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Encana plans to hit the ground running in Permian

Dec 12, 2014

Encana Corp. has announced its second major acquisition in a Texas oil play this year, agreeing in September to acquire Permian basin-focused producer Athlon Energy Inc. for $7.1 billion.

Frac ban exemption made in Broomfield

Dec 12, 2014

A Colorado District Court judge has ruled that a hydraulic fracturing ban in Broomfield, Colo., does not apply to an operator that entered into an agreement with the city before the ban was passed.

Uncertainty lingers about local content rules as Mexico prepares for competitive bid round

Dec 12, 2014

The energy industry around the world has it eyes on Mexico as the country implements constitutional and legislative reforms that are set to open its energy industry up to private investment for the first time in 75 years.

COGA calls frac fluid study "sound science"

Dec 12, 2014

Chemicals used in fracturing fluid appear to be no more toxic than chemicals commonly found in homes, said an analysis by University of Colorado Boulder researchers who studied surfactants found in fracturing fluid samples collected in five states.

OSHA seeks to limit silica exposure for oil workers, Proposed rules target frac sand mining, fracturing

Dec 12, 2014

The rapid growth in oil and gas production from shale and tight oil formations in the US is generating a boom in a related industry: frac sand. Sand is frequently used as a proppant in hydraulic fracturing.

Study links methane contamination in water wells to poor well construction-not fracing-in Marcellus

Dec 12, 2014

A new study found that fugitive gas contamination at eight clusters of water wells in the Marcellus and Barnett shale regions might be linked to well integrity issues but not hydraulic fracturing.

Bakken producers face possible new vapor pressure standards

Dec 12, 2014

Oil producers in the Bakken, Three Forks, and Sanish plays could face new transportation safety regulations from the North Dakota Industrial Commission that would set operating standards for oil-conditioning equipment at the well to separate production fluids into gas and liquid.

WoodMac: US unconventional enters new stage

Dec 12, 2014

The unconventional oil and gas revolution is entering into a new stage with drilling and completion techniques pioneered in unconventional plays now being used to exploit all types of rock in mature US basins, according to research and advisory firm Wood Mackenzie.

Santos makes gas discovery in Cooper basin

Dec 12, 2014

Santos Ltd. has made a wet natural gas discovery in its South Australian Cooper basin permit PEL 513.

Senex moves to commercialize Cooper basin gas field

Dec 11, 2014

Senex Energy Ltd., Brisbane, has successfully tested a sidetrack of the 2007 Vanessa-1 gas discovery in South Australia’s Cooper basin as part of its bid to commercialize the field.

Crown Point reports on two Argentine exploration wells

Dec 11, 2014

Crown Point Energy Inc., Calgary, has released test results for the first of two exploration wells at its Tierra del Fuego concessions in Argentina.

Stone drills successful Utica exploration well

Dec 10, 2014

Stone Energy Corp., Lafayette, La., reported that its Pribble 6HU well in Wetzel County, W.Va., flowed from a 3,605-ft lateral at 30 MMcfd during the last 24 hr of a 5-day test.

CNOOC, Kufpec sign three PSCs for South China Sea

Dec 10, 2014

China National Offshore Oil Corp. Ltd. reported signing three production-sharing contracts for the South China Sea with Kuwait Foreign Petroleum Exploration Co.

Total reorganizes E&P management

Dec 9, 2014

The E&P branch of Total SA will be restructured into five geographical divisions, an exploration division, and five functional divisions. All moves are effective Jan. 1, 2015 unless specified otherwise.

Chevron, ONGC among companies awarded 15 exploration permits by New Zealand

Dec 9, 2014

New Zealand’s government has awarded six onshore permits across the Taranaki, West Coast, and East Coast basins, and nine offshore permits across the Taranaki, East Coast, Reinga-Northland, and Pegasus basins, all part of the country’s Block Offer 2014.

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