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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.

Kulluk drilling unit reaches harbor on Kodiak Island off Alaska

Jan 8, 2013

The Kulluk, a conical drilling unit, was safely towed to a harbor on Kodiak Island in the Gulf of Alaska where it will undergo a thorough safety assessment before resuming its journey to its winter harbor in Seattle for repairs and maintenance, said Royal Dutch Shell PLC.

Norway's PSA finds nonconformities with West Hercules semi

Jan 7, 2013

Norway’s Petroleum Safety Authority (PSA) reports a recent audit found numerous nonconformities of the Seadrill Group’s West Hercules ultradeepwater semisubmersible drilling rig.

US drilling rig count off slightly to 1,762

Jan 4, 2013

The US drilling rig count fell by 1 unit during the week ended Jan. 4, with the total number of rotary rigs reaching 1,762, as reported by Baker Hughes Inc. This compares with 2,007 rigs working in the comparable week last year.

Transocean to pay $1.4 billion in fines for Macondo blowout, spill

Jan 3, 2013

A Transocean Ltd. subsidiary agreed to plead guilty to violating the US Clean Water Act and to pay a total of $1.4 billion in civil and criminal fines and penalties for its conduct related to the blowout of the deepwater Macondo well and the explosion and fire on the Deepwater Horizon semisubmersible.

US drilling rig count down 11 units to 1,763

Dec 28, 2012

The US drilling rig count decreased by another 11 units during the week ended Dec. 28, with the total number of rotary rigs reaching 1,763, Baker Hughes Inc. reported.

Noble working on issues with Discoverer drillship in Alaska

Dec 27, 2012

Noble Corp. is working to fix deficiencies and maintenance issues raised by the US Coast Guard during a recent inspection of the Noble Discoverer drillship following a drilling season offshore Alaska, the drilling contractor said Dec. 27.

US drilling rig count down 25 units to 1,774

Dec 21, 2012

The US drilling rig count edged dipped by 25 units during the week ended Dec. 21, with the total number of rotary rigs reaching 1,774, Baker Hughes Inc. reported. This compares with 2,008 rigs working in the comparable week last year.

US drilling rig count down 1 unit to 1,799

Dec 14, 2012

The US drilling rig count edged downward by 1 unit during the week ended Dec. 14, with the total number of rotary rigs reaching 1,799, Baker Hughes Inc. reported.

ERCB: Alberta frac job leak caused by insufficient spacing

Dec 14, 2012

Insufficient distance between wellbores caused a vertical oil well to leak fluids after hydraulic fracturing of a nearby horizontal well last January in Red Deer County, Alta., an investigation by the Alberta Energy Resources Conservation Board has determined.

US drilling rig count dives 11 units to 1,800

Dec 7, 2012

The US drilling rig count decreased 11 units during the week ended Dec. 7, with the total number of rotary rigs reaching 1,800, Baker Hughes Inc. reported. This compares with 1,987 rigs working in the comparable week last year.

Lenape files NY lawsuit to overturn fracing moratorium

Dec 3, 2012

Lenape Resources Inc. has filed a lawsuit against Avon, a town in Livingston County, NY, to overturn a municipal moratorium on hydraulic fracturing for natural gas exploration and production.

US drilling rig count falls 6 units to 1,811

Nov 30, 2012

The US drilling rig count lost 6 units during the week ended Nov. 30, with the total number of rotary rigs reaching 1,811, Baker Hughes Inc. reported. This compares with 1,993 rigs working in the comparable week last year.

Producers urge Congress to leave IDC tax deductions alone

Nov 29, 2012

A coalition of 33 national, regional, and state oil and gas associations expressed concern to leaders of two key congressional committees over the possible elimination or restriction of the federal tax deduction for intangible drilling costs.

US drilling rig count gains 3 units to 1,809

Nov 16, 2012

The US drilling rig count gained 3 units during the week ended Nov. 16, with the total number of rotary rigs reaching 1,809, as reported by Baker Hughes Inc. This compares with 2,001 rigs working in the comparable week last year.

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