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BLM seeks comments on QEP’s proposed gas, helium processing project

Apr 28, 2015

The US Bureau of Land Management is seeking public comments on QEP Resources Inc.’s plans to build a natural gas and helium processing plant in the Dry Piney Creek area 10 miles northwest of LaBarge, Wyo. Information received will be used to help prepare an environmental assessment of the proposed project, BLM’s Pinedale field office said in an Apr. 20 notice.

Colorado joins two other states in lawsuit against BLM’s fracturing regs

Apr 27, 2015

Colorado state officials joined the states of Wyoming and North Dakota in a lawsuit questioning the US Bureau of Land Management’s new rules for hydraulic fracturing for onshore drilling on tribal and federal public lands.

BHI: US rig count drops 22 units in 20th straight week of losses

Apr 24, 2015

The US drilling rig count fell 22 units to 932 rigs working during the week ended Apr. 24, marking the 20th consecutive week of declines, according to data from Baker Hughes Inc.

Diligence essential to avoid future offshore mistakes, panel told

Apr 23, 2015

The offshore oil and gas industry—as well as the federal agencies that regulate it—must remain diligent to avoid the mistakes that led up to the Macondo deepwater well blowout and crude oil spill 5 years ago, witnesses told the US House Natural Resources Committee.

Upper East Coast US Senate, House members oppose Atlantic leasing

Apr 23, 2015

Observing both Earth Day and the fifth anniversary of the Macondo deepwater well accident and crude oil spill, US Senate and House members—largely Democrats from Northeastern and Mid-Atlantic states—introduced bills to stop federal offshore oil and gas leasing off the Atlantic coast.

CERAWeek: Company, industry have transformed since Macondo, BP CEO says

Apr 22, 2015

This week marked the 5-year anniversary of the Deepwater Horizon explosion in the deepwater Gulf of Mexico that took 11 lives and resulted in the costliest oil spill in US history, a somber occasion of which Bob Dudley, BP PLC chief executive officer since the aftermath of the incident, took a moment to remember during an Apr. 21 IHS CERAweek luncheon.

CERAWeek: Regulatory hurdles still threaten US shale, CEOs say

Apr 22, 2015

Leaders of prominent US shale producers came together on Apr. 21 to drive home a point that’s emerged as a primary theme during this year’s IHS CERAWeek in Houston: The urgent need to lift the export ban on US crude oil.

CSIS forum: More cooperation needed to address Arctic challenges

Apr 17, 2015

More cooperation not just between government and the oil and gas industry, but with a broad range of residents and businesses inside and outside Alaska, is essential to address pressing infrastructure challenges there, speakers at a Center for Strategic and International Studies forum agreed.

BLM proposes higher onshore oil, gas royalty rates

Apr 17, 2015

The US Bureau of Land Management is proposing changes to federal onshore oil and gas royalty rates, rental payments, lease sale minimum bids, civil penalty caps, and financial assurances, US Interior Secretary Sally Jewell announced. Comments on the Advanced Notice of Possible Rulemaking (ANPR) will be accepted for 45 days following its publication in the Federal Register next week.

BHI: US rig count cut in more than half since Dec. 5

Apr 17, 2015

The US drilling rig count fell 34 units—all on land—to 954 rigs working during the week ended Apr. 17, according to data from Baker Hughes Inc.

More rig day rate, fleet use declines seen

Apr 17, 2015

Drilling contractors, onshore and offshore, face further declines in day rates and fleet utilization this year as operators slash activity in response to a crude-price slump that shows no sign of early recovery, warns Fitch Ratings.

BOEM, BSEE extend comment period for proposed Arctic drilling rules

Apr 17, 2015

The US Bureau of Ocean Energy Management and Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement extended the comment period for proposed oil and gas drilling regulations on the US Arctic Outer Continental Shelf by 30 days.

IHS: Eagle Ford completions pending

Apr 13, 2015

US oil producers operating in the Eagle Ford shale in South Texas built an inventory of nearly 1,400 drilled but uncompleted (DUC) wells, said an analysis from IHS, which noted that the most promising of these wells belong to a few operators.

BHI: US rig count falls under 1,000 for first time since 2009

Apr 10, 2015

After noticeably slowed declines over the previous 2 weeks, the US drilling rig count fell 40 units to 988 rigs working during the week ended Apr. 10, settling under 1,000 for the first time since Sept. 11, 2009, according to data from Baker Hughes Inc.

MARKET WATCH: Crude oil prices rebound on volatile New York, London markets

Apr 10, 2015

US light, sweet crude oil prices and Brent crude oil prices regained some strength Apr. 9 after both plunged by more than $3.50/bbl the previous day on a volatile market for the week while many traders anticipate a recovery for crude oil although the timing of the recovery is uncertain.

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