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Glossary of Select Oil and Gas Industry Terms
Hubbert Peak Theory
- Wikipedia article (note their disclaimer). See also: this article about M. King Hubbert.
Oil Shale: What Is Oil Shale?
"Basic information on oil shale, oil shale resources, and recovery of oil from oil shale." From the U.S. Oil Shale and Tar Sands Programmatic EIS Information Center.
Peak Oil - Definition
- Wikipedia article (note their disclaimer). See also: this article about M. King Hubbert.
- Wikipedia article (note their disclaimer).
What Is Crude Oil?
An introduction to crude oil provided by Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC).
What Is OPEC?
An introduction to the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) written by OPEC. See also this article on OPEC from Wikipedia (note their disclaimer).

For Students

Energy Lessons: Learning About Fossil Fuels
Sections include: Looking Down an Oil Well, Squeezing Oil Out of the Earth, Washing More Oil From Rocks, and Soap, Bugs and Other Ways to Produce Oil.
Fossil Fuels: Coal, Oil, and Natural Gas
Includes information on where fossil fuels come from, oil refineries, and petroleum. Part of The Energy Story website provided by the California Energy Commission.
Petroleum (Oil) - A Fossil Fuel
Oil as a non-renewable resource. Sections include: How Oil Was Formed, Where We Get Oil, Crude Oil is Made into Different Fuels, Oil and the Environment. Information provided by the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA).
Welcome to the World of Oil!
"From the Group Up: The World of Oil." Introduction to hydrocarbon systems, geology basics, daily uses of oil, and other related concepts. Provided by the Paleontological Research Institution in New York.

General Information & Issues

CNN Special Report: Fueling America
Sections include: Gas Prices and You, Local and Global Impact, Solutions and Alternatives. Includes videos, news, analysis, and commentaries.
Extreme Oil
"Extreme Oil crisscrosses the globe like the transcontinental pipelines themselves, exposing a wide range of issues -- and meeting people who wrestle with the dilemmas of how to ensure the supply we need, at a price we will tolerate." From Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) / WNET.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) about Energy
Answers to questions about energy, gas and oil prices, crude oil, renewable and alternate energy sources, and more. Provided by the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA).
How Stuff Works: Oil and Oil Refining
Non-renewable Resources
Article on oil and other nonrenewable resources from Wikipedia (note their disclaimer). See also their article on renewable resources.
Oil and Gas Resources
News and recent publications from U.S. Geological Survey (USGS).
Oil Market Basics
"A primer on oil markets combined with hotlinks to oil price and volume data available on the Internet." From the Office of Oil and Gas, U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA)
Oil Markets Explained
An article from 2007. Provided the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC).
Pick Your Poison
"An updated environmentalist's guide to gasoline." From the Sierra Club.
ToxFAQs for Fuel Oils
"This fact sheet answers the most frequently asked health questions about fuel oils." Information provided by U.S. Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry, Division of Toxicology (part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services - HHS).


Alaska Oil and Gas Conservation Commission
Alaskan Government home page concerning oil drilling and gas mining in Alaska.
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA): Oil & Oil Spills
"EPA seeks to prevent, prepare for, and respond to oil spills that occur in and around inland waters of the United States."
Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC)
"The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission regulates and oversees energy industries in the economic, environmental, and safety interests of the American public."
Strategic Petroleum Reserve
Information, news, statistics, reports from the United States Department of Energy (DOE) Strategic Petroleum Reserve Project Management Office.
U.S. Department of Energy (DOE)
"The Department of Energy's overarching mission is to advance the national, economic, and energy security of the United States; to promote scientific and technological innovation in support of that mission; and to ensure the environmental cleanup of the national nuclear weapons complex."
U.S. Department of Energy, Office of Fossil Energy
"Ensuring that we can continue to rely on clean, affordable energy from our traditional fuel resources is the primary mission of DOE's Office of Fossil Energy."
U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA)
" The Energy Information Administration (EIA), created by Congress in 1977, is a statistical agency of the U.S. Department of Energy. Our mission is to provide policy-neutral data, forecasts, and analyses to promote sound policy making, efficient markets, and public understanding regarding energy and its interaction with the economy and the environment."
U.S. Federal Trade Commisssion (FTC): Oil and Gas Industry Initiatives
"This website describes the FTC's oversight of the petroleum industry, with special sections on our activities related to merger enforcement, anticompetitive nonmerger activity, and gasoline price data. It also features reports and economic working papers, Congressional testimony, advocacy work, conference proceedings, and studies. Check it often for updates and information on new initiatives."
U.S. National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL): Oil and Natural Gas Supply
"The National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL), part of DOE's national laboratory system, is owned and operated by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE). NETL supports DOE's mission to advance the national, economic, and energy security of the United States. The only U.S. national laboratory devoted to fossil energy research, NETL implements a broad spectrum of energy and environmental research and development (R&D) programs that will return benefits for generations to come."
U.S. Petroleum Reserves
"The Office of Petroleum Reserves manages programs that provide the United States with strategic and economic protection against disruptions in oil supplies."

Items in the Library System Catalog

Energy Industries
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Energy Conservation
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Energy Policy
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Oil Industries and Trade
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OPEC (Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries)
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Peak Oil & Oil Reserves
Locate related items such as Hubbert's Peak: The Impending World Oil Shortage or Beyond oil: the View from Hubbert's Peak by Kenneth S. Deffeyes.
Power Resources
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Energy Bulletin: Peak Oil News Clearinghouse
"Peak energy in the news." Includes a "peak oil primer."
Oil and Gas Journal Online
Oil and Gas: News
Directory of websites from the Open Directory Project.
Oil and Gas News Stories
From Yahoo! News.
The Oil Drum
"Discussions about energy and our future." Forum and news commentary concerning issues relating to peak oil.
"Peak Oil" in the News
Provided by Google News. Try also these searches: gas price, oil barrel, oil prices, oil costs, oil demand, oil issues, oil production, oil supply, petroleum.
Platts: Oil, Electric, Natural Gas, Coal, Nuclear, Petrochemicals, and Metals News
"From 14 offices worldwide, Platts serves the oil, natural gas, electricity, nuclear power, coal, petrochemical and metals markets."

Organizations, Associations, Industry, Companies

American Petroleum Institute (API)
"API is the only national trade association that represents all aspects of America's oil and natural gas industry."
ASPO International: The Association for the Study of Peak Oil and Gas
Independent Petroleum Association of America (IPAA)
"IPAA represents the thousands of independent oil and natural gas producers and service companies across the United States."
International Energy Agency
Energy Security, Growth and Sustainability through Co-operation and Outreach.
National Petrochemical & Refiners Association (NPRA)
"NPRA members include more than 450 companies, including virtually all U.S. refiners and petrochemical manufacturers."
National Petroleum Council (NPC)
"The National Petroleum Council (NPC), a federally chartered and privately funded advisory committee, was established by the Secretary of the Interior in 1946 at the request of President Harry S. Truman. In 1977, the U.S. Department of Energy was established and the NPC's functions were transferred to the new Department. The purpose of the NPC is solely to represent the views of the oil and natural gas industries in advising, informing, and making recommendations to the Secretary of Energy with respect to any matter relating to oil and natural gas, or to the oil and gas industries submitted to it or approved by the Secretary."
National Resources Defense Council (NRDC): Oil & Energy Issues
Move America Beyond Oil. Self-described as an "Environmental Action Group," NRDC indicates it combines "the grassroots power of 1.2 million members and online activists with the courtroom clout and expertise of more than 350 lawyers, scientists and other professionals."
Oil and Gas: Associations, Operating Companies, Utilities
Directory of websites from the Open Directory Project.
Oil and Gas: Industry Resources
Directory of websites from the Open Directory Project.
Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC)
"OPEC's objective is to co-ordinate and unify petroleum policies among Member Countries, in order to secure fair and stable prices for petroleum producers; an efficient, economic and regular supply of petroleum to consuming nations; and a fair return on capital to those investing in the industry."
The Petroleum Marketers Association of America (PMAA)
"The Petroleum Marketers Association of America (PMAA) is a federation of 46 state and regional trade associations representing approximately 8,000 independent petroleum marketers nationwide."
The Petroleum Technology Transfer Council (PTTC)
"The Petroleum Technology Transfer Council is a national not-for-profit organization established in 1994 by producers, state organizations and the DOE."
World Energy Council (WEC)
"WEC has Member Committees in nearly 100 countries, including most of the largest energy-producing and energy consuming countries. Established in 1923; the organisation covers all types of energy, including coal, oil, natural gas, nuclear, hydro, and renewables."


AAA: Daily Fuel Gauge Report
State and national statistics and fuel prices from AAA. "AAA's Daily Fuel Gauge Report is updated each day and is the most comprehensive retail gasoline survey available. Everyday up to 100,000 self-serve stations are surveyed."
Bloomberg: Energy Prices
Petroleum, natural gas, electricity prices provided by Bloomberg.
Gas Prices
Thrall's Special Coverage web guide on the topic of gasoline prices. Includes local/global information.
World Crude Oil Prices
Current and historical prices provided by the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA).

See also: Statistics.

Reports & Studies

Crude Oil: Uncertainty about Future Oil Supply Makes It Important to Develop a Strategy for Addressing a Peak and Decline in Oil Production
United States Government Accountability Office (GAO) Report to Congressional Requester, February 2007.
Hirsch Report ("Peaking of World Oil Production: Impacts, Mitigation, and Risk Management")
Government-sponsored 2005 Report to the U.S. Department of Energy from Robert L. Hirsh concerning peak oil as an "unprecedented risk management problem," one where "liquid fuel prices and price volatility will increase dramatically, and, without timely mitigation, the economic, social, and political costs will be unprecedented." (from the Executive Summary). See also this Wikipedia article on the Hirsch Report (note their disclaimer).
National Oil and Gas Assessment (NOGA)
"The USGS Central Energy Team provides periodic assessments of the oil and natural gas endowment of the United States." Interactive map and recent publications from U.S. Geological Survey (USGS).
World Petroleum Assessment
Maps, reports (e.g. "Future Oil Resources and Country Oil Consumption"), statistics, news, and recent publications from U.S. Geological Survey (USGS).
Monthly Oil Market Reports
"The OPEC Monthly Oil Market Report covers major issues affecting the world oil market and provides an outlook for crude oil market developments for the coming year. The report provides a detailed analysis of key developments impacting oil market trends in world oil demand, supply as well as the oil market balance." Provided by Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC).


Annual Statistical Bulletins
"The Annual Statistical Bulletin (ASB) contains nearly 150 pages of tables, charts and graphs detailing the world's oil and gas reserves, crude oil and product output, exports, refining, tankers, plus economic and other data." Provided by Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC).
Basic Petroleum Statistics
Yearly statistical summaries for oil, including imports, exports, production, consumption, suppliers, and prices. From the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA).
Energy Basics 101
Statistical review of energy usage in the United States within recent years. Provided by the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA).
This Week In Petroleum and Crude Oil
"Official statistics from the U.S. Government." From the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA).
U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA)
"Official energy statistics from the U.S. Government."

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