December 2011 ///

Special Focus

Auditing offshore facilities for safety and environmental management systems

Under new US guidelines that went into effect Nov. 15, operators on the outer continental shelf ave two years to submit an audit of their ability to manage hazards.

Haynesville trial well applies environmentally focused shale technologies

As part of a companywide HSE strategy, El Paso Corp. incorporated methods to reduce water use and hazardous chemicals handling into its hybrid frac design.

Using casing annular packers to prevent shallow gas migration to surface in shale wells

New research suggests that methane contamination blamed on fracing is actually due to cement integrity issues that can be inexpensively controlled.

Features

Web Exclusive: Analysis of EPA's proposed clean air restrictions on oil and gas operations

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently introduced a suite of rules regulating air emissions from oil and gas production—including hydraulically fractured wells. Once these rules are finalized, they may impose more stringent permitting and operating constraints.

China spews fire at India-Vietnam E&P pact

ONGC Videsh Ltd. (OVL), the overseas arm of India’s state-run oil major Oil and Natural Gas Corp., entered a historic cooperation agreement Oct. 12 with PetroVietnam, the national oil company of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam.

Dual-injection frac systems in horizontal wells

Dual-injection frac systems include either a coiled or standard tubing string inside the casing and allow fluid injection through both the internal string and the casing-tubing annulus.

International fracing controversy stalls European shale

The natural gas shale gale that was supposed to sweep across Europe has stalled in England and France due to an impasse over fracing operations.

Regional Report: China

China boasts the world’s largest shale gas reserves and enormous new offshore resource potential, but geopolitical tensions and environmental concerns threaten to slow China’s E&P development

Industry Report: Research efforts aim to improve Arctic transport for E&P operations

Optimizing ice road networks through better understanding of water availability and environmentally sensitive areas will expedite the development of oil and gas reserves on Alaska’s North Slope.

Rig innovations focus on safety, reliability

Equipment manufacturers and drilling contractors continue to emphasize safety, performance and environmental responsibility in new rig floor equipment and new or enhanced drilling rig designs.

What industry leaders expect in 2012

Despite high oil prices and a shale-driven boom in drilling activity, the approach of a new year brings with it plenty of reasons to be concerned for the future of the oil and gas industry.

Columns

Drilling advances

Mud companies struggle with diminishing barite supplies

Editorial comment

Let’s start a revolution!

Energy Issues

It’s an apps, apps, apps world

Innovative thinkers

Paul Koomey:
Steam pumps, nuclear-BOP controls and a few crawfish boils in between

Oil and Gas in the Capitals

Years-long Arab Spring?

What’s new in exploration

Research at Cornell University tempers shale gas debate

What's new in production

Make your own hydrates—Let ice carry the gas

News & Resources

Companies in the news

Companies in the news

Industry at a glance

Industry at a glance

Meetings and Events

Meetings and Events

New products

New products and services

People in industry

People in industry

World of Oil and Gas

Statoil granted exploration licenses offshore Canada and Indonesia