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California issues proposed well stimulation requirements

Nov 18, 2013

California’s Department of Conservation issued proposals to regulate hydraulic fracturing and other oil and gas well stimulation on Nov. 15, starting a 60-day public comment period on rules it hopes to finalize and have in place by Jan. 1, 2015.

Baker Hughes: US drilling rig count up to 1,762

Nov 15, 2013

The US drilling rig count increased 8 units to reach 1,762 rigs working during the week ended Nov. 15, Baker Hughes Inc. reported.

BSEE: Black Elk failed to supervise contractors in 2012 platform fire

Nov 5, 2013

Black Elk Energy Offshore Operations LLC failed to properly supervise its contractors, contributing to a series of events and decisions associated with a Nov. 16, 2012, explosion and fire on Black Elk West Delta Block 32 Platform E in the Gulf of Mexico about 17 miles off Grand Isle, La., the US Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement said.

Baker Hughes: US drilling rig count edges down to 1,738

Oct 25, 2013

The US drilling rig count dropped a single unit to 1,738 rigs working during the week ended Oct. 25, Baker Hughes Inc. reported.

Sunshine, Renergy finalize Muskwa-Godin oil sands pact

Oct 22, 2013

Sunshine Oilsands Ltd., Calgary, has signed the previously announced joint operating agreement with Renergy Petroleum (Canada) Co. Ltd., an affiliate of Changjiang Investment Group Co. Ltd. of Hong Kong, with respect to Sunshine’s Muskwa and Godin area leases in Alberta’s Athabasca oil sands area.

EIA to release drilling productivity report

Oct 21, 2013

Starting Oct. 22, the US Energy Information Administration will release a new monthly drilling productivity report (DPR), which will provide “region-specific insights into rig efficiency, new well productivity, decline rates at previously existing wells, and overall production trends,” according to EIA.

Baker Hughes: US drilling rig count down to 1,739

Oct 18, 2013

The US drilling rig count lost 4 units to 1,739 rigs working during the week ended Oct. 18, Baker Hughes Inc. reported.

Canadian Natural Resources advances Horizon Oil Sands project

Oct 18, 2013

Canadian Natural Resources Ltd. said it completed several milestones at its Horizon Oil Sands project in northern Alberta in the third quarter, en route to production of 250,000 b/d of synthetic crude oil by 2017.

Baker Hughes: US drilling rig count drops to 1,743

Oct 11, 2013

The US drilling rig count lost 13 units to 1,743 rigs working during the week ended Oct. 11, Baker Hughes Inc. reported.

Maersk names first ultradeepwater drillship

Oct 11, 2013

The first of four ultradeepwater drillships under construction for Maersk Drilling at the Samsung Heavy Industries (SHI) shipyard at Geoje-Si, South Korea, has been named Maersk Viking.

Petronas okays Lundin Malaysia’s Bertam oil development

Oct 10, 2013

Petronas has approved the Bertam oil field development plan for Lundin Malaysia BV, the first Lundin-operated development project in Malaysia.

Woodside’s North Rankin B gas project comes on stream

Oct 7, 2013

Woodside Petroleum Ltd.’s $5 billion (Aus.) North Rankin B project offshore Western Australia has been brought on stream and is sending gas to the Burrup Peninsula gas plant.

Baker Hughes: US drilling rig count climbs to 1,756

Oct 4, 2013

The US drilling rig count jumped 12 units to 1,756 rigs working during the week ended Oct. 4, Baker Hughes Inc. reported.

Lukoil picks onshore facilities contractor for N. Caspian oil

Oct 4, 2013

OAO Lukoil has selected the contractor for building onshore facilities to handle oil from its north Caspian fields.

BP’s Dudley defends company’s Macondo spill-response tactics

Oct 2, 2013

BP PLC’s Chief Executive Officer Bob Dudley has denied that his company deliberately delayed capping of the Macondo well—which suffered a blowout in April 2010, resulting in a massive oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico—saying that such suggestions defy logic and common sense.

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