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DOE launches marine gas hydrate project

Oct 22, 2014

The US Department of Energy has launched a 4-year, marine research project to gain a deeper understanding of methane hydrate-bearing sediments.

Alaska awards Beaufort Sea leases following ANWR boundary review

Oct 22, 2014

Alaska’s Division of Oil and Gas awarded two Beaufort Sea leases pending since 2011 and published tract maps for Nov. 19 Beaufort Sea and North Slope lease sales that accurately reflect the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge’s western boundary following a thorough review.

Shell makes gas discovery offshore Gabon with Leopard-1 well

Oct 22, 2014

Shell Gabon reported a natural gas discovery offshore Gabon with 200 m of net pay in a presalt reservoir.

Taipan increases resource estimate for Block 1 in Kenya

Oct 21, 2014

An independent assessment carried out by RPS Energy on behalf of Taipan Resources Inc. has resulted in an increase in Taipan’s total gross aggregate mean prospective resource on Block 1 in northern Kenya to 1,303 million bbl of oil. Of that total, Taipan holds working interest in 260 million bbl.

Statoil proves oil near Grane field in North Sea

Oct 21, 2014

Statoil ASA proved a 25-m oil column in the D-structure of the Heimdal formation north of the North Sea’s Grane field.

Momentum shifts in favor of development in Colorado

Oct 21, 2014

-Momentum appears to be shifting in the oil and gas industry's favor in Colorado after Gov. John Hickenloooper brokered a compromise that keeps off the November ballot two initiatives that were poised to place greater restrictions on development, and legal and political setbacks befell separate local measures that sought to restrict or ban hydraulic fracturing.

Texas earthquakes prompt regulators to take action

Oct 21, 2014

A series of unusual earthquakes in North Texas is prompting state regulators to look closely at a potential link between seismic activity and wastewater injection wells.

Illinois shale exploration remains in limbo as regulators consider draft fracing rules

Oct 21, 2014

Illinois is making progress toward a regulatory framework for hydraulic fracturing after the Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) released a second set of draft rules for the well stimulation process in late August.

Momentum shifts in favor of development in Colorado

Oct 21, 2014

-Momentum appears to be shifting in the oil and gas industry's favor in Colorado after Gov. John Hickenloooper brokered a compromise that keeps off the November ballot two initiatives that were poised to place greater restrictions on development, and legal and political setbacks befell separate local measures that sought to restrict or ban hydraulic fracturing.

Texas earthquakes prompt regulators to take action

Oct 21, 2014

A series of unusual earthquakes in North Texas is prompting state regulators to look closely at a potential link between seismic activity and wastewater injection wells.

Illinois shale exploration remains in limbo as regulators consider draft fracing rules

Oct 21, 2014

Illinois is making progress toward a regulatory framework for hydraulic fracturing after the Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) released a second set of draft rules for the well stimulation process in late August.

Hydraulic fracturing battle has moved to several local ballot boxes

Oct 6, 2014

Opponents of hydraulic fracturing, horizontal drilling, and other unconventional oil and gas development technologies have changed their focus to local governments.

New SEG chief eyes mainstream role for full-waveform inversion

Oct 6, 2014

When asked about important geophysical trends, the new president of the Society of Exploration Geophysicists points to a seismic processing method called full-waveform inversion (FWI).

EPA hydraulic fracturing study may be prelude to new federal rules

Aug 13, 2014

Oil and gas operations have historically been regulated mainly at the state level, though the expansion of hydraulic fracturing activities has brought with it an expansion in the number and sources of regulations facing operators.

Monterey proves more complex than average shale play

Aug 13, 2014

A pending cut in the Energy Information Administration's resource estimate for the Monterey shale reflects the complexity of the play relative to other US tight oil plays and the need for more research into its geology.

GUIDE TO WORLD CRUDES: BP updates assay for Angolan Saturno crude

Aug 4, 2014

Based on a sample taken Feb. 4, 2014, BP PLC has published an updated assay of its Saturno Blend crude oil, which is the marketing name for production from Plutão, Saturno, Venus, and Marte (PSVM) fields in the ultradeepwater area of Block 31 off Angola (OGJ Online, Jan. 31, 2013; Feb. 4, 2009; Nov. 24, 2003; Mar. 17, 2003).

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