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

Oct 17, 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.

Shewashan light oil discovery in Kurdistan declared commercial

Oct 17, 2014

Gas Plus Khalakan Ltd. (GPK) has declared commercial the Shewashan light oil discovery on the Khalakan block in the Kurdistan region of Iraq.

Southwestern refines Fayetteville shale completions

Oct 16, 2014

Southwestern Energy Co. completed 7 of its 10 best-performing wells in the Mississippian Fayetteville shale during the second quarter as it continued to refine drilling and completion techniques in the Arkansas formation.

Eni, Quicksilver drill joint Bone Springs well

Oct 16, 2014

Eni SPA and Quicksilver Resources Inc. have unveiled the results of the first horizontal well drilled under a West Texas joint exploration agreement.

Wolfcamp spending to surpass $12 billion

Oct 16, 2014

Capital spending in the Wolfcamp tight oil formation is on track to exceed $12 billion in 2014-making the play the second highest area of investment among US unconventional plays, according to analysis by Wood Mackenzie.

Nova Scotia prepares to extend fracing ban

Oct 16, 2014

The government of Nova Scotia plans to introduce legislation this fall that would prohibit high-volume hydraulic fracturing.

Denton fracing ban heads for Nov. ballot

Oct 16, 2014

The city council of Denton, Tex., has rejected a petition for a hydraulic fracturing ban, sending the proposal to a public ballot in November.

Texas earthquakes prompt regulators to take action

Oct 16, 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.

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).

New SEG president is group's first near-surface specialist

Oct 7, 2013

Election of the first specialist in near-surface geophysics to lead the Society of Exploration Geophysicists raises a communications problem: The definition of "near surface," says new SEG Pres. Don Steeples, depends on application.

A modern approach to build 3D sequence stratigraphic framework

Oct 7, 2013

The conventional approach of performing sequence stratigraphy on 3D seismic data is comprised of a limited set of seismic horizons. This practice can be changed with the help of a semiautomated solution that maps all stratigraphically consistent seismic reflectors in 3D.

Value of MSRI measurement of Selma exploration drill cuttings

Oct 7, 2013

Magnetic susceptibility (MS) measurements of oil exploration drill cuttings from above oil reservoirs show an increase in magnetic minerals at semishallow depths worldwide.

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