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Comments sought on Pinedale Anticline gas field noise report

Feb 18, 2015

The US Bureau of Land Management’s Pinedale Anticline Project Office (PAPO) is seeking public comments on a 2014 acoustic noise report on sound levels at 19 Greater Sage Grouse leks—places where males gather to attract females during mating season—in western Wyoming’s Pinedale Anticline natural gas field.

Ohio Supreme Court rules against municipality in oil and gas case

Feb 17, 2015

The Ohio Supreme Court ruled that the city of Munroe Falls cannot impose local drilling and zoning ordinances that conflict with Ohio state law regarding oil and natural gas activities. The high court split in a 4-3 decision with three justices providing written dissents.

BHI: US rig count continues 11-week dive, loses 98 more units

Feb 13, 2015

The US drilling rig count plunged 98 units to settle at 1,358 rigs working during the week ended Feb. 13, Baker Hughes Inc. reported.

Apache’s 2015 capital budget less than half of last year’s $8.5 billion

Feb 12, 2015

Apache Corp., Houston, plans a capital budget of $3.6-4 billion in 2015, with $2.1-2.3 billion directed toward onshore North America and $1.5-1.7 billion for international and offshore.

PNR cuts capital spending nearly in half

Feb 11, 2015

Pioneer Natural Resources Co. (PNR), Dallas, plans to spend $1.85 billion in 2015 following a fourth quarter in which the company reported a net income of $431 million. The new budget represents a 45% reduction from 2014 capital spending for continuing operations, a change attributed to low oil prices.

EIA: US gasoline prices to average $1/gal less in 2015 vs. 2014

Feb 10, 2015

US regular gasoline retail prices are expected to average $2.33/gal in 2015, down from $3.36/gal in 2014, according to the Energy Information Administration’s (EIA) latest Short Term Energy Outlook (STEO).

Renewed uncertainty emerges over Greater Sunrise development

Feb 10, 2015

There has been renewed uncertainty over the development of the Woodside Petroleum Ltd.-operated Greater Sunrise gas field in the Timor Sea following an East Timorese parliamentary law passed last week. This came in the wake of the resignation of East Timor’s Prime Minister Xanana Gusmao.

BHI: US rig count down 87 units in 10th straight week of losses

Feb 6, 2015

The US drilling rig count plunged 87 units, a decline that was again spurred mostly by oil rigs, to settle at 1,456 rigs working during the week ended Feb. 6, Baker Hughes Inc. reported.

North Reggane gas project development drilling starts in Algeria

Feb 5, 2015

The North Reggane consortium has started development drilling at its gas project in the Algerian Sahara.

Inpex starts development drilling at Ichthys field

Feb 4, 2015

Inpex Corp. has started development drilling in Ichthys gas-condensate field in the Browse basin, about 200 km offshore Western Australia.

Anadarko reports 2014 loss, remains upbeat about Wattenberg

Feb 3, 2015

Anadarko Petroleum Corp. announced a 2014 net loss of $1.75 billion, or $3.47/share diluted, including a net loss of $4.05 billion associated with the settlement of litigation involving its subsidiary, Tronox Inc., yet company executives remained upbeat about production growth.

CNOOC cuts capital budget, starts production from Jinzhou 9-3

Feb 3, 2015

CNOOC Ltd. is slashing its capital budget for 2015 by 26-35% to $11.25-12.86 billion compared with last year’s budget. Capital expenditures for exploration, development, and production respectively account for 21%, 67%, and 10% of the budget.

Obama’s proposed fiscal 2016 budget recycles oil tax increases

Feb 2, 2015

US President Barack Obama has proposed his federal budget for fiscal 2016 that he said was designed to help a beleaguered middle class take advantage of a strong economic recovery. It also included proposals from previous years to close what the administration considers oil and gas tax loopholes and the industry regards as necessary provisions to offset ongoing business expenses.

Mud volcanoes show gas hydrates potential in India's Andaman Islands

Feb 2, 2015

Minutes after the M9.0 Sumatra-Andaman earthquake in 2004, mud volcanoes erupted on Diglipur Island in North Andaman. The eruptions resulted in an accumulation of debris that reached above the height of the area's surrounding trees.

BHI: Texas anchors 90-unit plunge in US rig count

Jan 30, 2015

The US drilling rig count plunged 90 units—a majority of which were in Texas—to settle at 1,543 rigs working during the week ended Jan. 30, Baker Hughes Inc. reported.

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