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Report: Bird Needs 3-Mile Buffer From Drilling
Friday, November 21, 2014 A government study with significant implications for the U.S. energy industry says the breeding grounds of a struggling bird species need a 3-mile or larger buffer from oil and gas drilling, wind farms and solar projects.

Oil Companies' New Math Makes Them Look Bigger in Texas
Friday, November 21, 2014 Energy companies have long touted to Wall Street investors the number of acres they lease or own as a measure of how many oil and gas shale wells they can potentially drill.

Statoil Takes $350M Hit on Angola Exploration Halt
Friday, November 21, 2014 Norway's Statoil is halting exploration in Angola after poor drilling results, retreating from an offshore area it had high hopes for and capping a poor year for exploration.

Ineos Plans $1 Billion Investment In UK Shale Gas
Thursday, November 20, 2014 Ineos announces plans to invest $1 billion in shale gas exploration in Britain as efforts to emulate the US shale boom ramp up.

Tethys Suspends LE-1 Exploration Well in Oman's Block 4 for Further Study
Thursday, November 20, 2014 Tethys Oil suspends LE-1 onshore exploration well in Oman's Block 4 for further study.

EDA Bags Contract from Heritage Oil to Drill 2 Exploration Wells in PNG
Wednesday, November 19, 2014 Energy Drilling Australia bags a contract with Heritage Oil to drill two exploration wells in Papua New Guinea.

Karoon Updates on Drilling at Kangaroo-2 Appraisal Well in Santos Basin
Wednesday, November 19, 2014 Karoon Gas provides update on drilling at Kangaroo-2 appraisal well in Block S-M-1165 block, Santos Basin, Brazil.

Proven Technologies Will be Key to Israel's 'New Era of Onshore Oil'
Tuesday, November 18, 2014 Former Shell Chief Scientist Harold Vinegar explains to a conference being held in Israel how the country can develop billions of barrels of oil resources held in oil shale.

Lundin Fails to Find Hydrocarbon at Kitabu-1 Prospect Offshore Sabah
Tuesday, November 18, 2014 Lundin completes Kitabu-1 exploration well offshore Sabah, Malaysia as a dry hole after failing to find any hydrocarbon.

RH Petrogas Drills First Development Well in Fuyu 1 Block in Jilin Province
Tuesday, November 18, 2014 RH Petrogas commences drilling of the first development well in Fuyu 1 Block in China's Jilin province.

Comet Ridge Provides Update on Mahalo 7 Well in ATP 337P in Queensland
Friday, November 14, 2014 Comet Ridge updates on drilling at Mahalo 7 horizontal well in ATP 337P in Mahalo Block in Queensland's Bowen Basin, Australia.

Beach Ends Hydraulic Stimulation Program at Queensland's Redland-1 Well
Friday, November 14, 2014 Beach Energy completes hydraulic stimulation program at Redland-1 well in permit ATP 855 in the Cooper Eromanga basin in Queensland, Australia.

Energy Job Growth, Keystone XL Pipeline Support Strong in Polls
Friday, November 14, 2014 North Dakota voters see a strong connection between increased oil and gas production and job growth, and most respondents favor the Keystone XL pipeline project.

NPD: Norway's Ormen Lange Appraisal Well Does Not Change Resource Estimate
Friday, November 14, 2014 Shell drilled an appraisal well on its Ormen Lange gas field in Norway and though it hit a large gas column, there is no basis to change the recoverable resource estimate, the Norwegian Petroleum Directorate says.

Statoil to Withdraw from Permits EP127, EP128 in NT's Georgina Basin
Friday, November 14, 2014 Statoil decides to withdraw from permits EP127 and EP128 in the Georgina Basin, Northern Territory, Australia after disappointing drilling results.

Buru Energy Completes Oil Production Testing at Ungani North 1 Well in WA
Thursday, November 13, 2014 Buru Energy completes oil production testing at Ungani North 1 well in the Canning Basin, Western Australia.

NDC Orders 2 LeTourneau-Designed Jackups from Lamprell for $365M
Thursday, November 13, 2014 National Drilling Co. orders two LeTourneau-designed jackups from Lamprell for around $365 million.

Sino Australia Plans to Embark on EOR Project at Liaohe Oil Field in China
Thursday, November 13, 2014 Sino Australia Oil and Gas plans to embark on an enhanced oil recovery project at Liaohe oil field in China's Liaoning province.

Interra Ups CHK 1180 Well Production in Myanmar's Chauk Oil Field
Wednesday, November 12, 2014 Interra Resources raises production from CHK 1180 development well in the Chauk oil field in Myanmar.

Cooper Energy Reports Poor Oil Shows at Akela-1 Well in Cooper Basin
Wednesday, November 12, 2014 Cooper Energy reports poor oil shows at Akela-1 exploration well in PEL 110 in Cooper Basin, South Australia.

UK Opens Onshore Oil, Gas College as Boffins Question Shale Promise
Wednesday, November 12, 2014 The UK opens its first National College for Onshore Oil and Gas while academics caution against the government trumpeting shale gas as a solution to the country's energy security needs.

Tullow Reviews African Assets To Cut Costs As Oil Prices Tumble
Wednesday, November 12, 2014 Tullow Oil places some of its African offshore drilling projects under review as it plans to cut exploration costs to deal with tumbling oil prices.

Eco Orient Energy Drills WBEXT-3F Well in Thailand's Blocks L44/43, L33/43
Tuesday, November 11, 2014 Eco Orient Energy commences drilling at WBEXT-3F well in the L44/43 and L33/43 concessions in Thailand.

Drilling Results of Cooper Basin's Bauer-15 Well Exceeds Expectations
Tuesday, November 11, 2014 Beach Energy reports that drilling results of Bauer-15 development well in PPL 253 in South Australia's Cooper Eromanga basin exceed expectation.

Professor Green Quits as Circle CEO
Tuesday, November 11, 2014 Circle Oil says CEO Professor Green intends to step down as the company makes progress in North Africa and Oman.

COSL's NH9 Semisub Completes First Deepwater Assignment
Tuesday, November 11, 2014 China Oilfield Services Limited's NH9 semisub completed its first deepwater assignment as the firm seeks to boost its operational capability.

Stena Clyde Semisub Spuds Pryderi-1 Prospect in Permit WA-424-P Offshore WA
Tuesday, November 11, 2014 Stena Clyde semisub spuds Pryderi-1 exploration well in permit WA-424-P offshore Western Australia.

Strike Energy Updates on Southern Cooper Basin Gas Project in SA
Tuesday, November 11, 2014 Strike Energy provides update on production testing and drilling operations at the Southern Cooper Basin Gas Project in South Australia.

PV Shipyard Commences Keel Laying for Tam Dao 05 Jackup in Vung Tau
Tuesday, November 11, 2014 Vietsovpetro's $230 million Tam Dao 05 jackup reaches construction milestone with a keel laying ceremony held at PV Shipyard in Vung Tau, Vietnam.

UK Environment Agency Likely to Grant Permits for Shale Firm Cuadrilla
Monday, November 10, 2014 Britain's Environment Agency says it will likely approve environmental permits for shale gas firm Cuadrilla Resources at a site in northwest England.

Cairn Strikes Oil Again Offshore Senegal
Monday, November 10, 2014 Cairn Energy makes a second oil discovery offshore Senegal to follow up its FAN-1 well's 'substantial' oil find in early October.

Halcon Resources Slashes Drilling Rigs on Oil Price
Monday, November 10, 2014 Oil and gas producer Halcon Resources says it is cutting nearly half the rigs it originally planned to operate next year due to the more than 25 percent slide in crude oil prices.

Transocean Says Likely to Retire Additional Rigs
Monday, November 10, 2014 Transocean, the owner of the world's largest offshore drilling fleet, says it is likely to retire additional rigs as the company continues to face pressure due to slowdown in an oversupplied rig market.

InterOil Flares Gas, Condensate at Raptor-1 Well in Permit PPL 475 in PNG
Friday, November 07, 2014 InterOil flares gas and condensate at Raptor-1 exploration well in permit PPL 475 in Papua New Guinea.

Roxi Updates on Progress at BNG, Galaz and Munaily Assets in Kazakhstan
Friday, November 07, 2014 Roxi Petroleum provides an update on progress at its BNG, Galaz and Munaily assets in Kazakhstan.

Santos Spuds Mahalo 7 Horizontal Well in Permit ATP 337P in Bowen Basin
Friday, November 07, 2014 Santos spuds Mahalo 7 horizontal well in permit ATP 337P in Queensland's Bowen Basin, Australia.

Statoil Comes up Dry in the Barents Sea
Friday, November 07, 2014 Statoil's wildcat well 7227/10-1 comes up dry after targeting Triassic reservoir rocks.

Real Energy Finds Gas at Queenscliff-1 Well in Cooper-Eromanga Basin
Thursday, November 06, 2014 Real Energy finds gas at Queenscliff-1 exploration well in Cooper-Eromanga Basin's permit ATP972P in Queensland, Australia.

Statoil Suspends 2 New Rigs Due to Overcapacity
Thursday, November 06, 2014 Statoil says it is suspending the Transocean Spitsbergen and the Songa Trym through the rest of 2014 due to overcapacity in its rig portfolio.

TAG Oil Resumes Drilling, Field Optimization Work at Taranaki Fields in NZ
Thursday, November 06, 2014 TAG Oil resumes drilling and field optimization work at its Taranaki oil and gas fields in North Island, New Zealand.

Central Updates on Drilling at Gaudi-1 Well in Permit ATP909 in Queensland
Wednesday, November 05, 2014 Central Petroleum provides an update on drilling at Gaudi-1 unconventional gas exploration well in ATP909 in Queensland, Australia.

Oilex Commences Production Test at Cambay-77H Well in Gujarat
Wednesday, November 05, 2014 Oilex commences production test at Cambay-77H well in Cambay production sharing contract in Gujarat, India.

Stena Clyde Semisub Mobilizes to Pryderi-1 Well Location Offshore WA
Tuesday, November 04, 2014 IPB Petroleum reports that Stena Clyde semisub is mobilizing to the Pryderi-1 well location in permit WA-424-P offshore Western Australia.

IGas Energy Ups Shale Gas Estimates on UK Well Results
Tuesday, November 04, 2014 IGas Energy increases its estimates of how much gas is in its shale projects following the results of an exploration well in northwest England.

Mirach Receives Government Approval for Cambodia Block D's EIA Report
Tuesday, November 04, 2014 Mirach Energy's associate firm CPHL receives approval for the environmental social impact assessment report for drilling in Cambodia's offshore Block D.

Mubadala Drills MNA-07, MNA-08 Wells in Manora Field Offshore Thailand
Tuesday, November 04, 2014 Mubadala Petroleum commences drilling MNA-07 and MNA-08 development wells in the Manora oil development in the northern Gulf of Thailand.

SOCO's Congo Well 'Significantly Exceeds' Expectations in Test
Tuesday, November 04, 2014 SOCO International says its Lidongo Marine 101 ST1 exploration well, offshore Congo, 'significantly exceeded' expectations on testing.

NZ's Shannon Prospect 'Too Exciting' Not to Drill
Monday, November 03, 2014 After recent disappointing results on its Puka field in New Zealand, Kea Petroleum believes the Shannon structure is 'too exciting and too prospective' not to drill.

US Oil Drillers Cut Rigs to Lowest Since Aug-Baker Hughes
Friday, October 31, 2014 Energy companies reduce the number of rigs drilling for oil in the U.S. to the lowest since August.

Karoon Plans $150M Brazil Oil Well Drilling Plan, Seeks Partner
Friday, October 31, 2014 Karoon Gas Australia is trying to sell a stake in its Brazilian offshore oil-exploration blocks as it plans to start a $120 million to $150 million drilling program, its top South American executive says.

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