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Alaska Environmental Officials Investigating Oil Line Leak
Tuesday, March 03, 2015 Investigators are reviewing the cause of an oil production pipeline breach on Alaska's North Slope where upwards of 4,000 gallons (15,100 liters) of fluid spilled, state officials says.
Jackup Safety: Q&A with ABS
Monday, March 02, 2015 Rigzone talks to David Forsyth – chief surveyor at the American Bureau of Shipping – about jackup safety.
Dutch Government Apologises for Risky Gas Production
Monday, March 02, 2015 The Dutch government apologises for ignoring risks posed by earthquakes caused by production of natural gas in the northern province of Groningen.
Bells Toll for Europe's Largest Gas Field
Sunday, March 01, 2015 The future of the Groningen gas field in the northern Netherlands is questioned amid earthquakes.
UK Shale Gas Firm Cuadrilla Hits Further Planning Snag
Wednesday, February 25, 2015 Cuadrilla hits another obstacle to getting the gas out of the ground when a local council refuses it a permit for a site where it wanted to take geological measurements.
Kemp: Keystone Shows Environmental Review Process Is Broken
Wednesday, February 25, 2015 Keystone has become a symbol of a broken decision-making process that should be overhauled to ensure the US can meet the urgent energy and environmental challenges of the 21st century, analyst John Kemp says.
Small Oil Spill Occurs at Maari Field Off Taranaki in New Zealand
Tuesday, February 24, 2015 Small oil spill occurs at Maari field off Taranaki in New Zealand, with a local authority not expecting the oil to wash up on the region's beaches.
Icy Conditions May Snarl Oil, Gas Operations In West Texas
Monday, February 23, 2015 A wide swath of freezing rain and drizzle that hit West Texas has left roads in the Permian Basin coated in ice, creating hazardous conditions for the oil and gas industry, a forecaster says.
BP Loses Bid to Cut Maximum $13.7B Gulf Spill Fine
Friday, February 20, 2015 US judge rejects BP's attempt to reduce the maximum civil fine it could face for its role in the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill.
US Proposes First Rules For Arctic Oil, Gas Drilling
Friday, February 20, 2015 The Obama administration proposes standards on exploratory drilling for oil and gas in US Arctic waters that would add costs for energy companies but aim to protect against catastrophic spills.
API Reviews Proposed Arctic Offshore Regulations
Friday, February 20, 2015 The Arctic is an essential piece of the energy equation and vital to keeping America's status as a world leader in energy, API Director of Upstream Erik Milito says.
Environmental Activists Target Flaring Of Natural Gas
Friday, February 20, 2015 However, allegations from environmentalists pick only certain information that is frequently undocumented and lacks scientific credibility.
Libya Hopes To Restart Sarir Oilfield Within Four Days
Thursday, February 19, 2015 Libya hopes to restart within 4 days the southeastern Sarir oilfield blocked by a pipeline blast, a spokesman for field operator AGOCO says.
Aker Delivers Key Environmental Safety Product for GOM Operations
Thursday, February 19, 2015 Aker Solutions delivers a key subsea component for a new system designed to limit environmental risks from oil and gas production in the US Gulf of Mexico.
Safety Board: Dutch Gas Field Earthquake Dangers Ignored for Decades
Wednesday, February 18, 2015 The Dutch Safety Board says Shell, Exxon and the Dutch government ignored the danger of earthquakes caused by gas extraction at the Groningen gas field for decades.
BW Offshore Says Four Brazilians, One Indian among Workers Killed
Friday, February 13, 2015 Norway's BW Offshore says four of its workers killed in an explosion offshore Brazil this week were Brazilian nationals while the fifth worker killed was Indian.
Safety, Efficiency Features Smooth Way for Offshore Helicopter Flights
Friday, February 13, 2015 Automation will play a greater role in helicopter technology to meet the needs for greater safety and efficiency.
Minister: Higher Dutch Gas Production Possible from July
Friday, February 13, 2015 The Dutch government could ramp up gas production during the second half of the year after curbing output at its giant Groningen field.
Shell CEO: Oil Sector Must Take Lead in Climate Debate
Thursday, February 12, 2015 The oil industry needs to take a leading role in the fight against climate change to introduce "realism and practicality" into the debate, the head of Royal Dutch Shell says.
BW Confirms Five Deaths, Four Missing in FPSO Explosion Offshore Brazil
Thursday, February 12, 2015 BW Offshore confirms that fatalities from the explosion onboard the floating production, storage and offloading unit Cidade de Sao Mateus, offshore Brazil has risen to five, with four crew still missing.
Petrobras Brazil Offshore Explosion Kills 3, 6 Missing
Wednesday, February 11, 2015 At least 3 workers are killed and 10 injured by an explosion on an offshore oil and gas platform operated by Petrobras.
BMT Opens Environmental Testing Facility in Indonesia for Oil, Gas Clients
Monday, February 09, 2015 BMT opens an environmental testing facility in Jakarta, Indonesia to serve the local oil and gas industry.
Natural Gas 'Key' to Shifting to a Low-Carbon Future
Tuesday, February 03, 2015 Natural gas will play a key role in transitioning the world to a low-carbon energy future, delegates are told at the GE Oil & Gas Annual Meeting.
Total Delays Plans To Drill Shale Test Well In Denmark
Monday, February 02, 2015 Total has delayed by several months its plans to drill Denmark's first test wells for shale gas, the French oil major says.
BSEE: Gulf Well Supervisor Charged with False Statements to Inspectors
Friday, January 30, 2015 Gulf of Mexico well site supervisor is being charged with falsifying statements regarding blowout preventer components.
Norway's Statoil Will Not Drill In Arctic Barents Sea This Year
Friday, January 30, 2015 Statoil will not drill exploration wells in the Arctic Barents Sea this year after a failed campaign in 2014, says exploration chief Tim Dodson.
Pennsylvania Governor Bans New Oil/Gas Leases On State Land
Thursday, January 29, 2015 Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf signs an executive order reinstating a moratorium on new leases for oil and natural gas development in state parks and forests.
Fracking Moratorium Voted Down in Colorado Town
Wednesday, January 28, 2015 The Erie, Colorado Board of Trustees votes down a moratorium on fracking, and will continue to work with drillers in the area to address noise and vibration concerns.
Australia State Suspends AGL's Fracking License, Banned Chemicals Found
Wednesday, January 28, 2015 An Australian state government suspends AGL Energy's license to operate a pilot coal seam gas field after banned chemicals were found in water supplies.
Scottish Moratorium, Planning Delay Dent Cameron's Shale Gas Ambitions
Wednesday, January 28, 2015 Scotland blocks the granting of permits for fracking and a local English council delays a decision on two projects, casting doubt on British Prime Minister David Cameron's shale gas ambitions.
Norway's Snoehvit LNG Plant Shut Due to Gas Alarm
Tuesday, January 27, 2015 Production at Norway's Snoehvit liquefied natural gas plant stops due to a gas leak.
Britain To Ban Fracking In National Parks After Policy U-Turn
Monday, January 26, 2015 Britain says it would ban fracking in national parks, reversing a policy announced last year.
UK Parliament Group Calls for Shale Gas Fracking Moratorium
Monday, January 26, 2015 A group of British lawmakers call for a moratorium on shale gas fracking, saying developing the unconventional gas resources was incompatible with targets to fight climate change.
BSEE to Investigate Damage to Unmanned Platform off Louisiana Coast
Friday, January 23, 2015 BSEE is sending investigators to investigate a damaged platform off the coast of Port Fourchon, Louisiana.
Cuadrilla Gets Planning Set Back to its Fracking Plans
Wednesday, January 21, 2015 Local planning officers deal a blow to Cuadrilla's fracking plans at Preston New Road and Roseacre despite the award of Environment Agency permits.
Huntington Oilfield Output in UK to Remain Restricted
Tuesday, January 20, 2015 Norwegian Energy Company continues to face production cutbacks an an output restriction on the Huntington field remains in place until the end of February.
Tugboat Undergoing Sea Trails Near China's Jingjiang Sinks, Kills 21
Monday, January 19, 2015 A newbuild tugboat sinks while undergoing sea trails near Jingjiang, China, killing 21, including eight foreigners - three of whom were employees of a Sembcorp Marine subsidiary.
BP's Fine for Gulf of Mexico Spill Capped by Ruling
Friday, January 16, 2015 BP faces a maximum fine of $13.7 billion under the Clean Water Act for its Gulf of Mexico oil spill thanks to a judicial ruling.
DMP Assists Police in Yulleroo 2 Well Gas Leak Probe in Western Australia
Thursday, January 15, 2015 Western Australia's Department of Mines and Petroleum is assisting the police in Broome with their investigations to identify the persons who may have damaged Buru Energy's gas well in the state.
White House To Curb Methane Emissions From Oil, Gas Production
Wednesday, January 14, 2015 President Obama's administration unveils rules to slash methane emissions from oil and gas production by up to 45% from 2012 levels by 2025.
Statoil To Shut Oil Production At Aasgard Field Due To Storm
Monday, January 12, 2015 Statoil will shut oil production at the Aasgard field in the Norwegian Sea due to an impending storm, and will reduce the number of workers at the Kristin platform, a spokesman says.
Colorado Groups Work to Balance Oil, Gas Production and Environment
Friday, January 09, 2015 Three entities in Colorado seek to resolve last summer's divide between oil and gas companies and environmental groups.
Statoil Evacuates Some North Sea Platform Workers Ahead Of Storm
Friday, January 09, 2015 Statoil is moving some workers off seven North Sea platforms in anticipation of a weekend storm, but production should not be affect, a spokesman says.
Buru Energy to Repair Damaged Valve at WA's Yulleroo Gas Project
Thursday, January 08, 2015 Buru Energy to repair damaged valve at the Yulleroo gas project in Western Australia following a minor gas leak.
MPA Says No More Oil Spill from Tanker-Bulk Carrier Collision Off Singapore
Wednesday, January 07, 2015 Singapore's Maritime and Port Authority receives no further reports of oil leakage from the Libyan-flagged tanker Alyarmouk after the latter collided with a bulk carrier offshore Singapore late last week.
Shell to Pay Out $83M to Settle Nigeria Oil Spill Claims
Wednesday, January 07, 2015 Shell will pay out $83.4 million in compensation for two oil spills in Nigeria in 2008 after agreeing a settlement with the affected community.
Another Cold Blast On Track For Permian Oil Patch In Texas
Wednesday, January 07, 2015 More icy weather is expected this week in the Permian Basin of Texas, on the heels of freezes that disrupted oil and gas work last week.
Pioneer: Freeze Hits Permian Oil Work, Wider Impact Seen
Tuesday, January 06, 2015 Pioneer Natural Resources says that icy winter weather has significantly disrupted its production and drilling operations in the Permian Basin in West Texas.