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OPITO Urges Industry Not to Compromise on Safety amid Low Oil Price
Tuesday, October 13, 2015 David Doig, the chief executive of oil and gas skills and training body OPITO, urges the industry not to cut corners on safety training and competence in the face of sub $50 oil prices.

Shell Asks Shippers Exporting Nigerian Oil to Sign Guarantee
Friday, October 09, 2015 Royal Dutch Shell asks shop owners exporting its Nigerian oil to sign a 'letter of comfort' to guarantee it is not stolen, according to a company email.

Statoil: Statfjord Oil Spill is No More than 250 Barrels
Thursday, October 08, 2015 Statoil says that an oil spill discovered at its Statfjord A platform in the Norwegian North Sea is no more than 250 barrels.

Eni Wins Permission to Extend Use of Service Rig on Arctic Field
Thursday, October 08, 2015 Italy's Eni receives permission from Norway's Petroleum Safety Authority to extend the use of a service rig on its troubled Arctic Goliat oilfield.

Pemex Workers Return to GOM Platform after Gas Leak
Wednesday, October 07, 2015 Pemex workers return to the Sihil A platform in the Gulf of Mexico to perform repairs after a gas leak.

Total CEO Says Oil Chiefs to Meet Next Week on Climate, Carbon Pricing
Wednesday, October 07, 2015 Total Chief Executive Patrick Pouyanne says eight global oil firms will meet in Paris next week to discuss climate change and carbon pricing.

Energy Companies In New York Prepare For Hurricane Joaquin
Thursday, October 01, 2015 US energy companies prepare for the arrival of Hurricane Joaquin in the New York area, as forecasts suggested the storm would head up the US East Coast.

Energy Companies In New York Area Prepare For Hurricane Joaquin
Wednesday, September 30, 2015 US energy companies say they are preparing for the possibility that Hurricane Joaquin could hit the New York City area early next week.

Wyoming Court Issues Injunction Against Fracking Rules For Public Lands
Wednesday, September 30, 2015 A Wyoming judge grants preliminary injunction against the federal government's regulations for hydraulic fracturing on public lands.

Q&A: Offshore Safety in Nigeria
Tuesday, September 29, 2015 Rigzone talks to Femi Ayoade, Erin Energy's country manager for Nigeria, to get a first-hand opinion on the current state of offshore security in the region.

Texas' Earthquake Study Gets Off The Ground
Tuesday, September 22, 2015 The $4.5 million study is intended to provide big picture information on whether there is a link between hydraulic fracturing's disposal wells and seismic activity.

Partnership to Take Rock-Fluid Research to the Atomic Level
Friday, September 18, 2015 A public-private partnership will allow University of Wyoming researchers to conduct what they believe is the first-ever study of oil-fluids movement at the atomic level.

Oil, Gas Works on Solution to Reduce Freshwater in Fracking
Tuesday, September 15, 2015 Water remains a key part of hydraulic fracturing, but the oil and gas industry is working to reduce, and one day, eliminate the use of freshwater in the process.

Sky Futures Launches 48-Hour Drone Inspection Service for the North Sea
Thursday, September 10, 2015 Sky Futures uses Offshore Europe 2015 to launch its new 48-hour Rapid Response Service for the North Sea region.

Canada Arctic Drilling Rules May Stifle Development, Gov't Told
Wednesday, September 09, 2015 Canada's offshore Arctic drilling rules could "stifle" development since they do not provide incentives for companies to proceed with production after discovering oil.

JIP Tests Herders, In-Situ Burning for Arctic Oil Spill Response Potential
Monday, September 07, 2015 The Arctic Response Technology JIP continues testing oil spill response technology with its recent field trials for herders and in-situ burning.

Slow Hurricane Season? All It Takes Is One to Make an Impact
Friday, September 04, 2015 At its mid-point, Gulf of Mexico's hurricane season fulfills its forecast for a quiet season, giving offshore workers some relief.

API Calls Ozone Rule Review Rushed, Potentially Costly
Monday, August 31, 2015 API says that the Obama administrationís truncated review of EPAís proposed ozone standards could be costly, calling for Obama to let the existing standard work.

Canadian Oil Sands Halts Syncrude Production After Fire, Prices Spike
Monday, August 31, 2015 Canadian Oil Sands Ltd halts crude oil production after a fire damaged equipment at its processing facility in northern Alberta.

Fire at Saudi Oil Workers' Compound Kills 10, Many Injured
Monday, August 31, 2015 Fire swept through an oil workers' residential compound in Saudi Arabia on Sunday, killing 10 people, the Civil Defence agency says.

XTO Energy Well in North Dakota Suffers Blowout, Leaks 550 Barrels
Monday, August 31, 2015 A North Dakota oil well owned by Exxon Mobil subsidiary XTO Energy blows out, leaking more than 550 barrels (23,100 gallons) of crude, some of which left the wellpad and seeped into surrounding grasses.

Environmental Groups to Sue EPA Over Waste Disposal Rules
Friday, August 28, 2015 Several environmental groups plan to sue the EPA, claiming the agency has failed in its duty to review and update regulations associated with oil and gas waste.

Helicopter Operation Safety Review: Problems & Effectiveness
Wednesday, August 26, 2015 Rigzone looks at the Civil Aviation Authority's 2015 progress with its helicopter operation safety review.

Shell Lifts Force Majeure on Gas Supplies to Nigeria's NLNG
Friday, August 21, 2015 Shell's Nigerian joint venture lifts its force majeure on natural gas supplies to the Nigeria Liquefied Natural Gas Company after repairing a pipeline.

Five 'Hot' Oil, Gas Safety Technologies
Thursday, August 20, 2015 From rig simulators to flameproof motors, Rigzone takes a look at five of the latest safety technologies for the upstream oil and gas industry.

Climate Boss Says EU Can Only Back A Strong Paris Deal
Thursday, August 20, 2015 The EU supports a UN deal to cap global warming only if the agreement is legally binding and includes regular reviews.

EPA Rule to Have Limited Production, Cost Impact
Wednesday, August 19, 2015 The EPA's proposed rule to cut methane emissions from oil and gas operations will have limited impact on US production and cost, analysts say.

Spend More To Save More? CSR Programs Can Save Operators Millions
Wednesday, August 19, 2015 Experts say investing socially in emerging countries could pay big dividends to oil and gas companies in the long run.

ENI To Start Producing From Arctic Oilfield Off Norway In A Few Weeks
Wednesday, August 19, 2015 ENI plans to start oil production from Norway's first Arctic oil development in a few weeks after years of delays and cost overruns.

Groups Say Proposed EPA Rules to Add Costly Burden to Oil, Gas Industry
Tuesday, August 18, 2015 A proposed EPA rule to regulate methane emissions from oil and gas operations will add a "costly burden" to the oil and gas industry, say industry groups.

Clinton Parts With Obama Administration On Arctic Drilling
Tuesday, August 18, 2015 US Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton staked out her opposition to Arctic oil exploration, putting her at odds with the Obama administration one day after it approved drilling off Alaska.

US Gives Shell Final Nod To Drill For Oil In Arctic
Monday, August 17, 2015 The Obama administration grants Shell the final permit to drill for oil and gas in the Arctic.


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