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  • Flying Gas Prices: The Shell Game

    This investigation uncovered an oil company scandal: Shell Oil Company was planning to close a refinery, even though it was making big profits. The investigation found that, even though Shell Oil claimed the oil field was tapped out, the real motivation for the closure was to fix oil prices.
  • The Politics of Petroleum

    In recent times U.S. search for oil outside the volatile Middle East has led them to Kazakhstan and other countries around the Caspian Sea. This story looks at the government in Kazakhstan and the regime which has a controversial record of human rights violation corruption. As this story reveals, millions of dollars paid as fees by American firms goes to offshore accounts controlled by top Kazakh officials.
  • Series of Stories on U.S. Energy Policy

    These stories from Time magazine look at an energy crisis that the U.S. is likely to face. The story reveals that for three decades, the government has not adopted or stuck to any significant energy policy. Subsequent government policies have in fact been marked by sharp reversals of the previous ones.
  • BP Spikes Prices

    The story covers the alleged manipulation of West Coast crude oil prices by BP, based on 4,000 pages of evidence released from the antitrust case concerning the merger between BP and Amoco. By practicing exports to Far East at a lower net prices, using a computer software to determine the maximum possible accepted price for the crude oil delivered to rafineries and charging differenciated prices for the same product, the scheme contributed to the reason why West Coast motorists pay about 20 cents more/gallon than the national average. Four follow up stories are also included.
  • How Federal Policies, Industry Shifts Created A Natural Gas Crunch

    The Journal reports that federal efforts to promote clean air have fed a surge in demand for natural gas, but the shape of the domestic oil and gas industry have sharply curtailed U.S. oil and gas exploration, bringing little new gas into the pipeline. The story reveals that as production lags, gas consumption, fueled by gas-fired power plants and a hot economy, is climbing fast. Imports are struggling to fill the gap.
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    WDIV-TV (Detroit) looks at controversial contract for fuel oil made with the city of Detroit that was engineered by the mayor and resulted in nation's highest oil prices, June-July 1982.
  • "Spot market traders:" The middlemen in crude oil sales

    Texas Monthly takes a look at the shadowy world of the middlemen in crude oil sales, "spot market traders;" through their collective buying and selling, they play a major role in determining oil prices.