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Ecuador rejects petition to stop Yasuní National Park oil drilling

May 2014
Lina Roger

Ecuador has rejected a petition to stop oil drilling in the Yasuní National Park because according to the government, there were not enough signatures. However, the organizers have accused President Rafael Correa of fraud and manipulation

Earthquakes, drilling and science

May 2014
Davide Tabarelli

Following the conclusion of the ICHESE Commission, who said it is not possible to rule out a connection between earthquakes and drilling, the Emilia Romagna region has blocked the new concessions for hydrocarbon. A defeat for science, but a loss for the public



Four energy tests for India's new prime minister

May 2014
James Crabtree

The next Indian government will face pressing decisions concerning diesel subsidies for oil companies, higher gas prices, and the involvement of foreign companies for exploration



House of Lords: Shale gas and oil development “urgent national priority” for UK

May 2014
Daniel Atzori

A report just published by the House of Lords urges the United Kingdom to embrace the shale gas and oil revolution, saying that it could bring huge benefits for the country’s economic growth and energy security



South Sudan: Struggle for the oil city of Bentiu

May 2014
Daniel Atzori

A civil war has been raging since  December, which is taking on the connotations of an interethnic conflict between the Nuer and Dinka peoples. A desperate humanitarian crisis is ongoing in the country, which is also placing the future development prospects of the local oil industry at risk



Fracking. Offshore? Of course

May 2014
Paul Betts

The gas-oil industry is increasingly considering the possibility of using fracking in deep waters. The main obstacle is the prohibitive cost



G7 energy summit: A shared commitment to security

May 2014
Editorial Staff

A common energy policy is being  strengthened to ensure a diversified energy supply.  Due to the crisis between Ukraine and Russia, ministers are "extremely concerned about the energy security implications"



US shale boom putting pressure on Nigerian oil exports

May 2014
Lina Roger

Nigerian oil exports to the United States strongly fell last year as the shale boom in the U.S. makes the country less dependent on oil exports. Nigeria needs to find policies to attract investments in the energy sector to counterbalance these effects



Polish prime minister calls for creation of European energy union

April 2014
Daniel Atzori

If Europe was able to negotiate with a single voice, Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk suggests, it would be capable of having more negotiating power with regard to Moscow. Tusk urges Europe to diversify its energy sources looking toward coal and European shale gas



Northeast Passage opens up road to Europe for China

April 2014
Sebastiano Fusco (Agenzia Nova)

After the recent agreements signed with Iceland for the exploitation of the gas fields, a strategy for China is being clearly mapped out. The strategy is to open a maritime passage to the north and create a new Sino-European “grand route,” which will go from Asia to Canada



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