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North Dakota Oil Producers Resist Wholesale Safety Overhaul
Tuesday, September 23, 2014 Hess and other major North Dakota oil producers tell top state energy regulators that existing field practices used to prepare Bakken crude for rail transport are safe.

Salamander Gets EIA, to Drill in G4/50 License Off Thailand By End 2014
Monday, September 22, 2014 Salamander Energy to drill in G4/50 license in the Gulf of Thailand before the end of 2014 after receiving approval for the environmental impact assessment.

Chevron Meets New, Voluntary Shale Drilling Rules
Thursday, September 18, 2014 Chevron has become the first energy company to meet a new set of voluntary shale gas drilling standards that aim to go beyond existing state laws in Pennsylvania, Ohio and West Virginia.

Landmark Fracking Study Finds No Water Pollution
Tuesday, September 16, 2014 The final report from a study on fracking found no evidence that chemicals or brine water from the gas drilling process moved upward to contaminate drinking water at a site in western Pennsylvania.

Study: Leaky Wells, Not Fracking, Taint Water
Monday, September 15, 2014 A new study says that the drilling procedure called fracking didn't cause much-publicized cases of tainted water, blaming contamination on leaky natural gas wells instead.

One Millionth Barrel Delivered from Arctic Field Offshore Russia
Monday, September 15, 2014 Russia's Gazprom Neft delivers the one millionth barrel from its Prirazlomnoye field in the Arctic.

UK Onshore Industry Disappointed by South Downs Ruling
Thursday, September 11, 2014 The UK onshore oil and gas sector said it finds a decision to turn down an application to carry out exploration near the village of Fernhurst in southeast England 'regrettable'.

US Crude Export Prospects Expand Niche For Oilfield Stabilizers
Tuesday, September 09, 2014 Orders have surged for a type of oilfield equipment primarily used to make a light variety of crude safe for pipelines.

UK Government Lends Hand to BP in US Gulf Oil Spill Rulings
Monday, September 08, 2014 The UK government urges the US Supreme Court to review rulings against BP over the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill.

New Fines May Prompt BP To Cut Back In Russia, Elsewhere
Friday, September 05, 2014 The prospect of up to $18 billion in new fines for the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill could see BP sell off some of its Russian interests.

US Court Says BP 'Grossly Negligent' In 2010 Spill, Billions In Fines Loom
Thursday, September 04, 2014 BP was "grossly negligent" for its role in the 2010 spill in the Gulf of Mexico, a US district judge says.

Norway-Focused Firms Join Oil Spill Project
Thursday, September 04, 2014 Aptomar launches a Norwegian project with Eni, Statoil, GDF Suez and OMV aimed at improving oil spill detection and management.

Man Dies After Incident On BP North Sea Oil Platform
Thursday, September 04, 2014 A man dies after an incident on a North Sea oil platform owned by BP.

WRI: Insufficient Water Might Curtail Fracking in Some Countries
Wednesday, September 03, 2014 A global resources institute finds that many countries might not have enough water to practice hydraulic fracturing.

Two Of Mexico's Oil Export Ports Reopen After Dolly Downgraded
Wednesday, September 03, 2014 Two of Mexico's three main oil exporting ports in the Gulf of Mexico were reopened after major storm Dolly was downgraded.

Argentina's YPF Reports Fire At Well, Says Energy Output Not Hurt
Tuesday, September 02, 2014 YPF says a fire occurred at a Vaca Muerta well but there were no injuries and production was not affected.

Tropical Storm Dolly Hits Mexico's Northeast Coast
Tuesday, September 02, 2014 Tropical storm Dolly lashed Mexico's northeast coast, the US National Hurricane Center (NHC) says, bringing torrential rain and life threatening flash floods.

Tropical Storms Bear Down On Mexico From Both Coasts
Tuesday, September 02, 2014 Severe weather has already forced the closure of two of the major crude oil export terminals used by Pemex.

Doctor Dies of Ebola In Nigeria's Oil Hub Port Harcourt
Thursday, August 28, 2014 A doctor in Nigeria's oil hub of Port Harcourt has died from Ebola after treating a contact of a Liberian-American man who was the first recorded case of the virus in Africa's most populous country.

NHC: Hurricane Cristobal Seen to Become Extratropical Cyclone Late Friday
Thursday, August 28, 2014 Cristobal, the third hurricane of the 2014 Atlantic season, is expected to become a powerful extratropical cyclone over the north Atlantic.

Feds To Resume Leasing For Fracking In California
Thursday, August 28, 2014 The US Bureau of Land Management will resume issuing oil and gas leases next year for federal lands in California after a new study.

Wood Mackenzie: Third Wave of US Shale to Show Europe the Way Ahead
Wednesday, August 20, 2014 Wood Mackenzie believes the third phase of unconventional oil and gas development in the US could show the way ahead for shale gas and oil projects in Europe.

Report: Canada Railway Audit Inadequate Before Lac-Megantic Disaster
Tuesday, August 19, 2014 The Canadian government did not adequately audit the railroad company at the center of the Lac-Megantic crude tanker disaster, the Transportation Safety Board of Canada says.

Total: UK's Elgin Gas Field to Restart Production Later on Monday
Monday, August 18, 2014 The UK's Elgin gas condensate field in the North Sea will restarted production later on Monday, says Total.

Total Says Cut Staff In Iraqi Kurdistan
Thursday, August 14, 2014 Total reduces its personnel working in the autonomous Kurdistan region of Iraq, although work on the two oil blocks it operates continued as scheduled.

Colorado Fracking Task Force Faces Big Task, Mixed Reception
Thursday, August 14, 2014 Colorado Gov. Hickenlooper's task force seeks to allay energy industry concerns while protecting the environment.

CNPC Asks Chad to Drop $1.2B Claim Over Oil Dumping
Thursday, August 14, 2014 China National Petroleum Corporation denies breaking environmental rules in Chad's oil sector and called on the government to cancel its $1.2 billion claim filed before an arbitration court in Paris.

Fire at PetroChina Northwest Oilfield Put Out
Wednesday, August 13, 2014 A fire broke out at a PetroChina oilfield in northwest China but the blaze was put out and no casualties were reported, industry officials say.

Liberia Looks Ahead With New Oil Bid Round
Wednesday, August 13, 2014 Liberia is inviting international companies to bid for offshore oil production licenses as it grapples with an Ebola fever outbreak.

Surveys Give Mixed Picture of Support for UK Shale Gas
Tuesday, August 12, 2014 Two surveys released this week give a mixed picture of the UK public's attitude to the development of a shale gas industry in the country.

Talisman Energy: Readying Iraqi Kurdistan Assets For Sale
Tuesday, August 12, 2014 Talisman says it still plans to sell all or a portion of its exploration properties in Iraq's Kurdistan region despite conflict in the area.

BSEE: Better Standards Needed to Address Bolt, Connector Performance
Tuesday, August 12, 2014 Existing industry standards to not adequately address bolting/connector performance in subsea marine applications, according to the findings of a recent BSEE report.

Inpex Receives Environmental Permit for Abadi LNG Project in Masela Block
Tuesday, August 12, 2014 Inpex receives environmental permit from the government for the Abadi liquefied natural gas project in the Masela Block, Arafura Sea, Indonesia.

Texas Energy Company Says Worker Slaying Isolated
Tuesday, August 12, 2014 Apache says it believes the killing of one of its supervisors in the western Egyptian desert in a carjacking was an isolated incident.

Texas Energy Firm Worker Killed In Egypt
Monday, August 11, 2014 An American employee of Apache was killed last week in an apparent carjacking in the western Egyptian desert, officials say.

Oil Exploration in Kurdistan Halted Amid Violence
Monday, August 11, 2014 Hess Corp. is latest oil firm to suspend operations in Iraqi Kurdistan, as Kurdistan Regional Government halts exploration activities near potential combat zones.

Tribe Wants Fee On Wasted Natural Gas
Friday, August 08, 2014 Tribal leaders on an American Indian reservation in the heart of North Dakota's booming oil patch are proposing fees for companies that burn and waste natural gas.

Nigerian Oil Firm Shuts Clinic After Suspected Ebola Case Admitted
Friday, August 08, 2014 NNPC shuts down its clinic in Lagos' commercial district of Victoria Island, after a suspected Ebola case was admitted there.

Oryx Suspends Drilling, Evacuates Staff From Iraqi Oilfields
Friday, August 08, 2014 Oryx suspendeds drilling operations and evacuates staff from oilfields in Iraq's Kurdish region.

US Forecasters See Below-Normal Atlantic Hurricane Season
Thursday, August 07, 2014 Federal forecasters downgrade their outlook for the 2014 Atlantic hurricane season.

Range Resources Faces Fine Over Pennsylvania Fracking Wastewater Leak
Wednesday, August 06, 2014 Range Resources did not properly monitor leaks from a wastewater containment pond in Pennsylvania and the state has begun enforcement action that could lead to a fine, state officials say.

ONEOK Partners Committed To Reducing Flaring In North Dakota
Wednesday, August 06, 2014 ONEOK Partners says it was committed to reducing natural gas flaring in North Dakota as part of the state's new restrictions.

Colorado Democrats Avoid Fracking Fight
Tuesday, August 05, 2014 Colorado Democrats avoid a politically costly fight over drilling after a quid pro quo deal pitched by the state's fracking-friendly governor prompts groups to drop their dueling ballot proposals.

Report: Nigeria, Shell Not Cleaning Oil Pollution
Monday, August 04, 2014 Little action has been taken to clean up pollution caused by oil production in Nigeria's Niger Delta region, either by the government or Shell Oil, Amnesty International and other groups charge.

Wyoming Regulators: Setbacks between Wells, Housing May Be Widened
Thursday, July 31, 2014 Wyoming regulators are considering a change to the distance between residential structures and oil and gas wells.

IWCF Launches Online Well Life Cycle Course
Wednesday, July 30, 2014 The International Well Control Forum is urging the oil and gas industry to improve sector workers' basic knowledge of well control as it launches an online course.

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.