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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.

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.

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.

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.

Energy Industry: New York Fracking Ban Bad for State, Residents
Wednesday, December 31, 2014 New York's ban on hydraulic fracturing in the state will increase energy prices for the state's customers, while hurting economically depressed areas of the state, according to energy insiders.

Enbridge Oil Spill Settlement is $6.25M, Not $6.75M
Wednesday, December 24, 2014 A settlement over a 2010 oil spill in southwestern Michigan is worth $6.25 million, not $6.75 million as lawyers reported earlier in December.

Russia Reports Leak on a Major Oil Pipeline near Black Sea
Wednesday, December 24, 2014 Russia's Emergencies Ministry identifies a leak on a major pipeline delivering oil to the Black Sea port of Tuapse.

Vantage Energy Fined Nearly $1M for Environmental Violations
Tuesday, December 23, 2014 Pennsylvania's Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) imposes a $999,900 fine on Vantage Energy, one of the largest given to a driller by DEP this year, for several environmental regulations violations.

US Municipalities Differ on Approach to Fracking, Despite Benefits
Monday, December 22, 2014 Hydraulic fracturing has occasionally resulted in voter action in the US, but better communication and more information could lessen discord, according to the oil and gas industry.

Report: Texas Could Face 2.7 Trillion Gallon Water Shortfall by 2060
Friday, December 19, 2014 The state of Texas could face a water shortfall of 2.7 trillion gallons by 2060, according to a recent report by Texas A&M University's Mosbacher Institute.

Two Killed, Three Hurt In Oklahoma Oil Rig Explosion
Friday, December 19, 2014 An explosion and fire at a southeastern Oklahoma oil rig early Friday killed two workers and injured three others, two of them critically.

New York Commission Will Recommend Banning Fracturing
Friday, December 19, 2014 New York, which is a net importer of energy, could be a part of the solution to its energy problems by following the lead of its neighboring states Pennsylvania, West Virginia and Ohio.

Major HSE Training Program Starts in Iraq
Wednesday, December 17, 2014 Shell and OPITO get together to train up to 15,000 Iraqi energy industry workers to deal safely with hydrogen sulphide.

New York Bans Fracking After Health Report
Wednesday, December 17, 2014 New York Governor Andrew Cuomo's administration says it will ban hydraulic fracturing in the state after a long-awaited report concluded that the gas-drilling method poses health risks.

Chevron Cancels Canadian Arctic Drilling As Oil Prices Slide
Wednesday, December 17, 2014 Chevron says a plan to drill for oil in the Beaufort Sea in Canada's Arctic is on hold indefinitely because of what it called "economic uncertainty in the industry" as oil prices fall.

Talisman Sinopec Closes North Sea Platform Ahead Of Storm
Wednesday, December 10, 2014 Talisman Sinopec Energy UK closes its Buchan Alpha platform in the North Sea, the company said, ahead of an expected severe winter storm.

Study Finds Methane Emissions Lower than Previous Studies
Tuesday, December 09, 2014 The level of methane emissions generated by hydraulic fracturing and shale gas production in the United States have declined, according to a recent study.

Statoil Shuts LNG Plant Due to a Leak, Duration Unknown
Monday, December 08, 2014 Statoil shuts Europe's only plant producing liquefied natural gas for an indefinite period due to a gas leak.