U.s. Surpasses Russia As World’s Top Oil And Natural Gas Producer With Output At 25 Million Barrels Per Day

Security Council veto of sanctions against the government of neighboring Syria. And U.S. Ambassador Christopher Stevens was killed in an attack by radical Islamists on the U.S. mission in Benghazi on Sept. 11, 2012. Given that history, it made sense to promptly evacuate Russian Embassy staff and its families, said Leonid Kalashnikov, first deputy chairman of the foreign relations committee in the lower house of Russia’s parliament. “But as things calm down there, we need to return to Libya and keep our presence there to just have some understanding of where the situation is going, Kalashnikov said in an interview. We should all draw key lessons from the deteriorating situation in Libya.” Only a few Russian citizens remain in Libya, he said mostly Russian women who married Libyan men. A senior Middle East expert, Yevgeny Satanovsky, couldn’t resist contrasting the Russian response favorably to that of the United States when it faced “Islamist anarchy” in Libya. The United States tried to impose Western democracy in Libya, resulting in never-ending tribal strife and the murder of its ambassador, Satanovsky, president of the Moscow-based Institute for Middle East Studies, said in an interview. Russians didn’t wait for such a tragic outcome and moved out before anyone was hurt.

Russia dismisses Dutch legal action over Greenpeace activists

Greenpeace activists hold portraits of those detained on the boat Arctic Sunrise during a protest in Moscow October 5, 2013. REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov

Credit: Reuters/Maxim Shemetov MOSCOW/LONDON | Sat Oct 5, 2013 11:44am EDT MOSCOW/LONDON (Reuters) – Russia shrugged off Dutch legal action over its detention and prosecution of Greenpeace activists for piracy on Saturday as protesters took to the streets internationally to call for the 30 detainees to be freed. The Netherlands launched legal proceedings against Russia on Friday, saying it had unlawfully detained activists and others on the Dutch-registered ship last month as it protested against drilling in the Arctic. Two Dutch citizens were among 30 people on board the Arctic Sunrise, which was seized by Russian authorities near the Prirazlomnaya offshore oil platform. Deputy Foreign Minister Alexei Meshkov told state-run news agency RIA Novosti that Russia had repeatedly asked the Netherlands to halt what Russia said was “illegal activity” by the ship. “Unfortunately, this was not done. Therefore, we have far more questions for the Dutch side than they can have for us,” RIA quoted Meshkov as saying. “Everything that happened with the Arctic Sunrise was pure provocation.” Russian authorities have pressed piracy charges, which could result in prison sentences of 15 years. DEMONSTRATIONS Greenpeace said it was holding up to 100 protests in about 48 countries on Saturday to call for the detainees to be freed. In London up to 700 people demonstrated outside the Russian Embassy with six Britons among those arrested by Russia. Actor Jude Law, who knows one of the arrested Britons through his children’s school, was among the protesters calling for Russia to release the detainees and condemning the charges of piracy as “ludicrous”. “They go into these situations often expecting arrest and the arrests draw more attention which is a positive but … the possibility of a 15-year prison stretch is beyond reason,” Law told the BBC. Britain’s Foreign Secretary William Hague has raised the case with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov.

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surpasses Russia as worlds top oil and natural gas producer with output at 25 million barrels per day By Suzanne Goldenberg, The Guardian Saturday, October 5, 2013 10:13 EDT Tweet New drilling techniques extract oil and gas from US shale rock formations, putting the countrys output at 25 million barrels per day The US was on pace to achieve global energy domination on Friday, overtaking Russia and Saudi Arabia as the worlds top oil and natural gas producer. New estimates released on Friday by the Energy Information Administration showed America pulling ahead of both countries in oil and natural gas production for 2013. The rise to the top was fuelled by new drilling techniques, such as horizontal drilling and hydraulic fracturing, which have unlocked vast quantities of oil and gas from shale rock formations especially in North Dakota and Texas. America was on track to produce just under 25m barrels a day of oil, natural gas and related fuels, the EIA said. Russia was just under 22m barrels a day. America had already surpassed Russia in natural gas production last year, pulling ahead for the first time since 1982. But this was the first year the US was on pace to surpass Russia in production of both oil and natural gas. Total petroleum and natural gas hydrocarbon production estimates for the United States and Russia for 2011 and 2012 were roughly equivalent within 1 quadrillion Btu of one another, the EIA said. In 2013, however, the production estimates widen out, with the United States expected to outproduce Russia by five quadrillion Btu, the agency said. Most of the new oil was coming from the western states. Oil production in Texas has more than doubled since 2010.

Russia dismisses Dutch legal action as Greenpeace protests continue

Deputy Foreign Minister Alexei Meshkov told state-run news agency RIA Novosti that Russia had repeatedly asked the Netherlands to halt what Russia said was “illegal activity” by the ship. “Unfortunately, this was not done. Therefore, we have far more questions for the Dutch side than they can have for us,” RIA quoted Meshkov as saying. “Everything that happened with the Arctic Sunrise was pure provocation.” Russian authorities have pressed piracy charges, which could result in prison sentences of 15 years. A protest was held in Wellington yesterday by families of the two Kiwi Greenpeace activists. In London up to 700 people demonstrated outside the Russian Embassy with six Britons among those arrested by Russia. Actor Jude Law, who knows one of the arrested Britons through his children’s school, was among the protesters calling for Russia to release the detainees and condemning the charges of piracy as “ludicrous”. “They go into these situatons often expecting arrest and the arrests draw more attention which is a positive but … the possibility of a 15-year prison stretch is beyond reason,” Law told the BBC. Britain’s Foreign Secretary William Hague has raised the case with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov. Officials said Britain’s concerns were based on “consular” issues of welfare. The Dutch government contests the “unlawful manner” in which the ship was intercepted and is seeking the release of all its passengers, who include 28 activists and two freelance journalists. Greenpeace says the activists had been engaged in a peaceful protest in international waters to highlight the environmental risks posed by drilling in Arctic waters. The group says Russian officials boarded its icebreaker and detained activists at gunpoint after the group piloted motorboats toward an exploration vessel working for Russia’s top oil producer, the state-controlled Rosneft, and global major ExxonMobil.