Table of Contents

Oil & Gas Journal

10/18/2010
Volume 108, Issue 39
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  • Regular Features

    • OGJ Newsletter
    • Journally Speaking

      • Ramifications of an 'Obamatorium'

        The "Obamatorium" ban of Gulf of Mexico drilling—just lifted last week—has joined "ObamaCare" as yet another catch phrase used by opponents to tie another potential economic disaster to US President Barack Obama's administration, prompting analysts in the Houston office of Raymond James & Associates Inc. to advise investors to "play the [high specification] jack ups, fold the floaters" in the current "offshore driller shuffle."

    • Editorial

      • Regulation vs. safety
        That the Macondo tragedy of last April would inaugurate a new era of offshore regulation was inevitable.
    • EQUIPMENT | SOFTWARE | LITERATURE
    • Advertisers Index
    • The Editor's Perspective

    • Market Journal

  • General Interest

    • Regulators voice concerns at Marcellus shale conference

      Producers and government officials should anticipate potential problems with shale gas development and be prepared to respond to them, participants on two panels said Oct. 11 at the 2010 Marcellus Summit in State College, Pa.

    • Pennsylvania Marcellus rules protect environment, official says

      The Marcellus shale represents an amazing opportunity for Pennsylvania, and the state's government has responded by enacting what probably are the nation's toughest regulations covering well casing and cement, hydraulic fracturing fluid ingredient disclosures, and pressure tests before any well is drilled, a state environmental official said on Oct. 7.

    • Watching Government: Manipulating climate

      The global climate-change debate has raised several serious questions. Geoengineering will not provide the right answer, warns James R. Fleming, a science and technology professor at Colby College in Waterville, Me.

    • Deepwater moratorium ends; groups fear slowdown
      Offshore oil and gas producers warned of a de facto moratorium on deepwater drilling in the US Gulf of Mexico as the Department of the Interior lifted a formal moratorium in effect since shortly after the Apr. 20 blowout of the Macondo well in 5,000 ft of water off Louisiana.
    • SMU: Shallow-water permit delays threaten 40,000 jobs

      A marked slowdown in the US government's issuing of new Gulf of Mexico shallow-water drilling permits poses serious implications for the US Gulf Coast's economy, a new Southern Methodist University study concluded.

    • EPA starts voluntary program for Texas flexible permit holders
      The US Environmental Protection Agency has set up a voluntary audit program to help industries operating in Texas with flexible permits obtain air-quality permits that meet state and federal requirements and the protections of the Clean Air Act.
    • BOEMRE seeks public comments on CX review

      The US Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Research, and Enforcement began on Oct. 7 to seek public comments on its review of using categorical exclusions (CXs) in decisions involving development of US Outer Continental Shelf resources.

    • Experts examine how Cuba's offshore oil could be 'game changer'

      Cuba's anticipated development of its offshore oil resources would profoundly affect its national economy, but have more political impacts on relations with the US, experts generally agreed at a forum on Oct. 8.

    • World oil shortages would center on liquid fuels, forum told

      The world could face more of a liquid fuels than crude oil shortage as national economies recover, experts agreed at an Oct. 7 Capitol Hill forum.

    • OPEC reports uptick in 2010 demand outlook

      The Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries has revised its forecast of 2010 global oil demand by 100,000 b/d in its latest monthly Oil Market Report, citing a world economy that continues to grow at a below-average pace.

    • Deloitte examines risk of US oil, gas tax increases

      Potential US tax increases related to oil and natural gas operations are likely to vary depending on how and when Congress pursues other tax items on its agenda, now expected for sometime after the upcoming election, the Deloitte Center for Energy Solutions said.

    • Watching The World: China buys into Chesapeake

      The US oil and gas industry has doubtlessly watched with interest CNOOC International Ltd.'s decision to buy a 33.3% stake in Chesapeake Energy Corp.'s acreage in the Eagle Ford shale project (OGJ Online, Oct. 11, 2010).

    • Plains E&P to acquire more Eagle Ford assets in South Texas
      Plains Exploration & Production Co. signed an agreement to acquire from Houston American Energy Corp. its holdings in Karnes County, Tex. Houston American will retain an overriding royalty interest in the assets.
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