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FWS lists Northern Long-Eared Bat as a threatened species

Apr 2, 2015

The US Fish & Wildlife Service designated the Northern Long-Eared Bat (NLEB) a threatened species, but attached an interim special rule that it said eliminates unnecessary regulatory requirements for landowners, land managers, government agencies, and others in the animal’s multistate range.

Maersk starts production from Tyra Southeast-B in Danish North Sea

Mar 31, 2015

Maersk Oil has started oil and gas production from the Tyra Southeast-B unmanned platform, expected to add reserves of 50 million boe over the next 30 years.

Apache produces 1 million bbl from wells in Egypt’s Western Desert

Mar 31, 2015

Five producing wells in Egypt’s Western Desert operated by Khalda Petroleum Co., a joint-venture between Apache Corp. and Egyptian General Petroleum Corp. (EGPC), have produced 1 million bbl of oil since November.

Rex Energy enters Moraine East drilling JV

Mar 31, 2015

Rex Energy Corp., State College, Pa., has entered a joint venture agreement with an affiliate of ArcLight Capital Partners LLC for the joint development of 32 wells in western Pennsylvania.

Chevron Canada applies with AER for 32 wells in Fox Creek area

Mar 30, 2015

Chevron Canada Resources has filed an application with Alberta Energy Regulator to drill 32 wells in the Duvernay formation in the Fox Creek area.

BHI: US rig count decline smallest in 15 weeks

Mar 27, 2015

The US drilling rig count dropped just 21 units to settle at 1,048 rigs working during the week ended Mar. 27, representing the smallest decline in 15 weeks, according to data from Baker Hughes Inc.

Schlumberger subsidiary pleads guilty to violating US sanctions

Mar 26, 2015

Schlumberger Oilfield Holdings Ltd. (SOHL) agreed to plead guilty and pay a fine of more than $232.7 million for conspiring to violate the International Emergency Economic Powers Act (IEEPA) by willfully facilitating illegal transactions and engaging in trade with Iran and Sudan, the US Department of Justice announced on Mar. 25.

SPE/ICoTA: Oil field services market to contract, rebound quickly

Mar 24, 2015

In a keynote speech to attendees of the 2015 Coiled Tubing & Well Intervention Conference & Exhibition, Richard B. Spears, an oil field services market researcher, says the worst may be yet to come for that market, but a partial recovery also could come sooner than expected.

BHI: US rig count plunges in 15th straight week, spurred by offshore dropoff

Mar 20, 2015

The US drilling rig count fell 56 units—41 of which targeted oil—to settle at 1,069 rigs working during the week ended Mar. 20, capping off the 15th consecutive week in declines, according to data from Baker Hughes Inc.

Counties, associations challenge DOI’s Greater Sage Grouse tactics

Mar 20, 2015

A coalition of national and regional oil, gas, coal, and mining associations and county governments in four Rocky Mountain states charged three US Department of the Interior agencies with using bad science and poor information to make public lands and Endangered Species Act listing decisions for the Greater Sage Grouse.

Transocean reports plans to scrap four rigs, stack four more

Mar 19, 2015

Transocean Ltd. plans to scrap four of its offshore drilling rigs and stack four others, according to its latest fleet status update.

SPE/IADC: Collaboration, innovation must transcend oil price

Mar 18, 2015

Leaders from oil and gas operators and drilling contractors were empanelled Mar. 17 at the 2015 SPE/IADC Drilling Conference & Exposition to tackle the issue of delivering wells in a changing world.

Cue buys out PetroChina in Indonesian PSC

Mar 16, 2015

Cue Energy Resources Ltd., Melbourne, has completed acquisition of PetroChina’s 60% interest in the Mahakam Hilir production-sharing contract in Indonesia’s Kutei basin.

Production from Pluto LNG plant shut following Cyclone Olwyn

Mar 16, 2015

Woodside Petroleum Ltd. has temporarily shut-in production at its Pluto LNG plant after the Atwood Osprey submersible drilling rig drifted near Pluto flowlines during Cyclone Olwyn, which impacted the Australia’s northwest coast on Mar. 12.

BHI: US rig count down in 14th straight week, loses 67 units

Mar 13, 2015

The US drilling rig count plunged 67 units—64 on land and 56 targeting oil—to settle at 1,125 rigs working during the week ended Mar. 13, according to data from Baker Hughes Inc.

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