Many eastern European countries and the U.S. have said the pipeline could limit supply routes and the energy security of the European Union, which gets a third of its gas from Russia.

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The lease sale generated just more than $18 million in bids.

According to a recent Canadian federal government memo,the federal government is responsible for making the payments, but receives no money from the oil activity, with the province taking all royalties, Reuters reported. 

Iran has been boosting output after the lifting of sanctions and has refused to join a previous attempt this year by OPEC plus non-members such as Russia to stabilize production, and talks collapsed in April.

The EPA said it was concerned about seismic activity in the Dallas-Fort Worth area because of its potential to affect underground sources of drinking water, Reuters reported.

The 2017 auctions will follow three auctions that began last year covering both shallow-water and onshore blocks.

A prominent Texas lawyer was among five defendants found not guilty of charges related to an alleged scheme to defraud a program set up by BP to compensate people who suffered economic losses from the spill.

Prosecutors say about $1.8 billion worth of bribe money has been recovered from offshore accounts in 36 countries, Reuters reported. 

Norwegian oil and gas companies plan to cut greenhouse-gas emissions by 2.5 million tonnes in the decade to 2030 as part of efforts to rein in global warming, the Norwegian Oil and Gas Association said on Aug. 17.

Populist Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador would require Pemex take minimum stakes in all future oil contracts, and may also revoke two dozen contracts already signed with oil companies, Reuters reported.

PT Pertamina will be the holding company in oil and gas sector, and publicly-listed gas distributor PT Perusahaan Gas Negara will be one of its units, Reuters reported.

Tensions flared in June 2015 under Macri's predecessor, Cristina Fernandez, when an Argentine federal judge ordered the seizure of millions of dollars' worth of assets owned by drillers operating in the Falklands area, Reuters reported.