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Comprehensive Program Needed to Address US Arctic Oil Spill Risk
Wednesday, April 23, 2014 The National Research Council offers recommendations to address the oil spill risk posed by commercial activity in US Arctic waters.

China Pollution Watchdog Lifts Ban on New Sinopec, CNPC Projects
Wednesday, April 23, 2014 China's environmental authority lifts ban on new approvals for refining projects for the country's top two oil firms.

Pirates Raid Oil Tanker off Malaysia, Take Away 3 Crew
Wednesday, April 23, 2014 Pirates raid an oil tanker off the coast of Malaysia and take three crew members with them.

Russia's Putin Wants Beefed-Up Presence In Arctic
Tuesday, April 22, 2014 President Putin says that Russia should step up its presence in the Arctic and challenge other nations in exploring the world's largest untapped natural reserves.

Oil Companies Fight ND Plan To Slow Production
Tuesday, April 22, 2014 Dr. Lyle Best traveled nearly 200 miles from the heart of North Dakota's oil patch to tell state regulators one thing: "Slow down."

Exxon Finds Tapping Device On UK Oil Pipeline
Tuesday, April 22, 2014 ExxonMobil says it found a tapping device on a UK oil products pipeline following reports that a stash of diesel had been discovered that police said had been siphoned off by thieves.

Paper: Voestalpine CEO Calls For Europe To Frack In Low-Density Areas
Friday, April 18, 2014 Europe should consider allowing fracking for shale gas in sparsely populated areas, the chief executive of Voestalpine told a German newspaper.

Linc Energy Stands Firm in Environmental Dispute with Queensland Government
Thursday, April 17, 2014 Linc Energy stands firm in a dispute with the Queensland government in Australia over allegations that it has caused unauthorized environmental harm at the Chinchilla Underground Coal Gasification Research and Development Facility.

Offshore Rig Takes on Water, Anadarko Halts Ops in GOM
Wednesday, April 16, 2014 Semisub ENSCO 8506 began taking on water in the Gulf of Mexico while conducting exploration activities for Anadarko.

Hydraulic Fracturing: Staying Afloat in Times of Tightening Water Supply
Wednesday, April 16, 2014 Fracking trails other uses for water as the energy industry works to further reduce water use.

US EPA Studies Whether To Regulate Methane From Oil And Gas
Tuesday, April 15, 2014 The US EPA took a step toward a wider strategy to address climate change, releasing 5 technical papers that will help it decide whether or not to regulate methane emissions from the oil and gas sector.

Ohio Links Fracking With Earthquakes, Announces Tougher Rules
Friday, April 11, 2014 Ohio regulators announce new rules for oil and gas drilling after evidence emerged linking the hydraulic fracturing extraction method to recent earthquakes.

CAA Helicopter Safety Timeline Criticized
Wednesday, April 09, 2014 The Civil Aviation Authority's timeline for the introduction of safety recommendations for offshore helicopter flights "does not take into account the full risk picture for offshore workers", says Oil & Gas UK.

Wet Weather Delays Drilling of Rosella E01 Well in New South Wales
Wednesday, April 09, 2014 Metgasco reports that wet weather has delayed drilling of the Rosella E01 well in New South Wales, Australia.

Energy Companies Need Insurance Cover For Cyber Attack 'Time Bomb'
Tuesday, April 08, 2014 Energy companies have no insurance against major cyber attacks, reinsurance broker Willis says, likening the threat to a "time bomb" that could cost the industry billions of dollars.

Fracking With CO2 To Replace Water A Distant Goal, GE Says
Monday, April 07, 2014 Carbon dioxide will not likely replace water in fracking anytime soon because of technical challenges and limited infrastructure, GE says.

Kashagan May Fail to Restart this Year if Offshore Pipes Damaged
Monday, April 07, 2014 Output at Kazakhstan's Kashagan oilfield may fail to restart this year if test results show cracks in the offshore part of its pipeline network.

Series of Small Earthquakes Rock Oklahoma in Record Seismic Activity
Sunday, April 06, 2014 Seismologists say Oklahoma quakes may be tied to oil and gas exploration.

Federal Agencies Issue Major Regulatory Changes
Friday, April 04, 2014 The federal agencies under President Obama continue to press his environmental agenda with the release of three major regulatory changes within the last week.

Santos Submits Environment Assessment on Narrabri Project to NSW Government
Friday, April 04, 2014 Santos submits a preliminary environment assessment on the Narrabri Gas Project in New South Wales, Australia to the State Government.

S-Oil's Ulsan Refinery Reports Oil Leak; Run Unaffected
Friday, April 04, 2014 S-Oil Corp says 20,000 barrels of crude oil has leaked from a storage tank at its Onsan refinery at Ulsan, South Korea.

Republicans: California Regulations Block State Shale Oil Boom
Friday, April 04, 2014 Republican lawmakers say over regulation has prevented a shale oil boom in California and if eased, could boost production in the state and reduce its dependence on foreign energy.

Chevron Brazil Faces Criminal Oil-Spill Charges, Reinstated on Appeal
Friday, April 04, 2014 Brazilian judges order a criminal prosecution of Chevron Corp. over a November 2011 oil spill.

Exxon Sees Little Climate Change Risk to Assets
Tuesday, April 01, 2014 ExxonMobil says that risks related to climate change pose little risk to its oil and gas reserves because the resources will be needed to meet expected growth in energy demand.

White House Eyes New Regulations To Cut Methane From Oil, Gas Sector
Friday, March 28, 2014 The White House says it will take a hard look at whether new regulations are needed to cut emissions of methane from the oil and gas industry.

Woodside Delays Signing Landmark Israeli Gas Field Deal
Friday, March 28, 2014 Woodside Petroleum says it was in talks to overcome remaining issues in its Leviathan stake deal.

El Paso Arizona-Mexico Natgas Pipeline Passes US Environmental Test
Friday, March 28, 2014 The Sierrita project is one of several projects proposed by energy companies to export some of the growing US gas production from shale fields to Mexico and other countries.

HEADS Gas Detection System Will 'Maximize' Offshore Safety
Thursday, March 27, 2014 Repsol says a new gas detection system, called 'HEADS', it has developed with technology firm Indra will enable the energy industry to maximize safety in offshore operations.

Continental CEO: Bakken Oil Is Safe
Wednesday, March 26, 2014 Harold Hamm says crude shipped by rail to markets across the United States is safe, despite growing fears that crude from the Bakken formation is dangerously volatile.

Houston Channel Slowly Reopens; Vessel Queue Tops 100
Tuesday, March 25, 2014 The Houston Ship Channel opens limited barge traffic after being shut for three days following an oil spill, the Coast Guard says.

SandRidge Eyeing Options For Fracking Water Disposal Unit
Tuesday, March 25, 2014 SandRidge starts taking steps toward monetizing its fracking water disposal business as it tightens its core focus on oil and natural gas development.

Indonesia Says Crude Output Recovers After Brief Haze Disruption
Tuesday, March 25, 2014 Indonesia's production of crude oil recovers to above 800,000 bopd, as Chevron resumes operations after a brief stoppage last week due to haze from forest fires.

Norway's Ormen Lange Outage Extended
Tuesday, March 25, 2014 An outage at the Nyhamna gas plant on Norway's west coast extends into Tuesday.

Greenpeace Protestors Scale Exxon Rig in Norway
Monday, March 24, 2014 Greenpeace uses 25th anniversary of Exxon Valdez oil spill to highlight 'dangers' of Exxon's and Rosneft's collaboration in the Russian Arctic.

Oil Spill Cleanup Efforts Continue Off Texas Gulf Shore
Sunday, March 23, 2014 Boats work to clean up fuel spilled from a partially submerged barge at the entrance to the Houston Ship Channel.

Sunoco Oil Pipeline Leaks In Ohio Nature Preserve
Tuesday, March 18, 2014 A Sunoco oil pipeline in Ohio leaks crude oil into a nature preserve.

Indonesia Crude Output Drops as Haze Hits Chevron's Sumatra Wells
Monday, March 17, 2014 Indonesia's crude oil production drops to 790,000 barrels per day after haze from forest fires on Sumatra forced the country's biggest producer, Chevron, to close hundreds of its wells, the country's oil and gas regulator says.

Total Expects Legal Action over 2012 North Sea Gas Leak
Sunday, March 16, 2014 French oil and gas major Total expects UK authorities to launch legal proceedings against it over the Elgin gas leak in spring 2012.

Origin Suspends Drilling at 12 Rig Sites for APLNG Project in Queensland
Thursday, March 13, 2014 Origin Energy suspends drilling at 12 rig sites for the Australia Pacific LNG project due to an investigation into a supply incident.

O&G Industry Responds to Bakken Gas Flaring Scrutiny
Thursday, March 13, 2014 Natural gas flares in North Dakota have gotten the attention of regulators, and industry is responding.

Inquiry: 2009 Fatal Helicopter Crash Could Have Been Prevented
Thursday, March 13, 2014 Fatal Accident Inquiry concludes the deaths of 16 North Sea oil and gas workers in a 2009 helicopter crash could have been prevented.

Competency Key for US Gulf Electrical Work
Thursday, March 13, 2014 A shortage of qualified electricians certified as competent exists for the US Gulf of Mexico, according to hazardous area inspection and certification experts.

UKOOG Slams Wildlife Charities Fracking Report
Thursday, March 13, 2014 UKOOG highlights flaws in a new report from six UK conservation charities that claims a lack of regulation around shale gas exploration.

Oil & Gas Producers Welcome New EU Environment Rules
Wednesday, March 12, 2014 The International Association of Oil & Gas Producers (OGP) welcomes new EU environmental impact assessment rules that will be introduced after a vote in the European Parliament Wednesday.

TAQA Restarts Production at its Harding Platform
Wednesday, March 05, 2014 TAQA Bratani restarts production at its Harding platform in the UK North Sea.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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