Table of Contents

Oil & Gas Journal

09/20/2010
Volume 108, Issue 35
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  • Regular Features

  • General Interest

    • FBR Capital: BP court battle with firms over Macondo 'not worth the risk'
      Despite BP PLC's effort in its internal report to blame contractors for mistakes leading to the Macondo well blowout in the Gulf of Mexico, the amount the British major might recover may not be "worth the additional financial and reputational risk" of a protracted legal battle, said analysts at FBR Capital Markets & Co., Arlington, Va.
    • Principles of safety policy under review after oil spill
      The Deepwater Horizon semisubmersible explosion and subsequent Gulf of Mexico oil spill have prompted a worldwide review of industry practices and regulatory structures.
    • Bromwich: Industry to determine when deepwater drilling resumes
      US Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation, and Enforcement Director Michael R. Bromwich said he had received no suggestions in public forums that the Obama administration's deepwater drilling moratorium should go beyond its scheduled Nov. 30 expiration date.
    • DOI issues 'idle iron' order to offshore producers
      Oil and gas producers operating in the Gulf of Mexico will be required to set permanent plugs in nearly 3,500 nonproducing, completed wells with a subsurface safety valve in place and dismantle about 650 production platforms if they are no longer being used, US Department of the Interior officials announced.
    • Bromwich hears shallow-water drillers' complaints in Louisiana
      Processing of applications is taking longer than previously, but no federal moratorium exists on shallow-water drilling, US Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation, and Enforcement (BOE) Director Michael R. Bromwich told a group of shallow water drillers before BOE's final public forum on offshore drilling in Lafayette, La.
    • Watching Government: Protecting history
      The ancient American Indian petroglyphs on the sandstone rocks in the Oregon basin near Cody, Wyo., are believed to be thousands of years old. The names scratched onto the surface several feet away are not.
    • API: Survey finds most voters oppose raising industry taxes
      Nearly two thirds of America's voters oppose raising taxes on the oil and gas industry in the US and believe it could destroy jobs, the American Petroleum Institute announced on Sept. 14.
    • Study: Tax moves could 'cripple' US oil and gas industry
      Proposals by the Obama administration to kill two tax provisions important to oil and gas companies would do economic harm worth more than the revenue they would raise for the government, according to a study commissioned by the American Energy Alliance.
    • WEC speakers see growing need for hydrocarbon energy
      Keynote speakers at the World Energy Congress in Montreal this week predicted rising demand for hydrocarbon fuels, especially natural gas, despite growth in the use of alternatives.
    • EPA asks companies for frac-fluid data
      The US Environmental Protection Agency asked nine service companies to voluntarily supply information about chemicals in their hydraulic fracturing fluids for its study of the completion process's possible effects on subsurface drinking water.
    • NPC studies crucial to long-term US strategy, White House says
      Two studies under way by the National Petroleum Council will be crucial to developing a long-term energy, environmental, and economic strategy for the US, Obama administration officials told council members at the group's Sept. 14 meeting.
    • Watching The World: BP and the archaeologists
      The oil and gas industry is probably as familiar as anyone when it comes to processing contradictions. But here's a new one: archaeologists differ completely when it comes to BP PLC operations off Libya.
    • IEA doubts oil market's 'respite' will last
      The oil market remains in a period of unusual calm that probably won't last, says the International Energy Agency.

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