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IEEFA report: Argentina’s Vaca Muerta Patagonia fracking plan is financially risky, fiscally perilous

IEEFA report: Argentina’s Vaca Muerta Patagonia fracking plan is financially risky, fiscally perilous

Major investors Chevron, ExxonMobil, Equinor, Total, Shell and Tecpetrol are depending on tenuous subsidies

New York/Buenos Aires (March 21, 2019) — The Vaca Muerta oil and gas project, which promises to double oil and gas production over the next six years in Argentina, is facing such strong headwinds from current fiscal, market, political and environmental forces that “the plan is likely to fail,” according to a report released today […]

March 22, 2019 Read More →
Informe IEEFA: El plan argentino de fracking en Vaca Muerta de Patagonia es financieramente riesgoso, fiscalmente peligroso

Informe IEEFA: El plan argentino de fracking en Vaca Muerta de Patagonia es financieramente riesgoso, fiscalmente peligroso

Los principales inversores Chevron, ExxonMobil, Equinor, Total, Shell y Tecpetrol dependen de subvenciones frágiles.

Nueva York/Buenos Aires (21 de marzo de 2019) – El proyecto de gas y petróleo Vaca Muerta, que promete duplicar la producción de ambos combustibles en los próximos seis años en Argentina, enfrenta obstáculos tan fuertes por las actuales fuerzas fiscales, de mercado, políticas y ambientales que “el plan probable fracase”, según un informe publicado […]

March 21, 2019 Read More →
Sightline/IEEFA report: U.S. fracking industry posts disappointing Q4 results

Sightline/IEEFA report: U.S. fracking industry posts disappointing Q4 results

More red flags point to industry in decline

March 19, 2019 (Sightline/IEEFA) — Record-setting oil and gas production in Q4 did not lead to corresponding financial success. To the contrary, U.S. fracking-focused companies “spilled alarming volumes of red ink in 2018,” according to a report released today by the Sightline Institute and the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis (IEEFA). The joint […]

March 20, 2019 Read More →

IEEFA update: Andrew Cuomo got it right on New York’s fracking ban

Despite opponents’ fears, ban likely saved investors billions

New York State, under the leadership of Governor Andrew Cuomo, instituted a ban on hydraulic fracturing (fracking) in 2014. Not surprisingly, the ban was hotly contested. Opponents had portrayed fracking as a silver bullet that would create jobs and promote economic development.  They predicted the state’s citizens would regret Cuomo’s decision. A retrospective analysis of […]

IEEFA report: Financial case builds for fossil fuel divestment

IEEFA report: Financial case builds for fossil fuel divestment

Money managers need to recognize poor market performance

The financial case for investing in fossil fuels is losing ground as the powerful oil and gas industry continues its steady decline, according to the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis (IEEFA). In a briefing note released Feb. 6, Fossil Fuel Investments: Looking Backwards May Prove Costly to Investors in Today’s Market, IEEFA analysts […]

February 8, 2019 Read More →

IEEFA U.S.: Frackers continue to underperform

Investor wariness grows on weak third-quarter results

Dec. 5, 2018 (IEEFA) — While oil prices rose and production increased, U.S. oil-and-gas fracking companies continued nonetheless to bleed money in the third quarter of this year, according to a research brief published today by the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis. The brief—“More Red Flags on Fracking: Weak Third-Quarter Results as Cash […]

December 5, 2018 Read More →
IEEFA report: Effects of long-running oil-purchase scandal undermine privatization and contract-reform initiatives at PREPA

IEEFA report: Effects of long-running oil-purchase scandal undermine privatization and contract-reform initiatives at PREPA

A scheme that contributed to utility’s ruin and a pattern of whistleblower suppression; Potential new grounds for bondholder claims in bankruptcy proceeding; ‘History is repeating itself in Puerto Rico’

July 18, 2018, SAN JUAN (IEEFA) — A long-running practice in which Puerto Rico’s public utility bought low-quality oil at high-quality prices has been mostly ignored in Gov. Ricardo Rosselló’s privatization of the Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority (PREPA). A report published today by the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis (IEEFA) — “Multibillion-Dollar Oil […]

IEEFA report: Fund trustees face growing fiduciary pressure to divest from fossil fuels

Oil, gas, and coal industries are seen as ‘increasingly speculative;’ Sector will continue to be weighed down by lackluster rewards and daunting risks; A ‘proper financial response’ is due

July 10, 2018 (IEEFA) — A paper published today by the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis details the growing rationale for divesting from the fossil fuel industry. The paper—“The Financial Case for Fossil Fuel Divestment”—is aimed primarily at trustees of investment funds that continue to hold stakes in a sector that is freighted […]

IEEFA report: ‘Canada’s Folly’ could drive national budget deficit 36% higher while ensuring Houston-based Kinder Morgan a 637% gain

IEEFA report: ‘Canada’s Folly’ could drive national budget deficit 36% higher while ensuring Houston-based Kinder Morgan a 637% gain

Purchase of stalled Trans Mountain Pipeline would benefit Texas company at expense of taxpayers; Call for full public disclosure; C$11.6 billion in completion costs for ‘a pipeline project that is unnecessary’

June 26, 2018  (IEEFA)— Canada could see its budget deficit grow by more than a third with the national government’s purchase of the Trans Mountain Pipeline from Houston-based Kinder Morgan, according to a report published today by the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis. The report —“Canada’s Folly: Government Purchase of Trans Mountain Pipeline Risks […]

IEEFA Investor Memo ExxonMobil (XOM): Company Is an ‘Outlier’ in How It Reports Write-offs on Canadian Oil Sands Assets

Loss Accounting ‘Largely Overlooked by Industry Analysts;’ Full Transparency Could Affect Balance Sheet by $22 Billion

April 17, 2017  (IEEFA.org) – The Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis (IEEFA) today published an investor memo questioning whether ExxonMobil has appropriately accounted for its recent write-off of billions of barrels of Canadian oil sands assets. In “ExxonMobil Investment Note,” IEEFA outlines how ExxonMobil remains the exception in the oil industry in its […]

April 17, 2017 Read More →

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IEEFA report: Argentina’s Vaca Muerta Patagonia fracking plan is financially risky, fiscally perilous

IEEFA report: Argentina’s Vaca Muerta Patagonia fracking plan is financially risky, fiscally perilous

Major investors Chevron, ExxonMobil, Equinor, Total, Shell and Tecpetrol are depending on tenuous subsidies

New York/Buenos Aires (March 21, 2019) — The Vaca Muerta oil and gas project, which promises to double oil and gas production over the next six years in Argentina, is facing such strong headwinds from current fiscal, market, political and environmental forces that “the plan is likely to fail,” according to a report released today […]

March 22, 2019 Read More →
Climate risk prompts judge to halt oil and gas drilling projects in Wyoming

Climate risk prompts judge to halt oil and gas drilling projects in Wyoming

The Guardian: In the first significant check on the Trump administration’s “energy-first” agenda, a US judge has temporarily halted hundreds of drilling projects for failing to take climate change into account. Drilling had been stalled on more than 300,000 acres of public land in Wyoming after it was ruled the Trump administration violated environmental laws […]

March 21, 2019 Read More →
Informe IEEFA: El plan argentino de fracking en Vaca Muerta de Patagonia es financieramente riesgoso, fiscalmente peligroso

Informe IEEFA: El plan argentino de fracking en Vaca Muerta de Patagonia es financieramente riesgoso, fiscalmente peligroso

Los principales inversores Chevron, ExxonMobil, Equinor, Total, Shell y Tecpetrol dependen de subvenciones frágiles.

Nueva York/Buenos Aires (21 de marzo de 2019) – El proyecto de gas y petróleo Vaca Muerta, que promete duplicar la producción de ambos combustibles en los próximos seis años en Argentina, enfrenta obstáculos tan fuertes por las actuales fuerzas fiscales, de mercado, políticas y ambientales que “el plan probable fracase”, según un informe publicado […]

March 21, 2019 Read More →

IEEFA op ed: New York State pension fund should divest from fossil fuels

Investments need to address poor stock performance of fracking industry

A shock went through energy stock markets recently as Norway moved its $1 trillion sovereign wealth fund to dump oil and gas stocks, seeing the risk increasing. Recall this is a fund built on oil money. Yet state Comptroller Tom DiNapoli, the sole custodian of our $200 billion state pension fund, still can’t find good […]

March 20, 2019 Read More →
Sightline/IEEFA report: U.S. fracking industry posts disappointing Q4 results

Sightline/IEEFA report: U.S. fracking industry posts disappointing Q4 results

More red flags point to industry in decline

March 19, 2019 (Sightline/IEEFA) — Record-setting oil and gas production in Q4 did not lead to corresponding financial success. To the contrary, U.S. fracking-focused companies “spilled alarming volumes of red ink in 2018,” according to a report released today by the Sightline Institute and the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis (IEEFA). The joint […]

March 20, 2019 Read More →

Report shows big banks still investing big dollars in fossil fuels

Greentech Media: Thirty-three global banks invested a combined $1.9 trillion in fossil fuel companies since 2015 — the year nations negotiated the Paris climate accord — according to a report released today by groups including the Sierra Club and Honor the Earth. The annual “report card” on bank investments in fossil fuels serves as a […]

March 20, 2019 Read More →

Technology transition undercutting all fossil fuels

The New York Review of Books: “Kingsmill Bond” certainly sounds like a proper name for a City of London financial analyst. He looks the part, too: gray hair expertly trimmed, well-cut suit. He’s lived in Moscow and Hong Kong and worked for Deutsche Bank, the Russian financial firm Troika Dialog, and Citibank. He’s currently “new […]

March 15, 2019 Read More →

Experts say Norwegian pension investment decision could affect India’s oil and gas sector

Livemint: The decision of the world’s largest sovereign wealth fund to stop investing in oil and gas explorers globally may affect Indian companies, such as Reliance Industries Ltd, Oil and Natural Gas Corp. Ltd, Indian Oil Corp. Ltd (IOC) and Oil India Ltd, where the $1 trillion fund has made investments. The decision of Norway’s […]

March 13, 2019 Read More →

Shell sets goal of becoming world’s largest power company

Bloomberg: Royal Dutch Shell Plc plans to become the world’s biggest power company within 15 years, a move that suggests it sees climate change as a bigger threat to its business than electricity’s historically weak returns. The world’s No. 2 oil explorer by market value is spending as much as $2 billion a year on […]

March 12, 2019 Read More →

Norway’s $1tn wealth fund to divest from oil and gas exploration

The Guardian: The world’s largest sovereign wealth fund, which manages $1tn (£770bn) of Norway’s assets, is to dump investments in firms that explore for oil and gas but will still hold stakes in firms such as BP and Shell that have renewable energy divisions. The Government Pension Fund Global (GPFG), whose assets exceed those of […]

March 8, 2019 Read More →