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MARKET WATCH: Crude oil futures prices slide in week’s see-saw market

The New York Mercantile Exchange May crude oil contract price was down 20¢ on Apr. 10, closing at $103.40/bbl. The June contract fell 27¢ to $102.38/bbl.

ConocoPhillips raises estimates on Eagle Ford recoverable resources, production

ConocoPhillips has increased its estimated resource base in the Eagle Ford play to 2.5 billion bbl of oil in place from 1.8 billion bbl, as well as its estimated production from current volumes to more than 250,000 boe/d by 2017.

Environmental groups to challenge FWS’s lesser prairie chicken ruling

Three environmental organizations notified the US Fish and Wildlife Service that they plan to sue over the US Department of the Interior agency’s recent designation of the lesser prairie chicken as a threatened—but not endangered—species.

Heitkamp leads Senate Democrats’ new push for Keystone XL approval

Ten other US Senate Democrats joined Heidi Heitkamp (ND) in urging US President Barack Obama to approve the proposed Keystone XL crude oil pipeline by May 31.

Proved reserves of US crude oil reach 36-year high in 2012

US proved reserves of crude oil at yearend 2012 were estimated at 33.4 billion bbl, up 15.4% from 2011 and the highest since 1976, according to a report released Apr. 10 by the US Energy Information Administration.

MARKET WATCH: Crude oil futures rise on Libya, Ukraine concerns

Crude oil futures prices reached a 5-week high on the New York market Apr. 9 amid continued uncertainty about apparent delays in an anticipated resumption of Libyan oil exports and continued political uncertainty regarding Ukraine, analysts said.

FRA to propose requiring two-member crews on trains carrying crude

The Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) plans to propose requiring trains transporting crude oil to have at least two crew members, the US Department of Transportation agency announced. It said it also intends to propose a train securement rule and recommend a rulemaking on hazardous materials movement.

CNPC, Shell strengthen global cooperation

China National Petroleum Corp. (CNPC) and Royal Dutch Shell PLC have reached an agreement to deepen their strategic partnership by increasing cooperation in the development of both companies’ global projects.

GlobalData: US needs to ‘fast-track’ LNG exports to compete in global market

The US’s lack of approved export terminals has prevented energy companies from competing in the growing global LNG market, despite the fact that the country is now the world’s largest natural gas producer, said an analyst with research and consulting firm GlobalData.

US House subcommittee passes bill to facilitate LNG exports

A US House Energy and Commerce Committee subcommittee voted to forward a bill aimed at facilitating approvals of US LNG exports to the full committee. The Energy and Power Subcommittee’s action by 15 to 11 votes was along party lines, with Republicans favoring the move and Democrats opposing it.

MARKET WATCH: NYMEX oil price jumps on EIA’s reduced oil production forecast

The benchmark US crude oil futures price jumped more than $2/bbl on Apr. 8 after the US Energy Information Administration released a report saying government analysts reduced their earlier oil production forecast for this year and next.

Statoil’s oil sands production saw slight decline in 2013

Statoil ASA reported a slight decrease in its oil sands production in 2013 because of a planned multiweek plant shutdown for facility maintenance and the integration of new scientific research and experimental development measures, according to the company’s 2013 Oil Sands Report.

Russia falls to last place in SAFE’s latest Oil Security Index

Russia, which ranked as high as No. 9 in 2005, fell to last place in the most recent quarterly update of the global Oil Security Index (OSI), released by Securing America’s Future Energy (SAFE), the nonpartisan organization dedicated to the reduction of US dependence on foreign oil.

OMV to ramp up drilling in lower Austria

OMV AG reported it will drill as many as 24 wells this year along with 20 wells in 2015 and 2016, respectively, in the Weinviertel region of lower Austria. Fourteen of those projects involve exploration wells with additional production potential, the company said.

Speakers debate states’ oil, gas role at GMU conference

States are better qualified than federal and local governments to regulate hydraulic fracturing and other unconventional oil and gas activities, two speakers agreed at an energy and environment conference at George Mason University’s School of Law. But a third speaker argued that some states’ performances as the primary US oil and gas regulator are unsatisfactory and needs to be reevaluated.

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