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BAKKEN Briefs

Dec 13, 2013

Efficiency Gains Improve Bakken Production

Dec 13, 2013

Although the number of rigs at work in the Williston basin peaked more than a year ago, production in the Bakken-Three Forks tight oil play continues to grow as operators like Continental Resources find new ways of reducing the amount of time it takes to drill a well and improve completion techniques to enhance recovery.

Bakken operators test Tyler formation in North Dakota

Dec 13, 2013

In southwest North Dakota, vertical wells in the Tyler formation are typically described as "hit or miss."

Niobrara Briefs

Dec 13, 2013

Production from Niobrara shale continues to rise

Dec 13, 2013

In Colorado's D-J basin, daily output of oil and natural gas from the Niobrara shale continues to climb. This scenario is expected to continue, despite attempts to limit development on the political front.

Panelists at Houston forum say shale enthusiasm must be kept in perspective

Dec 13, 2013

HOUSTON, Tex.—The idea that the US can achieve energy independence through the exploitation of shale resources may make a good talking point for politicians, but industry experts cautioned against buying into the notion at a recent forum in Houston.

Flint Hills, environmental groups reach accord on West refinery expansion

Dec 12, 2013

Flint Hills Resources has agreed to implement additional emissions-reduction measures and more-stringent monitoring for proposed projects aimed at increasing processing capabilities for Eagle Ford crude at its 230,000-b/d West refinery in Corpus Christi, Tex.

Marathon to ramp up US resource play activity

Dec 11, 2013

Marathon Oil Corp. plans to accelerate its US resource play activity and market its North Sea assets in 2014, the company said at its analyst day in New York.

PAA to expand Permian, Mississipian Lime crude pipeline systems

Dec 11, 2013

Plains All American Pipeline LP (PAA) announced four projects to expand its Permian basin pipeline infrastructure over the next few years. PAA expects the four projects to be completed in stages throughout 2014 and early 2015.

Gulfport Energy expands Ohio management team

Dec 10, 2013

Oklahoma City-based independent Gulfport Energy Corp. has added to its Ohio management operations as the company increases its focus on the Utica shale.

QEP to purchase Permian oil assets for $950 million

Dec 9, 2013

QEP Energy Co., a wholly owned subsidiary of QEP Resources Inc., has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire oil and gas assets in the Permian basin from EnerVest Ltd., Houston, for $950 million. The transaction is expected to close before Jan. 31, 2014.

Rosneft, Statoil move forward with shale cooperation in Samara

Dec 9, 2013

OAO Rosneft and Statoil ASA are pushing ahead with plans to assess commercial feasibility of production from the Domanik shale formation in the Samara region.

EPP begins Appalachia-to-Texas ethane line fill

Dec 6, 2013

Enterprise Products Partners LP (EPP) began injecting ethane into the Appalachia-to-Texas Express (ATEX) pipeline in late November and will continue through this month.

PIRA notes changes in crude oil markets

Dec 3, 2013

The oil-production surge from unconventional resources in North America is creating a surplus in the Atlantic Basin and reshaping oil and gas trade, notes PIRA Energy Group, New York.

Park Service director orders fracing comments withdrawn

Dec 2, 2013

National Park Service Director Jonathan B. Jarvis asked that comments the US Department of the Interior agency submitted about the Bureau of Land Management’s proposed hydraulic fracturing and well stimulation regulations on public and Indian lands be withdrawn, Jarvis said in a Nov. 12 letter to US Rep. Rob Bishop (R-Utah). Bishop released the letter on Nov. 26.

Haynesville Update—1: North Louisiana gas shale's drilling decline precipitous

Dec 2, 2013

The Haynesville shale in Louisiana has been actively developed since its discovery in 2007, but over the last 2 years there has been rapid retrenchment and a precipitous decline in the number of new wells drilled in the formation.

Marathon signs as anchor Sandpiper crude line shipper

Nov 26, 2013

Marathon Petroleum Corp. signed with Enbridge Energy Partners LP as an anchor shipper for the Sandpiper Project crude oil pipeline, which will become part of Enbridge's North Dakota System when completed. The companies expect Sandpiper to be operational first-quarter 2016.

EU shale gas production could add 1 million jobs, study says

Nov 25, 2013

The development of shale gas in Europe could add as many as 1 million jobs to the economy, make industry more competitive, and decrease the region’s dependence on energy imports, according to a recently released study commissioned by the International Association of Oil & Gas Producers (OGP).

House votes to restrict federal regulation of fracing

Nov 21, 2013

The US House of Representatives approved legislation largely along party lines to keep the US Bureau of Land Management from imposing its own hydraulic fracturing regulations in states that already have their own requirements.

Groups form American shale, manufacturing partnership

Nov 20, 2013

A diverse group of associations from various industries, universities, and consumer organizations launched the American Shale & Manufacturing Partnership to seek government policies that facilitate instead of discourage US shale energy resource development.

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