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BHI: US rig count upward momentum stymied, falls below 1,900 mark

Aug 22, 2014

The US drilling rig count lost 17 units to settle at 1,896 rigs working during the week ended Aug. 22, ending four consecutive weeks of gains, Baker Hughes Inc. reported.

TSB report outlines ‘multitude of factors’ behind Lac-Megantic train derailment

Aug 20, 2014

A multitude of factors led to July 6 derailment of a runaway train in Lac Megantic, Que., carrying 72 carloads of Bakken crude oil bound for Irving Oil Ltd.’s refinery in Saint John, NB, according to an investigation report released Aug. 19 by the Transportation Safety Board of Canada (TSB).

Canadian firms plan BC gas plant, target LNG export

Aug 19, 2014

AltaGas Ltd. and Painted Pony Petroleum Ltd., both of Calgary, have agreed to develop processing and marketing of natural gas and NGLs for Painted Pony’s liquids-rich Montney gas production in northeast British Columbia.

Companies plan to connect Pioneer Rail terminal, Bakken gathering line

Aug 19, 2014

Dakota Plains Holdings Inc., Wayzata, Minn., and Hiland Partners LP unit Hiland Crude LLC reported signing an interconnection agreement that will link Dakota Plains’ Pioneer Rail terminal in New Town, ND, with Hiland’s Market Center gathering system crude oil pipeline network.

AER strengthens air quality requirements for Peace River operators

Aug 19, 2014

Addressing emissions and odors, Alberta Energy Regulator says it has strengthened requirements to capture casing and tank top gas from heavy oil and bitumen operations in the Peace River region.

BlackPearl files OSCA application for Blackrod SAGD

Aug 19, 2014

Alberta Energy Regulator reports that BlackPearl Resources Inc., Calgary, has filed an Oil Sands Conservation Act application for the Blackrod commercial steam-assisted gravity drainage project.

EnLink to continue Utica expansion with 45-mile condensate pipeline

Aug 18, 2014

EnLink Midstream Partners LP and EnLink Midstream LLC, affiliates of EnLink Midstream, plan to build a 45-mile, 8-in. condensate pipeline and six natural gas compression and condensate stabilization facilities in the Ohio River Valley at a total cost of more than $250 million.

EIA: China to increase natural gas consumption, investment

Aug 18, 2014

China more than tripled natural gas production since 2003, producing 3.8 tcf in 2012, and the government is targeting production to reach about 5.5 tcf/year of gas by the end of 2015, according to a recent analysis from the US Energy Information Administration.

BHI: US rig count continues rise, reaches 1,913

Aug 15, 2014

The US drilling rig count gained 5 units to reach 1,913 rigs working during the week ended Aug. 15, Baker Hughes Inc. reported.

Nova nears 100% NGL feedstock conversion at Corunna ethylene plant

Aug 15, 2014

The cracker feedstock conversion project at Nova Chemicals Corp.’s Corunna, Ont., refinery and petrochemical complex, which was designed to allow the cracker to utilize up to 100% NGLs from growing North American supplies, is nearing its final completion, the company said in its latest quarterly earnings call.

Shell reshuffles US shale assets in two major deals

Aug 14, 2014

Royal Dutch Shell PLC has agreed to two separate transactions in which it will exit its Pinedale and Haynesville onshore gas assets in exchange for $2.1 billion in cash and acreage in the Marcellus and Utica shale regions.

Rex Energy to acquire Marcellus, Utica acreage

Aug 14, 2014

Rex Energy Corp., State College, Pa., has agreed to acquire 100% interest in 208,000 gross acres prospective for the Marcellus, Upper Devonian-Burkett, and Utica shales in Pennsylvania and Ohio from Swepi LP, an affiliate of Royal Dutch Shell PLC, for $120 million in cash. The transaction is expected to close in September.

Utica Core Emerges as Production Climbs

Aug 13, 2014

Production from the emerging Utica shale in Ohio climbed in 2013, according to the latest data from the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR).

Niobrara Briefs

Aug 13, 2014

Marcellus/Utica Briefs

Aug 13, 2014

Chesapeake Energy leads the pack in Utica

Aug 13, 2014

Chesapeake Energy Corp., operator of the largest acreage position in the Utica shale, has this year set an ambitious development program that calls for doubling production from the play to more than 100,000 boe/d.

North Dakota prepares to restrict oil production for operators that fail to meet Bakken flaring targets

Aug 13, 2014

Operators that fail to comply with North Dakota's flaring reduction targets in the Bakken shale may soon be compelled to curtail production from wells found in violation, according to an order issued by state regulators in July.

Marathon tests water conservation, downspacing in Bakken

Aug 13, 2014

Marathon Oil Corp. is seeking to reduce the environmental impact of operations in the Bakken shale by reducing the amount of water used during hydraulic fracturing and testing wastewater recycling techniques.

Bakken Briefs

Aug 13, 2014

Eagle Ford water recycling thrives following change in Texas Railroad Commission rules

Aug 13, 2014

Amidst the worst Texas drought since the National Drought Mitigation Center's record keeping began 119 years ago, operators in Texas' Eagle Ford shale are taking full advantage of the recently adopted Texas Railroad Commission regulations giving operators more flexibility to recycle wastewater generated during hydraulic fracturing operations.

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