following-shutdowns The American Petroleum Institute released the following statement from President and CEO Mike Sommers in response to the cancellation of the Atlantic Coast Pipeline and a court ruling to shut down the Dakota Access Pipeline. Venezuelan oil output falls 32% in June as foreign buyers cancel cargoes https://www.worldoil.com/news/2020/7/3/venezuelan-oil-output-falls-32-in-june-as-foreign-buyers-cancel-cargoes Crude production in Venezuela tumbled for a sixth straight month in June, underscoring the dismal state of the nation’s oil industry as U.S. sanctions batter exports and the coronavirus pummels demand. African Energy Chamber says European travel bans impact oilfield safety and productivity https://www.worldoil.com/news/2020/7/2/african-energy-chamber-says-european-travel-bans-impact-oilfield-safety-and-productivity The African Energy Chamber said the continuation of travel restrictions and suspension of visas and travel between Africa and Europe is heavily restraining the oil and gas industry’s recovery efforts. Kenney pushes to diversify Alberta’s oil-dependent economy https://www.worldoil.com/news/2020/6/30/kenney-pushes-to-diversify-alberta-s-oil-dependent-economy Alberta Premier Jason Kenney is using the Covid-19 pandemic to accelerate efforts to diversify his oil-dependent economy, a change of emphasis for a leader who once pledged to return the Canadian province to fiscal discipline. Democrats to demand 100% emissions-free vehicles by 2035 https://www.worldoil.com/news/2020/6/29/democrats-to-demand-100-emissions-free-vehicles-by-2035 The more than 500-page plan, from the Select Committee on the Climate Crisis convened by Pelosi and chaired by Representative Kathy Castor of Florida, seeks to achieve net-zero emissions by 2050 and calls for achieving 100% clean vehicles by 2035, according to people familiar with the details. BSEE shares results from 28 unannounced spill response exercises in U.S. waters https://www.worldoil.com/news/2020/6/25/bsee-shares-results-from-28-unannounced-spill-response-exercises-in-us-waters BSEE is publishing its inaugural report that summarizes the key lessons learned from 2018 and 2019 government initiated unannounced exercises. Chinese traders trying their luck with sanctioned Venezuelan oil https://www.worldoil.com/news/2020/6/17/chinese-traders-trying-their-luck-with-sanctioned-venezuelan-oil Officially, China hasn’t imported any Venezuelan crude since September after Washington sanctioned state entities including PDVSA. Information from data intelligence firm Kpler, however, signals the Asian nation is still buying, with as much as 3.3 MMbbl waiting off the Chinese coast as of June 15 and another 5 MMbbl en route to the port of Qingdao. Texas oil regulator pursuing plan to reduce gas flaring https://www.worldoil.com/news/2020/6/16/texas-oil-regulator-pursuing-plan-to-reduce-gas-flaring On June 16th, the Railroad Commission of Texas heard from the state's oil and gas trade associations, environmental advocacy groups, and several oil and gas producers about the issue of flaring and how Texas can implement meaningful reforms to reduce flaring before oil and gas activity returns to previous highs. U.S. to cut off Iran-Venezuela trade by sanctioning oil tankers https://www.worldoil.com/news/2020/6/9/us-to-cut-off-iran-venezuela-trade-by-sanctioning-oil-tankers The Trump administration is preparing sanctions on as many as 50 oil and fuel tankers as part of an effort to cut off trade between Iran and Venezuela, according to a person familiar with the matter.