From Slate.com, boiling down Bloomberg, “BP Spends Billions To Hunt for Oil off Brazil“:

BP, the largest oil and gas company in Europe, has finalized a deal to fork over $7 billion in cash for a chunk of Devon Energy Corp.’s assets. BP will buy U.S. deepwater sites in the Gulf of Mexico, sites in Azerbeijan and, most notably, 10 sites off the coast of Brazil, home to some of the largest deepwater oil fields in the world. “This strategic opportunity fits well with BP’s operating strengths and key interests around the world,” BP Chief Executive Officer Tony Hayward told Bloomberg. “As well as giving us a broad portfolio of assets in the exciting Brazilian deepwater, it will strengthen out position in the Gulf of Mexico, enhance our interests in Azerbaijan and enable us to progress the development of Canadian assets.” As part of the deal, Devon will take a 50 percent stake in BP’s Kirby oil sands in Alberta, Canada.

Wall Street Journal editorial, “An Energy Head Fake“:

President Obama used his January State of the Union speech to promise “a new generation of safe, clean nuclear power plants” and “new offshore areas for oil and gas development.” Judging by its recent decisions, we’d say his Cabinet hasn’t received the memo.

Congress’s ban on offshore drilling expired in September 2008, and a Bush Administration plan for leasing the energy-rich Outer Continental Shelf was due to begin this year. Yet within a month of taking office, Interior Secretary Ken Salazar halted leasing by extending the public comment period by six months. When that period ended last September, Interior said it would take “several weeks” to analyze the results. It has yet to release a summary.

 

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