Table of Contents

Oil & Gas Journal

02/22/2010
Volume 108, Issue 7
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  • Regular Features

  • General Interest

    • Editorial: What bipartisanship means
      Suddenly, bipartisanship is back in fashion in Washington, DC. Since the general election of November 2008, bipartisanship has been the runaway spaniel of politics—something missed and longed for yet deemed unlikely to be encountered again.
    • Natural gas prominent in governors' energy strategies
      Jobs and the economy have dominated a number of US governors' State of the State (SOTS) and budget addresses so far in 2010, and will be prominent issues as the National Governors Association holds its winter meeting Feb. 20-22 in Washington, DC. Direct references to oil and gas have been few and far between, but have been significant when they have occurred.
    • EIA forecasts gradual improvement in US gas markets
      US natural gas markets should gradually improve during 2010 with modest demand growth, lower production and imports, and higher prices, the US Energy Information Administration suggested in its latest Short-Term Energy Outlook.
    • Watching Government: Utah council has people talking
      Utah was very much in the news a year ago after US Interior Secretary Ken Salazar ordered the Bureau of Land Management to reject 77 successful bids from a December 2008 lease sale.
    • Texas takes legal steps to stop EPA from regulating GHGs under CAA
      Saying the US Environmental Protection Agency wrongly outsourced scientific review to a United Nations commission, Texas government leaders said on Feb. 16 that the state will legally challenge EPA efforts to regulate greenhouse gases under the Clean Air Act.
    • BP, ConocoPhillips drop out of Climate Action Program
      BP PLC and ConocoPhillips are leaving the US Climate Action Program because they believe they can be more effective on their own in the national global climate-change debate, the companies separately announced on Feb. 16.
    • NARUC study lists adverse impacts for ongoing OCS ban
      Continuing US offshore oil and gas leasing moratoriums from 2009 through 2030 would decrease US oil production by 9.9 billion bbl—or an average 15%/year—and natural gas production by 46 tcf—or 9%/year—a study commissioned by the National Association of Regulatory Commissioners concluded.
    • Watching The World: Mexico's big changes
      Mexico's oil and gas industry is in for some very big changes, especially in the amount of LNG it plans to import in the near future.
    • Argentina closes ports to ships visiting Falklands
      Argentina's President Cristina Fernandez, intent on increasing tension over oil exploration in the South Atlantic, has signed a government decree restricting the movement of vessels between the Argentine mainland and the Falkland Islands, also known as Las Malvinas.
    • UFIP: French refining industry situation 'critical'
      The French refining industry faces a "critical" situation as part of a European system in which "between 10 to 15% of the 114 refineries should be shut down to restore a demand-supply balance," says the leader of a trade group.
    • Calvalley tests Kohlan, basement in Yemen
      Calvalley Petroleum Inc., Calgary, has tested oil and gas-condensate from fractured granitic basement and gas-condensate from Jurassic Kohlan sands at its Qarn Qaymah-2 deep exploratory well in central Yemen's Block 9 in the Masila basin.
    • Strikes hit Total's refineries in France
      Total SA's six refineries and 12 product depots in France have been hit by labor strikes supporting the Feb. 16 takeover by workers of the idle 137,000-b/d Dunkirk refinery.
    • COMPANY NEWS: Williams to restructure, enlarge partnership
      Williams Cos. Inc., Tulsa, will fold its natural gas pipeline and US midstream businesses into Williams Partners LP, along with its limited and general-partner interests in Williams Pipeline Partners LP, in a partnership-transforming restructuring valued at $12 billion.
    • PERSONNEL MOVES AND PROMOTIONS: ConocoPhillips announces senior appointments
      ConocoPhillips announced two senior leadership changes.
  • Exploration & Development

    • Two consortia awarded Orinoco Carabobo blocks
      Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez offered reassurances to international oil companies after state-owned Petroleos de Venezuela SA (PDVSA) signed agreements with two consortia to develop oil fields in his country's Orinoco belt.
    • EOG tests Bossier pay on Haynesville spread
      EOG Resources Inc., Houston, will drill several wells in 2010 to prove its belief that Jurassic Bossier dry gas pay exists on at least half of its 160,000 acres in the Jurassic Haynesville play in Northwest Louisiana and East Texas.
    • Aussie firm to get largest French land permit
      Elixir Petroleum Ltd., Sydney, will acquire East Paris Petroleum Development Ltd., which holds France's largest onshore exploration block.
    • Three-company group gets blocks off Uruguay
      A three-company group has signed an agreement with Uruguay's state ANCAP, Montevideo, to explore two blocks on the Uruguayan continental shelf.
  • Technology

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