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US drilling rig count slides 1 unit to 1,761

Mar 1, 2013

The US drilling rig count dropped by 4 units during the week ended Mar. 1, with the total number of rotary rigs reaching 1,757, Baker Hughes Inc. reported. That compared with 1,989 rigs working in the comparable week last year.

Shell puts Arctic drilling off Alaska on pause

Feb 27, 2013

Royal Dutch Shell PLC announced it will “pause” its exploration drilling activity for 2013 in Alaska’s Beaufort and Chukchi seas to prepare equipment and plans for a resumption of activity at a later stage.

US drilling rig count slides 1 unit to 1,761

Feb 22, 2013

The US drilling rig count slid by 1 unit during the week ended Feb. 22, with the total number of rotary rigs reaching 1,761, Baker Hughes Inc. reported. That compared with 1,981 rigs working in the comparable week last year.

Brazil judge drops criminal charges against Chevron, Transocean for Frade oil seep

Feb 21, 2013

A Brazilian judge dropped criminal charges against Chevron Corp., drilling contractor Transocean Ltd., and 17 of their employees regarding a November 2011 offshore oil seep in the Campos basin involving Frade field although a civil suit against the companies remains pending.

Water-depth record set at well off India

Feb 20, 2013

Transocean Ltd. and Oil & Natural Gas Corp. have claimed a world water-depth record at a well offshore eastern India for drilling by a marine rig.

US drilling rig count gains 3 units to 1,762

Feb 15, 2013

The US drilling rig count increased by 3 units during the week ended Feb. 15, with the total number of rotary rigs reaching 1,762, Baker Hughes Inc. reported. That compared with 1,994 rigs working in the comparable week last year.

Transocean fined $400 million for Macondo well incident

Feb 15, 2013

Transocean Offshore Inc. pleaded guilty to federal charges stemming from the 2010 Macondo deepwater well incident and agreed to pay $400 million in criminal fines and penalties, US Atty. Gen. Eric H. Holder Jr. announced on Feb. 14.

Colorado adopts 500-ft setback for new oil and gas wells

Feb 11, 2013

Colorado’s Oil and Gas Conservation Commission voted 8-1 to require new oil and gas wells to be at least 500 ft from homes and buildings, effective Aug. 1.

US drilling rig count gains 11 units to 1,764

Feb 1, 2013

The US drilling rig count climbed 11 units during the week ended Feb. 1 with the total number of rotary rigs reaching 1,764, Baker Hughes Inc. reported. This compares with 1,997 rigs working in the comparable week last year.

Seadrill orders two jack up drilling rigs for 2015 delivery

Feb 1, 2013

Seadrill Ltd. ordered two high-specification jack up drilling rigs from Dalian Shipbuilding Industry Offshore Inc. in China, and the rigs, worth $230 million total, are scheduled for delivery during the first half of 2015.

NOAA, BOEM plan supplemental Arctic oil, gas draft EIS

Jan 28, 2013

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the US Bureau of Ocean Energy Management are preparing a supplemental draft environmental impact statement (EIS) analyzing how a broader range of potential Arctic offshore oil and gas activities could affect marine mammals, other resources, and Alaska Native communities, the two agencies jointly announced on Jan. 25.

US drilling rig count falls 12 units to 1,749

Jan 18, 2013

The US drilling rig count dropped by 12 units during the week ended Jan. 18, with the total number of rotary rigs reaching 1,749, Baker Hughes Inc. reported. This compares with 2,008 rigs working in the comparable week last year.

EPA says Shell's Alaska drilling units violated air permits

Jan 11, 2013

The US Environmental Protection Agency has said Royal Dutch Shell PLC’s Kulluk conical drilling unit and the Noble Discoverer drillship, under contract to the Anglo-Dutch multinational firm, violated numerous conditions of air-quality permits while drilling off Alaska during 2012.

US drilling rig count down 1 unit 1,761

Jan 11, 2013

The US drilling rig count fell by 1 unit during the week ended Jan. 11, with the total number of rotary rigs reaching 1,761, Baker Hughes Inc. reported. This compares with 1,987 rigs working in the comparable week last year.

Salazar orders review of 2012 Arctic oil, gas drilling

Jan 8, 2013

The US Department of the Interior has launched an expedited, high-level assessment of the 2012 offshore drilling program in the Beaufort and Chukchi seas, Interior Sec. Ken Salazar announced. The assessment, which will take 60 days, will review activities and identify challenges and lessons learned, he said.

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