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Senate debates, then barely rejects, Keystone XL approval bill

Nov 19, 2014

The US Senate finally debated a bill authorizing construction of the proposed Keystone XL crude oil pipeline on Nov. 18 before rejecting the measure by a single vote. Republicans vowed to bring the measure back once they assume majority control in January.

National Forest in Va., W.Va., leaves fracing to state governments

Nov 18, 2014

The George Washington National Forest in Virginia and West Virginia will allow some oil and gas activity using hydraulic fracturing and horizontal drilling under its new final forest plan, which was released in Roanoke, Va., on Nov. 18.

Forest Oil to sell Arkoma basin gas properties

Nov 18, 2014

Forest Oil Corp., Denver, has agreed to sell its natural gas properties in the Arkoma basin for aftertax cash proceeds of $185 million. The deal, effective Oct. 1, is expected to close on or before Dec. 15.

Cenovus receives approvals for Telephone Lake oil sands project

Nov 18, 2014

Cenovus Energy Inc., Calgary, has received approval from the Alberta Energy Regulator (AER) and the province of Alberta for its wholly owned Telephone Lake thermal oil sands project, 90 km northeast of Fort McMurray in the company’s Borealis Region of northern Alberta.

Deloitte: More executives believe US can be self-sufficient in oil

Nov 18, 2014

More oil and gas executives are growing increasingly confident that the US will be self-sufficient in oil in 5-10 years, said a Deloitte survey titled, “2014 Oil & Gas Survey: The Next Chapter of the Energy Renaissance.”

ANGA president calls for sharper focus on gas transportation issues

Nov 17, 2014

America’s Natural Gas Alliance Pres. Martin J. Durbin called for a stronger focus on transportation as he outlined issues that the US gas industry faces following the 2014 midterm elections and heading into 2015.

Saudis have reasons better than shale to let prices fall

Nov 17, 2014

Only by overlooking important forces in markets and politics can anyone assert that Saudi Arabia is letting crude prices fall mainly to extinguish competition from North American shale oil.

Oil sands 2014-38 outlay to top $514 billion

Nov 17, 2014

Total investment in Canadian oil sands projects during 2014-38 will exceed $514 billion (2013 Can.), according to the Canadian Energy Research Institute (CERI).

PwC: US oil, gas transaction value hits 10-year high in 3Q

Nov 17, 2014

Driven by a rise in billion-dollar deals, midstream activity, and interest in upstream shale plays from foreign buyers, mergers and acquisitions in the US oil and gas industry reached the highest levels in the past decade during the third quarter, according to a quarterly report from PwC US Energy Practice.

BHI: Gains in Utica, Ohio headline latest US rig count

Nov 14, 2014

The US drilling rig count was up 3 units to reach 1,928 rigs working during the week ended Nov. 14, with notable gains in Ohio and more specifically the Utica basin, Baker Hughes Inc. reported.

North Dakota lawmakers mull Bakken crude regulations

Nov 14, 2014

Oil producers in North Dakota’s Bakken and Three Forks formations could be required to strip gases from crude oil showing high vapor pressure before transporting the oil under new standards being considered by the North Dakota Industrial Commission, which met Nov. 13.

American Energy unit adds SCOOP, STACK acreage in Oklahoma

Nov 13, 2014

American Energy–NonOp LLC (AENO), an affiliate of American Energy Partners LP (AEP), Oklahoma City, has completed a series of transactions with Double Eagle Energy Holdings LLC, Ft. Worth, and several other parties to acquire nonoperated working interests in the SCOOP and STACK resource plays in southern and central Oklahoma for $251 million.

Encana completes acquisition of Athlon Energy

Nov 13, 2014

Encana Corp. now holds a premier 140,000 net acre spread in the oil-rich Permian basin after successfully acquiring Fort Worth-based Athlon Energy Inc. for $7.1 billion.

Pembina to expand northeast British Columbia pipeline system

Nov 12, 2014

Pembina Pipeline Corp. has entered into binding agreements to proceed with a $210-million expansion to Pembina’s pipeline system in northeast British Columbia. The NEBC expansion will transport condensate and NGLs for producers in the liquids-rich Montney shale.

Imperial shuts down Kearl oil sands due to ‘vibration issue’

Nov 11, 2014

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

Bakken, deepwater Gulf of Mexico to boost Hess’s production

Nov 11, 2014

Hess Corp. plans to increase its production growth rate forecast by 6-10%/year during 2013-18, assuming $90-100/bbl Brent, anchored by production in the Bakken shale and deepwater Gulf of Mexico, the company said Nov. 10 during an investor presentation in Houston.

BLM issues EA about proposed eastern Utah gas interconnect lines

Nov 10, 2014

The US Bureau of Land Management is seeking public comments on an environmental assessment analyzing 2 proposed Enduring Resources LLC Rockhouse-Anadarko interconnect pipelines in eastern Utah. Written or e-mailed comments will be accepted until Nov. 21, BLM’s Vernal field office said.

Oil sands 2014-38 outlay to top $514 billion

Nov 10, 2014

Total investment in Canadian oil sands projects during 2014-38 will exceed $514 billion (2013 Can.), according to the Canadian Energy Research Institute (CERI).

GCA: Falling oil price will unevenly affect US unconventional plays

Nov 10, 2014

Falling oil prices will have an uneven effect across US unconventional plays based on the qualities of reservoirs within any given play, Gaffney Cline & Associates said in a recent report, noting there exists a complex relationship between the pace of shale production and falling futures prices for light, sweet crude oil.

Forum: US unconventional plays still profitable at $80/bbl oil or less

Nov 10, 2014

The US currently dominates global upstream capital spending, and producers in many unconventional plays can still make a profit with futures prices for benchmark light, sweet crude oil fetching a price less than $80/bbl, a Wood Mackenzie Ltd. senior analyst told an oil breakfast forum hosted by consulting firm Decision Strategies.

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