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Statoil focused on improving completions and doing tests during low-drilling period

Statoil ASA plans to use what one executive calls "low-activity time" to work on completion designs and to enhance recovery in its unconventional US plays, especially the Bakken of North Dakota and South Texas Eagle Ford. Statoil also holds operating and nonoperating assets in the Marcellus.

USGS studies seismic, water risks possibly linked with operations

The US Geological Survey has released two separate reports this year in its ongoing studies on possible consequences of unconventional oil and gas activities.

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Wyoming official: BLM variance of little value to states

Wyoming State Oil and Gas Supervisor Mark Watson said the US Bureau of Land Management would benefit rather than the states from a variance stipulation within BLM's final hydraulic fracturing rule.

Four states sue federal government about fracturing regs

Wyoming filed a federal lawsuit questioning the US Bureau of Land Management's new rules for hydraulic fracturing for onshore drilling on tribal and federal public lands. The states of North Dakota, Colorado, and Utah also joined or planned to join that litigation.

Trade groups question DOI's final updated rule for hydraulic fracturing on public, tribal lands

Attorneys representing the Independent Petroleum Association of America and Western Energy Alliance (WEA) have filed a lawsuit in US District Court in Wyoming seeking to set aside new hydraulic fracturing regulations from the Department of the Interior.

MARKET WATCH: NYMEX crude oil prices climb on inventory

Crude oil futures for July delivery settled above $61.40/bbl on the New York market June 10, marking a 2015 high settlement for US crude after a weekly government report showed a bigger-than-expected drop in US oil and product supplies.

Foster Creek resumes operations after CLAWR forest fire

Cenovus Energy Inc. reported on June 11 that it has resumed operations at its Foster Creek oil sands project in northern Alberta after a forest fire on the Cold Lake Air Weapons Range (CLAWR) led to a precautionary, 11-day shutdown of the operation on May 23.

Quicksilver Resources, others file for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection

Quicksilver Resources Inc., Fort Worth, Tex., filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in Delaware, becoming at least the third unconventional producer to seek reorganization during the ongoing oil-price downturn.

Permian Briefs

Private equity remains available for unconventional upstream companies

Plentiful private equity capital is available for oil and gas companies to invest on US unconventional plays, various PE capital providers have confirmed.

Hybrid generator cuts fuel use, power costs for Permian operators

Operators in the Permian basin and elsewhere increasingly are relying upon a hybrid generator that can eliminate the need for a third generator on land drilling rigs and can slash a company's cost for off-grid electric power, reportedly by more than half.

Economics incentivize deferring unconventional well completions

The market has responded with a steepened contango to incentivize storage of crude, and the relatively higher price for delivery a year from now had widened toward the end of the first quarter to as much as $9-12/bbl compared with the next month delivery.

Eagle Ford briefs

Noble Energy Agrees to enter Eagle Ford shale, Permian Basin By Acquiring Rosetta Resources

Noble Energy Inc. agreed to buy smaller rival Rosetta Resources Inc. for $2.1 billion in a stock transaction. The two companies, both of Houston, said the merger marked Noble's entry into the South Texas Eagle Ford and also the Permian basin.

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