Scraping the Barrel… is on holiday!

To our daily news review followers… Scraping the Barrel is on a short summer hiatus. We’ll be tweeting interesting stories from @Open_Oil as usual, and will have some new content for you upon our return- a list of our Top 20 Oil Blogs amongst other titbits.

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Scraping the Barrel… 10 August 2012

As today’s barrel scrapings reveal: Russia’s oil industry evolves (but no, Putin is not loosening his iron-fisted grip) and big, sagging economies look set to push down on oil prices. Read below for more…

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Scraping the Barrel… 9 August 2012

Today’s barrel scrapes include: a duplicitous tale of one man against the establishment in post-oligarch Russia; oil majors deepen the Arab/Kurd fault lines in Iraq; and Robin Mills shines a light on the way forward for Indian energy security. More below…

Scraping the Barrel… 8 August 2012

Today’s barrel scrapes include: the Colombian government’s attempts to clean up the mining industry despite opposition from, well, everybody; how Kurdish statehood should not be taken as a given following their new oil profits; and we highlight model contracts and mining regulations made available online from the Extractive Industries Sourcebook project. More below…

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Scraping the Barrel… 7 August 2012

As today’s barrel scrapings reveal: Joseph Stiglitz ponders how to make a blessing out of a resource curse, a Twitter vigilante gets a nervous oil market to jump, and the two Sudans make (tentative) progress on their oil dispute. Below the fold for more…

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Scraping the Barrel… 6 August 2012

Today’s barrel scrapings include: Nigeria continues its struggle with illegal refineries costing them over $1 billion a month, letters published by the KRG gives us a sneak peek into how they are wooing Big Oil, and what obstacles lay before Israel in exporting the bounty of the East Med natural gas bonanza? See below for more…

Scraping the Barrel… 3 August 2012

Today’s barrel scrapings include: how it’s okay to be a successful private investor in China as long as you’re not too successful, that some Canadians are looking enviously towards Norway for lessons on how to deal with their petroleum wealth, and a blast from the past via a 1956 American Petroleum Institute propaganda cartoon . more »

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Scraping the Barrel… 2 August 2012

As today’s barrel scrapings reveal: the Russians join the crown snubbing Baghdad for the KRG, sanctions bite in Iran, and a gloomy outlook for the world’s oil majors. See below the fold for more…

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Scraping the Barrel… 1 August 2012

As today’s barrel scrapings reveal: there’s more to the Indian power outages than the government would have you believe, oil companies carve out a new country in Iraq, and natural gas gluts the energy market. See below the fold for more…

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Scraping the Barrel… 31 July 2012

In today’s roundup we look at whether ‘independent academic reports’ backing fracking in the US are actually produced by Big Oil in disguise; the debate around a groundbreaking report which puts Peak Oil to rest once and for all, and finally, how Bob Dudley’s woes at BP look set to continue for a while yet.

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Scraping the Barrel… 30 July 2012

As today’s barrel scrapes reveal: China plants a city in a disputed oil-rich area, the US eyes an end to its reliance on foreign oil, and Argentina tries to gain the upper hand on foreign oil companies. Read on below the fold…

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Scraping the Barrel… 27 July 2012

In today’s news roundup, Greg Muttitt reveals untold stories of the occupation of Iraq and explores the reasons behind the US invasion (yes, oil figures in the story but not in the way most like to think); international companies plan Uganda’s oil export future while the government looks the other way; and a top US more »

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Scraping the Barrel… 26 July 2012

The Platform: Unpacking Nigeria’s new draft oil law Agent provocateur-cum-oil industry observer Jeremy Weate offers a pithy take on Nigeria’s draft Petroleum Industry Bill (PIB) in this guest blog at Platform London. “In no country, should governance reform begin with a new law,” Weate writes; but in Nigeria, there seems to be hope that the PIB more »

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Scraping the Barrel… 25 July 2012

Financial Times: Guest Column: ‘we have to track down the oil thieves’ As part of an insightful special report on Resource Curse ‘poster child’ Nigeria, guest columnist Patrick Dele Cole gives us his take on the devastating impact the theft of the country’s oil is having on the country’s bottom line. Up to 400,000 barrels per more »

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Scraping the Barrel…. 24 July 2012

Setty’s notebook: Just how well does Venezuela get on with Chevron? Very. Chevron is chummy as ever with the Venezuelan powers that be, Setty’s notebook writes. The US major seems to be betting on ailing president Hugo Chavez’s reelection, having committed late last week to a $2 billion loan to state oil giant PDVSA, where the Chavistas are very more »

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Scraping the Barrel…. 23 July 2012

Eurasianet: In Kazakhstan CNN Blurs Line Between News and Advertising.  Turns out I wasn’t the only one baffled to come across a Kazakhstan special report by “the most trusted name in news” last week during my barrel-scraping duties. CNN’s “Eye On” series shed its spotlight on oil and mineral treasure trove Kazakhstan, yet wraps up more »

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Scraping the Barrel… 20 July 2012

The Economist: The unsung masters of the oil industry In the cut throat business of oil extraction, oilfield services (OFS) companies are becoming increasingly indispensable, The Economist writes in a story that will tickle your inner oil geek. Oil majors like ExxonMobil and BP outsourced mundane drilling chores to technical expert OFS firms in the 1980s, more »

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Scraping the Barrel… 19 July 2012

Financial Times: Transparency reforms yield little change Guest columnist Ricardo Soares de Oliveira offers a somewhat damning take on the Angolan government’s shrewd courting of the IMF when it comes to reforms in transparency in the oil-rich country. Are the reforms any more than lip service to reap reputational benefits and achieve the international community’s more »

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Scraping the Barrel… 18 July 2012

Dow Jones - Shell Faces $5 Billion Fine for Nigeria Oil Spill Royal Dutch Shell PLC faces a $5 billion dollar fine from Nigerian authorities due to an oil spill off the Nigerian coast last December, subject to approval by Nigeria’s Parliament. 40,000 barrels of oil were spilled, but Shell claims the amount is unwarranted as, more »

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Scraping the Barrel… 17 July 2012

Arctic Ready – Social media marketing takes on Shell (via The New York Observer) Shell has a new campaign; or so it would seem from the site “Arctic Ready” , which, on first appearances, couldn’t look more like an official Shell corporate site. Taking a closer look reveals a twist; take the “Just for Kids” more »

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Scraping the Barrel… 16 July 2012

OpenOil’s daily round-up of voices on the global oil, gas and mining industries: The Oil and the Glory: The Weekly Wrap Steve LeVine guides finds some  juicy highlights among this week’s events in the world of Big Oil. Firstly the conspicuous absence of the green sector in the debate over the future of the global more »

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