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Interview with Mark McArdle, Minister for Energy & Water Supply, Queensland
Friday, December 13, 2013 Mark McArdle, Queensland's state energy minister, covers his views on LNG trends in Asia as well as Queensland's role as an energy exporter.
Petronas Says Helicopter Ditched off Bintulu, All on Board Safe
Friday, December 13, 2013 Bad weather forces a helicopter to land at sea off Bintulu in Sarawak, Malaysia, with all passengers and crew on board the aircraft rescued by a passing vessel.
BP Still Paying For Deepwater Horizon Blowout
Friday, December 13, 2013 The blowout of the Deepwater Horizon was a great tragedy in many ways. But what has happened to BP, the company that was the operator of the well, is a tragedy, too.
New Obama Adviser Will Not Work On Keystone XL
Wednesday, December 11, 2013 A new senior adviser to President Barack Obama will recuse himself from deliberations on the Keystone XL oil pipeline, the White House says.
Ex-BP Supervisors Win Dismissal of Some Manslaughter Charges
Wednesday, December 11, 2013 Two former BP supervisors win the dismissal of some of the manslaughter charges facing them over the Gulf of Mexico drilling rig explosion that killed 11 people in 2010.
Total Prepares to Remove Rig from Tunu Gas Field in Mahakam Block
Tuesday, December 10, 2013 Total prepares to remove rig in the offshore Mahakam Block in East Kalimantan, Indonesia after gas was released at a development well in the Tunu field.
Canada Plans Claim That Would Include North Pole
Monday, December 09, 2013 Canada plans to make a claim to the North Pole in an effort to assert its sovereignty in the resource-rich Arctic, the country's foreign affairs minister says.
Eni CEO Says Unlikely Kashagan Re-Start Delayed To 2015
Friday, December 06, 2013 Eni CEO says oil production from Kazakhstan’s Kashagan field is unlikely to be delayed to 2015.
Oil Producers Cut Back Some North Sea Output Due To Storm
Thursday, December 05, 2013 North Sea oil and gas producers have cut some production and moved staff from a limited number of platforms to shore because of a major storm, the companies say.
BP Pushes Technical Limits To Tap Extreme Fields
Thursday, December 05, 2013 BP leads an industry-wide push to develop technology that can retrieve oil from deeper formations and higher pressures and temperatures.
Shrugging Off Winter's Bite In N. Dakota Oilfields
Thursday, December 05, 2013 The extreme cold slamming the Great Plains isn't about to cool off one of the hottest segments of the American economy: North Dakota's oil patch.
Shell Charts Return To Offshore Alaska Drilling In July
Wednesday, December 04, 2013 Shell plans to return to Alaskan offshore drilling next July and will deploy an upgraded drillship in the Chukchi Sea, while keeping a newly contracted backup drillship ready if needed.
Talisman Sinopec Closes North Sea Platform Ahead of Storm
Wednesday, December 04, 2013 Talisman Sinopec closes Buchan Alpha platform in the North Sea ahead of an approaching winter storm.
PM: France to Allow Private Security on Shipping Fleet
Tuesday, December 03, 2013 France will allow private security forces to protect its shipping fleet against pirates, bringing it in line with other European countries.
Oil Firms Move Some Staff Ashore From Norway's North Sea Before Storm
Tuesday, December 03, 2013 Energy companies operating in the Norwegian sector of the North Sea are moving some staff ashore because of an approaching winter storm but production is so far unaffected, they said.
BP Wins US Appeals Court Reprieve Over Some Gulf Spill Payments
Tuesday, December 03, 2013 BP wins a legal reprieve in its effort to avoid payments to those whose losses were not traceable to the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill, potentially sparing the oil company of extra costs.
US Business Leader: EPA Fracking Study Could Hurt Energy Boom
Tuesday, December 03, 2013 America's largest business lobby group warns the Obama administration against snuffing out the country's energy boom with regulations on new oil and natural gas drilling technologies.
W&T Ban From Bidding For Oil Could Last 3 Years, EPA Says
Tuesday, December 03, 2013 W&T Offshore's ban from bidding on federal government contracts in the Gulf of Mexico can last up to three years, the US Environmental Protection Agency says.
Oil Spill Coats River, Sea Near ENI Nigeria Facility
Monday, December 02, 2013 A large oil spill near Nigeria's Brass facility, run by ENI, has spread through the sea and swamps of the oil producing Niger Delta region, local residents and the company say.
Ex-BP Engineer Who Deleted Texts Heads To Trial
Monday, December 02, 2013 Kurt Mix, who was a drilling engineer for BP, possibly faces a prison sentence if convicted of deliberately deleting text messages and voicemails about BP's response to the 2010 Macondo incident.
Mitchell Associate Discusses Shale Pioneer's Sustainability Views
Thursday, November 28, 2013 George P. Mitchell left a lasting impact on the oil and gas industry as well as the environmental sustainability cause.
Tullow Says Has Learnt Lesson Having 'Messed Up' In Kenya
Wednesday, November 27, 2013 Tullow Oil learned its lesson after messing up in Kenya, where community protests over local jobs and contracts halted exploration last month, a senior company official says.
Nine Detained After Oil Pipeline Blasts In China
Tuesday, November 26, 2013 Police detain Sinopec employees, following last week's oil pipeline blast that killed at least 55 people when it ripped through a road lined with businesses and apartments in an eastern port city.
Mississippi River Still Shut After Fuel Spill; Few Boats Delayed
Tuesday, November 26, 2013 The Mississippi River remains closed to navigation along Iowa after a boat containing up to 100,000 gallons of diesel fuel and lube oil struck a submerged object and sank late Monday.
China Launches Sweeping Probe as Sinopec Blast Toll Rises
Monday, November 25, 2013 China launches a broad investigation into safety at oil and gas pipelines, state media reported, as the death toll from an explosion at a Sinopec pipeline last week rose to 52.
BSEE Orders Companies to Cease Work over SEMS Compliance
Friday, November 22, 2013 BSEE orders five Gulf of Mexico operators to halt work for failing to comply with SEMS regulations.
Sinopec Oil Pipeline Blast Kills 35 in Eastern China
Friday, November 22, 2013 An explosion in a Sinopec oil pipeline kills 35 people in Qingdao, eastern China.
US Eyes Increase In Arctic Operations
Friday, November 22, 2013 The US military is looking for ways to expand operations in the Arctic as melting ice caps open sea lanes and other nations compete for the lucrative oil and gas deposits.
Fracking Without Freshwater At A West Texas Oilfield
Thursday, November 21, 2013 At a dusty Texas oilfield, Apache has eliminated its reliance on what arguably could be the biggest long-term constraint for fracking wells in the arid western United States: scarce freshwater.
Norway To Step Up Security At Gas Plants After Algeria Attack
Thursday, November 21, 2013 Norway is stepping up security at its onshore gas installations after the assault on an Algerian gas plant, gas system operator Gassco says.
Poland's New Environment Minister Calls Shale Gas His Priority
Wednesday, November 20, 2013 Poland's new environment minister Maciej Grabowski says that shale gas will be his priority.
Total Begins Investigation into Fatal Antwerp Explosion
Wednesday, November 20, 2013 Total reports that two of its contractors were killed Tuesday due to an explosion at the firm's Antwerp refinery.
Statoil Pays Up for Oseberg Wash Water Incident
Tuesday, November 19, 2013 Norway's Statoil decides to accept $1.7 million fine for Oseberg wash water incident.
Inpex Reports Gas Release Occurred at Development Well in Tunu Field
Monday, November 18, 2013 Inpex reports that a shallow gas release occurred at a development well in the Tunu field in offshore Mahakam block in East Kalimantan, Indonesia and the incident is being closely monitored.
Russian Court Grants Bail to One of 30 Arrested for Greenpeace Protest
Monday, November 18, 2013 A Russian court grants bail to one of 30 Greenpeace activists being held after September's protest against offshore oil drilling in the Arctic.
Colorado Creates Rules To Reduce Fracking Emissions
Monday, November 18, 2013 Colorado proposes rules designed to reduce emissions during oil and gas operations in an agreement with drillers that addresses one key environmental concern surrounding the US oil and gas boom.
DOJ Subpoenas Black Elk for Evidence
Friday, November 15, 2013 The US Justice Department subpoenas Black Elk Energy for evidence in connection with the November 2012 explosion on board a Gulf of Mexico platform.
BOEM Extends Public Comment for Drilling in Chukchi Sea
Thursday, November 14, 2013 BOEM extends a call for information and nominations relating to a potential oil and gas Lease Sale 237 scheduled for the Chukchi Sea Planning Area.
Chevron Pipeline Explodes, Burns In Rural Texas
Thursday, November 14, 2013 A Chevron pipeline explodes in rural Milford, Texas shooting flames high into the air and prompting some people to evacuate, but no injuries were reported, company and emergency officials say.
Spain Court Clears Captain, Merchant Navy in Prestige Oil Spill
Wednesday, November 13, 2013 A Spanish Court finds the crew and government not guilty of criminal responsibility in the 2002 sinking of the Prestige oil tanker – Spain's worst ever environment disaster.
Ecuador High Court Upholds Chevron Verdict, Halves Fine
Wednesday, November 13, 2013 Ecuador's highest court upheld a verdict that Chevron is responsible for pollution in an Amazon rainforest, but halved the fine imposed in a previous trial, a decision the company dismissed as illegitimate.
ExxonMobil Granted Extension To Work On Shut Pegasus Oil Pipe
Tuesday, November 12, 2013 ExxonMobil has been granted an extension to submit a plan to repair its 70-year-old Pegasus oil pipeline.
Chevron Makes Its Case In Trial Over $19B Ecuadorean Judgment
Tuesday, November 12, 2013
Work Resumes at Galoc Oil Field After Passage of Super Typhoon Haiyan
Tuesday, November 12, 2013 Otto Energy resumes production and development work at the Galoc oil field in Service Contract 14C offshore the Philippines after Super Typhoon Haiyan swept through the area.
Industry Sources: Kashagan Oil Flows Seen Delayed Until Spring
Monday, November 11, 2013 Oil is unlikely to flow from Kazakhstan's Kashagan oilfield until spring 2014.
More Oil and Gas Drillers Turn To Water Recycling
Monday, November 11, 2013 Recycling fracking water is rapidly becoming a popular and economic solution for a burgeoning oil and gas industry.
New German Govt Would Put Moratorium On Fracking, Cut Wind Energy Support
Friday, November 08, 2013 German Chancellor Merkel's conservatives and the SPD agreed to retain a moratorium on fracking for gas and cut incentives for wind power in areas where it is abundant, if they form a new coalition government.
Statoil to Drill Further into the Arctic Next Year
Thursday, November 07, 2013 Norway's Statoil will move further into the Arctic next year as it drills its northernmost well.
Colorado's Fracking Bans Could Fall Before Courts
Thursday, November 07, 2013 For environmentalists, votes this week to ban fracking in three Colorado cities may prove symbolic victories at best, experts say.
Wood Mackenzie: The Energy Industry's Rising Water Challenge
Thursday, November 07, 2013 Water poses a variety of business risks for the energy industry, and could play an influential role in shaping the future energy supply mix, according to Wood Mackenzie's latest research report.
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