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Ineos Shale: We Won't Drill If We Can't Prove It's Safe
Friday, February 24, 2017 Onshore UK-focused energy company Ineos Shale confirms it will not drill any of its prospects if it cannot prove that its drilling and aftercare operations will be safe.

Oklahoma Regulator Issues New Directive to Curb Quakes
Friday, February 24, 2017 Oklahoma's oil and gas regulator issued a wider directive limiting future increases in wastewater disposal underground in another effort to address a rash of temblors that have occurred amid the shale boom.

PSA: Norway's Petroleum Industry Must Get Safety Back on Track
Friday, February 24, 2017 Norway's petroleum industry needs to get safety developments back on track, according to Petroleum Safety Authority Norway's Director General Anne Myhrvold.

Deadline Nears For Protesters To leave Camp Near Dakota Pipeline
Wednesday, February 22, 2017 Protesters opposed to the Dakota Access pipeline braced for a showdown with authorities as some vowed to defy Wednesday's deadline to abandon the camp.

Bombing Halts Pumping On Colombia's Cano-Limon Oil Pipeline
Monday, February 20, 2017 Pumping operations along Colombia's second-most important oil pipeline, the Cano-Limon Covenas, were halted due to a bomb attack.

Watchdog: Cost Cuts Appear To Harm Norway Oil Industry Safety
Monday, February 20, 2017 Cost cuts by Norway's oil and gas industry appear to have contributed to a rise in accidents in recent years, the head of the country's PSA says.

Official: At Least One Person Injured In Oil Well Blast In Oklahoma
Thursday, February 16, 2017 At least one person was injured following an explosion at a oil well site in Pittsburg County in eastern Oklahoma.

Sasol Suspends Drilling In Mozambique Due To Tropical Storm
Wednesday, February 15, 2017 South African petrochemical group Sasol Ltd temporarily suspends drilling activity in Mozambique due to tropical storm Dineo.

Judge Denies Tribes' Request To Block Final Link In Dakota Pipeline
Monday, February 13, 2017 A US federal judge denies a request by Native American tribes seeking a halt to construction of the final link in the Dakota Access Pipeline.

Safety First: Panel Addresses Worker Safety on Offshore Rigs
Thursday, February 09, 2017 Evacuation, escape and rescue by workers on offshore platforms requires the proper training and education from oil and gas companies.

Cargo Loadings At Australia's North West Shelf Project Halted
Wednesday, February 08, 2017 Loading of cargoes from Australia's North West Shelf (NWS) liquefied natural gas (LNG) and condensate project has been halted due to adverse weather.

BLOG: Federal Oil, Gas $6B Revenue Marks Lowest Level Since 2004
Tuesday, January 31, 2017 Revenue from oil and gas production on federal and American Indian lands declines by almost 37% between 2015 and 2016 - and American Indian land development remains at a standstill.

Scotland Launches Consultation On Fracking
Tuesday, January 31, 2017 Scotland has launched a consultation on whether to allow unconventional oil and gas extraction such as fracking.

Russia Halts Oil Exports From Novo Due To Storm
Monday, January 30, 2017 Russian oil exports from the Black Sea port of Novorossiisk were suspended on Sunday due to storm, Transneft says.

Ghana's Only Oil Refinery Shut After Explosion
Friday, January 27, 2017 Ghana's only oil refinery, the Tema Oil Refinery, is shut after an explosion at a newly installed 5.8-million-euro crude oil heating unit.

Total Hits 'Difficulties' at Central Graben Asset
Friday, January 27, 2017 French energy major Total SA has encountered "difficulties" at its Central Graben asset, according to a spokesperson for the firm.

Louisiana Group: Expedite Coastal Restoration, Too
Thursday, January 26, 2017 Trump's infrastructure executive order signals positive step toward implementing wetlands restoration projects sooner, protecting coastal pipelines, says New Orleans-based organization.

ASCO: Health, Safety of Employees of Paramount Importance
Tuesday, January 24, 2017 Oil and gas logistics company ASCO states that the health and safety of its employees is of paramount importance after UK union Unite called the safety of a proposed new shift pattern at the firm into question.

Arctic-Drilling Fever Roars Back as Republicans Target Preserve
Friday, January 20, 2017 Far above the Arctic Circle, one of the longest-running controversies in US oil drilling is about to reignite.

Statoil Says Mistakes, Lack Of Maintenance Led To Troll, Mongstad Accidents
Friday, January 20, 2017 Accidents at Statoil's giant Troll gas field and the Mongstad refinery in October last year were caused by operational mistakes and wrong prioritisation of maintenance.

Unite: Workers 'Deeply Unhappy' About ASCO Shift Proposals
Friday, January 20, 2017 Workers employed by the oil and gas logistics company ASCO are deeply unhappy about proposals to move them on to new shifts that won't have set working hours, according to a statement from UK union Unite.

Oil, Gas Firms Make Global 100 Most Sustainable Corporations List
Thursday, January 19, 2017 Ten oil and gas related companies have made Corporate Knights' 2017 Global 100 Most Sustainable Corporations list.

NPDC Pipeline Set on Fire, Cause Unclear
Wednesday, January 18, 2017 A crude oil pipeline belonging to the Niger Petroleum Development Company was set on fire, according to a report from Nigerian newspaper Vanguard.

ADNOC Shuts Half Capacity At Ruwais Refinery After Fire
Monday, January 16, 2017 Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC) has shut half the capacity at its 800,000 barrels-per-day Ruwais refinery after a fire there last week.

Process Safety Management: Overcoming the Silo Factor
Friday, January 13, 2017 Review of process safety risk assessments detects a common culprit.

AAIB: Sikorsky Helicopter Suffered from Loss of Yaw Control
Wednesday, January 11, 2017 The Sikorsky S92 helicopter that left significant gouge marks on the deck of a North Sea platform on December 28 suffered from a loss of yaw control on landing.

OHSLG: S92 Helicopters to Return to Action Following Grounding
Wednesday, January 11, 2017 The Offshore Helicopter Safety Leadership Group (OHSLG) expects the phased return of Sikorsky S92 helicopters on Wednesday.

Sikorsky Grounds All S92 Aircraft Following North Sea Incident
Tuesday, January 10, 2017 Sikorsky grounds all S92 aircraft for safety checks following an incident on a North Sea platform.

Texas $1B Carbon Project To Curb Emissions, Up Oil Recovery
Tuesday, January 10, 2017 NRG Energy and JX Nippon Oil & Gas Exploration begin operations at a $1.04 billion carbon capture facility at a Texas coal-fired power plant and use the emissions to extract crude from a nearby field.

INA's Syrian Gas Facilities Torched By Islamic State
Monday, January 09, 2017 Islamic State militants have set fire to facilities on gas fields in Syria owned by Croatian energy group INA.

Aker BP Advised to Improve Evacuation Routes at Ivar Aasen Field
Friday, January 06, 2017 Aker BP ASA has been advised by Public Safety Authority Norway to improve evacuation routes at the Ivar Aasen field.

Report: North Sea Helicopter Experiences 'Technical Fault'
Friday, January 06, 2017 A CHC helicopter left significant gouge marks on the deck of a North Sea platform on December 28, according to a report from the BBC.

Oil & Gas UK Publishes Offshore Drone Guidelines
Friday, January 06, 2017 Oil & Gas UK has published a new set of guidelines to help guide the growing use offshore of drones, or Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS).

INEOS Shale Not Fracking in Sherwood Forest
Wednesday, January 04, 2017 INEOS Shale has told Rigzone that it is not fracking in Sherwood Forest, despite statements from environmental group Friends of the Earth on the contrary.


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