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BHI: US oil rig count rises for first time in 30 weeks

Jul 13, 2015

A sudden 12-unit jump in oil-directed rigs during the abbreviated week ended July 2 represented their first rise since Dec. 5, 2014, and helped lift the overall US drilling rig count for a second consecutive week, according to data from Baker Hughes Inc.

Western Australia, Browse JV agree on gas supply plan

Jul 13, 2015

The Western Australian government and the Woodside Petroleum Ltd.-led Browse joint venture have finally come to an agreement over the supply of gas from the Browse gas fields for the domestic market.

BHI: US rig count continues upward creep

Jul 10, 2015

Although the overall US drilling rig count only edged up 1 unit to 863 rigs working during the week ended July 10, it represented the third consecutive week of gains and another jump in oil-directed rigs, according to data from Baker Hughes Inc.

AER shuts in 16 Murphy Oil sites in Peace River region for noncompliance

Jul 7, 2015

Alberta Energy Regulator said it has shut in or partially shut in 16 sites operated by Murphy Oil Co. Ltd. in the Peace River region. The sites were noncompliant with requirements “to capture and flare, incinerate, or conserve all casing gas and tank top gases” from heavy oil and bitumen operations based on a schedule submitted to and approved by AER.

Production ramps up from Sunrise oil sands project

Jul 6, 2015

Husky Energy Inc., Calgary, reported that 25 well pairs are now on production at its Sunrise oil sands project in northeastern Alberta. Steaming is under way on 43 of 55 well pairs.

CERI: Energy, operational efficiencies possible in Canadian oil, gas

Jul 6, 2015

Measures can be taken by operators in the expanding resource-intensive Canadian oil and gas sector to improve both energy efficiency and operational efficiencies, according to a report from the Canadian Energy Research Institute (CERI).

Group suggests principles for Alberta royalty review

Jul 6, 2015

The Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers (CAPP) has suggested that four principles guide Alberta in an oil and gas royalty review planned by a new center-left government in conjunction with a toughened approach to climate change.

EIA: Argentina, China lead shale development outside North America

Jul 6, 2015

Argentina and China have respectively drilled more than 275 and 200 wells targeting shale plays over the past 2 years, providing each country with the potential to significantly increase production of shale gas and tight oil, the US Energy Information Administration highlighted on June 26 in an energy update.

BHI: US oil rig count rises for first time in 30 weeks

Jul 2, 2015

A sudden 12-unit jump in oil-directed rigs during the abbreviated week ended July 2 represented their first rise since Dec. 5, 2014, and helped lift the overall US drilling rig count for a second consecutive week, according to data from Baker Hughes Inc.

FourPoint Energy to acquire Anadarko basin assets from Chesapeake

Jul 2, 2015

FourPoint Energy LLC, a privately owned Denver company, plans to acquire oil and gas assets from Chesapeake Energy Corp. subsidiaries Chesapeake Exploration LLC and CHK Cleveland Tonkawa LLC for $840 million.

USGS: Water usage for fracturing varies widely across shale plays

Jul 1, 2015

The volume of water required to hydraulically fracture wells varies widely across the country, according to the first national analysis and map of hydraulic fracturing water usage detailed in a recent US Geological Survey study.

Group suggests principles for Alberta royalty review

Jun 29, 2015

The Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers (CAPP) has suggested that four principles guide Alberta in an oil and gas royalty review planned by a new center-left government in conjunction with a toughened approach to climate change.

BHI: US rig count posts first increase in 29 weeks

Jun 26, 2015

Buoyed by respective rises in natural gas-directed and offshore rigs, the US drilling rig count gained 2 units during the week ended June 26 to reach 859 rigs working, marking its first increase in 29 weeks, according to data from Baker Hughes Inc.

Senate panel divided on bills to modify EPA's proposed ozone rules

Jun 26, 2015

US Senate Environment and Public Works Committee members divided along party lines over the US Environmental Protection Agency's proposed National Ambient Air Quality Standards covering ground-level ozone, and a trio of Republican bills that would delay or modify their implementation.

A strategy shift-2

Jun 26, 2015

Notwithstanding occasional laments to the contrary, the US has had a consistent energy strategy since at least World War II. 

CAPP: Oil sands producers prepared to take greater role reducing emissions

Jun 26, 2015

Canada’s oil sands producers are prepared to take a greater leadership role in reducing greenhouse-gas emissions, according to the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers.

EIA: Argentina, China lead shale development outside N. America

Jun 26, 2015

Argentina and China have respectively drilled more than 275 and 200 wells targeting shale plays over the past 2 years, providing each country with the potential to significantly increase production of shale gas and tight oil, the US Energy Information Administration highlighted on June 26 in an energy update.

Natural gas opposition has shifted to transportation, speakers say

Jun 25, 2015

Opposition to natural gas projects has moved from exploration and production to transportation, speakers said during a discussion on Capitol Hill of US gas infrastructure needs. “Pipeline opposition has become a stand-in for opposition to fossil fuels for some groups,” said Kim Watson, Kinder Morgan Inc.’s (KMI) eastern pipeline group president.

American Energy to spin off, rename another unit

Jun 25, 2015

American Energy–Midstream LLC, a unit of Oklahoma City-based American Energy Partners LP (AEP), is transitioning to a standalone company and will change its name to Traverse Midstream Partners LLC. The moves will be effective July 1.

Judge’s order delays BLM’s implementation of fracing regulations

Jun 24, 2015

A federal district judge in Wyoming temporarily delayed the US Bureau of Land Management’s implementation of its recently issued hydraulic fracturing regulations. Judge Scott W. Skavdahl issued a stay on June 23 to give the US Department of the Interior agency until July 22 to submit a full administrative record in legal challenges by four states and two independent oil and gas producers’ associations.

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