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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 Friday night, the U.S. National Hurricane Center (NHC) says in its advisory.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.