French energy minister Nicolas Hulot said on June 23 the government planned to present a draft law this autumn that would stop granting licenses for oil and gas exploitation in France and overseas territories.

The regulator on June 22 published an eight-step program it wants oil companies to follow to tap the southern North Sea tight gas deposits, which were traditionally unpopular among explorers because they were difficult to access and therefore more expensive to develop.

ExxonMobil and BP have thrown their support behind a carbon tax plan proposed by a group of elder Republican statesmen, according to an advertisement published in the Wall Street Journal.

The U.S. Supreme Court handed a victory to Chevron by preventing Ecuadorean villagers and their American lawyer from trying to collect on an $8.65 billion pollution judgment.

Colombia's state-run oil company Ecopetrol SA is paying particular attention to an upcoming wave of public referendums on crude production, the company's chief operating officer, Felipe Bayon, said June 16.

Canada's oil sands need more emissions-cutting measures and monitoring, an official panel said June 16 in recommendations that could potentially raise costs in a high-cost region that international players have increasingly abandoned.

New sanctions on Russian energy projects proposed by the U.S. Senate are aimed at boosting LNG exports from the U.S. to Europe, an official from Gazprom was quoted as saying.

Oil company Lexin Resources Ltd. said it has agreed to cooperate with the receivership process to better enable the sale of its licensed assets and has adjourned its countersuit against the Alberta Energy Regulator

The EPA said June 13 it would propose a two-year stay of the previous administration's oil and gas industry methane emissions standards while the agency reconsiders the regulation.

U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke said on June 12 he has recommended that President Donald Trump reduce the size of the Bears Ears National Monument in Utah—a move that drew quick fire from conservationists but was supported by mining and drilling interests.

ExxonMobil on June 9 asked a New York court to reject the latest subpoena request from the state's top prosecutor and called his climate change probe "reckless."

The regulation doubles the amount of time offshore oil and gas operators have coordinate development operations and retain their leases in federal waters of the U.S. Outer Continental Shelf, BSEE said June 9.

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