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Park Service director orders fracing comments withdrawn

Dec 2, 2013

National Park Service Director Jonathan B. Jarvis asked that comments the US Department of the Interior agency submitted about the Bureau of Land Management’s proposed hydraulic fracturing and well stimulation regulations on public and Indian lands be withdrawn, Jarvis said in a Nov. 12 letter to US Rep. Rob Bishop (R-Utah). Bishop released the letter on Nov. 26.

Haynesville Update—1: North Louisiana gas shale's drilling decline precipitous

Dec 2, 2013

The Haynesville shale in Louisiana has been actively developed since its discovery in 2007, but over the last 2 years there has been rapid retrenchment and a precipitous decline in the number of new wells drilled in the formation.

Marathon signs as anchor Sandpiper crude line shipper

Nov 26, 2013

Marathon Petroleum Corp. signed with Enbridge Energy Partners LP as an anchor shipper for the Sandpiper Project crude oil pipeline, which will become part of Enbridge's North Dakota System when completed. The companies expect Sandpiper to be operational first-quarter 2016.

EU shale gas production could add 1 million jobs, study says

Nov 25, 2013

The development of shale gas in Europe could add as many as 1 million jobs to the economy, make industry more competitive, and decrease the region’s dependence on energy imports, according to a recently released study commissioned by the International Association of Oil & Gas Producers (OGP).

House votes to restrict federal regulation of fracing

Nov 21, 2013

The US House of Representatives approved legislation largely along party lines to keep the US Bureau of Land Management from imposing its own hydraulic fracturing regulations in states that already have their own requirements.

Groups form American shale, manufacturing partnership

Nov 20, 2013

A diverse group of associations from various industries, universities, and consumer organizations launched the American Shale & Manufacturing Partnership to seek government policies that facilitate instead of discourage US shale energy resource development.

Devon Energy to buy Eagle Ford assets for $6 billion

Nov 20, 2013

Devon Energy Corp. has reached a definitive agreement to purchase Eagle Ford assets from Woodlands, Tex.-based independent GeoSouthern Energy for $6 billion in cash. The transaction is expected to close in first-quarter 2014.

Oneok to expand operations in the Williston

Nov 20, 2013

Oneok Partners LP, Tulsa, will invest $650-780 million between now and second-quarter 2016 in more Williston basin projects.

EPP begins operations on eighth Mont Belvieu NGL fractionator

Nov 19, 2013

Enterprise Products Partners LP (EPP) has started operations on its latest 85,000 b/d natural gas liquids fractionator at the partnership’s Mont Belvieu, Tex., complex.

Deloitte: US shale production boosts midstream growth

Nov 19, 2013

US production from unconventional oil and gas production is driving demand for midstream infrastructure, and more consolidation of midstream companies is likely, the Deloitte Center for Energy Solutions said in a report released Nov. 19 at the 2013 Deloitte Oil & Gas Conference in Houston.

Core program indicates Saskatchewan oil shale potential

Nov 19, 2013

Questerre Energy Corp., Calgary, said results from the second core hole program on its oil shale acreage at Pasquia Hills in east-central Saskatchewan exceeded expectations.

California issues proposed well stimulation requirements

Nov 18, 2013

California’s Department of Conservation issued proposals to regulate hydraulic fracturing and other oil and gas well stimulation on Nov. 15, starting a 60-day public comment period on rules it hopes to finalize and have in place by Jan. 1, 2015.

MarkWest starts Marcellus, Utica cryogenic plants

Nov 18, 2013

MarkWest Energy Partners LP, Denver, has begun operations at two new cryogenic gas processing plants serving shale production in the Marcellus and Utica plays in West Virginia and Ohio.

Watching Government: In Alberta, they're talking

Nov 18, 2013

To better appreciate what's going on at Alberta's oil sands, it's necessary to actually go there.

WoodMac examines rising water risks for oil, gas industry

Nov 13, 2013

The oil and gas industry increasingly will mitigate water-related business risks using technology and transparency in future years when world water supplies are forecast to become scarce, said a report from Wood Mackenzie Ltd. which used data and analysis from the World Resources Institute (WRI).

KMEP, MarkWest launch open season for Utica, Marcellus NGL

Nov 11, 2013

Kinder Morgan Energy Partners LP (KMEP) and MarkWest Utica EMG LLC have started a binding open season to solicit commitments for a proposed Y-grade pipeline project to transport natural gas liquids produced from the Utica and Marcellus shales to Mont Belvieu, Tex.

Consol to stress gas output growth, sell five coal mines

Nov 11, 2013

Consol Energy Inc., Pittsburgh, will emphasize Appalachian natural gas production growth and has arranged the $3.5 billion sale to a unit of Murray Energy Corp. of its Consolidation Coal Co. subsidiary that operates five longwall steam coal mines in West Virginia.

MarkWest starts Marcellus, Utica cryo plants

Nov 8, 2013

MarkWest Energy Partners LP, Denver, has begun operations at two new cryogenic gas processing plants serving shale production in the Marcellus and Utica plays in West Virginia and Ohio.

Business seen driving Europe’s use of Russian gas

Nov 8, 2013

Europe’s growing dependence on Russian natural gas since the 1990s was more a series of business decisions than geopolitical maneuvers, a Harvard Business School international management professor said.

Ukraine, Chevron sign shale gas agreement

Nov 7, 2013

Ukraine has signed a production-sharing agreement with Chevron Corp. and the country’s state-owned Nadra Oleska for shale gas production at Oleske field in western Ukraine, Worldwide News Ukraine reported.

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