WorldOil Halliburton said to plan sale of Baker’s offshore fluids unit Almost 16 months after announcing its takeover of oilfield services rival Baker Hughes Inc., Halliburton Co. is adding yet more assets to the list of businesses it plans to sell to appease antitrust regulators who’ve been stalling the deal. Obama’s $319-billion oil tax plan raised to $10.25/bbl President Barack Obama proposed Tuesday to raise $319 billion over the next decade for transportation and other needs with a $10.25/bbl tax on crude—up from $10 that was announced last week. Report raises questions about Obama’s $10/bbl oil tax Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, has released a report prepared by the Congressional Research Service (CRS) raising key questions about President Obama’s proposal to levy a new $10/bbl tax on oil. EIA raises shale production estimates in monthly report Shale patches in the U.S. are pumping out more oil and gas than the government previously thought. Maersk launches new offshore crane training program Maersk Training has launched a new offshore crane operator program. It is designed to grant crane operators and their companies access to offshore lifting operations worldwide. Newpark releases liner-less spill containment system Oil and gas operators can minimize cost of operation with the rigorously tested DEFENDER liner-less spill containment system from Newpark Mats and Integrated Services. Gloomy outlook dominates UK’s oil and gas sector LONDON -- Companies in the UK oil and gas industry are increasingly pessimistic about their business prospects, according to Oil and Gas UK’s Q4 2015 Business Sentiment Index. U.S. Silica introduces polyurethane low-temperature resin-coated proppant U.S. Silica Holdings has announced the introduction of InnoProp PLT, a newly formulated resin-coated proppant designed specifically for enhancing the recovery of oil and gas in low-temperature reservoirs. Aibel awarded new study for Johan Sverdrup development Aibel has been assigned an important study for Statoil’s Johan Sverdrup development. The Stavanger-based company is one of those working on a C study for the second phase of the field's development. MicroSeismic launches new completions evaluation services for early well appraisal MicroSeismic has announced the release of PIndex, DIndex and Production Forecast—proprietary completions evaluation services to quantify and predict reservoir drainage and production. WPX Energy sells Piceance subsidiary for $910 million WPX Energy has agreed to sell its wholly owned subsidiary WPX Energy Rocky Mountain, LLC, to Terra Energy Partners LLC for $910 million. The parties expect to close the sale in the second quarter.