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New York Landowners Sue Norse Energy USA Over Leases
Monday, May 20, 2013 Eighty-nine New York landowners who once agreed to let Norse Energy drill for natural gas on their property have filed a lawsuit against the struggling company.
Bureau Veritas Selected as SEMS Audit Service Provider for COS
Monday, May 20, 2013 Bureau Veritas Certification announced its provisional accreditation as an official SEMS Audit Service Provider for the Center for Offshore Safety (COS).
Energy Chief Oettinger: EU to Review Fracking This Year
Monday, May 20, 2013 The European Union will review hydraulic fracturing and the environmental concerns surrounding the practice this year, EU Energy Commissioner Guenther Oettinger says.
Revised Hydraulic Fracturing Rule Available for Comment Period
Thursday, May 16, 2013 The Department of Interior seeks comments on the updated rule that would govern hydraulic fracturing on US federal and Indian lands.
New Concept Icebreaker Set for 1Q 2014 Delivery
Friday, May 10, 2013 Aker Arctic Technology confirms spring 2014 due date for delivery of its "oblique icebreaker" concept vessel to Russia's Ministry of Transport.
Investigation Underway Into Utah Drilling Site
Friday, May 10, 2013 An investigation is underway into an explosion of an oil tank at a Newfield Exploration Co. site in Uintah County, Utah.
BSEE, Coast Guard Enter Agreement to Improve Offshore Oversight
Thursday, May 09, 2013 BSEE Director James Watson and US Coast Guard Rear Admiral Joseph Servidio announce a new Memorandum of Agreement (MOA)to strengthen the working relationship between the two agencies.
NATO Won't Up Presence In The Arctic
Wednesday, May 08, 2013 The North Atlantic Treaty Organization has no plans to increase its presence in the Arctic, Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen says.
Statoil Stops Leak at Mongstad Facility
Tuesday, May 07, 2013 The leak which occurred at Mongstad has been stopped, and the situation is being normalized.
Industry Execs See Higher Costs, Improved Safety with New Regulations
Tuesday, May 07, 2013 Oil and gas operators face a tougher US regulatory regime as new safety rules are implemented, but the rules are seen as necessary for improving safety and the industry's image.
BSEE, Noble Energy, HWCG Complete Containment Exercise Successfully
Tuesday, May 07, 2013 BSEE, Noble Energy and HWCG announce the successful completion of a full-scale deployment of critical well control equipment to assess Noble's ability to respond to a potential subsea blowout in the deepwater Gulf of Mexico.
US to Release Arctic-Specific Drilling Rules Before Year End
Tuesday, May 07, 2013 When Shell sought permission from the US government to drill for oil in the icy waters of the Arctic Ocean, it agreed to follow a special set of standards to control oil spills in a challenging environment.
Chevron's Frade Output to Remain Limited Until Analysis
Monday, May 06, 2013 Activity and production at the Frade field will be limited until the company and regulators gain a complete understanding of the second of two subsea spills that took place there, Brazil's oil regulator says.
OCS Governor Coalition: Opportunity Lies Just Offshore
Monday, May 06, 2013 Panelists at OTC discuss how the benefits outweigh the risks of offshore development and that the federal government is hindering America's quest in becoming energy independent.
Study: Oil, Gas Industry Needs to Step Up Water Management
Friday, May 03, 2013 The oil and gas industry needs to step up efforts to expand its use of recycled water and non-freshwater resources and implement better water management planning if shale energy production is to expand according to projections.
Musings: Oil Industry On Alert - Active Hurricane Season Forecast
Friday, May 03, 2013 Higher than historic probabilities will have the US petroleum industry on alert during the upcoming season
New System Offers Holistic Approach to Frack Water Treatment
Thursday, May 02, 2013 A new treatment system offers a holistic approach for produced and flowback water from hydraulic fracturing operations.
Ontario Court Sides With Chevron in Ecuadorean Environmental Case
Thursday, May 02, 2013 An Ontario court rejects an attempt by Ecuadorean plaintiffs to collect a multibillion-dollar environmental award from Chevron in Canada.
Step Change in Safety Wins European Accolade
Wednesday, May 01, 2013 UK oil and gas safety body Step Change in Safety wins commendation from the European Agency for Safety and Health at Work.
PSA Raps BP's Knuckles over Ula Leak
Wednesday, May 01, 2013 Norway's Petroleum Safety Authority orders BP to review its management system for the Norwegian Continental Shelf after hydrocarbon leak on Ula P platform last September.
BP Confirms Mexican Lawsuit over Deepwater Horizon
Wednesday, May 01, 2013 BP confirms the Mexican government as a plaintiff as it receives more than 2,200 additional civil lawsuits over the Deepwater Horizon disaster.
BSEE Launches Deepwater Oil, Gas Containment Exercise in GOM
Tuesday, April 30, 2013 BSEE Director Jim Watson directs an unannounced exercise to deploy critical pieces of state-of-the-art well control equipment to the ultra-deep seabed of the Gulf of Mexico.
Alberta Government Charges Plains Midstream Over Oil Spill
Sunday, April 28, 2013 The Alberta government has filed charges against Plains Midstream Canada for an oil spill in 2011 in northern Alberta.
Seven Winners in UK Safety Awards
Thursday, April 25, 2013 The UK Oil and Gas Industry Safety Awards sees seven prizes given out, including one for the first ever Award for Workforce Engagement.
Australia to Ban Shale Mining Under Great Barrier Reef
Thursday, April 25, 2013 Mining for shale oil under the Great Barrier Reef is likely to be banned by Australia's government, according to report.
Task Force Unveils Oil, Gas Road Safety, Management Recommendations
Wednesday, April 24, 2013 API and two US trucking associations issue recommendations for road safety and traffic management to address growing traffic in US shale plays.
Chevron Flips Some Legal Adversaries as It Battles Ecuadorian Judgment
Sunday, April 21, 2013 Chevron's aggressive push to overturn a $19B environmental judgment in Ecuador is beginning to convert some of its legal adversaries into allies.
PSA Investigation Yields New Safety Knowledge
Tuesday, April 16, 2013 Investigation into November 2012's listing incident of the Floatel Superior rig yields new knowledge about securing anchors and rig transport.
Escalating Violence Holds Back Libya's Oil, Gas Sector
Tuesday, April 16, 2013 While some energy companies have decided to come back to Libya in spite of escalating violence, a question mark remains on when majors like BP will return to the country.
Legislation Targets Mandates for Water Recycling in Oil, Gas Industry
Monday, April 15, 2013 Texas lawmakers propose mandates for recycling water from hydraulic fracturing operations, while industry exes say incentives, not mandates, are the key.
Oil Theft Has 'Significant' Environmental Cost
Thursday, April 11, 2013 Shell's latest sustainability report says that rising incidences of oil theft in Nigeria come at a "significant environmental cost".
Fracking 'Not Significant' in Causing Earth Tremors
Wednesday, April 10, 2013 A new study from Durham University finds that hydraulic fracturing is "not significant" in causing earth tremors.
Communication, Teamwork Flaws Led to Ship-Rig Collision off Newfoundland
Tuesday, April 09, 2013 The Transportation Safety Board says communication and teamwork failed when a supply vessel hit a drill rig off Newfoundland.
California Judge Rules that BLM Violates Environmental Law
Tuesday, April 09, 2013 Environmentalists sued the US Bureau Land of Management claiming the organization failed to study the possible risks of hydraulic fracturing in the Monterey shale play.
Integrated Management, Planning Needed for Arctic Development
Monday, April 08, 2013 A new Department of Interior report calls for an integrated management approach regarding decisions on Arctic development and conservation.
US Court Rules Against BP on Oil Spill Settlement Payments Dispute
Friday, April 05, 2013 A federal judge denies BP's plea to halt payments from a settlement fund set up to reimburse businesses and individuals for losses from the 2010 Deepwater Horizon accident.
BSEE Finishes Final Offshore Workplace Safety Rule
Thursday, April 04, 2013 The Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement completes the SEMS II final rule that will enhance workplace safety on the Outer Continental Shelf.
Coast Guard: Shell Pipeline Spills Oil Into Houston Area Bayou
Thursday, April 04, 2013 An estimated 50 barrels of oil spilled from a pipeline operated by a subsidiary of Shell into a waterway outside Houston, according to the U.S. Coast Guard.
Helix to Provide BP Well Intervention Services in Gulf of Mexico
Thursday, April 04, 2013 Helix announces it has entered into a five-year contract with BP to provide well intervention services to BP in the US Gulf of Mexico.
Chevron Cuts CEO's Pay
Wednesday, April 03, 2013 Chevron Corporation docks compensation for its CEO and two other top officials because of accidents last year.
Arkansas Attorney General Opens Investigation Into Pipeline Spill
Tuesday, April 02, 2013 The Arkansas Attorney General's office is opening an investigation into the causes of an ExxonMobil pipeline rupture that spilled thousands of gallons of oil into a small town neighborhood last week.
Judge Rules CSB Has Jurisdiction Over Deepwater Horizon Accident
Tuesday, April 02, 2013 A federal judge has ruled that the US Chemical Safety Board has jurisdiction to investigate the 2010 Deepwater Horizon accident in the Gulf of Mexico.
As Big Drillers Move In, Safety Goes Up
Tuesday, April 02, 2013 As big energy companies buy out smaller rivals, one side effect is an improving environmental record, according to a recent analysis of Pennsylvania records.
ExxonMobil: A Few Thousand Barrels of Oil Seen in Arkansas Spill Area
Saturday, March 30, 2013 ExxonMobil says it is working to clean up thousands of barrels of oil that spilled from its pipeline into a Mayflower, Ark., residential neighborhood.
Finalists Selected for UK O&G Safety Awards
Wednesday, March 27, 2013 Several oil and gas firms and suppliers are up for seven gongs at 2013's UK safety awards.
Petrobras: Transport Helicopter Makes Emergency Sea Landing
Wednesday, March 27, 2013 Petrobras says a cargo helicopter operated by Lider Taxi Aereo made an emergency landing at sea after taking off from a production platform off the coast of Brazil.
Total Reports Unplanned Outage at Scottish Gas Terminal
Tuesday, March 26, 2013 Total tweets that it has suffered an unplanned outage at its St Fergus gas terminal north of Aberdeen, Scotland, losing 177 million cubic feet of gas per day.
EPA Advisory Board Forms Panel to Peer Review Hydraulic Fracturing
Tuesday, March 26, 2013 The Environmental Protection Agency forms an independent body to peer-review the agency's findings on hydraulic fracturing and the effects on drinking water resources.
MWCC, Wood Group Form Offshore Response Team
Tuesday, March 26, 2013 Marine Well Containment Company (MWCC) and Wood Group PSN announce formation an offshore reserve response team for well control incidents in the deepwater Gulf of Mexico.
Pacific Rubiales Receives Environmental OK for Quifa Expansion
Friday, March 22, 2013 Pacific Rubiales announces that the environmental permits for expansion activities in the Quifa Hydrocarbon Exploitation Area have been granted by ANLA.
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