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U.S. Interior secretary accused of defying federal judge’s oil lease ruling

Six weeks after a federal judge ordered the Biden administration to resume selling oil and gas leases on federal land, there’s no sign it has, and Interior Secretary Deb Haaland struggled Tuesday to explain why.

Opinion: Biden’s personnel madness in Washington continues

Staff, World Oil

The Biden administration continues to nominate people for senior positions that all seem to hate oil and gas. If one were bent on destroying the U.S. oil and gas industry, you’d be hard put to nominate people more diabolically effective at doing it than “Joltin’ Joe’s” (apologies to the last Joe Dimaggio) cast of characters.

Venezuela ignores U.S. sanctions in quest to increase oil output

Venezuela’s state-owned oil company imported a key component needed to achieve its goal of almost tripling crude production, defying U.S. efforts to isolate the Maduro regime’s grip on power.

Shell to appeal Dutch court decision mandating faster carbon cuts

Royal Dutch Shell said it will appeal a ruling by a Dutch court which ordered it to cut its carbon emissions by 45% over the next decade.

Iran restricts access to nuclear data until sanctions are lifted

Iran claims it’s preserving data captured by International Atomic Energy Agency monitoring equipment, but officials won’t give investigators access to it until Iran concludes stalled talks with world powers to lift economic sanctions.

Nigeria successfully concludes ten-year legal quest for oil industry reforms

The reforms – first submitted to parliament in 2008 and conceived at the start of the millennium – are intended to remove legal and regulatory uncertainty that has held back progress on numerous deferred oil and gas projects.

Greenland ends oil and gas exploration on climate concerns

Greenland's government “has decided to cease issuing new licenses for oil and gas exploration,” it said in a statement. “This step has been taken for the sake of our nature, for the sake of our fisheries, for the sake of our tourism industry, and to focus our business on sustainable potentials.”

Biden continues his anti-U.S. oil and gas push while crude demand rises

The Biden administration is preparing to release a blueprint for limiting sales of U.S. drilling rights as rising oil and gasoline prices highlight the risks of curtailing domestic crude production.

Australia to appeal climate ruling that threatens fossil fuels

Australia will challenge a court ruling that orders the government to consider climate change impacts from a planned coal mine expansion, a decision seen as clouding the prospects for any new fossil fuels projects.

Texas’ governor seeks incentives to expand fossil fuel and nuclear power capacity

Texas Governor Greg Abbott is pushing regulators to strengthen incentives for fossil fuel and nuclear power generators in an effort to avoid a repeat of deadly blackouts seen this winter.

Biden’s team works the OPEC phones to secure “reliable energy” from non-U.S. producers

Biden administration officials are “encouraged” by ongoing OPEC talks and have spoken with officials in Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates in hopes of reaching an agreement to stem the rise in crude prices, White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said.

Drill baby drill? Biden administration wants more OPEC oil

The Biden administration is urging OPEC and its allies to find a compromise solution to increase oil production, according to White House officials familiar with the discussions.

Mexico snubs Talos Energy, names Pemex sole operator of Zama field

The resolution ends a long-standing conflict between Pemex and Houston-based Talos over the field, which contains as many as one billion barrels of oil equivalent.

TC Energy files $15 billion NAFTA claim for canceled Keystone XL pipeline

TC Energy will be seeking to recover more than US$15 billion in damages that it has suffered as a result of the U.S. Government’s breach of its North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) obligations, the company said in a statement.

Opinion: Council says heat wave underscores need for smart energy policy

Tim Tarpley, Energy Workforce & Technology Council

The threat of lost power—and the accompanying stress and angst—are the result of energy policy decisions unmoored to reality. A sensible and realistic energy plan would acknowledge not only the need for reducing pollution and greenhouse gas emissions, but also improving the affordability, reliability and resilience of our nation’s electric grid.

Supreme Court rules fed-approved pipelines can seize state-owned land

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled that natural-gas pipeline projects with federal approval can seize state-owned land, boosting PennEast Pipeline Co.’s planned 116-mile line through Pennsylvania and New Jersey.

Executive viewpoint

Edward Cross, Kansas Independent Oil & Gas Association

Protecting our independence

Oil and gas in the Capitals

Jeff Moore, Contributing Editor

China’s new unilateral maritime law impacts all E&P in offshore ASEAN

Wood Group settles Amec bribery case in $177 million agreement

John Wood Group Plc said it agreed to pay $177 million to settle a UK-led bribery and corruption probe into a British engineering firm it acquired in 2017.

Nigerian oil reform bill has lawmakers racing a July deadline

Nigerian lawmakers are racing to pass long-awaited legislation to reform the country’s petroleum industry before the current parliamentary session ends in mid-July.