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Petronas starts production from Bukit Tua field off East Java

May 26, 2015

Petronas reported startup of production from Bukit Tua field, and expects peak production to reach 20,000 b/d and 50 MMscfd.

La Jolla Conference: Regulations still constraining unconventional energy development

May 26, 2015

While unconventional oil and gas production in the US remains mostly resilient amid the industry downturn, energy policy under the Obama administration hasn’t made things easier on companies forced to cope with new market realities, panelists said on May 20 during the XXIV La Jolla Energy Conference in La Jolla, Calif.

Forest fire causes Cenovus to shutter Foster Creek facilities

May 26, 2015

Cenovus Energy Inc. halted production on May 23 from its Foster Creek oil sands and Athabasca natural gas operations as a precaution due to a forest fire about 25 km south on the Cold Lake Air Weapons Range (CLAWR) in northeastern Alberta.

Obama administration opposes Senate's trio of OCS leasing bills

May 25, 2015

The Obama administration opposes a trio of US Senate bills that propose establishing or increasing states' shares of federal oil and gas revenue from leasing and development off their shores, US Bureau of Ocean Energy Management Director Abigail Ross Hopper told the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee.

FWS mulling steps to curb migratory bird deaths at oil and gas sites

May 22, 2015

The US Fish & Wildlife Service intends to prepare a programmatic environmental impact statement to evaluate possible steps for reducing accidental migratory bird deaths from oil and gas and other industrial activities.

BHI: US rig count decline continues to slow, now down 3 to 885

May 22, 2015

The decline in the US drilling rig count continued to slow again during the week ended May 22, according to Baker Hughes Inc. The total count was off by 3 rigs for a total of 885. The count has now fallen for 24 consecutive weeks.

ADCO lets EPC contract for Mender onshore field in Abu Dhabi

May 21, 2015

Abu Dhabi Co. for Onshore Petroleum Operations Ltd. (ADCO) has let a $344-million contract to China Petroleum Engineering & Construction Corp. for engineering, procurement, and construction work for the further development of onshore Mender field in Abu Dhabi (OGJ Online, Mar. 11, 2015).

Husky begins steam operations at Rush Lake heavy oil project

May 21, 2015

Husky Energy Inc. has started commercial steam operations at the 10,000-b/d Rush Lake heavy oil thermal project in Saskatchewan (OGJ Online, Dec. 12, 2014).

Total starts gas, condensate production from Russian Arctic field

May 20, 2015

Total SA has started production of gas and condensate from onshore Termokarstovoye field in the Yamalo-Nenets autonomous district in the Russian Arctic.

Rocky Mountain states urge Washington not to interfere with sage grouse partnership

May 19, 2015

Officials from three Rocky Mountain state governments and a major national sports conservation partnership urged both the Obama administration and the 114th Congress to not interfere with what could become very successful federal-state collaborations to preserve the greater sage grouse’s habitat and keep it from being listed as an endangered species.

Utah will join lawsuit challenging BLM frac rules, governor says

May 19, 2015

Utah will ask to join Wyoming, North Dakota, and Colorado in a lawsuit challenging the US Bureau of Land Management’s recently issued hydraulic fracturing regulations, Gov. Gary R. Herbert (R) reported. The new federal rule unlawfully interferes with state regulations that already address the process, the action contends.

Texas governor signs bill to halt cities from banning fracturing

May 18, 2015

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott signed a bill to prevent municipalities from banning hydraulic fracturing in a move that was expected after the city of Denton last year approved a referendum to prohibit fracturing in its city limits.

FWS, NMFS propose changes for seeking endangered species listings

May 18, 2015

Petitions to federally list species as endangered will need to show that state wildlife agencies have been contacted beforehand and include relevant information about what those agencies are doing, the US Fish & Wildlife Service (FWS) and National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) said as they jointly proposed reforms to the federal Endangered Species Act (ESA) process.

Anadarko lets contract to JV trio for development of Mozambique LNG project

May 18, 2015

Anadarko Petroleum Corp. has let a contract to CB&I, Chiyoda Corp., and Saipem SPA—together forming the CCS joint venture—for the initial development of an LNG project in Mozambique.

DEA farms out part of West Nile Delta project to BP

May 18, 2015

DEA Deutsche Erdoel AG has farmed out its stake in the West Nile Delta project in Egypt to its joint venture partner (and operator) BP PLC “in order to better balance its portfolio,” the company reported.

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