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Suspect in NK Assassination: I Got Paid $90 for 'Prank'.

One of the women arrested in the airport slaying of the North Korean leader's half-brother says she thought she was smearing baby oil on her victim's face as part of a reality-show stunt. Siti Aisyah, who is being held in Malaysia, met with officials from her home country of Indonesia...

- Newser - US

Kim Jong-nam killing: Suspect 'was paid $90 for baby oil prank'.

Indonesian woman Siti Aisyah is interviewed over the death of the North Korean leader's half-brother.

- BBC - UK

UN climate chief says environmental action 'unstoppable' amid reports Trump may abandon Paris deal.

Patricia Espinosa is encouraged by the 'transformation' of oil and gas companies in the US.

- IBTimes.co.uk - UK

Nine burnt in Old Dhaka gas cylinder blast; fire at plastic warehouse reported.

Nine people, including a woman, have been admitted to Dhaka Medical College Hospital with burn injuries sustained in a gas cylinder blast at an eatery in Old Dhaka.

- BDNews24 - BD

Suspect in Kim's killing was 'paid $90 for baby oil prank'.

The Indonesian woman suspect in the murder of Kim Jong-nam said she was "hired" by two men to carry out a "prank" on the North Korean and was paid 400 Malaysian ringgits for it.

- BDNews24 - BD

John HancockVoice: How Mining, Oil And Gas Workers Are Retraining For The Solar Economy.

- Forbes.com - US

U.S. Set To Rival Russia In Oil And Natural Gas Exports.

The U.S. is becoming an oil and gas exporting powerhouse, helping to alleviate energy deprivation around the world and lower Russia's gaining influence.

- Forbes.com - US

Suspect in Kim Jong Nam Killing Says Oil 'Prank' Earned Her $90.

An Indonesian suspect in the attack on Kim Jong Nam said she was paid $90 to help apply a baby oil-like liquid to his face, which police say contained a lethal nerve agent that killed the half brother of North Korea's dictator.

- Wall Street Journal - US

Shaking off dieselgate, VW races back into profit.

German auto giant Volkswagen on Friday said it raced back into the black in 2016 as car sales hit an all-time high, in the latest sign of its "dieselgate" scandal fading into the rearview mirror.

- The Local - INT

Pope Francis defends indigenous peoples' rights to their ancestral lands.

Pope Francis insisted that indigenous groups must give prior consent to any economic activity affecting their ancestral lands, a view that conflict with the Trump administration, which is pushing to build a US$3.8bn oil pipeline over opposition from American Indians.

- MercoPress - FK

Herbert Morrison High gets $500,000 energy-efficiency system.

HERBERT Morrison Technical High School will be installing a 3000-watt grid-tied solar photovoltaic system, following a $500,000 grant from the Petroleum Corporation of Jamaica .

- JamaicaObserver.com - JM

Kuwait expected to spend $115bn on energy projects over next 5 yrs - Middle East to spend $294bn on oil and gas projects

Kuwait expected to spend $115bn on energy projects over next 5 yrs - Middle East to spend $294bn on oil and gas projects...


Car buyers should have 'long, hard think' about diesel

The transport secretary suggests drivers should try to buy the least polluting vehicles possible.

- BBC - UK

CPB, BaSad questions BERC's role, announces 'public hearing' over gas prices hike

 Left parties have questioned the role of Bangladesh Energy Regulatory Commission and announced its own public hearing over the recent gas prices hike.

- BDNews24 - BD

Pak PM lifts ban on gas connections in constituencies of party members

, Feb. 25 : Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has lifted a ban on gas connections for 55 constituencies, consisting of influential politicians and union ministers from the ruling Pakistan Muslim League party, including his son-in-law Mohammad Safdar, while others wait for the waiver.This came as the erstwhile Pakistan ...

- Sify - IN

Siti Aishah thought paid RM400 to smear baby oil in prank, Indonesian envoy says

KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 25 — An Indonesian suspect of the alleged assassination of Kim Jong-nam had claimed that she was paid RM400 to participate in what she thought was a prank reality TV show. The woman named Siti Aishah had told acting Indonesia...

- The Malay Mail - MY

Kim Jong-nam killing: Suspect 'was paid $90 for baby oil prank'

Indonesian woman Siti Aisyah interviewed over death of North Korean leader's half-brother.

- BBC - UK

Business › Japan pays high fee for first U.S. shale cargo

Japan in January paid nearly twice as much for liquefied natural gas derived from U.S. shale gas as it did for its cheapest imports, official trade data showed on Friday. Shale gas from the United States had been touted as a panacea to Japan's energy crisis after the Fukushima…

- Japan Today - JP

Palestinians: 3 dead in Gaza-Egypt smuggling tunnel

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip — Palestinian authorities say three workers have died after inhaling toxic gas in a smuggling tunnel beneath Gaza's border with Egypt.

- Billings Gazette - US

Myanmar takes aim at fake cooking oil

The Myanmar government will take legal action against those found to be selling fake cooking oil from March, says Kyaw Win, Union Minister for Planning and Finance.

- BangkokPost - TH

Study to focus on pollution potential of oil and gas wastewater spread on roads

Understanding the environmental impact of using oil and gas wastewater as a road treatment may lead to safer water resources and stricter government regulations, according to Penn State researchers.William Burgos, professor of environmental engineering, and Lara Fowler, senior lecturer at Penn State Law and assistant ...

- ENN - US

WATCH: This Cartoon Elon Musk Explains Why Solar Will Trump Oil

The entrepreneur's views on the future of energy may leave petroleum fans especially animated.

- Forbes.com - US

ExxonMobil Wins An Anti-SLAPP Motion In Texas, While Landry's Loses

The oil giant uses a law designed to protect citizen protesters to go after an employee who sued it for slander.

- Forbes.com - US

New Jersey OKs gas pipeline through protected Pinelands

CHERRY HILL, N.J. — New Jersey environmental regulators on Friday approved a hotly contested plan to run a natural gas pipeline through a federally protected forest preserve amid raucous protests that included drums, tambourines and choruses of "This Land Is Your Land." The careful construction of this pipeline will ...

- SFGate - US

She voted for Trump. Now she fears losing the Obamacare plan that saved her life

Kathy Watson was anxious about her health coverage even before she woke up gasping for breath last month and drove herself to the emergency room with a flare-up in her heart condition. After struggling for years without insurance, the 55-year-old former small-business owner — who has battled diabetes,...

- Los Angeles Times - US

MARKET WATCH: NYMEX, Brent crude oil prices climb on lower US crude imports

Light, sweet crude oil prices for April settled well above $54/bbl on Feb. 23 after a weekly inventory showed US oil supplies rose less than analysts had anticipated. Analysts attributed the smaller-than-expected increase to a lower volume of imported crude oil.

- OGJ - US

Dussafu deals firming before output start

BW Energy Gabon Pte. Ltd.’s plan to start oil production from the Dussafu production-sharing contract offshore Gabon next year has advanced with the firming of two deals to acquire interests totaling 91.67%.

- OGJ - US

Shell, YPF to develop Vaca Muerta gas pilot project

Royal Dutch Shell PLC and Argentina’s YPF SA have signed preliminary terms and conditions of an agreement to develop a shale gas pilot project in the Vaca Muerta shale of Neuquen province.

- OGJ - US

Associations form pipeline steel team in response to Trump memo

Four national oil and gas associations have formed a pipeline steel team in response to US President Donald J. Trump’s Jan. 24 Executive Memorandum specifying that US-manufactured materials will be used in all new construction as well as repairs, retrofits, and expansions to the maximum extent possible.

- OGJ - US

Rosneft reports decline in net income for 2016

Rosneft reported a decline net income in 2016 to 181 billion rubles compared with 355 billion rubles in 2015. Fourth-quarter net income of 52 billion rubles, however, doubled third-quarter net income of 26 billion.

- OGJ - US

Gazprom Neft shows annual boost in net profits

PJSC Gazprom Neft earned 200.1 billion rubles in net profits in 2016—a 82.5% increase over 2015. Oil-equivalent production increased 8.2% to 86.2 million tonnes. Factors attributing to this boost in earnings include production increases at Novoportovskoye and Prirazlomnoye fields and the commissioning of the East ...

- OGJ - US

ONRR stays new oil, gas valuation rule in response to litigation

The US Office of Natural Resources Revenue has postponed the Jan. 1 effective date for its new final rule covering oil and gas as well as coal valuation on public and Indian tribal land after several petitioners legally challenged it in US District Court for Wyoming on Dec. 29, 2016, the agency announced.

- OGJ - US

Whitehead appointed Marathon Oil EVP, CFO

Dane Whitehead has joined Marathon Oil Corp. as executive vice-president and chief financial officer with an anticipated effective date of Mar. 6.

- OGJ - US

Contract let for Uzbekistan gas processing complex

Russia’s privately held PJSC Lukoil and Uzbekistan’s National Holding Co. Uzbekneftegaz, through a contractor, have let a contract to Frames Group BV, Alphen aan den Rijn, the Netherlands, to provide desalting equipment for their jointly owned Kandym gas processing complex now under construction in southwestern ...

- OGJ - US

ORPIC: Sohar refinery expansion due for commissioning

Oman Oil Refineries & Petroleum Industries Co. has completed all construction and precommissioning works for the multibillion-dollar Sohar Refinery Improvement Project , a long-planned, brownfield modernization program to technically enhance the operator’s existing 116,000-b/d refinery about 230 km northwest of Muscat.

- OGJ - US

An Oklahoman’s background in oil is not a scandal

Gasp! While he was attorney-general of Oklahoma, the new administrator of the US Environmental Protection Agency had regular communication with oil and gas companies. Oh no! Scott Pruitt actually tried to help some them.

- OGJ - US

Dakota Access oil pipeline could be operating within weeks

Oil could be flowing through the $3.8 billion Dakota Access pipeline in less than two weeks, according to court documents filed by the developer just before police and soldiers started clearing a protest camp in North Dakota where pipeline opponents had gathered for the better part of a year. Energy Transfer Partners ...

- The Japan Times - JP

Oil and Water Don't Mix: Why the ACLU Is Standing Up for the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe

The ACLU has joined 34 tribes in asking a federal court to halt pipeline construction until an environment study can be done. On December 4, the Army Corps of Engineers did the right thing by refusing to give Energy Transfer Partners permission to build a portion of the nearly 1,200-mile-long Dakota Access Pipeline under ...


3 dead in Gaza-Egypt smuggling tunnel: Palestinians

Palestinian authorities say three workers have died after inhaling toxic gas in a smuggling tunnel beneath Gaza's border with Egypt

- The Daily Star - LB

European Investment Bank eyes to finance TANAP, TAP

Baku hosted discussions on funding the Southern Gas Corridor , Azerbaijan's Energy Ministry said in a message Feb. 24.

- AzerNews - AZ

SOCAR commissions new well in Caspian Sea

Azerbaijan's state oil company SOCAR will additionally produce 62.05 million cubic meters of gas and 730 tons of condensate annually as it has commissioned a new well on the Gunashli offshore field, SOCAR said in a message Feb. 24.

- AzerNews - AZ

Palestinians: 3 dead in Gaza-Egypt smuggling tunnel

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip " Palestinian authorities say three workers have died after inhaling toxic gas in a smuggling tunnel beneath Gaza's border with Egypt.The Interior Ministry says the three were working to repair the tunnel...

- The New Zealand Herald - NZ

Palestinians: 3 dead in Gaza-Egypt smuggling tunnel

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip — Palestinian authorities say three workers have died after inhaling toxic gas in a smuggling tunnel beneath Gaza's...

- Townhall.com - US

Pipeline protest camp cleared, but area far from normal

The Texas-based company building the Dakota Access pipeline says oil could be flowing in less than two weeks.

- Hawaii News Now - US

Porsche, Audi lift VW to record underlying profit

Record Audi and Porsche sales helped Volkswagen swing to a record underlying profit in 2016, although a bigger than expected charge from the diesel emissions scandal meant it missed estimates for its operating profit. Sales of the German carmaker's luxury brands lifted underlying operating profit before special items 14 ...

- Yahoo! News Finance - US

Angry gun lobbyist tries to incite crowd about peaceful protesters:'They're angry, they're militant'

Speaking at CPAC, the NRA's Wayne LaPierre appears to be trying to get protesters killed, by painting them as violent and as possible covers for terrorism.  xOh my god. The NRA's LaPierre: What happens when terrorists tag along with an airport protest "and gas the place like they did in Tokyo?"— Daniel Dale February 24, ...

- Daily Kos - US

From the frontline: How Greenpeace volunteers are resisting fracking in Lancashire

by. Credit: John Cobb / Greenpeace A frack free zone sign pinned to railings in front of Blackpool Tower, Lancashire Image caption: A frack free zone sign pinned to railings in front of Blackpool Tower, Lancashire When fracking firm Cuadrilla was granted permission to frack for gas in Lancashire toward the end of last year, ...

- Greenpeace - INT

Oklahoma regulator issues new directive to curb quakes

HOUSTON - Oklahoma's oil and gas regulator on Friday issued a wider directive limiting future increases in wastewater disposal underground in another effort to address a rash of temblors that have occurred amid the shale boom.

- Reuters - US

Shale Is Reshaping America's Oil Trade Balance

US imports of Middle Eastern crude are set to drop, and our exports just hit a 24 year high.

- The American Interest - US

The Drawdown Begins: Traders Sell Oil Stored In Tankers Off Asia

Oil traders have already sold more than 10 million barrels of crude stored in tankers off the coasts of Asia in what could be seen as the start of the drawdown of the huge oversupply and market tightening following OPEC's production cut deal. According to shipping data by Thomson Reuters Eikon, a total of 6.8 million ...

- OilPrice.com - US