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The Changing Landscape of North American Gas is Regulatory Policies
Wednesday, March 05, 2014 As the future of the shale gas revolution evolves, regulatory policies will continue to shape the industry's practices.
TAQA Restarts Production at its Harding Platform
Wednesday, March 05, 2014 TAQA Bratani restarts production at its Harding platform in the UK North Sea.
CERAWEEK-Chevron CEO Says Ruling In Ecuador Case A 'Resounding Victory'
Tuesday, March 04, 2014 Chevron CEO John Watson says his company won a "resounding victory" after a US district judge quashed a judgment against the company that was handed down by an Ecuadorean court.
Total Seeks Entries to its Robot Competition
Tuesday, March 04, 2014 France's Total is seeking design proposals from industry and academia for its Autonomous Robot for Gas & Oil Sites concept.
BP Questions US Court's Decision on Oil Spill Payments
Tuesday, March 04, 2014 BP disputes decision made in a US appeal court to reject the company's move to halt payments under 2012's Economic and Property Damages Settlement relating to the Macondo oil spill.
Rig Salvage Work off Angola LNG to Start in 2Q
Friday, February 28, 2014 Salvage work to remove a capsized drilling rig offshore Angola is due to start during the second quarter, says Saipem.
TAQA Worker Dies after Falling from UK North Sea Platform
Thursday, February 27, 2014 TAQA Bratani confirms that one of its workers has died after falling from the Harding platform in the UK North Sea.
BNSF Plans to Upgrade Tanker Fleet after Accidents
Friday, February 21, 2014 BNSF Railway Co. intends to buy a fleet of 5,000 strengthened tank cars to haul oil and ethanol in a move that would set a higher benchmark for safety within an industry that's seen multiple major accidents.
Cuadrilla CEO: Greens Making the 'Perfect' the Enemy of the 'Good'
Thursday, February 20, 2014 Environmentalists opposed to shale gas fracking risk damaging the role that natural gas can play in combating manmade carbon dioxide emissions.
Oil & Gas UK Welcomes Helicopter Safety Report
Thursday, February 20, 2014 Oil & Gas UK welcomes recommendations made by the Civil Aviation Authority's offshore helicopter safety review.
Consultancy: Britain Must Ease Planning Rules On Shale Gas
Monday, February 17, 2014 Britain must streamline shale gas planning rules to cut delays or it will fail to achieve significant output and will miss out on potential tax revenues, energy consultancy Poyry says.
Train Accidents Stir Worries About Crude Transport
Monday, February 17, 2014 After recent fiery derailments, the US and Canada are pursuing an array of potential changes such as slowing or rerouting trains, upgrading rupture-prone tank cars and bolstering fire departments.
Explosive Found In Carry-On Bag At Anchorage Airport
Monday, February 17, 2014 Security agents at Alaska's largest commercial airport closed the lone security checkpoint for nearly two hours after discovering an oil field worker packing an explosive device.
Local British Authority Puts Shale Gas Exploration On Hold
Friday, February 14, 2014 Plans to explore for shale gas on a site in a national park located southwest of London have been temporarily put on hold by the local authority.
North America Methane Leaks Higher Than Previous Estimates
Friday, February 14, 2014 North America methane emission levels, including emissions resulting from natural gas production, are higher than official EPA estimates, a recent study reports.
Indonesia's Cilacap Refinery, Cepu Oilfield Unaffected by Kelud Fallout
Friday, February 14, 2014 Indonesia's Cilacap oil refinery and Cepu oilfield in East and Central Java are running normally, officials say, despite volcanic ash fallout from the eruption of Mount Kelud.
Oil Well In North Dakota Out Of Control, Leaking
Friday, February 14, 2014 A Whiting Petroleum oil well in North Dakota was leaking drilling fluids after a blowout late on Thursday, the company says.
Train Carrying Canadian Oil Derails, Leaks In Pennsylvania
Thursday, February 13, 2014 A Norfolk Southern train carrying crude oil derails in western Pennsylvania, adding to a string of recent accidents that have prompted calls to increase safety standards.
Chevron's Pennsylvania Natural Gas Well Still Burning After Blast
Wednesday, February 12, 2014 A fire at a Chevron natural gas well in western Pennsylvania is being left to burn after an explosion early Tuesday.
BP Ups its Capital Investment in Alaska
Wednesday, February 12, 2014 BP says it will spend about $1.2 billion in Alaska for activities designed to increase production.
Feds Approve More Fracking Off California Coast
Wednesday, February 12, 2014 The federal government approves three new fracking jobs off the shores of California as state coastal regulators voiced concerns about potential environmental impacts.
US Republicans Seek Keystone Approval; Foes Vow To Risk Arrest
Tuesday, February 11, 2014 Dozens of Republican senators call on the White House to approve the Keystone XL pipeline as foes vow to risk arrest at protests against the controversial project.
Pan Orient Energy Expects EIA Approval for L53 Concession in late-February
Tuesday, February 11, 2014 Pan Orient Energy expects authorities to approve the environmental impact assessment for L53-G production concession in Thailand later this month.
Explosion Causes Fire At Chevron Natural Gas Well In Pennsylvania
Tuesday, February 11, 2014 One person is injured and another missing after an explosion at a natural gas well in southwestern Pennsylvania owned by Chevron, a company spokesman says.
BP Returns Some Staff to Algeria After Attack
Tuesday, February 11, 2014 BP returns staff to Algeria but says more security arrangements would need to be completed before it sends expatriates back to the In Amenas plant, which was attacked by terrorists in January 2013.
US Clarifies Permit Rule For Diesel Use In Fracking
Tuesday, February 11, 2014 US oil and gas drillers must get permits to use a range of diesel fuels in hydraulic fracturing, EPA says.
Shareholders Sue Oil Driller Continental CEO Over Pipeline Investment
Monday, February 10, 2014 A group of minority Continental shareholders is suing CEO Hamm, alleging that Continental's investment in a pipeline being built by another firm he controls will benefit him at their expense.
Norway's Statoil Returns More Staff to Algeria
Friday, February 07, 2014 Statoil returns more staff to Algeria a year on from the terrorist attack on the In Amenas facility.
Russia: 32 Railcars Carrying Gas Derail, on Fire
Wednesday, February 05, 2014 Russia's Emergency Situations Ministry says several dozen railcars carrying gas have derailed and caught fire northeast of Moscow, prompting the evacuation of hundreds of local residents.
Shell Opens its First Post-Macondo Platform in U.S. Gulf
Wednesday, February 05, 2014 Royal Dutch Shell starts-up production at its newest Gulf of Mexico oil and gas platform.
Run Rates at S.Korea's GS Caltex Back at 93% after Cut Due to Oil Spill
Wednesday, February 05, 2014 GS Caltex Corp hikes oil run rates to 93 percent of refining capacity, following a cut to 78 percent after an oil spill at the weekend.
Feds: Oil from Dakota Fields Improperly Classified
Wednesday, February 05, 2014 Government investigators have found crude oil being transported from North Dakota's Bakken region was misclassified in samples taken from 11 out of 18 truck shipments en route to rail loading stations, federal transportation officials say.
BP Profits Fall On Weakness In Refining Business
Tuesday, February 04, 2014 BP posts a 37-percent fall in fourth-quarter profit due to weaker performances in its production and refining businesses.
Anadarko Sees Ruling in Tronox Liabilities Case as Soon as Spring
Tuesday, February 04, 2014 Oil company Anadarko Petroleum Corp says a U.S. bankruptcy judge may hand down his final ruling this spring over hefty environmental liabilities it inherited in a 2006 acquisition that have unnerved investors.
S.Korea Completing Sea Cleanup 164,000 Liters Oil Leak-Coast Guard
Monday, February 03, 2014 Ships and aircraft are deployed to clean up an oil spill of South Korea's southern coast.
US State Dept: Without Keystone, Oil Trains May Cause 6 Deaths Per Year
Monday, February 03, 2014 Replacing the Keystone XL pipeline with oil-laden freight trains from Canada may result in an average of six additional rail-related deaths per year, according to a US State Department report.
Flow of Natural Gas Stopped in A-7 Well, Vermilion Block 356 in GOM
Saturday, February 01, 2014 Natural gas is no longer flowing in the A-7 well in the Gulf of Mexico, Vermillion Block 356, according to BSEE.
Train Carrying Fuel Oil Derails, Spills In Mississippi
Friday, January 31, 2014 A Canadian National Railway Co train carrying fuel oil and other hazardous materials derailed and was leaking in southeast Mississippi, forcing the evacuation of nearby residents, officials say.
S.Korea's GS Caltex Says Oil Leaked Into Sea, No Production Impact
Friday, January 31, 2014 A small amount of crude oil leaks into the sea off the southern coast of South Korea after a pipeline operated by GS Caltex Corp is cracked.
Oil Sands Opponents File Challenge against EU Executive
Friday, January 31, 2014 Environmental campaigners submit legal complaint to the European Commission for failing to implement a proposal that would label Canada's tar sands as 'highly polluting'.
Gas Continues To Escape From Rig Off La. Coast
Friday, January 31, 2014 Crews work to stop natural gas from escaping an underwater well where a rig was drilling off the Louisiana coast.
White House Releases Plan to Make Arctic Shipping Safer
Friday, January 31, 2014 The White House plans to build Arctic ports, improve sea ice forecasts and develop Arctic shipping rules ahead of greater oil development and mining in the region.
Statoil Resumes Output at Statfjord C Platform after Oil Leak
Thursday, January 30, 2014 Norway's Statoil resumes production at the Statfjord C platform in the Norrth Sea after Sunday's oil leak.
Personnel Evacuates from Rig, Platform after Well Control Loss in GOM
Thursday, January 30, 2014 The Bureau of Safety and Environment responds to a loss of well control in the Gulf of Mexico, Vermillion Block 356.
Union: Petrobras Offshore Platform Has Gas, Oil Leak
Tuesday, January 28, 2014 A Petrobras-offshore oil platform narrowly avoided a serious accident Jan. 21 after a leak of oil, natural gas and poisonous hydrogen sulfide, the union representing Petrobras' workers says.
Norway's Statoil Shuts Statfjord C Platform after Oil Leak
Sunday, January 26, 2014 Statoil shuts down Statfjord C platform in the Norwegian North Sea after a 'limited' oil leak.
Sonangol Confirms Tanker Still Missing Off Angola
Friday, January 24, 2014 Angola's state oil firm Sonangol confirms that a tanker it chartered has disappeared off the coast of the West African country.
Spain To Challenge Cantabria's Fracking Ban In Court
Friday, January 24, 2014 Spain's central government will file a legal challenge in the country's Constitutional Court to a fracking ban in the region of Cantabria, it says.
N. Texas Residents Discuss Seismic Events With Texas RR Commission
Thursday, January 23, 2014 North Texas residents meet with the Texas Railroad Commission in Austin to discuss seismic activity and a possible link to fracking water disposal.
PHMSA, FRA Take Eagle Ford Samples in Study of Crude Flammability
Thursday, January 23, 2014 PHMSA and FRA take samples of Eagle Ford crude as part of its investigation of how shippers and carriers are classifying crude oil.
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