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API Launches New Standard for Subsea Capping Stacks
Tuesday, July 29, 2014 API unveils new guidelines for the design, manufacture and use of subsea capping stacks.

WWF: Arctic Oil Well Blowout Could Spread More Than 1,000 Km
Friday, July 25, 2014 Oil from a spill or oil well blowout in the Arctic waters of Canada's Beaufort Sea could easily become trapped in sea ice and potentially spread to the west coast of Alaska, a World Wildlife Fund study reports.

Study: Oil, Gas Industry Seeking to Protect Greater Sage-Grouse
Thursday, July 24, 2014 Oil and gas companies are implementing an average of over six conservation measures per project to protect the Greater Sage-Grouse bird on public lands, a study finds.

North Sea Super Puma Crash: Lessons Learned
Wednesday, July 23, 2014 Eleven months on from the Super Puma crash in the North Sea that killed 4 offshore workers, steps have been taken that should save lives in the event of a future helicopter ditching.

Semisub Barge POSH Mogami Sinks Off Indonesia's Batam Island, 3 Dead
Monday, July 21, 2014 Three people were killed when POSH Mogami sank off Batam, Indonesia. The semisubmersible barge was undergoing submerging trials Friday.

Shell Employees on Doomed Malaysian Flight
Friday, July 18, 2014 Shell confirms that some of its employees were among the 298 people killed Thursday when Malaysian Airlines was shot down by a missile over eastern Ukraine.

Oil Trains, Born Of US Energy Boom, Face Test In New Safety Rules
Friday, July 18, 2014 North Dakota's Bakken oil patch has thrived thanks in large part to the once-niche business of hauling fuel on US rail tracks. New safety rules may now test the oil train model.

InterOil Suspends Wahoo-1 Drilling in PNG's PPL474 on Safety Concerns
Tuesday, July 15, 2014 InterOil suspends drilling at Wahoo-1 exploration well in PPL474 in Papua New Guinea as higher-than-expected pressures at the well could compromise rig safety.

RRC: Energy Companies Reducing Water Use, Leading Conservation Efforts
Friday, July 11, 2014 Oil and gas companies in Texas are using technology to lead the way in reducing water use in the Lone Star State.

Collision Halts Statoil Oseberg East Platform, Restart Seen Thursday
Thursday, July 10, 2014 Statoil shuts its Oseberg East oil platform after a collision with a supply vessel.

Survival Craft Plans to Bolster Team after Appointing New MD
Wednesday, July 09, 2014 Lifeboat specialist Survival Craft Inspectorate plans to recruit 20 additional employees by the end of 2014 as it announces a new managing director for its Asia/Australasia operations.

Sinopec Shuts Condensate Splitter as Pipeline Corrodes
Tuesday, July 08, 2014 Sinopec shuts a condensate splitter for an indefinite period after a connected pipeline is found corroded during a safety inspection.

Study: Oil Leaks Raise Environmental Concerns Over Brazil's Santos Basin
Tuesday, July 08, 2014 The Santos Basin has 400 times the number of oil leaks as its older and more prolific neighbor, the Campos Basin, a university study says, raising concern about the environmental sustainability.

Hurricane Arthur Scythes Through Outer Banks of North Carolina
Friday, July 04, 2014 The first hurricane of the Atlantic season hits the North Carolina coast, a wet and windy spoiler of the July Fourth holiday for thousands of Americans as authorities ordered them to evacuate exposed areas.

Breitling Energy CEO: NY Court Fracking Decision a Bump in the Road
Thursday, July 03, 2014 Chris Faulkner, Breitling Energy's CEO, is confident that the future of fracking is safe.

Hurricane Arthur Intensifies As It Heads For North Carolina
Thursday, July 03, 2014 The first hurricane of the Atlantic season gains strength and is expected to attain Category 2 status as it reaches the North Carolina coast.

Worker Safety Remains the First Priority for Oil, Gas Companies
Monday, June 30, 2014 The always-important issue of safety is on the front burner as more young workers are hired into the industry.

US Court: Ex-BP Executive Can be Charged with Obstructing Congress
Sunday, June 29, 2014 US federal appeals court reinstates a criminal charge of obstruction of Congress against a former BP executive accused of downplaying the severity of the Gulf of Mexico oil spill.

Stranded Chinese Workers in Iraq Being Evacuated
Friday, June 27, 2014 Chinese workers are being evacuated from fighting in Iraq, with PetroChina pulling out some of its staff from the country.

Fourteen Killed in India Gas Pipeline Blast and Fire
Friday, June 27, 2014 Fourteen people have been killed and 20 injured in a blast and fire at a gas pipeline in the southern Indian state of Andhra Pradesh, again raising safety concerns over the country's energy projects.

Colorado Gov. Against Ballot Initiative On Energy Regulation
Thursday, June 26, 2014 Bill Ritter, former Colorado governor, speaks out at the Clinton Gobal Initiative against voter initiatives as a way to regulate energy in the state.

Industry, Watchdog Groups: Water Wells Should Be Tested Before Fracking
Wednesday, June 25, 2014 The energy industry and watchdog groups agree that water testing of wells is important, but differ on why.

Petronas Demobilizes Employees in Iraq to Dubai Amid Security Concerns
Thursday, June 19, 2014 Petronas demobilizes employees in Iraq to Dubai amid the current security situation in the country.

More Work Needed to Improve Safety on UKCS
Thursday, June 19, 2014 An Oil & Gas UK report highlights the need for more work to be done by the offshore industry to improve health and safety on the UK Continental Shelf.

California Regulators Revise 2013 Fracking Proposals
Thursday, June 19, 2014 California regulators release revisions of proposals covering hydraulic fracturing.

BP Reports Flaring at Rotterdam Refinery Following Power Outage
Wednesday, June 18, 2014 BP reports flaring at its 400,000-barrel-per-day Rotterdam refinery following a general power outage in the area.

WA Environment Minister Upholds EPA's Stand on Buru's Tight Gas Proposal
Tuesday, June 17, 2014 The Western Australian Environment Minister has upheld the Environmental Protection Authority's decision on Buru Energy's tight gas testing proposal in Western Australia's Canning Basin.

Oil Majors Cut Staff In Iraq On Fears Violence Will Spread
Tuesday, June 17, 2014 Some oil companies are pulling foreign staff from Iraq, fearing Sunni militants from the north could strike at major oilfields concentrated in the Shi'ite south.

Seven Ica-Fluor Workers Die On Mexican Oil Rig Construction Site
Thursday, June 12, 2014 Seven employees of ICA-Fluor died during construction of an oil rig for state oil company Pemex in Veracruz.

UK Offshore Industry Welcomes Super Puma Ditchings Report
Wednesday, June 11, 2014 Oil & Gas UK welcomes AAIB findings into 2012's Super Puma ditchings.

NHC: Low Over Bay of Campeche Has 40% Chance of Becoming Cyclone
Friday, June 06, 2014 A low-pressure area over southern Bay of Campeche has a 40 percent chance of becoming a tropical cyclone during the next 48 hours, the U.S. National Hurricane Center (NHC) says.

A Cleaner Way Forward in the Eagle Ford Shale Play
Friday, June 06, 2014 Engineers are turning to water-based drilling fluids as an environmentally acceptable alternative to oil based mud.

EIA: Shale Oil, Gas Production to Offset Possible Gulf Shut-ins
Friday, June 06, 2014 Production in shale formations will mitigate any effects of cuts in Gulf production related to hurricane-driven shut-ins, the EIA said.

New York's Highest Court to Rule on Towns' Fracking Bans
Thursday, June 05, 2014 The NY Court of Appeals will decide whether two towns can ban fracking within their boundaries using zoning laws.

North Dakota Flaring Crackdown May Slow Oil Field Growth
Thursday, June 05, 2014 North Dakota is cracking down on flaring with strict rules that may stymie development in areas far from pipelines.

US Bill Would Boost Ukraine's Energy Efficiency, Drilling
Thursday, June 05, 2014 A bill introduced by US Senator Edward Markey aims to ease Ukraine's fuel dependence on Russia.

Tropical Storm Boris Forms Off Mexico, Heads Toward Key Refinery
Tuesday, June 03, 2014 Tropical Storm Boris forms off the southern Pacific coast of Mexico, churning northward toward Pemex's largest refinery Salina Cruz.

Worker Killed at Suncor Oil Sands Site in Northern Alberta
Tuesday, June 03, 2014 A worker was killed at Suncor Energy Inc's oil sands site in northern Alberta while performing maintenance on a piece of heavy equipment, a company spokeswoman says.

2014 Hurricane Season: Fewer Storms, But Rig Workers Need to be Wary
Monday, June 02, 2014 This year's Atlantic hurricane season is likely to be less active, but offshore rig workers could still be at risk.