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Watching Government: NWT make plans

Mar 16, 2015

Canada's Northwest Territories sit on trillions of cubic feet of natural gas, yet many of its 43,000 residents pay more than they should to heat their homes each winter because they have to rely on diesel fuel.

API examining environmental impacts of dilbit when released

Mar 16, 2015

The American Petroleum Institute is studying the properties of diluted bitumen (dilbit) and expects to develop findings about how oil sands crude behaves when it is accidentally released, API Pipeline Director Peter Lidiak told a National Academies hearing on the subject.

BHI: US rig count down in 14th straight week, loses 67 units

Mar 13, 2015

The US drilling rig count plunged 67 units—64 on land and 56 targeting oil—to settle at 1,125 rigs working during the week ended Mar. 13, according to data from Baker Hughes Inc.

USGS: More data needed to grasp fracing’s water-quality risks

Mar 13, 2015

More data and research will be necessary to better understand potential water-quality risks associated with US unconventional oil and gas resource development, a recent US Geological Survey study concluded.

Prosper files OSCA application for Rigel oil sands project

Mar 13, 2015

Prosper Petroleum Ltd., Calgary, has filed an Oil Sands Conservation Act application with Alberta Energy Regulator for the Rigel oil sands project.

Oil Climate Index measures 30 global crudes’ environmental impacts

Mar 12, 2015

Researchers at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, Stanford University, and the University of Calgary unveiled the first Oil Climate Index to compare various crude oils’ environmental impacts from the wellhead to the consumer.

Husky reports start of production from Sunrise oil sands project

Mar 11, 2015

Husky Energy Inc., Calgary, reported the start of production at the first of two 30,000-b/d plants at the in situ Sunrise Oil Sands Project in northeastern Alberta.

EIA: Eagle Ford, Bakken oil production to fall in April

Mar 10, 2015

US shale oil production is expected to increase by a mere 1,000 b/d from March to April, according to the Energy Information Administration’s Drilling Productivity Report (DPR), signifying a slowdown in growth caused by reduced company budgets and a shrinking rig count.

API is examining dilbit’s environmental impacts when released

Mar 10, 2015

The American Petroleum Institute is studying the properties of diluted bitumen (dilbit) and expects to develop findings about how oil sands crude behaves when it is accidentally released, API Pipeline Director Peter Lidiak told a National Academies hearing on the same subject.

CSIS report outlines main US oil infrastructure challenges

Mar 9, 2015

The US crude oil renaissance has created strong demand for expanded US transportation systems, resulting in five primarily challenges, a recent Center for Strategic and International Studies report concluded.

Pennsylvania governor proposes natural gas severance tax

Mar 9, 2015

Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf proposed a $29.9-billion budget on Mar. 3 that includes $2.5 billion of net tax increases for fiscal 2016, including a 5% severance tax on natural gas.

Encana trims additional $700 million from 2015 capital budget

Mar 6, 2015

Encana Corp. is reducing its previously reported capital investment for 2015 by $700 million to $2-2.2 billion "to maintain a solid balance sheet and help strengthen liquidity through a low price environment."

BHI: US rig count plunges 75 units to lowest total since 2009

Mar 6, 2015

The US drilling rig count plunged 75 units—all on land—to settle at 1,192 rigs working during the week ended Mar. 6, according to data from Baker Hughes Inc.

Magnum Hunter names reservoir engineering vice-president

Mar 5, 2015

Magnum Hunter Resources Corp., Houston, has appointed Charlie Gibson as vice-president of reservoir engineering, effective. He will report to Gary C. Evans, chairman and chief executive officer.

Pennsylvania governor proposes natural gas severance tax

Mar 3, 2015

Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf proposed a $29.9 billion budget on Mar. 3 that includes $2.5 billion of net tax increases for fiscal 2016, including a 5% severance tax on natural gas.

Anadarko cuts spending, stalls well completions

Mar 3, 2015

Anadarko Petroleum Corp. on Mar. 3 said it will cut spending 33% during 2015 compared with 2014 and will reduce drilling and defer 125 onshore well completions in response to low oil prices.

Pennsylvania governor asks Obama for stronger crude-by-rail rules

Mar 2, 2015

Noting that 60-70 trains/week carry Bakken crude oil across Pennsylvania to the Philadelphia area or other East Coast refineries, Gov. Tom Wolf (D) asked US President Barack Obama for stronger federal regulations to prevent derailments and improve safety.

Technique connects known, unknown EURs, manages expectations

Mar 2, 2015

Reserves reports often rely on volumetric probabilistic EUR assessments while remaining vague or silent on how these estimates relate to what is actually known or proven.

IHS: Crude transported by Keystone XL would be consumed in US

Mar 2, 2015

Most, if not all, of the crude oil that would be transported via the proposed Keystone XL pipeline to the US Gulf Coast would not be exported, and the vast majority of refined product-about 70%-derived from it would be consumed in the US, according to a recent report by IHS.

International shale skepticism

Mar 2, 2015

For nearly 2 decades, North America-the US and Canada-has seen an increase of natural gas and oil reserves through application of new technology in unconventional plays.

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