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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.

Howard Energy proposes gas pipeline linking S. Texas to Mexico

Jun 24, 2015

Howard Midstream Energy Partners LLC plans to develop a 200-mile, 30-in. OD natural gas pipeline connecting its existing Webb County Hub in South Texas to Escobedo, Nuevo Leon, Mexico, and the Mexican National Pipeline System in Monterrey.

State approves Shell’s plan for US Appalachian ethylene plant

Jun 23, 2015

Pennsylvania’s Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) has approved a permit allowing Royal Dutch Shell PLC subsidiary Shell Chemical LP to proceed with its plan to build a petrochemical complex in Beaver County, Pa., that will produce ethylene and polyethylene (PE) from Marcellus shale ethane.

Study outlines policy strategy for unconventional development

Jun 22, 2015

Unconventional oil and gas presents perhaps the single largest opportunity to improve the trajectory of the US economy, according to a report released by Harvard University Business School (HBS) and Boston Consulting Group Inc. (BCG).

CAPP: Canadian production to reach 5.3 million b/d by 2030

Jun 22, 2015

The Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers (CAPP) estimates production of Canadian oil will increase 43% over 16 years to 5.3 million b/d by 2030 compared with 3.7 million b/d in 2014.

Hess, GIP form Bakken midstream joint venture in $2.675-billion deal

Jun 22, 2015

Global Infrastructure Partners (GIP), an independent infrastructure fund manager, has agreed to acquire 50% interest in Bakken shale midstream assets belonging to Hess Corp. for $2.675 billion in cash.

WoodMac: Western Canadian liquids production on upward trajectory starting in 2016

Jun 19, 2015

Wood Mackenzie Ltd. believes the economics of core areas within shale plays in western Canada will yield comparable returns to key producing plays in the US Lower 48.

ExxonMobil begins Kearl oil sands production

Jun 16, 2015

ExxonMobil Corp. has begun bitumen production at its Kearl oil sands expansion project in Alberta. The company expects output to reach 110,000 b/d, doubling previous Kearl production.

Merged Houston oil and gas firm skips interest payment

Jun 15, 2015

Sabine Oil & Gas Corp., Houston, which drills for oil and gas in Texas and Louisiana, has decided to skip a $21 million interest payment and enter a 30-day grace period to either make the payment or slip into a debt default.

SPE Conference: Heavy oil development requires long-term view, incoming president says

Jun 15, 2015

Speaking to a half-empty auditorium that reflected the tough economic environment of the North American onshore market, Janeen Judah, incoming president of the Society of Petroleum Engineers, addressed attendees June 10 at SPE Canada Heavy Oil Technical Conference in Calgary about the problems facing heavy oil.

BHI: US rig count continues fall in 27th straight week

Jun 12, 2015

The US drilling rig count declined 9 units during the week ended June 12 to settle at 859 rigs working, according to data from Baker Hughes Inc.

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