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Apache to reorganize into three regions

Jun 1, 2015

Apache Corp. reported plans to restructure the company into three “super regions” following a series of acquisitions and divestitures over the last 5 years.

EIA: US natural gas net imports lowest since 1987

Jun 1, 2015

US net imports of natural gas totaled 1,171 bcf in 2014, down 9% from the level in 2013 and continuing an 8-year decline, according to the US Energy Information Administration. This was the lowest level since 1987.

US unconventional oil responds to low-price environment

Jun 1, 2015

Deferred and cancelled investments in US shale oil fields could in 2-3 years begin creating an environment in which new supplies are less plentiful, causing baseline oil prices to move closer to $100/bbl.

Ohio weighs post-production costs, royalty calculations

Jun 1, 2015

Post-production cost deductions are a common source of royalty litigation. Local lease-interpretation rules determine whether particular deductions are proper and defensible in court. Different jurisdictions, however, follow different rules to different ends.

La Jolla Conference: Industry panel bullish on oil prices, but sees more suffering to come

Jun 1, 2015

Crude oil prices are still about half their value compared with a year ago, but the now prolonged slump is unfolding such that another rise could be on the horizon, a panel of industry observers agreed on May 20 during the XXIV La Jolla Energy Conference in La Jolla, Calif.

Study finds Marcellus NORM exposure risks low

May 29, 2015

While some produced waters from the Marcellus shale contain elevated radium, a Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (PA DEP) study showed that the risk of exposure is low.

Gov. Wolf forms Pennsylvania gas pipeline system taskforce

May 29, 2015

Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf (D) formed a Pipeline Infrastructure Task Force to help state agencies, natural gas producers, and communities closely work together as thousands of miles of pipelines are proposed to move gas and related products from wellheads to markets.

BHI: US rig count declines 10 units, falls below nadir of 2008-09 downturn

May 29, 2015

The US drilling rig count dropped 10 units during the week ended May 29 to settle at 875 rigs working, falling below the nadir of the 2008-09 downturn by a single unit, according to data from Baker Hughes Inc.

American Midstream holding open season for Bakken gathering line

May 28, 2015

American Midstream Bakken LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of American Midstream Partners LP, Denver, is conducting a binding open season for a proposed 50-mile Bakken crude oil gathering and transportation system in the core of McKenzie County, ND.

First assessment of NWT shales suggests multibillion barrel resource

May 27, 2015

An estimated 145 billion bbl of oil in place are in the Canol shale in Canada’s Northwest Territories, while the thinner Bluefish shale could contain 45 billion bbl in place, Canada’s National Energy Board and Northwest Territories jointly said on May 22 in the first government assessment of the formations’ resource potential.

Magnum Hunter selling noncore Utica acreage

May 26, 2015

Magnum Hunter Resources Corp., Dallas said its wholly owned subsidiary Triad Hunter LLC has signed a definitive agreement to sell certain noncore undeveloped Utica leasehold acreage in West Virginia for $40.8 million to an undisclosed independent producer.

API-Ohio runs radio ads against proposed state severance tax

May 26, 2015

The American Petroleum Institute launched a series of radio ads in Ohio urging people to call their state senators in opposition of any additional taxes on the oil and gas industry, said Chris Zeigler, API-Ohio executive director.

La Jolla Conference: Regulations still constraining unconventional energy development

May 26, 2015

While unconventional oil and gas production in the US remains mostly resilient amid the industry downturn, energy policy under the Obama administration hasn’t made things easier on companies forced to cope with new market realities, panelists said on May 20 during the XXIV La Jolla Energy Conference in La Jolla, Calif.

Forest fire causes Cenovus to shutter Foster Creek facilities

May 26, 2015

Cenovus Energy Inc. halted production on May 23 from its Foster Creek oil sands and Athabasca natural gas operations as a precaution due to a forest fire about 25 km south on the Cold Lake Air Weapons Range (CLAWR) in northeastern Alberta.

EIA: Eagle Ford's Eagleville oil field largest in US

May 25, 2015

Husky begins steam operations at Rush Lake heavy oil project

May 21, 2015

Husky Energy Inc. has started commercial steam operations at the 10,000-b/d Rush Lake heavy oil thermal project in Saskatchewan (OGJ Online, Dec. 12, 2014).

Atlantic Coast Pipeline identifies alternate route segments

May 19, 2015

Atlantic Coast Pipeline LLC (ACP) has identified several alternate route segments as potentially having the least impact to environmental, historic, and cultural resources and is incorporating them into the proposed route of its 550-mile, 1.5-bcfd interstate natural gas transmission pipeline across three states. The alternate segments are in Augusta and Nelson counties, Va.

Utah will join lawsuit challenging BLM frac rules, governor says

May 19, 2015

Utah will ask to join Wyoming, North Dakota, and Colorado in a lawsuit challenging the US Bureau of Land Management’s recently issued hydraulic fracturing regulations, Gov. Gary R. Herbert (R) reported. The new federal rule unlawfully interferes with state regulations that already address the process, the action contends.

Texas governor signs bill to halt cities from banning fracturing

May 18, 2015

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott signed a bill to prevent municipalities from banning hydraulic fracturing in a move that was expected after the city of Denton last year approved a referendum to prohibit fracturing in its city limits.

USFS rejects most objections to White River National Forest draft leasing

May 18, 2015

A US Forest Service official has rejected most objections raised by the Western Energy Alliance, West Slope Colorado Oil & Gas Association, and Public Lands Advocacy to USFS’s draft oil and gas leasing decision for the White River National Forest in western Colorado.

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