Alex, the first hurricane of 2010, came ashore on Mexico's Tamaulipas coast in a Category 2 status June 30, flooding Matamoras but scarcely impacting Brownsville or other parts of South Texas just across the border.
Oil and gas lobbyists worked hard to keep up before the Independence Day recess as several congressional committees and subcommittees reviewed bills responding to the Macondo well blowout and oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.
Enterprise Products Partners LP announced June 29 an additional expansion of its natural gas and natural gas liquids pipeline system in South Texas and Mont Belvieu, Tex. serving the Eagle Ford shale play.
Drilling contractor Noble Corp. plans to buy privately owned Frontier Drilling for $2.16 billion even though no near-term new drilling is expected for the Gulf of Mexico during court battles over the US moratorium on deepwater drilling.
Ecopetrol SA assumed direct operation of Colombia's giant Cupiagua and Cupiagua Sur fields in the Llanos basin as of midnight June 30, following 28 years of joint operation with BP PLC affiliates and others.
Agbami field off Nigeria—the country's largest deepwater producing field, according to Statoil—began producing oil in July 2008 and was to reach plateau production of 250,000 bo/d by late last year (OGJ Online, Aug. 1, 2008).