A New Column for Energy Voice

A Yukos station before the government targeted the company a decade ago.

A Yukos station before the government targeted the company a decade ago.

This week marks the debut of my new energy column for Energy Voice, a website devoted to the global energy industry. My first topic: an interview with former Yukos executive Bruce Misamore about the recent ruling by the European Court of Human Rights. The ECHR ordered Russia to pay $2.5 billion related to the seizure Yukos a decade ago, and Misamore has been involved in the case from the beginning. The judgment is the largest in the court’s history. You can read more here to find out why Misamore doesn’t think it’s nearly enough to make Yukos shareholders whole.

You may be wondering how I came to write a column for a website in Scotland. A few months back, I spoke at an offshore safety conference in Aberdeen, and I met some journalists from the local paper, the Aberdeen Press and Journal. That led to discussions about a regular column, and I was excited about the opportunity to reach an international audience. I had a debut piece ready to go when the ECHR ruling came down. While the Yukos case has generated only moderate coverage in the U.S., it’s been closely followed in Europe, so I suggested we delay the original column and go with this one instead.

And what was the topic of that original column? You’ll have to wait until next month to find out.

(Note: some of my blog posts for Forbes.com are republished on the website Oil Voice, which shouldn’t be confused with Energy Voice.)


About lorensteffy

Loren Steffy is a writer, speaker and consultant. He is the author of Drowning in Oil: BP and the Reckless Pursuit of Profit published by McGraw-Hill in 2010 and The Man Who Thought Like a Ship, published by Texas A&M University Press in April 2012. A journalist for more than 25 years, he was most recently the business columnist for the Houston Chronicle.
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