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Unite Calls for Safety Transparency After Worker Radiation Exposure Claims
Monday, March 27, 2017 Unite calls for 'openness and transparency' on safety incidents offshore, after a group of workers were reported to have been exposed to radiation on the Thistle platform.

December North Dakota Crude Spill Larger Than Initially Estimated
Friday, March 24, 2017 A crude oil spill in western North Dakota in December is now believed to be about three times bigger than originally estimated, pipeline owner True Companies says.

HeliOffshore Deems North Sea Helicopter Operations Safe
Thursday, March 23, 2017 HeliOffshore confirms the safety of North Sea helicopter operations following a number of helicopter incidents in the region last year.

China Rescues 13 From Burning Oil Tanker In East China Sea
Monday, March 20, 2017 Chinese authorities rescue 13 people from oil tanker Xinglongzhou 569 that caught fire after a suspected explosion around 5pm on Sunday in the East China Sea.

Scotland Urged to Open Up on Mental Health Following Oil Price Crash
Monday, March 20, 2017 VSA and SAMH have teamed up to launch the 'Open Up' campaign, encouraging everyone in the north-east to open up about mental health following the effects of the oil price crash.

Regulator Responding To Husky Oil Spill In Canada's Alberta
Monday, March 20, 2017 The Alberta Energy Regulator is responding to a crude oil spill by Husky Energy in Canada's oil-rich Alberta province.

Fire At Syncrude Oil Sands Site Extinguished After Two Days
Thursday, March 16, 2017 The fire at Syncrude Canada's oil sands plant in northern Alberta was extinguished on Thursday morning.

EU Lawmakers Reject Call For Ban On Arctic Oil Exploration
Thursday, March 16, 2017 The European Parliament rejected a call to ban Arctic oil and gas exploration.

Oil Firm Quits Peru Amazon Due To Finances Not Tribal Pressure
Thursday, March 16, 2017 Pacific Exploration and Production Corp. decided not to develop one million hectares of land deep in the jungle on the Peru-Brazil border because of financial concerns, a company spokeswoman says.

EPA Hit Hardest As Trump Budget Targets Regulation
Thursday, March 16, 2017 President Donald Trump's administration proposes a 31% cut to the Environmental Protection Agency's budget.

Pirates Demand Ransom For Tanker Seized Off Somalia
Wednesday, March 15, 2017 Pirates off the coast of Somalia, who hijacked an oil tanker with 8 Sri Lankan crew on board, are demanding a ransom for the release of the vessel, the EU Naval Force says.

Somali Pirates Hijack First Commercial Ship Since 2012
Tuesday, March 14, 2017 Pirates hijack an oil tanker with 8 Sri Lankan crew onboard, a Somali official says.

Opening Arctic for Drilling Is Trump Priority, Key Senator Says
Friday, March 10, 2017 Senator Lisa Murkowski said President Donald Trump is interested in opening up new coastal waters for oil and gas drilling and reversing Obama-era policies that restrict energy development in Alaska.

'Vital Missing Part' Found in Norway Helicopter Crash Investigation
Thursday, March 09, 2017 A 'vital missing part' has been found in connection with an ongoing investigation into an offshore helicopter crash that occurred last year, Accident Investigation Board Norway (AIBN) says.

'Game-changing' Workwear to be Introduced in Arctic in April
Tuesday, March 07, 2017 Wenaas Workwear, in collaboration with Norwegian research institution SINTEF, will launch a new generation of 'game-changing' workwear in April.

East Libyan Forces Mobilizing For Counter Attack At Oil Ports
Monday, March 06, 2017 East Libyan forces carry out fresh air strikes and mobilize ground forces as they attempt to win back two of Libya's largest oil ports, military officials say.

Oklahoma Native American Tribe Sues Energy Companies For Quake Damage
Friday, March 03, 2017 The Pawnee Nation filed a lawsuit in tribal court in Oklahoma against 27 oil and gas producers.

Armed Faction Enters Major Libyan Oil Port
Friday, March 03, 2017 East Libyan forces carry out air strikes and clash with rival factions close to major oil terminals, eastern military officials say.

Oil Pumping From Iraq's Kirkuk Fields Stops Amid Search For Explosives
Thursday, March 02, 2017 Oil pumping from Iraq's northern Kirkuk fields stops after Kurdish forces were deployed to search for explosives said to have been planted by Islamic State.

Exxon's Russian Unit Stops Gas Supplies From Sakhalin-1 Due To Accident
Wednesday, March 01, 2017 Exxon Neftegaz, the operator of Russian Sakhalin-1 project, has stopped gas supplies to a domestic Russian gas pipeline due to an accident, the energy ministry says.

Trump Orders Review Of Obama Waterway Regulation
Tuesday, February 28, 2017 US President Donald Trump signed an order directing regulators to review an Obama administration rule.

EASA Issues EC 225 LP Helicopter Airworthiness Directive
Monday, February 27, 2017 The European Aviation Safety Agency issues an airworthiness directive for EC 225 LP helicopters, which requires a one-time inspection of the main gear box oil cooler.

Ineos Shale: We Won't Drill If We Can't Prove It's Safe
Friday, February 24, 2017 Onshore UK-focused energy company Ineos Shale confirms it will not drill any of its prospects if it cannot prove that its drilling and aftercare operations will be safe.

Oklahoma Regulator Issues New Directive to Curb Quakes
Friday, February 24, 2017 Oklahoma's oil and gas regulator issued a wider directive limiting future increases in wastewater disposal underground in another effort to address a rash of temblors that have occurred amid the shale boom.

PSA: Norway's Petroleum Industry Must Get Safety Back on Track
Friday, February 24, 2017 Norway's petroleum industry needs to get safety developments back on track, according to Petroleum Safety Authority Norway's Director General Anne Myhrvold.

Deadline Nears For Protesters To leave Camp Near Dakota Pipeline
Wednesday, February 22, 2017 Protesters opposed to the Dakota Access pipeline braced for a showdown with authorities as some vowed to defy Wednesday's deadline to abandon the camp.

Bombing Halts Pumping On Colombia's Cano-Limon Oil Pipeline
Monday, February 20, 2017 Pumping operations along Colombia's second-most important oil pipeline, the Cano-Limon Covenas, were halted due to a bomb attack.

Watchdog: Cost Cuts Appear To Harm Norway Oil Industry Safety
Monday, February 20, 2017 Cost cuts by Norway's oil and gas industry appear to have contributed to a rise in accidents in recent years, the head of the country's PSA says.

Official: At Least One Person Injured In Oil Well Blast In Oklahoma
Thursday, February 16, 2017 At least one person was injured following an explosion at a oil well site in Pittsburg County in eastern Oklahoma.

Sasol Suspends Drilling In Mozambique Due To Tropical Storm
Wednesday, February 15, 2017 South African petrochemical group Sasol Ltd temporarily suspends drilling activity in Mozambique due to tropical storm Dineo.

Judge Denies Tribes' Request To Block Final Link In Dakota Pipeline
Monday, February 13, 2017 A US federal judge denies a request by Native American tribes seeking a halt to construction of the final link in the Dakota Access Pipeline.

Safety First: Panel Addresses Worker Safety on Offshore Rigs
Thursday, February 09, 2017 Evacuation, escape and rescue by workers on offshore platforms requires the proper training and education from oil and gas companies.

Cargo Loadings At Australia's North West Shelf Project Halted
Wednesday, February 08, 2017 Loading of cargoes from Australia's North West Shelf (NWS) liquefied natural gas (LNG) and condensate project has been halted due to adverse weather.

BLOG: Federal Oil, Gas $6B Revenue Marks Lowest Level Since 2004
Tuesday, January 31, 2017 Revenue from oil and gas production on federal and American Indian lands declines by almost 37% between 2015 and 2016 - and American Indian land development remains at a standstill.

Scotland Launches Consultation On Fracking
Tuesday, January 31, 2017 Scotland has launched a consultation on whether to allow unconventional oil and gas extraction such as fracking.

Russia Halts Oil Exports From Novo Due To Storm
Monday, January 30, 2017 Russian oil exports from the Black Sea port of Novorossiisk were suspended on Sunday due to storm, Transneft says.

Ghana's Only Oil Refinery Shut After Explosion
Friday, January 27, 2017 Ghana's only oil refinery, the Tema Oil Refinery, is shut after an explosion at a newly installed 5.8-million-euro crude oil heating unit.

Total Hits 'Difficulties' at Central Graben Asset
Friday, January 27, 2017 French energy major Total SA has encountered "difficulties" at its Central Graben asset, according to a spokesperson for the firm.


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