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Iraqi Kurd MP wary of oil law

BAGHDAD, April 7 (UPI) -- An Iraqi parliamentarian representing Iraq's Kurds says his party will not approve a draft oil law that has been altered from the February 2007 version.

Analysis: Iraq moves on oil, graft laws

WASHINGTON, April 3 (UPI) -- Negotiators are hammering out a new draft Iraq oil law after previous drafts stalled and as Parliament is moving forward two new laws, one reconstituting the state oil company and another cracking down on oil and fuel smuggling.
BEN LANDO, UPI Energy Editor

Analysis: Pentagon: Iraq oil laws stuck

WASHINGTON, March 12 (UPI) -- A Pentagon report says four key oil-related laws in Iraq are "stalled" in political gridlock while gains in oil and power production could be lost.
BEN LANDO, UPI Energy Editor

Analysis: Iraq oil deals moving in phases

WASHINGTON, March 10 (UPI) -- With or without a new oil law, Iraq will sign deals with international oil companies aimed at boosting production, the top Oil Ministry spokesman said.
BEN LANDO, UPI Energy Editor

Analysis: Iraq a target for U.S. spending

WASHINGTON, March 7 (UPI) -- The head of the Senate Armed Services Committee wants U.S. auditors to investigate the Iraqi government's spending on reconstruction as both U.S. and Iraqi funds in the rebuilding effort came under fire on Capitol Hill this week.
BEN LANDO, UPI Energy Editor

Analysis: Oil part of Iraq-Iran war talks

WASHINGTON, Feb. 21 (UPI) -- A senior Iraq delegation in Iran isn't directly focused on the recent allegations of misconduct in its oil sector, but rather settling cross-border rows leftover from war two decades ago.
BEN LANDO, UPI Energy Editor

Analysis: Oil not part of new Iraq laws

HOUSTON, Feb. 14 (UPI) -- The Iraqi Parliament's ability to OK a package of three key laws does not mean lawmakers are ready to work toward progress on a controversial oil law.
BEN LANDO, UPI Energy Editor

Top Iraq MP: Constitution fix then oil law

WASHINGTON, Feb. 11 (UPI) -- Political disputes over Iraq's Constitution need to be resolved before progress on the oil law, said the deputy head of the Parliament's Energy Committee.

Analysis: EU hungry for Iraq gas and oil

WASHINGTON, Feb. 8 (UPI) -- Iraq is looking outside its legal and security troubles to establish mutually beneficial energy ties with Europe.
BEN LANDO, UPI Energy Editor

Analysis: Iraqi Kurds make oil sales pitch

WASHINGTON, Oct. 11 (UPI) -- The Kurdistan Regional Government is offering the global oil industry its first and, so far, only chance at entering the Iraqi crude sector. Despite anger in Baghdad, the KRG plans to sign even more controversial oil deals and is waving the "Open For Investment" sign proudly.
BEN LANDO, UPI Energy Editor

Analysis: Iraqi Kurds sign new oil deals

WASHINGTON, Oct. 2 (UPI) -- Iraq’s Kurdistan Regional Government made a sudden but not unexpected announcement Tuesday it had signed four more controversial oil deals. While the move highlights success in the region, it comes as the central government in Baghdad struggles to meet long-term agenda items like a national oil law.
BEN LANDO, UPI Energy Editor

Analysis: Iraq to privatize electricity

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates, Sept. 6 (UPI) -- Two of Iraq’s many needs right now are more electricity and more investment. A law currently being drafted would satisfy both, paving the way for foreign and domestic private companies to build power plants, a step toward fully privatizing the entire electricity sector.
BEN LANDO, UPI Energy Editor

Iraqi MP: KRG oil law didn't help

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates, Sept. 6 (UPI) -- A top Iraqi Parliamentarian said the Iraqi Kurdistan approval of a regional oil law set back the debate over a federal law.

Iraq MP: U.S. oil law pressure no help

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates, Sept. 4 (UPI) -- U.S. pressure on Iraq's government to pass an oil law as one of 18 benchmarks didn’t help and the law isn't ready to pass now, a top Parliamentarian said.

Analysis: Iraq oil law (still) coming soon

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates, Sept. 4 (UPI) -- The question is simple enough on the third and final day of a major Iraq energy conference where hundreds of hungry oil men and women broke bread with Iraq’s industry chiefs, politicians and technocrats: when will Baghdad set the ground rules for the international oil community’s long-awaited venture into the largest oil prize on earth?
BEN LANDO, UPI Energy Editor
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