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Every seat was filled at the Houston Four Seasons on Oct. 20 when the Mexican government unveiled information on the oil and gas areas and fields it will make available to private companies in 2015. The historic event, hosted by the University of Texas at Austin’s Jackson School of Geosciences Latin America and Caribbean Program…

Opening Up

As Mexico deregulates its state-run oil industry, UT-Austin expertise could play a significant role By Tracy Idell Hamilton The Congreso Mexicano del Petróleo, or Mexican Petroleum Congress, bills itself as the most important forum for scientific exchange for oil and gas exploration and production in Mexico. For years it has gathered engineers and executives to…

The Mexican Congress approved a massive overhaul of the country’s energy industry that will open it up to international oil companies and allow competition in Mexico’s stagnant energy sector. The legislation is part of President Enrique Peña Nieto’s plan to improve the country’s economy. New York Times, Aug. 6, 2014 Featuring: Jorge Pinon

Chile’s energy sector is focusing its efforts on developing renewables, with a goal of meeting 20 percent of the country’s power needs with renewable energy by 2025. Chile Energy Minister Máximo Pacheco Matte discussed the issue at an event sponsored by the University of Texas-Austin Latin America and Caribbean Program. Houston Chronicle, July 2, 2014 Featuring:…

“Earlier this year, the government shutdown stalled two crucial policy decisions in the United States involving the movement of energy: the Keystone pipeline and liquefied natural gas (LNG) export terminals. Rather than allow extreme arguments to dominate, Americans should demand lawmakers move toward the radical middle on both of these vital issues.” Austin American-Statesman, Jan….

This FAQ refers to the Bureau of Economic Geology Shale Gas Assessment study described in a Feb. 28 university press release: New, Rigorous Assessment of Shale Gas Reserves Forecasts Reliable Supply from Barnett Shale Through 2030. Who were the team members who conducted this study? Who funded the study? What is the Bureau of Economic…

Will Venezuela continue to subsidize Cuban oil supplies post-Chavez? “The impact of Cuba losing that arrangement would be disastrous,” said Jorge Pinon, an oil expert at the University of Texas’ Center for International Energy and Environmental Policy. CNN, Jan.. 22, 2013 Featuring: Jorge Pinon

Some 17 countries in the Caribbean region receive shipments of crude or refined oil products with preferential repayment terms under the Petrocaribe energy pact with Venezuela. But some nations fear oil shipments could stop post-Chávez. If that happens, everything from construction of new highways to the price of gas and electricity and tax rates could…

Houston Chronicle, Oct. 4, 2011 Featuring: Michael Webber

National Public Radio, June 2, 2011 Featuring: Charles Groat

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