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Aurora reports Eagle Ford results with Marathon

Jul 31, 2013

Aurora Oil & Gas Ltd., Perth, noting that the Texas Railroad Commission reported an April 2013 oil production rate of 546,000 b/d from the Eagle Ford shale, reported its own operational progress in South Texas in conjunction with a unit of Marathon Oil Corp. as operator.

WoodMac: US unconventional plays will help reduce imports from abroad

Jul 31, 2013

Unconventional oil and gas plays will continue to drive US and Canadian production for years, with the Bakken formation in North Dakota and Montana along with the South Texas Eagle Ford shale play accounting for much of the tight oil production increase, said analysts with Wood Mackenzie Ltd.

Alberta cancels leases near Fort McMurray

Jul 30, 2013

To make room for urban development stimulated by oil sands development, the government of Alberta is cancelling 32 oil sands leases held by 10 companies around crowded Fort McMurray.

Madalena updates exploration on three Neuquen blocks

Jul 30, 2013

Madalena Ventures Inc., Calgary, has provided an update of activity aimed at unconventional and tight formations on blocks in which it holds interests in the Neuquen basin of Argentina.

Wyden suggests Washington, states could divide fracing regulation

Jul 26, 2013

US Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee Chairman Ronald L. Wyden (D-Ore.) said he plans to ask the committee’s members to consider dividing hydraulic fracturing regulatory responsibilities between states and the federal government.

Oil sands ramp-up boosts Cenovus second quarter

Jul 24, 2013

Cenovus Energy Inc., Calgary, said it has achieved first heavy oil production last week from Phase E at its Christina Lake thermal project in Alberta and that the company’s overall oil sands production climbed 17% in the second quarter.

Midstream JV lets contract for Utica plant

Jul 24, 2013

Utica East Ohio Midstream LLC (UEO) has let a $5 million engineering and procurement support contract to ENGlobal Corp., Houston, for a cryogenic gas processing plant in Leesville in southwestern Carroll County, Ohio.

Goodrich Petroleum to buy more Tuscaloosa marine shale assets

Jul 23, 2013

Goodrich Petroleum Corp. agreed to pay $26.7 million for a 66.7% working interest in producing assets in the Tuscaloosa marine shale in Louisiana.

NETL continues fracturing study; report due by yearend

Jul 22, 2013

A US Department of Energy study continues to monitor for any signs of groundwater contamination stemming from hydraulic fracturing on the Marcellus shale formation in Pennsylvania, but it’s too early to draw any conclusion, the National Energy Technology Laboratory said in a July 19 statement.

IPAA, WEA release federal onshore frac regulation cost estimates

Jul 22, 2013

US oil and gas producers would pay an additional $345 million/year—or an average $96,913/well—under the US Bureau of Land Management’s amended proposed federal onshore hydraulic fracturing regulations, a study commissioned by the Independent Petroleum Association of America and the Western Energy Alliance found.

Solimar cuts thick, oily Temblor at San Joaquin well

Jul 22, 2013

Solimar Energy Ltd., Melbourne, said its Kreyenhagen Ranch 2-33 well in the northwestern San Joaquin basin in California has encountered more than 600 ft of Temblor formation heavy oil sands with oil present throughout.

UK outlines proposed tax break for shale gas

Jul 19, 2013

The UK government outlined a proposed tax regime for shale gas, including a new shale gas allowance based on existing field allowances for oil and gas production.

Primrose bitumen leaks prompt restrictions

Jul 18, 2013

The Alberta Energy Regulator has ordered Canadian Natural Resources Ltd. to restrict steam injection and take other precautions at its Primrose and Wolf Lake high-pressure, cyclic steam stimulation (CSS) project in the Cold Lake region of Alberta.

Schuepbach Energy files appeal in France

Jul 18, 2013

The Constitutional Council of France will consider an appeal of France’s ban on shale gas exploration using hydraulic fracturing. Dallas-based Schuepbach Energy LLC, which held two exploration permits in France that were canceled, is contesting the ban.

Connacher: Solvent boosts SAGD test flow

Jul 18, 2013

Connacher Oil & Gas Ltd. raised bitumen production and lowered steam injection rates in a test of a proprietary method for enhancing steam-assisted gravity drainage with injection of solvent at its Algar oil sands development in Alberta (OGJ Online, Nov. 16, 2012).

Federal fracing regulation necessary, Jewell tells House panel

Jul 17, 2013

Federal regulations on hydraulic fracturing would provide a necessary baseline for states where onshore unconventional oil and gas development has not taken place yet but will soon, US Sec. of the Interior Sally Jewell said.

Forest Oil looking to sell Texas Panhandle assets

Jul 17, 2013

Forest Oil Corp. of Denver said it is looking to sell its Texas Panhandle oil and gas assets in order to better concentrate on oil projects in the South Texas Eagle Ford shale.

Chevron, YPF sign development agreement for Vaca Muerta shale

Jul 16, 2013

A subsidiary of Chevron Corp. signed an agreement with affiliates of Argentina’s YPF SA that will move forward shale oil and gas resource development from the Vaca Muerta formation in Argentina’s Neuquen province.

Dart Energy sells China CBM project interest

Jul 15, 2013

A subsidiary of China Oil HBP Science & Technology Corp. Ltd. will buy the Chinese unit of Dart Energy Ltd., Brisbane, that holds a 50% interest in the Liulin coalbed methane production sharing contract in China for $20.8 million.

Lindbergh oil sands development approved

Jul 15, 2013

Pengrowth Energy Corp., Calgary, has received final regulatory approval for the first commercial phase of its Lindbergh thermal oil sands development near Bonnyville in east-central Alberta (OGJ Online, Aug. 6, 2012).

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