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ETP eyes larger capacity for planned Bakken pipe

Dec 12, 2014

Energy Transfer Partners LP has launched a binding expansion open season to boost capacity on a planned pipeline system that would move oil from the Bakken and Three Forks shales in North Dakota to the Midwest and Gulf Coast.

Study links methane contamination in water wells to poor well construction-not fracing-in Marcellus

Dec 12, 2014

A new study found that fugitive gas contamination at eight clusters of water wells in the Marcellus and Barnett shale regions might be linked to well integrity issues but not hydraulic fracturing.

Weak crude prices could threaten Bakken production growth

Dec 12, 2014

Bakken shale production set another record in August, but weakening crude prices and flaring reduction efforts threatened to temper production growth.

Bakken producers face possible new vapor pressure standards

Dec 12, 2014

Oil producers in the Bakken, Three Forks, and Sanish plays could face new transportation safety regulations from the North Dakota Industrial Commission that would set operating standards for oil-conditioning equipment at the well to separate production fluids into gas and liquid.

Bakken flaring plan for Hess includes remote NGL capture

Dec 12, 2014

Hess Corp., taking seriously a state mandate to reduce flaring in the Bakken shale, has adopted the use of a remote NGL capture technology at a handful of North Dakota wellsites to help meet its goals.

WoodMac: US unconventional enters new stage

Dec 12, 2014

The unconventional oil and gas revolution is entering into a new stage with drilling and completion techniques pioneered in unconventional plays now being used to exploit all types of rock in mature US basins, according to research and advisory firm Wood Mackenzie.

BHI: US rig count forced down by large losses in Texas

Dec 12, 2014

Forced down by large losses in Texas and specifically the Permian basin, the US drilling rig count plummeted 27 units to settle at 1,893 rigs working during the week ended Dec. 12, Baker Hughes Inc. reported. This week’s report comes on the heels of sub-$60/bbl crude oil prices on NYMEX.

Husky reports start of steam operations at Sunrise oil sands project

Dec 12, 2014

Husky Energy, Calgary, reported the start of steam operations at the in situ Sunrise Oil Sands Project in northeastern Alberta.

Independent assessment hikes Husky heavy oil resources

Dec 12, 2014

Husky Energy Inc., Calgary, says an independent assessment increases its heavy oil resources in the Lloydminster region of Alberta and Saskatchewan.

US needs more data before ending crude export ban, House panel told

Dec 11, 2014

Much more environmental impact information is needed before the US can reasonably remove crude oil export limits, a witness told a House Energy and Commerce Committee subcommittee during a Dec. 11 hearing examining energy policies enacted nearly 40 years ago.

Stone drills successful Utica exploration well

Dec 10, 2014

Stone Energy Corp., Lafayette, La., reported that its Pribble 6HU well in Wetzel County, W.Va., flowed from a 3,605-ft lateral at 30 MMcfd during the last 24 hr of a 5-day test.

North Dakota producers face new vapor pressure standards

Dec 10, 2014

North Dakota has approved new rail transportation safety standards for crude oil that stipulate operating standards for oil-conditioning equipment at the well to separate production fluids into gas and liquid.

Goodrich considers selling Eagle Ford assets

Dec 10, 2014

Goodrich Petroleum Corp., Houston, is considering the sale of at least some of its shale assets in the South Texas Eagle Ford, the company said, adding that it plans to concentrate next year on the Tuscaloosa marine shale.

More West Texas gathering, processing to come onstream

Dec 9, 2014

EagleClaw Midstream Services LLC, Midland, Tex., has bought natural gas gathering and processing in Reeves County, Tex. The company declined to identify the seller.

Kearl resumes oil sands production, Imperial reports

Dec 9, 2014

Imperial Oil Ltd., Calgary, has resumed production at its Kearl oil sands operations in Alberta after a precautionary shutdown due to a “vibration issue” with the plant’s ore-crusher unit.

Small subset of wells accounts for most methane emissions, researchers say

Dec 9, 2014

A small subset of natural gas wells are responsible for most methane emissions from US natural gas production, said a study from the University of Texas at Austin. Researchers cited the two major sources of methane emissions from wells as liquid unloadings and pneumatic controller equipment.

ConocoPhillips slashes 2015 capital budget

Dec 8, 2014

ConocoPhillips has elected to reduce its 2015 capital budget to $13.5 billion, down 20% compared with this year’s budget. The news comes on the heels of crude oil prices hitting 5-year lows.

Nexen starts bitumen production at Kinosis 1A in Alberta

Dec 8, 2014

China National Offshore Oil Corp. Ltd. reported the start of bitumen production at the Kinosis 1A (K1A) steam-assisted gravity drainage (SAGD) facility in Alberta.

Whiting completes acquisition of Kodiak

Dec 8, 2014

Whiting Petroleum Corp. has completed its acquisition of Kodiak Oil & Gas Corp. following the issuance of a final order by the Supreme Court of British Columbia approving the deal on Dec. 5.

Watching Government: Did Maryland go too far?

Dec 8, 2014

Maryland finally proposed a strategy to regulate unconventional natural gas exploration and production on Nov. 25. The question quickly moved from what was taking so long to whether it went too far.

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