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BRUSSELS — The United States will send armored vehicles and combat troops into eastern Syria to keep oil fields from potentially falling into the hands of Islamic State militants, U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper said.

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Movement in the price of oil has been more subdued today compared to its biggest spike in more than a decade yesterday. A weekend drone attack on Saudi oil facilities could lead to economic pressures in different parts of the world, and that definitely includes the Asia Pacific.


Legal scholars and climate activists are gathering at the Hawaii State Capitol on Friday to outline a new strategy for combating climate change. Cities and states around the country are suing major oil producers over the financial cost of climate-related disasters.

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The Guardian reports that Australia has been accused of siphoning as much as two million dollars a week in oil revenues from its impoverished neighbor Timor-Leste.

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The Trump Administration has proposed a number of policy changes when it comes to offshore leases for oil and gas exploration and drilling. This week, New Zealand announced that it is taking a dramatically different approach to the same issue. HPR’s Bill Dorman has details in today’s Asia Minute.

The Conversation: Wednesday, September 20th, 2017

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Myanmar Unwound; Oil Refining in Hawaii; Sustainable Tourism

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Wikipedia Commons

The price of Brent crude oil has hit its highest level in nearly a year and a half. If prices stay at that level or see further gains, there will be broad economic impacts—especially in Asia. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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Wikimedia Commons

A corporate giant has agreed to settle charges in China’s largest public interest lawsuit. The case involves China’s biggest energy company and the country’s worst oil spill. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

The China National Petroleum Corporation is the country’s largest producer and supplier of oil and natural gas.

Five years ago, two of the company’s pipelines exploded—spilling an estimated 15-hundred tons of crude oil into waters around the northeastern port of Dalian.

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Flickr / Jan

  It’s been more than five months since last year’s molasses spill in Honolulu Harbor. While investigations continue into that incident, spills of a different kind are a concern elsewhere in the Pacific. The substance there is oil, and the location is Singapore. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.