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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.

End of gas flaring at oil production sites urged by 2030

Apr 27, 2015

Supporters of ending routine natural gas flaring met Apr. 17 at headquarters of the World Bank in Washington, DC, to launch the "Zero Routine Flaring by 2030" initiative.

Watching Government: Texas bills clarify fracing roles

Apr 27, 2015

Lawmakers in Texas are weighing in on one oil and gas issue there this spring as their federal counterparts consider-and sometimes duck-ways to authorize more LNG and crude oil exports and other broader national questions.

Study: North Texas quakes likely linked to gas drilling

Apr 27, 2015

A seismology team in a study led by Southern Methodist University found high volumes of wastewater injection combined with brine extraction from natural gas wells was "the most likely" cause of earthquakes near Azle, Tex., during 2013-14.

US shale as swing producer

Apr 27, 2015

Many are talking about US light, tight oil (LTO) as possibly becoming a new source of swing supply for the world oil market.

BLM proposes higher onshore oil, gas royalty rates

Apr 24, 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 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.

Odyssey Pipeline transports production from Delta House

Apr 24, 2015

A joint venture of Shell Pipeline Co. LP and Genesis Energy LP reported that its Odyssey Pipeline System transported the first crude oil production from the Delta House platform in the Mississippi Canyon protraction area of the Gulf of Mexico.

Ichthys begins CPF, FPSO module lifts

Apr 24, 2015

Contractors for the Ichthys fields in the Browse basin have completed the first topside module lifts onto the central processing facility and the floating production, storage, and offloading facility.

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.

CNOOC starts oil production at Kenli 10-1 field

Apr 23, 2015

China National Offshore Oil Corp. Ltd. reported the start up of oil production from Kenli 10-1 field with 12 wells producing 10,750 b/d.

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.

Noble Energy settles air pollution charges from D-J basin operations

Apr 22, 2015

Noble Energy Inc. agreed to settle federal and state air pollution charges stemming from its Denver-Julesburg basin oil and gas exploration and production activities, the US Department of Justice, Environmental Protection Agency, and State of Colorado jointly said.

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.

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