WorldOil NOV develops MWD system for Permian applications Demand in the Permian basin for an MWD system with both electromagnetic (EM) and mud-pulse (MP) data transmission capabilities is increasing. ReedHycalog, a business unit of National Oilwell Varco’s Wellbore Technologies segment, developed the BlackStar II dual-telemetry MWD tool for use in such applications. Drillers flock to Rockies as sleepiest corner of shale awakens It’s not exactly the Pike’s Peak gold rush of 160 years but with crude prices on the rise, explorers are returning to the oil-rich rock of Colorado as a way to expand beyond the shale plays of Texas and New Mexico. Tenaris unveils seamless pipe mill in Bay City, Texas Tenaris unveiled its $1.8 billion state-of-the-art seamless pipe mill in Bay City, Texas, Monday before local, state and federal representatives, including U.S. Department of Energy Secretary Rick Perry and Texas Governor Greg Abbott. TransCanada seeks to file amended Keystone plan in Nebraska TransCanada Corp. is seeking consent from Nebraska regulators to amend its Keystone XL pipeline application in a bid to tackle concerns over the alternative route that was approved. New report finds Marcellus shale development unrelated to Pennsylvania mortality rates Mortality rates in the six Pennsylvania counties with the most Marcellus Shale development have declined or remained stable since shale production began in the region, according to a new Energy In Depth-commissioned report. The findings directly refute accusations from anti-energy groups that the fracing boom is a threat to public health. Oasis Petroleum acquires Delaware basin assets for $946 million Oasis Petroleum Inc. has announced that it has entered into a definitive purchase and sale agreement with Forge Energy, LLC, to acquire 20,300 net acres in the Delaware basin (the Permian assets) for approximately $946 million. Valorem Energy closes on $285-million acquisition of Williston basin assets Valorem Energy, LLC, announced that it has closed on its acquisition of LINN Energy, Inc.’s Williston basin interests for a purchase price of $285 million. Chisholm Energy expands acreage position in New Mexico's Delaware basin Chisholm Energy Holdings, LLC, today announced that it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire undeveloped acreage from Resource Rock Exploration, LLC. The acreage, which contains multiple horizontal reservoir targets in the Bone Spring and Wolfcamp Formations, is located in Eddy County in New Mexico's Delaware basin. U.S. ready to ship more natural gas to Middle East as Saudis get offer U.S. natural gas exports could find buyers in the oil-rich Persian Gulf as countries there look to meet surging demand. EIA: Appalachia drives growth in U.S. natural gas production since 2012 Shale gas production in the Appalachia region has increased rapidly since 2012, driving an overall increase in U.S. natural gas production.