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Range agrees to pay $4.15 million to settle Pennsylvania DEP charges

Sep 22, 2014

Range Resources Corp., Fort Worth, has agreed to pay a $4.15 million fine, close five impoundments, and upgrade two others at its Washington County operations, Pennsylvania’s Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) reported. The fine is the biggest against an oil and gas producer in the state’s shale drilling era, the agency said on Sept. 18.

Statoil installs compressors to extend North Sea fields’ lives

Sep 22, 2014

Faced with falling reservoir pressures, Statoil ASA is installing compressors in the Norwegian North Sea to extend field lifetimes and produce an extra 1.2 billion boe.

It's clearly time to end US crude export ban, Summers declares

Sep 22, 2014

Lawrence H. Summers, who was US Treasury Secretary during Bill Clinton's presidency and was President Barack Obama's National Economic Council Director, said there are no significant reasons for the US to continue restricting exports of domestically produced crude oil.

Study finds bad well construction, not fracing, fouled water wells

Sep 22, 2014

Fugitive methane found in water wells above the Marcellus and Barnett shales came from poor well construction, not hydraulic fracturing, a study the National Academy of Sciences released on Sept. 15 concluded.

BHI: US drilling rig count holds steady at 1,931

Sep 19, 2014

The US drilling rig count was unchanged at 1,931 rigs working during the week ended Sept. 19, Baker Hughes Inc. reported.

Cenovus starts production from Phase F at Foster Creek oil sands project

Sep 19, 2014

Cenovus Energy Inc., Calgary, started oil production earlier this month at its recently completed Phase F expansion at its Foster Creek oil sands project in western Canada. Phase F is expected to add 30,000 b/d of capacity, with production ramping up over the next 12-18 months.

Inpex to increase recovery, lifespan at Minami-Nagaoka field

Sep 19, 2014

Inpex Corp. plans to upgrade facilities at its Koshijihara plant to enhance natural gas and condensate recovery at Minami-Nagaoka gas field in Japan.

Wild Well completes second capping stack

Sep 18, 2014

Wild Well Control Inc., a subsidiary of Superior Energy Services, has completed a subsea capping stack stationed in Singapore to serve the area during a deepwater well control incident. The company’s first unit resides in Aberdeen.

Noble signs Big Bend, Dantzler production agreement

Sep 18, 2014

Noble Energy Inc., Houston, has signed a production handling agreement with SBM Offshore to produce the Big Bend and Dantzler fields via the Thunder Hawk DeepDraft semisubmersible, which lies in 6,060 ft of water in the Gulf of Mexico.

Andora Sawn Lake SAGD pilot begins bitumen production

Sep 18, 2014

Andora Energy Corp. has recompleted its pilot steam-assisted gravity drainage (SAGD) well in Sawn Lake, Alta., and expects a stable bitumen production rate and steam oil ratio over the next 2 months.

Senate adopts bill making BLM drilling permit pilot program permanent

Sep 17, 2014

The US Senate approved Tom Udall (D-NM) and John Barrasso’s (R-Wyo.) bill permanently extending a US Bureau of Land Management drilling permit processing improvement pilot program that was established under the 2005 Energy Policy Act. It was scheduled to expire in 2015.

Statoil to suspend second semi off Norway

Sep 17, 2014

Statoil ASA will lay up a second semisubmersible drilling rig that it says exceeds the needs of its current program offshore Norway.

AER approves conversion to low-pressure steaming at CNRL’s Primrose East

Sep 16, 2014

Alberta Energy Regulator has approved an application by Canadian Natural Resources Ltd. to convert to low-pressure steamflooding at its Primrose East Area 1 bitumen project.

Study finds bad well construction, not fracing, fouled water wells

Sep 16, 2014

Fugitive methane found in water wells above the Marcellus and Barnett shales came from poor well construction, not hydraulic fracturing, a study the National Academy of Sciences released on Sept. 15 concluded.

Gazprom Neft produces millionth bbl from Prirazlomnoye field

Sep 15, 2014

JSC Gazprom Neft reports producing the millionth bbl of oil from the Prirazlomnoye field in the Pechora Sea.

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