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Shell Moves Rigs To Alaska Ahead Of Possible Drilling Permit
Friday, March 27, 2015 Shell is moving oil rigs to Alaska ahead of the possible resumption of controversial drilling activities as the oil major awaits the green light from US authorities.

Oil Council: Shale Won't Last, Arctic Drilling Needed Now
Thursday, March 26, 2015 In order for the US to keep domestic production high and imports low, oil companies should start probing the Artic now, an Energy Department advisory council says in study.

BG's Norwegian Knarr Oilfield Halts Output Due to Fire
Tuesday, March 24, 2015 A small fire breaks out on floating production vessel serving BG Group's Knarr oilfield in the Norwegian North Sea.

Canada Transport Watchdog Wants New Tank Cars In Service Earlier
Tuesday, March 17, 2015 Canada's transportation watchdog says recent fiery derailments of trains hauling crude oil means a new generation of stronger tanker wagons should be introduced ahead of schedule.

Woodside Temporarily Shut-in Production at Pluto LNG Plant in WA
Monday, March 16, 2015 Woodside temporarily shut-in production at the Pluto liquefied natural gas plant in Western Australia.

Sea Forties Echo Platform Shut After Collision - Apache
Monday, March 16, 2015 The Forties Echo platform in the North Sea has been shut after being hit by a supply vessel.

Douglas-Westwood: 'Offshore Accommodation Market - A Focus on Welfare'
Monday, March 16, 2015 Douglas-Westwood discusses the offshore accommodation market, with a focus on welfare, in its latest edition of DW Monday.

BP: U.S. Gulf Returning to Pre-Spill Condition
Monday, March 16, 2015 A report by BP finds that the Gulf of Mexico environment is returning to its baseline condition following the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill.

Oil Field Blast Kills One Worker, Injures Another in New Mexico
Friday, March 13, 2015 An explosion at an oil field in southeastern New Mexico killed one worker and seriously injured another while the men were installing a drilling pipe on Wednesday afternoon, the Lea County undersheriff says.

Oil Price Fall May Aid Long-Term Arctic Exploitation-Norway
Thursday, March 12, 2015 Norway's Foreign Minister Boerge Brende says fall in oil prices may help long-term exploitation of Arctic fossil fuels by averting a short-lived "gold rush" into the vulnerable icy region.

Drilling Resumes at ExxonMobil's Point Thomson
Thursday, March 12, 2015 ExxonMobil resumes drilling at Point Thomson on Alaska's North Slope as construction continues toward bringing the initial production system online.

DNV Calls for Arctic Emergency Response Collaboration
Thursday, March 12, 2015 DNV GL calls for collaboration over Arctic emergency response and rescue strategies as operators look to more remote areas of the Barents Sea.

Canada Wants Even Newer Oil Tank Cars Phased Out By 2025
Wednesday, March 11, 2015 Canada proposes tough new oil tank car standards and says even tank cars coming into service now would have to be off the rails by 2025 at the latest.

Explosion Kills 3 Workers At Parsley Energy Texas Oil Rig
Wednesday, March 11, 2015 An explosion kills 3 people and injures one at an oil and gas field in West Texas, a spokesman for well owner Parsley Energy says.

Derailed Canadian National Crude Train Still Burning
Monday, March 09, 2015 A Canadian train carrying crude oil that derailed near Gogama, northern Ontario, is still on fire.

Statoil Orders Emergency Vessel for Mariner Field
Monday, March 09, 2015 Statoil places an order with Sentinel Marine for a new multi-role emergency vessel to serve its Mariner field.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.