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Marathon commissions unit at Kentucky refinery

Jun 5, 2015

Marathon Petroleum Corp. (MPC) has commissioned a 35,000-b/d condensate splitting unit at its 242,000-b/d Catlettsburg, Ky., refinery to boost the site’s capacity to process production from shale regions in Ohio, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia.

Oil-demand curve's flattening adds to pressure on OPEC

Jun 5, 2015

When leaders of the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries meet in Vienna on June 5, they should heed a stern signal from the oil market.

BHI: US rig count continues steady but shrinking decline

Jun 5, 2015

The US drilling rig count dropped 7 units during the week ended June 5 to settle at 868 rigs working, according to data from Baker Hughes Inc.

Apache to reorganize into three regions

Jun 5, 2015

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

ANGA says industry using latest technology to protect water

Jun 4, 2015

Industry is committed to making continuous improvements and using the latest technology to recycle water and use nonpotable water, Marty Durbin, president and chief executive officer of America’s Natural Gas Alliance, said in response to a government agency’s draft about water and hydraulic fracturing.  

EPA draft assessment finds no widespread harm to drinking water from fracturing

Jun 4, 2015

The US Environmental Protection Agency released a draft assessment June 4 of a study in which it concluded hydraulic fracturing activities have not led to widespread, systemic impacts on drinking water resources, although the agency said potential water vulnerabilities exist.

NGSA: Downward pressure expected on gas prices this summer

Jun 4, 2015

Despite expectations for record-setting summer demand, pressure on this summer’s natural gas prices is likely to be downward compared with summer 2014, the Natural Gas Supply Association said in its 15th annual Summer Outlook assessment of the natural gas market. NGSA said it expects production to set records and be more than enough to meet demand.

Dakota Prairie refinery delivers first diesel, mulls expansion

Jun 4, 2015

Dakota Prairie Refining LLC, a joint venture of MDU Resources Group Inc., Bismarck, ND, and its 50-50 partner Calumet Specialty Produces Partners LP, Indianapolis, has started the first sales of commercial diesel from production at its recently commissioned refinery in North Dakota.

E&Y: US firms’ capex, revenues, reserves up again in 2014, but cuts loom

Jun 3, 2015

US oil and gas companies reported increases across the board in capital expenditures, revenues, and reserves in 2014 as oil prices nearly halved during the second half, according to an annual oil and gas reserves study conducted by Ernst & Young unveiled in Houston on June 3.

Competitive unconventional production gives US diplomatic muscle

Jun 2, 2015

Price declines for crude oil in the last 6 months and natural gas in the last 6 years have made US unconventional producers become so much more efficient to stay globally competitive that the US still has significant energy geopolitical opportunities, an IHS official told a US House Energy and Commerce subcommittee.

Oklahoma governor signs legislation to prevent local fracturing bans

Jun 2, 2015

Oklahoma cities and counties would be unable to ban hydraulic fracturing or other oil and gas operations under Senate Bill 809 that Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin has signed into law.

ConocoPhillips reports first steam from Surmont 2 in Alberta

Jun 1, 2015

ConocoPhillips reported first steam on May 29 from Phase 2 of its Surmont oil sands project in the Athabasca region of northeastern Alberta.

EPP acquires Eagle Ford midstream assets

Jun 1, 2015

Enterprise Products Partners LP (EPP), Houston, has executed agreements to purchase all of the member interests in EFS Midstream LLC from affiliates of Pioneer Natural Resources Co., Irving, Tex., and Reliance Industries Ltd., Mumbai, for $2.15 billion. The companies announced last year their desire to divest EFS Midstream.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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